It rained all night. It’s still raining now but slowing down a bit. Which makes for a gray overcast morning.
I’m sitting here with Charlie with lamps brightening the dimness and the electric fireplace on because the weather is colder.
I doubt I’ll go out all weekend. My daughter mentioned taking Andrew to the park tomorrow. I guess it depends on the weather. I told her it would have to be a large and mostly empty park.
Due to the coronavirus, last night she was going to have to tell Andrew that his birthday party next week is probably going to be cancelled.
She was going to have to tell him that one of his Christmas presents, tickets to tomorrow’s Harlem Globetrotter’s event, has been cancelled. As well as their Disney cruise in a few months time.
I told her to tell him to look on Amazon and pick out something he wanted for me to get him for his birthday. In December I gave the other two grands $50 each for theirs.
But now they’re talking about how many germs are on dollar bills and change. How often they change hands. So I won’t be doing that. I rarely ever carry cash and now I’m glad I don’t.
The coronavirus has now captured the attention of this nation and the world.
The US has been woefully behind other countries in our response to this pandemic.
In 2018 the current administration cut 80 percent of CDC funding used to fight global pandemics. That was not just a foolish move, but now a deadly one.
Last October they also opted to discontinue a Bush-era program expanded under Obama called “Predict” that monitored the threat of animal-born diseases to humans. Which is the possible origin point of the novel coronavirus.
We don’t have anywhere near enough tests to see how widespread this is in order to get the coronavirus under control. Because national officials simply did not act in a timely manner. As of today there are coronavirus cases in 49 US states.
There were 42 coronavirus cases reported in the state of Georgia as of Friday afternoon according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases.
As of this morning, there are 64 cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, which is the largest increase in a 24-hour period to date, Governor Kemp said.
Yesterday a national emergency was declared.
So our lives now change to meet this threat we hadn’t heard of until a few months ago. Major venues have been cancelled.
It has brought a virtual stop to sporting events. Which matters not a whit to me. But I know it does to many people.
We are confronted with something we cannot see and it moves between us at a rapid rate, infecting some, killing others. Particularly the elderly.
So be cautious out there, my friends. It is profoundly necessary at this point in time. Don’t go into large crowds and order what you can online.
Wash your hands frequently with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
Be vigilant. I know people hate to read about this type of thing. But now we have to pull our heads out of the sand because our lives and that of our loved ones depend on it.