My husband Gary and I were getting ready to go to the Cleveland Clinic when we first heard about the Coronavirus. We knew it was contagious but we weren’t particularly concerned. We took the uber to our nearest city to catch the Amtrak to Cleveland. We had reserved a hotel room located probably 15 min from the Main Campus. The train station in Cleveland was probably located 15 min from the hotel-they had a free shuttle service to the Campus.
So you can surmise we weren’t especially worried. The shuttle drove a fair number of passengers to the Campus which is huge and was very active. I saw just 1 person with a mask on and didn’t give it any thought. i assumed he was concerned and decided to use the extra precaution. We had left for Cleveland at 3:30 in the morning, got to the hotel and had to be at the Clinic for his 1st appointment at 9:00 a.m. meaning we didn’t get a lot of sleep on the train or at the hotel. We had napped all day at home so we would be ready for the uber & rested for the trip. The appointments ran all day. We went back to the hotel around 8 p.m.. Then we had to be back at the train station at 5:00 a.m. to head home. All you have to do is mention the trip & my husband complains about it but he doesn’t get how lucky we were to have such great logistics. :Unfortunately the prices were higher because had no choice but to book at the last minute. I digress but look at our behavior at that time and how that 1 person seemed to know something we didn’t. We had social contact, used public transportation, a hotel room, crossed a state line, finally ending up at a hospital of all places all without a mask. We were meticulous about handwashing but that was our habit before we knew it would be recommended for a virus. When we got home that’s when the news was starting to filter out. Good thing we went when we did. After consultation we decided he would get the open heart surgery on his mitral valve later in the year-just not too late.
As of January 30, 2020, a total of 9976 cases had been reported in at least 21 countries,7 including the first confirmed case of 2019-nCoV infection in the United States, reported on January 20, 2020.
Our report of the first confirmed case of 2019-nCoV in the United States illustrates several aspects of this emerging outbreak that are not yet fully understood, including transmission dynamics and the full spectrum of clinical illness. Our case patient had traveled to Wuhan, China, but reported that he had not visited the wholesale seafood market or health care facilities or had any sick contacts during his stay in Wuhan. Although the source of his 2019-nCoV infection is unknown, evidence of person-to-person transmission has been published. Through January 30, 2020, no secondary cases of 2019-nCoV related to this case have been identified, but monitoring of close contacts continues.
China and the WHO were putting on a happy face. We knew very little about this Covid 19 virus.Here is a partial timeline from Newsweek magazine written by BY MEGHAN ROOS ON 1/21/21 covering the first critical weeks in the U.S.
February 2, 2020: A travel ban former President Donald Trump announced on January 31 went into effect for individuals traveling to the U.S. from China. Americans who were visiting China at the time of Trump’s proclamation were required to quarantine after returning home.
February 29, 2020: The CDC confirmed the country’s first COVID-19-related death in a virus patient in Washington state. The agency identified the patient as a man in his 50s.
March 11, 2020: Trump announced an expansion of the travel ban that went into effect in early February to include several European countries. The temporary ban went into effect on March 13.
March 13, 2020: Trump declared a national emergency in connection with the virus, which the WHO classified as a pandemic on March 11. On January 31, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the threat of the virus constituted a public health emergency. Trump referenced the HHS’ public health emergency declaration in his proclamation, which granted the head of the HHS emergency authority to temporarily waive requirements for specific insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
We knew very little about the virus at the time but thank God Pres Trump had the foresight to make the right call in spite of all the criticism. On March 18,2020 Fox news reported that Pres Trump was invoking the Defense Production Act.
- Companies are required to accept and prioritize contracts from the government and to prioritize “materials, services, and facilities to promote the national defense or to maximize domestic energy supplies.” While this provision has historically been used to ramp up military production, in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic the act will be used for medical supplies.
- The second provision in the act provides financial measures, such as loans, loan guarantees, purchases, and purchase commitments, to speed up the production of materials “needed to support national defense and homeland security procurement requirements.”
- The act also addresses voluntary agreements – or what the government says is “an association of private interests, approved by the Government to plan and coordinate actions in support of the national defense.” The proviso permits business competitors to work together to plan and coordinate measures to increase the supply of materials.
Reported on Mar 29,2020 Trump ordered two Naval Hospital Ships to be deployed to assist in NY and California.
“The USNS Mercy docked in Los Angeles on Friday and USNS Comfort will arrive in Manhattan on Monday to provide extra beds for non-Covid-19 cases, as pandemic patients swarm land-based hospitals on both U.S. coasts.
New York is particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 29,000 confirmed cases as of Saturday.
Built in the 1980s, the twin vessels are converted supertankers, stretching to 894 feet—the length of three football fields. They each can provide 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, intensive care units, a CT scanner, blood banks, full-serve pharmacies and physical-therapy facilities.
Each accommodates more than 1,000 medical staff and crew, assigned from existing naval hospitals.”
Trump did everything humanly possible he could do to save as many lives as possible. The problem was when the virus first hit nobody knew squat. To this day we’re STILL learning about the virus. Unfortunately as a precaution he had to shut down the economy and it was going on all cylinders. Two things Pres Trump absolutely had to do at the time. 1. take drastic measures ie shutting down our booming economy but keep open the essentials that people absolutely had to have. 2. get the seriousness of the virus across to the American people WITHOUT causing widespread panic. It wasn’t an easy task; how on earth do you take a drastic measure like shutting down the economy, convince the American people the virus is serious but keep them from going into a panic at the same time?
We were asked to work at “flattening the curve” This action was never meant to stop the virus; the cat was already out of that bag. The action was meant to keep the health care system,especially hospitals, from being overwhelmed. That would have been a secondary disaster.
Eventually Trump said we had to reopen the economy/schools or as he put it
What we know about Covid-19 and the development of herd immunity. An excellent article from the Mayo Clinic.
Herd immunity and COVID-19 (coronavirus): What you need to know
Understand what’s known about herd immunity and what it means for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Curious as to whether herd immunity against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) might slow the spread of the disease? Understand how herd immunity works and what experts are saying about its potential impact on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Do we know more about Covid 19 now than we did in 2020? Absolutely. Do we know enough? Not yet. Who was responsible for this killer virus and subsequent pandemic? The CCP in China and to some extent the WHO organization that lied for them.
Dr Michael Hansen is my go to for information about Covid 19. He’s an ICU Dr who has treated patients with Covid-19. His information is credible, basic and easy to understand.