A Big Deal…
The coronavirus pandemic has officially sickened over 131,000 people worldwide. As of this article’s publication, at least 4,921 have died. However, the number of affected is certainly higher given the evidence of community spread and the reality that the majority of people who contract it have not self-quarantined.
The problem is that many infected people have not distanced themselves from older people with existing health conditions, who are more likely to require intensive care. A public health crisis in this country could emerge if large numbers of elderly people and other susceptible Americans get sick and need a high level of care.
The CDC is advising against all non-essential travel to much of Asia and Iran. All elderly and sick Americans are being encouraged not to travel internationally period. And last night, President Trump imposed a 30-day travel ban on all of continental Europe.
Meanwhile, in the United States, there are hotspots you should think twice before traveling to.
Here they are:
1.) San Francisco
With infrequent access to clean bathrooms and utterly inadequate healthcare, the city’s homeless population is at high risk. It is also unclear if they will seek treatment.
Kirkland, a Seattle suburb located on the shores of the picturesque Lake Washington, became America’s first coronavirus hotspot when it ravaged Life Care Center nursing home, killing five residents.
As of yesterday, King County (home to the majority of the Seattle metropolitan area) had 234 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths.
3.) Los Angeles
Like San Francisco, Los Angeles has a homelessness epidemic. That and the coronavirus pandemic appear poised to combined, although America’s second-largest city has yet to be hit as hard as other major metropolitan areas.
On Wednesday, Los Angeles County announced its first coronavirus death.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has issued a sweeping executive order allowing the state to commandeer all medical facilities and hotels to house coronavirus patients.
4.) New York City
The novel coronavirus has spread rapidly across New York City’s boroughs and suburbs. As of earlier this week, most of the confirmed cases were in the Big Apple’s wealthy northern suburbs, prompting Governor Andrew Cuomo to establish a containment zone.