Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Eight

Surviving C-19 Day Eight
April 8, 2020 7 AM
80 Days since first US infection


Whilst I slept another 961 people died of those 520 were my fellow Americans. 

Legacy Headlines
New model estimates 60,000 deaths by August.
‘Pharma Bro’ wants out of prison to research coronavirus
EU finance ministers fail to clinch coronavirus rescue deal
Spanish Coronavirus Deaths, New Cases Rise Most in Four Days
Human impact on wildlife to blame for spread of viruses, says study
Trump order encourages US to mine the moon
Masked crowds fill streets and trains in post-lockdown Wuhan
Japan’s Economy in Emergency Set to Shrink 25%, Goldman Says
Global recoveries from COVID-19 surpass 300,000
Air pollution linked to far higher Covid-19 death rates, study finds
Zoom sued for fraud over privacy, security flaws
China’s new coronavirus cases double as imported infections surge
Two Peruvian women diagnosed with COVID-19 give birth to healthy babies
Jack Dorsey pledges $1 billion of his Square stake for COVID-19 relief efforts
Acclaimed singer-songwriter John Prine dead at 73 of COVID-19 complications
Trump Says He Will Place Hold on WHO Funds Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
China Investigates Tycoon Who Criticized Xi’s Response to Coronavirus
Nearly 2000 Coronavirus Deaths In US In Last 24 Hours
Coronavirus wreaks havoc in US black communities
Fauci: Country should be in ‘good shape’ to reopen schools in the fall
Trump Says He Will Place Hold on WHO Funds Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
EU science chief resigns with blast at coronavirus response
Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions
Dow erases 937-point gain, closes negative, as investors weigh new coronavirus developments
UK will have Europe’s worst coronavirus death toll, study predicts
Coronavirus: Taiwan bans government from using Zoom due to security issues
Mother remembers 27 year old daughter who felt obligated to stock shelves
at work where she contracted C-19
Trump threatens to cut funds from World Health Org falsely accusing
it of failures leveled at his administration. 

It’s a lot, don’t you think?  These morning tsunamis of headlines on C-19?  The Tsunami of headlines is exhausting, just the headlines.  If you take a moment to realize all of those are being sold or thrown at us all, all the time, then it is easy to see why people revert to a digital bubble.  We are overwhelmed and exhausted by it all, as each headline has a story, or a clip, or twenty talking heads shouting for attention.  We cannot slog through all that, we got shit to do.  Easier to watch cat videos, at least we can relax then.  So we pick our favorite corner in the maelstrom of news and endure. 

An adult needs news, needs to know if a hurricane is coming or the price of a critical supply they use plummeted or went through the roof.  So to get necessary information we need to watch or read the news; and every network, every site is so exhausting on its own we never go anywhere else.  We never look at what the other guy is actually saying, we are too damn overwhelmed to do that, got too much to do. Some of us have become so irritated by the portrayal of the one guy by the other guy that they would never even listen to his actual views.  This creates a predisposed prejudice of Red against Blue and vice versa. As a result nuance is dying.  Some say its dead, real dead, poke it with a stick in the eye and see dead.

That’s another reason I like Joe Rogan, he embraces nuance. Comedians play with that sense of nuance.  Yesterday Rogan’s guest was Dan Crenshaw, former Seal and conservative representative from Houston I think.  Joe leans left and his guest is on the right, it’s  a credit to both Joe and Dan that for once we have an actual fucking discourse between red and blue.  It is not adversarial, the left podcaster attacking the right politician.  Nope, it’s about understanding the nuance, about the ‘why does the other guy think this is a bad way to go?’   Crenshaw’s new book comes out tomorrow, “Fortitude”.

What I found interesting in that discourse is the way in which Dan Crenshaw uses the term “Socialism”.  It is not the usage intended by those of the left advocating for ‘Democratic Socialism’.  His notion is rooted in Marx I think, Socialism as a stepping stone to Communism.  However that is not at all what the youth or most people on the left seem to mean by the term.  For instance Mr. Crenshaw sees the fire department as a social good, or for the Public Good, so too police, military, VA, Social Security and so forth;  but I have heard many times in the last few years those same things be claimed by the left as democratic socialist policies for the Public Good.  In fact that is what Sanders means by “Democratic Socialist”, a Democracy which cares for its citizens, which serves the Public Good.  They describe anything Mr. Crenshaw would call a ‘Public Good’ as a socialist policy.

It looks like the reason this miscommunication is happening is simply politics and whom is to be elected, because I find it difficult to fathom Mr. Crenshaw does not see that parallel; that many of those on the left use the term “socialist” to describe the Public Good. Yet he and the right are using, instead, the Marxist definition of socialism?  As what?  An evil branding device for political reasons?  Is it not apparent they are both talking about the Public Good? If we all want the Public Good, but disagree on how to get there, that is one thing.  If however we do not all want the same thing; if we do not define what’s in the public good in the same manner; or disagree on what that is; then we have a more fundamental impasse. 

To Mr. Crenshaw’s credit his explanations of details of the implementation of ‘Medicare for All’ were revelatory to me, and his issues with it have merit.  I do not agree that those merits outweigh the need of the American citizen, but they are valid and would need to be addressed.  It is through Joe’s podcast that I saw a way to balance both the need for a universal federal health system as needed for a war or pandemic, and the system we have today with private hospitals, charity hospitals, and public hospitals, all competing for a profit. 

I view a viral threat in a military fashion; in a primal hunter’s fashion; we either find a way to deal with that Kodiak, or it eats us, pick one.  To me public health is a national security issue by definition.  A unit, whether that’s a squad or a nation, is only as strong as its weakest link.  Since we face, from time to time, invisible lethal enemies, we ought to be prepared for them.  From RS to Flu to Corona-19, our national health is very weak, and underprepared.  It is a weak link in our chain.

It’s a by product of liberty itself.  Some people, by nature will be go getters, and others couch potatoes.  It is fine to encourage others to good health, but dictating it would be dictation even if it were in our favor, and hence anti-liberty.  It is thus our national responsibility to uphold the principles of liberty while keeping our citizen links as strong and healthy as possible.

To accomplish this we create The United States Medical Response Corp<USMRC>, to be prepared for and deal with the next pandemic, the next catastrophe, the next unknown unknown, the next unimaginable.  This new, 6th branch of the Military, would be a strictly medical military, with both a civilian and a military component composed of ever type of first responder and medical personnel.  The military branch already exists inside each department; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast guard.  This would combine all their hospitals and first responders, and all their personnel into a network for fast medical reaction to any threat, across branches and to civilian needs in a crisis.  It would function in the manner its already accustomed to for day to day operations, but in an emergency our military facilities would be able to respond to the civilian need, rapidly as the need of their local, on the ground environment required.

In my mind all our military ability would remain right where it is, under the chain of command that exists, but in an emergency hospitals near bases would have a direct input into that chain of command for relief, assistance, supplies and anything needed.  Any threat to the population would go to a local command and control which could utilize the military Medical Response Corps to react to threats in real time, nationwide, without special orders from the president or governors or congress. The second aspect of this idea is a civilian medical response corps which works hand in hand with the military medical response, much of this already exists as nationwide Fire departments and EMT stations.

All these local elements could be networked and remain unchanged day to day, but have an ability to reach out instantly for backup support of whatever type a situation demanded. From a local firehouse nearby, to the state level facility, to the national. Automated notifications of Sit Reps would alert everything in the network and response would be entirely situation driven.

Many state responder facilities would need to be created and should be military adjacent as much as possible.  For instance every military base in America will have a hospital and all VA facilities could be expanded as a part of the system. All those hospitals need to be expanded and see an increase in capability.  They could become teaching hospitals which can help develop the skills of medical personal both for the civilian world and the military who could run shifts in them for training, co-mingling with civilian USMRC members trained in the traditional fashion.  This would increase military medical effectiveness and knowledge and national readiness for the unimaginable.

Each of these hospitals should be first responder oriented, with personnel for all types of first response best suited for that local state environment.  This would not include policing unless in a local disaster under the standard rules.

Each state would need one or more of these hospitals, of a capacity to cope with the population of that state or urban metro area in a disaster.  During times of non-catastrophe these hospitals would not lie dormant, but remain viable hospitals.  These hospitals, on the local level would be open to any human being on American soil as illness of one can affect many more and the steely side of our America nature has always also contained one of human compassion.  Parts of such hospitals could utilize sections reserved for pandemics conditions for storing stockpiles of PPE which they could cycle through to other local hospitals as well as maintain a supply their own.
Each of these hospital facilities would serve the public need by creating a floor in society through which it was not possible to fall through, because we’re America.  It is not only the ethical choice, it is the best survival strategy as a society.  In my mind such a medical corps would swallow many departments in existence and create a unified command and control greatly streamlined, state by state, throughout the entire nation for catastrophes of all types.  FEMA would be a part and parcel of it, so would most of HHS, and the Army Corps of Engineers.  The idea being what makes us best prepared by having all our first responses coordinated cohesively.
Each of these hospital facilities should be base adjacent if possible, to put a public face on the military beyond our war face.   At those hospitals people should see uniformed military working side by side with civilians who hold a civilian version of the military rank, so all the workers would run on the military pay grade and be Federal employees.  Civilians would not be uniformed or have military training but would wear the same insignia as the medical military on scrubs.  Professional Doctors, Nurses and Health workers would be Government employees sporting the same USMRC insignia.  In an actual war the Military could pull their own out as needed, and would have the ability to ask many qualified personal in the USMRC if they wanted to switch from a civilian to a military role in rapid time.
Each such facility could serve as a teaching facility for all military medical personal. Each could also create the ability to locally source needed PPE in an emergency even if that means creating an onsite mini production facility for stop gap PPE.  Never should there be none; that is like sending a grunt out unarmed into a firefight.

Each needs to be situationally aware, staffed, and equipped.  For instance the California facilities must be prepared for wildfire season, while the Nebraska facility would prepare for the spring flood season, and one in Louisiana for Hurricane season. Much of this ground work, minus the actual facilities, has been done by FEMA already.

Each of these facilities could have a research component, not based on the private sectors profits, but based upon national security as regards public health and public good. 

Each needs to have locally sourced drug manufacture not dependent on the whims of the market.

Each needs a transport ability, in order to be equipped to respond within their area of operation and so that the underinsured and uninsured can be transported quickly and efficiently to the USMRC facility for necessary medical care.

Each of these facilities would also provide care and support for the federal and state and local prison and jail systems.

I think a co-ordinated, noncompetitive medical response ability for the nation is warranted by national security alone.  This is a raw idea and as such has all sorts of ripples I have not even considered.  I hope nuanced thinkers, the mover and shakers who survive C-19 give this some serious thought.  Yes, it’s huge, yes it’s complex, but it kills two large birds with one stone.  It increases our preparedness as a nation for any future events of this magnitude or worse, and creates a floor to our society by providing for the underinsured and the uninsured, replacing Medicaid and providing  basic medical care and emergency services for every human on American soil as it is our responsibility to all on our soil, invited or not. 

Legacy Headlines since morning

When the White House was first warned of coronavirus
Thousands of Michigan health care workers are sick
Curve is flattening in NY as death toll steadily rises: Cuomo
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends presidential bid
Criminals continue to benefit from coronavirus lockdowns
Trump discusses bold plan to reopen the economy in ‘Hannity’ exclusive
Tucker: Experts can’t predict when coronavirus pandemic will end
Dr. Fauci’s heartfelt promise to minority communities at higher risk
Ingraham: Americans deserve objective metrics for restarting the country
Bethenny Frankel’s foundation donates medical gear to hospitals in need
White House warns against buying COVID-19 antibody tests online
GOP sen blasts WHO leadership: It’s politicized by Chinese money
NY Gov Cuomo holds coronavirus press briefing
Ari Fleischer: WHO deserves criticism over handling of COVID-19
Bernie Sanders delivers remarks after suspending 2020 campaign
Coronavirus – Covid-19: EU struggles to bridge bitter split on ‘coronabonds’
Coronavirus – deconfinement: What are the steps European countries are considering?
Coronavirus – Covid-19: tighter lockdown measures come in to place in Israel
Coronavirus lockdown: Daily workers struggle to make do in Pakistan
Coronavirus – Covid-19: UK PM Johnson spends second night in intensive care
Spain’s coronavirus death toll rises for second consecutive day to 757 fatalities
Covid-19 sends French economy into recession with steepest drop since WW2
Covid-19: U.S. no longer the go-to superpower in a crisis?
Covid-19: Expect much more “blame China” rhetoric in the coming months
Coronavirus: How Senegal is confronting the challenge of Covid-19
Covid-19: The West no match for China’s face mask diplomacy?
China and Coronavirus: From weakness to strength?
Bernie Sanders ends White House bid, leaving Joe Biden as likely nominee
National Guard troops assist Arizona food banks
WHO: Don’t waste time ‘pointing fingers’
Cuomo: The curve is flattening, but deaths rise
Virus in NYC hits black, Hispanic New Yorkers hard
‘Zoombombing’ trolls target video conference calls

Sanders ends bid: Path toward victory ‘impossible’
Catholics mourn first U.S. priest dead of COVID-19
Warm weather crowds, few masks in Chicago park
Italian nurses describe fight against coronavirus
Fabric store customers covet mask materials
Coronavirus: ‘Please learn from Wuhan’s mistakes’ – BBC News
Coronavirus deaths in UK hospitals now over 7,000
Coronavirus: What happens in an intensive care unit?
Coronavirus: ‘Gaza has no resources to fight this virus’
Coronavirus: US records highest death toll in single day
Coronavirus: Quarantined Italian village turned into human laboratory
Coronavirus: Why are people experiencing more vivid dreams?
Raab: PM Johnson is a fighter and will recover
The racial impact of COVID-19
Army sergeant hosts virtual sing-along for kids in isolation
Nationwide backlog in coronavirus test results worries American families
These DACA recipients are fighting coronavirus, even as they fight to stay in the country
The night shift inside a New York City hospital’s covid-19 unit
With hundreds dying each day from coronavirus, a New York cemetery struggles to keep up
As coronavirus crisis intensifies in New Orleans, nurses and the elderly are most at risk
‘Home care workers are the forgotten ones’
Capt. Crozier, Navy leadership and a coronavirus controversy, explained

Effects of C-19; I saw an ad last night for Papa John’s pizza:
 “We promise never to touch your pizza after it comes out of the oven and offer no contact service.”

I think the root cause of my irritation with Trumps position is simple, you can’t have it both ways.  If you say “we’re at war against a virus, I am a wartime president”, and then say “we’re just backup”, you just contradicted yourself.  You cannot expect praise for actions you did not take. You cannot claim the situation requires a national response like a war and then as you realize it was bungled defer all responsibility to the states.   That is shoving all your troops out the jump door and after the last one jumps to let them deciding to let them handle it on their own and declining to jump yourself.. It stinks of cowardice, or a reluctance to take responsibility for your own actions. Like a child that wants to have its cake and eat it too.

One can gage how far out they are from human civilization by the soundscape.  As you go further there is less and less traffic until there is no traffic and you are in wilderness.  The more rural you are the more you can hear traffic.  Rural enough and you’re that farm in ‘Saving Private Ryann’ where you watch the line of dust approaching, and then hear the vehicle.  The closer into town or city you drive, the more relentless the background sound increase.  Lockdown has made the rural soundscape almost wilderness, and the town soundscape rural, and the city soundscape town.  I discovered this by just going out into the sun today, on my back porch as its warm enough for the snow to melt now. There my soundscape had evolved from rural edge of town to rural, I know both well. 

It is a safe assumption that effect is in place everywhere we have locked down.  Wildlife has both noticed and begun to take advantage of the reduced traffic and human presence. Here I have already seen increased small game and deer, but what concerns me is an emboldened spring population of Black Bears.  Bears and reduced human activity means more bears scavenging in dumps and what not.  We do not want that.    I do wonder if my fellow humans will take notice or if they will just go back to ‘normal’.  I expect humans will go back to what they see and feel is ‘normal’ rather than question the system itself in order to improve it.  We are both overwhelmed in general and creatures of habit, even when the habits kill us.

Global Infected                 1,511,104
Global Dead                       88,338
Increase Infected            76,678
Increase Dead                   6,118

US Infected                        429,052
US Dead                               14,695
Increase Infected            29,123
Increase Dead                   1,884

Maine infected                 537        
Maine Dead                       14                          
Increase Infected            18
Increase Dead                   2 .

While I lived in isolation, working on this, streaming Netflicks or on my PS4,  6,118 people died, of those 1,884 were my fellow Americans, and of those 2 were my fellow Mainers.

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