It seems the more we learn, the more we forget about those lessons. As it is with so many. the drive to be the "biggest". the "best". the (fill in the blank) that allows folks to suspend their normal instincts to engage in incredibly risk filled behaviors. And so it plays out for us in living color over the past couple months. Even with inoculations. even with improved diet and hygiene, we see rapid contagion transfers among highly close dense populations. From confinement on cruise ships. to geolocational proximity and density to outbreak centers. We see the results. We just seem to have forgotten all of the rules about the dangers of high population density. And it shows. Places with populations that are tightly packed together are the ones currently sustaining the worst outbreaks. Distance. as always. is the cure to an outbreak like this to die out. And yet. folks haven't chosen to distance themselves. even when required for their own survival. The promises of improved economic successes from density are undercut substantively by the risk and the danger of epidemic outbreaks. We've known this for centuries and yet. so many folks find it essential for their happiness to ensconce themselves in living conditions. and situations that then put them in real risk of harm from these places or activities. Historically, we also know that the civil society starts to erode as panic in dense places takes hold. While I hold out hope that asking folks simply not to interact in these highly risk prone areas. it really is going to depend on just how serious folks who live in those environments take these warnings. and how deeply they feel the need for preserving their own lives.