Healthline.com has assembled a group of medical experts to discuss the coronavirus in its present and future contexts. It’s not a happy outlook, but we’d best be aware of what’s ahead.
The first thing is to avoid multiple contacts in crowds and to purchase face masks when they become available. (Drug stores are likely to be out of them more regularly than not.)
Coronavirus is described as “a bullet train without the constraint of train tracks. It is moving very fast in many directions at the same time.” That means the virus will likely be everywhere before much longer. So start taking precautions, say, with your next breath. If it eases off in a month or two, it’s “likely to recur next fall”. Seriously.
You probably know by now that younger people have a far better chance of besting the coronavirus than older ones, but that will always be germane.
It’s likely to be 18 months before the U.S. has an effective vaccine for the coronavirus. We could go on, but there’s more first-hand information in the Healthline post. Check it out directly. (And learn how to stop touching your face.)
The presumptive President of the United States, Donald Trump, says the Democrats are “politicizing” the coronavirus, that it’s “their new hoax” – that’s what he was saying at a rally yesterday in South Carolina. Of course, Trump isn’t our “presumptive” president at all, he’s for real in the role – and that could mean woe is us.
The President, of course, has placed Vice President Mike Pence in charge of coordinating the federal response to the virus threat. From Trump’s tone yesterday, Pence shouldn’t have much to do, and we know that’s not the case at all. The first death from the virus has just been reported in Washington State, And the virus appears to be spreading up and down the West Coast and heading inland.
Scoffing can be taken too far. Defenders of the President say he didn’t call the virus itself a hoax. But if there were ever a time for choosing one’s words carefully, this is it and Trump spoke rather spitefully.
There are times when Trump’s handling of his nation-leading job seems as much prompted by whimsy as reality, and this is one of them. We should be expecting more of the President – caution in the face of a health hazard that threatens us all. Yet the corona virus is “the Democrats’ new hoax”. We couldn’t let that one pass by. That wouldn’t be fair to a nation whose apprehension is growing over the prospect of the virus spreading from coast to coast.
Let’s hope it doesn’t, but let’s not downplay the possibility either.