The Realities of Coronavirus
The saying goes, “no news is good news.” This is undoubtedly the case when it comes to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and one of the leading advisors to President Trump regarding the coronavirus has to say. Today he announced that the virus might result in 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the US. As of today, it has taken the lives of more than 2,400 people in the US with more than 137,000 cases of COVID-19 reported.
Quentin Hill, 27, of New York City, works for a Jewish nonprofit organization. He said, “It feels very apocalyptic; it almost feels like we’re in wartime.” New York has the most cases in the US, reporting more than 60,000 infected with 965 deaths. One person is dying in the state every six minutes during the past 24 hours. Stephanie Garrido, 36, another New Yorker, reported that she had not left her home in 15 days. She has her groceries delivered to her home. She said that too many New Yorkers had underestimated the aggressiveness of the virus as many people continue to socialize and congregate. She said, “Those people are in denial or just don’t think it will affect them. It’s extremely inconsiderate. People need to consider that this will be a much longer-term.”
Governors Speak Out
The governors from at least 21 states, which consists of more than half of the US population of 330 million, have told residents to stay home and closed non-essential businesses. Governor Larry Hogan, of Maryland, said that one of his citizens was arrested for repeatedly violating the ban on large gatherings by hosting a bonfire with 60 guests. Florida has some good news reporting about 200 new cases but no additional deaths. Meanwhile, President Trump has talked about reopening the country by April 12, Easter Sunday. Yesterday he played this down some by saying, “We’ll see what happens.” Unfortunately, the tests needed to track the disease’s progress continue to remain in short supply, despite the repeated White House promises that they would be widely available.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, leading the state with one of the fastest-growing areas for the virus, especially in the county, which includes Detroit, called the rapid infections “gut-wrenching.” She said, “We had nurses wearing the same mask from the beginning of their shift until the end, masks that are supposed to be used for one patient at one point in your shift. We need some assistance, and we’re going to need thousands of ventilators.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that his city would need hundreds of more ventilators in a few days as well as more masks, gowns, and other supplies by April 5. Dr. Arabia Mollette, an emergency medicine physician at Brookdale and St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, said she now works in a “medical warzone. We’re trying to keep our heads above water without drowning. We are scared. We’re trying to fight for everyone else’s life, but we also fight for our lives as well.”
We need to tell everyone we know to take this virus more seriously and do what is necessary to slow it down, and, hopefully, stop it one day in the future.