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Healing Together Virtual Gathering: Shelter in Place #12
May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 amFREE
I get it. I’m tempted too. Spring is calling me outside. I’m missing hanging out with friends and family. This is the time in Portland when we are done hibernating through our dreary winter and seemingly endless wet spring. (I suspect other Northern Hemisphere dwellers can relate?) In a typical year, we would be readying for a string of summer gatherings.
Except, this isn’t a typical year. This year we have this complication: COVID-19.
Cellphone data from millions of devices are keeping anonymous track of our movements in the US. On a 100 point “social distancing” scale, this past weekend our index went down from 60 to 40! Public health experts assert that despite local, state, and federal actions to lift “Stay at Home” orders, we don’t have enough testing, contact tracing, nor ways to safely isolate people who test positive to “reopen” our communities.
And the impacts of lifting these orders means more people will get sick. More people will die—especially but not only Indigenous People and People of Color, elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington (the model used by the White House) is projecting that the daily death toll in the United States will reach about 3,000 on June 1, nearly double the current number of about 1,750. The IHME is now estimating that there will be nearly 135,000 deaths through the beginning of August — more than double what it forecast on April 17, when it estimated 60,308 deaths by August 4.+ The updated forecasting reflects increased mobility in most U.S. states and the easing of physical distancing and shelter in place orders expected in 31 states by May 11.
Double the number of deaths because we are struggling to stay home.
“Emerging data suggest that though people dramatically altered their habits to stay at home during the first month of America’s response to the pandemic, that cooperation has since leveled off and — eventually — decreased.”** Yep. #quarantinefatigue
The 1918 Influenza taught us that communities who failed to keep strict physical distancing in place had more deaths and poorer economic outcomes than those that stayed in for the long haul. Lifting restrictions too early may lead to another wave of infections and perhaps require another round of restrictions.
Together we can save the lives of fellow Americans, protect our healthcare and other essential workers, and keep us and our neighbors healthy. Now more than ever, we need support to discharge our frustration, fear, and fatigue! Join us at an upcoming Healing Together Virtual Gathering:
Wednesday May 27, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 am PDT / 12:00 – 1:30 pm CDT / 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT
- Use this virtual community space for healing
- Get support around the ways patterns of internalized oppression might be showing up for us at this time. (More Netflix and chill? More online shopping? More stress-baking? More drinking, smoking, or eating? Us too!)
- Recommit to #shelterinplace as you release feelings of frustration, fear, and fatigue
- Vision a future society together as you resist pulls or pressure to “return to normal,” especially when “normal” has meant systematic injustice and oppression which wasn’t working for most of the planet and “reopening” goes against the recommendations of health experts.
If you have participated in the past and found our previous “Sheltering in Place” gatherings useful, please consider joining a future gathering to build community and continue healing together.
After May 27, we will reassess this continued dana offering.