New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has banned gatherings of more than 500 people while COVID 19 is running rampant through the countryside. This blog will not close during the crisis. I am 100-percent sure that 500 people have never gathered at one time to read this blog. It would surprise me if 500 people in total have ever read it, let alone at one time.
Schools are closed where I live for the next two weeks. My college alma mater is closed for the rest of the school year, having switched to on-line instruction. It’s getting so it’s hard to keep track of what’s closed and what’s opened. If you want to go to your doctor’s office, you should call first to find out if you are too sick for them to see you.
I understand the need to limit crowds to inhibit spread of this virus, but I miss baseball. Will Spring continue to develop without baseball to cause warm weather? I’m a Mets fan. I’ve long since figured out that the rerun games SNY cable channel runs as “Mets Classics” only show games the Mets won. Where’s the suspense in that?
I am in the group considered most at risk. I’m older and have an existing chronic disease: diabetes. Still, people’s reaction to COVID 19 is a little ridiculous. Why do you need to acquire every anti-bacterial wipe? It’s a virus. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses, so I wonder whether anti-bacterial wipes do either.
Why do you need every roll of toilet paper? Diarrhea isn’t the most common symptom. What’s with the run on bottled water? Isn’t there at least one tap at your house? Don’t you have a glass or a cup? There wouldn’t be shortages if it weren’t for the panic buying. My wife and daughter inform me it ought to be easy for our nearest supermarket to sanitize its shelves. There still isn’t a hell of a lot of stuff on any of those shelves to get in the way of cleaning them.
One of my friends told me yesterday that his wife is stuck in Hawaii because of all the restrictions owing to COVID 19. She’s not sick, and she’s staying with relatives so she’s not incurring a lot of additional expense. Since those two things are true, I’m having trouble gathering up any sympathy for the nice lady who’s stuck in Hawaii.
In England, they’re thinking of forcing everyone over 70 years of age to self-isolate. FOR FOUR MONTHS!!!!!!! If the old people can’t go out, who’s going to go in to take care of them?
Both in England and here in the USA, it’s been suggested that retired doctors and nurses should come out of retirement to help. If they’re retired, aren’t they likely to be older, and therefore more at risk of dying from this disease? So, is that really a good idea?
Sirius XM, the satellite radio subscription service now has a channel (121) devoted exclusively to COVID 19. And it works on your Sirius or XM receiver whether you have a paid-up subscription or not.
I think the best advice comes from a man who died more than 30 years ago, Michael Conrad. Mr. Conrad was an actor more famous for a character he played in the hit TV show “Hill Street Blues” than for his actual name. As Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, it was Michael Conrad who reminded us each week to, “Be careful out there.”