If you visit Crown Heights (and for that matter, any other frum neighborhood in New York), you get the feeling that the worst is behind us. Having been suffering from Covid-19 for months, and the subsequent restrictions, everyone is happy to roam freely outdoors.
If you go to a simcha, you see people happily chatting, even hugging each other. The stores are full again, and so are some of the shuls. Masks are nowhere to be found.
Summertime at many bungalow colonies are in full swing, with no social distancing being practiced, and everyone having a great time.
That is why I am nervous.
I know someone who just spent 2 weeks at the family of her friend in a bungalow colony in the Catskills. The whole family had Covid a while ago, but not her friend. We now discovered that her friend has been infected, her test just came back positive.
Another case: A person I know was part of a group that took a private plane to New York. Everyone on the plane stated that they were tested and are clear. Well, one of them must’ve not been truthful…because our friend started feeling ill when he came to New York. He missed the simcha he was going to…and has tested positive for Covid.
I am not writing to you to create panic. All I’m trying to point out is that we still need to listen to what the doctors are saying and they are all saying to keep being careful. They are recommending we keep wearing masks and keep social distancing.
Even if the majority of the community has already had Covid and may have the antibodies, is it not worth it to be careful for the sake of the rest of us?
VIDEO: Update by Dr. Ditchek July 8, 2020 regarding COVID 19 reinfection