Editorial: 1,018 Cases: Be Safe: Practice Common Sense

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 01 July 2020 01:49

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

1,018. Let that number sink in for a minute. That's the current number of COVID-19 cases in New Hanover County. A drastic increase from almost a month ago.

On June 4th, New Hanover County officials announced a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. That increase was 28 new cases over two days bringing the total to 243. At 4:PM on June 30th, the number of cases was 1,018. An increase of 775 cases. Of those cases, 163 had recovered and five passed away. At press time on Tuesday June 30th, the State of North Carolina reported that Carolina Beach had 36 cases and Kure Beach had 2 cases of COVID-19.

Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained on June 30th, that while the U.S. is experiencing an increase as high as 40,000 new cases per day, he would not be surprised to see that number increase to 100,000 cases per day in the future if government officials don't take immediate action to stop the spread of COVID-19. He explained, " It is going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that, because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though in other parts of the country they're doing well, they are vulnerable."

New Hanover County has largely held the line on deaths from COVID-19, but cases are increasing at an alarming rate. The low number of cases in our area to date compared to other areas of the U.S. could be attributed to people being intelligent about wearing face masks and social distancing. Yet, the current spike could be attributed to our area being a tourism destination, and, a lack of common sense among many people who frankly don't think it's a big deal. They commonly argue with rules about wearing face masks and don't observe social distancing.

This is disturbing. The fact that some people throw caution to the wind and in doing so put other people including their parents and people with serious health conditions at risk of death. While many believe they are young and COVID won't kill them (False: Many younger people have died), even if they don't experience life threatening symptoms, or any symptoms at all, they can bring it home and kill their parents or grandparents.

And the idiotic argument that COVID-19 isn't as bad as other previous pandemics or flu outbreaks is just that, the words of an idiot.

If you get it, don't get sick, but you spread it to your elderly loved ones, then come back after their funeral and tell us it's not a big deal.

 Personally, I'm not going to the beach this weekend. I'm not going out for recreation. I'm continuing to semi-quarantine myself in a single room and social distance at the office. July 4th weekend will absolutely be a major turning point for the number of cases in New Hanover County.

We all want to get back to normal, but right now, that's not an option. Local businesses are struggling. It's a sad state of life at the moment. Yet we all need to face the music even if we don't like the song.

We will pull through this, but let's strive to limit the death of others.

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