Today’s Headlines News Include-

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, arriving at a press conference at Gulf Coast Medical Center.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, second from right, arriving at a press conference at Gulf Coast Medical Center.

“Divides emerge amid push to reopen nation”

“I’m not a fool…But we can’t quarantine the healthy anymore.” — Jeff Gourly, Owner of Nomads Canteen in San Clemente, California.
                         —USA Today

“DeSantis: State results show ‘positive’ trends” Florida Governor at press conference at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Ft. Myers, Florida.
                         —The News-Press (Southwest Florida Newspaper)


A- Avoiding Worry

In the first headline, Jeff Gourly points out the foolishness of worry, creating fear, resulting in wrongly quarantine of the healthy population, instead of rightly protecting the at-risk people who need to stay at home.


B- Be Not Afraid, Be Strong, Be Courageous

In the second headline, the Florida Governor encourages the people of his state to continue to stand up, and strongly proceed with both the testing, economic, and wisely following safe steps to safely reopen the state of Florida, working with both Federal guidance and local collaboration.


C- Caring for Your Lung health, and Each Other, at Home and in the Community

A recent COPD Foundation Webinar on May 8th, 2020 discussed important recent studies that have shown that active smoking doubles the risk of transmission/severity of illness with at risk older people with serious lung diseases.

WHO and CDC Have Suggested Smoking Increases Risks

Recent studies of COVID-19 patients show that current smokers have double risk of developing severe disease versus those who have never smoked.

The WHO stresses that whatever other risks smoking carries, that the act of smoking means fingers and potentially contaminated cigarettes, water pipes, vaping devices could increase possible transmission risk