Date: 11/21/20 7:57 am From: Teresa Hertzel <teresa.hertzel...> Subject: [obol] Re: Pandemic impacts on birding
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Treesa Hertzel OBOL Moderator
On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 8:49 AM Joel Geier <clearwater...> wrote:
> This statement in yesterday's OBOL digest begs a response: > > > The impact of lockdowns and limiting our normal movement will ultimately > be way worse than the pandemic itself. > > Such a statement could only be made by someone who lives in a state where, > fortunately, the governor has taken proactive measures that have been > effective to limit the spread of this contagion. > > It could only be said by someone who has not lost a friend or family > member among the 254,320 Americans who have died so far, and who knows no > one among the hundreds of thousands of others who are dealing with > lingering effects after surviving the disease. > > Surely no one who knows anyone working long shifts in intensive care wards > in one of the worst-affected states would say this. > > We've been very lucky so far in Oregon, by and large, though there are > signs that we're on the leading edge of a wave that will get worse in the > next few weeks. Please take a look at what's happening in Iowa, South > Dakota, or Wisconsin right now, or in west Texas where they've re-purposed > refrigerated semi trailers as morgues. Losing a bit of access to a favored > birding spot or missing out on some hypothetical rarity is a very small > price to pay, to avoid that scenario here. > > -- > Joel Geier > Self-quarantining in the Camp Adair area north of Corvallis >