This morning 3/14 I decided to cancel lessons too. I’ve included my letter to students at the end of this post.
I went for a walk this morning and came to a decision that I will not be playing any gigs or attending any large group gatherings for the next 30 days.
The US is on an Italy trajectory and we need to be on a China/Korea trajectory. The only way this can be accomplished is with personal sacrifice. I’m sorry for any inconvenience my decision causes.
I’ll still be teaching private lessons but my students know my position on being cautious with their health and energy.
This is not a decision that I made lightly but my intuition is that we need to step forward and be proactive in caring for each other.
MESSAGE TO STUDENTS:
I’ve decided to cancel music lessons because we need to get serious about not being disease vectors for each other.
I don’t know for how long. Definitely this week of spring break. After that, I’ll keep you posted.
It isn’t only that I have someone living here who is at a higher risk of serious complications if he contracted the virus although that does give me pause. I refer to you this article written by my high school friend Asaf Bitton who is a doctor in Boston:
“This sounds extreme because it is. We are trying to create distance between family units and between individuals…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 four to five days to manifest themselves. Someone who comes over looking well can transmit the virus…we have a preemptive opportunity to save lives through the actions we take right now that we will not have in a few weeks. It is a public health imperative. It is also our responsibility as a community to act while we still have a choice and while our actions can have the greatest impact. We cannot wait.”
I’ve had some questions about Skype lessons and I’ve decided not to pursue that at this time but you’ll be the first to know if that changes.
Please let me know that you got the message.
Be well and keep in touch!