Still think this is “hyped by the media” now that it’s all around you? Florida is likely in very tough shape. The governor was reluctant to release any information publicly until absolutely forced by circumstances. My guess is that Florida is home to any number of retired seniors who fly back and forth to Italy, and who have never been checked.
Epidemiologically, Covid-19 is most alarming. Even the head CDC scientist, who really has to watch his mouth so as to not get himself immediately fired, has observed its impressive adaptation as a pathogen. Covid-19’s virulence strategy is nearly perfect for maximum deadliness: persisting on surfaces maybe a week, laying low for maybe two weeks, then Hello! Welcome to the Diamond Princess (where I now live, here in the Bay Area).
Please take “personal distance precautions” seriously (the masks are probably useless). Be careful about public surfaces – I hit crosswalk buttons with my elbow. It’s time for attended ballgames and large public gatherings to stop for awhile, as in Japan. (Oh, and the Olympics are obviously off – even if the Japanese don’t admit it yet. That ain’t hype, it’s historic.)
Santa Clara county, where Bernie just held a rally of 25,000, happens to be an infected community. I don’t like seeing Bernie shaking hands around here. For one thing, it sets a terrible example. If Bernie shakes 500 hands, including mine, then I’ve also shaken 500 hands, epidemiologically. Too bad. Circumstances impose constraints which initially seem unworkable (until we consider likely risks of going ahead with more big rallies).