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More clarity, please

Scott Robert Shaw



So, now what? The World Health Organization has now declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. The question is, what do we do with that information? The answer will likely determine how much worse things get. How we respond matters. But even after the declaration of a pandemic, many of us are still uncertain just what to do to stay safe. We are washing our hands as we should, but should I eat off a buffet? Should I go to the state basketball tournament? The movies?  To church? The rules seem to vary, and that is part of the confusion. Some schools, including UW-La Crosse are telling students to stay out of class. But for other schools it is business as usual. Some recommend avoiding crowds of 50 or more people. Others say 250 people. Who comes up with these numbers? Where are the experts with the advice? The Centers for Disease Control needs to tell us what their experts recommend. Not suggestions, but directives. These decisions should come from the highest level, so there are not different rules from state to state and city to city. Most people are pretty good at doing what they are told if they think it will keep them safe. But the clock is ticking, and we need answers sooner rather than later.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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