As We Fight The Virus, Society Is Changing

As we battle the pandemic, many new issues have arisen for Americans. Broad social changes are under way, even as our neighbors are suffering and dying from the virus. Following are a list of some of the most significant items.

Diversity. So much is being discussed about the need for diversity in business and everyday life. The most downtrodden groups, specifically women and people of color, are making massive demands. It’s strange that the pandemic would encourage such unrelated actions while so many are suffering medically and financially.

In business, corporations are striving to diversify their boards of directors and promoting more women and Blacks to senior management positions. Large investors are blackballing corporations that either ignore or resist demand for diversity. Having more diversity among decision makers will improve the performance of corporations in the minds of most savvy investors.

Heroes and icons. Quite a few former heroes and great Americans have lost their hallowed status. Many of our forefathers who fought for our country’s independence are being outed for owning and trading slaves. The accomplishments of these former heroes are being denigrated because of their insensitivities relating to the plight of Blacks. The result has included tearing down statues and memorials. Even Washington and Jefferson have been caught up in the controversy.

Social interaction. Americans, for the most part, are affectionate. Hugging and kissing friends and family members is commonplace. Or, should I say, was commonplace. Moving forward, the pandemic has taught us that being touchy feely can be hazardous to your health. After the virus is defeated, it’s likely that physical contact will be much less.

Physical interaction between people who are romantically inclined will also be affected. If we’re going to shun an innocent kiss, how will we react if one individual tries to encourage intimacy. It will likely be very awkward.

Physical fitness. Physical fitness hit a high point before the pandemic. More Americans than ever were exercising several times each week for health and vanity reasons. But, the authorities have indicated that health clubs are extremely dangerous. Heavy breathing and expelling hot air and spittle when exercising are perilous to bystanders. It’s how the Covid virus spreads- through the air. For this reason, authorities have not allowed clubs to reopen, and many are going out of business.

Restaurants. No small business enterprises have suffered more than restaurants, eateries and cafes. Many have gone bankrupt, and more certainly will prospectively. In New York City, dining indoors is not permitted. So many restaurants have taken over space outside their doors. Unfortunately, the number of meals that can be served is a small percent of what it used to be, especially with distancing requirements. What’s going to happen in locations that are cold during winter months, if restrictions do not end? And, even if restrictions are decreased, will diners risk infection when restaurants must serve food indoors?

Police protection. Probably the most controversial political actions are those involving police and funding of these first responders. Black demands for fairness and equal justice have expanded dramatically, and now some cities are decreasing police protection by reducing personnel and slashing budgets. The result has been more crime. Some is perpetrated by violent protesters, and some result from decreased responses by police departments. How will we protect our urban centers without aggressive police surveillance and response? This question remains unanswered.

Returning to school. A gigantic controversy is brewing relating to decisions about sending our children back to school in September. Is it safe? Will the virus spread if schools are opened? Are our parents and grandparents vulnerable to the disease being carried home by innocent youngsters? Are teachers in jeopardy? There are many different opinions about how to proceed and school administrators are going to go their separate ways. Will parents send young their young children back to classrooms before a vaccine is the discovered and is employed?

Protest. We need a new definition of protest. We need agreement among dissatisfied groups that violence, under no circumstances, is a good thing for our society and social interaction. Destruction of local neighborhoods is criminal an unproductive. Nevertheless, authorities must do their part to deal with complaints from abused groups, especially people of color.

The 2020 elections. The tabulation of votes in November is going to be contested because our voting systems are antiquated and not secure. The chaos that is likely to occur is going to result in a massive demand by Americans to upgrade our election process. If we are not diligent in this regard, every voter will question the validity of our election results

Government financial support during crises. The government’s response to the needs of average Americans in the midst of a financial crisis has been inspirational. It’s great to see that all politicians, to some extent, support this aid. There will be controversies about the extent of aid, but we will work through these issues. Our federal government must step up to support those in need.

Many Covid Questions, And Very Few Answers

There are many questions that must be answered before we can return to our normal lives after the pandemic subsides. Unfortunately, most questions have no answers at this time. This makes decisions nearly impossible for the authorities and individuals alike.

This blog has expressed skepticism about the timing of getting back to normalcy on numerous occasions. Every sensible individual on Earth is still distancing, using masks in public, quarantining and isolating. The reason for these precautions is that the virus is still wreaking havoc on our society. Thousands of people are still testing positive and too many are dying. The aforementioned actions are the only defensive tools we have until a vaccine is discovered and proven safe.

The following is a list of questions that are on most people’s minds. It is not complete, but it covers most concerns. Given that information flowing from our leaders and health experts is choppy, incomplete and tilted because of the impending elections, it is difficult to have confidence relating to new initiatives or a return to normalcy.

Not in any order of importance, here are the questions that so many of us are pondering:

  • When will a vaccine be produced that can safely be used with confidence?
  • Under what circumstances will we send our children back to school?
  • When can we safely go back to our offices to work?
  • Is public transportation safe?
  • For how long will we need to use masks outside of our homes?
  • When will restaurants open without restrictions distancing requirements?
  • When will health clubs open?
  • When will we be able to safely visit elderly relatives and friends without endangering their lives?
  • Are elevators safe to use?
  • When will it be safe to fly commercially?
  • What are the key metrics that will indicate that the pandemic is ending?
  • When will we be able to go to our beaches?
  • When will it be safe to go to concerts, ball games, theater and movies?
  • When will all states be safe to travel to?
  • Can we get sick from the virus more than once?
  • Will everyone be immunized?
  • How long will it take to immunize every American?
  • What will happen if some Americans refuse to be immunized?
  • Who will pay for the immunizations?
  • When will it be safe to travel internationally?

 

As stated previously, this is not a complete list. And, most of the questions are unanswerable at this time. We must continue to demand transparency from our leaders to make sensible and measured decisions for our families and businesses.

It’s Pathetic: Trump Or Biden

There’s intrigue in the air. Hopeful candidates, political hacks, businesspeople, community organizers, minority groups and the news media are jockeying to position themselves before the 2020 elections. Public relations gimmicks and false advertisement in newspapers and on TV have overwhelmed Americans. The truth is difficult to come by. Every communication is wharped by election considerations.

For the first time in recent history, voters are perplexed about their choices for the highest position in the land. In most previous elections, voters would have said that at least one of the presidential contenders was well qualified to become the most powerful person on Earth. Not this year. We have two men vying for the top spot or who are a bad combination of a sick joke and outright incompetence.

On the one hand, we have Donald Trump, who miraculously stole the presidency from Hillary Clinton in 2016. Even Trump thought he was going to lose big to Hillary, as she attempted to extend the Clinton dynasty. What a surprise! The polls showed her easily defeating her opponent, and the know-it-all media was prematurely celebrating a big victory. All of a sudden Florida fell to Trump and a number of battleground states voted for Trump for the hell of it, or because Clinton didn’t feel the need to visit these places during the campaign.

What we got is a caricature of a megalomaniac as president. He didn’t know what he was doing at first and governed the country like the despot he was in business. But there was too much smoke, too many mirrors, too many lies, too much bad judgment floating around. Every Trump hater began to label the president a fibbing, self-aggrandizing, incompetent, non-diplomatic, racist, misogynistic, sexist, mean person.

For four years, America has put up with Trump’s quirky personality and inability to work with or trust anybody he hired to be Secretary of State, Attorney General, head of any number of intelligence agencies, etc. Trump’s non-familiarity with big government has turned Washington topsy-turvy. The nation’s capital is more than ever chock full of con artists, shylocks and social climbing power mongers. But now, we also have a person with bad character in the White House.

Internationally and diplomatically, Trump has been the laughingstock of the global community. His counterparts in every country couldn’t believe that the most powerful man in the world was a dingbat. Play to his ego, and you can get whatever you want from Trump, they thought.

Anyway, we survived the last four years, barely. To make matters worse a pandemic has attacked the world and made the political scene even more insane. Now we have a terrible politician playing the role of an infectious disease expert. An existential threat is being managed by a man who was famous for being a robber baron and a real estate con artist.

Many believed Trump would drop out after four years of abuse by the entire Washington infrastructure. What kind of man comes back for more punishment after getting eviscerated each and every day on all the news outlets? Everyone hates the president, even people who support him. We hoped he would say after four years, “That was fun, I want to do real estate deals and build golf courses. I quit.” No way, he wants four more years.

You would assume that savvy liberals and Trump’s opponents would recognize that he is really vulnerable and ripe to be taken down. For the second time in four years, Democrats picked a person who is one of the few people around that Trump can defeat. Joe Biden, 79 years old, Sleepy Joe, is the man that has been chosen to defeat the president. He’s been hanging around Washington for 50 years and never really accomplished anything. He likes to remind Americans that he was Vice President. Big deal.

How could Democrats select Biden to run against Trump? He’s too old, too mistake prone, inarticulate, bumbling, not respected and after half a century of doing stuff in Washington, is clearly unprepared to be president.

Just about any decent Democrat could beat Trump head-to-head, and the liberals picked Joe. They are 0 for 2 picking contenders for the presidency in the past four years. Who is the Democrat king maker? He should be summarily fired.

And consider the positions Biden must take to solidify his base: de-funder of police departments, supporter of violent protests, pro entitlement giveaways in which unemployment pays more than a real job, releaser of criminals from prison, open borders advocate, illegal immigration sponsor, government over spender, etc. And most importantly, Joe has to sound like a socialist to collect votes.

I’m shaking in my boots about the staying power of Covid-19. I’m also frightened that either Trump or Biden will be president for the next four years. Doesn’t the country have some better individuals to be president. Apparently not, at least in 2020.

Who am I going to vote for? Neither of these two candidates.

 

 

Covid Misreporting and Back to School Decisions

Reporting by health officials and the mass media of coronavirus deaths continues to be very misleading. This is outrageous because the strategies moving forward to fight the pandemic will be impacted to a great extent by how public opinion effects our leaders. If the facts are incomplete, withheld or spun improperly, our leaders may be influenced to act inappropriately. The back to school issue, for instance, can be greatly distorted depending upon how one considers and evaluates deaths from the virus.

The natural inclination is to be conservative when it comes to our children. When in doubt, do the safest thing. But if an assessment of back to school includes concern about potential deaths, which it should, our leaders should be leaning towards the back to school alternative. This is because very few deaths of young people are attributable to the coronavirus.

The American Council on Science and Health provides statistics about Covid deaths in the US by age.

Public health officials and the media have been warning us that coronavirus kills not just old or immunocompromised people, but young people too. While this is true, it remains relatively uncommon. The CDC provided accumulated mortality data about COVID-19 from February 1st through June 17th. It follows below.

 

AGE GROUPS

Deaths       % Covid Deaths

 

Under 1 year          8             0.008

1-4 years             5             0.00 5

5-14 years            13           0.013

15-24 years           125          0.121

25-34 years           699          0.676

35-44 years           1,780        1.722

45-54 years           4,976        4.815

55-64 years           12,307       11,909

65-74 years           21,462       20.769

75-84 years           27,259       26.640

85 years and older    34,435       33,322

All                   103,339      100.00

 

As shown, deaths of young people, from babies to college students, are almost nonexistent. The first age group to provide a substantial contribution to the death total is 45 – 55 years. This group contributes nearly 5% of all coronavirus deaths. More than 80% of deaths occur in people aged 65 and over.

Of course, there are other considerations. For instance, children could be infected and possibly bring the virus home to parents and, worse, grandparents. This essay is not politicking for one decision over another. Rather, it is merely pointing out that if leaders are shying away from opening schools because of the mortality alone, the decision is not sound.

 

 

Using Students For Political Gain

President Trump’s strong-arm tactics relating to education are inappropriate and immoral. For political purposes, the president has contrived ways to get Americans to discount the risks relating to the pandemic in the educational sector.

Exacerbating the situation is the poor reporting by health sources and the mass media. Are these groups simultaneously trying to influence the political landscape? For weeks this blog has demanded to know the most relevant statistics about the deadly virus. For instance, the media continues to emphasize the number of new cases (which are related to the increased number of tests) and ignores the more important statistic of deaths of healthy young people (supposedly they are very rare).

To reiterate, are healthy young people dying, or does the virus seek out the aged and the physically impaired for the most part? With accurate information, discussions about opening and closing aspects of American life could be made more effectively.

Trump has decided to focus on schools, all of them, Kindergarten through graduate school by threatening state leaders and educators who are concerned about the well being of their constituents. As mentioned above, the stats are not conclusive, so decision-makers must decide without full information. How can the president penalize anyone for taking a conservative approach when it involves our children, and our future?

Opening public schools in August and September is one of the most frightening propositions. Millions of children are at risk. Many of them have parents and grandparents who are vulnerable. Thousands use public transportation or buses filled to capacity to commute to school. The largest populations of students are in urban centers where population density makes it wise to teach remotely, so many classes will be online. This is advisable, at least for the short term or until the virus shows signs of ebbing.

And what about the thousands of teachers who would be put at risk; there are quite a few who are vulnerable because of age and unaffiliated medical conditions.

In college and gradate school, Trump is trying to impede visas for international students unless they take in-person classes. (Note: Just yesterday afternoon, Trump apparently abandoned this tactic.) Most colleges are shying away from crowded classrooms in creative ways. But many classes will still be taught face to face. This will endanger students, teachers and the support staffs. Why not defer actual classroom work until the stats are more favorable. And why is Trump so insistent? Is it because of the election?

The response from leaders, decision makers and health officials has been disappointing. This is not to say anything condescending about first responders. A president on the ropes is harassing our leaders and decisions makers. His tenure is on the line and he’s prepared to go all in to be reelected, even if innocent Americans will be subjected to a deadly disease. It’s shameful.

Health officials have wasted decades and trillions of dollars not focusing on influenza and it existential impact on societies around the world. These experts know new strains are brewing constantly, but they chose to focus elsewhere. What could be more important than stopping a pandemic?

 

 

Young People May Be The Key

It’s becoming apparent that young Americans will ultimately decide what direction the Covid-19 pandemic will take prospectively. This group is abandoning isolating and masking more often as each day passes.

After spending time in New York, Colorado and Florida during the past several months, I can attest to many unsafe actions by the youngest among us. Is it the belief that they will live forever that drives them to take unnecessary risks? Or are they aware of the statistics that indicate young people who contract the deadly virus do not die from it, unless they have an existing condition?

The problem with these perspectives is that many can pass on the deadly bug to others that are vulnerable. Older people, including ones they love, such as mothers fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers can and have been dying in increasing numbers. Who is responsible for the actions of these individuals? Why do they care about their own amusement more than the safety of others?

Consider the actions of young people over the past few months. Where do they congregate? It is summertime in every state, so being outdoors and in the sun is a prime activity. Sitting on the beach without distancing or masks could be a deadly past time.

In the evening, drinking increases and so does the risk of spreading disease. Crowding anywhere to savor the music and socialize with others has been a major inspiration for the virus. Wearing a mask while one is trying to meet others is not popular. If a casual meeting results in further intimacies the odds of contagion increases exponentially.

Protesting in large groups is another popular activity of the young. Crowds are a risk. Asymptomatic individuals can create havoc as rabid demonstrators abandon masking and do not keep their distance from others. Emotions are high and spreading ones’ beliefs trumps all other considerations.

In and this day and age, and during the pandemic, living at home with parents and other older relatives is commonplace. If these older people are 50 or 60 years old, statistics indicate that contagion and subsequent death is much greater. Where are the responsible people? I don’t know, but they’re not the ones schmoozing on the beaches and at nightclubs.

If we are ever to beat this disease, young people will have to cooperate. Simply put, we need to avoid going to places where crowds are dense and where conditions are ripe for disease, like transportation centers, subways and elevators. The alternative is that the number of cases will continue to grow and many older people will die.

The other possibility is enforcement led by the police, National Guard and even our standing army. Americans don’t want a deadly disease or armed officials deciding how we live our lives.

Sacrifice Now Will Save Lives Later

The flu bug is relentless. There seems to be no stopping the pandemic based upon recent increases in new cases. It’s time for our leaders and citizens to accept that the flu is still a dangerous and existential threat, and to be in crowded places with or without a mask and close to others is foolhardy. It may take longer than expected to silence this menace. Unfortunately Americans are not the most patient lot.

But, cabin fever is overwhelming many. Young and old people are restless and bored. The need to socialize has stirred Americans, and made some careless. They want to go out on the town, drink, dance and talk face-to-face with friends. The problem with all this is that it’s spreading the virus and people are dying unnecessarily. Some Americans are either selfish and/or ignorant.

We also need to decrease the number of new cases before the fall so our children will not be in any danger when they go back to school. And we need to protect older, more susceptible family members and and neighbors.

Similarly, corporations and small businesses are champing at the bit to get their people back on the job. But to do it too early, especially in urban environments, could be a deadly mistake. Why would any CEO unnecessarily put his or her employees in harm’s way if work can be done efficiently from home?

By disregarding the risk that still exists from the pandemic, more people are going to get sick. There will be more suffering and continued calls for isolation. Hopefully, this will not lead to more deaths.

On the last item, I’ve seen little in the press that tells us whether new cases are, in fact, resulting from more testing. I’m not endorsing Trump’s ridiculous comments about the virus or his unsubstantiated optimism. But if you test more, more cases will be found, especially if many are asymptomatic. We need accurate and transparent accounting.

Another stat that is similarly underreported by the press is the number of new deaths. Are they increasing or not? Are young people without pre-existing condition dying? Or do we have to accept that a lot more people will contract the virus, as has been the case with less virulent flus over the years.

I believe it’s true that if young people get the virus, very few will perish. However, vulnerable individuals who come into contact with sick young ones are in serious jeopardy.

Why can’t the greatest country in the world accurately track the stats of a disease and inform the public about what’s at stake? Are we being shielded from the truth? Are we too stupid or immature to handle the reality of this disease? Is there a conspiracy to dole out information in a way that benefits one presidential candidate over the other? Conspiracy theories will abound.

What’s Next In NYC?

COVID-19 has thoroughly disrupted our lives. The entire world has been turned upside down, as governments and doctors strive to understand and end the pandemic.

Almost everyone is wearing a mask and keeping their distance. But, in New York City, the issues are more monumental than most other places because of the city’s population and proximity. In other words, normalcy sometimes appears to be light years away for NYers. Why is this so?

The people in my area, and even in my building are frightened by potential exposure to the disease. We treat each other like lepers as we dance past each other to avoid all contact. If you get touched or saliva is transferred, you may be infected. One leper fearing another.

The situation in my apartment building includes mandatory face masks, one family at a time in the elevator (I can’t wait to see how skyscrapers deal with their elevator issues), the gym is closed, housekeepers must enter through the service entrance along with construction workers and dogs, delivery men are forbidden to enter the building under any circumstances and so on.

What’s going to happen when the geniuses that lead our country, state and city loosen the restrictions? Will we be ready to put our masks in the closet and begin to have face to face conversations with family members and strangers? I don’t think it will be that simple.

One of the biggest issues in New York City is the transportation needs of millions of people each day. How the hell are subway straphangers going to get to the office if subways remain filthy? I couldn’t think of a worse biohazard than an underground station and a subway car. Why? The riders are packed in and jammed together on platforms.

Is the MTA system going to magically work efficiently in September or December? Are the subways going to be sanitary? Are homeless people going to stop hanging out and relieving themselves on the platforms? Will we again smell urine in a subway station? Of course, we will. If anything, services will be hampered by budget constraints as the City streaks towards bankruptcy.

Back to the office. At the beginning of the day, lunchtime and the end of the workday, people enter and exit the building by the thousand. Millions of people are going up and down elevators across the metropolitan region, maybe 20 or so in each car. If we decrease the capacity for distancing reasons, “rush hour” will be known as “rush hours.”

Have you walked on Madison Avenue lately? Stores are boarded up because of concern about civil unrest. If the mayor gives everyone a green light to open and do business, will the owners and their merchandise be in danger?

Restaurants are scheduled to open as well. How will these places be able to make a profit if only 50% of tables can be used at one time? Margins are slim to begin with in the food business. Forced to work at low occupancy rates will not be beneficial to any company’s income statement.

I’m very unhappy about the way our leaders have kept us informed, or in the dark, about the true dangers of COVID-19. The disease is not a killer like Ebola. From what I understand, the people with the highest risk of death are elderly, and those with serious health problems including auto-immune issues.

Younger people, defined as under 50, are not dying unless they have serious medical conditions. The vast majority of the public should not be panic-stricken about contracting the disease, or at least no more than people worried about contracting measles in the 1950s and 1960s. You can get very sick, but you are not going to die.

So, why is everyone so frightened? Isolation, distancing, face masks, staying at home, working at home, not seeing family and friends are our lives today. Maybe we need to have much more of a young person’s perspective relating to the threat of the pandemic.

 

Conspiracy Theories

I’m beginning to suspect that the American public is being duped in a vast political conspiracy orchestrated by the radical media and liberal government officials. These groups are attempting to influence the 2020 elections by twisting the truth and not disclosing important data to the general public. The essence of the situation revolves around the fact that the number of total cases of coronavirus does not jive with the number of deaths from the virus, and so decisions made by the authorities are not appropriate. Let me explain.

The starkest portrayal of this phenomenon is the unbelievable number of deaths that have occurred in nursing homes compared to all other places. When the pandemic spreads to a place populated by the aged, many die percentagewise. The Corona strain attacks people who are medically incapacitated, especially those with respiratory issues, which many older people are prone to have. The first order by the authorities on day one of the virus should have been to do everything possible to protect our senior citizens.

In fact, there are statistics that show that younger people have a very small chance of perishing from the virus, unless they suffer from another illness such as asthma, heart problems, diabetes and pneumonia. Why hasn’t this data been a part of the decision-making process? Would the public have resisted a country-wide lock-down with this information that has recently come to light?

The conclusion that one may draw is that it was utter insanity to shut down our $20 trillion economy when only senior citizens were in mortal jeopardy. The response was over the top. The derivative impact of doing “too much” has been the loss of millions of jobs, the closing of thousands of small businesses and the virtual imprisonment of the American population for several months. The average American lost thousands of dollars because of inevitable furloughs and firings.

Keep in mind, anyone can contract the virus and suffer mightily with fever, aches, coughing and other symptoms. But if you are young, you probably will not die.

It should also be noted that young people who have contracted the virus can carry it home and endanger elderly family members, who are highly vulnerable. This means that the policy to isolate every American over 55 or 60 would not eliminate all deaths, but it would certainly would have decreased the number materially.

You might ask, what is the upside to liberals ramming isolation down our throats? The answer is that they know the prospects of a bad economy will greatly influence the 2020 presidential election. Anything that negatively impacts the economy will very much benefit Biden over Trump.

Real conspiracy buffs might also conclude that liberals want Americans to stay home because it hurts the economy (as indicated above). At the same time, they encouraged black protesters to conduct protests even though most expect to see a marked increase in coronavirus cases resulting from mass gatherings. Once again, civil unrest before the election would be beneficial to Biden.

It’s difficult to fathom a conspiracy that plays life and death games with the American people. But, the truth of the matter is that many influential liberals have twisted or withheld facts in an effort to influence the impending elections. Even bringing on a monstrous recession was not too draconian for some Trump haters.

 

Unanswered Pandemic Questions

There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the pandemic crisis. For instance, many Americans are unsure about how to respond to pleas from government officials and corporate leaders to return to work. Will we be at risk?

Working in the safety of your own home has become widely popular among employees and enthusiastically implemented by many employers. The trend may continue long after coronavirus is defeated.

Of course, the desire to isolate needs to be considered in the context of the business involved. Restaurant workers and small business owners must be on-site to serve their clients in most cases.

There are scores of individuals that fall into this category. If employees show up for work, what are the dangers? Someone could enter a restaurant or a small shop and unwittingly pass on the virus to the owner or an employee. The manner in which this can happen is infinite even while donning a mask.

The sick individual, who may not even know he is a carrier of the flu, may have touched his nose or mouth before entering the store. Virus germs could then be transferred to the door handle while entering the store, the counter where the transaction takes place or on the cash or credit card used to make a purchase. The customer may use the bathroom and spread germs in that area as well.

So, the store now contains active coronavirus material where others can contract it. The owner, an employee or another customer may touch an infected area and ultimately breathe in the virus.  The infected person could then deliver the disease to a coworker or a family member. If any of these people are aged or vulnerable, they could perish even if they never left their own homes.

There are a plethora of ways for employees of large companies to get sick or transmit disease to others. Masks and distancing will certainly help, but public transportation, elevators, escalators, cafeterias, bathrooms, meeting rooms, gyms, etc. are all biohazards that need to be contended with.

What’s going to happen if the disease bounces back? From one perspective it may be a blessing that more and more people contract the disease. For the most part, the flu does not kill healthy people under 60. A young person, who has no respiratory issues or diabetes, will feel horrible for a couple of days and not require any hospital treatment or even need to visit a doctor. But what about the parents of the person who may be living with the infected person?

It’s already been proven that old people are mostly the ones who contract the disease and die from it. Consider the number of people who succumbed to flu in nursing homes. It’s a tragedy. Over time there should be increasingly fewer vulnerable targets for the disease to kill as we become more diligent protecting our senior citizens. If we can somehow shield the aged, more people may have the disease as we return to normalcy, but very few will die.

It’s up to each company, family, school and congregation to protect the vulnerable from coming into contact with sick individuals. At colleges, students will be fine if the virus attacks them, but their teachers, food servers, maintenance people may not be as fortunate.

And finally, there is hope for a vaccine. It will make our causes for concern moot. If the vaccine halts the virus, we will all be safe once again and ready to resume our lives.