Did you notice that there was no question mark in the title of this post?
Maryland schools will be closed from March 16 until March 27.
— Salisbury MD Weather (@SalisburyWx) March 12, 2020
WHO (World Health Organization) says that the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus “will only get worse”, while the President of the United States has his own take.
Listen to all opinions regarding this matter and make up your own mind. Will you choose to follow the advice of medical professionals who have devoted their entire lives to their area of expertise, or will you yield to the “gut” feelings of our Commander in Chief?
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, seems to be the grown-up in the room when it comes to discussing our options for combating COVID-19. He insists that things will get worse before they get better.
Our concern should not be that very few people have contracted the disease. It should be that the death rate is estimated to be 30 to 50 times higher for the coronavirus than it is for the seasonal flu. If we do not stem the tide then the potential number of fatalities could be astronomical. Testing needs to increase as it has throughout the rest of the world.
The middle of March is fast approaching, dozens of schools across the country have suspended classes, travel to certain portions of the world is restricted, the stock markets are crashing, the NCAA says playoff games will be played without fans, and life, in some form, goes on.
And….in the time since I began writing this post last evening we have learned that an NBA player has tested positive for COVID-19 causing the league to suspend the season. On top of that, we’ve just learned that Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive as well.
At this point in time, with something that is growing exponentially, it is more important to slow down the spread of COVID-19 before we can wipe it out. An overwhelmed health care system is not an enviable option.
This is a pretty compelling argument for limiting social events in order to flatten the curve (i.e., slow the spread of the coronavirus so it doesn't overwhelm our capacity). https://t.co/9rNqVljUrW
— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) March 11, 2020
As we approach springtime, where the proliferation of allergies will increase, it may be difficult for people to really know the cause of their suffering.
With the heart of #allergy season on the horizon, do you have any concerns about how it may affect the spread of #COVID19? Tweet us your questions & we'll ask Allergist Dr. Lily G. Hwang from Atlanta Allergy! Tune into #WUTV on @weatherchannel 5-8pm ET. pic.twitter.com/eSYv5z5fWU
— Weather Underground (@wunderground) March 11, 2020
Medical experts are predicting a nasty season for allergy sufferers. I have yet to hear the advice of our president. Clearly, America is in need of leadership!
Speaking of leadership….this is what President Trump had to say to America in his national address last evening.
“The virus will not have a chance against us. No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States,”…”This is not a financial crisis. This is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world,”
Dow futures immediately dropped 1000 points after Trump’s speech that eliminated travel from Europe for 30 days and, this morning, America still does not have enough COVID-19 testing kits available
Throughout this ordeal there is still weather with which to deal. Today should be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the low to mid 60’s. Showers, and possibly a thunderstorm, are on tap for tomorrow before skies begin to clear and the mercury soars into the 70’s. Temps in the 70’s are terrific for folks, unless they’re bedridden by a deadly disease.