Tuesday, March 31, 2020

100 days of COVID-19, Day 1

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province China in December 2019. It is a new virus to humans, and came upon us suddenly with a few cases in Wuhan, a commercial center sliced by China's Yangtze and Han rivers.  Within three months, the virus seems to have reached everywhere: continents, countries, cities, schools, churches, sports arenas.

COVID-19 is here before you know it, and by the time you know it, it is too late.
Yesterday the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, the state where I live, was 1,660 with 18 deaths.  Governor Hogan issued a Stay-At-Home Order, effective 3/29 at 8:00 pm.
Stay-At-Home Order/Directives - what does this really mean?  We have already been home for over two weeks, socially distancing ourselves, but these orders from the governor make the rules enforceable.
Residents must stay home except "to conduct or participate in Essential Activities," which includes going to the pharmacy, the grocery store, travel to take care of a family member, a brief stroll, run, or bike ride alone or with family members.  Violation of the the orders can lead to fines, detainment or even jail time.


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