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

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