27 marzo 2020

Come siamo messi

Come tutti sanno, il numero dei contagi riscontrati negli Stati Uniti ormai supera gli ottantamila. Il centro dell'epidemia del Coronavirus è qui. Sarà come in Italia? Difficile a dirsi. Il territorio degli Stati Uniti è molto meno densamente popolato, quindi è più facile distanziarsi, che è in sostanza la soluzione fondamentale. È molto meno sicuro un autobus pieno di gente che un parco dove ci si muove. All'idea di Trump di tornare al lavoro dopo Pasqua ci s'indigna o si sorride. Io stesso, nella mia totale disistima, penso che la boutade sia solo un espediente per contenere gli allarmi in borsa; ma di economia so pochissimo (e sarebbe ora che mi documentassi di più, lo so). Non ho altro da dire, per ora.

Prima di salutarvi, pubblico la tabellina dei suggerimenti del New York Times, che è l'indice essenziale della situazione americana e delle reazioni istituzionali; mi sembrano suggerimenti molto sensati e possono valere non solo per gli americani.

  • Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

    Updated March 24, 2020
    • How does coronavirus spread?

      It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out. It may also be transmitted when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face.
    • What makes this outbreak so different?

      Unlike the flu, there is no known treatment or vaccine, and little is known about this particular virus so far. It seems to be more lethal than the flu, but the numbers are still uncertain. And it hits the elderly and those with underlying conditions — not just those with respiratory diseases — particularly hard.
    • What should I do if I feel sick?

      If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.
    • What if somebody in my family gets sick?

      If the family member doesn’t need hospitalization and can be cared for at home, you should help him or her with basic needs and monitor the symptoms, while also keeping as much distance as possible, according to guidelines issued by the C.D.C. If there’s space, the sick family member should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. If masks are available, both the sick person and the caregiver should wear them when the caregiver enters the room. Make sure not to share any dishes or other household items and to regularly clean surfaces like counters, doorknobs, toilets and tables. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.
    • Should I wear a mask?

      No. Unless you’re already infected, or caring for someone who is, a face mask is not recommended. And stockpiling them will make it harder for nurses and other workers to access the resources they need to help on the front lines.
    • Should I stock up on groceries?

      Plan two weeks of meals if possible. But people should not hoard food or supplies. Despite the empty shelves, the supply chain remains strong. And remember to wipe the handle of the grocery cart with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
    • Should I pull my money from the markets?

      That’s not a good idea. Even if you’re retired, having a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds so that your money keeps up with inflation, or even grows, makes sense. But retirees may want to think about having enough cash set aside for a year’s worth of living expenses and big payments needed over the next five years.

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