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The Time of the Virus

Undoubtedly, this time of the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, represents an abnormal reality for most people effected in some form or another by the pesky and deadly pathogen.

As this pandemic transcends nation to nation, city to city, town to town and community to community infecting hundreds of thousands of people, a new normal has emerged that conflicts with what was regarded as normal life just a few days ago. Worldwide infections now stand at 558,502 with 25,251 deaths. Here in the United States (US), infections have surpassed the total of any other country numbering 91,255 with 1,353 deaths.

A Revelation of COVID-19 - a Shifting Global Sphere of Influence

CNN has reported that amid a video-G20 Summit on COVID-19 between world political leaders, the United States (US) - the wealthiest nation on the Planet, via the Department of State, is asking it's global diplomatic missions to seek from their host nations any excess medical items to help fight the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

As the wealthiest nation seeks to source much needed medical gear from others, a dire picture of the scope of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, is being manifested in New York City, New York, where disheartening pictures have shown medical staff forced to wear garbage bags as protective gear amid a chronic shortage of PPE's for front line caregivers.

Buying Time - Immersed in the Unknown - Under the Humbling Impact of COVID-19

My two younger sons, along with millions of other students in the United States (US) and across the globe, including Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU), China and elsewhere, remain out of school and many have been scheduled into distance-learning for the first time ever because of stay-at-home orders across multiple communities to wrestle the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Parents are working from home, or sadly laid off from work because of COVID-19. Supermarkets remain under stocked.

The Test at Hand - COVID-19

The evolution of the human species throughout the ages has never been voided of struggles. From competition to survive, class and race struggles, war, pestilences, economic turbulences and environmental catastrophes, humanity has managed to weather them all to arrive at this time - this 2020.

The resolve of the human race for continuity has triumphed over many hurdles and dangers not by wishing them away, but by applying systematic, scientific and international responses.

Therefore, today, as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to plague the globe inflicting 284,000 people with the disease thus far while killing 11,868; it is paramount that the clear and present danger posed by the pathogen be recognized and accepted as being real.

Playing Catch-up - Too Slow, Too Late Response to COVID-19

Let me very explicit: there is no rational reason why medical and front line workers battling the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the richest country of the world - the United States (US), should ever be under equipped in carrying out their jobs to protecting the health of the Republic.

Hospital workers should not be forced to make their own masks in order to protect the public health. Medical personnel should not be instructed to re-use masks in carrying out their duties of saving lives. Jurisdictions across the US should not have to struggle to find working testing kits for COVID-19.

Speedy Recovery to Health and Normalcy after COVID-19

To all friends, countries and peoples - victims of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), I bid you a speedy recovery to good health and to normal life. And to those who have died, I extend my deepest sorry to your family and loved ones.

As my family and I prepare and await the mathematical surety of greater adverse impacts from the pandemic here in Washington, D.C., United States (US), we do so fearlessly, yet, not stupidly. We continue to follow proper hygiene regiments implored upon me as a boy - washing hands, etc.

All Systems to Full Gear to Fight COVID-19 in the United States

Reading between the lines of statements given by experts, leaders and commentators with respect to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), it should be accepted by now that the United States (US) is facing an even greater battle with the pathogen than that which is current at hand. Simply put: things will get worse before they get better.

Yet, some comfort is offered via recent signs that the Donald Trump administration has finally made all systems operational to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Numerous States from New York, to New Jersey, to Connecticut, to Ohio, to Maryland, to Virginia, to Michigan, to Washington, to California and others, in lieu of federal leadership, were left to take on the responsibility and leadership to hedge, to contain and to mitigate the spreading virus.

Anticipating Hospital Surge Capacity from COVID-19 in the United States

Given the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States (US), and in lieu of any credible response to the national emergency from President Donald Trump, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking the lead, along with a handful of other governors, to address, to contain and to mitigate the pandemic.

Cuomo, in a Press briefing earlier today, confirmed the closing of all public schools across New York State, the banning of gatherings of more than 50-people, the closing of gyms, movie theaters, bars and restaurants in a mass effort to reign in COVID-19.

The Dawning and Spreading of COVID-19 in America

The dawn of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States (US) is a reality that poses a threat to the entire population and this has been confirmed by the Donald Trump administration declaring a national emergency because of the pandemic.

COVID-19 has already changed the normal of millions of American lives. Some 21 million children in 19 states in the US are away from school because of the pathogen, which has thus far sicken 2,500 Americans and has killed 57. Spain, Italy, France, South Korea, Iran, Germany and the United Kingdom are some of the 132-countries battling COVID-19

Sincere Thoughts to Past, Present and Future Victims of COVID-19

I wish to relay my sincere thoughts for good health as well as for full and speedy recovery to all past, present and future victims of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

I pray that you may muster the strength to continue in good health as well all harbor the inclination to survive and to defeat COVID-19. 

Humanity has conquered many threats and assaults to arrive at this 2020, thus COVID-19 should be construed as a test of the resolve toward the continuity of the human species. 

Therefore, together as a national and international community, we the people hereby must endeavor to have empathy and compassion for one another as we confront this viral pandemic. May God Bless us all.