In the not too distant future, it's inevitable that a case of novel coronavirus will turn up in Kansas City.
The virus is making its way across the globe and will soon find it's way to the Heartland. As scary as this sickness might seem, the REACTION FROM LEADERS AND NEIGHBORS is far more important.
Because this #TBT, what we notice and what we want to share is that media seems to have forgotten about the last pandemic Kansas City endured wasn't some old school influenza but a very deadly swine flu.
"From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus."
In the past few days just about everyone has, remarkably, become an epidemiologist and the talk of mortality and communicability rates has been telling . . . Most showing little regard for humankind.
A not-so-fun fact that might be disputed but offers an alternative perspective: A virus does not discriminate, it has no politics or agenda. A virus is opportunistic and works with the singular goal of advancing its own life at the cost of everything else. People are far more complex than any virus and the intricacy of human reactions, emotions and responses amid danger can be both inspiring and terrifying.
As Kansas City and the world confront the latest sickness in an endless cycle there's hope that information, reason, understanding and maybe even compassion will guide our thoughts, words and deeds even amid an American cultural climate where insignificant political differences are regarded as reason enough to engage in a bitter blood feuds.
Accordingly, here's info about the local headlines as the coronavirus makes its way to Kansas City:
Kansas City Coronavirus Prep
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Airports around the country are screening passengers for symptoms of the coronavirus. Kansas City International Airport has no screenings or any increased health precautions. SCHOOLS PREPARE EMERGENCY PLANS Japan announced Thursday it will close all schools until March to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Midwest Threat Monitoring
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Leaders in Missouri and Kansas are preparing for a possible COVID-19 outbreak. The disease, also known as coronavirus, has spread to the United States . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it believes coronavirus will eventually reach pandemic status . On Thursday, Kansas Sen.
Cleaning Teachable Moments
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- Parents may be wondering how their child's school is preparing for the possibility of coronavirus' spread, so KCTV5's Leslie Aguilar has been checking with school districts on both sides of the state line to see. Right now, the Shawnee Mission School District is testing out a decontamination product in one of their elementary/junior high schools.
Outbreak Life Lessons
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Though no cases of coronavirus have been reported in either Kansas or Missouri, school districts in the Kansas City metro say they are taking proactive steps to plan for a potential outbreak. In a message to parents, the Shawnee Mission School District said it has a "comprehensive plan in place" to respond to coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19.
Update On Latest U.S. "Community Spread" Concern
The CDC is investigating the source of the infection. The latest patient being treated for the novel coronavirus in the United States is being investigated by health officials as possibly the first case of community spread on American soil. The U.S.
Local Asian Discrimination
Some Asian business owners report decline amid Coronavirus paranoia, others hope it doesn't hit them
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Outbreaks like the coronavirus can cause a lot of worry and even paranoia, whether among people with health concerns or those who shape global economic markets. Here in the Kansas City area, Asian-owned businesses hope the outbreak, which originated in the Hubei Provice of China, doesn't negatively affect their business.
Blame Game Heats Up
Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney argued on Thursday that the Democrats' pushback against President Trump for his messaging on the coronavirus outbreak is fueling panic and driving down the stock market.
Prez Trump Quotes
While many Americans were sitting down to dinner on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump stepped into the White House briefing room to give the country an update on the novel coronavirus and its spread across the globe.
The World Health Organization is still declining to call the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, but the number of infections and deaths continue to climb as the disease spreads. Public health authorities are split about whether containing or mitigating the virus is the best option - but both depend on whether President Donald Trump and his most conspiracy-addled followers can be convinced to go along with it.
About The Spread So Far
Did Ivanka Photoshop This Instagram of Her at the Taj Mahal? So, Should You Panic About Coronavirus Now? Let's Revisit Coronavirus Czar Mike Pence's History on Public Health Initiatives Court Says You Don't Have a First Amendment Right to Make Money Off YouTube On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control announced a suspected case of COVID19 in a patient who met none of the screening criteria for the disease.
Fear Over Facts???
Coronavirus and its global sweep stokes fear over facts. Experts say it's unlikely to produce 'apocalyptic scenario'
SAN FRANCISCO - Coronavirus is in the global spotlight, but a secondary character in this unfolding drama threatens to upstage the grim protagonist: fear. Chalk that up to what it means to be human. Animals have a fight-or-flight response to real and present danger.
Expert Health Info
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency, and many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising people to be prepared for disruptions to daily life that will be necessary if the virus spreads within communities.
You decide . . .