Fandango’s Provocative Question #65- What nose?


FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

As I write this, there are around two million COVID-19 cases and almost 127,000 deaths worldwide. In the United States alone there more than 614,000 cases and more than 26,000 deaths, far more COVID-19 cases and deaths than any other country.

Donald Trump, despite strong objections from the medical profession and health care experts, is ready to “open up America” for business by the beginning of May. When asked what metrics he is using to justify his decision, he literally pointed to his head and said “the metrics right here.”741906D2-CB5C-434C-AF34-4F11D2F70C51Trump believes that, as president, he has the absolute authority to end social distancing and to tell people to return to work and to have stores and restaurants reopen for shopping and for eat-in dining.

Meanwhile, the governor California, my state, said on Monday that he has been developing a framework for the past week with the governors of Oregon and Washington that will allow the three states to incrementally reopen their economies as the spread of the virus appears to slow.

Their plan, the California governor said, “will be driven by facts, evidence, and public health advisers,” not by the metrics inside of Donald Trump’s head.

My provocative question today is a three parter.

Are you currently living in an area where there are stay-at-home orders? If so, do you think that it is wise and safe to lift the stay-at-home orders as early as May 1st? How soon after such stay-at-home orders are relaxed will you discard “social distancing” practices and return to the same social behaviors you exercised before this pandemic changed the way we live?


As is happening all over the country, we are self-isolating ourselves. We are encouraged to just go out only if necessary.

IMay.infections has dropped significantly. Whenever that might be. And it would be different for each state and country.

For myself, I would make sure that I have a face mask before going out for anything. And I would go out only if I have to.

I think for people who are doing the self-isolation and physical distancing, voluntarily, it would take time to get back to the old ways. We would have an element of caution and fear even which would maybe modify our old ways into new norms.

I hope that the advice of medical professionals is heeded and some common sense prevails before this selfish man exposes everyone to danger.




10 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #65- What nose?

  1. Well said!! I think it will be another few months before the virus recedes and we should continue the lockdown for complete isolation and eradication! Business can wait, death will not!! This turbulence and makeshift is the new normalcy! I think we would take time to get back to the original life. Routine tames you and change and acceptance happen gradually!! That’s a ground rule.

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  2. I agree with you. It is way too soon, and as soon as they say it’s all clear (which it will never be) there will be a secondary wave of infections.
    I normally am leery of getting close to people, and have always used hand sanitizers, so I’ll keep on doing that.

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