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Alder Tag Evers

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Alder Tag Evers

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2329 Keyes Ave
Madison , WI 53711

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210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Alder Evers’ Blog

COVID-19 Update: Double Down, Not Lighten Up

April 10, 2020 5:07 PM

Hi Everyone.

It's April in Wisconsin, where it snows one minute and the sun shines the next.  I just read that we're due to get some measurable snowfall on Sunday. 

Soon the weather will be nice, and as that happens it's imperative we not let up. There's all this talk about turning the economy back on, but the public health experts are warning against us doing so too soon. 

That's why we can't let up.  When I'm out for a walk, it's clear that not everyone is taking this seriously. I've heard about unofficial block parties in our neighborhoods. We can't be doing this. The adults may think they're keeping safe distance, but the kids and teenagers may not be and that's where the virus can spread.

Mayor Satya challenged us along these lines yesterday with a post entitled, "Let's Double Down on Physical Distancing and Social Solidariy."  I encourage you to read it.  The Mayor reminds us that the six foot distance is not permission to spatially gather, but rather a distance demarcating reasonable risk when you have to go out for essentials like groceries. 

In other words, the Safer At Home order does not have a six foot loophole for social contact. Stay at home, please.  Get fresh air and go for walks when you need to, but not in groups, not with those with whom you're not sheltering in place. The more diligently we do this, the sooner we can get back to a semblance of normal.

This is hard, I know. It's a marathon, remember, not a sprint.  We mustn't give up half way through.

We are not yet at our peak in Madison.

Letting up now is to put lives at risk, including health care workers tending to the sick.

This is particularly hard for those who live alone. If you're feeling lonely and afraid, I understand. You're not alone.

David Brooks' recent column in the NYT speaks to this. His closing paragraph bears repeating: 

"I'm reminded that this is a time to practice aggressive friendship with each other -- to be the one who seeks out the lonely and the troubled. It's also true that character is formed in times like this. People see deeper into themselves, bravely learn what their pain is teaching them, and become wiser and softer as a result."

I'll add that we need to be gentle with ourselves. While it's good a thing to be grateful and have a positive outlook, it's entirely normal in times like these for anger, sadness and fear to wash over us.

Thich Nhan Hanh encourages us to regard these dark emotions with the same tenderness we would a crying child.  Brene Brown speaks in her new podcast about the collective vulnerability that humankind is experiencing worldwide.  We truly are in this together.

So let's be gentle with ourselves and gentle with each other.  And let's, above all, out of mutual love and deep respect, keep at it and stick to what we know works.

We will get through this.

Be safe. Be well. Be kind.

With love,

Tag

P.S. If you need someone to talk to, you can reach out to me via email (district13@cityof madison.com) or by phone (608.424.2580).

P.S.S. Clip and save coupons for hugs, to be cashed in when this is over. No expiration date.

 



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