Among the many troubling things about this strange new coronavirus is that it affects people so differently with varying intensities. Some people get very sick, very quickly; some experience only mild symptoms; some may not even suspect they are ill; and for some, it can be fatal. This week someone close to me tested positive for COVID-19. In their case, symptoms were barely noticeable: no fever, no cough, no shortness of breath. Just one day, their ability to taste and smell anything was gone. This makes it all the more challenging to prevent the spread of this disease. It’s a very strong reminder of the importance of keeping our guard up, following public health orders and, most importantly, staying home.
The number of confirmed and probable cases in Everett has more than doubled since last week. Recent modeling by researchers at the University of Washington projects that cases of COVID-19 in our state will peak in mid-to-late April, and then hopefully taper down toward the end of summer. For that modeling to hold true, we must work together, stay home and stay healthy. Please, unless you are one of the few folks who must work to keep the rest of us safe and healthy, stay hunkered down and be well.