Coronavirus proves it can strike anyone, anywhere


The president’s release from the hospital Monday evening stunned many Americans already made uneasy about the news he was infected.

President Trump’s hospitalization shocked adversaries and supporters alike all over the nation over the weekend as did news of the infection of at least a dozen members of his staff and several members of the US Senate.

The president’s illness set off wild speculation about how sick he was or is, how long he knew about being sick and whether or not he went on a campaign stop knowing he was sick and possibly made others sick. His supporters didn’t care. His detractors made like it was the coming end of the world.

In such a confusing situation, it is difficult for Americans to know what matters and what doesn’t.

After a potent regimen of therapeutic anti-viral drugs pumped into his system, he seemed to be doing well and even made a sensational motorcade trip to wave to his supporters holding flags for him in front of the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

His supporters loved it.

His detractors hated it. Bottom line, he appeared to be much stronger and quite capable of showing that he is himself as Sunday morphed into Monday.

This, despite needing oxygen twice and running a high fever Friday.

Whether or not the president remained in the hospital or returned to the White House, he faces days of quarantine and medical testing which will reveal whether or not his symptoms have vanished or returned and to what extent his campaign for reelection will be affected by his forced isolation.

Whatever the final outcome is to be is not known. He faces the same uncertainties that all those who contract the virus tend to share.

It is likely he can be fine one moment, and facing serious breathing problems the next.

Time will tell.

Here in Everett, an additional 100 cases of the virus were reported by the Department of Public Health last week.

Everett remains a “hot zone red zone” city among about 15 others including Chelsea and Revere.

Fifteen new positive cases were reported Monday.

At the former Whidden Hospital, now the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital, administrators there reported 10 COVID-19 patients with five in the Intensive Care Unit.

Of the new 15 cases, 1 was in the age group 11-16, a fe- male, in the 17-23 age group there were 4 cases, 2 male and 2 female, in the 24-29 age group there were 3 cases, 2 male and 1 female, in the 30-39 age group, there were 3 cases, 2 male and 1 female, in the 40-59 age group there were 3 cases, all-female and there was 1 case in the 60+ age group, a female.

The total number of confirmed cases in Everett stands at 2,380.

Slightly under 40 people have died here from the virus in the past five months.

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