Concern over rising Covid-19 numbers

Masked voters wait in line to cast their ballots at City Hall on October 18, 2020. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Our general impression is that we should be paying close attention to the epidemiologists about the possible effects of the rise in the virus throughout the nation right now.

Just this week the state Department of Public Health has issued serious warnings about Everett residents being prime for contracting the virus in the days and weeks to come.

The national case level has exploded to almost 65,000 new cases a day while another 1,000 a day are dying and now, the hospitals are filling up again.

While not as many people are dying, the filling up of the hospitals with flu season coming up is odious.

Our hospital system can’t handle the flu and the virus at the same time.

The prospect of many thousands more dying every day for the next three to five months is, we believe, terrifying, especially for those who are older and who suffer from pre-existing conditions.

We wish to call attention to those who proclaim they are tired of the virus and the restrictions it has placed on our lives.

Do those suffering from cancer get tired of chemotherapy to rid themselves of cancer no matter how long it takes or how painful it is or how much it destroys our good times?

Of course not unless one is terminally ill and wants to stop the treatment to keep some measure of quality of life in the final time one has before passing.

The problem with the virus is that the virus doesn’t get tired of spreading, and the more it spreads, the worse it will make the national economy and the harder it will be to get out of the virus rut.

In other words, being tired of being careful and taking precautions is no way out of this crisis – and make no mistake – we are in a crisis.

The crisis does not end with the election.

It ends with the control and final eradication of the virus.

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