Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Six

Surviving C-19 Day Six
April 6, 2020 6 AM
78 Days since first US infection


My inclusions under the term will be headlines from these sources, at times I will separate them into groups in order to better illustrate how each has a flavor to it, a style and a profit motive.  Many also have a political position and seek to speak to that demographic primarily.  I will at times include print headlines if they breach into the tsunami of headlines I am afloat in daily online I will not specifically focus on that as newsprint has a hard record and a digital one. 

This morning’s Tsunami of Legacy Headlines. 

Spain’s coronavirus death toll slows further on Monday
Japan to declare state of emergency for about a month: PM
U.K PM Boris Johnson is doing well, expected back at his office shortly, says minister
Ban wildlife markets to avert pandemics, says UN biodiversity chief
‘Bad news’: radiation spikes 16 times above normal after forest fire near Chernobyl
Russia’s coronavirus cases jump by almost 1,000 in 24 hours
Cyclone pounds Vanuatu, levelling buildings, amid virus shutdown
Europe’s coronavirus numbers offer hope as US enters ‘peak of terrible pandemic’
Singapore quarantines 20,000 migrant workers
Trump promotes use of drug for coronavirus: ‘I’m not a doctor. But I have common sense’
Trump, officials describe ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ as cases mount
Crowd in Ivory Coast destroys coronavirus test center
Young and low-paid to be among worst hit in lockdown says study
Aircraft carrier commander removed by Navy tests positive for COVID-19
Global coronavirus death toll tops 60,000, cases pass 1.1 million
Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus
Scotland’s chief medical officer resigns after breaching lockdown
Ireland’s PM returns to medical practice to help in coronavirus crisis
Study finds about 20 million jobs in Africa at risk from impact of coronavirus pandemic
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus
Trump blocks Fauci from answering question about drug Trump is touting
Coughing tiger at the Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus, a ‘first case of its kind’ in U.S.
Giuliani, a familiar voice in Trump’s ear, promotes experimental virus treatments
The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged
Small businesses in desperate need of financial lifeline
Health concerns grow as Holy Week approaches
Americans brace for possible approach of coronavirus peak
French factory adapts its ventilator for the fight against coronavirus
France’s Loire Valley sees steep tourism decline amid coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus: Americans brace for ‘hardest’ week of their lives
Trump: US praying for Johnson amid hospitalization
Patients rush to join studies of remdesivir drug
Biden: Trump ‘awful slow’ to use power of office
Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for the coronavirus
Coronavirus: The Queen gives special address during pandemic
Hancock: ‘You’re risking your own life and the lives of others’
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson ‘still in charge’ despite hospital admission
Coronavirus in Lagos: Enforcing lockdown in Africa’s biggest city
Trump says he won’t wear face mask
Trump describes U.S. response to coronavirus as “all out military operation”
Trump praises Washington state for returning 400 ventilators to U.S. stockpile
Trump says 1.67 million Americans tested for coronavirus and touts drugs to fight disease
Trump: CDC advising Americans wear cloth masks in public
Ousted USS Theodore Roosevelt captain tests positive for coronavirus
Hilton: Slow the spread but speed the shutdown
Ivory Coast protesters target coronavirus testing centre
Ghana to supply free water to help combat coronavirus
Nigeria medics angry with plan to invite Chinese doctors
SA wedding couple arrested for breaching lockdown
Burundi football forbids group goal celebrations
Ethiopia announces its first coronavirus deaths
Libya’s former prime minister dies from coronavirus
Kenya bans travel in and out of capital
Kenyans in mandatory quarantine speak out
Weddings not allowed in South Africa, police say
Coronavirus: Japan to declare emergency as Tokyo cases soar
Spain and Italy ‘give US hope’ cases will level off
Coronavirus: The race to stop the virus spread in Asia’s ‘biggest slum’
Cyclone Harold : Superstorm hits Vanuatu after killing 27 in Solomons
Coronavirus: Singapore quarantines 20,000 migrant workers
Hydroxychloroquine: Can India help Trump with unproven ‘corona drug’?
Coronavirus: India holds lights-off vigil as Modi calls for unity
Coronavirus: Why Dutch lockdown may be a high-risk strategy
Coronavirus: Pastor who decried ‘hysteria’ dies after attending Mardi Gras
Coronavirus: Scientists brand 5G claims ‘complete rubbish’
Coronavirus: Quarantined Italian village turned into human laboratory
Coronavirus: Putting the spotlight on the global wildlife trade
Bodies left on the street for days-Ecuador
City’s desperate move to stop arriving plane by blocking runways with pickup trucks
Aussies stuck, can’t afford plane ticket
Surviving COVID Patients Chronicle their Recoveries
Virus Alters Holy Week Celebration Worldwide, But Not the Spirit
Another Cruise Ship With Virus Victims Docks in Florida
Passengers From Virus-Hit Ships Start Leaving Florida
Explainer: How Coronavirus Crisis Is Affecting Food Supply
COVID-19 Pandemic and the Global Humanity
Coronavirus reaches South America’s Falkland Islands near Antarctica – The Financial Express
Covid-19- More New Zealanders stranded in South America arriving back
Ford to Produce Coronavirus Personal Protective Equipment in South America
The greatest coronavirus challenge is yet to come — and it will affect us all
Ecuador resorts to using cardboard coffins
Guatemala asks US to limit deportees on planes
Coronavirus ‘could wipe out Brazil’s indigenous people’
Life in lockdown 7,000 miles from home
Cruise ship collision sinks Venezuela navy vessel
Peru limits movement by gender to stem coronavirus
Favela ‘presidents’ fight Bolsonaro’s virus claims

My son is in a fury trying to file his unemployment claim and tells me. “I call the line, I get either a straight up busy signal or I get a message saying to file online.  CLICK:
or I get into a robot menu, now its menu hell for a minute.  If get to the end, and process my ssi number and proof of Identity the line rings once and gives me a message telling me “all of our associates are busy helping other customers, please try your call again later or file online. CLICK.”

He cannot file online because he is an apprentice to the Electrical Workers Union IBEW 1253. It is an infuriating catch 22 that has my son in a tizzy.  Once upon a time he smoked, and switched to vaping 5-6 years ago, he stopped that at the outset of this pandemic.  Nothing like a little nicotine withdrawal to make your pandemic issues more tactile.

I’m not a writer, I like to write, and there is a difference.  Writing is a craft but like music also a talent.  The best writers are both talented and well versed in the craft of writing, in the same way a painter is talented and well versed in painting techniques.  I like to write but lack the craft of a well versed writer, I did not spend my life writing.  Altogether that makes me a hack, and I am aware of that fact every time I read the works of real writers.

I bring up writing because last night I recalled a poem from a book by a writer, which made me recall the work he had done with his son.  In that work an “Einstein” of biomedical virology takes a new research position at Oxford University, and while he is signing the final documents witnesses a car bomb detonate in the street next to his wife and twin daughters, the IRA at work.  This event causes him to become utterly stoic, everyone is waiting for him to scream, or cry, or anything.  He is a stone automaton.

Instead he returns home, having never signed the final papers for the position at Oxford.  He then liquidates everything his family owned, all properties, insurance, bank accounts investments, everything, including the life insurance settlement.  He goes and rents an apartment in a small, out of the way city.  He uses his credentials to order lab equipment and builds a laboratory in the apartment, and gets to work.  He modifies the common cold to be gene specific and target everyone with very high communicability.  Men are asymptomatic carriers, but women die very quickly.  He then paints the virus on 10,000 1$ bills and simply mails them all over the world.  As you can imagine that pandemic tears society apart.

Still, pretty damn close to home as the common cold is a corona virus, and this work is 1982?  It’s called “White Plague” and was written by Frank Herbert, as I recall with his son.  Thinking of Herbert made me recall this poem from his most famous work, and one we might all want to know by rote in these times.

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
Muad’Dib from Dune, by Frank Herbert

Donald Trump: “No one could have foreseen this pandemic.”

Foresight?  How about hindsight?  Our president lived through Rubella epidemic in 1964-65.  Trump was 18 years old and scheming his way out of the draft when the Rubella epidemic swept America.  Over 12 million Americans caught it, 11,000 women lost their babies, 2,100 newborns died and 20,000 more were born with CRS, which causes Deafness, Cataracts, Heart defects, Intellectual disabilities, Liver and spleen damage, Low birth weight, Skin rash at birth, Glaucoma, Brain damage, Thyroid and other hormone problems, and Inflammation of the lungs. 

Although specific symptoms can be treated, there is no cure for CRS.  This is the ‘R’ in the MMR vaccine so many antivaxer’s have been rejecting of late, fearing an austistic child more than a dead one.

“Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It is also called “German measles,” but it is caused by a different virus than measles. Rubella was eliminated from the United States in 2004. Rubella elimination is defined as the absence of continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more in a specific geographic area. Rubella is no longer endemic (constantly present) in the United States. However, rubella remains a problem in other parts of the world. It can still be brought into the U.S. by people who get infected in other countries.”-

“During the last major rubella epidemic in the United States from 1964 to 1965, an estimated 12.5 million people got rubella, 11,000 pregnant women lost their babies, 2,100 newborns died, and 20,000 babies were born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).”-CDC

I was one of those infected at 4-5 yrs. Old.  I actually have a recollection of it, always have.  I recall being locked in my room with all the lights out and windows covered to make it dark as a cave.  As a boy I asked my mother if she had ever locked me in my room with it all dark, windows covered, black dark like a cave; or was that a dream?  She looked surprised and said “You remember that?  Yes, you had German measles, it had to be dark to prevent blindness. I can’t believe you remember that, you were little then.”  My mother had thought if babies were born that way from Rubella what’s to say that won’t happen to a child? If it happened to babies, it might happen to me.  I suspect the dark room was an unproven, real time response to protect the eyes.

MSNBC broadcast about Washington Post article”The US was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged”
Transcribed from a web stream by me.

Dec 31 CDC learns of case cluster in China, develops reports for HHS
Jan 3 China tells CDC of outbreak, Azar informed, tells white house and NSC
Jan 5 US spy agencies warn Trump of an outbreak in the Presidents daily brief.
Jan 8 CDC issues public Covid-19 warning
Jan 14 HHS begins drafting plans to implement Defense Production Act
Jan 18 Trump berates Azar over vaping, dismisses coronavirus as alarmist,
Azar seeks advice on how to get Trump to listen
Jan 21 First American contracts Coronavirus
Jan 22 “Trump we have it totally under control.”
Jan 23 China locks down Wuhan
Jan 24 China blocks US lab from obtaining virus sample,
Trump praises Chinese president Xi

1-24-20 Trump tweet (social media)
China has been working very hard to contain the coronavirus.  The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency.  It will all work out well.  In particular, on behalf of the American people, I want to thank President Xi!”

Like I’ve already said, when I heard the term Novel, the “Alert” call began in my head. When I saw China lockdown, martial law, total quarantine of 50 million people, I warned my family. That was my reaction.  For comparison that is like locking down NYC and a half a dozen or so other large cities.  You do not take that kind of action, the largest quarantine in history, for no reason; with a virus that means it’s a bad bug.  That was Jan 23rd, and when Trump took no note and even continued to talk it down I knew he had the denial reaction.  I also knew that being who he is breaking that denial loop would be difficult in the extreme.

Evening Legacy Headlines

Biden and Trump speak by phone about coronavirus response
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care after coronavirus condition ‘worsened’
Doctors embrace drug touted by Trump for COVID-19, without hard evidence it works
UK’s Raab says government will continue as PM moved to intensive care
Dow adds over 1,600 points as investors hope coronavirus cases have peaked
New York City may temporarily bury coronavirus victims in parks
Israeli leader announces lockdown over Passover holiday
France records deadliest 24 hours as coronavirus death toll nears 9,000
Governor Cuomo sees signs of pandemic ‘flattening’ in New York
Hugs and kisses, deferred: Pandemic cuts physical contact
Apple will battle COVID-19 by designing and making millions of medical face shields
10,000 now dead of coronavirus in US, more battlefield fatalities than six wars combined
Italy sees sharp drop in new coronavirus cases
Coronavirus: Body bags begin to fill New York’s makeshift morgues
Man kicked out of Massachusetts grocery after allegedly spitting and coughing on produce
Coronavirus: World’s 1.3 billion smokers urged to quit to reduce COVID-19 risks
UK coronavirus death toll rises to 5,373 after 439 more die in 24 hours
Coronavirus: Nearly 4,000 dead in Iran as cases rise above 60,000
Spain to be first European country to roll out universal basic income
Indonesia launches police unit to guard burials of coronavirus victims
Detroit, New Orleans and other coronavirus hot spots
Queen Elizabeth address public amid coronavirus outbreak
New York rate of death ‘effectively flat for 2 days’: Gov. Cuomo
Stretching your food budget during the coronavirus pandemic
On the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic
Governor Cuomo says New York may be approaching apex of coronavirus cases
Governor Cuomo: “Now is not the time” to ease up on social distancing for coronavirus
What the 2020 Tax Day deadline extension means for you
White House warns Americans to brace for difficult week ahead
Wisconsin governor issues executive order delaying state’s primary
Steve Hilton on the long-term consequences of coronavirus
White House expects coronavirus peak within days in hardest-hit cities
Dr. Oz predicts COVID-19 will circulate like seasonal flu
GOP senator slams Pelosi’s ‘liberal, leftist approach’ to stimulus bill
Boris Johnson moved to ICU as COVID-19 symptoms worsen
Navy Secretary rips ousted captain as ‘naive’, ‘stupid’ in blistering speech
Japan expected to declare state of emergency over coronavirus
Coronavirus lockdown: what impact on the planet?
Coronavirus – Boris Johnson: ‘We all wish him well’, Robert Jenrick says
“Don’t see face masks as an act of selfishness but altruism”
UN chief decries ‘horrifying’ rise in domestic violence amid virus lockdown
Covid-19 pandemic: Mandatory face masks for all?
“It’s obviously devastating”: Small business owners on dealing with coronavirus lockdown
COVID-19 Pandemic: Confinement’s heroes and villains
Freetown mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr: Ebola made us ‘attuned to the challenge’ of Covid-19
Mourning from a distance: Families search for closure amid the coronavirus crisis
Life on hold: how the pandemic has stalled fertility treatments
Work nearly finished on Detroit field hospital
Convention center begins accepting virus patients
Texas troopers check drivers coming from Louisiana
California lends ventilators to US virus fight
CVS launches drive-thru rapid testing in Georgia
The Last Responder: A day with an NYC undertaker
Coronavirus: Raab leads government’s daily virus briefing
How to care for someone with Covid-19 at home
Coronavirus: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine, says WHO
Coronavirus: Nigerian actress Funke Akindele fined over Lagos party amid lockdown
Tunisian ‘threatened over coronavirus belly dance’
Coronavirus: South African bride and groom arrested over lockdown wedding
Uganda students produce hands-free washing aid
Zimbabweans warned over coronavirus self-test kits

Global Infected           1,314,907
Global Dead                74,476
Increase Infected        34,861
Increase Dead            4,687

US Infected                 364,723
US Dead                     10,781
Increase Infected        27,077
Increase Dead            1,133

Maine infected            499                 
Maine Dead                10                                           
Increase Infected        29
Increase Dead            0                     

While I worked today 4,687 people died, of those 1,133 were my fellow Americans.

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