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The news this week about the coronavirus pandemic has my attention. At my age, I’m in the high-risk category, so I’m being as careful as possible to follow all the guidelines about limiting my outings and other precautions.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Tuesday, placing North Carolina under a warning order. If you just can’t escape crowds of people, prepare yourself with antiseptic gel and be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after sneezing, coughing or touching new things.

New York City is calling out the National Guard to help with its coronavirus infections outbreak in a suburb. Many people have discontinued the shaking of hands and some are touching elbows as a greeting.

Use your handkerchief to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. The germs can travel over to others. They may (or may not) have virus or coronavirus, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. My advice is to not take chances. It is not worth it — even if you think the thrill of taking chances is fun.

Just ask any of the 3,500 passengers on that tremendously big cruise ship which docked on the California coast for more than a week because several passengers had contracted the COVID-19 disease from the coronavirus. They just started to disembark a few days ago, and it may take 3 weeks for all to get off.

Bone-chilling Daytona wreck

I know a lot of people attend raceway events because they want to view accidents firsthand, but I’m sure there were none who enjoyed seeing the horrific wreck at the Daytona Speedway as severe as the one Ryan Newman, driver of No. 6 Ford, had in the 2020 Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.

The smash-up was like toys being thrown together. It involved 19 cars with just 16 laps left.

It was the worst smash-up I have ever seen and also the most cars involved ever for me — and I didn’t enjoy it. I couldn’t help thinking about the drivers involved and their cars being torn up. It was almost like what I was seeing was impossible to survive or escape — at least for Newman whose car was literally torn apart — right and left, and front and back.

After we saw him brought out from that horrific tragedy, and seeing the driver being OK, I thought how wonderful those cars are; carefully planned and made to protect the drivers.

I hope those people who enjoy accidents got their fill here. They may never see anything like it again.


Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments at (984) 235-7294 or robertwallen29@gmail.com.

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