“An Abundance of Caution” – my new favorite phrase to hate

Published March 16, 2020 by zuzusays

Thank you for reposting this. If people follow the same preventative policies they should follow if they are caring for family members in a nursing home during a flu outbreak they’ll be safe, generally. With good hand washing and hygiene practices, most of us will not be affected by this outbreak and this will just be a drill for the case of a zombie attack.

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Life in the age of Coronavirus. News addicts like me are dangerously close to overdose. Entities of every stripe are rejiggering their operational models. And each will publish a press release that includes the phrase: …out of an abundance of caution…

To me, the phrase suggests that “we don’t really need to be this cautious, but we are anyway because we deeply care about you, our customers, clients, employees, etc.” They could, of course, truthify the wording to read: …our stakeholders (or, more specifically, shareholders).

The current reality is proving, though, that we really do need to be this cautious.

About ten years ago, I wrote an essay about a bacterium called MRSA. It was widely appreciated at the time, and seems to be holding its water still today – particularly the recommendations for prevention. MRSA is not coronavirus; think of the main text, below, as the alarmist attention-getting part…

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