While we are seeing confirmed cases skyrocketing in parts of the U.S. like New York, we still can make a significant impact on the growth of new cases here in Idaho and around the rest of the country. But the window is closing. What has been happening in Italy has jolted government officials to take very severe steps this past week. These steps should help us in the long run to mitigate both the public health impact and financial fallout of this worldwide event. We as individuals need to do the same.
Stay at Home and Stop the Spreading
We can spread this virus around the community by doing something as simple as opening a door at our pharmacy. Most medical facilities are canceling routine care and appointments to minimize the spread of the virus and to conserve medical supplies. Nonessential businesses are shutting their doors. Remember, people will continue to get sick with other illnesses like bacterial pneumonia, get in car accidents that require surgery, and have babies. We all need a functioning medical system to handle these events that will present themselves in the middle of this outbreak.
Many experts say we all need to in a way act like we already have Coronavirus (COVID-19). Wash your hands, stay home and minimize exposure to others. It is clearly time to be mindful of what our community needs more than what we as individuals want.
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We must call on our uniquely American strengths of innovation, resilience, and compassion to carry us through these challenging times.