Some background information: Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases which are respiratory tract infections, typically mild, such as the common cold, though some forms can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.
SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, COVID-19 translates as: "CO" for corona, "VI" for virus, "D" for disease, with "19" for 2019, the year it was identified.
Global outbreaks of these diseases have resulted in high mortality rates. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat Coronavirus infections. New drugs may be developed by 2021 at the earliest. They "may be" developed. Again, that's "maybe".
This disease can spread rapidly through human-to-human transmission. One way to fight that is through social distancing. That requires groups of people to stop meeting, which reduces the opportunity for the disease to spread.
Restricting large group gatherings such as sports events, concerts, theater shows, airline travel, cruise ships, etc, can reduce transmission of the disease. Some businesses have people working from home. Retirement centers and hospitals are restricting visitation. Schools are closing down for a period of weeks.
Social distancing can also take place at smaller levels in the community. Clubs and groups can shut down for a period of time to further reduce the transmission of the disease. If this is done on a large scale, social distancing can flatten out the curve and greatly help limit the peak of infection to minimize the spread.
First Lutheran Church, where we hold troop meetings, has suspended worship services in their building. All other program use has halted, with groups and committees no longer meeting in the building. Troop 33 is joining in that cause and ending our program for whatever weeks needed to help fight the spread of disease during this pandemic.
Our Missouri Ozarks Adventure, March 22-28, would have taken place during a peak time for social distancing. Two days of the trip focused on visiting sites in St Louis. Those site locations can't guarantee they'll remain open during our trip time. I actually called and talked with them. We're postponing the Missouri Ozarks Adventure trip until a later time. Hopefully the future will become healthier, open, and we'll then find the great fun and adventure we seek.
Of course there are individual things each can do to help minimize this pandemic. Work to stay healthy by doing a few things: stay calm, clean and disinfect, wash hands often, eat healthy, sleep well, avoid close contact with other people, and stay home if you're sick. As a troop we will wait awhile before we resume normal activity.
Social distancing is a protective measure that can help flatten the curve.