• A Coronavirus Challenge, a Somber Day, a Heartening Reminder

    Surge Summary: Facing a grim coronavirus-packed April, America needs to be reminded: we survived the Spanish flu in the thick of WW I – we’ll get through this and recover, as well.

    by Gary Bauer

    [Tuesday’s] Coronavirus Task Force press briefing brought a very somber tone from the president and vice president. April is going to be, as the president said, a very painful month.

    There will be days when the death toll could be 2,500 or more. Public health officials now estimate that when this is over, the final figures will be somewhere between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths.

    [Wednesday’s] figures from John Hopkins University are 883,225 confirmed cases, 44,156 deaths, and 185,377 recovered. And that’s the point. Not only will the majority of people who get the virus recover, but America will recover. That’s what President Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx continually emphasized last night.

    Just a reminder, it was not that long ago when multiple “experts” were predicting that two million Americans would die. They appear to have been wrong.

    As grim as the latest estimates are, it is due to the heroic efforts of our public health community and the Trump/Pence Administration that these lower yet still shocking numbers are within reach.

    By the way, it was early in the last century (1918) when the Spanish flu hit. We were fighting the First World War, and at the same time the Spanish flu killed 50 million people worldwide and 675,000 in the United States. That flu was particularly deadly, even among the young and the healthy.

    This monstrous coronavirus is having its greatest impact on people over 70 with one or more pre-existing health conditions. We mourn every loss. But just imagine the shock we would be going through if our children were dying in record numbers from this virus.

    We recovered from the Spanish flu in the middle of a world war, and we will recover from this too. It is likely that in a few months, this will all be in the rearview mirror and we will be roaring back to recovery.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: By Edward A. “Doc” Rogers, 1873-1960 – From the Joseph R. Knowland collection/Oakland History Room, Oakland Public Library. Digital copy via [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6213389

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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