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Use common sense during COVID-19 outbreak

While the coronavirus pandemic has led authorities around the globe to cancel concerts and sporting events, and even shut down daily activities in some places, Mexico City went ahead with Vive Latino — one of the most important music festivals in the country — this past weekend, according to an article by The Associated Press.

Some acts backed out, but tens of thousands of music fans flocked on Saturday to the first day of the festival, which still expected Guns N’ Roses, Carlos Vives and Zoe to be among its headliners.

In addition to this mass gathering, there are photos circulating on the internet of spring breakers flocking to beaches in Florida, choosing to ignore the risk of catching the virus and potentially spreading it to others.

The Center for Disease Control’s website, www.cdc.gov, reported Wednesday afternoon that there were currently 7,038 cases of the Coronavirus across the US. The site also says the virus is thought to spread “mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).”

Schools remain closed, restaurants are operating on a take-out basis only (if at all), theaters are closed, and yet, these people truly seem to think they are immune to this pandemic. We ask that, during this worldwide crisis, common sense be allowed to take the forefront. Wash your hands, disinfect frequently used tabletops and areas of your home, and by all means, limit your exposure to other people unless absolutely necessary. Putting yourself at risk means also putting your loved ones at risk. Is that a chance you’re willing to take?

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