Seemingly every day, we are finding something new and different concerning the coronavirus. And, I know, I have heard it thousands of times…..the coronavirus is new….we have never seen anything like it and we don’t have a play book that tells us what to do! While all of that is true, it still leaves me wondering, when did we as proud Mountaineers forget about using some plain and simple common sense?
Just for the heck of it, let’s do some comparison!
Going back to last year, in a period that covered December 3, 2018 through April 19, 2019, the levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the United States remained elevated—the longest season in recent years—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today (April 19, 2019) in its weekly update.
Still, the agency says influenza has caused up to 57,300 deaths and sickened up to 41.3 million people, according to new estimates. And the CDC reported five new flu-related deaths in children, raising the total confirmed this season (December 2018 – April 2019) to 91. We had a flu vaccine, yet we still had over 57,000 deaths! And, during this period of time, we did not refer to green, yellow, orange or red or any other compilation of medical information and colors from the medical experts from Harvard! What we did, was rely on common sense! There were no school cancellations because of the flu….there were no high school extra-curricular activities cancelled! Parents dressed their children according to the weather and sent them to school. If they were feeling bad, they kept them home! Common Sense!
Now, please don’t take anything I am writing out of context! I sincerely believe the coronavirus is real and it is deadly and dangerous! However, if the medical experts are correct, and washing your hands, practicing social distancing and wearing the facial masks can protect you, then let’s do that and move on! I mean, that is all we have been advised to do! And, let’s put out guidelines for everyone to go by and then everyone stick to those guidelines! We cannot be bouncing back and forth because how can anyone plan or prepare for something if the guidelines are changed during the week! And, most importantly, let’s be fair to those that are doing what is suggested. We need to use common sense and stop pulling the rug out from under the young men and women who are doing everything asked of them and in return only wanting some type of normalcy in their high school experience!
As of today, we have a total of 40 high school football games scheduled for this weekend! With fingers crossed, we will move forward and hopefully all 40 of those games will be played! Regardless of the number of games we end up with, we will have all the scores of all games played live on GAMENIGHT and live, in real time, on our website @wvmetronews.com! And, yes I know, we did have problems with the website last Friday night, but that problem has been taken care of and we are ready to go!
Talk with you Friday night!