THIS MEANS MORE THAN 17 MILLION AMERICANS COULD DIE FROM THE CORONA COVID-19 VIRUS SHOULD IT SPREAD TO ALL 50 STATES
BY: Jeffrey Koopersmith, Editor Emeritus, American Politics Journal
WASHINGTON, DC – TUESDAY, 3 MARCH 2020: The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is disseminating across the globe, with at least 74 nations on six continents certifying such cases as of today.
The months-old virus has infected more than 87,000 people and killed about 3,248 or nearly 4% of those infected since it was first detected in Wuhan, China in late December.
The disease spreads from person to person through exhaled droplets when an infected person coughs or exhales. It can also be transmitted via contaminated surfaces and can persist, alive, for hours or even several days. This is the community spreading that seems not to come from any person infected but from touching a surface which could include a the coats of pets such as a dog or cat, although some experts say not. While there are laboratory test mechanisms, like swabs, or spittle cups, available only recently – some of these have proved, especially in the USA, as being ineffective and have been returned to the few producers who make such tests which are sent to laboratories for reading. Some test manufacturing sites around the world have proven to be infested by the virus in situ as well.
Already two states in America have found true cases of Covid-19 in people who did not travel from another country nor contacted any person with or without the virus. Because the virus was first discovered in China, the spread across Asia may result in fewer deaths because testing is now ongoing and can reveal the presence of the virus which allows for earlier treatment. Although no medications, thus far, prove to cure the Covid-19 virus, many physicians are still treating the virus with other older flu-fighting medications in hope that something already available can stem the virus somewhat or altogether. Two pharmaceutical companies claim to an injection ready for a test and submitted to American health officials, yet these tests on the injections could take several months or over a year.
This writer, a father, and grandfather began checking what the schools in Washington, DC were doing about testing children as they arrive in school with fevers. coughs. or other signs of infection – but have no plans thus far to test all children when good-working test applications are working. In Washington State schools are closing for some time, perhaps days or more, until tests are available since people including children can carry the virus with NO symptoms. The White House is being attacked in the media for almost no attention paid to preparation as the Virus spread across Aisa for weeks now. This publication suggests that schools be closed until such tests are available for children – and then adults – who mighhave the virus or should be checked nonetheless.