Sun, humidity, and heat kill the CCP Virus (COVID-19). Hawaii has an abundance of all three, and our positive CCP Virus numbers remain low. More people than ever are biking, surfing, walking, running, and exercising their dogs. If newly active people keep it up, their lives will change.
Health includes mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Balance. Always balance. Neglecting some impacts the rest. The last thing we should be doing is hiding inside our homes in fear and isolation. Staring at screens and watching the news all day hurts our immune system.
Fortunately, Hawaii continued working in three major sectors: medicine, construction, and food. At first, the roads were post-apocalypse bare. But last week, H-1 freeway traffic seemed back to summer-normal, when the University of Hawaii and schools are off. I see more cars and people every day. We hunkered down in obedient fear for three weeks. Food places went take-out only, markets put 6-foot markings on the floor, and many donned face masks. The City kept repairing roads and cutting grass, builders kept submitting plans to the building department, Amazon and the post office worked overtime, and people kept on keeping on.
Governor Ige declared one more month of lockdown, through May. But I’m not sure how that will look as students and non-essential workers decide they want out, and the other three industries continue on strong. Parking lots and roads are refilling. Some students and business people are more productive at home.
Will we really return to crazy rush hours traffic when this is over?
One month of homestay makes us uncomfortable and restless; two months teaches us to improvise and create habits. Our economy will bounce back as food- and people-loving locals arrange end-of-quarantine parties. But we could also emerge with more original, efficient ways of learning and doing business.
Once Hawaii utilizes the full online potential of education, commerce, and business, we will have more time and money to enjoy the rest of our lives.
And hopefully, we will realize and appreciate the blue-collar workers who kept our homes and cars running, and our food and stuff coming. People who fix, carry, deliver, and provide care kept us from falling apart, not the politicians, professors, or journalists. Keep this in mind instead of assuming college is best for everybody. It delays life experience by four or more years, indoctrinates Leftist values, and puts families and students in tremendous debt.
We can learn from this experience. Or we can waste it.
Smith-Schoenwalder, Cecelia. “U.S. Official: Sunlight, Heat, Humidity Could Help Kill Coronavirus.” U.S. News, 23 April 2020, https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-04-23/us-official-sunlight-heat-humidity-could-help-kill-coronavirus.