The World is Temporarily Closed
By the end of March, there were 336,075 Coronavirus cases in the world and 14,613 deaths. The US held daily briefings from each State’s governor and the White House. It was stressed over and over again by WHO and the CDC not to touch our faces because the virus enters through the nose and mouth. Throughout the whole month there was a stampede to stores that wiped out the supply of Toilet Paper. The warnings were more aimed at people in my age group, especially those who had underlying conditions like cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions and diabetes. Saint Patrick’s Day events were cancelled, foreign travel was stopped and businesses began to close. Hospitals were running out of supplies for handling the increase in cases. It was becoming clear that this virus didn’t respect borders and the only thing that would contain the spread is if we follow clear guidelines set down by the CDC and WHO.
The White House briefing became exhausting when the president resorted to blaming and politicizing. His narrative about the threat of the virus conflicted drastically with other credible sources. I continued to watch mainly for the sound advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci who was becoming our national medical leader and because I wanted to hear for myself what the president was saying so it couldn’t be dismissed as ‘fake news’. The president opined that this would all be gone by Easter ~ a miracle. Wouldn’t that be nice!
Mostly I stayed with our governor here in Virginia, a physician who gave intelligent, sound guidance. I also followed the New Jersey and New York governors because I had family there and those two states were the epicenter on the east coast.
We got to see who the Stand-Up Wonders were and who the Gutless Wonders were.
By April 6th, the Worldometer website listed 1,343,107 total cases worldwide and 74,657 deaths worldwide. Here in the US our total cases were at 364,590 and total deaths at 10,841.
My reflection on COVID19 that I sketched on Good Friday. My heart and prayers go out to all those who are vulnerable at this time. 💚 (I feel like coronavirus is raining down on us.)
“My eyes replaced the virus raining down on me with a beam of holy white light from the heavens. I moved all the virus to the outside of that beam thereby placing me in total protection.)
By April 13th, on the day after Easter, the worldwide cases were up to 1,922,267 and deaths at 119,547. The US numbers had climbed to 585,469 total cases and 23,592 total deaths. Clearly, the president’s confidence that it would be gone by Easter, a miracle, didn’t happen.
People were told to stay home and celebrate the holiday virtually through the online services.The guidelines for Stay at Home were increasing and including everyone. Stay at Home unless absolutely necessary and, if necessary, wear a mask and practice social distancing of six feet distance from others.
Stay Calm/Mask Up
Worldometer Report April 13th, 2020
Homemade masks became the new craft as many took to their sewing machines or learned how to use fabrics to fold and use as masks. I used cloth Christmas napkins and following a video on how to fold for maximum protection.
My primary care nurse practitioner did a telehealth visit over the phone instead of my having to go to her office. It did turn out that I needed to go to the office anyway so that they could have blood drawn. I was the first patient to visit the make-shift tent that they had set up for ‘healthy’ patients so that the office waiting rooms could be for sick patients only. The LPN that drew the blood was very nervous and the fact that the wind was blowing around us made it more difficult for her. She finally got a full vial and the final results were all okay!
During this buildup, Pat and I spoke every day. I found it very comforting to listen to his voice and know that he was handling this sudden, abrupt change in our lives with acceptance. There wasn’t much news to share except for the day to day updates on the steadily growing numbers of positive cases. The assisted living/independent living facility had no additional cases. This was a relief considering we were hearing of multiple deaths in other nursing homes and long-term care homes.
At the end of April, there were almost 3,000,000 cases worldwide and 1,000,00 US cases. Deaths in the US were reaching the 50,000 mark.
(Worldometer Report April 24th, 2020)
Protests were beginning in some of the States that had stricter restrictions because of the density and contagion in the hot spots around the country. Some resented the ongoing restrictions and considered them to be an infringement of their civil rights. The president seemed to be enabling this behavior which included armed protests that threatened the capitol buildings of some states. His comments and tweets egged them on when the governors of those States were democrats. The politicizing of this crisis by him was increasingly called out.
Our governor continued to brief us with science and facts. There was no politicizing going on while each of the people on his staff reported their findings. We were able to flatten the curve and avoid the anticipated surge. Our hospitals weren’t overwhelmed and were able to prepare for that possibility down the road.
I was very fortunate to have to nearby delivery services to rely on for food and supplies. My niece checked in on me to see if I needed prescriptions picked up or if there was anything else that I needed. My sons checked in to see how I was doing.
* You can read Pandemic 2020 ~ March here: Pandemic 2020 ~ March