Social Distancing Saves Lives

My name is Tim Farrell. Some of you know me as a candidate for Pierce County Council; today I want to talk to you just as Tim.

I know that many people feel they won’t be affected by the coronavirus that’s currently ravaging this nation. They want to get back to work, stop the isolation, and return to a normal life. I want to let you know, from personal experience, why that’s a bad idea.

We need to continue with the travel restrictions, we need to continue safe social distancing, and we need to avoid interaction until the virus subsides.

You may be thinking, “How does this apply to me?” Well, you know, everybody has that favorite aunt or uncle, grandfather, godmother, who brings joy to their lives. For me it was my aunt, Lena O’Brien. She was my best friend. She survived the 1918 influenza, went through both world wars, and the Great Depression. My interests, my hobbies, my personal style – most of them came from my interactions with Lena.

She came to visit me and my family when I was 21 years old, in the spring of 1992, and I was sick as a dog, but I really wanted to see her, so… we… snuck out together and did a great tour running around the San Fernando Valley looking for antiques and just having a lot of fun. I never thought that me being sick would get her sick too. In two months, she was dead.

I carry that loss every day.

I always wonder if it was a freak coincidence, or going to contribute to the death of someone I really care about. I have to tell you that I didn’t stay away from her when she needed me to the most, so I have to ask you: do you want to live with the same guilt and loss that I had for the past 30 years? Or can you wait just a little bit longer to return to normal?

Please. Don’t make the same mistake I did.