Since mid February, NEMiss.news has been urging readers to prepare for the COVID-19 threat, and to make a plan to prepare to isolate themselves from the general public. This is the only way to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and slowing the speed of spread (mitigation) is the only way to keep local medical resources from being overwhelmed when it hits here full tilt–as it eventually will, barring a miracle.
For example: If a community of one million people has an infection rate similar to the one in Italy, 0.05%*. That would be 500 cases of COVID-19. If all those people get sick close to the same time, its unlikely that there will be enough hospital beds or ventilators to go around to treat the sickest people. Resources will be used for those most likely to survive. However, if those cases are are spread over a few weeks, more people can receive intensive treatment, simply because there will be available resources for them. More people will survive, and some of them may be important in your life.
Below is a link to a heart-rending article from Reuters about doctors in Italy having to lie to hopelessly ill patients they are unable to treat. Some health officials believe that the US is on a similar trajectory, with only a short window of opportunity to mitigate the spread of the virus. Read the link, think about it, stay home.
*Italy has a population of 60.5 million, with 27,980 cases and 2,158 deaths as of 3-16-2020 (per John Hopkins University).
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