Covid Addendum

There will be no crowing about “right” or “wrong”. This is merely a follow up.

This piece is being written as of 5:43 PM (best time of the day – sequential numbers!) on March 23, 2020. I really like using this map: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

The U.S. now has 43,214 case – 533 deaths – giving a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.23%. I don’t want to predict anything at this point. Time will tell if our actions are enough or if we need to go further (I think the latter…)

The CFR has dropped a little since my last post; kind of expected with the increase in testing. The sheer number of cases has skyrocketed. That’s not great. Some states are starting to shut things down. Georgia is closing bars as of tomorrow – because they needed to stay open all this time.

I think some people in positions of power have been afraid to take more decisive action because the economy is tanking, and they don’t want to make it tank further. The economy is GOING to tank. The question is: the longer we wait to take appropriate action, how much MORE damage will we inflict? By waiting, I think we’re actually making that problem worse. We’ll overload the medical system, have more people out of commission (temporarily and permanently), and the economy will be in even worse shape.

My school district is now shut down through April 22nd. I’m working like crazy to find a way to conduct meaningful instruction remotely. Hello Screencastify, Zoom, and YouTube! Maybe I’ll put a few things up here for giggles.

It’s up to the public to act with great conscience and compassion. We may have to lead our leaders. I’m not even entirely sure what that MEANS, but we can show each other the correct way. In this emergency, I have little faith in the people above us calling the shots to act in our long-term best interests of health and safety. Shop for your neighbor; tip well; don’t go out to get one last item; call out hoarders. If we don’t want people to get sick and die needlessly, we need to put pressure on our leaders and each other to act appropriately.

Author: Jason Kesselring

I am a 42 year old high school chemistry teacher (and former pediatrician), happily married, and a father of two wonderful children. I'm occasionally active on Twitter; you can find me: @STLLenny and on Facebook (@trialofmilesjk)

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