Dave

Sep 012020
 

Since June 11th, we have jumped from 7 million global cases to over 23 million.

The United States jumped from 2 Million cases to 6 Million. From 112k dead to just under 200k.

Globally areas that had halted the spread are now getting new hot spot areas of infection.

Sweden, who attempted herd immunity is now requiring masks for everyone and they have the highest death rate per infection. They tried.

The US handling of this is still a mixed bag and now there is a push for herd immunity here as well. The statistics have been a mess, with the CDC data being pushed into a new system. Every day there is drama and confusion, which is what they want.

Locally I was able to get a free test quickly. Fill paperwork, drive up, get swab and leave. Took three days to get results and we were pleased with that process.

Elections are coming up in November and the US is a mess. Turmoil everywhere.

BLM protests continue and there are nightly issues between ‘Patriots’ and BLM/Protest folks. A white 17 year old with an assault style rife crossed state lines, to defend property he didn’t own. He was chased, killed someone. Ran from the scene right past the police as people pointed him out as having shot someone dead. He was chased and attacked, shot and killed another person and wounded one more. He is being hailed as a hero on the right and a murderer on the left.

He was not old enough to carry that weapon. He crossed state lines with that weapon. He defended property that was not his. He is responsible for all of those things and being charged with murder.

The President is defending him.

I’m terrified at what November brings. No matter who we elect there will be turmoil and the prospect of more violence and I am very afraid.

Jun 112020
 

In 20 days we have jumped from 5 million cases globally to 7.4 million. 400k dead.

The United States is in the lead with 2 million cases and 112k dead. We’ve tested 21 million out of 330 million and have a long way to go.

Since my last update the United States has shifted from daily coronavirus updates to almost zero. States are starting to open up and enter into opening phases.

States like Texas, Florida and Georgia that opened early have seen an uptick in infections which isn’t a good sign. In Pierce County we dropped enough to enter phase 2 of opening businesses, but I see us starting to slowly rise again, and my guess is that it is related to Labor Day weekend where everyone was gathering together.

The United States is in turmoil right now. Protests everywhere ignited by the death of George Floyd by police. There have been numerous instances of police killing black Americans but the killing of George Floyd was sickening in how casual it was.

Protests have erupted everywhere. The White House has 2 miles of fence around it and the Government has come out in force to stop the protesting. It has not worked. There has been looting in several cities initially and that seems to have stopped.

The President is threatening States and Mayors via Twitter, telling them he will intervene if they don’t stop all of this. The Governors and Mayors are telling him to pound sand.

I feel like I’m living in a dystopian film.

May 222020
 

Globally 5.1 infected. 334k dead. 2 mi recovered.

The US has tested roughly 10 million out of a population of 329 million. We have a long way to go.

The new divide is all about .. wearing masks. I swear people living in the United States are looking for any reason to argue right now.

On one side you have the mask wearers, who are concerned about spreading/catching the Coronavirus. The CDC recommends wearing a mask right now if you are in a crowd and many stores require this. Costco is an example of this and will not allow anyone in the store unless they are wearing a mask.

On the other side you have the anti-mask folks. They think that being asked to wear a mask is eroding their civil liberty. Wearing a mask means you are a sheep. Wearing a mask means you believe in a ‘fake’ virus. People are attempting to get around the mask rule by claiming they have a medical issue via the ADA.

I don’t understand why this is such a huge issue. People have to follow rules in stores all of the time (no shirt, no shoes, no service) and wearing a face mask is no different. Abusing the ADA because of your ‘freedoms’ is sad.

Washington State is opening some areas under Phase 2. This is a good step and I hope we are able to continue opening slowly, with proper caution in place.

New study says that Coronavirus doesn’t live as long on surfaces as previously thought. Still appears to be spreading via droplets which is a concern, and there are new issues related to the virus cropping up. We simply don’t know enough about this yet and while hopeful, I am concerned that we end up with another round of this towards the end of summer.

May 122020
 

Worldwide 4.2 millions cases. 289k dead.

The US numbers are 1.3 million infected, with 81k dead.

We are starting to slowly open back up in Washington State which is a good thing if people can follow direction. So far, it appears they cannot.

There are rumors all over the place right now that have zero factual information to back them up.

Fauci has a patent on Remdesivir (not true). Bill Gates wants to push a vaccine so we can get injected with chips (not true). 5G causes coronavirus (not true) and finally that the Governor of Washington State will declare Martial Law (also not true).

I have a really tough time listening to folks who want to tell me that the ‘main stream media’ is a lie, but are willing to base their ‘facts’ on some random Facebook person with no medical or factual background on any of this.

I’m no fan of the media myself. So I choose to actually read research papers that are peer reviewed. I open my eyes and see what is happening around me. I am able to move freely without restriction. I can go to a store. I can purchase items online. I can drive just about anywhere. I can visit parks. Yet people are screaming that our freedom is being taken away.

The paranoia is frightening to me. I’ve responded with logic to some folks, including family and they simply don’t want to hear any of it. They are firm in their beliefs.

Interesting article from Popsci regarding this: https://www.popsci.com/radical-politics-metacognition/

“People with extreme political views have trouble thinking about their own thinking”

Some interesting points here but this is the main one:

“It’s been known for some time now that in studies of people holding radical beliefs, that they tend to… express higher confidence in their beliefs than others,” says Steve Fleming, a UCL cognitive neuroscientist and one of the paper’s authors. “But it was unknown whether this was just a general sense of confidence in everything they believe, or whether it was reflective of a change in metacognition.”

And because I practice what I preach, here is a link to the actual study: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)31420-9?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0960982218314209%3Fshowall%3Dtrue

Apr 232020
 

2.6 million globally, 185k dead, 723k recovered.

In the United States we are sitting at 843k infected, 4.4 million tested, 47k dead.

The positive news in all of this is that data shows staying home helps flatten the curve of infection. Staying home is working and has given hospitals the ability to start catching up.

Sadly I have a friend in the ICU here locally fighting for his life right now due to all of this. His wife is a nurse and is also infected, so she is unable to visit him in the hospital.

There have been several protests this past weekend to ‘open the country’ back up. People are concerned about their freedom. I personally don’t feel like I am restricted in any way but understand how others may feel that way.

I am able to leave my house to go shopping or pick up food. I can fill my gas tank and do everything I was planning to do before all of this started. As long as we are wearing masks and distancing from others we seem okay.

People want to get haircuts. Want construction to resume. Want to go… fishing. I get all of that. I am not willing to risk the life of someone else because I need a haircut, but may are.

In Kentucky the rate of infection jumped considerably after a group of folks protested (without masks, etc.) to re-open the State. That alone should be enough of an example. But people in the US are funny that way. There are so many conspiracies floating around and our leadership at the Federal level has been less than inspiring, almost inciting some of the conspiracies.

Life is maddening right now but we are managing as best we can.