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Am I living at Ground Zero?

A few days ago, I attended an appreciation day dinner in the small town where my wife works. The event was at a popular local brewery, and our gathering was in the back room where the big vats of beer sit. There were several long tables, a nice bar with wine bottles and glasses, and a buffet table with various appetizers and pizza.

I’d say about 30-35 people were present. These were all employees of the local hospital and spouses, like me. Ironically, though, the event happened on the same day that the stock market was crashing, and our current president held a press conference telling us that he had everything under control (of course). Upon entering the location, I couldn’t help but think about how someone in that room might be a carrier of the coronavirus.

I know, sounds like paranoia. But here’s the thing. I live on the West Coast in Southwest Oregon. The hospital in question is located just south of us in Northern California. Across the beautiful Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away, the virus was born. And when I look at that massive body of water, I couldn’t help but think that I may be living at ground zero in America—the epicenter of what could become something dire.

Quite possibly, it’s not going to be that bad. Maybe our government will step up to the plate and get this thing figured out. But how can I have confidence in that when the current president has a complete aversion to ever telling the truth? And his entire administration, for the most part, is littered with sycophants and loyalists who are bound to him–not the American people. I’d love to list the instances of incompetence that’s been the hallmark of this group, but why bother? There’s only so much time in a day.

On Saturday, the first death from the virus was announced—in Washington state. At present, we’re up to six total. In my home state, Governor Kate Brown announced that a person tested positive, with no known travel outside the country. In other words, a community-based transmission, which raises even more alarm. California is supposedly monitoring several thousand possible cases, but until they can get the test kits required, it won’t be possible to know for sure.

Also, on Saturday, the current president had another press conference. And, in fairness, he did seem to grasp the gravity of the situation a bit better. It wasn’t the usual political retribution mantra we’ve grown accustomed to. And, he had health care officials with him at the podium, including the highly respected Anthony Fauci. If there’s one word of advice I’d have for anyone in this country, it’s to listen to people like Fauci—NOT the President of the United States. It’s a sad state of affairs to have to advise such a thing, but that’s our new reality in Trump USA.

Should I give the president the benefit of the doubt? Of course not. Credibility is earned. He’s failed that test nearly every day since January 20, 2016. Now, when we need that credibility the most, we’re left questioning every word that comes out of his mouth. In a crisis like this, truth and competence are what we need and deserve. Asking that the administration gives us both, requires an incredible leap of faith.

Right now, there’s much more that we don’t know than we know. We’re in an ongoing crisis, the outcome of which is very much in doubt. At the event I attended, I asked a good friend who’s high up in the leadership of the hospital what her opinion was of the present situation. I will not print her response because some might be offended. Let’s say “cluster” and leave it at that.

A few hours ago, I was out and about in my small community. Both grocery stores were packed, as they usually are. I found myself looking around much more than usual. Did I hear someone cough? Was that a sneeze? I don’t know; it may have all been in my head. I did make sure I used the sanitary wipes at the entrance, wiping my hands and the grocery cart. The new normal, I suppose.

Now that the virus is upon our shores, vigilance is the new word of the day. I’ll make sure I wash my hands a little more, be aware of my surroundings, and try to stay as healthy as I can. I hope all of you out there will do the same. At times like these, we cannot panic. It does nothing but make an already stressful situation worse.

But, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried. For some reason, this seems different.

Be safe.

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    1. It really is Nan. My wife is the head of a lab at hospital out here. She’s preparing for the worst, hoping for the best. It’s going to come at some point. It’s a question of how bad. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  1. I feel your concern. I work in one of the designated airports that is screening international flights for people coming from infected areas. Some days, I work within 10-15 feet of a CDC quarantine station.

    My suggestion is to wash hands often and well. Disinfect surfaces and avoid touching surfaces and then areas like eyes or your mouth. I wash uniforms daily and disinfect everything else as soon as I get home.

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  2. I think you nailed it in this paragraph:
    Should I give the president the benefit of the doubt? Of course not. Credibility is earned. He’s failed that test nearly every day since January 20, 2016. Now, when we need that credibility the most, we’re left questioning every word that comes out of his mouth. In a crisis like this, truth and competence are what we need and deserve. Asking that the administration gives us both, requires an incredible leap of faith.
    Trump is the boy who cried hoax too many times. Now the word we associate with him is hoax. He is the world’s biggest hoax; I can’t believe anything he says.

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    1. Thanks Jerry. Yep…up, is down. Down, is up. The sky isn’t blue. One big tub of lies every day. He’s been the teflon Don for most of his three years. He can’t mean tweet a virus though, can he?

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  3. I just read a Twitter feed by a woman who, having symptoms of the virus, spent a whole day on the phone trying to find out where she could get tested. Bottom line, at the end of the day she was told that unless she had been out of the country in the last 14 days, or come into contact with a known case. Otherwise, she was told that if her symptoms develop into pneumonia, then she will be tested and possibly quarantined for 14 days. Oh yeah … Trump’s got this under control alright. 🙄 Good post, my friend! (I’m behind on everything once again … I’ll email you later today)

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    1. Thank you Jill. And, as always, thank you for the reblog. Yes, I saw that thread. I retweeted it because I saw how horrific her experience was. I’m hearing that the CDC had scrubbed a portion of their website that listed how many tests had been done. If true, what else is this administration hiding Jill? Again, he gets absolutely NO benefit of the doubt. Any other president?…maybe….this one? No way.

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      1. Heh heh … silly me … I didn’t realize that I only saw it because you re-blogged it and I follow you! Duh. I think my brain has been fried. My friend, I suspect this administration is hiding one heck of a lot. Frankly, I don’t trust them on anything. I suppose you saw the article about the Interior Department official who changed the wording to put climate denial into scientific research? I’d bet money that is only the tip of the iceberg. Sigh.

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  4. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Our friend Jeff over at On the Fence Voters has some thoughts to share today (actually, yesterday, but I’m behind) about the coronavirus that has now caused at least 7 fatalities here in the U.S. I saw a Twitter feed today about a lady who tried for a whole day to find out where she could be tested, but to no avail. I think it’s a bit of an exaggeration when the prez says he’s got it all under control. Thanks Jeff!

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  5. Writing from the UK:
    All conveyable ‘diseases’ can carry that aura of being scary. They are unseen so you can’t dodge them and you personally never know who is incubating it and thus a possible source you can catch it from.
    The thing is, they do happen. They are part of Nature. Responsible governments should take the necessary steps to limit the spread and give all possible support to the Health System both those treating, limiting and seeking a way of eradicating the threat.
    All we can do is follow rules for hygiene. In this case cover your sneeze or cough, wash your hands. Don’t panic buy, keep calm and go about your daily routine.
    Do not believe any internet postings about conspiracies, rumours and the usual garbage the deluded or mischief makers spread.
    Listen to the information from the Health Authorities (and not any politicians, as they may be prone to panic).
    It will come and it will go.
    If we are fortunate loss of Life will be minimal. What will be required of the population is to contribute as best they can to the running of their locality, because there is a definite risk of noticeable portions of the working population being laid up for periods of maybe 2-4 weeks.
    And finally. It was going to happen. This is it. WE, the people, step up.

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    1. So true Roger. It’s times like these where we need trust in our national leaders. Unfortunately, over here, we have someone who cannot be trusted….ever. I do believe the health experts though. And that’s who I’m listening to. The less we see of our glorious leader through this, the better. We’ll see how our health care system deals with this. It’s got a lot of holes, that’s for sure. My fingers are crossed my friend!!

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      1. What’s so frustrating (and a bit scary) is that tRumpsky is more interested in maintaining his image with his supporters than he is about truly dealing with this crisis. All his actions have been for show … not serious intent in keeping Americans safe. I briefly watched him in a video yesterday where he was meeting with several bigwigs in the health arena and I could barely keep from gagging … and hanging my head in shame because he’s such an idiot.

        What did we do to deserve this nincompoop?

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      2. I often ask myself the same question Nan. He’s such an embarrassment. How can 40% of the public not see it? That’s even more troubling if you ask me.

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      3. I think a big part of their “blindness” is they simply don’t have the time or inclination to read, watch, or listen to what’s going on. They pick up bits and pieces here and there and mix it in with what their co-workers, family, and neighbors say. And of course, if they’re a core Trump supporter, everything that happens is the fault of the Democrats!

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      4. For sure…..or Obama and Hillary. I see the orange one is already blaming Obama for something to do with the FDA. Geez. The man will never accept any responsibility for anything that goes wrong.

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  6. It seems like the CDC and HHS are woefully underprepared for this, and when you add in a president who can’t be trusted, well that makes most of us more anxious and stressed. I’m 55 and suffer from health issues like migraines, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy, so I’m a bit nervous, particularly as I don’t have health insurance. Right now I’m taking the same precautions as I always do during the regular flu season.

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    1. Good luck Kim. I know what you mean. That’s all we can do. Take care of ourselves, and hopefully we’ll all come out of this fine. Trust is such a big deal when it comes to our political leaders. Trump fails on every level. That’s the biggest concern.

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  7. This feels different to me, also. And primarily because we can’t trust our government. I can’t help but wonder if the market wouldn’t be faltering so much if our Prez had more credibility.

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  8. Panic buying has started in my part of Melbourne [Australia]. I went to one of the largest supermarkets in my area, and the shelves for toilet paper, tissues, flour, pasta, and rice were bare. I’m not exaggerating, they were completely bare. There will be more stock arriving but…

    I’m not immune to the general level of fear either. Our govt got in early and banned arrivals from China, but now they’re saying they won’t ban arrivals from Italy and Iran, both new virus hotspots. I guess that’s partly political, and partly a recognition that this virus can’t be stopped, it can only be slowed to give our health system time to cope.

    There are a lot of autoimmune diseases in our extended family, and I foresee a time in the near future when every trip ‘outside’ may bring the virus home. Quite frankly, I’m going to stock up, just in case. :/

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    1. I don’t blame you for being proactive. We just don’t know the extent of how bad this will get. In this age of 24/7 constant news and social media, panic is a natural component, unfortunately. Be safe, and I hope all will be well with you.

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      1. Thanks. Sometimes lots of information is worse than too little – ignorance and bliss. That said, my major concern is the risk of bringing something home as we have immuno compromised people in the family. Some risks you just can’t take. Best of luck to you too.

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  9. Before I leave this link that I found on twitter that has more information about this subject, I have a question. If someone else reblogs one of your posts and it’s one that I’ve left a comment on, is it a good idea for me to leave that same comment on the reblogged post? My reason for asking the question comes from the assumption that no two blogs havde the same audience. If, however there is significant audience overlap, posting the same comment on two blogs could be seen as spam and I don’t want to do that. Thanks for the help. I’ll post the link in a subsequent comment.

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    1. Not sure on that sklawlor. I certainly wouldn’t view it as spam. But would others? No clue.
      I want to thank you, though, for including that link. I haven’t seen anything yet so thorough and in-depth. Lots of real data and information. Pretty sobering, if you ask me.

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  10. Thank you greatly for this wonderful post, I thoroughly valued reading it. I have been very disappointed with the media’s coverage of the Coronavirus outbreak so I have recently published an article on my blog about what we should be worried about and how we can protect ourselves and others. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my post and let me know your thoughts! Thanks 🙂

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    1. Hi there. Can you give me the link to the blog? I think you forgot to include it or my adaptive software didn’t display it as a proper link.

      thanks for the help, I appreciate it.

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    2. Just read your piece. Excellent work! What strikes me is that when you wrote it, we had 7000 cases worldwide. Now, we’re approaching 110k. The quick spread of this virus is troubling. Now, nearly every country/continent is being infected.
      I’d love to know your take on whether you think we’re in over panic mode. So many public events are being cancelled. They just cancelled a tennis tournament in the Southern California desert that annually pumps millions of bucks into the local economy. So, these decisions are far-reaching and are starting to affect so many people in different ways. Overreaction? Or, prudent? Tough calls, either way. Let me know what you think.

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      1. Thank you for that. I agree. We need somewhere between being cautious and pandemonium. In this day and age, with social media and 24/7 news coverage, that’s almost impossible. Keep up the good work my friend.

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  11. Just read this from the Chicago Tribune …

    … we’re led by a liar who considers himself infallible. In the days to come, as the number of cases rise, think hard about who you’re going to trust. And remember: Trump looks at those Americans on the cruise ship off the California coast and sees numbers, nothing more. Why would he view you any different?

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