So Florida's governor just asked everyone flying into FL from an international destination to self quarantine for 14 days.
If there is a fire in a crowded building I hope someone yells fire LOL.
The Spanish flu H1N1 in 1918 originated at Fort Riley, Kansas so many historians think. It spread in close quarters among soldiers in WW1 who were in containment areas in Spain. They took it to their homes across the world with them.
The media is doing their job. This is not a political story though some want to believe it is - and I don't think the media are fanning that flame (back to fire) more than warranted. I actually keep wanting more substantial news but I don't think the information is quickly forthcoming.
On the other hand they also could be reporting more on today's stock market adjustment and the meaning of that Saudi Arabian globe.
Today's news out of China was there have now been 2 days with no new cases of COVID-19 outside Hubei Province, the government is now saying it expects that Hubei Province, not counting Wuhan City, will be in a similar status by the end of March and that Wuhan City will be at a similar status by the end of April. If they are anywhere close to being accurate this is huge progress.
Total deaths in China as of today for COVIS-19 are 3,120. The Spanish Flu, one of the deadliest pandemics in history was an H1N1 virus type similar to the swine flu pandemic of 2009. The 2009 swine flu pandemic killed many more people than the COVID-19, it is estimated that between 150,000 and 575,000 deaths resulted from the 2009 swine flu.
The response time to COVID-19 has been much quicker than for the 2009 swine flu and the protocols are improved. Again, education is key to avoidance/prevention as well as personal discipline to put the advice/protocols into practice. The advice I've seen for elderly, with other health issues, is stay at home (avoid unnecessary contact with strangers) until the situation is under control.
Experts also agree that the numbers of reported cases of COVID-19 is likely significantly underreported, for the lack of testing facilities, so the mortality rate is therefore most likely overstated versus the current 3% to 3.5% estimates. I heard of one estimate that puts the mortality rate at below 1%, not good but better than what's currently being reported.
Again, I am in no way down-playing the Coronavirus and it risks as a pandemic nor the aggressive steps needed to keep it under control until a vaccine can be made widely available. My only point is let's look at the data and try and keep things in perspective, while we work the issue. Our biggest concerns should be the nations, like Iran, that seem ill equipped to deal with a pandemic, which will unfortunately lead to a lot of unnecessary loss of life.
I have to admit I like St Thomas so much more with cruise ships gone and tourists back in the mainland. The island got quite sleepy, no traffic, no hustle, no drunk and shirtless, tattooed fatties hanging around downtown. Magens access is uncrowded and free.
The island seems cleaner too. Love it.