It’s not a big deal.
There is no problem.
COVID-19 will not hurt people.
Amid the push to “re-open” for no other reason that what seems to be to “save the economy” (which is something that was in serious trouble for reasons outside of COVID-19, rather that the illness simply exposed latent problems that few wanted to talk about), it seems to be coming at the expense of public health as COVID-19 cases rise all around the states in the US who have “reopened” the fastest.
Packing pool parties and other Memorial Day events, many Americans marked the unofficial start of summer just like they did before coronavirus.
But while the revelers shunned face masks and ignored social distancing guidelines, the virus keeps spreading unabated, killing both the elderly and the young.
By Tuesday morning, more than 1,660,000 Americans have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 98,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The number of new cases keeps rising in 18 states — including Georgia, Arkansas, California and Alabama.
In 22 states, the numbers appear to be holding steady. And only 10 states are seeing declines in the numbers of new cases.
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Some Americans took warnings from health officials very seriously — wearing masks while in public, keeping their distance from strangers or celebrating the holiday weekend at home.
Those precautions are especially important because new research shows an estimated 40% of coronavirus transmissions happen before symptoms even appear.
And now that states have loosened or eliminated stay-at-home orders, “it is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community,” said Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration.
“Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all.”
‘The disease can jump out at any time’
What used to be typical summer pastimes are now potential breeding grounds for coronavirus.
A cluster of new cases emerged after swim party in Arkansas. In Atlanta, several recent prep school graduates also tested positive for the coronavirus, including one who had friends over for a graduation party.
In Arkansas, one of the few states that never enacted stay-at-home orders, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state seemed to be experiencing a “second peak.” (source)
To be fair, not all areas in the south are “reopening” and exposing people to the virus. However, there is a potential of something to go terribly wrong and result in an infection.
Right now it is not worth gettin g sick over something that could be easily prevented.
Please do your part, and keep this thing from spreading, because there will be a second real wave (not what is happening right now), and the idea at this point is to minimize the potential damage it will cause.