Md. State House stock art

The Maryland State House in Annapolis.

All Maryland public schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.

As the state braces for more positive cases of COVID-19, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) made the announcement Thursday at a press conference with Gov. Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon.

“Circumstances ... indicate that we are entering a new phase and we should expect the number of cases to rise,” Hogan said. “We believe all of us need to take serious actions to limit daily interactions and activities and prevent the virus from spreading.”

Vital student resources such as meals will continue to be delivered while schools are closed, said Salmon. MSDE is also developing plans to provide child care to students whose parents are emergency personnel workers, especially those in health care-related fields.

Salmon said all school buildings and buses will also be cleaned during the closure.

“It is crucial that we take immediate measures to slow the spread of [COVID-19] in school communities around the state,” Salmon said. “During the time of school closure, all public school buildings and school buses should be cleaned and disinfected to prevent spread of the virus upon the return of students and staff to school.”

Salmon has also recommended that school systems use days that were previously scheduled for spring break as makeup days after the closure ends.

Frederick County Public Schools is following the governor’s and MSDE’s direction and will be closed starting Monday. In a Find Out First alert, the school system said a link will be provided to families on Friday with more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

It is unclear what effect closing schools will have on the spread of COVID-19. Ten years ago, school closures helped with the H1N1 influenza strain, or swine flu, because kids were susceptible to the flu and could spread it before showing symptoms. It also helped to prevent kids from bringing the H1N1 flu strain into the schools. Early research suggests that kids are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by adults in their household, rather than kids infecting adults, said Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, Frederick County health officer.

“It is uncharted territory that we’re in for implementing school closures,” she said.

Hermine Bernstein, a program coordinator for Blessings in a Backpack — a nonprofit that works to feed FCPS students over weekends and breaks — said they have about five days’ worth of food left for students but that volunteers are working to increase that to seven.

For the first week of the closure, the nonprofit will use its blizzard bags and emergency snack bags usually used for snow days to provide enough food for students.

“Our volunteers have been amazing,” Bernstein said.

The nonprofit does not have food for the second week, Bernstein said, but added that the situation is fluid. If enough food is collected for the second week, the challenge then becomes delivering that food to students since they will no longer be physically in school. But Bernstein said she, community partners and volunteers are all working to figure out plans.

In response to the announcement by MSDE, Frederick Community College has decided to move to online instruction starting Monday, according to messages sent to students and faculty. That mimics similar plans outlined earlier this week by Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University, which will both move to online learning after their spring breaks.

FCC students are asked not to be on campus or in the Monroe Center starting Monday through March 27. Faculty will communicate with students through email or Blackboard — an online educational platform the college utilizes.

All FCC events and any community events that were planned to be hosted on campus have been canceled.

Administrators and staff have been scheduled to continue working as normal over the next two weeks and will be available by phone or email.

Information for support services for students will be announced soon.

Staff writer Heather Mongilio contributed to this report.

Follow Katryna Perera on Twitter: @katrynajill.

(118) comments

phydeaux994

We had the perfect opportunity in the recent past to find DJ Trump GUILTY for betraying the Constitution and his Oath of Office to serve the Citizens of America, and sent him to Mar-a-Lago to GOLF his days away, but for the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) desire to let him screw-up the Country for another year. And it didn’t take DJ Trump long to do just that. What a pathetic display of COWARDICE we witnessed this afternoon. A huge flock of stooges clustered around DJ Trump heaping praise and adulation on 💝Him💘 as he lied his butt off to 60% of the American people. The other 40% 🐑🐑 lapped it up as usual and still adore 🥰him.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Dang phy why are you trashing Dr Fauci? He is doing the best he can. I know you’re disappointed that the Brazilian President tested negative after being with President Trump. So hang in there maybe this virus will be selective and only infect Trump voters and then you will be happy. Chooo Chooo!!

phydeaux994

Well, I praised Dr. Fauci yesterday for his contradicting the lies of DJ Trump but today you could tell he had been called to the Principals Office. The man that exposed DJ Trump to the Coronavirus was not the Brazilian President but one of his underlings who did test positive. The Mayor of Miami who also interacted with him tested positive today. Ivanka, Lindsey A.K. Graham, and Senator Scott, who were also at Mar-a-Lago have gone into self-quarantine. You can have the virus and pass it on before you are symptomatic so you’d think DJ Trump wouldn’t want to expose his family and others if he had contracted it. But DJ Trump couldn’t care less about ANYBODY except himself. Not even you OP. Sorry to burst your bubble. Peace.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Maybe those who think that the US was slow to respond might like what China is doing.

Last month, China rolled out an app for people to test if they’ve been in ‘close contact’ with people exposed to the fast-spreading coronavirus. The app can detect the Coronavirus in seconds with 96% accuracy. The app assigns a color code to users. While the code is visible to folks using the app, it also shares that data with the police.

The system, powered by Alibaba’s popular payment app Alipay, is in use in more than 200 cities. People can scan a QR code to get a green, yellow, or red tag. The green tag means you are healthy and can roam around the city unrestricted, yellow means a seven-day quarantine, and red means a 14-day quarantine.

gabrielshorn2013

OP, this is not a test for the presence/absence of the virus in a patient. As you probably know, China is a high surveillance state. No matter where you go, the government has you on video, and your cell phone is tracked 24/7. Been there many times. The Chinese have no problem with that, but how do you think that would fly in the US? It creeps me out every business trip I take there. Since cell signals can be tracked within feet, and they know who is who, and where each person is at any given time, and what their viral status is, using algorithms they can calculate the probability of someone's viral status. That is not someone's actual viral status. Now, again, how well do you think such a surveillance state would fly in the US?

mrnatural1

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On Mar 13, 2020 @ 10:54am, gabrielshorn2013 wrote:

"One last thing. The only people that lost money are those that sold. This is a fantastic buying opportunity because the markets will return. They always do."

~

That is correct, and something all too many people forget. All the reported 'lost value' is only on paper -- unless investors freak out and sell.

Selling at time like this is a huge mistake. Even during the "Great Depression" of the 1930s -- the worst bear market we've ever experienced -- overall stock values came back to where they had been within about ten (10) years (performance was mediocre for a while longer though).

More recently, the S&P 500 peaked in October 2007. Then came the crash in 2008-'09 -- but it was back at its 2007 levels by October 2013.

This is a good interactive graph:

https://www.macrotrends.net/2324/sp-500-historical-chart-data

I haven't even looked at our retirement accounts. There's no point. They are what they are.

One thing's for certain, by the time any of us mortals become aware of some drastic change in the market, or some stock that's a "great buy" -- it's too late.

As gabriel said, this is a great buying opportunity -- a 20% off sale. The coronavirus outbreak will be brought under control (it sounds like it already is in China) and stock values will come back up -- probably very quickly. If I wasn't retired I'd be putting money into a low-cost Vanguard (or similar) stock index fund(s) right now, using 'dollar cost averaging' -- because we can't know what will happen from day to day. The market *will* come back, but what will happen between now and then is unknowable.

BunnyLou

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MrSniper

I realize that is the propaganda the world of finance would like you to believe, however, there are places in the world where that fallacy is laid bare. Exhibit 1: japan’s stock market. Back in 1990 the Nikkei topped out at 38,915.87. Before this pandemic crisis began it was at 23,739.87 (in January). Wage stagnation, low rates of immigration, an aging populace, & chronically low interest rates are the reason most economists blame for the predicament. Not coincidentally, this is exactly the the the same indicators the US has had since at least the Trump administration, if not even further back. But hey, it’s your money...I’m just a guy that stayed at a Holiday Inn.

awteam2000

Hopefully good news: A group of Canadian scientists have successfully isolated and grown copies of the novel coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, paving the way for a potential vaccine.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canadian-scientists-make-covid-19-research-breakthrough-isolating-virus-1.4851641

gabrielshorn2013

aw, there are three companies in Maryland (including an institution in Frederick) working on one for the last month, and several dozen around the country. There was yet another one, Regeneron in NY, that was featured on NBC Nightly News on Wednesday.

Obadiah Plainsmen

I would suggest that in order to control mass gatherings that shopping malls and other venues that the government referrers back to the 1970’s gas crisis policy.

Those living at addresses ending in even numbers are only allow to go out to the store or travel on even days of the month. And those addresses ending in odd numbers, have the privilege on odd numbers of the month

awteam2000

How would that address a person-to-person pandemic? Are you just being facetious?

gabrielshorn2013

OP obviously is, but it theoretically reduces the number of potential daily targets. The less individual contact, the slower the spread.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Good move by President Trump to declare a National Emergency. So far there have been 40 deaths in America. The last time a virus like this hit the US 1000 people had died before any type

of emergency was declared.

BunnyLou

Good point, OP. H1N1, Called a global pandemic 4/2009, Emergency declared. October 26, 2009. COVID-19 Declared Global Pandemic 3/20, Emergency declared 3/20 (Today, I presume). Why do you think Obama/Biden dithered?

awteam2000

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/mar/04/facebook-posts/president-obama-declared-h1n1-public-health-emerge/

Obadiah Plainsmen

Thanks for proving our point and providing the link

“In other words, the Obama administration’s public health emergency declaration came more than six weeks before the pandemic designation.

Now to Obama’s second action.

On Oct. 24, 2009, six months after his administration declared H1N1 a public health emergency, Obama declared it a national emergency.

At that point, H1N1 had claimed more than 1,000 American lives, according to the CDC.

BunnyLou

Apples to Apples shows Obama dithering 4 months to declare a ‘National Emergency’. What your post refers to is Obama declared a public health emergency weeks before. There lies the difference. Your ‘fact’ check is meaningless. Go to the CDC’s website to find out the data you need to know along with day Rueters, CBS, etc. Stop being lazy and dig a little.

Obadiah Plainsmen

I’ll admit I was wrong by saying “any type of emergency “ however both Obama and Trump declared a Health Emergency before any deaths in America and Before the WHO declared it a pandemic. but why did Obama wait until over a 1,000 people die to declare a National emergency? And you’re bashing Trump for lack of action. You have Obama a pass because he is a Democrat . You are truly partisan on every factor of American life,

awteam2000

Sorry again OP, when did Trump declare the Corona Virus a public health emergency? Before or after the fact? Before or after people died ? It was just two weeks ago “it’s a democratic hoax”. I think the hoax will become a “ National Emergency” today at 3 PM.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Com’on Aw you’re not that blind. Trump declared a public health emergency on Jan 30. 2020 before anyone died, before pandemic declaration. The only hoax being perpetrated is by you by claiming he has been slow to respond and isn’t doing anything.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/01/31/801686524/trump-declares-coronavirus-a-public-health-emergency-and-restricts-travel-from-c

Even when there is a National Emergency you are still partisan in hoping that he fails. At least I didn’t trash Obama during the H1N1 emergency. That was one of the time I wanted Obama to succeed.

gabrielshorn2013

don't know how many times I have to keep correcting you on this issue aw. Trump never called the coronavirus outbreak a hoax, although it seems to be a talking point among Dems. It was a misquote from Dana Milbank of the Washington Post that started this whole thing. Here is the snopes.com finding:

What's True

During a Feb. 28, 2020, campaign rally in South Carolina, President Donald Trump likened the Democrats' criticism of his administration's response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying "this is their new hoax." During the speech he also seemed to downplay the severity of the outbreak, comparing it to the common flu.

What's False

Despite creating some confusion with his remarks, Trump did not call the coronavirus itself a hoax.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-coronavirus-rally-remark/

phydeaux994

OBAMA...Obama...OBAMA...Obama...OBAMA...Obama...OBAMA...What took DJ Trump so long to BLAME PRESIDENT OBAMA???

awteam2000

Not true.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Saying he is only declaring a National Emergency because Trump voters are at risk is extremely partisan and bigotry

vodalone

Along with keeping kids fed who are on school meal programs, the government should ensure that any healthcare workers who have kids in school should be guaranteed some kind of child care in this time. It's essential healthcare workers not be forced to stay home from work and take care of their kids instead of coming into work.

fnpzwack

The claim that the virus will spread quickly in the coming days and the banning of groups of 250+, are extremely contradicted by FCPS urging parents to send their kids to schools today where gatherings will be at 1000+.

awteam2000

The governor choose Monday rather then today to start the 2 week school closure, was to give families a chance to make plans for their various situations. If your child is showing symptoms or you feel more comfortable keeping your child at home today, I recommend you do so.

LAR1

It is obvious the US federal government has failed in managing this disease. We do not have adequate testing. It is now up to each individual to act to mitigate it. Each of us needs to act as though we are positive - avoid public places and avoid contact with people. Then hope.

awteam2000

The Congressional Physicians say they expects between 70-150 million Coronavirus cases in U.S. if it maintains this rate of growth by the time it all ends.

https://www.axios.com/congressional-physician-predicts-75-150-million-us-coronavirus-cases-fec69e77-1515-4fbc-8340-c53b65c22c53.html

https://www.complex.com/life/2020/03/congress-physician-expects-70-to-150-million-coronavirus-cases-in-us

https://upolitics.com/news/congressional-doctor-brian-monahan-estimates-between-70-to-150-million-americans-will-get-coronavirus/

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/live-blog/coronavirus-updates-live-u-s-cases-top-1-000-spread-n1155241/ncrd1155736#liveBlogHeader

Greg F

And at the 3.5% death rate so far, that's between 2.6 million to 5.25 million deaths. Quite a population check.

gabrielshorn2013

Not 3.5% in the US. Much lower, like 1% or less, as stated by Anthony Fauci if NIAID/NIH.

Alice Jones

Thank you, dr horn.

gabrielshorn2013

You're welcome sam.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Again Dr Fauci said this morning that the prediction of 150 m infected is way,way,way to the top of the scale. That number is only as good as the information put into it. The 150 M is only if nothing is done. He also stated that they are making great progress in containing the virus. And he placed all the blame on this virus on China.

awteam2000

Actually, the US is on the same track for Coronavirus cases as Italy.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11149163/uk-coronavirus-cases-nhs-patients/

awteam2000

Speaking of professionals, Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH Director of Infectious Diseases, said we failed by not testing early enough in mass numbers.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-virus-testing-system-is-failing-fauci-tells-congress-11584042312

gabrielshorn2013

Yes aw, I posted that yesterday below. The system that has been in place for decades failed. That system calls for a test to confirm a physician's clinical diagnosis, which is why a doctor must order it first. If you want anyone and everyone tested at will, what does a positive test mean? A negative test? Will either outcome result in a change in behavior in everyone? If you test negative, do you stay that way?

awteam2000

It’s too late, we failed to move fast enough to prevent community spread. It’s now everywhere. In the next few days, you will see a huge increase in numbers infected and undoubtedly an increasing death toll.

gabrielshorn2013

No kidding! Any action taken is only as effective as the level of compliance by the population. Since travel to and from China was not stopped early in the outbreak, there were plenty of opportunities for asymptomatic travelers to bring the virus back to the US. Also, ask that lawyer from New Rochelle NY why it was so important to go about his normal business after he knew that he was in contact with a positive case, thus causing the hot spot in NY, and necessitating activation of the National Guard my Gov. Cuomo.

awteam2000

“Since travel to and from China was not stopped early in the outbreak, there were plenty of opportunities for asymptomatic travelers to bring the virus back to the US.” Sounds like you agree “we failed to move fast enough to prevent community spread”. You are in agreement the professionals.

gabrielshorn2013

Yes...but, aw. Stopping travel to and from China would not have stopped it. As I have stated here several times now, people also travel to and from China from every country in the world. ALL worldwide travel to and from China would have needed to be halted, thus quarantining China. Because it didn't happen, there were many, many avenues for the virus to get here. Shutting down international travel was not going to happen, and the virus reaching our shores was inevitable.

BTW, Justin Trudeau's wife is now positive. Is the Canadian government's response incompetent too? Are all the governments in Europe incompetent because of the viral spread in those countries?

BunnyLou

Gabe, [thumbup]

phydeaux994

DJ Trump had 3 years to change “The System” that failed. Instead, he cut funding to the Programs that could have been delegated to change it.

gabrielshorn2013

Yes phy, and the Obama Administration had eight years to change it, but didn't, despite knowing of the weakness in our preparedness for a pandemic. And the George Bush Administration had eight years to change it, yet didn't, despite knowing of the weakness. And the Clinton Administration had eight years to change it, but didn't, despite knowing of the weakness. And...

So what's your point phy? That nobody acted to change a potential weakness in the system, despite the CDC, NIH, FDA, and others knowing about the weakness in a pandemic response? Is it like musical chairs, and trump got caught without a seat when the music stopped? Congratulations! You restated what people in healthcare and preparedness have known and been talking about for decades. Where you been?

Obadiah Plainsmen

Did you listen to him this morning? Obviously not.

awteam2000

https://youtu.be/a3Co5T7F16E

Obadiah Plainsmen

Also Fauci said that in the early stages, the CDC produced an inferior test for the virus sent it to the states. They had to recall them and produce another test which cause a delay. So yes we failed. I don't know if those scientist responsible for making the test kits are democrats, republicans or Trump votes. By I'm certain that if only one of the scientist is a Trump voter that's where you would place the blame.

awteam2000

why didn’t they use the WHO test that was already in use and offered to the US?

It’s a matter of urgency and competence.

awteam2000

Ohio, Maryland, Michigan become first states to shut all K-12 schools. More to come today. With no national plan the NBA, NCAA, MLB, Colleges, States, organizations, businesses are taking matters into their own hands.

Where are the mass testing? Meanwhile Trump is a bystander... Totally worthless.

gabrielshorn2013

Yes! He should be cheek-swabbing all of those potential victims, symptomatic or not, and at the lab bench running all those PCR assays! How dare he leave it to the professionals!

Obadiah Plainsmen

Aw,

Do you believe that the Federal gov't should mandate that every citizen be tested if and when the test kits are available?

Greg F

Even China didn't do that there Obee...quit baiting.

gabrielshorn2013

Aw, ok, incur the cost of testing everyone, and then what? What will a positive test tell the patient? What does a negative test tell them?

awteam2000

The US stock market has now wiped out the entire $11.5 trillion of value it gained since Trump's 2016 election victory. Yes, it wouldn’t have been necessary to test everyone if we reacted sooner. But now millions of lives have been disrupted and we are on our way to a recession. We are beyond containment and now into mitigation. So extreme measures are needed. Yes, I would be in favor of testing everyone.

Those that test positive are quarantine from those that test negative.

Obadiah Plainsmen

So now it's all about money. You're sounding like a republican. I guess you didn't see or listen to Dr Fauci this morning. Keep ramping it up. But I'll listen to Dr Fauci.

Greg F

He sounds like a republican? No...he doesn't. He sounds like someone against that orange republican and his senate henchmen who haven't done a d@mm3d thing in the past 3 years.

awteam2000

Just pointing out the obvious... It would have been far cheaper and smarter to had done mass testing weeks ago.

Update: The Cleveland Clinic has developed a COVID 19 test that gives results in 8 hours as opposed to the 2-3 days it takes for the other tests.

They developed the test in ‘NINE DAYS’, I repeat ‘NINE’. Scientists worked 24/7 once the CDC gave them the okay on March 2.

The Cleveland hospitals are also developing drive thru testing centers. Why on earth did the CDC wait till March 2 to give the okay? One would think they would have begged for all the resources they could get since President Genius, MIT Nephew cut all their funding.

2 months have been wasted and allowed the virus to spread.

gabrielshorn2013

Test 350 MILLION people? Do you know what the test entails? I don't think so. Look up a protocol for RT-PCR. A negative test does not mean you are negative. All it means is that your viral load has not reached the Limit of Detection (LOD). You could still be infected, but have a false level of confidence because you THINK you are negative. A couple of days later you will be positive. So I will ask you again. What does a positive test mean to the patient? What does a negative test mean to the patient?

gabrielshorn2013

BTW, Qiagen in Germantown also has one commercially available.

jagman

OK aw. Your statement about the stock market is false. As of close yesterday it was still up around 15% from the election. Not good but certainly not what you said.

Stop with all the exaggeration.

So far we have a grand total of 39 deaths from this thing in the USA. 26 were from one nursing home. Maybe they should investigate that home to see what their normal death rate is. Or maybe that home is just a nasty place like so many other nursing homes. Who knows. But 39 deaths is not exactly worth all the panic.

Just follow good hygiene protocol as we all should. Get a grip.

gabrielshorn2013

One last thing. The only people that lost money are those that sold. This is a fantastic buying opportunity because the markets will return. They always do.

awteam2000

My bad - With the Dow’s 20% decline it has wiped out all of its gains of the past two plus years since November 24, 2017.

Your bad - 41 deaths

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2020/03/12/trumps-stock-market-returns-fall-behind-obamas-as-the-dow-enters-bear-territory/#56718f0a776c

Obadiah Plainsmen

How many years has the US gov’t been fighting the flu? Even with a flu shot it keeps coming back each and every year killing thousands and hospitalized millions. So why in the world do you think that the US govt can fight COVID-19? In the past 5 years the WHO have identified 1,000 infectious disease. Take a guess on how many have been eradicated? Zip, zero, nada.

DickD

This is not the standard flu...You and others that belittle the efforts being made are part of the problem.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Dick, you are and your ilk are the ones that have been belittling every step the Trump administration has taken in confronting this crisis. No matter what the COVID task force does you take issue with it. United we stand and divide we fall.

Dwasserba

Upbeat as alwsys.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Today is Friday and it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Since schools are closed next two weeks taking the grandkids to Florida to enjoy the warm and sunny beaches.

richardlyons

Have a great time.

Obadiah Plainsmen

TY

shiftless88

To start with, there is no COVID-19 shot. And the mortality rate is 10x the flu (at least). Plus hospitals are already running at capacity so extra things create bottlenecks. But go ahead, ignore the experts.

Obadiah Plainsmen

who is ignoring the experts? All i'm saying is this will be the new norm for the world. A vaccine will be developed and the disease will be contained by it won't be eradicated . And the mortality rate, dividing the number of the infected by the number of deaths changes daily if not hourly. So your 10x mortality rate is misleading.

Aslan19

A problem with the calculations on death rate and such is it is based on the KNOWN number of cases. Since the overwhelming majority of people are going to have limited symptoms, will their cases be reported? The bottom line is that the given death rate is probably higher than reality.

jagman

Exactly. No way to know the real death rate. Every day on here lefty claims a new higher death rate. It's three time!! It's ten times!!!! Tomorrow dick or aw will tell us it's 50 times higher than the flu. Then it will be 100 times or 1000 times. It's just a bunch of hype to induce panic and cover for other things going on.

Jim Hartley

Just heard a public health expert say that the reason we have to close and cancel so much is because we can only test thousands when we need to test millions. We take desperate measures because we know so little.

jayel86

Its been here for months already. There are no air-born virus sensors monitoring the air for germs...we call that schizophrenia currently...

gabrielshorn2013

It is to minimize personal contact. It's like taking the wood away from a fire. Without more fuel (people to infect) the fire (disease spread) burns out.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Not true, in all fires (or infectious diseases) the ashes remain hot for several hours even day's smoldering producing no flame but waiting until a leaf, twig or some unsuspecting flammable agent (or person ) falls into it and again it ignites and roars back to life. You may be seduced into thinking that it been contained or extinguished but you will be fooled. The only way is to douse it with copious amounts of water. However with infectious diseases it's not that easy.

gabrielshorn2013

We said the same thing OP

jth7100

Jayel, your recto-cranial inversion makes you forget that young children have the best survival rate. Combining children of school age with adults in a confined space is risky. Or maybe the governor being a Republic makes him prone to panic?

jayel86

If you are a new born, elderly, or immunocompromised, you could die of this, just like the flu and many other viruses, if you have a normal functioning adult immune system you will be sick but survive, like any other strain of coronaviruse, there are many.

Dwasserba

We have the flu shot and pneumonia shot in our defense, at least lessening effects. No defenses for this, so "just like"? No.

jayel86

Science differentiates itself from the sisters of religion and politics...

jayel86

You are incorrect, elderly, infants and those with compromised immune systems are the ones at most risk. That's just basic.

bosco

And where will all of the kids be while the schools are closed. Staying quarantined at home? Nope, they'll be out and about in the community.

Knee jerk reactions are spreading faster than the coronavirus.

phydeaux994

DJ Trump couldn’t trivialize it and neither can you bosco, try as you RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) might.

KR999

There' that "RRR(RadicalRightRepublican)" line again. Don't you think it's time to come up with some new material, fido?

marinick1

[thumbup]

threecents

Jeezly.

Alice Jones

Strange days.

jayel86

You will most likely get it due to being contagious, but you won't die if you have a functioning immune system. Only daycares, nurseries, and preschools should be on the shut down list.

threecents

Not saying this was the right decision, but the main goal is still to contain the spread. Kids tend to get less sick from the virus, but that might make them better spreaders.

Alice Jones

C'mon three. That ship sailed. Now it's a matter of seeing how bad it gets and when we bottom out.

threecents

I think the hope is that it will be like flu and go away as the weather warms up, so anything we can do to hold it at bay is good. I think SARS - also caused by a coronavirus - only lasted one season.

gabrielshorn2013

Hopefully correct on all points three. Maybe the vaccine will be ready next season. The Regeneron approach looks promising.

Greg F

Jay you are so sadly misinformed. Ask those dead doctors in Wuhan that were healthy and under professional care.

jayel86

The virus originated there and they are still dealing with infected live animals and bad air conditions, I'm sure it was more deadly at the origination spot.

Dwasserba

So many immunocompromised people in the world, though, who look like everyone else and don't advertise it. Many are just old. The immune system is less efficient with age.

babelmd

🙋🏻‍♀️ I'm 29 and look perfectly healthy but must take immunosuppressants because I have rheumatoid arthritis. There are plenty of adults who are more vulnerable than they seem.

Crab0721

I take Methotrexate and Humria and they both are immunosuppressant drugs as well as other medications so I personally am ok with this decision since I am on disability and able to be home with my kids but I don't know how other people are going to be able to afford to pay thier bills and provide daycare and do they even want them in daycare this is a big deal for everyone and I barely make it with what I get paid and I rely on the school to help with breakfast and lunch because I don't get enough to cover food for a family of 4 especially when I have 2 teenagers and we only have my income to live off of

jayel86

I understand why Hogan would feel the need to do this, but its totally unnecessary, might as well be shutting them down for the seasonal flu each year then as well.

DickD

The Hoax that Donald Trump has been selling Is a lie that is costing people's lives.

There are things more important than Donald Trump being reelected.

Lives matter!

Alice Jones

Too late now, Dick. His negligence will cost us dearly.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Dick

Hogan cancelled schools not Trump. Anyway wait until Trump declares a “National Emergency” then you daily way of life will be to thrown into chaos.

phydeaux994

It’s not already??? And good ol’ DJ Trump adds to the chaos every time he spews out the “misinformation” on TV or Twitter. At least Dr. Fauci ignores him and tells him he has “failed”!! GASP!! People who tell the “TRUTH” don’t last long with DJ Trump!! But that might be changing after this fiasco. “IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID”. Jump off this train before the WRECK OP. If it ain’t too late already.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Phy,

The good LORD is shaking the foundation’s of the nations and injecting fear into the unsaved. I like this train I’m on and will ride it until the end, which may come tomorrow or In the near future. Peace

gabrielshorn2013

Read it again phy

"WASHINGTON—The federal government’s top infectious-disease doctor said the nation’s system for disease testing has failed during the coronavirus outbreak because people typically need a doctor’s permission to be tested.

“The system is not really geared to what we need right now,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified Thursday at a congressional hearing. “That is a failing. It is a failing. Let’s admit it.”

This same system has been in place for decades, without change.

public-redux

The lord knocking on the door of the unsaved: “Let me in so I can save you.”

The unsaved, asking from behind the closed door: “What do we need to be saved from?”

The lord, threateningly “From what I’ll do to you if you don’t let me in!”

Or were you referring to Late Onset Retinal Degeneration? That induces a modicum of fear into me as there is so much in the world I still want to see.

BunnyLou

Gabe, [thumbup][thumbup]

DickD

OP

Say what you want, Trump is not doing his job. That is why Hogan had to be proactive.

Dwasserba

Votes of No Confidence from real leaders will save lives.

BunnyLou

Delusional!

Obadiah Plainsmen

Again Dick you want the President to close schools and dictate to the States what they should do. Maybe you want a dictator to lead you.

francesca_easa

Dick, states have individual rights. They have the power to declare state of emergencies, without permission of the federal government. I love Hogan but it took him a week to announce restrictions. Virginia was the first in the area to do so. While DC, MD, and VA have been impacted our brethren next door in WV not. They are not as populated or have the income to travel internationally as others in the area. Thank God there are still some people who can carry on. Keep out of WV so they can remain healthy. Perhaps now we will start bringing manufacturing of medical products back to America.

BunnyLou

Delusional!

vodalone

Wow, incredible.

llrowse

It’s necessary. I feel for parents with child care issues

Alice Jones

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