Muskegon invites people to come out onto their porches

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The City of Muskegon has started a “Take It Outdoors!” initiative to make a time for residents to engage in their neighborhoods from a safe physical and social distance.

It will take place every night during the month of April from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Folks can walk out on their porches and stay near the house, stand in their driveways, or walk and bike around the block to say hello, and get some fresh air.

The city’s flyer says, “Being outside is great for your physical and mental health. During this time we need to practice safe physical distancing but we can still engage with one another and keep our neighborhoods safe.

“By drawing together as a Muskegon family we [can] thank and honor our health care workers and first responders for their heroic efforts to keep our community safe and healthy.”

This invitation was met on social media negatively by many people. There was fear that people would fail to distance far enough apart, particularly among people who felt that a lot of people were not social-distancing enough now.

There has recently been informed speculation that tiny airborne particles spread by breathing and talking may actually spread the disease, according to Science News 3/13/20.

“‘Currently available research supports the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 could be spread via bioaerosols generated directly by patients’ exhalation,’ researchers from the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine wrote.”

The official CDC website still says this is not the case (and that it spreads only through “large droplets”), but it pays to be doubly and triply-cautious. However, physical distancing of at least 6 feet should do the trick either way.

It is just important that people not get carried away by socializing and forget to distance. And no hugs!

It will take place every night during the month of April from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Folks can walk out on their porches and stay near the house, stand in their driveways, or walk and bike around the block to say hello, and get some fresh air.

The city’s flyer says, “Being outside is great for your physical and mental health. During this time we need to practice safe physical distancing but we can still engage with one another and keep our neighborhoods safe.

“By drawing together as a Muskegon family we [can] thank and honor our health care workers and first responders for their heroic efforts to keep our community safe and healthy.”

This invitation was met on social media negatively by many people. There was fear that people would fail to distance far enough apart, particularly among people who felt that a lot of people were not social-distancing enough now.

There has recently been informed speculation that tiny airborne particles spread by breathing and talking may actually spread the disease, according to Science News 3/13/20.

“‘Currently available research supports the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 could be spread via bioaerosols generated directly by patients’ exhalation,’ researchers from the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine wrote.”

The official CDC website still says this is not the case (and that it spreads only through “large droplets”), but it pays to be doubly and triply-cautious. However, physical distancing of at least 6 feet should do the trick either way.

It is just important that people not get carried away by socializing and forget to distance. And no hugs!

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