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Scoot: A glimmer of hope as the worst approaches with COVID-19

April 06, 2020 - 1:21 pm

As we enter a week US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said will be comparable to “Pearl Harbor,” there are hints of positive signs that should be realized, though they should not change our behavior yet.

New Orleans is one of the nation’s hotspots that is expecting to see another jump in coronavirus cases and deaths at a time when most people appear to be acting responsibly and respecting the stay-at-home orders and social distancing.

The toll that the coronavirus crisis is having on morale, locally and across the nation, is intense; and the fear is that the slightest bit of positive news will lead to people abandoning the stay-at-home orders and social distancing.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo cautiously announced that their state may have reached a peak; but since that peak could be a plateau that will remain steady prior to any decline in the numbers, no one should interpret the glimmer of positive news as a green light to return to normal life.

In California and in Washington State, the state that had the nation’s first coronavirus death, there also appear to be signs that the apex of the coronavirus curve could be flattening. A few hospitals are no longer in dire need of ventilators, which opens the opportunity to share with other hospitals in need of ventilators.

However, confusion continues over a steady flow of conflicting information coming from those we look to for guidance. The CDC recommends that everyone wear some type of mask, or facial covering, whenever they go out. President Trump agrees with the recommendation, while saying he does not plan to wear any type of mask. Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked at yesterday’s news conference why he wasn’t wearing a mask, and he simply said that he had tested negative for coronavirus.

Through the crisis we have always been told that we can go to the grocery and the pharmacy when necessary; but yesterday, White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, said, “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe.”

Amid the potentially conflicting messages, we must continue to use common sense and do what we think is best based on the information available. Clearly, COVID-19 is easily passed on even through being too close to a person breathing; but the social distancing rule of maintaining a safe zone of 6 ft. appears to have been good advice that is working.

Remaining isolated is frustrating, even for many who consider themselves reclusive or introverts. The instinct to look for any reason to escape the bonds of isolation will be overwhelming for some; BUT, if we do not continue to do what we are doing right now, then we can expect any flattening of the curve to be shortlived.

We are all eagerly awaiting the moment we can retrun to our normal lives. The increase in the number of cases and deaths is seen as a positive because we are told by the experts that the peak should be followed by a flattening of the curve - but that will only happen if we stay strong and resist the temptation to resume life too early.

We can do this! Stay strong, and be patient and we will get beyond this!

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