To The Herald-Whig:

We are wise to be risk averse. In this time of COVID we should all be responsible and take precautions. At the same time, how much do we allow this disease to paralyze us?

One metric that might help us in deciding on that risk is to look at the numbers. According to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the numbers from 15 area counties, as of Oct. 8, 2020, were 4,568 confirmed cases of COVID. Total deaths were 56.

To put it in some perspective, that is a death rate of 1.2%. Any deaths are tragic and mitigating the chance of illness in the vulnerable population should be a high priority.

These low numbers should in part at least be attributed to our area front line workers. I think we can all do our part and balance between rabid paranoia resulting in draconian measures and flippant casualness that puts our vulnerable populations at risk.

Paul Shelor

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