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Is A Coronavirus Shutdown Worth The Cost?

Kevin Battle
March 20, 2020 - 11:26 am

‘Stay calm.  Stay safe.  Stay home.’  That is the advice from Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine regarding the coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered schools and non-essential businesses throughout the state.

So far, Allegheny county has 28 confirmed cases.  Beaver County has 3, Washington County has 3 and Westmoreland County has 4.  There are at least 268 confirmed cases of Covid19 throughout 26 counties in the Commonwealth. 

Coronavirus may now seem small compared to the flu – which saw nearly 10,000 new cases in the Keystone state in the first week of the month.   Many of us wonder if a 15-day shutdown is worth the cost.

The answer is yes.

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This is a virus that humans do not have an immunity to.  There is no vaccine, yet.  Drugs used to fight the flu will not work.

The symptoms are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.  They appear 2-14 days after exposure.

According to Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen, 40-60% of adults in Western PA could get infected over the next few months.  That means that between 400-750,000 people could get sick.  And, according the statistics, up to 4% could die.  You do the math.

And don’t think you can flee to a different region to escape it.  North Carolina closed the Outerbanks to tourists.

A tidal wave of Coronavirus is coming our way. 

‘Stay calm.  Stay safe.  Stay home’ because there will not be enough hospital beds.

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