Hospitals, local public health officials, community leaders, and the public have been watching the development of COVID-19 since March. And the situation seems to be developing faster these days because many local governments tried to open too soon with a dire outcome.
Rolling Back Reopening
For instance, in Miami, Florida, thousands returned to the beaches just a few weeks ago. Today, the Miami-Dade area has seen more than 12,600 new cases of coronavirus with a total of 67,713 cases to date. They’ve had 1139 coronavirus-related deaths. Last week, their mayor rolled back some of the reopenings and restricted all indoor dining and bars.
Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez was quoted saying, “Right now, this thing is just about everywhere.” In a later statement, the mayor said, “It’s up to us, because the government can only say, ‘Look, you should do this, this and this.’ At the end of the day, it’s going to be you and I and everybody else in this community that has to have a sense of civic duty to do the things we need to do to drive this contagion down.”
With one in six workers out of a job right now, South Florida has been one of the hardest hit metro areas in the country. It’s no wonder they’re eager to get back to work and life there.
Texas Numbers Spike
But things in Texas have been pretty much the same. Texas is one the biggest states in the US so that accounts for some of their high numbers.
- 265,000 confirmed covid-19 case
- 3246 deaths
- 10,000 daily hospitalizations
The hospitals in Texas are working at maximum output throughout the state from El Paso and Dallas to Austin and Houston. Governor Greg Abbott just extended federal support for COVID testing sites. Many of these have been set up in local parking lots at popular stores like Walmart. Hospital workers are laboring night and day under poor conditions without the proper equipment.
A sheriff in West Texas just passed away a few days ago after a two-week battle with covid-19. It highlights a startling but true fact of life for those who serve the public during these historic times. Those who must daily interact with larger numbers of people have a much higher risk of getting sick.
Should You Wear a Face Mask?
Across the United States, many governors have mandated the wearing of face masks. There are security guards at most big stores who will not allow you inside without one. These are truly momentous times we’re living in. But states like New York remind us that it is possible to control the spread of the virus. Last April, Governor Cuomo passed a law that face masks were mandatory in most public settings. He said this last April at the height of the outbreak:
“That store owner has a right to protect themselves. That store owner has a right to protect the other patrons in that store.”
No New Deaths in New York
Just days ago, New York City reported zero new deaths from covid-19. Hospital workers are relieved and grateful. It was a long, often painful battle but it does prove that with the right mix of medical workers laboring alongside government and the public, the virus can be contained. The positive testing rate in NYC at this time is only 2 percent.
Meanwhile, a battle rages over whether to reopen schools. San Diego has decided to continue holding school online in order to protect the lives of its children. But some other cities have not. In Texas, public schools are scheduled to reopen soon. Teachers feel caught in the middle. They do care about educating students, but they’re also keenly aware of how dangerous it could be.
In a recent CNN article, the governor of Florida was quoted as saying that if they could reopen Walmart, then schools should be reopened as well. However, there’s a huge difference in the manner in which people go about their shopping at a Walmart these days and the way kids interact at school. Kids aren’t usually mindful of touching railing, doors, desks, etc., and then touching their faces.
Many officials believe it’s just too dangerous at this time with big states like California, Texas and Florida still registering a high number of new cases. Only time will tell whether schools can reopen successfully with no harm to our kids.
3 Ways to Strengthen Our Immune System
Health officials agree that the number one way to avoid being affected is simply to strengthen the human immune system. When our bodies are working as they should, we have the ability to fight off germs and bacteria.
- Vitamin C, antioxidants & other Nutritional Supplements: Everyone should be taking a multi-vitamin. There are many options available for those who don’t like taking pills. There are a number of great nutritional supplements that can keep your body working strong.
- Sleep: Get plenty of rest at night. Going without proper sleep weakens us. It’s hard to focus. Brain fog sets in. But when we’re well rested, we can face the day with ease.
- Get rid of stress: Stress is a killer in more ways than one. It can lead to all sorts of illnesses, even severe conditions like heart failure. Get the stress out of your life! Take up meditation. Go for a walk each day. Some people find comfort in reading scriptures or just reading in general. Hobbies like painting and woodworking can take your mind off of what’s going on and get you to a better place.
Should You Get Tested?
If you have a fever or have had trouble breathing lately, then health officials recommend getting tested. The good news is that new testing sites are springing up everywhere. It’s easy and free to get tested for covid-19 in most places. Your primary care physician can also provide the testing
According to the CDC, there are two types of tests that can be done.
- A viral test: Indicates if you have a current infection.
- Antibody test: Shows if you’ve had a past infection but might not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies.
As we move forward as a nation, it’s important to remember the words of Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez. He says that it’s up to each one of us to take every precaution. We must keep ourselves, our families and our homes safe and free of bacteria and germs. It’s in our best interests to keep our immune systems strong. We must use common sense and wisdom if we’re to win this battle.