Coronavirus Soaring Numbers, NOT A Hoax

Healthcare systems are preparing for the long months ahead on how they will deal and approach the relentless COVID-19.

Research suggest New Coronavirus kills 5-10 people for every 1,000 it infects. Fatality rate varies with age and access to healthcare.

In 5 months, data from John Hopkins University shows more than 142,000 Americans have died from the New Coronavirus. That number can exceed 200,000 when the pandemic collides with the peak season of Flu this coming Fall and Winter. Flu season can last till May 2021.

What Coronavirus has taught me, “that I may only have 2-3 weeks to cram a lifetime.” So I try to live the most one day, one week at a time doing what’s good, making everyone as happy as possible, no delays of moments I can enjoy with those I love.

All signs of impending disaster are here. Uncontrolled COVID-19 new cases ravaging many states, hospitals bed capacity being steadily filled, a Leader that refuses to lead and save his people from the deadly pandemic, a nation struggling to unite and set aside differences, a worsening economy as business restrictions and closures continues, an increasing belief that the soaring Coronavirus numbers are all made up.

Source: John Hopkins University Daily COVID-19 Report, 7/18/20

The Coronavirus Surge we are experiencing is NOT a hoax. It’s a real frightening virus that affects real people. The media reports are true. What Fauci is saying is true. To confirm the truth, all we have to do is visit our community Emergency Rooms and COVID-19 drive thru testing sites. They are real people who are sick being attended by real medical professionals who place themselves at risk of infection everyday doing what they do.

No one is trying to spread falsified positive COVID-19 results. All that data are reported cases to Public Health from all the Healthcare facilities around the country. We are legally and ethically obligated to report positive results as soon as we receive them to protect public health and safety.

Healthcare workers are the no. 1 advocates of patient care. They will put themselves at harms way and risk trouble to ensure patients are given the best and safest care possible.

Protect our most vulnerable: Elderlies, Cancer patients, Renal patients on dialysis, the Homeless, our Healthcare Workers, everyone with co-morbidities such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Lung Disease.

Thursday, more than 77,000 new cases of Coronavirus was reported. This not a hoax.These are real results from people who got infected for the past 2 weeks.

Since after Memorial Weekend, outpatient clinics have seen a daily increase of patients with Flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches and headache.

More and more patients are presenting early with loss of smell and taste as the virus attacks the Nervous System. Once associated with Gastroenteritis, diarrhea and vomiting are now considered COVID-19 symptoms. Some just present with fatigue, tiredness, loss of appetite or rash.

My son’s school has been empty since early March. It may remain empty when school begins in August. Every student, parent, teacher and school staff has been affected. Will school reopen? Do I have a job tomorrow? Will my child get sick? Will I get sick? What happens if schooling is all on-line and both me and my spouse are working? Do one of us quit our job for the full time home schooling? Real questions and concerns from real people.

The virus compared to how it has presented in February has expanded which only makes one wonder, “Has the virus mutated and how many strains are there now?”

When there are no lines outside groceries, 2 possibilities. 1, No crowds, jackpot! 2. Everyone is inside. Good luck! This is Costco on a Friday. It’s a concern when people are hitting each other carts, waking shoulder to shoulder and touching the same items again and again. It was a sigh of relief to reach the exit.

Exposure Day 1 Reset

Healthcare Worker’s Exposure Day 1 reset is the first day of self observation and monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms after taking care of a possible COVID-19 patient. The vigilance and fear doubles when the patient lab results confirms COVID-19. My day 1 reset was yesterday.

We can’t live in fear, hate, anger, frustration, helplessness because of COVID-19 and it’s effects on people. We change what we can and let go of those we can’t.

Wearing Mask Works!

Until we had our antibodies checked for COVID-19, everyone at work thought we got infected at some point but thank God, not a single one did. What kept us safe? Wearing the simple surgical mask.

When we first started seeing patients with Flu-like symptoms, we were just wearing surgical mask, not N95. So, the mask recommendation does work. It is really intended to protect the person who wears it, not just prevent others from getting infected. Again, not a hoax or a political statement. It’s based on best clinical practice aimed to save lives.

Playgrounds and schools padlocked indefinitely.

The Story of the 3 Brave Heroes

CNN Jon Lemon featured the story of Kimberley, Jenna and Angela, three teachers from Arizona who contracted Coronavirus despite following all the safety guidelines of wearing mask, social distancing, using disinfectants and wearing gloves.

If we could save one life, then it’s worth trying. Image source: CNN News.

Jenna and Angela survived COVID-19 but Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, did not make it. Kimberley died June 26 at age of 61. She was a an amazing teacher who devoted her life for 38 years to the students of Hayden Winkelman School. She is a real person. She left behind a real family who misses her.

The story of the 3 brave heroes resonates because it is the story of all the teachers in America and the World. It is the story of everyone who are willing to risk their health and lives for the people and community they serve and care so much.

The pandemic is already taking its toll and we’re no near the finish line.

Let us turn our gratitude to caring, anger to kindness. Let the sacrifices we all started at the beginning of our fight against a common enemy, the New Coronavirus mean something by working together to reverse its impending doom.

We stop waiting for our leaders to take action and decide our fate. We take action and determine our own fate. We have more power and control than we think. Unified, there is no challenge we can’t accomplish, even the ones that seems impossible..

Let the heroes around you feel they are because many times they feel unseen, unheard, unappreciated even blamed or fall victims to hate crimes.

We are now living the very news we are watching about the COVID-19 pandemic. How the news ends, it’s up to all of us. Not some, all of us. We try to give our all until this is over.

Related links:

1,000 died of Covid-19 in 1 day. Now the US is on track to hit 1 million new cases in 2 weeks

Research suggests the new coronavirus kills about five to 10 people for every 1,000 that it infects

Halfway through the year, the pandemic’s only intensifying in many states

Face Masks Really Do Matter. The Scientific Evidence Is Growing.

More than 940 deaths reported in one day as US coronavirus cases shatter another record

They depended on their parents for everything. Then the virus took both.

U.S. shatters coronavirus record with over 77,000 cases in a day

U.S. divided over mask wearing and schools reopening as coronavirus cases surge

Their stories are a warning from millennials to millennials: Don’t play the odds with coronavirus because this disease could permanently damage your body.

Uncounted millions had COVID-19 symptoms, but no positive test

Covid-19 Infections on the Rise in Kids and Teens With School Approaching

School classrooms in most California counties won’t open due to coronavirus surge

India tops a million coronavirus cases as pandemic hits villages

Florida coronavirus patient went from diagnosis to dying in her daughter’s arms in a matter of days

Back To School: Teachers Are Ready To Quit Rather Than Put Their Lives At Risk

Aging Teachers Ask Themselves, Do I Quit Or Risk My Life?

Covid-19 will devastate poorest nations if west does not act, warns UN

In Texas, a Doctor Fights the Surge and Gets Covid-19; ‘I Cry Every Day’

Texas Readies Morgue Trucks in Preparation for Virus Surge

Coronavirus updates: Georgia bans cities and counties from requiring masks

White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations

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10 Responses to Coronavirus Soaring Numbers, NOT A Hoax

  1. It seems it must be repeated almost daily, and still there are those who do not believe and go against mandates. No governing officials can prevent further surges without the cooperation of every American! Blessings for saying it one more time!

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    • It’s frustrating but we can’t change everyone but we can only change ourselves , & exponentially , we hope it’s enough. For now we keep each other safe & use whatever resources we have. News seems to show states are on their own. No more federal help unlike when we started the lockdown. If that’s the case , states needs to help each. Thanks for the feedback and stay safe.

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  2. What’s hurting the fight the most right now is how politicized this pandemic has become.
    Simple facts no longer offer any common ground; any information most of us once agreed upon is now broken to ideological pieces.

    I saw a NY Times interview with Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek today. He shared his thoughts about where we are right now. Here’s what he said:

    “There’s a certain comfort that comes from knowing a fact,” Trebek said. “The sun is up in the sky. There’s nothing you can say that’s going to change that. You can’t say, ‘The sun’s not up there, there’s no sky.’ There is reality, and there’s nothing wrong with accepting reality. It’s when you try to distort reality, to maneuver it into accommodating your particular point of view, your particular bigotry, your particular whatever — that’s when you run into problems.”

    Yes sir. That sums it up for me.

    God help us.

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    • That sums up it up for me too. Thanks for sharing this. A co-worker wondered last night how I remained calm in moments of being busy both because of patient care and dealing with other staff who are not being pro-active. I just replied , “ I just imagine this is the happiest place on Earth and hope to share the same.” I already accepted COVID-19 , so most of my co-workers. We’re no longer scared. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. There’s something better than immunity or vaccine, God! Thanks my friend & stay safe.🙏

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  3. I really wonder how much longer about a half of the US will go on believing that masks will kill them (their freedom, religion or whatever) while guns are their true savior.
    The US have drifted away from democracy into a so far unnamed political system (like the movie, idiocracy?), Trump acting as a catalyst. I just hope people will see reason again and that this nightmare will stop.

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    • I can’t understand how with 3.6 million infected and >139, 000 dead from COVID-19 America is still divided about wearing mask. Our country is calling us to now do our part. The longer we are defiant, the more people will suffer not just from the disease but from its effects like unemployment or worsening economy. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Stay safe.

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  4. in says:

    well-written informative post!

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    • Thanks. We need to bring out more of the COVID19 stories and how it is affecting our lives, perhaps that way, everyone will be in the same page that we are fighting a common battle. Thanks.

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  5. Ab says:

    It’s very scary that the White House now wants to receive and control the case numbers from hospitals instead of the CDC. I agree with you that everyone must do their part by wearing masks. It is scary to think what the numbers are like this summer going into the flu season this fall. Hang in there and stay safe!!

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    • Saw that news too about White House to control the COVID-19 results which means true numbers will be hidden & Americans will be walking towards the cliff blindfolded. Stay safe and best regards to your family. Thanks.

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