Here in Sun Valley, Idaho – the original US city of Ski Town and the birthplace of POWDER magazine – we have:
– The cleanest air.
– Black sky.
– 3,000-feet of snow-capped mountains.
– Riding a world famous bike.
– The highest levels of COVID-19 in the world.
In addition to world-class entertainment, Sun Valley, like many snowy cities, is built with community activities and outings to visit us. From sports, walking, and biking to friends, to drinking, dancing, and shopping to strangers, social clothing is linked to physical activity, culture and social activities.
Whether you are sharing a seat with locals, second-time homeowners who spend half their time here, or tourists who break down the magic of the mountains, snowy cities depend on visitors who work smoothly. We need the cash flow from outside tickets to build our schools and hospitals, raise wages, and protect our business.
For more than 80 years, adults from all over the world have come here to experience the city's mountain culture. Born and raised in the fifth generation of Idahoan, I began my career as an ER physician in Seattle until returning to Gem County to work in the Sun Valley Emergency Department.
Since the hospital was built, extensively equipped donated generously from the people here, we can provide more services at the same available at Evergreen in Seattle, which is now the front line in a massive attack of coronavirus. in the United States.
A month ago, we thought we were lucky to be far away; This virus has invaded urban areas but the world is far from our beautiful mountain range in the Mountain West. I phoned her ex-partner to hear how our friends were doing justice in the war zone in Seattle.
Some of my old friends out there are sick, and one is fighting for a life with the disease. The sound of an emergency can be taken away, but the risk of an unintentional invasion still seems to me. We made the right move, or so I thought. Within a few days of our conversation I was sick and found COVID-19 for me.
After days of fatigue, frequent fever, cough, shortness of breath, insomnia, and taste and smell, my symptoms gradually improve. It will not happen with the same traumatic experience as many others. Two of my co-workers in Ketchum will be screened for tuberculosis and the others will be put in a quarantine quarantine to catch the virus.
In addition, nearly a quarter of nursing and support staff suffer from the disease. Our rural hospital was temporarily crippled, which was necessary to close the temporary closure of our inpatient unit. ER doors still open, with the state health system thanks looga filling duldhigyadan with documents and nurses from other sectors and other parts of the region.
Sitting at home as I was recovering, I watched with great anger the traces of the growing internet disease. It soon became clear that our little Valhalla was one of the most difficult places in the country. Despite its widespread population, our rural region has been hit by a disease that is higher than New York City and Wuhan, China.
As information began to pour across the country it emerged: This epidemic is damaging to snow cities. Previous data showed that Park City, Vail, Mammoth, Crested Butte, and Aspen were all suffering from a similar legend. As travel destinations travel around the world in the winter months, this mountain escape from major urban life has been proven to be a cause of global virus reproduction during the time of the human year most likely to spread.
As cities like Seattle and San Francisco began to close schools, some residents there saw an opportunity to relocate their asymptomatic families to an SUV and go home to their second mountain retreat. You can also make a snow break somewhere in the closet, right?
While other areas in the countryside may be more prevalent than epidemic outbreaks, the highlands were hit by COVID-19 with one-two balls; International tourists froze into second-generation homeowners fleeing infected cities and mostly mountain communities in communities with open arms.
This is in the baseline. How do we encourage social distance and placement orders from where we are to manage our limited resources by controlling the economics of driving these small cities? Is it right or even legal that those who promptly come forward, who can seek refuge and who can pay?
Just to add to the confusion, snow cities have some of the highest rates of disease in the country and are instead equipped with smaller hospitals. No one can be sure how this disease has come to our city, but we know that these areas are not safe cities. High levels of inflammation are likely to lead to increased virus transmission.
Despite this, people still dance here to escape COVID-19. I am concerned that they are putting themselves at risk of falling into this catastrophic crisis where they are seeking to avoid it.
At the same time the burden of our health care infrastructure is already limited. There are a number of balloons that have traveled to Sun Valley that now require hospitalization. Who knows if they came with them, or if they got caught here?
It doesn't matter What matters now is that we are all together.
After about two weeks of lying in bed and living on a regular diet of Tylenol and orange juice, I realized my fever was gone and my energy was back. My happy public health nurse finally cleared me to leave my house. I went for snow and ice; my lungs stopped.
Three days later it was time to return to ER work. Fortunately when I returned, so did most of our partners and many of our good nurses. In a small hospital, we were back in combat mode. We are ready to provide the best care we can give to anyone who comes through our door. I just need your help. We need to focus on who is here.
Stay somewhere. If you are here, please do not leave it or take the virus elsewhere. If you are somewhere else, please stay there so that these little towns can live together.
We know that most people recover from this virus. We also know that in order for Sun Valley to recover, we need our out-of-town tribe to finally get back to our streets, shops and restaurants. If you are looking out your window at the mountains or flats right now, we are all part of this community that we love so much.
Let's all do our part to overcome this. When the war is over, all of us with a little bit of fun will be ready to prepare and come back to this place together.
The article first appeared on Powder.com and reprinted with permission.
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