Is Texas Doing Too Little With Their Shelter-In-Place Policy?

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Each state has the right to make their own policies while dealing with this virus to some degree. However, some policies seem to do better than others. Here in Texas, the counties are able to come up with their own plans which right now echos the govern’s policy, to some degree.

The problem is our shelter-in-place policy is too vague. It names almost all businesses as essential and even includes churches which could serve as a breeding ground for sickness right now. Governor Abbot doesn’t want to take a stricter tone while dealing with the outbreak, so he is inadvertently leaving large holes in a protection bubble that should be placed around the state.

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Here in my county, we are still seeing new cases every single day. While our numbers aren’t like Dallas, Houston, or other major cities, we are still dealing with potential dangers to our small infrastructures. All it takes is the right case, right organization, and chaos would hit the entire town. If Texas doesn’t do more to define the definition of essential, I fear we will have a major outbreak on our hands.

At this point, our government is trying to maintain an imaginary line of neutrality between health and finance, in my opinion. By not closing more organizations they are risking more exposure. I guess my question is , what does shelter-in-place really mean? Why are there so many updates, and why are we seeing things added to list that were once taken away? We need to all be on the same sheet of music.

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Note of the day: Do not open food before you get home. Make sure you get home first and wash your hands.

Latest Information On Our Coronavirus Situation.

So, our situation isn’t getting any better. It’s kind of crazy because as many of you know, I have followed this virus for months. I even tried to get more attention for residents of China and now it is on my doorstep. I keep thinking about the video in my first blog posting about the virus. The young man made it clear, we have to watch how we descend on hospitals. However, I understand the fear of wanting to go. It is scary when you think about an unknown virus and the fact that it can attack your family members.

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Our city which has less than 80,000 people now has a community outbreak. We have hit around 5 cases and the last case happens to be tied to community living in an elderly home. It was reported by our local station that this is our second community level spread. We do not know the ties of the first community spread patient. That’s a little scary because it doesn’t give us any information on where this spread took place. I am not looking for a specific location, but we need to know what industry at least.

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Many of us are afraid because of the outbreak in Washington which was centered around a similar situation. When you are talking about an elderly community, you have to take the community into consideration. You have frequent visitors from the community doing religious work as well as visiting their loved ones. It is scary because there could be a large amount of people linked to that one establishment. We have watched our numbers climb day after day since testing started.

Who knows what tomorrow will look like, but as for now, I hope people keep us in their prayers. I do not know what a Washington like outbreak looks like for my small town. As for my family, we are continuing to do the same. We limit the amount of people who go out, and we also stick to visiting grocery stores in the morning. My husband is still working and will be for the unforeseeable future. His office isn’t working from home yet, and that’s scary. That’s the update. I hope your town is holding up better than mine.

The Biggest Fear Of The Coronavirus

I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this, so I will be the first to say it out loud. My biggest fear is waking up tomorrow and seeing a world I don’t recognize. It is okay to be afraid right now. I think we often think we have to be the rocks of our families, friends, and those around us. The coronavirus brings out the human in us all.

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It makes us question our past decisions and makes us focus on survival. For so many years we have been a nation focused on fun and excitement. We lived by social media, loved by social media, and grieved by social media. So, when this virus came in like a character from a Edgar Allan Poe short story, we paused. Some of us even dismissed the threat as pure fluff because it didn’t fit into our ultimate plan. We were supposed to be house searching, some planning for pregnancy, some planning proms, while others were on the brink of finding a new life. Then we turn the corner and we see a glimpse of today.

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Today our only thoughts are of survival and hoping our loved ones make it out alive. It is like we are living in a modern day dystopian novel. The scary part of this whole ordeal is not knowing how the saga ends. We don’t know what our future looks like. We don’t know how bad the markets will get, or how many people will die from this virus. What we do know is that this virus has created a picture unseen by many of us.

I’ve never been afraid for my husband to be at work, not even when he was in special operations in the Army, but I am today. I am afraid that he will get something from someone and bring it home and our 14 year old will get it. There are two people with underlining health problems in my family he and one of our daughters would be the two.

At the end of the day, all we can do is hope that our families are safe and try to help each other the best way we know how. Above all, focus on love and follow the guidelines set by the CDC. Don’t just think about yourself when taking chances. We often think that we are invincible, but it is about those in our families that might not be invincible. The coronavirus for me might mean a week in bed, but it could mean something totally different for my daughter.

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It isn’t always about us and what we can overcome. This isn’t a test, this is something we are dealing with for better or worse. Our reaction will dictate how it impacts our communities and the rest of our lives.

Iran Issues A Unique Stance To America

It is now almost 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. By now, we have all unleased our anger over the bombings of Al- Asad and Erbil bases in Iraq. I will be the first to say I flipped out. Seeing the missiles going towards our base infused me with hurt, anger and a feeling of despair.

This isn’t the way you end a 20 year war.

Iran has stated that at this point they pretty much consider it even Steven in not those exact words. If America stands down they will not persue the matter any further. Meanwhile, questions are coming forward. People are wondering how America manages to leave the situation without damaging it’s reputation as a strong force to be reckoned with.

We are and always have been do or die.

I wouldn’t want to be in President Trump’s shoes for even a split second tonight. He has to make a decision on how his country will continue. If he caves, what will it mean for the rest of the international community? At this point we know how we got here, but the meat of this story is where do we go from here. Do we retaliate and go full blown into a world war? Or will we see something different from Trump this time around? Will he take the time out to talk to all members of Congress and hammer out a reasonable plan.

Up to this point, Trump has done Trump. Meaning he has done what he wants when he wants, but now he has to come to terms with a new reality. People will live and die by the choice he makes in the next few days. I cannot even begin to say what I would do in THIS situation, but the one thing I know I wouldn’t do is exclude seasoned minds on either sides of the table. He will need to trust like never before if he wants to save our great country !