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Chuck Lahmeyer

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

This will be my monthly COVID report. I am proud to report the U.S. is still No. 1 in the world with 10 million cases. Running a poor second is India with 8 million. Of course, they only have five times our population. A distant third is Brazil with some 7 million; they have two-thirds our population. Put another way, the U.S. has 1/20 of the world's population, but we have 1/5 of all the COVID cases. That means you are four times more likely to die of the virus here, than on any other place on earth. A record we can be proud of. Missouri is about average as the states go, nevertheless, we have a large number of cases and deaths. We're "working on it," OK?

So let's all do our parts and don't wear a mask, breathe in your buddy's face, shake hands, share hugs with friends and join them en masse for a beer at the local watering hole. Yuck it up!

Seriously, the governor didn't help much because he said that school children would get the virus "of course" but they are young and they will survive. Yeah, but grandma and grandpa who they infected will not. Has the guv been talking to Trump?

We all know who is responsible for this horrible situation. Ourselves. We should listen to the authorities and mask up, wash hands, social distance, avoid crowds and sanitize! And who is even more responsible? Donald Trump. He said it was a hoax when it arrived, said it would disappear magically when spring came. He fired Obama's pandemic task force, threatened to fire Fauci and Robert Redfield, the head of the CDC, because they dared to disagree with him. Hang on Dr. Fauci, relief is on the way. Oh yeah, and Trump limited travel from China. How'd that work for you T? China, by the way, has the lowest incidence of COVID in the World. It has 91,000 cases and holding, out of a population of 1.5 billion.

We can do better. Let's work together to beat this thing. Keep your distance, sanitize, limit contact with others and above all, wear your mask. I know you have one. Best wishes to all and to all a safe new year.

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