Around America, right as you read this, are medical professionals are transforming into superheroes. There is an enemy lurking in the shadows that must be vanquished, but only our doctors, nurses, and other assorted practitioners can see it.
The rest of us, the mere mortals of America, have a role to play as well. We have to stop this invisible enemy from reaching the healthcare heroes by practicing “social distancing”, thus starving the COVID-19 virus.
The guidelines for this tactic could be changing in the coming days according to the Trump administration, and are likely to feature a county-by-county breakdown of risk.
In a letter from the president to “America’s Governors,” Trump thanked state leaders for “stepping up to help America confront this unprecedented global pandemic.”
“Together we are proving that no challenge can match the indomitable strength, ingenuity, and determination of the American people,” Trump wrote.
The nitty-gritty of it all seems to indicate that our nation is maintaining a grip on the situation.
Trump said the administration is “working to publish new guidelines for State and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place.”
The president said that the White House envisions that the expanded testing capabilities will “enable us to publish criteria, developed in close coordination with the Nation’s public health officials and scientists, to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus.”
“This will incorporate robust surveillance testing, which allows us to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the country,” Trump explained. “Under these data-driven criteria, we will suggest guidelines categorizing counties as high-risk, medium-risk, or low-risk.”
As we all continue to do our part to banish COVID-19 to the nether realms from whence it came, this new data should allow us to more efficiently pool resources and meter the economy.