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The coronavirus outbreak has definitely changed a lot of the simpler things about the way we live.

Some things that we really do not think about all that much to tell you the truth.

For example, my wife, son and I all had doctor’s appointments scheduled this week. It was the first time any of us had either had a phone or a video appointment. It was pretty strange but its amazing the things that you can get used to after a while.

Like the social distancing thing. If you can buy something online and get it delivered to your home, that’s a good thing if you can do it. The less of an interaction that you can have with someone else the better right now.

One of the main reasons is that there are people in states all over the country that are seemingly fine one minute and then the start getting sick the next.

There is no sign of a dip in coronavirus cases in St. Louis or Missouri. The region’s caseload is rocketing upward, with the state seeing a more than 600% increase in total cases over the past week — the largest percentage increase in the country as of Thursday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

And a lack of widespread testing largely means that experts aren’t sure when the region will reach the peak of its curve — clouding their ability to know when normal life might resume. They hope they will be able to better predict in coming days how much protective measures, like social distancing and widespread restrictions on public activities, are working.

The spread of the virus in Missouri this past week stands out, even compared to neighbors. In Illinois, where the state is under lockdown, the number of confirmed cases grew by 237% in the same period.

“The more we test right now, the more we’ll find,” said Chris Prener, a sociologist at St. Louis University.

As of Thursday, Missouri’s per-capita rate for confirmed COVID-19 cases was 8.5 per 100,000 people. In Illinois, it was 20 per 100,000.

“Testing is everything right now, and the lack of widespread testing is making it very hard to grasp what’s happening, particularly at the county levels,” Prener said.

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