Yesterday was the 18th day since the virus was first announced by our health authorities in Panama. The number of people infected has escalated to 674. Every day the number increases roughly to 116 new detections. Nine patients have died. The country is experiencing a total lockdown. Tocumen, our international airport, has been closed for a period of 30 days. Depending on the circumstances the period can be extended.
My wife has declared war on the bug. Alcohol, Clorox, and soap-and-water are her weapons. Nothing escapes her hands and fingers. Nothing. Door knobs, garage, bathrooms, clothes, floors, windows, kitchen utensils, and even her husband is on her cleaning list.
More than four million Panamanians are playing the waiting game. We don’t know when this mayhem will go away. Meanwhile, we continue our mandatory isolation.
“The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the virus.”—Joshua Lederberg, Ph.D. and Nobel Laureate