As we're all living under lockdown thanks to China's incompetence in both stopping the spread and informing the wider public about the Wuhan coronavirus, virtually the whole country is trying to pass the time living indoors. Grocery stores, banks, the postal service, and gas stations remain operational. And while we haven't had to dress as we usually do for work in the past month, the police in a local Maryland town would like to remind its residents that they have to wear pants when they check their mail every day.
Yes, during these times, judgment can take a rain check apparently.
In Taneytown, Maryland, the local police department posted on Facebook, issuing a final warning to residents. "You know who you are," it says.
With most of the country living under a stay-at-home order, the outbreak has ground the US economy to a halt, as evidence in the retail spending report today, dropping nearly nine percent in a month. The virus is deadlier than the flu. It's more contagious than the flu. And we have no vaccine yet. It's why social distancing is our best defense right now and it has been effective. Over 606,000 Americans have been infected. Over 25,000 have died. And no one is immune.
Young Americans have a better shot at survival if infected, but that doesn't mean they can't get sick or die from the Wuhan virus. Many already have. For the elderly and immunocompromised, they're the most at risk of dying if they contract this disease. It can live on some surfaces for up to three days, which is primarily how it's spread. Hence, the need to stay home, avoid touching your face and wash your hands constantly.