Jane Muhlenbruch-Yee: Coronavirus: Get out; immunize the herd

In March we needed to flatten the curve so our health care system wasn’t overrun. We did that. It’s May and we’ve learned a lot. This is what I know.

We prevented a lot of deaths, but the model’s predictions were way off. It seems sun and heat kill this virus. A couple of drugs are being used to treat the virus along with antibiotics for the pneumonia symptoms. The death rate is dropping.

My CU-Boulder college student was sick in February with a cough and mild pneumonia. He took the test and has SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

We aren’t sure if COVID-19 will behave the same as the SARS (Bird Flu) and MERS coronaviruses.  As summer came, SARs cases dropped off and didn’t return the following fall. COVID-19 cases are dropping off now
and might resurge in the fall. Or they might not.

Gov. Polis picked which businesses could operate or be shuttered. We need our Legislature back at work doing oversight. As our economy opens up, we have to be careful, but we also have to realize that a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work.

We need our schools and colleges open in the fall. To prevent a resurgence then, we need to encourage herd immunity now. I think if you are healthy, under 40, and don’t live with a senior citizen or an at-risk person, take off the mask. Let the kids see their friends and play at the park. Make herd immunity a goal for nearly everyone under 40 by midsummer. If all goes well, then those under 65 can take off the masks next.

Each individual must take responsibility for their health.  If you are scared or have risk factors, shelter at home and wear a mask when out.

Jane Muhlenbruch-Yee

Loveland 

Barbara J. Richards: Speed limit: 20 is not plenty

Regarding “20 is Plenty” I am a proud owner of a 1993 Saab, which is not automatic. I’m guessing that many of the people behind this movement drive automatic cars.

I have tried recently to drive 20 miles an hour, and this speed lugs…

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