Editorial - Masks; News - Totals
OUR VIEW: Be a good neighbor, wear a mask.
COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon.
Shutting down the economy a second time isn’t an option.
The compromise — wear a mask when you can’t social distance.
Masks are encouraged by the Cities of Clinton and Laurens and by Laurens County.
The Chronicle also encourages its readers to wear masks.
Many people don’t want to wear masks. They are not comfortable. They are an inconvenience.
Others see masks as a further erosion of their civil liberties.
Again, the lost art of compromise is needed.
If businesses are to remain open, if school is to be in person, if sports are to return — masks are the option.
Can you get sick wearing a mask? Yes.
But if it makes our neighbors comfortable, show some grace.
Social distancing is most important, but in some places that is not an option and a mask is better than nothing, providing some protection.
Ultimately, to get COVID-19 under control, we’re going to have to work together.
We’d rather have an option than being forced to do things by the government. As an option, wearing a mask is the neighborly thing to do.
Other than staying away from each other — which Memorial Day Weekend and Fourth of July Weekend proved is not possible — the next best way to slow down this insidious virus is to cover our mouths and noses. The most vulnerable among us need that extra protection — Whitten Center shows that fact. One child has died, and two others have a multisystem inflammatory disease in South Carolina, so it’s a fallacy that children are immune from this virus.
The United States has advanced to the stage now that instead of one COVID epicenter (New York), there are three — Georgia-Florida and surrounding states, Texas-Louisiana, and California-Arizona.
The Governor of Georgia just made it illegal for cities and counties to mandate masks and their cases could climb. People from Georgia pass through South Carolina all the time, especially on I-85, so transmission is possible in the Upstate.
Now retailers are requiring masks, including Costco and Walmart. And wearing masks keeps business and industry open, driving the economy.
We can’t afford to let the virus get further out-of-control. In some cases, COVID-19 is mild, just a bad cold, but in other cases it is deadly.
School will start September 8. We want that environment to be as safe as possible for everyone. We need the positive test rate to come down.
We get that wearing a mask is uncomfortable.
We get that it is an inconvenience.
We know forcing, rather than asking, a South Carolinian to do something, doesn’t go well.
But Laurens County government isn’t forcing us, it is asking us to help out. And helping each other out is what makes South Carolina one of the best places to live.
Let’s help each other out. Let’s show some grace in a heated moment. Let’s wear masks because we are good neighbors.
If it works, we’ve stopped COVID-19 in its tracks. If it doesn’t, we still win, by showing kindness in a difficult time for everyone.
Clinton has 408 Coronavirus-COVID-19 cases - projected for 2,914. Hospital Beds Available Statewide - 1,458.
Median Age for cases: 39 years old; South Carolina's recovery rate is 87%.
Deaths Projection, South Carolina: 3,186 by Nov. 1, 2020; if masks were worn by everyone, projected 1,871 deaths in the same timeframe (source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation).
COVID-19 Snapshot (Totals as of July 23) -- 69 Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths in South Carolina on July 16, it's the highest one-day total since the virus struck SC in mid-March. There were 56 additional deaths reported on July 21.
In the 21-30 age range there are 21% of the state's infections - 11% in the 11-20 age range.
School starts back in Clinton on Sept. 8. There is no official resume-classes date listed on the Presbyterian College website.
Laurens County cases: 1,029; Deaths: 24, including under investigation - at least 5 in Clinton; Projected cases: 7,350.
South Carolina cases: 76,315; Deaths: 1,294, 52% of which are among blacks; there 4 confirmed cases of MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome) in children, under age 10; 1 child has died in Chester County.
Hardest hit county: Charleston, 10,125 confirmed cases; projected for 72,321. State's Recovery Rate: 87%.
United States cases: 4,143,235; Deaths: 146,683; Recovered: 1,953,958; US Rate: 93% recovered/discharged.
Worldwide cases: 15,515,431; Deaths: 632,854; Recovered: 9,440,652; World Rate: 94% recovered/discharged.
Figures: SC Department of Health & Environmental Control, and worldometer.info
The Harvard Global Health Institute says 18 counties in South Carolina are under a COVID-19 red alert. These include Laurens County - 998 confirmed cases. Researchers say a stay at home order is needed in these 18 counties to mitigate COVID-19, because rates are past the tipping point for uncontrollable spread. ** red means more than 25 new daily cases per 100,000 people over last week. ** The Governor's Office has not announced any new stay at home / shelter in place executive orders -- there are/have been 4,069,728 COVID-19 cases in the United States, by far, the highest infection number in the world - Brazil is 2nd with over 2M, India is 3rd with over 1M.
CDC adds runny nose, nausea to the growing list of COVID-19 symptoms
Congestion, runny nose, nausea and diarrhea are the four most recent COVID-19 symptoms that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added to its growing list of potential signs of the novel coronavirus.
The additions come as health experts continue to learn more about the disease, and care for very ill COVID-19 patients is improving. Even so, the CDC states the current list doesn't include all possible symptoms for the virus.
Doctors have also identified a symptom informally dubbed "COVID toes" – the presence of purple or blue lesions on a patient’s feet and toes.
The federal health agency warns that symptoms could appear 2-14 days after exposure, most commonly around 4-5 days. People who have contracted COVID-19 report a diverse, wide range of symptoms. For some patients, symptoms last months.
Individuals with COVID-19 may be most contagious one or two days before symptoms appear, one study found.
The CDC has maintained that older adults and those who have severe underlying medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease and diabetes, appear to be at higher risk for "developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness." At the end of June, the CDC updated and expanded its list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. The agency broke from earlier guidance, saying that pregnant women may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant women.