COVID-19 Leaves a Sad Milestone in the US — 100,000 Lives and Souls Lost to This Cruel Disease

Earlier today it was clear by all the news reports that the US was all-too-quickly approaching a milestone, the kind which no one ever wants to see..... A little while ago when I again checked the Washington Post that milestone has indeed arrived, with the disease now having claimed the lives of 100,000 people: mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren, husbands, wives, significant others....... Horrific, sad, and frightening.....

As I have been doing for quite some time now on a regular basis, too, I also took a look at my own area’s local statistics, and as of a few hours ago according to Fairfax County health records: 10,181 identified cases, 1,285 hospitalized, 376 deceased, and 234 new cases today. In my zip code, if I am interpreting it correctly, there have been 1,631 cases so far. In my own condominium community there have been at least two reported COVID-19 cases. Scary, much?

This thing isn’t really slowing down all that much at all in the DC area from what I can see, and yet they’re getting ready to open up the District and Northern Virginia, which while I find It will be freeing in respects, also still seems rather concerning in other ways. The governor of Virginia has now mandated that we all wear masks when in public buildings, indoors or anywhere where there are likely to be more than just a handful of people and social distancing is difficult or impossible to maintain. This includes restaurants, businesses, offices, government buildings, etc. Some places of business may be able to open if they can provide curbside services to customers. Still waiting for more clarification which should come tomorrow from the county, but I think this also lifts the restriction of traveling and going between jurisdictions unless specifically required for work, doctor’s appointments, etc., but those who are more vulnerable are still strongly urged to stay at home as much as is possible. (Frankly, good old common sense suggests that, anyway!) For Northern Virginia, this is Phase One of the process of opening up; the rest of the state has already been doing this for about a week now.

in Maryland, they’re still holding off on opening up Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, the two in that state most heavily-populated and most affected by the pandemic so far, and I think the plans are to open up somewhat later than either DC or Northern Virginia, but probably still within the next week.
 
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Earlier today it was clear by all the news reports that the US was all-too-quickly approaching a milestone, the kind which no one ever wants to see..... A little while ago when I again checked the Washington Post that milestone has indeed arrived, with the disease now having claimed the lives of 100,000 people: mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren, husbands, wives, significant others....... Horrific, sad, and frightening.....

As I have been doing for quite some time now on a regular basis, too, I also took a look at my own area’s local statistics, and as of a few hours ago according to Fairfax County health records: 10,181 identified cases, 1,285 hospitalized, 376 deceased, and 234 new cases today. In my zip code, if I am interpreting it correctly, there have been 1,631 cases so far. In my own condominium community there have been at least two reported COVID-19 cases. Scary, much?

This thing isn’t really slowing down all that much at all in the DC area from what I can see, and yet they’re getting ready to open up the District and Northern Virginia, which while I find It will be freeing in respects, also still seems rather concerning in other ways. The governor of Virginia has now mandated that we all wear masks when in public buildings, indoors or anywhere where there are likely to be more than just a handful of people and social distancing is difficult or impossible to maintain. This includes restaurants, businesses, offices, government buildings, etc. Some places of business may be able to open if they can provide curbside services to customers. Still waiting for more clarification which should come tomorrow from the county, but I think this also lifts the restriction of traveling and going between jurisdictions unless specifically required for work, doctor’s appointments, etc., but those who are more vulnerable are still strongly urged to stay at home as much as is possible. (Frankly, good old common sense suggests that, anyway!) For Northern Virginia, this is Phase One of the process of opening up; the rest of the state has already been doing this for about a week now.

in Maryland, they’re still holding off on opening up Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, the two in that state most heavily-populated and most affected by the pandemic so far, and I think the plans are to open up somewhat later than either DC or Northern Virginia, but probably still within the next week.
I live in Virginia and I am upset with this governor. He is a hippocrit and doesn't practice what he preaches. I can't wear a face mask for more than one reason so I need to see if a doctor's note will work. I can't breath with it on and I have panic attacks from it. Not to go into a lot of detail but when I was 15 years old I was kidnapped and the perpetrator put a paper bag over my face and I couldn't breath so I will not put anything on my face.
 

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Here in Italy we went though the same horrible situation. People we know have become ill and some have sadly died.

All I can say, is that you must do all you can to stay safe with masks and stuff and above all avoid crowded places. Be wise and take your own precautions.

But here just as it will in the USA, the numbers will fall and life will start to return to normal, even if it is still a strange normality here.
 
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I live in Virginia and I am upset with this governor. He is a hippocrit and doesn't practice what he preaches. I can't wear a face mask for more than one reason so I need to see if a doctor's note will work. I can't breath with it on and I have panic attacks from it. Not to go into a lot of detail but when I was 15 years old I was kidnapped and the perpetrator put a paper bag over my face and I couldn't breath so I will not put anything on my face.
If you have intermittent breathing concerns I would think the last thing you want is to be infected with this virus that seems to focus on the lungs. I would seriously think about taking some time off. The government is giving an extra $600 per week in benefits. This virus will not last long and you will be able to return to a normal life. If I remember right, Virginia was one of the states that it progressed at a slower rate meaning it will last a little longer than other states that have gone through the worst of it and are starting to get back to normal again.
 

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In our county here in Southern Germany we have no new cases since 9 days.
Hopefully it stays this way.
Life is getting normal step by step.

Stay safe
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I live within easy walking distance of Connie. Several months ago a dinner party for my wife and me and four friends was scheduled for June 6. Everyone but my wife and I feel comfortable attending. They were really nice and respect our choice about that and we respect theirs. The hosts suggested scheduling it for a different time, but we declined because it's not yet possible to know when we'll feel comfortable returning to normal socializing. That's because my wife is closely following the local data and we can't predict future data. So, I told the others that we would get back in touch when we do feel comfortable getting together. Everyone is happy with that.
 
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It's a terrible disease and should never have been let spread to basically every country in the world the way it has. We are lucky here in Australia we have had about 100 deaths, our government acted very early in closing the borders and putting social distancing in place as well as "hibernating" our economy. There is talk of creating a bubble within Australia, NZ, Taiwan and Singapore so we can travel within each others countries soon which should be good. Hopefully the USA and others can get back on their feet soon too.
 
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There are three things that you need to understand about the Covid-19 virus:

1. There is no cure. If you become infected with the virus, your body will either fight it off or you will die. The vast majority of those infected recover (see 3 below however) but there is no medicine or pill that acts as a cure. It is not even clear if once you recover from the disease that you are completely free from being re-infected.

2. It is extremely transmissible. Droplets, contact surfaces and person to person contact are how the virus transfers from one infected individual. It is not yet even clear if someone who is infected and shedding the virus will show symptoms. The virus enters the body through the mouth, nose and eyes so wearing a face mask (and not touching it or your eyes), social distancing and frequent hand washing/sanitizing are your best (and currently only) defense.

3. While the vast majority of infected individuals recover, understand that the mortality rate is between 15 and 50 times higher than the 'seasonal flu' and that is a scary high number.

Much earlier this year, I had a virus that we think was Covid-19 (it's a long story). I was miserably bed-ridden sick for two weeks, ended up with pneumonia, and it took another month before I felt even remotely like resuming normal activities. It was a terrible experience.

The virus is not going to just 'go away'. Testing, quarantining, contact tracing and aggressively pursuing public health measures (masks, social distancing, proper and thorough cleaning) are the only ways to slow and contain the spread of the virus.
 
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Adding, there are many strains of the virus 🦠 in different parts of the world.
They are different in the way they operate and the damage they cause.
It is also mentioned in Europe that the more virulent strains are disappearing being replaced by less aggressive ones.
But it is too early to shout victory yet.
 
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Adding, there are many strains of the virus 🦠 in different parts of the world.
They are different in the way they operate and the damage they cause.
It is also mentioned in Europe that the more virulent strains are disappearing being replaced by less aggressive ones.
But it is too early to shout victory yet.
I'm not sure that's really clear yet. One piece of evidence is that the the mortality rate in Italy was considerably higher than where the original outbreak was in China - and also higher than the current US mortality rate - which would suggest a different strain.

But all that is complicated by the depth of testing in the population (the US is abysmally low) and exactly how the cause of death is assigned. Those numbers are not easy to verify when the health systems become swamped like they did in Italy and New York City.

Until (and IF) a safe, effective vaccine is widely available, this pandemic is not even close to being over.
 
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Well now...then there's this, but it's the lack of common sense among many people that has me worried. Take a look at what happened here in Missouri over the past weekend...

https://time.com/5842600/lake-of-the-ozarks-coronavirus-memorial-day-party/
Exactly, Lyndee! That is absolutely appalling, what went on at Lake of the Ozarks! Some of the beaches in Maryland, NJ and Delaware had issues, too, and of course our governor went to check out things at Virginia Beach -- not wearing a mask, which was odd, given that he is a physician and that he was about to mandate that everyone in Virginia wear masks when going into buildings, etc. (The official order has indeed since been issued and we all must wear masks when in buildings and among other people where social-distancing may not be feasible.) Probably he was thinking that, well, he'd be outdoors and social-distancing. It clearly didn't occur to him that people were going to rush up to him and ask for photos, want to talk to him, etc. -- and not everyone at the beach was wearing a mask while on the boardwalk.

For various reasons I am not enthused about wearing a mask due to a couple of logistical issues, but I have been and will definitely continue to do so the infrequent times I go out to the grocery store and when I begin going other places again as well. I figure it somewhat protects others from me and if we all cooperate with this and keep up with the social-distancing, etc., that should at least give everyone more opportunities to get out of the house and do additional necessary things while hopefully still keeping the virulent spreading of this disease under some level of control.
 
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Well, it is not easy for households living in small flats in cities.
I clearly see people in London going mental and having the urge to go out and socialise.
It is a lot easier for households with larger houses, gardens or lands around them.
Families and households have a variety of dynamics and not all are healthy or caring to all members.
After a while enough simply is enough, regardless of how irrational that may be.
 
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I'm not sure that's really clear yet. One piece of evidence is that the the mortality rate in Italy was considerably higher than where the original outbreak was in China - and also higher than the current US mortality rate - which would suggest a different strain.
Not necessarily. It could just be down to a different demographic structure of the predominantly infected population.
 
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My piano has been scheduled for six months to be tuned next week. Out of a concern for safety, the technician has decided to postpone all piano tunings until December and evaluate at that time whether he feels comfortable going into homes and businesses. I completely understand despite that I'll be able to easily provide safe distancing for him while he's in my home. A colleague of his is continuing to tune pianos, so I contacted her. That's preferable to waiting another six months and having to put up with the piano becoming more and more out of tune.
 
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Not necessarily. It could just be down to a different demographic structure of the predominantly infected population.
Could be - there are lots of factors in play. In the US the current numbers suggest that the Covid-19 mortality among African Americans is more than twice that of White Americans. It seems unlikely that this is a different strain, but more likely demographic factors like you suggest.
 

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