COVID19: Listen to the Science, Stay Home

[from 03/24/2020 news update]

I live in one of the so-called “hot-spots” for the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States: Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Depending on where you draw the boundaries, we have about 5 million people in the are; there are more than a million in our county alone.

Our kids have been at home since they were furloughed from school on 03/13/2020; we’ve all been home since the county (and area-wide) order to “shelter in place” was released.

It hasn’t been easy, but it could be a lot worse. A LOT worse. My whole family is heathy, my wife and I can still work and get paid, our kids are doing ok overall with the sequester regime; we’re really blessed, given the circumstances, I say.

All that said, this pandemic and the crisis it’s created…it will fully be a defining time for multiple generations of people; here in the US, and around the world.

We are still on the front-end of events where I live; the same goes from coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic, and North to South too. It’s VITAL that we all work together, all follow the orders and protocols that have been established, to slow the spread (“flatten the curve”, as the experts are saying, and save lives.

We got this in the mail today; seemingly it’s from Trump himself.

I thought this was a little funny, or maybe ironic…? Just yesterday one of the news threads running was how Trump has expressed a belief and/or desire that we back to work, back to normal in some way, by Easter. That’s 04/12/2020. That’s 17 days from now. The health community is reporting we’ll only then have better data on how widespread and deep the COVID-19 case load will be.

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