Have you ever seen birds freeze in place when a hawk shows up?
Have ever you seen a squirrel become motionless in the presence of danger?
Animals know that if they don’t move, the predator won’t see them and they’ll survive. The ones that keep moving become lunch for the hawk.
Doctors, public health officials, and governments know that if humans freeze in place — before we know anyone who’s sick — more of us will survive COVID-19. They see the hawk before we do.
This 8-minute science video shows why closures and quarantines save lives. It’s not scary. Here’s what we learn: The number of new cases matters, not the total count.
And here’s some happy news: This week China turned the corner. The rate of new cases is dropping every day in China and they’ve started to relax restrictions.
Yes, there is light at the end of this tunnel but we must be patient, stay apart for a long time, and wait it out.
p.s. Most of us don’t know how to wash our hands. (I didn’t!) Lather for 20 seconds. Here’s how:
(photos from Wikimedia Commons; videos from PBS and Google)