Mike’s Musings

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I saw something sad this Sunday at Mass, where I was serving as a deacon. Father announced that diocesan guidelines now made it mandatory to receive Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue. There are a small number of people in our parish who opt to receive on the tongue, which is their right. I noticed a couple in this category in the congregation and was wondering if there would be a confrontation at the time of Holy Communion, which would be unpleasant. But what happened was, in my opinion, far worse. They elected not to receive at all. Social distancing is a nice sounding euphemism, but in the end, it will have far more tragic results socially, economically, and spiritually than the disease it is being employed to combat. ​

By Denise Roland and Drew Hinshaw Updated March 8, 2020 12:30 pm Political leaders in the democratic world are grappling with a difficult balancing act in a bid to contain the coronavirus: when to pull the trigger on measures like closing schools and canceling public gatherings without risking social and economic backlash? Global health experts say China’s steps to quarantine cities and shut down schools and workplaces slowed the global spread of the coronavirus. Categorized broadly as “social distancing,” these efforts bought precious time to prepare and learn more about the illness. But they also came at a significant economic cost to China, especially Hubei province, where the virus originated and where factories and businesses were shut. The measures were also accomplished with the relative efficiency of a one-party state and centrally-managed command economy. China Deploys Drones, Citizens and Big Data to Tackle Coronavirus YOU MAY ALSO LIKE UP NEXT 0:00 / 6:35 China Deploys Drones, Citizens and Big Data to Tackle Coronavirus From drones that scold to neighbors who snitch, China is relying on its vast surveillance network to stop the spread of the coronavirus. WSJ takes a close look at its national monitoring experiment that’s made up of human volunteers and big data. Photo composite: Sharon Shi Democracies from Japan to France could struggle to follow China’s suit. Instead, Western governments are debating more delicate trade-offs that could curb the virus’s transmission with less social and economic costs. WSJ NEWSLETTER What’s News A digest of the day’s most important news to watch, delivered to your inbox. I would also like to receive updates and special offers from Dow Jones and affiliates. I can unsubscribe at any time.I agree to the Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice. SIGN UP Italy—the worst affected country outside of Asia—on Sunday quarantined around 17 million people in the country’s north, banning people from entering and leaving the cities of Milan, Venice, Parma and much of the surrounding area.

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