Don't forget to wash your hands.
Protect your bike also.
Protect your bike also.
I may have been one of the first Americans to be infected with this. It was the last week of January and the first identified case was near the school that I was interning at. Unfortunately, I'll never know for sure as testing wasn't available and it didn't even cross my mind that the weird cold I was having could have been this strain. I've never had a cold that bad in my life. I was nearly completely wiped out for 4 days, had no apetite, had a fever, sore throat, extreme congestion and difficulty breathing.It's actually safer in China where it all began at the moment, so I guess we are going to be fine in a couple of months max (famous last words).
In terms of land area, China is vast, it's roughly the same size as the US. However, the population density is much, much higher, which is part of why they had to institute such strict quarantine. Even the "small" villages that I was primarily living in when I was teaching there would have nearly 200k people and most of them were living in apartment buildings. In the bigger cities, it wouldn't be unusual to have dozens of people waiting on the corner to cross major streets during peak hours.I am glad that you got over it whatever it was, we can only stay indoors and hope not to become Italy
China is a vast country and the curve was flattened in two months and they were strikken without warning too.
We will make it!
Speaking as someone on the right. And I'm not trying to start a corona war. I just think reasonable precautions can be taken with out a lot of these government imposed mandates put in place. Right now I don't even see how it is as bad as the flu epidemic, much less worse. If some of the "experts" predictions come true, saying before it is over 40%-60% of Americans are going to end up getting this anyway, was putting the country at risk of a major recession worth it? Not that I really put any stock in what the "experts" are saying.It's rather unfortunate that some people on the right are choosing to ignore the recommendations.
The point you're missing is that those are estimates based upon modeling that's being done based upon assumptions about how people travel about and diseases spread. We have a choice, we can either put into place rather extreme measures to slow the spread, or we can allow huge numbers to die as we run out of space and equipment to treat new cases.Speaking as someone on the right. And I'm not trying to start a corona war. I just think reasonable precautions can be taken with out a lot of these government imposed mandates put in place. Right now I don't even see how it is as bad as the flu epidemic, much less worse. If some of the "experts" predictions come true, saying before it is over 40%-60% of Americans are going to end up getting this anyway, was putting the country at risk of a major recession worth it? Not that I really put any stock in what the "experts" are saying.
In my country 10's of thousands of people die each and every year just riding motorcycles. If we were to make it illegal to ride MC's here, we would in fact save thousands of lives every year. No one can dispute that fact. So should we just go ahead and do that?
It doesn't work like that though. This is likely a once in a generation quarantine in response to a new and not fully understood threat. The best number I've seen as of this time is that this new virus kills roughly 1.4% of those that are infected. At that rate, it's well within the possibility of it killing 200k people in America alone. It may also mutate in a way that greatly increases the death rate, one of the other related corona viruses has a mortality rate of about 30% and you do not want something like that spreading globally. The real question is whether these efforts to slow things down can drag it on long enough that an effective medication can be found and additional ventilators and related supplies can be manufactured that everybody can be treated.^Alright I'll touch on a couple points with you. The "self-centeredness" you mention is a 2 way street. IMO most if not all people agreeing with government actions are the ones that can actually afford to do it.
If you believe what you say, I guess you would be for a mandatory nation wide lock down every year when the flu season rolls around and we lose ~20,000 lives to that.
Here all non-essential businesses are being closed within the next 48 hours. It's really unfortunate, that the incompetence of the current administration allowed things to get so far out of hand. We should have had enough test kits to test everybody and then go test everybody they had contact with in the week before they were tested.A few hundred recorded cases and 17 fatalities in Greece, most of them very old and already suffering from other conditions yet everything is closed and I need a permit to go shopping for food or else I pay like 200 bucks on the spot. We are in the top three "cleanest" European countries according to outbreak numbers. Better safe than sorry I guess!