Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Twenty One

Surviving C-19 Day Twenty One
April 21, 2020 6 AM
93 Days since first US infection

Global Infected 2,415,370 2,492,963
Increase Infected 74,304 77,593

Global Dead                165,903                        171,152
Increase Dead             4,579                           5,249

US Infected                 759,786                        787,960                
Increase Infected       24,499                        28,174                     

US Dead                      40,683                           42,364
Increase Dead            1,593                            1,681

US Tested                   3,882,002                     4,026,572
US Population           328,200,000 328,200,000
Increase Tested        158,368                        144,570

5,249 people lost the fight against C-19 since yestermorn.

The record speed for vaccine development is 4 years, for Mumps.  These hopeful ideas of 12 to 18 months are not realistic and extremely optimistic.  I have said from the outset of this record that I expect three years, we will likely see treatments and prototype vaccines in between now and the development of a working vaccine.  It’s been 40 years since AIDS began and we still do not have an AIDS Vaccine.

“There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.”― Lao Tzu

In 40 years we have not been able to develop a vaccine for AIDS.  We have developed treatments, and treatments have vastly improved.  We still have Magic Johnson and he has been living with HIV for decades now.  Our understanding of AIDS when the news broke about it was more or less equal to our knowledge about C-19; that is it is novel to us, we are ignorant and learning in real time.  In forty years’ time we have learned a lot about AIDS, we have not defeated it. We have learned to suffer it.  However AIDS is difficult to catch comparitivly, only blood any bodily fluids can spread it, C-19 is easy to catch.  C-19 is an asymptomatic spreader with new evidence suggesting that new cases are more contagious before symptom onset.

Virus are unpredictable enemies.

“1908: Research reveals that “AIDS began with a spillover from one chimp to one human, in or near a small southeastern wedge of Cameroon, around 1908,” Quammen writes. The most likely way it jumped species was through a person Quammen calls the “Cut Hunter” — a man who hunted and butchered a chimpanzee infected with simian immunodeficiency virus and was wounded in the process. The chimp’s blood mingled with his through the cuts in his skin.

1910s-20s: Chances are the Cut Hunter infected only one other person, and HIV likely spread on a one-to-one basis through sexual contact, working its way down the Sangha River in Cameroon to the Congo, eventually reaching the city of Leopoldville (later Kinshasa). Why did no one notice? Life expectancy in that time and place wasn’t that high. And the infected were likely to die of some other common disease, with no one suspecting that their immune systems were compromised.

1920s-50s: Colonial officials were conducting massive health campaigns in Africa to treat tropical diseases. Quammen notes that the treatment for one ailment, caused by tsetse flies, required 36 injections over three years. But hypodermic syringes were rare commodities, made out of glass and metal. They were used over and over again. “Once the reusable needles and syringes had put the virus into enough people — say, several hundred — it wouldn’t come to a dead end, it wouldn’t burn out, and sexual transmission could do the rest,” Quammen writes. Meanwhile, Kinshasa’s population exploded. Between 1940 and 1960, the city grew from 49,000 people to about 400,000.

1960: Belgium abruptly gives up the Congo as a colony as forces led by Mobutu Sese Seko overthrow the government. The Belgian regime, Quammen notes, had discouraged education among its colonial subjects; there were no Congolese doctors. Instead, those ranks were filled by French-speaking Haitians who fled home after the government fell. “Someone brought back to Haiti, along with Congolese memories, a dose of HIV-1, Group M, Subtype B,” Quammen writes.

1969: But how does one infected Haitian lead to an outbreak that, according to 1982 blood tests, results in 7.8 percent of women in a Port-au-Prince slum having HIV? Again, needles. In the early 1970s, a plasma-donation clinic, run by a Miami investor, opened in Haiti offering residents $3 per liter. Shared needles at this clinic likely increased the infection rates in Haiti and shipped the disease to the United States in frozen blood plasma. Research indicates that just a single migration of the virus — ­either one infected person or one container of plasma — accounted for bringing AIDS to America. “That sorry advent had occurred in 1969, plus or minus about three years,” Quammen writes.

1980: The disease lurked in America for a decade before anyone noticed. “It reached hemophiliacs through the blood supply,” Quammen writes. “It reached drug addicts through shared needles. It reached gay men … by sexual transmission, possibly from an initial contact between two males, an American and a Haitian.” In 1980, Michael Gottlieb, an assistant professor at UCLA Medical Center, noticed a number of gay men suffering from pneumonia because of weakened immune systems. He wrote a short piece about it in 1981 for the Centers for Disease Control newsletter. A similar cluster is documented in New York. At the same time, a group of heterosexual Haitian immigrants in Miami are found to suffer from symptoms similar to Gottlieb’s patients.

They are the first warnings of what is happening.”—NY Post

That’s almost a century. A century of the bug creeping about and killing us while we were unaware of it. Then it bloomed and we became aware as a few cases exploded and the nation was so afraid they barred little kids from attending school and rock stars came to their defense (a tip of hat to Sir Elton for that).

The protesters now remind me of the straight men who saw AIDS as a gay disease for almost a decade, and ignored both the disease and what it was doing because ‘It’s not going to happen to me’ syndrome had set in. Will these people also deny what is in front of their eyes until the bodies stack high enough to break their denial?

These divide and conquer tactics employed by Trump and other politicians are not of benefit to the nation, but only benefits the politicians. If Trump and others continue to use these, and people continue to protest while disregaurding stay at home orders and distancing protocols, then they endanger all the uninfected and people like myself.

E Pluibus Unam

Morning Legacy Headlines
London fashion week to go online-only as lockdown endures
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson to speak with Donald Trump and Queen as he gradually returns to work
75 publicly traded firms received coronavirus relief loans meant for small businesses
Coronavirus likely of animal origin, no sign of lab manipulation – WHO
Oil price turmoil set to continue
Coronavirus: Sunbathing in perspex boxes? EU urges ‘smart solutions’ for holidaymakers
New Yorkers sue World Health Organization over coronavirus response
Germany cancels Oktoberfest beer festival due to coronavirus
Children may not be ‘super-spreaders’ after boy gave bug to none of 172 contacts
COVID-19 death toll in England 41% higher than early data suggested
Trump Golf company retweets video of John Daly recommending vodka as Covid-19 cure
Coronavirus treatment’s side effects cause Wuhan doctors’ skin to turn black
Los Angeles coronavirus infections 40 times greater than known cases, antibody tests suggest
Japanese firm rents empty flats as a temporary ‘coronavirus divorce’ to stressed couples
Italy to start easing coronavirus lockdown from May 4: PM Conte
Trump says U.S. ‘looking to’ add as many as 75 million barrels to Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Hong Kong to extend coronavirus-related restrictions by 14 days
Trump says he will sign executive order temporarily suspending immigration into US
Coronavirus’s ability to mutate ‘has been vastly underestimated’
New York nurses’ union sues state, hospitals over coronavirus working conditions
UN in Libya warns of possible war crimes as fighting rages
UN member states call for ‘equitable’ access to future COVID-19 vaccines
North Korea Leader Kim In Grave Danger After Surgery: US source
Saudi Arabia executed record number of people in 2019
Massachusetts becomes coronavirus hot spot as cases surge
Australia edges towards reopening schools as coronavirus infections slow
China may be keeping coronavirus data for commercial gain: Trump adviser
Gyms, Restaurants, Other Businesses to Reopen in Georgia, Governor Says
Hundreds of protesters defy coronavirus lockdown orders in Pennsylvania
Prescriptions for anti-anxiety meds spike amid coronavirus, new report finds
Dow Ends Down Nearly 600, 2.4%, as Oil Prices Crash to Below Zero for First Time
‘COVID Toes’: Could skin conditions offer coronavirus clues?
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir target journalists for alleged ‘fake news’
Rights group accuses Burkina security forces of killing 31 unarmed detainees
NGOs urge UN to blacklist US, Russia for children’s deaths
Covid-19 deaths in France surpass 20,000 as hospitalizations continue to fall
Oil prices dip below zero as producers forced to pay to dispose of excess
Facebook is banning protest events that violate social distancing rules
US announces extended travel restrictions with Mexico, Canada
Mexico can’t stop drug cartels from handing out virus aid
Social distancing leads two people to play rooftop tennis
Italy’s coronavirus death toll edges up, new cases fall sharply
Burger chain Shake Shack to return $10 million government loan
WHO head warns worst of virus is still ahead
Israel’s Netanyahu, Gantz sign unity government agreement
Trump tweets altered video mocking Obama’s endorsement of Joe Biden
U.S. Supreme Court rules that jury verdicts must be unanimous
Coronavirus lockdown boosts numbers of Thailand’s rare sea turtles
Iran, Syria call for lifting sanctions during pandemic
Russia quarantines thousands of soldiers after parade rehearsals
Will there be a second wave of coronavirus?

I hope we open slowly, carefully and with adequate testing, but that does not seem a concern for Trump. 

In a biological event we send troops, medical personnel into an affected area and test for the bug.  These are our canaries in the coal mine, in a chemical event they might drop dead walking in, then you learn from their death where the agent is.  In a bio event you don’t, you do tests and wait for results and follow all protocols between a, and b, to avoid exposure yourself.  In opening up the country before the bloom has ended, when it is on its downslope, you make all Americans such canaries.

In France recent research shows how well the stay at home orders worked, nearly 84% of people tested were unexposed.  That is good news if the virus was gone, but it is not.  If that number is anywhere near accurate, then most of the population has avoided exposure and will go out into a C-19 environ where community spread still exists.  We still have thousands of new cases a day.  I hope to hell I am wrong, because if I am correct places that open up may bloom so hard they may make NYC look good.

Evening Legacy Headlines
Senate approves stimulus package, Trump’s immigration order, recovery stories
Tennessee governor will not extend stay-at-home order
Essential workers around the country are going to great lengths for the rest of us
Doctors warn of mystery coronavirus symptom called ‘COVID toes’
How Senator Booker is shifting his focus to the coronavirus pandemic
A salute to essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic
How can antibodies be used to treat COVID-19: Blood plasma explained
New stories of COVID-19 survival
Mounting anger over COVID-19 business shutdowns leads to protests in multiple states
What life is like in Denmark as country begins to ease coronavirus restrictions
Trump praises ‘productive’ meeting with Gov. Cuomo
White House, Congress negotiate $500B coronavirus relief bill
Larry Kudlow weighs in on sinking oil prices, $480B relief bill
Biden tops Trump in March fundraising, DNC still millions behind RNC
DeSantis claims Florida ‘flattened the curve’ without ‘draconian’ rules
New York Gov Cuomo speaks to press ahead of Trump meeting
Kim Jong-Un in ‘grave danger’ after heart surgery: Report
Ingraham: Democrats take the viral path to socialism
Hannity: New York Times exploits man’s death to smear Fox News
Kim Jong-Un’s condition is unknown after medical procedure: Report
Thank you Germany” – Strasbourg emergency physician/city councilor Syamak Agha Babaei
French are counting down, but experts question wisdom of leaving lockdown
The latest threat from Covid-19? Press freedom
Meet the 19-year-old IT whizz who created an app to track people infected with Covid-19
Negative oil prices are not the new normal
‘We’re trying to be reassuring’: France’s midwives adapt to Covid-19 crisis
‘This may be a black April for the oil market,’ IEA chief
UK scientists to trial breath-based test for Covid-19
Coronavirus pandemic in China: Tracking apps boost state surveillance
COVID-19 in India: Sanitary crisis and lockdown measures push millions off their job
Wuhan residents emerge to a new normal
Airline industry to be hit hard by oil price plunge
Trump Using Coronavirus Briefings For Reelection Efforts
Trump’s ‘Sinister Whirlwind Of Doubletalk’ Backfires In Coronavirus Briefing
Czech National Ballet Dancers Return To Work In Face Masks
Veteran With Lung Cancer Shares Fears Of COVID-19: ‘If I Catch It…It Will Kill Me’
Los Angeles Schools Have Served 10 Million Meals During Lockdown
Scientists Investigate 100-Year-Old Vaccine As Possible COVID-19 Treatment
Navajo Nation Desperate For Resources During Coronavirus Pandemic
Protesters In Pennsylvania Say Coronavirus Lockdown Is An ‘Overreaction’
4/20 in 2020: Marijuana Market Booms Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
A World In Quarantine: How The Public Is Spending Time At Home
NJ COVID-19 Patient Receives Joyous Welcome Home After Experimental Drug Success
5-yr-old Daughter Of Detroit First Responders Dies After Contracting Coronavirus
Clinical Trials Underway In Race For Coronavirus Vaccine
Whitmer: Trump’s immigration stance a distraction
Video shows protestor targeted by church bus
Pence visits Wisconsin, thanks GE for ventilators
Immigrants’ rights groups: ban won’t solve pandemic
NY Gov allows elective surgeries in parts of state
Saxophonist Lee Konitz remembered by peers
Entire California town tested for coronavirus
Hundreds protest NC stay-at-home order in Raleigh
Trump adviser cites health for halting immigration
NYC announces strategic reserve, new ventilators
Human trials for UK coronavirus vaccine this week
Coronavirus: Children with autism allowed to play in Italian park
Coronavirus: oil price collapses as demand falls further
Has the UK passed the coronavirus peak?
Coronavirus: How the economic fallout is being felt in the US
Governors plead with Trump over supplying more coronavirus test kits
Schumer and Pelosi announce Senate’s $484 billion relief package deal
GOP lawmakers push to fully reopen Congress amid coronavirus
Trump says he intends to suspend all immigration
Oil prices continue downward spiral after dipping below negative for first time in U.S. history
N.Y. and N.J. lawmakers call for more federal aid for states hit hardest by COVID-19
Trump announces he plans to suspend immigration to the U.S.
New York to allow elective outpatient treatment in some hospitals, counties
Pediatrician answers questions about children and COVID-19
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio plans ticker-tape parade for health care workers when coronavirus crisis…
Coronavirus reveals racial health gap in U.S.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes coronavirus antibody test
New study shows hydroxychloroquine didn’t work against Covid-19
Trump berates female reporter as he continues attacks on media
Microsoft president: Data is indispensable tool for public health authorities
Don Lemon has message for those ‘who just want to get a haircut’
Chris Cuomo cleared to end self-quarantine
Dr. Gupta shows how virus could spread in restaurants
Why Trump is encouraging the coronavirus lockdown protests
Atlanta mayor: I’m at a loss by governor’s decision to reopen
US monitoring intelligence that North Korean leader is in grave danger after surgery
Georgia governor to reopen some businesses this week
Hundreds of US oil companies could go bankrupt
Amazon Workers Plan To Protest Lack Of Coronavirus Protections
Marathon Runner Completes 26-Mile Run (In Her Basement)
Gyms, Salons, Doctor’s Offices May Look Different When They Reopen
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un May Be Seriously Ill, Some Officials Say
Why 6 Feet May Not Be Enough To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus
Trump Announces He’ll Suspend Immigration Due To Coronavirus
Former FDA Commissioner: ‘We’re Behind Where We Should Be’ On Virus Testing
Pandemic brings hunger and anxiety to the U.S.-Mexico border
Nurses fight for protective gear in front of White House
Activists demand inmate releases at a New Orleans jail where dozens are sick with Covid-19

The fear associated with C-19 is ever present, but not for me.  For me death has always been an uninvited companion, a reality around the next bend.  Tangible sine early childhood.  In my case it is fallout from my childhood, but it is not common here in the States.  It is more common in our hoods, nationwide, be they urban or rural.  Most of us though, have been insulated from death; a luxury no person in the third world has.  C-19 is an invisible reaper, and for some that fear is deep, a constant anxiety and a dreadful waiting.

My son is one of these.  Periodically, every day, from time to time he is antsy and easily aggravated.  He feels like I imagine most Americans feel, a desire to act, to do something, anything to improve you and your loved ones health and welfare.  I empathize, but in reality I live in a similar mindset all the time, always waiting for the next unseen threat.

A symptom of PTSD, which I have had since childhood and is my normal.  Seeing it in my son though, brings that home in a tangible way.  There is nothing I can do for him, any more than I can do something for myself.  In a very primal way we humans attempt to survive life itself.  Eventually we all fail; we call that death. I say “Life unto Death” and have for decades now, but that is hard for some people to accept.

Maine infected           875               888
Increase Infected        8                  13

Maine Dead               35                    36
Increase Dead            1                     1

While I frittered away the hours thirteen more Mainers were diagnosed and one more died.

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