When the U.S. goes dark for Christmas: ‘It feels like we are in a war’
What if the U,S.
went dark for the holidays?
What would that look like?
Well, the country could get pretty grim.
The United States has been in a nationwide blackout for the past month, which has left millions of people without electricity and caused widespread power outages.
A nationwide blackout in the U of A student union last week led to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which is caused by the coronavirus.
And while the virus is spread by direct contact with respiratory droplets, it’s believed that many more people are infected from droplets in the air.
So far, more than 5,000 people have been confirmed to have the disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of cases is likely to continue to rise as the virus spreads in the United States.
“If we have a large pandemic, it will be very, very difficult to manage that population in terms of having the resources to do the things we need to do in terms with getting the supplies and getting the people back to work,” said Dr. Thomas Pemberton, WHO deputy director.
Pemberton told CNBC that the country should take “a long look at what the cost is” in terms to the country, and to the economy.
“It feels very much like we’re in a conflict, and there’s a lot of costs involved,” he said.
The National Weather Service, which tracks the temperature of the U and surrounding areas, says temperatures are forecast to climb to between 33°F and 40°F.