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My son had tryout with Toronto FC academy canceled this week bc coronavirus

He plays now with an affiliated academy that selected him for the tryout (U17). Oh well. That Toronto team is excellent and well coached; one of eight MLS affiliated teams that had made it to a North American quarterfinals that will not be nixed because of coronavirus.

Stay safe everyone and practice social isolation. COVID19 is far more widespread than confirmed cases because testing has lagged so far behind, and since health care is my field of focus, I know estimates on spread are concerning: 30% to 70% of adults will get infected, and of those, 20% will be hospitalized. How many die will be swayed by how much we slow the growth; mortality rate is less than 1% in South Korea and largely confined to one city and region, while mortality rates in Italy have surged to above 15% because those who lived in the initial zone of outbreak ignored requests by public health and instead left for other regions. The spread has been so quick in Italy, hospitals there quickly ran out of critical care beds and respirators.

Even if you are young and healthy, like my son, you can protect the more vulnerable through social isolation, remote work and proper hygiene, so that you don't become a carrier who infects someone more vulnerable. My in-laws are elderly and my daughter must take immune suppressing medication, and we are doing everything we can to stay healthy and keep them safe.

Posted: 03/15/2020 at 10:59AM


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