Friday, April 3, 2020

Another Coronavirus Day

Maple Tree Seeds, or Samaras
From My Walk
Elkridge, MD
April 2, 2020
Sheltering in place, or staying at home to avoid becoming infected, is at least saving me money on gas! There, I found a silver lining in the dark cloud. 

During my daily walk to ensure sanity, I spied a clump of maple tree seeds, properly known as samaras, hanging on a tree bearing the red color of springtime. With the blue sky behind them, I just had to try and get an image. 

But returning to the dark cloud, it is a bit darker this morning. 

There is a disturbing report in the Washington Post that suggests we will need to live with social distancing for 18 months. 

Coronavirus will radically alter the U.S. - The Washington Post

It comes complete with the following graphic:
Models from researchers at Imperial College London suggest that wide adoption of measures to reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus can reduce the demand for critical health-care services, in part by spreading the demand over a longer period. The major challenge is that those measures will need to be maintained until a vaccine becomes available, or transmission will quickly rebound. (Tim Meko)

So the good news is that we can positively affect the course of the virus and rescue the deaths. The sobering news is that our new lifestyle may well continue into 2021 unless or until a vaccine is developed and widely distributed. 

I hope you have a great day. The day is dawning here with bright blue skies and sunshine! I hope that you are experiencing the same.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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