A lot happened yesterday involving the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
March Madness will happen in private
The NCAA announced that the men’s and women’s basketball tournament will take place without a live audience. If you want to watch it, you will have to watch the games on TV. The stands will remain relatively empty. Some family members can attend, but that’s it. This is in response to Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease researcher warning Congress yesterday, “that there not be large crowds.”
The NBA is on super timeout
Speaking of basketball, the NBA abruptly
canceled suspended the 2019-2020 season. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA told players on the Jazz and teams that played the Jazz in the past 10 days to self-quarantine. The teams affected are the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Donald Trump speaks and makes things… worse
President Donald Trump spoke from the Oval Office last night. He poorly read a prepared document from the teleprompter that announced among other things, that travel to the United States from Europe will be suspended for at least a month beginning Friday (13 March). Travel from China where COVID-19 jumped from animals to people, was already banned. The United Kingdom will be exempt from this travel ban. Trump is blaming the European Union for the travel ban, citing it did not ban travel from China until it was too late. At first, Trump announced this ban applied to both people and cargo, but that now appears not to be the case.
COVID-19 infects the first American celebrities
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have been diagnosed with COVID-19. They were traveling in Australia where testing for the virus is easy, unlike here in the United States. The news shocked me. Like most Americans, I assumed Pete Davidson would be the first American celebrity to get infected by COVID-19. Pete Davidson is a national treasure.
There are now three more cases of COVID-19 in Maryland
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced three more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total up to 13. None of the infected live near me. When that happens, I will stop rideshare driving. My plan is not perfect. What should I do? My mortgage doesn’t care about viruses.
Until COVID-19 makes landfall in Hagerstown and I stop driving, I’m asking riders not to sneeze on me.