COVID-19: March 11, 2020
Realized my job is to go into enclosed spaces packed with humans and try to make them all rapidly expel air from their mouths at the same time.
All the local universities are shutting down.
- Nationwide cases: 1312
- Louisiana cases: 13, ten in New Orleans, one in Lafourche Parish
I’m going back to work in two days at the exact time we should all be SOCIAL DISTANCING.
It appears we are a week or so behind Italy. A ban on flights from Europe isn’t going to change that. More decisive federal action — massive testing and social distancing — appears to be necessary to “flatten the curve.” pic.twitter.com/GP1YcNpuFs— Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) March 12, 2020
The coronavirus is coming to you.
It’s coming at an exponential speed: gradually, and then suddenly. It’s a matter of days. Maybe a week or two. When it does, your healthcare system will be overwhelmed. Your fellow citizens will be treated in the hallways. Exhausted healthcare workers will break down. Some will die. They will have to decide which patient gets the oxygen and which one dies. The only way to prevent this is social distancing today. Not tomorrow. Today. That means keeping as many people home as possible, starting now.