Although all eyes are on New Orleans, an equally alarming outbreak is occurring in a smaller city north of the state. Shreveport, near the Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma border – a region locally known as Ark-La-Tex (sorry, Oklahoma) – has about 200,000 people and sits across the Red River from Bossier City, with a population of 70,000. And right now it's in the first stages of its own unique Covid-19 nightmare.
On the positive side, however, Dr. Puja Nambiar, a communicable disease specialist at LSU Health Shreveport Medical School, said that Shreveport experts have been able to work closely with the team at Ochsner Health in New Orleans, using protocols and wave planning developed by experts one week ahead of the epidemic. Hopefully it will help curb the tide.
Instead of the festive crowds keeping a very safe social distance on the streets of New Orleans, Dr. Dahlene Fusco, a professor of infectious disease at Tulane University, said that many leave the city under Mardi Gras to escape mental illness – and then return when the dust settles.
Maybe these people bring the infection from their travels to New York and California. Although the answer is critical, Fusco said that only a systematic study that could take months will clarify the cause of Louisiana's sudden almost overwhelming epidemic.
But there is probably a difference in who decides to go there. Many "revelers" who choose New Orleans are far from it – it's a goal, even a bucket list, because of its fame, the feeling of leaving and the opportunity that shadows the event, food and drink in the French Quarter, in addition to metropolitan activities – art museums, professional sports, unique and beautiful architecture.
Something that should worry the Trump administration as they plan for a possible return of social distancing. Their assumption is simple – some places don't have the virus.
Right now, the call to places without Covid-19 seems like a very short list. Rather, it would be more accurate to say that some places have not diagnosed the virus. We don't just know if the virus is there or not. But that's enough.
These numerous infections in a mid-sized city like Shreveport and the first infection pulse in nearby cities argue strongly against the president's plan to open some areas by Easter and more strongly against the White House & # 39; coronavirus taskforc coordinator
) extremely low numbers and they test. "Low compared to New York and New Orleans – sure. But sure enough to signal everything clearly? Not even weakly true.
The Covid-19 epidemic in the United States has moved from "Oh, it's just a nursing home" in Washington state to "Oh, it's New York City, it's a total mess" to "Oh, it's New Orleans what did you expect , they always have problems "to the current face of the outbreak: Shreveport, Louisiana, Longview, Texas, and countless other cities and small towns that have evidence of infection, little testing, much worry and countless citizens who just want help, that they can do the right thing.