From: PDX (and now) London, UK
This from the Guardian's Covid-19 blog page today.
Indonesia confirmed on Sunday that two more people had tested positive for the coronavirus, taking the total of confirmed cases in the country to six.
One of the Indonesians is a 36-year-old male, a crew member on the Japan-docked Diamond Princess cruise ship where he contracted the virus, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto told a news briefing, according to Reuters.
The other Indonesian, a 55-year-old male, contracted the virus locally in Jakarta, Yurianto said.
“Both of them are in stable condition. They do not have fever, don’t need intravenous drip, oxygen, are not coughing, and don’t have a cold,” he said.
That last sentence has me both confused and worried. I get why the one from the Diamond Princess would have been tested, but why the other, who also apparently is asymptomatic? If people are moving around who have no symptoms, and are positive, they can do anything, go anywhere, and some of them undoubtedly will.
I was at a football match in South London, at Crystal Palace, but sitting in the visitor's stands with Watford fans. Mostly business as usual. Lots of singing and swearing. It was interesting that one pre-match song was a chant essentially taunting the Coronavirus. A group of young men brandishing pints and basically chanting "bring it on," we'll continue to defy it and drink our way through.
The young so often think they're invincible, and if they carry the virus asymptomatically, will spread it to others.
What to do about this? I really don't know.
With March Madness coming on, the NBA playoffs soon to follow, the football leagues in Europe moving toward their final months, and a lot of other ritual events of spring like Spring Break and Easter the will undoubtedly still lead to people getting out and gathering in large numbers. Especially the young.
Italy has just suspended top flight matches and further restricted movement from the North, but will it work? Is it too late?
< Message edited by obvert -- 3/8/2020 12:51:18 PM >
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