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Meandering Monday about Complexities, Compromising, & Coronavirus

There is no perfect answer to how we deal with the Wuhan Coronavirus. You don’t want people to die, but we (in the U.S.) lose tens of thousands to influenza each flu season (this last one was fairly light – around 18,000 deaths; usually we’re looking at 30,000 or so – just for perspective.)

You also don’t want people destitute because we go too far and shut down what was an incredibly vibrant economy until the panic (and the mongers) got to work. Crashing our economy can be just as fatal as not slowing the coronavirus curve – it does us no good to reduce the demand on our medical infrastructure if we don’t have the money to fill that (and other) essential needs.

There isn’t just ONE factor here – it’s a delicate balancing act – walking a tight-wire in a storm. Don’t pay too much attention to those who flail around complaining and criticizing, but offer no actual solutions.

Some people see nothing but doom, others see the sun. We have people screaming that our various levels of government are either doing too much or not enough, and although much of this brouhaha is pure politics, not all is. Most humans need something to complain about, and I suppose I’m no exception – I think I’ll complain about THOSE people.

There is no perfect answer. I believe when the dust clears, we will lose fewer people to this than a typical flu season (or even a light flu season like we just went through.) Then people will either say “See, we overreacted,” or “Imagine how many people could have died if we didn’t do all that.” We won’t truly agree on it in the end.

It’s a shame how much politics has corrupted where we are on this. I believe we have panic for two reasons – the virus itself is an unknown that seems to have been devastating in some places, although others – like Japan – seem to have managed to dodge the worst of it. Northern Italy has been hit particularly hard. Part of this is explained by an older than average population, but I’ve also heard that there is a large Chinese population there, and who knows how much the region was exposed to the virus before it was widely known to be a problem? Then there’s the family in New Jersey where five members had died of coronavirus last I heard – the family is Italian, but I haven’t heard whether anyone there made or received a recent visit to/from Italy. Or maybe there’s a genetic trait that made that family and many back in the old country susceptible. So many unknown factors – we can only guess.

No one has a clear understanding of all the whys and wherefores, although plenty of experts are being enlisted, some to calm us, but mostly to scare us. The constant drumbeats of doom by the MSM are the main reason for the panic (illustrated by the White House reporter who chose to berate President Trump for giving people FALSE HOPE, and then asked the President what he would like to say to Americans sitting in their homes in terror. I think Trump’s declaration that the reporter was a terrible journalist, although inelegant, was spot on. President Trump has tried to engage and encourage the U.S.A., and has to fight through the media-panic-onslaught to get that message out.

President Trump and his task force are doing as good a job on this as I think they can, improvising and adapting as more is known. I have the utmost confidence that they are doing the best they can for us, and we all need to do our part for ourselves, our neighbors and this nation to survive with as little damage as possible.

Let’s face some things – even if everyone were to cooperate, the coronavirus WILL make its way through our population – what we are trying to do is slow down how fast this happens to how many people at once. This will keep our healthcare workers and facilities from being overwhelmed. It will also give us time to build up more of the supplies and facilities needed for treatment so we won’t be making decisions about who gets treated, as would happen if the spike is too great.

I expect the coronavirus will behave like other cold & flu, and it will dissipate in the late spring/early summer (I have no medical expertise or knowledge – just going with what makes sense to me.) Unless it chooses to just disappear, it will rear its head again toward the end of the year during normal flu season. Hopefully we’ll have solid treatments and a working, mass-produced vaccine for it by then; I’m not keeping track of everything I’ve heard on this; last week I saw that trials started, but the report said 12-18 months for it to be ready. I’m pretty sure this timing is a function of regulations that can be waived or modified, and we should at least be able to vaccinate our most vulnerable people.

Stay safe. Follow the guidelines. Be kind to each other. And try not to go crazy – no matter how appealing it is to howl in the streets, it doesn’t help anyone. Try singing instead.

Just saying…

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The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?

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