Because it has so much power and money to spend, we tend to focus on the Federal Government. However, the United States is a federation of states. Therefore, when something has to be done involving people all across our country, especially something difficult, state and local governments must take the lead. What is being done to slow down the spread of the coronavirus illustrates this truth. In addition, what follows is an illustration of what we have to do to make a difficult decision. In a crisis, we have to go with the information we have. That is what makes a crisis a crisis. We cannot afford to wait. We cannot wait for information we don’t have. We have to act NOW!
In a crisis, the doctor guesses which antibiotic will work. The wrong medicine is usually better than none. In a crisis, the general guesses the intentions of enemy and concentrates his forces based upon that guess. The wrong plan is usually better than doing nothing. Why is the wrong decision usually better than doing nothing. In a crisis we assume the worst.
View the following video from Ohio. Think of it as reality TV for real. Of course it won’t be as entertaining, we cannot turn off reality when we want to do so. So, reality is not as much fun.
Why my personal interest in Ohio? Even though I live in Virginia, my children live in Ohio, and I want to be certain their state is doing its best.
The content of the video begins at 27 minutes. If it seems lengthy, be patient. For the next couple of months, the coronavirus will make your life all about social distancing. That social distancing can occur either before or after we get sick.
Note that DeWine’s team, especially the doctor, provide an excellent and informative presentation the problem and what we need to do. Therefore, the video is worth your time.
Who is the star of the video above, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (governor.ohio.gov). He is doing at the state level those things our president cannot do at the Federal level. To stifle the spread of the coronavirus, he is limiting the amount of social contacts between the citizens of his state.
When hardly any cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Ohio (Ohio Department of Health confirms fifth coronavirus case in state: ODH update (cleveland.com)), why is DeWine treating the spread of the coronavirus as a crisis? We have not been doing very much coronavirus testing in the United States. Therefore, we don’t actually know how many people have either had or still have the disease. That puts us in a predicament. To prevent the worst, we must presume the worst.
Here are several articles on the problems with coronavirus testing in the United State? We have had an issue producing test kits.
- The US decided to make its own coronavirus test, but the process was plagued by errors and delays. Here’s a timeline of what went wrong. (businessinsider.com)
- Fauci says US not set up for coronavirus testing like other countries: ‘That is a failing’ (foxnews.com)
- ‘We are flying blind’: Lawmakers fume amid lack of coronavirus testing and answers (cnn.com)
What about Virginia? Our governor has declared a state of emergency (Gov. Northam declares state of emergency after confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to grow in Virginia (nbc12.com)). Since Northam is a doctor, he probably has a good understanding of the problem. Hence, we have an additional reason to take his declaration of a state of emergency seriously. Even though Virginia has not yet seen signs of community spread (spread between Virginia locals instead of Virginians coming home with the disease caught elsewhere), he has taken the precaution of declaring an emergency.
What can we do if we don’t want to bring the coronavirus home to our families and neighbors?
- Check out Steps to Prevent Illness (nbc12.com).
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Maintain a proper social distance.
- Check out Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (cdc.gov) for more information.
- Find out what your local government (Virginia) is doing. Encourage local leaders to take the coronavirus seriously. Since our governor has declared an emergency, they have no excuse for not being on top of the problem.