Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Thirty Three

Surviving C-19 Day 33
May 3, 2020 7 AM
103 Days since first US infection

Global Infected                 3,359,055                             3,446,291
Increase Infected            87,094                                  87,236

Global Dead                       238,999                 244,122
Increase Dead                   5,295                                  5,123

US Infected 1,101,161 1,133,069
Increase Infected 31,129 31,908

US Dead                           65,068                                   66,385
Increase Dead                2,049                                     1,317

US Tested                         6,551,810*                          6,816,347*
US Population                328,200,000                        328,200,000

Increase Tested             320,628                 264,537

While I slept 5,123 more of my fellow humans died, of those 1,317 were my fellow Americans.

Let’s check on our American Canary States.

In Montana, #43 most populous, 451 of 1,068,778 confirmed infected
Not included due to small size
In Alaska, #48 most populous, 351 of 731,545 confirmed infected
Not included due to small size
In South Dakota, #46 most populous, 2,588 of 884,659 confirmed infected, an increase of 63 cases
In Minnesota, #22 most populous, 6,232 of 5,639,632 confirmed infected, an increase of 502 cases
In Oklahoma, #28 most populous, 3,851 of 3,956,971 confirmed infected, an increase of 103 cases
In Tennessee, #16 most populous, 12,661 of 6,829,174 confirmed infected an increase of 1926 cases*
In Mississippi, #34 most populous, 7,441 of 2,976,149 confirmed infected an increase of 229 cases
In Georgia, #8 most populous, 28,330 of 10,617,423 confirmed infected, an increase of 599 cases
In South Carolina, #23 most populous, 6,489 of 5,148,714 confirmed infected, an infected increase of 231 cases
In Texas, #2 most populous, 31,140 of 28,995,881 confirmed infected, an increase of 1203
*indicates a near doubling.

On Red vs Blue
“On election night in 1980, when it became clear that Ronald Reagan was going to defeat Jimmy Carter, a television anchor pointed to the color-coded studio map showing the emerging Republican victory and said it was starting to look like “a suburban swimming pool.”  As more states went for Reagan, his campaign workers gleefully began to refer to the increasingly blue map as “Lake Reagan.” Later in the evening, with all the states decided, the electoral map registering the magnitude of Reagan’s triumph had become, in the words of another TV commentator, an “ocean of blue.”

But after the 2000 presidential election, no Republican victory of whatever size would ever again be described using the color blue. That year, the networks had chosen red to represent states won by the Republicans and blue to represent states won by the Democrats. However, by the end of Election Night, neither George W. Bush nor Al Gore had a definitive electoral majority to turn the country red or blue.

All eyes were on Florida, where the result was too close to call. For the next 36 days, the country anxiously followed the television coverage of recounts and court challenges. Only on Dec. 12, when the U.S. Supreme Court suspended the recount, and Florida officially become a “red state” – thus Bush was elected the 43rd president of the United States.  Night after night of television coverage had fixed our political colors in the national imagination: red for Republicans and blue for Democrats.”
–David Scott Kastan

One of the features I like about the ground news app is the blindspot report, I am including it today.

“The weekly Blindspot Report from Ground News puts a spotlight on news that publications from one side of the political spectrum or the other had little to no reporting on.  If your politics lean left, you likely don’t know that this week Fox News reported that Bin Laden wanted to assassinate then President Obama to make Joe Biden the President. And if your politics bend to the right, you probably didn’t hear that the maker of Lysol issued a statement warning people not to inject disinfectants into their bodies.”

Blindspot Report Week of April 21-27

Blindspot for the Left:
“Bin Laden wanted to kill Obama to make Joe Biden president”
According to Fox News, Declassified documents seized from Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound as he was killed in May 2011 reveal his plans to throw the U.S. ‘into a crisis’ by killing Obama and leaving Joe Biden in charge.  Only 27% of left leaning media reported this.

Blindspot for the Left:
“France attacker who rammed police motorcyclists thought to have pledged allegiance to ISIS”
The driver who deliberately rammed into two police motorcyclists in a Paris suburb on Monday had pledged allegiance to the militant group Islamic State (ISIS), according to French media. Only 14% of left leaning media reported this.

Blindspot for the Right:
“Lysol maker urges people not to inject disinfectants after Trump remarks”
Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser (RB.L) warned people against using disinfectants to treat the coronavirus, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested researchers try putting disinfectants into patients’ bodies.  Only 22% of right leaning media reported this.

Blindspot for the Left:
“China threatens economic consequences if Australia launches investigation of Beijing’s handling of coronavirus”
Chinese officials are threatening economic consequences if Australia moves ahead with an investigation into Beijing’s early handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Australian Sky News reported on Monday.  Only 22% of left leaning media reported this.

Blindspot for the Right:
“Insect numbers down 25% since 1990, global study finds”
Scientists say insects are vital and the losses worrying, with accelerating declines in Europe called ‘shocking’ The biggest assessment of global insect abundances to date shows a worrying drop of almost 25% in the last 30 years, with accelerating declines in Europe that shocked scientists. The analysis combined 166 long-term surveys from almost 1,700 sites and found that some species were bucking the overall downward trend.  Only 11% of right leaning media reported this.

Split Reporting: Highlighting discrepancies between the reporting on stories across different news outlets. This week’s story: “CDC director tries to walk back remarks on coronavirus”.  What do the different news outlets focus on when reporting on this story?

The Independent:
“Trump calls on CDC Director to denounce ‘Fake News’ – who admits paper’s quotes were accurate”

Daily Kos:
“CDC Director contradicts Trump to his face”

Fox News:
“Trump pushes back against CDC Director’s warning about coronavirus second wave”

Political Wire:
“CDC Director doesn’t walk back statement”

Morning Legacy Headlines

Trump rips George W. Bush after he calls for unity amid coronavirus outbreak
Shanghai sees over 1 million visitors on May Day
Seoul says Kim Jong Un not believed to have received surgery
Jair Bolsonaro says footballers in Brazil have ‘a small chance of dying’ from Covid-19
Kansas Democrats hope primary encourages balloting by mail
Video of North Korea’s Kim opening fertilizer factory quashes rumors
Egypt says security forces kill 18 militants in Sinai
Hafthor Bjornsson: Game of Thrones actor breaks 501kg deadlift record
Coronavirus: Spain makes masks compulsory on public transport
Bolivian light plane crash kills six, including four Spanish citizens
Warren Buffett dumps US airline stocks, saying ‘world has changed’ after Covid-19
Primary schools to reopen in June as part of blueprint to ‘unlock’ Britain
Boris Johnson reveals doctors prepared to announce his death as he battled coronavirus
‘Equal pay, now’: Biden supports USWNT, warns US Soccer
A fifth of French think Le Pen would do better job than Macron
McConnell, Pelosi decline administration offer to Congress for rapid testing
Man arrested trying to quarantine on private Disney island
Coronavirus: JK Rowling donates £1m to two charities
Back in session: Senate risks a return but House stays away
Russia reports more than 9,600 coronavirus cases in single day
Asian Giant “Murder Hornet” Found For First Time In The U.S.
Isolation as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, lockdown adviser warns
Tara Reade Says Sex Assault Allegation Not Included in 1993 Joe Biden Complaint
Madonna Plans to Breathe ‘COVID-19 Air’ After Positive Antibody Test
Nearly 10,000 inmates freed as COVID-19 hits Philippine jails
UK shadows Italy as worst hit in Europe: virus death toll passes 28,000
Harbin city shuts eateries, coronavirus curbs ease elsewhere in China
Prisoners take guards hostage in Brazil’s coronavirus-hit Manaus
NASA begs spectators for astronaut launch: Please stay home!
Harvard to donate remainder of Jeffrey Epstein gift to victim groups
Fauci to testify before Senate after White House blocked him from appearing before Congress
China releases clip mocking US response to Coronavirus outbreak using Lego models
Trump says glad to see North Korea’s Kim ‘back, and well!’
North Korea and South Korea exchange gunfire in Demilitarized Zone

I think that kind of says it all; an indication of exactly how out of touch the POTUS is.  Trumps says he’s glad to see Kim is back and well as troops in South Korea engage in a firefight with North Korea.  In April we had a C-19 death every 44 seconds.  Is that the measure of a Trump success?  Jarod Kusher says it’s a success story, Trump says they have done ‘spectacularly’.  An American death every 44 seconds is spectacular?  A success?

Nor is it over, it has barely begun, we have years ahead of us.

Afternoon Legacy Headlines
China’s coronavirus response was a ‘classic communist disinformation effort’: Pompeo
‘Barack Obama trusted Joe Biden. I trust Joe Biden’: DNC Chair Tom Perez
‘I don’t really rely on polling this far out’: RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel
Ohio face mask order ‘was just a bridge too far,’ says Gov. Mike DeWine
New report indicates China misled world about coronavirus
Many enjoy the sunshine in New York parks
WH Economic adviser speaks on Phase 4 relief plan
How do you cope when everyone in your family is infected with Covid-19?
Coronavirus: ‘We used to donate to this food bank, now we rely on it’
Coronavirus: Treating Delhi’s dogs and cats in the pandemic
Trump administration terminates funding of coronavirus bat research in China
Larry Kudlow: We can’t make this mistake again
Stelter: Leaders acting like this is over are failing to tell a hard truth
Fareed Zakaria: The limits of science in a fast-moving situation
A 50-state experiment: How and when will states reopen?
Ex-Bush official says lockdown protesters are not heroes
I’m sorry:’ Dad’s message to son born during climate crisis
FDA approves remdesivir to treat some Covid-19 patients
Stephen A. Smith makes prediction about NBA season
Rep. Doug Collins: The ‘S’ on James Comey’s chest is simply ‘shame’
NY Gov Cuomo holds coronavirus press conferece
Gutfeld: As we prepare to get back to work, let’s confront the obvious obstacles
Tom Homan says liberals are using coronavirus as an excuse to free detained illegal immigrants
Ted Cruz introduces bill targeting Hollywood, China
Judge Jeanine presses Dr. Birx on how coronavirus deaths are being recorded
Weatherman’s Dog Makes Viral Appearance On Local Newscast
How The Earth Sounds During The Coronavirus Pandemic
We Could Learn ‘The Hard Way’ If US Is Ready To Reopen, Doctor Warns
Tara Reade Says She’s ‘Not Sure What Explicit Words’ She Used In Biden Allegation
Internment Camp Survivor Tadashi Tsufura Dies At 89 Of Coronavirus
Weekend Warmup Sends Many New Yorkers Flocking Outside
Meet The Essential Staff Overseeing The Closed Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Look folks, if we see a viable treatment before we get a vaccine that is good.  We are on track for that soon.  However all these vaccines talks ignore the elephant in the room, we still have no vaccine for AIDs thirty years on.  Same thing with the common cold, for some virus vaccines are difficult to impossible to create.  Herd immunity we had with the Black Death, you can get that just by enough sickening and dying, the survivors hold some unknown level of immunity, for some unknown amount of time; that is herd immunity, which reduces further bloom size and frequency, it does not end the blooms.

A pandemic is a multi-faceted threat.  First there is the threat from the virus itself; then there is a threat to the economy via the viral threat; and last is the threat of exploitation, which we see all over already.  Violent political groups the world over are taking advantage of the pandemic to attack.  We need to hope it is only terrorist and political groups that take such action; history shows us many nation states exploit these weaknesses in their enemy’s defenses due to pandemic.  This whole BS with Trump blaming China, whether they are partly responsible, or responsible for delaying informing the world, does no good. Such accusations, which will never be empirically provable, only adds the threat of war with China to the threat of the pandemic itself.

Trumps reactive posture of ‘blame someone else’ might well result in a large scale war, but I expect he will instead destroy the economy he wants to restart.  If the admin blames China, do you really think China won’t bite back?  All China needs to do is call in the trillions in loans we just borrowed and we are in a depression.

Maine infected           1,152                           1,185
Increase Infected        29                                33

Maine Dead               56                                    57
Increase Dead            1                                     1

While I frittered away my hours in isolation another  33 Mainers entered the battle and another Mainer lost their battle against C-19.

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