It’s an annual ritual, the opening of the new year.
As the clock ticks down to the arrival of the New Year’s Eve fireworks, a few hundred people march to the Capitol, where thousands of protesters line the streets, many carrying signs proclaiming their disapproval of the government.
Then, for the first time in weeks, they’ll head out onto the streets in the form of a mass gathering, one that could easily be mistaken for a mass movement.
“It’s like a carnival, really,” said Mark A. Cogan, a Republican state representative from Arizona who has been trying to push for more funding for the National Guard in his state.
“It’s a parade of people.”
The first wave of Zika infections in the United States is expected to hit the U.S. mainland on Tuesday, with thousands of people believed to have contracted the virus as of late Tuesday, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate.
The virus has also spread to Florida and New York.
“If you have no way to stay safe, if you have nowhere to go and nowhere to feel safe, there’s nothing left,” said Cogan.
He’s hoping that, by Saturday, the mood in Washington will shift, as the crowds will begin to slow and more people will start to show up to protest.
But Cogan and others in the state are worried that the public is being manipulated into a false sense of security.
“If you want to stay healthy, you’re going to have to get to the point where you feel safe,” he said.
The Zika epidemic is likely to cause an economic and public health disaster for Washington, D.C. That’s because of the large population of residents who live in the city.
The area has the largest population of U.s. residents in the country, and has long been the epicenter of the Zika pandemic, which began in the U!s.
In a poll released last week, just over half of D.c. residents think the federal government is doing too little to combat the Zika outbreak, according the poll by the nonpartisan Center for American Progress.
A similar percentage says they are “somewhat” or “strongly” opposed to the federal response to the virus.
A survey released by the Congressional Budget Office last month found that the Zika funding bill passed by the House would cost $6.7 billion over a decade to help D.d.C., a figure that’s likely to be significantly higher in the Senate.
The bill includes a measure to establish a $1.9 billion fund to support emergency response efforts and the implementation of Zika response programs.
But it does not include funding for additional CDC resources or new testing or diagnostic technologies.
That could make it difficult to stop the spread of the virus in D.p., and possibly even to limit the number of infections that could result from the outbreak.
“I’m worried about the way this bill is going to be viewed by the public,” said Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon who is pushing the bill.
“I don’t think it will be the public’s fault if we don’t get the funding.”
DeFazie said that the funding would help protect the D.o. and prevent a repeat of the pandemic in which the U is the biggest recipient of emergency funds.
The funds are not meant to provide money for a Zika vaccine, he added, but to help protect local residents and communities from potential outbreaks.
“You know what, I think we have to work through this as a community.
You can’t just throw the money at it,” DeFasio said.”
We are a resilient city,” said DeFrazie.
“You don’t have to have a vaccine or a vaccine-free environment.
We can survive this.
We just have to make sure we’re able to protect ourselves.”
The public health response to Zika has been a long time coming.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a guidance that recommended that public health officials consider using Zika vaccine as an emergency response in the event of a pandemic.
The guidelines were issued after a spike in cases in Puerto Rico and the U., and the agency warned that Zika could cause “life-threatening neurological, metabolic, and behavioral changes.”
In a letter to Congress last month, the CDC warned that the outbreak in Puerto Ricans could worsen if the virus spreads quickly.
“The virus is now emerging as a potential vector for additional cases in the Americas,” the CDC wrote.
“That’s an indication that this outbreak is likely on the rise, and that the response is inadequate to contain it,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Nucatola, the deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The government has spent millions of dollars on mosquito nets, which are meant to prevent mosquitoes from returning to the areas where they breed.
But mosquitoes are not a threat to the public, because they live