Thursday, June 25, 2020

It's Not Going Away

Coronavirus has made America the laughing-stock of the world. 

Confirmed Cases by Country
Johns Hopkins Covid-19 Dashboard
June 25, 2020
Self-proclaimed as the most advanced and most powerful country in the world, the virus has exposed our weak underbelly--we have a short attention span. 

It seems that our discover it, deal with it, and be done with it approach to problem solving is not working. Coronavirus is not going away or hiding. It is unaffected by the testing we are doing. 
Deaths by Country
Johns Hopkins Covid-19 Dashboard
June 25, 2020

While it is easy to lay blame on our leaders for the debacle which is the U.S. response to the coronavirus, it is incumbent upon each one of us to be cautious and take precautions. The total numbers of cases is not because we are doing more testing--there are other measures that show trends which indicate that that statement is misleading at best and mostly untrue. I find it fairly consistent that the U.S. has both 25 percent of the confirmed cases and 25 percent of the worldwide COVID-19 deaths. 

The U.S. has so many cases because we lost interest in protecting ourselves as started to do dumb things. The number of deaths and hospitalizations are a measure that shows that we, as a society, are unprepared to deal with a threat like coronavirus. 

Don't do dumb things! 

E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus-- that should be a sure sign that we are mishandling the response to the virus.

We have rights, got that--but your rights stop at my nose! We need to protect each other and we need to protect ourselves. It is clear that the government needs our help--so let's be helpful and take responsibility for our own health. 

Putting our heads in the sand is not the correct approach!

That is one reason that Chris and I have canceled our mid-July trip to Florida. It is hard--but we need to take responsibility for ourselves and our health, and the health of those around us.  

The virus in not going away--we need to learn to live with it and that means changing our lifestyle.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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