Unfortunately due to the Corona virus pandemic, we have cancelled our , March 14th, 2020, as well as future dances until it is safe to resume them. We will be posting periodic updates on our website. I have included a commentary from Dr. Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, of the Harvard School of Public health published on March 13th that explains the need for stringent "Social Distancing". Dancing is a "contact sport" and incompatible with "Social Distancing".
With concern and best wishes that we all make it through this trying time, Marvin Sakakihara, Board Member of Napa Ballroom and Social Dancers Contact information Marvin Sakakihara 707-252-9239, email@example.com www.napaballroomdancers.org
From the Harvard School of Public Health and others, Mark https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4 From a Stanford friend of a friend. From Asaf Bitton MD, MPH | Executive Director | Ariadne Labs Brigham and Women's Hospital | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthForwarded message --------- From: Asaf Bitton Date: Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 11:16 AMSubject: Social DistancingTo: Elizabeth Bitton
Hi, I know there is some confusion about what to do next in the midst of this unprecedented time of a pandemic, school closures, and widespread social disruption. I have been asked by a lot of people for my opinion, and I will provide it below based on the best information available to me today. This is my personal and well-informed opinion, and my take on the necessary steps ahead. What I can say as a physician and public health leader, is that what we do, or don't do, over the next week will have a massive impact on the local and perhaps national trajectory of coronavirus.
We are only about 11 days behind Italy(on March 13th) and generally on track to repeat what is unfortunately happening there, as well as much of the rest of Europe very soon. At this point, containment through contact tracing and testing is only part of the necessary strategy.We must move to pandemic mitigation through widespread, uncomfortable, and comprehensive social distancing. That means not only shutting down schools, work (as much as possible), group gatherings, and public events.It also means making daily choices to stay away from each other as much as possible to Flatten The Curve (see below; not available). Our health system will not be able to cope with the projected numbers of people who will need acute care should we not muster the fortitude and will to socially distance each other starting now. On a regular day, we have about 45k ICU beds nationally, which can be ramped up in a crisis to about 93k. Even moderate projections suggest that if current infectious trends hold, our capacity (locally and nationally) may be overwhelmed as early as mid-late April.Thus, the only set of interlinked strategies that can get us off this concerning trajectory is to work together as a community to maintain public health by staying apart. The wisdom, and necessity, of this more aggressive, early, and extreme form of social distancing can be found here.I would urge you to take a minute walking through the interactive graphs - (not included) they will drive home the point aboutwhat we need to do now to avoid a worse crisis later.
So what does this enhanced form of social distancing mean on a daily basis, when schools are cancelled? I can suggest the following:1. No playdates, parties, sleepovers, or families visiting each other's houses. This sounds extreme because it is. We are trying to create distance between family units and between individuals across those family units. It is uncomfortable, especially for families with small children or for kids who love to play with their friends. But even if you choose only one friend to have over, you are creating new links and possibilities for the type of transmission that all of our school/work/public event closures are trying to prevent. The symptoms of coronavirus take 4-5 days to manifest themselves. Someone who comes over looking well can transmit the virus. Sharing food is particularly risky - I definitely do not recommend that people do so outside of their family. We have already taken extreme social measures to address this serious disease - let's not actively co-opt our efforts by having high levels of social interaction at people's houses instead of the schools.
Again - the wisdom of early and aggressive social distancing is that it can flatten the curve above, give our health system a chance to not be overwhelmed, and eventually may reduce the length and need for longer periods of extreme social distancing later (see what has transpired in Italy and Wuhan). We need to all do our part during these times, even if it means some discomfort.
2. Take walks/runs outside, but maintain distance (ideally 6 feet between people outside your family).Try not to use public facilities like playground structures as coronavirus can live on plastic and metal for up to 3 days, and these structures aren't getting regularly cleaned.Try not to have physical contact with people outside of your family. Going outside will be important during these strange times, and the weather is improving. Go outside every day if you can but stay physically away from others.Try not to have kids play with each other (even outside) if that means direct physical contact. Even basketball or soccer involve direct contact and cannot be recommended.If people wish to go outside and have a picnic with other families, I strongly recommend keeping distance of at least 6 feet, not sharing any food at all, and not having direct physical contact. Invariably, that is hard with kids, so these shared, "distant" picnics may be tricky.Do not visit nursing homes or other areas where large numbers of the elderly reside, as they are at highest risk for complications and mortality from coronavirus. We need to find alternate ways to reduce social isolation in these communities through virtual means instead of physical in-person visits.
3. Reduce the frequency of going to stores/restaurants/coffee shops for the time being. Of course trips to the grocery store will be necessary, but try to limit them and go at times when less busy.Consider wearing gloves (not medical - but perhaps washable) and of course washing hands before and after really well. Leave the medical masks and gloves for the medical professionals - we need them.Maintain social distance from folks.Take-out meals and food are riskier than making food at home given the links between the people who prepare food, transport the food, and you. It is hard to know how much that risk is, but it is certainly higher than making it at home.
4. If you are sick, definitely stay home and contact a medical professional.If you are sick, you should try isolate yourself from the rest of your family within your house as best as you can.If you have questions about whether you qualify or should get a coronavirus test, you can call you primary care team and/or consider calling the Partners Health Care hotline staffed 8AM-8PM every day - 617 724 7000, or the Massachusettes department of public health at 617 983 6800.Don't just walk in to an ambulatory clinic - call first. Obviously if it is an emergency call 911.
5. We need to push our local, state, and national leaders to close ALL schools, events, gatherings, and public spaces now. A local, town by town response won't have the needed effect.We need a statewide, nationwide approach in these trying times.Contact your representative and the governor to urge them to enact statewide closures.As of today, 6 states had already done so. We should be one of them.Also urge them to fund emergency preparedness and make increasing coronavirus testing capacity an immediate and top priority.I realize there is a lot built into these suggestions, and that they represent a real burden for many people, businesses, and communities.
Social distancing is hard and may negatively impact others, especially those who face vulnerablities in our society. I recognize that there is structural and social inequity built in and around social distancing recommendations.We can and must take steps to bolster our community response to people who face food insecurity, domestic violence, and housing challenges, along with the many other social inequities. I also realize that not everyone can do everything. But we have to try our absolute best as a community, starting today.It is a public health imperative. If we don't do this now voluntarily, it will become necessary later involuntarily, when the potential benefits will be much less than doing so right now.
Other dance opportunities include the first Friday of the month dance of the Vallejo Ballroom Dancers at the Vallejo Community Center lesson. The B Street Sunday dance at the San Rafael Community Center (the last Sunday of each month), and Steve Luther is now hosting a Big Band Ballroom Night at Monroe Hall on the 4th Fridays of certain months.
The Golden Gate Smooth Dancers host monthly Sunday extravaganzas for only $35. Reservations are necessary by the Wednesday prior to the dance. Check our "Golden Gate Smooth Dancers" link for all the details. The next dance is Sunday, March 8th (reservatios required by Wednesday, March 4th).
Please Check our website "Links and Lessons" for all the info on multiple dance lesson opportunities. The list includes Ted Rocha in Vallejo, the Napa Arthur Murray studio, Angeline Lucia at her Dio Amore Dance studio in Vacaville. Long-time instructor Susan Gai is teaching at Napa Valley College.
We always welcome new ideas and definitely appreciate the participation of all dancers, behind the scenes in planning committees and help with set up and take-down. If you know of any businesses that would be willing to donate gifts or wines to help support our organization, we will be happy to note their involvement at our dances and website.
Hope to see you at the dances! We appreciate your support of dancing in Napa. Your attendance is necessary for both of our groups to be able to continue to provide these wonderful dance events in our local community.
Also I happened to be reflecting on all the friendly and vibrant people whom I have met through dancing...serendipitously I came across this article, "The Gift of Dance 2013" by Skippy Blair, (an icon in the world of dance, especially west coast swing). It is a message that perfectly captured my thoughts.
If you are reading this article, you are probably one of those lucky people who already own "The Gift". Dance may even be as important in your life - as it is in mine! If that's a fact, I hope you realize the magnitude of your Gift. Each of us, at one time or another, has sent and received any number of special gifts for special occasions. But do we ever stop to realize how much of a "Gift of Life" has been given to us - when we can DANCE?
Think of all the times when the world was coming down around you and someone said "Let's go dancing". Didn't that change your day?
Personally I have been in situations where I thought I could not make it through the day: Personal pressures - Car broke down - Someone broke a window in the studio - My wallet got "misplaced" with a cashed paycheck in it! But - there was a class to teach and people were expecting me. Picture this: The music starts - The class lines up - Someone asks a question - And there you go - Or should I say "Off and dancing"? The problems of the day simply disappear - even if it's only for a little while. Dancing allows us to "take a break" from ALL of the cares of the day.
Perhaps you've known all along that "Dance" is a gift. But do you treat it as a gift? Don't mess up the wrapping by spoiling someone's evening. Simply, share the gift. Someone out there needs your smile and a quiet assurance that they are progressing as they should. Someone out there has had a bad day, and needs someone to tell them that they are okay. Each one of us needs to be that someone who knows the value of sharing the gift. Every once in a while, take the time to dance with someone a little less talented or a little less experienced.
Use the dance as a way of growing and learning how to give back some of the treasures that life has given you. When you can dance, you have been truly Blessed. Pass on the Blessing.
We are now at the end of 2013. Many wonderful experiences lie behind us - but many, more wonderful experiences lie before us. Today is the most valuable day in our lives. Close your eyes - Take a deep breath - and Smile. Take a moment to become aware that "It's later than we think." Every time we do something for someone that will brighten their day - More joy returns than one can imagine. One warm "Hello", one sincere "Thank you for the dance" - One small, unexpected token of friendship, can really make somebody's day.
AND, if you're out there thinking that nobody cares about you, or that you can't really do anything for someone else until somebody does something for you, please remember this: I Care About you. Whoever you are, and wherever you are, I CARE ABOUT YOU. So go ahead and get yourself out there. Show that you care about the people around you. Does this sound like I've had a really emotional day? You bet. I've spent several days thinking about all the wonderful people I've come to know, simply because of the dance. Many of them are no longer with us. They have gone on to a higher plane of existence. They are up there, blazing new trails, gathering musicians, "DJs" and dancers - getting ready to welcome each of us, as it becomes our turn to "graduate."
Meanwhile, I am eternally grateful - and thankful for all the wonderful people who have been, and continue to be, part of my life. My prayer for the whole dance world is that somehow, the whole world could experience the exhilaration and "renewal" that takes place, once we discover that "Life itself is a dance!" Live the experience. Create the Joy. "Share the Gift."
God Bless all dancers everywhere. and Much Love, always, from Skippy