To the editor:
The Mobile County Health Department did not coin “The War on COVID-19.” The President of the United States defined himself as a wartime president, used language about winning this COVID war and about having a great victory. Yes, standard influenza takes many lives. Two years ago the United States had an estimated 61,000 die of the flu, but COVID-19 has taken more than that in three months.
Unlike the Hindenburg Disaster, this is ongoing, and another 21,675 have passed since the May 1, 2020 letter. As you correctly reported, the 1918 Spanish Flu claimed more than 600,000 American lives and the second wave was very bad. Mobile County Health Department is working to keep that from happening again.
The Mobile County Health Department has consistently reported that hospital capacity and ventilator capacity have exceeded the medical demands. Exact numbers are the proprietary information of the hospitals. The Mobile County Health Department wants everyone to exercise caution. This disease spreads from person to person, 6-foot distancing is very important, wearing a facial covering when out retailing, and frequently washing your hands will help protect you and others.
We thank Lagniappe for helping educate everyone and keep them safe.
Bernard H. Eichold, II, M.D., Dr.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Mobile County Health Officer
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