Graphical representation of an emergency alert on a cellphone. (FEMA) Dan StillmanMeteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang I live in Maryland, and in the midst of one of the worst emergencies of our time, I have yet to receive any government alert on my cellphone regarding covid-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Friends and colleagues in the District and Northern Virginia tell me the same thing. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths continue to increase at an alarming rate both locally and nationally, the same system that allows government officials to send extreme weather and AMBER alerts to mobile devices can and should be used immediately by states, localities and perhaps the president in the fight against the deadly virus. Too many people still aren’t taking this crisis seriously enough, as was evident by the crowds visiting the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin this weekend, by the young people seen gathering in large groups on spring break in Florida, and by numerous other reports of people ignoring social distancing rules across the country and the world. If strict, immediate and widespread adherence to social distancing is our best hope of flattening the


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