The COVID-19 pandemic became real for most of us on Friday, March 13, when most schools closed their doors for in-person learning. The United States had recorded 2386 total cases of COVID-19 as of that date. The President assured us that it would go away. Believing him was our first mistake.
Today, another Friday the 13th, just 8 months down the road and Americans are faced with more than 10,800,000 cases of the coronavirus. 248,000 Americans have died! Now, the President is about to go away. Not believing that may be the President’s last mistake.
We didn’t make much progress, did we? When looking back on posts that I made I realize that, as offended as I was by our nation’s lack of leadership in battling the pandemic then, I am more so now. It is almost as if it has become each man for himself.
This is not the time to be selfish and go it alone, although the one man in a position to model appropriate behavior in this situation sits in the White House and sulks. Not that he cares, but shame on him!
President-elect Biden has his work cut out for him. While the result of his work is yet to be known I have no doubt that, at least. he’ll try to protect the lives of Americans while working to keep the economy vibrant. It is a delicate balance with no easy solution, but I am convinced he will try.
So, more than 1000 Americans per day are currently losing their lives to a deadly virus. While it matters to me, I fear that many of us are immune to the death toll. If you, like me, do not know anyone who has contracted and/or died from COVID-19 you should be thankful. I am, and I hope to keep it that way. As for you, I can only encourage you and hope that you will take necessary precautions to protect others, both those you love and those whom you’ve never met
Now that COVID-19 is the leading cause of death in the United States we find ourselves hosting “Doctors Without Borders”. When did you ever believe that the USA would be the world’s hotspot?
“Doctors Without Borders have come to the US to do their work. They go to the hottest spots in the world, they look at the Earth & say ‘Where are we needed?’ Well, they’re needed here in the US right now”. The pandemic is a “#humanitariandisaster”in the US https://t.co/dmh7mijgJs
— Timothy Karera (@Tkarera) November 12, 2020
With Friday the 13th serving as bookends on the 2020 pandemic we wonder what comes next in a year where every day seems like Friday the 13th.
As far as the weather goes, we dealt with record breaking rainfall across the mid-Atlantic yesterday.
The SBYwx.blog weather station registered a storm total of 4.61 inches of rain.
Rainfall total from the last 2 days have been between 2 and 6". Some areas across Hampton Roads & eastern NC saw more than 6" of rain.
Numerous roadways remain flooded tonight, and rivers levels are rising. Turn Around, Don't Drown if you encounter a flooded roadway tonight. pic.twitter.com/nUJ0MBomkv
— NWS Wakefield (@NWSWakefieldVA) November 13, 2020
Today we will see clouds slowly dissipate with partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 62 degrees. Saturday should be sunny with a high near 57.
More than 1000 Americans will die today and another 1000 will die tomorrow. Don’t be fooled by sunshine.