cold war social distancing
The current COVID response to the disease has been the most effective we’ve seen. The lack of a lockdown has been even more useful, as it was thought that the current social distancing would cause the outbreak to spread. However, the spread has slowed to a standstill and we are now seeing the slowest recovery from the virus.
COVID-19 has been seen as the “pandemic” because it caused a lot of public panic and fear, but it is not the “pandemic” because it has no symptoms and no death toll. The virus is much more deadly than we thought. It has killed over 1,300 people in the US and over 150 in China, and has spread to more than 200 countries. The best advice I can give is to just not get it and get rid of it.
The virus doesn’t actually kill people, it’s just that they end up infecting others. Infected people can live long lives, and die in their sleep. Even though it can kill, it has done far more than slow the spread of the virus. It has made the whole world a bit more paranoid, more cautious, and just less safe. We need to all learn to love the spread of this virus and not to fear it.
The good news is that things are slowing down. We may not be able to get back to normal for a while, but we can still have an easier time than we have been in the past. Although the spread of the virus is still extremely frightening, this has turned out to be very helpful. The world is now a far, far better place. One that is less dangerous, and everyone is a lot more cautious.
When the lockdown was first announced, we all knew what it meant. We all, including the government, thought it would be bad. Because we all expected that as soon as the world became safe again, we would be back to the very same old life, no longer dealing with the virus, of course, but at least, maybe, we would be at least somewhat safer. But that has now turned out to be a totally false hope.
For those of you who don’t remember, the first wave of COVID-19 cases in the US had a very similar distribution to the current spread. The number of positive cases was relatively stable throughout the outbreak, but the number of deaths increased dramatically in the first weeks and then began to decrease. It’s a pattern that’s been repeated throughout the world.
In the latest data from Johns Hopkins, there were a lot of deaths in the initial wave of infections (we’ve had a high level of reported cases of COVID-19 for a couple of weeks now) and it has continued to decrease since, but the number of cases hasn’t really budged since the outbreak started. As of today, the US is still having one of the highest death rates in the world. It’s only going to get worse.
The reason for the increase in COVID-19 deaths is because we are still seeing people at high risk of serious illness, such as older adults, the elderly, and young children, die. This is because many of those who have recovered from COVID-19 are being placed on ventilators to help prevent further cases.
We’ve also seen a sharp rise in the number of people testing for the virus, but the number of tests is still low. This is partially because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all testing be done in hospitals and that everyone who tests positive be immediately quarantined and placed into isolation.
One of the more controversial parts of the quarantine is the new health care system being put into place. The government has the power to order residents of a state to self-quarantine indefinitely. If you are an American citizen, you can even quarantine yourself in your own home. In other words, it makes sense. The problem is that you are locked in your own home for a few weeks, and so are your family members.