COVID19 is approaching the half a million mark: it can be contained - just follow the rules.

background graphic greenBy Staff

March 26th, 2020



The growth of the COVID-19 in Burlington is very very small when looked at from a global perspective.

Part of the reason for that is the diligence most people have shown and the way the public is listening to the leadership from the Mayor.

On Thursday there will be a telephone Town Hall that will give the public a chance to ask questions.

To give the public a chance to get a sense as to just how bad things are in the rest of the world we have excerpted some data from a web site we refer to frequently.  The source is very reputable. A link to the site with the data is here.

Set out below is data that shows the world wide status for three different dates.

Covid live Mar 24

March 24th, 2020

March 25

March 25th, 2020

March 26

March 26th, 2020

The best way residents can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19 is to:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into upper sleeve, not hand.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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3 comments to COVID19 is approaching the half a million mark: it can be contained – just follow the rules.

  • Steve Holman

    I agree with everything written, unfortunately the governments with their already huge deficits might be able to keep the economy afloat for a couple of months, after that it really will be a question of what’s worse, the disease or the remedy. If we do make it a short duration event, say 3 or 4 months (China is in month 4) we could have governments with double the previous deficits, which all have to be repaid.

  • Tom Muir

    Don’t just stay home when you are sick – just Stay Home.

    Community spread is now taking over from travel imports.

    Travelers and returning travelers, by any means, are the problem that started this and will keep it rolling via all the means of public travel in groups.

    The rules now say self-isolate if you travel into here, and much travel out to other places is banned at the destination or not available. They do distance more so now, but there are lapses I have seen and that have been reported, including by the Mayor, Premier and PM..
    But commercial travel is way down – 80% of airlines and who knows what closing borders and services and layoffs has done to ground travel. I read today that the NY subway is practically empty – zombie-land it was called. What do we do about our rail, bus, and subway travel?

    This community spread is inevitable unless caught immediately with the first infection. Something noted is the clustering in families as someone going out and picking it up takes it home where it then spreads to everyone in the family. This clustering in families is noted in Europe and New York – they all have their contacts and if infected they all take it home and infect everyone in the family, and don’t find out till later.

    The presentation lag is say 2 weeks long, so everywhere the infected family members go for that time is contagion, and everyone else contacted and infected is contagious too, in a multiplying set of transmission chains in geometric progression spreading further and further so at some point we can’t tell where it came from.

    That’s the idea of Staying Home, isolation, social distancing, containment and suppression of virus. If everyone could do this the virus would die off, but everyone does not and really cannot as we have to keep the machine running at some activity, idle and repair.

    These people need to be protected, tested and monitored.

  • Penny Hersh

    The direct impact changes if a loved one gets sick and does not recover.