Social Distancing
How We Survive

"Better Safe Than Sorry."

We all heard that old saw growing up. Not many of us heeded the advice, and some of us suffered because of it. But if you're reading this, you made it through childhood.

Now comes the Coronavirus.  Covid-19.  It sounds like something from Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain," and while it's not that bad, the threat is real.

Until a vaccine is developed (unlikely before a year and a half passes) or until effective antiviral treatments are found, Social Distancing is the only weapon we have against this new threat.  What is Social Distancing?  Keeping space between yourself and others. It's really that simple.

Check out Mel Brooks and his son Max explaining the strategy.  (Did you know Mel Brooks served in World War Two, defusing German mines for Patton's advance?  Yep.  He's 93.) Click here and scroll down to see the video.

Initially, there was debate over how much distancing is appropriate, but now the experts agree: if you're over 65, you need to isolate yourself as much as possible.  Even for young people, who aren't as much at risk for severe complications from the virus, social distancing is required to protect more vulnerable members of our community. Yesterday, the President stated that gatherings of more than 10 people are strongly discouraged.  Some cities, like San Francisco, have entered a virtual lockdown situation.  While Natchez has not yet taken such draconian steps, the mayor has encouraged businesses to voluntarily close. For all of us, life is about to change.

That doesn't mean things have to get bad.  Celebrities have begun recording Public Service Announcements to encourage us to adapt to our new reality with good humor.  (Here's Arnold Schwarzenegger's). After all, what's to complain about?  Many of us like nothing better than binge-watching our favorite Netflix series and ordering out for food. Bottom line, it beats the heck out of digging a foxhole in France or Germany or Vietnam or Afghanistan, which is what earlier generations of America had to do when their difficult hour came--and some in Afghanistan are still doing it.

Also, please check the "Passing Time" page on this site for ideas about what to do when you're stuck inside.  It's far from complete right now, and my guess is, you don't need help from me. But I'll offer some suggestions just in case.

LSU Coach Ed Ogeron's

Coronavirus Game Plan