For the last three weeks, 57-year-old Ann O’Connor has avoided leaving her home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a cancer survivor with asthma, she is considered high risk for severe illness, and she wants to do her part to stop the virus’s rapid spread.
But others here are not taking the same precautions. O’Connor’s house looks on to a private golf course, and she spends her days watching foursomes tee off, buy refreshments and pile into golf carts. She sees neighbors greet each other with hugs.
“It’s really disconcerting because you just see these people and there’s no social distancing,” O’Connor said in a phone interview from her home. “It is like a huge, sick experiment,” she added about the lack of consistent action across the country.