Ezekiel Emanuel MD is the profane, street-wise Chicago politician widely considered (among people I trust, anyway) to be the architect of the Obamacare legislation, not least because of his ability to design it so enough anti-reform forces would let it through. Those pragmatic compromises are the source of much distress among those people I trust, because the law’s not perfect. But it is perfect in the sense that the legislation passed, and has survived all attempts by vehement opponents to cut its nuts off (so far). So when he gives advice, I believe it will be pragmatic and street-wise. And probably blunt. But winning.
Here’s his advice, last week, on what activities are relatively safe or dangerous as this country continues re-opening for better or worse.
A week before Memorial Day I published Re-opening into uncertainty, dangers, lessons and lies: what will you do? I’m thrilled that he agrees with me, though he goes into a lot more detail. It’s easily the best graphical representation I’ve seen of such advice.
Importantly, the graphic lists the four risk factors he and his co-authors considered, which all make sense: enclosed space, crowds, duration, and forceful exhalation. (This is all wicked bad news for my chorus and all live theater performances, but it’s consistent with what we know so far about this bitch of a virus: harm comes from sustained close contact with people breathing on each other.) Please please see Zeke’s original page for additional information.
Speaking of pragmatic …
Did I say “blunt”?
Older readers may not know it, but these days “blunt” is a synonym for a joint. And let’s zoom in on that “high” part of the graphic:
Yep, he warns that coughing while sharing a joint at a party is an additional risk. That’s Zeke. Exactly like warning kids what they need to know about risky sexual practices.
Strange that he didn’t list alcohol as a risk for bars, but at least he listed heavy breathing.
Wish I’d seen this last week, before the Fourth of July weekend. But you can use it (and share it) for the rest of your COVID life – especially since now you have the four factors, so you can think for yourself.