Coronavirus Briefing / Goodfriend

Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend, at the microphone, discusses preventive health measures against coronavirus at a March 10 briefing. He is flanked by other county officials.

Your neighbors are not overreacting. Your neighbors are not under-reacting.

They are merely reacting – reacting to a largely unknown and therefore very frightening pandemic: the coronavirus outbreak.

This is not the time to mock or ridicule or flaunt – things that, unfortunately, social media seems invented for in times of crisis such as this.

This is a time to come together, a time for community compassion and reasoned caution.

As of press time, there was just one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Loudoun County. We believe that number will grow; we hope we're wrong.

Regardless of whether more local cases are confirmed, we urge citizens to halt the dangerous, uninformed, knee-jerk commentary running rampant across the Internet.

Legitimate national news outlets are not feeding you lies. This virus is not a hoax. It's not influenza. We know virtually everything there is to know about the flu. The same can't be said for COVID-19 – not even close.

Coronavirus is, as we've seen, extremely deadly, with more than 4,700 deaths across the globe and 38 in the United States.

This outbreak needs to be taken seriously, and preparations need to be guided by facts and medical doctors.

The line between stern concern and hysteria can be fine, but one thing should be clear by now: This virus is nothing to dismiss or make light of.

While not communicated in the smoothest of fashions – mere hours before the school day was to begin and hours after implying classes wouldn't be disrupted this week – Loudoun County Public Schools made the right call Thursday morning in calling off classes for Thursday, Friday and all of next week. With so many parents crippled by anxiety over their child's health – and understandably so – the school system needed to take measures to reduce the risk.

Similarly, while last week Loudoun County government appeared to be playing catch-up on the crisis, this week they've been expeditious in updating the public and directing concerned residents on what to do. (On that note, if you're a Loudoun resident with questions or fears about coronavirus, contact the local health department by email at health@loudoun.gov or phone at 703-771-5829.)

As both President Donald Trump (R) and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said this week – and as we wholeheartedly believe – we will get through this. Our community will endure. America will recover, and normalcy will return to our lives.

We will get through this together.

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(36) comments

ace10

Making a correction to a TOTALLY ERRONEOUS statement of fact by one of the posters here. They wrote: "...Haven't you ever wondered what those little brown specks on your house and car were? They are actually airline emissions...." This is INCORRECT. The dark spots on cars and the siding of houses are spores from the artillery fungus. This is the danger of posting comments on topics of which one has no actual knowledge. So very cringe-worthy.

amerigirl

Yes, we will get through this. But what I object to is tax dollars being used to bailout cruise ships that fly under the flags of other countries so the don’t have to pay taxes. They should be forced to register in the US and pay taxes if they want taxpayer money. Let them go get help from the countries of the flags they are flying if they don’t want to pay taxes or abide by our labor laws. Nearly all ships operated by U.S.-headquartered cruise lines are registered in foreign countries. Come on Carnival and Disney, step up.

LetsBreal

Brilliant. Suddenly, the ports of Cozumel and Nassau double in size and cruise passengers fly there instead of Miami. You really showed the global economy up with that iron-fisted well thought out policy!

amerigirl

So you think they should be able to evade taxes?

amerigirl

Do you really think they would give up using US ports? They would lose too much money, it wouldn't happen. BTW, my opinion, as I said “ I object to” is not me showing the global economy up with that iron-fisted well thought out policy! It was my opinion, and how is that an that iron-fisted policy? Got a little carried away there didn't you? What is wrong with telling a business if you want taxpayer dollars you need to pay your taxes? It’s okay for us to get screwed by them until they need something?

LetsBreal

In answer to your assertion below, your words: "They should be forced". Furthermore, the US government, when intervening on cruise ships in the Caribbean are helping out mostly US citizens (evacuation, isolation and medical intervention, partially due to US government policy in place during an emergency). Do you even know how travel insurance works, who pays and who doesn't? Good grief. You just keep running your keyboard.

amerigirl

Lets, Yes they should be forced to pay US taxes if they want US bailout from US taxpayers. That has nothing to do with evacuation, isolation and medical intervention, partially due to US government policy in place during an emergency. It has nothing to do with travel insurance, as you say, good grief. I have nothing against saving lives on cruise lines but giving them a bail out when they don’t pay taxes is hypocritical. Are we suppose to bail out other foreign companies because they want money and can’t get it form the country they are in because Americans use their services?

LetsBreal

Latest democrat introduced bill to deal with Coronavirus: require same day voter registration and early voting, full offset of all airline emissions by 2025, mandatory greenhouse gas statistics posted for all individual flights, retirement plans for community newspaper employees, erase all debt of postal service at tax payer expense, corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards and companies receiving assistance, 10K bailout of student loans to be picked up by tax payers, paid time for collective union bargaining, $15 minimum wage for any company receiving assistance. What does any of this have to do with problems at hand? This is ridiculous and people are seeing the DNC for what it is.

ace10

Shhhh. We're not supposed to know about all that stuff.

amerigirl

It's the stuff republicans put in, behind closed doors, while negotiations were ongoing that you haven't heard about. Obviously!

LetsBreal

Yes, I expect we'll have jet engines any day now that plug into the wall to recharge themselves before jumbo jets fly around the world! It would be hilarious, if not sad.

ace10

Please answer me this: If the $15 minimum wage in Virginia had been enacted on March 1, would the number of currently unemployed be higher or lower today, Match 27? This is a really easy one.... shouldn't even need to scramble for the answer on GOOG.

ace10

What's the issue here? Can't find the answer on the internet OR is it that a $15 minimum wage is an idiotic idea which would have resulted in far more people? If you're going to push (D) talking points, please be prepared to defend them.

amerigirl

Ace10, I did respond to you about minimum wage. For some reason it didn’t post. Please calm down, If you didn’t believe my talking points, which are actual Virginia law, then you could have looked it up yourself. I don’t know why you were demanding an answer that was going to prove your foolishness anyway. If you simply read the bill you would be aware that it doesn’t kick in directly at $15, it raises over a few years. It was passed and enacted by March 1st, In fact it passed in February, but since you didn’t bother to read it let me tell you about it. The bill will increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2020; to $10.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2021; to $11.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2022; to $12.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2023; to $14 per hour, effective July 1, 2024; and to $15 per hour, effective July 1, 2025, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There I have pushed my (D) talking point, actual law and defended it, Happy????

ace10

LOL. I wouldn't have expected anything more than that bot-like copy-n-paste. Increased unemployment is the INEVITABLE result of higher-than-market wage. Such a basic economic concept. Yet (D)'s want to pretend it isn't.

amerigirl

Let's there is a huge difference between electric planes and carbon neutrality. It is a reduction of their own emissions to 50 percent. The government would also purchase $1 billion worth of older, more-polluting planes with the expectation airlines would replace them with more fuel-efficient models. The U.S. would be able to recoup some of those costs by selling airplane parts back to various carriers. Currently in the airline industry pollution is rapidly accelerating. Haven't you ever wondered what those little brown specks on your house and car were? They are actually airline emissions.

LetsBreal

I know you mean well, but you would do well to educate yourself in central planning and the downfalls of command economies. History is replete (and littered) with examples. Whole books are written on it. Fascinating stuff, especially when you start to read about the unintended consequences and disasters created by do-gooders.

NvolvedParent

CDC confirmed Wuhan virus cases/deaths as of today: Cases 3487 Deaths 68 2% fatality rate

amerigirl

That is the stupidest stat I have ever seen. Most of he people that are infected have just gotten it, do you know what their outcome will be?

NvolvedParent

The CDC keeps publishing these stats of of confirmed cases and deaths.

LetsBreal

Math and statistical analysis. It's amazing, huh? Magic!

amerigirl

Let's, incomplete data can make you think it's magic, but most people are not fooled that easily.

NvolvedParent

Today: Estimated deaths from influenza 55,000. Actual deaths from Wuhan virus as of today 68 [all info from CDC web site]

amerigirl

Wrong, straight from the CDC site: CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 36 million flu illnesses, 370,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths from flu. You can check it out on their weekly up date site. After the 3w’s type cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index. But the flu started in early fall, not a few weeks ago and according to the CDC, the rate of deaths is below the epidemic rate. The corona virus is just getting started. They believe it could last into next year whereas the flu should subside in the spring.

“As the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the U.S. will at some point, either this year or next, get exposed to this virus,” Nancy Messonnier of the CDC said

"Despite the morbidity and mortality with influenza, there's a certainty … of seasonal flu," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a White House press conference on Jan. 31. "I can tell you all, guaranteed, that as we get into March and April, the flu cases are going to go down. You could predict pretty accurately what the range of the mortality is and the hospitalizations [will be]," Fauci said. "The issue now with [COVID-19] is that there's a lot of unknowns."

NvolvedParent

As of 3/12/2020 there are 1215 cases in the US and 36 deaths according to CDC. That equates to 2.9% of current cases are fatal. CDC reports 6.9% of influenza cases are fatal and influenza is very active in every state and region of the USA.

AFF

You're saying almost 7% of people who get influenza die?

I do not have to time to point out how wrong you are.

NvolvedParent

Sure you do. Go to cdc . gov

NvolvedParent

Here is the mailing address to the CDC if you want to tell them they are wrong: 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

AshburnVoter

I don't know how you are claiming 7% influenza death rate, nor why you are directing people to the CDC website (and doubling down after that), when it clearly shows around a 0.1% mortality rate, with a table showing data from every year 2010 thru the present. You can find the # of Symptomatic Illnesses, Medical Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths.

Furthermore, Dr. Fauci has confirmed the 0.1% statistic in recent comments.

amerigirl

Nvolved, Went to CDC.gov and that is not close to what they said.

amerigirl

What he's not telling you is that includes deaths from pneumonia. It isn't just the flu. Most older people that die of natural causes die from pneumonia because they lie in bed for too long when they are sick. Seniors Are More Susceptible to Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a major cause of mortality among seniors. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people die each year from pneumonia than from automobile accidents.

amerigirl

I checked the CDC site and they say approx. .1 % of the influenza cases result in death. Where did you get the 6.9% from? You can’t really say what the rate of death for Corona is at the point because it has not been long enough to determine the rate. Out of those 1215 cases, which is now over 3500, less people have recovered than have died. The reason you can’t make a determination is that there are so many people still infected that with the virus.

NvolvedParent

For all the naysayer. Learn to do your own actual research

From CDC (which I already told you and you don’t believe)

Pneumonia and Influenza (P&I) Mortality Surveillance

Based on National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality surveillance data available on March 12, 2020, 7.1% of the deaths occurring during the week ending February 29, 2020 (week 9) were due to P&I. This percentage is below the epidemic threshold of 7.3% for week 9.

amerigirl

Please double check your research, you have it wrong.

pual mase

Well said........just waiting for the blame game to begin........

amerigirl

That is what you are thinking about when people are sick? Give it a rest.

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