https://previews.123rf.com/images/drmicrobe/drmicrobe1803/drmicrobe180300208/97984140-mers-virus-meadle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronovirus-3d-illustration.jpg No, we’re not all trapped on a cruise ship floating about and going nowhere but hunkering down is, nevertheless, in full bloom as is stockpiling, thanks to alarming, non-stop coronavirus media blasts, countless closings, and the relentless, political blame game.

As one-time Democrat Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel advised back in his day: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

Seems lots of folks nowadays have taken him up on his advice, further widening the gap that divides us.

Gotta ask, though: Why so much more now than in 2009 when the swine flu pandemic struck and Obama lived in the White House?

Back then, life hummed right along despite the swine flu. No wall-to-wall media coverage, no shuttering of schools, sports activities, malls, zoos, gyms, etc. and yet…

  • First detected in America in April 2009, it was “a unique combination of influenza viruses never before seen in humans and animals.”
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic on June 4, 2009.
  • Not until Friday, October 23, 2009 did Obama declare a national state of emergency.
  • A vaccine was not available until December 2009.
  • In America alone, between April 12, 2009 and April 10, 2010:
    • 60,8 million were sickened.
    • 273,304 were hospitalized.
    • 12,409 died

And yet no timely outcry…

Fast-forward to America 2020: Relentless political barbs traded, bare store shelves, a populous in hiding.

First detected in Wuhan, China on November 17, 2019, the coronavirus debuted here in Washington state on January 21, 2020.

Since then and as of March 12:

  • 44 states affected
  • 1,339 cases confirmed
  • 38 deaths

Meanwhile and if you dare leave the house, good luck finding toilet paper, let alone hand sanitizer or a good bottle of wine, as liquor stores lock up, too.

On a more positive note: The U.S. Department of Education might waive all state-mandated standardized tests. I’m just sayin’…

With my thanks, be well. ~ Carol