I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT SAYS – STAY OFF?
And I don’t know because this is as close as I could get to the bench with my iPhone while sitting on the trike – and I wasn’t about to get off and maybe accidentally touch something – out there.
It makes sense. You don’t want people touching surfaces other people have touched, and possibly infected, and no one is going to go through and clean every bench and every slide and every swing, so at least you can tell people they shouldn’t touch. Anyone sane, with the small children who usually use this playground equipment, isn’t going to want to touch things which might infect the kids.
Because there are two ways the coronavirus can get into YOU:
- Someone who is shedding the live virus coughs or breathes in your general direction – and YOU breathe in some of what came out of their respiratory system,
- You touch something that has the live virus on it, and bring it to YOUR T-zone on YOUR face (mouth, nose, eyes).
‘Live virus’ is a misnomer; viruses aren’t alive in the normal sense: they don’t eat, grow, reproduce, and die.
You could think of them as a little poison packet, capable of doing damage in the right circumstances.
But those are quibbles. They are little blobs of Something that can, under the right circumstances, both make copies of itself, and make you ill from having had your cells hijacked to make copies of the virus, and by circulating through your body in enough quantity to overwhelm your immune system, which normally has the job of killing invaders.
It is unfortunate if you get the virus the first way, stupid the second way.
So everything is closed, and that includes the swings.
Getting out is a privilege
One I hope they don’t have to remove due to the human inability to follow simple instructions such as distancing and washing hands.
But it is discouraging to see simple things like swings for kids and park benches for all blocked off as dangerous. I can understand the kid cautions. But find it hard to understand why you can’t sit on a park bench – and then, without touching your face, go home and wash your hands.
Thanks to the person who took Pride’s Children PURGATORY out of KU this week. Hope you enjoy it – and hope you think seriously about leaving a review. Reviews are amazingly encouraging to writers working on the next book.
Stay well, all. You know what to do.