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  • Social Distancing in times of COVID-19 (Part 3): Why testing for COVID-19 is so important

    By Edison Liu and Jill Goldthwait   Social distancing, travel restrictions, shelter-in-place and lockdowns are all blunt instruments in fighting a pandemic. This is because all of these approaches assume everyone is suspect in carrying the virus, and therefore the interventions target everyone. This is further complicated by the fact that at the same time

  • Social distancing in times of COVID-19 (Part 1): What is it and why is it needed?

    By Edison T. Liu and Jill Goldthwait  Editor’s note: This series of columns is about the COVID-19 pandemic, but specifically deals with social distancing: what is it, why do we need it, how to do it right. It is written by Edison Liu and Jill Goldthwait who are both medical professionals who have broad governmental, scientific and management experience. Goldthwait is an R.N. who

  • Social Distancing in times of COVID-19 (Part 2): What is the science behind the recommendations?

    By Edison Liu and Jill Goldthwait    Social distancing means keeping people apart to minimize the chances of catching COVID-19 and to reduce the chances of spreading the disease. Implementing social distancing can be done at the individual level which is focused on a person not catching COVID-19 or at a population level to slow the spread of the pandemic across large groups of people.    You can

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Hannaford

    To the Editor:  I want to thank Hannaford for all you are doing for our community. I see you and your employees on the same plane of gratitude we owe the first responders and heath care workers. You are truly on the front lines of this pandemic. Your employees cannot social distance as you serve hundreds of people a day providing essential

  • Letter to the Editor: Ring a bell

    To the Editor:  I received an email from a dear friend in Switzerland telling about the challenges they are facing to maintain their sense of community as they hunker down to defeat COVID-19. What struck me most was that everyone in all communities across the country pause and ring their bells at 7 p,m, each night to

  • Letter to the Editor: Virusland

    To the Editor:  Right now, the only defense against COVID 19 is prevention. We have no acquired immunity, no vaccine, no effective treatment.   The virus is carried into each new area somehow. Quickly detecting cases and stopping its spread is much easier the fewer cases one has to discover.  We are now all making many

  • Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight

    To the Editor:  This publication recently published a letter to the editor that portrayed an unfair and biased depiction of Senator Susan Collins’ record (Islander, Mar. 12). As the most bipartisan member of the US Senate, it’s unsurprising that those who hold hyper-partisan views take issue with her record, but I think it’s important to stick with

  • Letter to the Editor: It’s been said

    To the Editor:  On March 10, the Bar Harbor Board of Appeals denied a lengthy request for reconsideration filed by BHAPTS (Ocean Properties) relating to its attempts to expand its worker housing complex at Acadia Apartments on West Street Extension. BHAPTS’ attorney, Andy Hamilton, is quoted by the Islander as saying that “Nobody argued that” each

  • Letter to the Editor: Ban the reusable bag

    To the Editor:  Perhaps the coronavirus pandemic will open people’s eyes to the unsanitary, pathogen transferring practice of re-usable grocery bags.   A study found 97 percent of people using these bags do not sanitize them — ever! Starting when leaving the store, I’ve seen bags set on the pavement before being placed in their vehicles. That’s the same pavement