BOSTON - "Good evening. I know that many people are feeling fear and anxiety about the spread of the coronavirus. That’s entirely understandable."
That's how Mayor Walsh opened his speech to the citizens of Boston last night. We've gone through and picked out the most informative and impactful moments. He continued, "this is an unprecedented situation, both in the nature of the public health challenge and in the steps we are taking to protect our residents."
Next, he spoke about the confirmed number of cases, which stands at 218 for the state of Massachusetts and 42 for the city of Boston. Then he offered some practical advice, "the most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Most people recover by managing their symptoms at home. If you think you are getting sick, isolate yourself from others, and call your healthcare provider, or call 3-1-1 to talk to the Mayor’s Health Line."
From there, he moved on to the power of social distancing and it's grave importance: "I want to be very clear about how it works: social distancing is not only for people in high-risk categories. This is everyone’s responsibility because anyone can catch and spread this virus. It’s especially important for younger, healthy people to think beyond your own personal concerns." We could not agree more with the Mayor's comments here. Even if you don't worry about yourself or your friend's health, it's essential that we realize we are a community, and we must protect our fellow Bostonians, Americans, and world citizens.
Walsh then pointed the citizens of Boston to a new website which will be updated daily with local information so that we can be as aware as possible.
He then addressed the possibility of a shelter-in-place order that many Americans fear, "I know many people have questions about what’s next, and whether we are going to have a shelter-in-place order, as we’ve seen in some other parts of the country and the world. We are not currently at that point. But we are monitoring the situation closely."
He spoke about everything that has been shut, schools, restaurants, businesses. He finished the speech encouraging us to stand together in this fight and let us know this isn't the first time we've faced hardships. "We have been knocked down before. But we always get back up. And with vigilance and patience, with empathy and love, we will get through this, together. God bless you, God bless the City of Boston, God bless the United States of America."
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