Communication and Trust, Not ‘Punitive Measures’ Necessary to Fight Coronavirus
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
A Harvard epidemiologist says state and local governments using law enforcement to break up social gatherings will do far more harm than good.
Writing in The Atlantic, Prof. Julia Marcus says “scolding and retribution will only impede public-health efforts” to combat the coronavirus. And using police departments to enforce public health orders, and break up social gatherings, is a recipe for disaster:
Look no further than New York City to see how this will play out. When police were authorized to enforce social-distancing guidelines, nearly all the arrests were of Black and Latino residents, including several who were punched in the face or knocked unconscious by police officers. In the meantime, not a single ticket was issued in Park Slope, a wealthy and predominantly white neighborhood, despite the crowds that gathered there in Prospect Park. It’s no surprise that New York City’s contact-tracing program, a public-health tool that relies on trust, has had limited success in getting information from people who test positive, who tend to live in the very neighborhoods that have been targeted by law enforcement.
In a strategy that may produce the same results as New York City’s, Baker, the governor of Massachusetts, is calling for more intensive law enforcement in areas with the highest rates of transmission—which disproportionately include communities of color. He has also threatened to shut down parks and playgrounds in such areas. Punitive approaches like this will only drive people indoors, where the risk of transmission is greater.
Marcus says the “most effective way to promote healthy behavior during public-health emergencies is with clear communication and support, not punitive measures.”
“If officials want to help people avoid the potential harms of parties,” Marcus says, “they need to earn the public’s trust as partners who offer scientific and practical advice on how to sustain well-being in a pandemic—not as law enforcers from whom the public will want to hide.”
I was about to type that Baker is a moron, but my cat stopped me. She said that she is a moron and she’s smarter than Baker.
Your cat is definitely smarter then anyone who writes for Atlantic magazine. My girlfriend reads that rag, and to me, she would be smarter if she read Enquirer magazine. But she is from a third world country, with an 8th grade education, and is trying to make sure she understands our politics. But I will say, she’s smarter then American democrats. Poor girl, Love her anyways.
Love is blind…or at least very forgiving. Try locking her in the bedroom on Nov. 3rd as a Mr.Buchanan in Ohio did to prevent his Irish wife from voting for JFK. Buchanan, a scot, was of the Presbyterian persuasion. And Repubican.
Science and practicality are not compatible with democ rat policy.
This virus is nothing compared to what our government been doing to us American citizens for decades. Media will never tell the truth. The swamp is deep and they are mad most of us citizens are still alive. Masks do more harm to people in so many ways. If they truly cared about our lives they would report the daily killings of American citizens by illegal aliens. I bet it is way more then covid.
This man has got things “ALL” wrong! Communications and trust, w/man, and in man, “ALWAYS” winds up in the same place…WARS, and more wars! Remember the war that would end all wars, in WW1…same thing! IF you will NOT trust in THE LORD Jesus Christ but in man, you also will fall short of the GLORY of GOD! Proverbs 3:5-7/Psa 118:8 KJV