I am 62 years old, and I have not witnessed a pandemic the scope of COVID – 19. World wide there are currently documented; 134,235 Coronavirus cases. Of the virus cases there are 4,965 deaths. Thus far, 68,898 have recovered.
All of us live in our own little bubble. We know and are close to what our friends and family and colleagues, tell us. Perhaps we have no, current, illness or discomfort…now. Some of our friends tell us that COVID – 19 is overblown. Others assure us that it is a political plot. While many more are certain that the virus could be no worse than a bad case of the flu, and that they have lived through more than one case of this type of illness.
I would point to the famous and political leaders who have already tested positive for the virus. These are people from both political parties.
Within the past 24 hours we have witnessed many more bold measures regarding, social distancing. All problems and illnesses and catastrophes are not real to us…until it is us…or our loved ones. ‘A former Homeland Security adviser, Tom Bossert, warned that the US is just over a week away from the nation’s hospitals ‘getting creamed’ by the rapidly spreading coronavirus.’ New York Post
Italy is currently triaging patients for eligibility for treatment according to who physicians believe have the best chance of surviving.
Yes, COVID – 19 will finally become normalized. Medical professionals tell us that once 40% of humanity contracts the disease there will develop a ‘herd immunity.’
The markets are falling off a cliff, daily, due to the absence of a coherent plan to deal with a concrete…invisible…reality.
Now is the time for all of our political leaders to, ‘beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks,’
‘And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.’ (Isaiah 2:4)
‘The Lend-Lease policy, formally titled An Act to Promote the Defense of the United States, was a program under which the United States supplied the United Kingdom, Free France, the Republic of China, and later the Soviet Union and other Allied nations with food, oil, and material between 1941 and August 1945.’ Wikipedia
We need a plan that is as bold as the Lend-Lease policy to equip our hospitals and medical professionals with the equipment, such as ventilators and beds and rooms for the beds, to facilitate, not only the current health crisis, but the next one that will certainly come our way.
It is amazing the progress that can be accomplished when we do not care who gets the credit.