Responsibility, now more than ever, lies with the individual. “The theme of the next chapter of the pandemic,” my colleague Joe Pinsker writes, “is choice.” You’ll be allowed to go places, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Americans now have to consider the risks to themselves and others, and make choices accordingly.
Experts say yes to the first question, “but cautiously, while maintaining social distance,” Joe writes—and preferably outdoors.
That means no hugs. “There are so many friends I would love to hug right now, but it’s a no,” a public-health professor said.
Can I drive or fly to other cities?
“If you don’t have to leave your current location,” Joe writes, “you should stay put.”
“If you urgently need to go somewhere, perhaps to see a loved one who’s dying, then by all means go.” Joe lays out the relative risks of driving and flying, as well as some other important considerations about taking any sort of trip outside of your area.
Think of your life on the track of the literary hero’s journey. It is “great when you’re in the middle of it,” he writes. “The trouble comes when your strengths start to wane, because now you’re off script.”
“The end of the true hero’s journey is coming home and finding a battle to be waged not with an external enemy, but with one’s own demons.” Read the rest.