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Practice Social Distancing Now


Last updated 3/16/2020 at 2:18pm

From all the evidence, it seems likely western North Carolina will be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. Our population of retirees is particularly at risk.

Experience from the 1918 flu pandemic shows that, while most of us will be infected, it makes a big difference in the death rate if local medical facilities are overwhelmed. Peer-reviewed data show that in Philadelphia, where authorities responded slowly to the situation, the death rate was much higher than in St Louis, where they acted faster. I ask you to consider beginning now to practice improved social distancing and other...

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