March 22, 2020. Covid-19 is continuing its relentless march across the American landscape with more than 32,000 known to be infected and 400 dead of the disease. Barely a week ago, there were 1,500 known infections. Now, there are more than 300,000 known infections worldwide, and nearly 700 people died yesterday in Italy alone. The world is in an economic meltdown as non-essential businesses close and millions of people lose their jobs. The U.S. federal government is talking about a bailout approaching $2 trillion. Medical supplies are in very short supply–impossible in some cases to get them, and everyone fears that as the virus sickens more people our hospitals will become overwhelmed, and thousands of people could die simply because hospitals can’t treat them or they don’t have enough ventilators. The disease is especially dangerous for older people or those with preexisting conditions, but a 12-year-old girl in Georgia is on life support right now and could die of Covid-19.
In our lifetime, we have seen many tragedies, but none quite like this one. The news changes so rapidly it’s difficult to keep up with it.