Coronavirus in the United States: Stay Home If Possible Now? . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written and published on 7 March 2020

Dear Ones,

I have read that the incubation period for the Coronavirus is unknown, but might be from 2 to 14 days. I also read that it is possible some, even many, people are getting a very mild illness rather than grave symptoms.

Two days ago I was in Walmart and saw there a young child quite sick with a cough, walking and crying alongside his mother. Then today I saw a young woman who had a cough.

It is not known one way or the other, but I presume it is possible that some of those with mild coughs in Washington State, California, and New York right now, among others, might have very mild cases of Coronavirus that are going beneath the radar …

LInk: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.,” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated…

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2 thoughts on “Coronavirus in the United States: Stay Home If Possible Now? . by Alice B. Clagett

  1. Jenny

    Of the known cases – 242,000, 9800 have died making the mortality rate 4.1%. Of course it could easily be a huge number of asymptomatic people walking around. Governments estimate 50% of their populations will become infected. Millions will due without drastic measures being taken to delay the spread.


    1. Alice B. Clagett Post author

      Thanks for your comment.
      I read about the 4 or 5 percent mortality rate worldwide too … I think it may have been in WHO or CDC? I think that is based on people diagnosed with COVID, which I think happens when they are already very sick? So the 4 or 5 percent mortality rate might have to do with symptomatic people only, and that might be people with serious health conditions or who are quite old, mainly. That is why I thought it might be more significant to compare United States total deaths from flu plus COVID virus since March 2020 to flu deaths in the two prior years. For the statistics see “Combined Flu and COVID Mortality Rate Compared to That of Flu in Prior Years”
      It looks like this year is a little on the high side for mortality, but more or less ballpark, as the delta for the mortality rate year-to-year is right high. Of course, it is likely we are only ballpark with prior years because of the social distancing and mask-wearing.
      I was reading this morning about a CDC meeting to take place next Tuesday: “CDC Covid-19 vaccine advisers call emergency meeting to discuss distribution” …
      I see that Pfizer is flying vaccine here and there in case distribution is approved: “United Begins Flying Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine” …
      United Begins Flying Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine” … I read the Pfizer vaccine has a shelf life of up to 6 months when stored at very low temperatures, but of only 5 days at regular freezer temperatures … “Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine U.S. Distribution Fact Sheet” … … I guess that means they are hoping for the best from Tuesday’s meeting, but storing the vaccine in ultra low temperature freezers across the nation, so as to hedge their bets? That is just my guess about it.
      It looks to me like we are on the cusp of change, and may have seen the worst of the epidemic worldwide in the six months that follow approval of a COVID vaccine. That is good news for the holidays, though we may need to celebrate them at home. I expect the S&P will take news of vaccine approval well, in expectation of a economic rebound. In addition, I imagine there will be a ‘baby boom’ a little like the one that followed WW II.



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