Vol. 15  No. 5
MARCH 9, 2020
Our Stories
Columns & Features
Asian
Wisconzine
by Heidi M. Pascual
The Naked
Truth
by Jamala Rogers
CENTERSPREAD
Editor's Corner
Reflections
by Jonathan
Gramling
     
Novel Coronavirus
Tom Hanks and his wife had contracted Novel Coronavirus. UW-Madison was suspending in-class instruction — joining major universities
across the nation — and students were urged to stay at home until April 10th. U.S. stock futures had fallen more than 1,000 points. Wall
Street is teetering on a bear market. Yesterday, I had my first ad cancellation due to Novel Coronavirus because the event had been cancelled.
More than likely, things will get worse before they get better.
Back on February 26th, I wrote the following on Facebook:

"Trump claimed on Monday that the coronavirus was "very much under control in the USA." A day later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the
virus' spread to the US was inevitable. He said the stock market is "starting to look very good" even as the Dow was nosediving amid coronavirus anxiety." — CNN.
com

Apparently Donald Trump wants to deal with the coronavirus much like the Chinese government has, obfuscating the true nature of the epidemic and taking measures
to thwart any coverage that disagrees with his narrative and punishing those who would tell the truth about coronavirus at the expense of American citizens. Trump
cares more about the health of Wall Street than he does the health of the people he is supposed to lead. He would sacrifice many of us for the sake of his own ego.”

The U.S. now has 1,278 cases and 38 deaths. The actual number of cases is probably greater due to test kit snafus. Trump basically tried to muzzle the medical
scientific experts in his own administration, putting Pence, a non-medical person, in charge of messaging on the Novel Coronavirus.

When I wrote that back on February 26th, I was attacked and ridiculed by two Facebook friends of mine who basically accused me of anti-Trump bias. One basically
said that I should leave talk of the Novel Coronavirus to people who travel and would know something about the disease.

Well, the Novel Coronavirus had hit close to home and I had my own “expert” living in my home, my son Andrew. Andrew lived in China for about four years in the
2000s, coming back to the U.S. around 2010. He had lived three of those years in Anhui Province, which is right next door to Hubei Province where the epicenter of
the pandemic, Wuhan, is located.

Andrew was scheduled to go back to China for the month of April to study Tai Chi in Beijing before going to visit friends in some of his old haunts. He has kept in
touch with friends via the Internet for the best decade. He decided back in January that he would be cancelling his trip due to the spread of the virus and kept in touch
about its severity and how it spread. Back near the end of January, he started stocking up on rice, beans and other staples because he knew that the virus would
spread in the U.S.

At first, I was a little skeptical. But with the passage of time, I realized that he knew what he was talking about and glad that he had bought enough for the two of us,
if it comes to that.

When I told my conservative detractors that my son was my expert on Novel Coronavirus, they stopped commenting on my Facebook thread. As it turns out, I had a
better source of information than they did. They relied on Trump. I had my son. I’ll take my son any day.  --
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The Naked
Truth
by Jamala Rogers
BACKPAGE
I just woke up early this morning to complete The Hues and decided to read the news as a way to get
wide enough awake to start writing. And all of the headlines started hitting me.

The NBA was suspending its games. My beloved March Madness would be played in empty arenas. Actor
Poetic
Tongues
by Fabu
Fulfilling American Dreams