Worldwide the number of cases for the top five countries are: China 81,496; Italy 59,138, Spain 33,089 and Germany 27.289. The United States has climbed into third place.
Fortunately when it comes to deaths, we are not nearly as bad as five other countries: Italy, 5476; China 3,274; Spain 2,206; Iran 1,812; France 676; and U.S. 473.
As shown in my post earlier today, the U.S. government is not taking the virus seriously. It plans just like the old smoothies to sail through the pandemic. There are some suggestion coming from the top that happy days will be here after 15 days.
Fortunately not all see the dawn coming so soon. Charlie Baker the governor of Massachusetts has just ordered all non-essential businesses in the state to close. It’s late but better late as they say. It is still not enough since people will be out and about. Other states have done the same thing: California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana and Delaware. The total number of people affected by these orders is over 115 million people.
One-fifth of our national governors believe the best way to address the coronavirus is for people to stay in their homes and shut down all the normal economic activity in their states. That leaves four-fifths who think things can pretty much go on as usual. There’s a disconnect somewhere.
Louisiana on March 22 with its stay home order had 837 cases and 20 deaths; on the same day Florida without the order had 830 cases and 13 deaths. On March 23 the statistics show Lousiana has 837 cases and 20 deaths while Florida has 1,007 cases and 13 deaths. Although the deaths remained the same, the increase in Florida was 300 more than Louisiana.
On March 22 Illinois had 753 cases and Michigan 809. The former has a stay at home order. On March 23 Illinois had 1,050 cases and Michigan 1,039 cases. Here there seems little change unless one looks at the testing. Michigan has tested on 3,104 people and Illinois has tested 8,329.
The Lone Star State of Texas is going it alone with no restrictions at all. I suppose it looks upon the other states, especially those in the northeast, as sort of wimpish. It is the second largest state in the nation. Texas has tested 8,756 people. On March 22 Texas had 304 cases and the following day 670 days.
How do we expect this coronavirus to be stopped when four-fifths of the nation are not responding by imposing the minimum restrictions to it? Are we so different from Italy which took drastic steps yet still suffered and is suffering a significant number of deaths?
The laissez-faire attitude of our Government to this pandemic to me is astonishing. A British study comparing the “potential impact of the COVID-19 disease epidemic with the devastating flu outbreak of 1918, Ferguson’s team said that with no mitigating measures at all, the outbreak could have caused more than half a million deaths in Britain and 2.2 million in the United States.”
Am I overreacting, I hope so. But isn’t it better to do that than to pretend that there is some time period such as 15 days when the sun is going to come up again. Every time a stay at home order issues businesses close down and people are put out of work. These small businesses and hard-working people will no longer have income. What is to be done about that?
The British have guaranteed that people will still receive 80% of their income. Have we done anything like that? If we are to survive we need to keep our people healthy and that is by getting them money and food. There are lots of things to consider but foremost among them is to help the people adversely affected by this pandemic.