Virus? What Virus?

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A few weeks ago, everything in the news was abut the Wuhan virus. Today? Has anyone in the last few days read or viewed a single story about the pandemic? As America has started to re-open, people have become less, fearful of the contagion. The mood of the country has been more upbeat. Maybe, just maybe, we’re past the worst and people can move on with their lives. then, an awful murder occurred in Minneapolis and things have changed. All across the country, in every major city, tens of thousands of people have been out protesting, in large crowds, and these protests have devolved into looting and destruction.

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Who and What Do We Believe?

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Why can’t we just say, We have no idea rather than, the science says… I mean really during this Wuhan virus, how many different versions of “the science tells us” have we heard? Think about it. The virus isn’t transmissible between people (an early WRONG) to Masks won’t prevent you from contracting the virus (TRUE) and then just a few weeks later, Wear masks to avoid contracting the virus. Does social distancing work? Well, it seems to but then we have little data from past pandemics to show us that it indeed prevents anything.

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We’ve Gone the Wrong Way With the Wuhan Virus

 

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As the country begins, slowly to reopen for business after what has been, in some areas of the country, devastating numbers of cases and death, it may be time for a look back to see if what we did, staying at home, social distancing, was any better for us than having a more targeted response. By that I mean, respond where large numbers of cases “pop-up”, get those under control. Would this have been a better way than placing more than 30 million people out of work – some businesses which may become shuttered forever? That is a question that cannot readily be answered, but what we can say is that what was implemented, in various ways, over the fifty states, probably didn’t work to the extent it was thought it would.

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Commentary from the “Comments”

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NOTE: This post, is not my creation, but from the comments. I thought it was good enough to copy/paste it as a post so others may get a feeling of what is going on in other parts of the country and understand that what I’ve been writing about the Wuhan Virus  and our country’s response, is not a singular opinion. Thanks to Jeanne for her commentary here.

There was a protest drive-around scheduled today for Annapolis, Maryland…petition included. It is not so much that the protest is about “state-at-home” tactics, but about allowing locales with minimal contagion to get back to business. It is supposed that 40% of the current craft breweries/pubs will not get back to business and small downtowns that have struggled to survive before the lockdown, will simply die. But maybe not, for one can hope. But, yes, the authoritarian state has demanded what we must do, and folks are getting pissed off.

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Pandemic Tango

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Protests of the stay at home orders are growing, state by state, around the country. It’s not, in my opinion that people aren’t afraid of the Wuhan Virus, it’s that in some states draconian measures have been in place that won’t allow people to reasonably move about and to at least some extent, conduct their lives responsibly.  The other side of the protests though is the chance that there may be some in the crowd that are infected, but asymptomatic.  how do  we balance the safety of the public at large while allowing people at least a modicum of freedom of movement? It’s a careful balancing act, I believe.

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