Friday’s Letters to the Editor
EDITOR: So, we are going to stop interacting with each other (shelter in place) to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. Well, I guess we’ve got to do something. But it’s possible that we have all been exposed to the virus already. We don’t have any idea if that’s true or not because only a tiny fraction of us has been tested. We need everyone tested now.
What the heck is the matter with this country? Can’t we do anything anymore?
When we finally get test kits and really know how many people have this thing, and are spreading it even though they may be asymptomatic, what then? Why isn’t the National Guard building tent triage-and-treatment centers in every town, equipped with the necessary tools and staffed with anyone in our armed services who can learn to do triage or install a ventilator?
Sadly, we can’t just ramp up test kit production, ventilator production or even tent construction. We don’t make that stuff anymore, so we don’t have anything to build on. And where are we going to get the leadership to get us through this?
Don’t pick Harris
EDITOR: I read with some degree of shock and dismay that Sen. Kamala Harris may be considered for the vice presidential nomination. I cannot think of a less qualified person than the junior senator. During the campaign she displayed none of the qualities needed for national leadership. If Joe Biden thinks he will be a bridge for the next generation of Democrats, he should overlook Harris.
EDITOR: Symptoms would indicate that I have the coronavirus. I will never know because testing is in short supply, and I am not a priority. I won’t be counted.
I called the nurse hotline associated with my medical plan. After waiting on hold for half an hour and then answering a lengthy list of questions, I was told to stay home and contact my doctor if I have difficulty breathing. I don’t disagree with that response. They are overwhelmed.
The Press Democrat’s coverage has been outstanding, but I urge you to consider the official numbers on the outbreak to be worthless. Tuesday’s World Health Organization report showed 3,500 confirmed cases in the U.S. That gives no sense of the true scale of the outbreak. The small number of confirmed cases in Sonoma County is misleading. You could multiply official numbers by some fudge factor, but it would be pure speculation.
As I have been telling people about my situation, I have been surprised how many of them have said, me, too.
EDITOR: Sometimes the difficulties of day-to-day life in our world are almost overwhelming. Of the small things that keep me sane, the cartoons in The Press Democrat are at the top of my day, every day. The smiles and laughs they give me are pure gold. So thank you all, you artists and soul-savers, you cartoonists. We need you.
Don’t ever stop.
Where’s the screening?