The way South Korea handled its Covid-19 outbreak is the way most responsible scientists and doctors recommend that it be done. Test, trace and isolate. As many people as possible are tested, when a positive person is found all those he or she had recently been in contact with and are tested, and those found with the virus are taken to isolation areas where they cannot spread the virus to another. That is the best way to handle it.
South Korea reported 9,241 cases and 131 deaths. It seems to have it under control.
China has reported 81,782 cases and 3,291 deaths. It seems to have it under control. Although the origin of the problem, its fear is now from the outside. It has banned foreigners from entering its shores.
The United States in part thanks to the governors has asked people to stay in their homes. Trump has not asked anything of the people other than they keep a socially respectable distance of six feet away from each other. Each night on television Trump presents a rosy picture which makes me think of the band leader of the Titantic playing away as the ship sinks. Predictions by some are that the ship the United States is sinking.
For some strange reason our number of cases has not resulted in the number of deaths that other European countries have felt. Some have suggested it is because our hospitals were on top of it in the beginning we avoided the worst but now that they are reaching full capacity their ability to protect the people inflicted with this disease has declined.
Obviously we have long since passed the time when we can take the best approach as South Korea has done. But right now in more than half of the United States we are taking no approach at all. People are acting as if nothing is afoot. In my walk today I saw four teenagers playing some game, another four running together, and several couples standing and chatting very close to each other. Here in Massachusetts we are supposed to be staying in our homes but that is not happening. What then is the result when Trump doesn’t take the virus seriously as he still speaks of the wonderful Easter Sunday when the threat of the virus will be gone and much of the nation follows the leaders direction.
The United States now has more cases than anyone else in the world with 83,782. Our death toll is at 1,209 at this writing is less than only Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France who have had a head start on us. Italy and Spain have seen over 600 deaths a day.
Here’s my figures from the past two days: March 24 around 9 p.m. 706 deaths; March 25 around 9:00 p.m. 942 deaths; March 26 at the same time 1,209. Tuesday to Wednesday an increase of 236; Wednesday to Thursday an increase of 267. Fortunately we are not seeing the increases other countries have experienced but what is there that say we won’t. We haven’t even taken the measures that Italy has imposed on its people in many parts of the nation.
It’s the same virus there as here. Yet we go along willy-nilly being assured by Trump that we can start going back to work and Easter sunrise will be a day of rejoicing.
Trump and his followers have mentioned this is no worse than the flu or the auto deaths in our nation. Did any of those ever overwhelm our hospitals? Did any of those send our doctors and nurses and health care workers home sick in such a number? In Massachusetts we have over 100 of them out sick with the virus.What we are going through is something that will leave a scar on our nation. Trump ignoring it will only make the scar deeper and the deaths higher.
The worst of it is that the states are now competing against each other and the U.S. government for certain health equipment. A decent president would stop this immediately. The U.S. government would take over for everyone and supply it. Only the most obtuse of presidents would encourage competition among the states for life saving equipment.