Check Your People
Check your people today.
This was a long, tough week for many of us. We knew it would be going in - we knew the number of sick and dead would rise, we knew the pain was going to mount, we knew that many of us would be waiting and worrying over people we care about, and even grieving the loss of people we know and love.
Knowing it was coming in no way prepares you for the reality.
Pick up the phone and call. Nobody wants to see your zoom face at this point, and you know you probably need to pace or clean your house while you're talking, anyway. But CALL. For no damn reason. And, importantly, call the one who has been "ok" all along. Even if they're still ok, it'll do you both a world of good to connect.
I don't know what the weather is like in your part of the world, but in Central IL, Mother Nature is clearly off her meds. Wednesday it was 80. This morning it is 35. If you're lucky enough to live somewhere that you can do this easily, make sure to go out for a walk today. You don't need to mask when you're outside, alone -- just give yourself plenty of space between you and others while you're out. Practice the deepest breathing you can.
Also, I KNOW y'all aren't hydrating. Don't even lie to me. 2 liters of water a day.
I know it doesn't feel like it right now, but the news re: #Covid19pandemic is actually moving in the right direction. New York has peaked - the number of hospitalizations and requirement for intensive care has stabilized, and will be on a (much too slow) downslope in the days and weeks to come. And while other #hotspots are still climbing, their peaks are coming very soon.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday, "the death toll from the coronavirus could be closer to 60,000 Americans, assuming full social distancing is maintained, rather than the previously projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths."
That's because of YOU, America.
Roughly a month ago, state leaders began taking it upon themselves to enact the policies necessary for a public health #Suppression strategy (see prev. posts if you don't remember why or what that means). The data are telling us that it is working -- we are successfully #FlatteningTheCurve and, as a result, buying time for healthcare to expand capacity, strategize and save lives.
Between 40-180 thousand Americans will have been saved by our efforts.
Literally dozens of drug trials are underway in the U.S. and around the world, and vaccine development is being funded and pushed along as quickly as it ever has. I'll put a WSJ article in the comments that has more detail on all of this, but the key point here for all of us to remember is that #ScienceMatters. A lot.
Let us never, ever take our eyes off that again, please.
Testing is (still too slowly) ramping up, and I hope that by early summer we will start to have a good handle on the denominator in this pandemic. More importantly, we now have the first two reliable antibody tests on the market. Though that testing will be reserved for hotspots and healthcare workers in the short term, long term it will be an important tool in determining who is in that "Recovered-Now-Immune" category, another brick in the wall of herd immunity.
And yes: Wear a mask. If you are unsure why, scroll back to my last post - there's a Q&A about masks with a little humor thrown in.
Nothing about this feels right or natural. Those who are accustomed to body-slamming a problem to the ground are frustrated that we're called, largely, to inaction. We miss each other. We miss normalcy. We miss hugs. The kids miss school. Parents MISS SCHOOL...
It won't always feel like this. First the pain, then the rising.
Keep being brave, generous and kind, always. And check on your people.