My Take Aways
I was hoping for more black and white answers. EG: Yes Brad, do this. No Brad, don’t do that.
But science doesn’t always work that way. And assessing our own personal risk thresholds is as much an art as it is science. Not every question about COVID safety can be answered, even by a pro like Dr. Elaine.
You’ve got to stop and ask yourself about the context. What else is going on with your life and your health? What are the options? As Elaine said, there is no such thing as zero risk. SO we have to be comfortable doing our best knowing that nothing is foolproof.
Also, it was a great reminder as to the power of data. Elaine’s answers often centered around checking specific data for specific communities. So what might be safe in my home town of Denver, Colorado might be bonkers crazy in a small town in Missouri. Or the opposite. So find the websites, and be willing to dig in.
And finally, regarding data, Dr. Elaine helped me to understand “positivity rate.” It’s given easily in most newspapers. Zero is the goal. 3% is feeling pretty good. But as I write this Denver’s positivity rate is about 10%. So for me, somebody who has a person in my family with some health concerns, that mean’s I’m mostly staying home still. Ug.
Thanks for your time Dean Morrato! Want more Elaine Morrato? Good news…looks like we’ll be meeting up again on FB live soon. Yay!