Covid-19 is running wide open here in California with 52,000 new cases in a one day. To put that in perspective that is about the same as what the entire country was experiencing just 8 weeks ago.
This means a shortage of intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients. Imagine the scene… ambulances are lined up one behind the other outside of the emergency rooms doors. Near by it looks like tent city with temporary triage tents for the sick outdoors. Thank God this isn’t Binghamton NY which just got 41″ of snow yesterday.
What do the numbers say?
While it’s hard to believe that some still doubt the reason for quarantining— the numbers don’t lie.
Across California more than 16,000 people are hospitalized due to the virus. This is three times the numbers from only a month ago. Sadly, California also set a one-day record of 379 deaths.
It starting to look like NYC did last year when the pandemic first broke out. Morgue space is limited now and ICU capacity is at less than 1% in many California counties.
A Virus Vaccine to the rescue
Many tout the Corona-19 vaccine as the panacea to cure all woes. At least that’s what the experts hope. The problem however remains two fold.
- Will they be able to get enough doses required to stop this in its tracks?
- Will they be able to distribute them quickly in time?
- Do California residents feel comfortable trying a new vaccine with very little if any track record of safety?
Only time will tell.
In the meanwhile, it is up to every individual to whether they will do their part to protect themselves and their family. Experts insist that social distancing, wearing face masks and quarantining in place when symptoms occur is our best defense.