Was happy to discover that the reason Idaho doesn't have any cases yet may be because they are on top of the situation. Have been testing for at least a week, maybe a little more. Following up potential cases even when not serious. They know sooner or later there will be a first case, but are much more likely to find it soon enough to prevent "community spread" for weeks unchecked.
Utah and SLC are trying to stem the tide. Already 5 detected cases. The Salt Lake Tribune has a good editorial from the Governor, Lt. Governor, and leaders of health care systems in Utah. Good and short descriptions of why COVID-19 is not like the seasonal flu, and why "social distancing" matters in order to "flatten the curve" so that the local hospitals are not overwhelmed with people needing ICU care.
Granted that most of those people needing ventilators will be over 60, but presumably their younger relatives would want them to be treated instead of having them die at home of pneumonia. Although the real question is what happens to the people who usually end up at an ER or in ICU for reasons having nothing to do with COVID-19. It's not as if those places are usually empty just waiting for patients.
Short article about the comparison of actions taken, or not, in Philadelphia and St. Louis at the start of the 1928 flu epidemic. Bottom line is that St. Louis acted quicker with unpopular restrictions are had far fewer deaths per capita than Philly. I learned that the lesson learned was not applied during 1957 and 1968 flu outbreaks. Somehow not surprised.
I am concerned for my son a medical professional in NYC who headed Directly into the problem not only during 9/11 , AND two hurricanes and NOW this ?.
He is riding the subway an hr each way from the Upper West side to serve his patients in the Bronx , knowing that he very well MAY get the virus and be Quarantined at the hospital, BUT this is what medical pros ,law enforcement , and first responders Do .
His son , my grandson is doing similar work in Vt, but can walk to work and the spred there is not a major issue
I also have another grandson riding the train an hr in metro west Boston to do cyber security work for a major chain .
To say i am concerned is putting it mildly , but these and MANY MANy others are putting themselves on the line to serve the greater good , keep,them in our prayers .
We will get through this and we need to find leaders that instill confidence and competence
Thanks for listening to an Old Man's thought this am