The almost forgotten wave
The U.S. is becoming a single major corona hotspot. While Joe Biden is powerlessly zooming in with the nursing staff, Donald Trump no longer reacts to the national crisis.
In the neighbourhood bookstore in Washington D.C., a mobile clinical thermometer has been in place for a few days. It measures the temperature at a distance, but only when there is no cap covering the forehead. While the customers are still positioning themselves, a tinny voice can be heard from the device and repeats over and over again: Please wear a mask. Please wear a mask.
A fever is also measured in the restaurant a few streets away before you are allowed to sit down. There is a sign in the window: “No mask, no operation”. Except for the almost absurd permanent references to mouth and nose protection – in Washington, the mask requirement also applies on the street – in the U.S. capital, there is almost something like pandemic everyday life. The shops are open, restaurants are also served inside, and cardio equipment can be reserved online in the fitness studio. The temperature reading is no longer enough; it is only a matter of time before.
The USA is, yes, in which wave? Some speak of the second, others of the third, yet others say that the first wave was never really over. One thing is certain: the numbers in the country are rising again dramatically. More than 250,000 people have already died, and more than 11.5 million infected.
In New York, the city is closing all schools again this Thursday. In Ohio, there is also a night curfew with immediate effect, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. everyone should stay at home. Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a partial lockdown as of this week. Meetings are only allowed between two households, and it is recommended that this contact be limited to another household.