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March 18, 2020
Hopefully, by now, the seriousness of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been heard around the world. COVID- 19 is a new virus; therefore, no one has immunity to it. There are no vaccines. There is no magic pill to cure it. It's highly contagious and is commonly spread by droplets from a person's cough or sneeze or from someone touching a surface where these droplets have landed and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. We literally are at war with an invisible enemy that spreads across the land with a high degree of success. If this disease spreads unchecked, it will quickly overwhelm our medical facilities quickly. We must look no further than Italy, or even closer to home, Washington State, regarding what can happen when the disease isn't dramatically reduced.
The ability to test more people is increasing almost daily. Testing allows for treatment sooner, but just as important, it identifies a potential carrier of the disease so they, along with individuals they have encountered, can be quarantined for the incubation period. That ability is huge... gigantic. Governor Abbott held a conference call with Mayors and County Judges across the state this evening. He urged us to do as much as humanly possible to stop the spread of this virus.
Folks, WE MUST WIN THIS WAR. Lives are at risk. Remember, we have no immunity to this virus and yet, there are no vaccines and no medication specifically for it. It's a highly contagious respiratory disease. Our medical facilities have just so much capacity. Other critical infrastructure, businesses and organizations could be compromised due to a lack of employees who could either become sick or in quarantine for 14 days.
Now, let's say that we don't do our part and the disease continues to spread. It could soon involve millions of people and medical facilities will be beyond capacity. Period. Bottom-line. And, the virus is so new that it's not known if a person will develop an immunity once they've had it or if they can acquire it again.
From what we've been told by experts in this field, if we can get through the next few weeks and limit the spread, that will help to "flatten" the curve." That means that even though some may still become sick with the disease, it won't be a huge spike on the health and medical systems, their supplies and personnel, in such a compressed timeline. And, every day that we can reduce this exposure is another day closer to more tests being made available and even a vaccine. Everyone, absolutely EVERYONE must do their part. And, it's simple. Maintain approximately 6 feet of distance between each other and wash our hands thoroughly and often.
Mayor David Abernathy City of Pittsburg, Texas