CORONAVIRUS! – Part 2
(Thursday, March 12, 2020)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2
aka 2019 Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV
January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared
the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency.
March 4, 2020 – Los Angeles County declares a local and public emergency!
and California Governor Gavin Newsom declares a state of emergency too!
March 11, 2020 – Coronavirus has spread to more than 100 countries!
Coronavirus declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization!
March 12, 2020
The NCAA cancelled the “March Madness” Basketball Tournament!
Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris,
and Universal Studios Florida will close.
Broadway theaters in New York City will go dark.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival cancelled all shows until April 8.
Viking Cruises have cancelled all sailings for the time being.
Princess Cruises will cancel all sailings (finally) for 2 months.
California and Oregon restrict large gatherings of people to 250 (still a bad idea).
Many more event cancellations and postponements:
Bequinox 2020, Viva Las Vegas 2020, and most concerts, conventions and meetings.
Santa Barbara Culinary Experience (SBCE) postponed until next year.
Oregon Cheese Festival, Taste of Ashland, and Ashland Film Festival postponed!
Many schools, colleges and universities are closing, and/or
moving classes to “remote instruction” via the internet.
Trump’s address to the nation last night caused more panic and chaos! He announced a 30 day travel ban for individuals coming from 26 countries in Europe. He did not consult with any of our European allies and they have condemned the travel ban.
The Travel and Tourism industry is responsible for one in every 10 jobs, and one in every five new jobs. Airlines, cruise companies, and hotels are facing mass cancellations. This, of course, hurts their employees and many other businesses that depend on tourism and tourist dollars. And monkeys are starving and running wild in the streets of Thailand because there are no tourists to feed them (NO JOKE)!
“According to Mexico’s Health Department, as of March 12, 2020 there are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country with some additional suspicious cases being reported by some states including Baja California Sur. Although there are no confirmed cases being reported in Los Cabos or surrounding cities.” – Los Cabos Tourist Board
Oh yeah…. another bad day on Wall Street:
Today’s Federal Reserve $1.5 trillion stimulus package paid for a
blip in the Stock market that lasted less than an hour:
They could have given everyone in the United States $5000.
Trump fired the U.S. pandemic response team in 2018 to cut costs!
Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer abruptly departed from his post leading the global health security team on the National Security Council in May 2018 amid a reorganization of the council by then-National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Ziemer’s team was disbanded. Tom Bossert, whom the Washington Post reported “had called for a comprehensive biodefense strategy against pandemics and biological attacks,” had been fired one month prior.
My friend from Sacramento just returned from a 3 week trip to Australia.
Q: “Did the security at the airport back in the US suggest a 14-day self quarantine?”
A: “are you kidding?😂😂. They asked and said nothing!! I have been filling out questionnaires, interviewed, even had my temperature taken before entering other countries even if it was just to change planes…not enter the country…just change planes. Our customs…nothing. No questions..so I asked them “Don’t you have something to ask me or to fill out?” The response was “No, welcome back”. Shocking…”
STAY HOME! SELF ISOLATE! QUARANTINE YOURSELF!
USE “SOCIAL DISTANCING” and KEEP 6′ AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE!
Dr. Thomas File, the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, said that anyone within five feet of an infected individual for five minutes or more had potential exposure to the virus.
“The problem is that if you contact others who are infected, you may die. You may, and probably will, transmit it to others. This is how epidemics spiral out of hand, and potentially infect millions, with thousands dying. The replication rate increases exponentially when people interact. Italy is overwhelmed and has closed all businesses other than pharmacies and food markets. That’s the only way to get ahead of the curve. Self-quarantining or staying home is a terrible solution to this problem, but because of our failure to provide early testing, we’re behind the curve, and social distancing is the best and most effective way to ameliorate the problem. Yes, people will suffer financially, businesses may suffer huge loss or go under…but that’s the cost we must bear at this point. Keep in mind that the US has tested less that 10,000 people, when S. Korea is testing 15,000 people a day and are close to turning the tide on identifying and treating those who need the medical attention most. We’re playing catch-up. The “privilege” is now staying alive, staying healthy, and making certain your fellow citizens are not put at risk.” – B.D.
DON’T PANIC! GET EDUCATED! STAY HOME! REMAIN CALM!
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