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Life in the Time of Coronavirus (The First 10 Days)

Sheltering in place in a local park  My, how the world has changed in the past 10 days. As I am writing this, we are in the midst of the biggest modern public health crisis in recent history--the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019 has finally reached American shores and is spreading exponentially. Most of America is under quarantine, and it feels like the world is ending around us.
I remember reading about the novel coronavirus (now CoVid-19 or SARS-CoV-2) in January, right around Chinese New Year. Coronavirus is a group of common viruses that cause the common cold, so I didn't think it was a big deal. Influenza kills thousands a year, and most people don't even get their flu shot. However, the main difference was that it was a novel coronavirus, never before seen in humans (they believe it originated from bats) and we do not have a vaccine or innate immunity to it. I--we--didn't know how virulent it was at the time (about 5-10x more virulent th…

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