As of this morning at 9:30, the US has a whopping 86,012 cases and over 1,300 deaths. In New York state alone there are close to 40,000 cases. In just New York City, there are 365 deaths. Last night we passed Italy, who has 80,589 cases at the moment. On our own we have more cases than the rest of North America, South America, France, India, Russia and Iran combined.
We have come a long way in the past two months. The first known infected person in America was discovered January 20th, 2020 from a man who had returned from Wuhan 5 days ago. Exactly one month and one day ago the first person with “no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual” was detected in the US. Until mid-March, Washington was the epicenter of the Coronavirus in America and had the most cases and most deaths, until it was surpassed by New York. Tragically, over 25% of the deaths in Washington are ascribed to one nursing home in Seattle.
While I have no proof on my hands, I am quite sure China lied about their statistics. In a country of 1.44 billion people- roughly 436% the population of the US- I highly doubt they only had 81,897 cases total. They have often been accused of fudging numbers and numerous human rights violations, so I would put nothing past them.
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I know this is a very dark and stressful time for many people, but even if there are only small positives to come out of this time, they are nice to think about. Global emissions for carbon dioxide are down, people are spending more time with their families and introverts must be having the time of their life right now. When I was walking my dog yesterday I saw more people walking around as well then I have ever seen before. Now as much as ever I am thankful for the life God has given me.
My own state of North Carolina has far fewer cases than a lot of other big states, at 732. Of course there are bound to be more cases than that due to lack of testing, as I am sure is the case in many other parts of this country.
I hope everyone stays safe during this time and heed the science and use common sense. Wash your hands thoroughly, limit the number of people you expose yourself to and keep your distance, and if at all possible stay at home as much as you can, both for your sake and for others. God bless everyone and remember, we are Americans. We always rise above in the end.