Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Forty Five

Surviving C-19 Day 45
May 15, 2020 2:30 PM
115 Days since first US infection

Global Infected 4,369,410 4,500,476
Increase Infected 84,696 131,066

Global Dead 297,569 304,835
Increase Dead 5,727 7,266

US Infected 1,390,764 1,427,867
Increase Infected 22,080 37,103

US Dead 84,136 86,386
Increase Dead 1,705 2,250

Since yestermorn another 7,266 of my fellow humans have died from C-19, of those 2,250 were my fellow Americans.

A Titanic a day <plus> . . . these numbers are seriously ticking up today.

Let’s check those canaries . . .

In Montana, #43 most populous, was 462 and is now 466 of 1,068,778 confirmed infected, an increase of 1 cases (1 yesterday)

In Alaska, #48 most populous, was 383 and is now 383 of 731,545 confirmed infected, an increase of 0 cases (4 yesterday)

In South Dakota, #46 most populous, was 3,732 and is now 3887 of 884,659 confirmed infected, an increase of 69 cases (49 yesterday)

In Minnesota, #22 most populous, was 12,917 and is now 14,170 of 5,639,632 confirmed infected, an increase of 423 cases (695 yesterday)

In Oklahoma, #28 most populous, was 4,853 and is now 5,089 of 3,956,971 confirmed infected, an increase of 121 cases (119 yesterday)

In Tennessee, #16 most populous, was 16,349 and is now 16,699 of 6,829,174 confirmed infected an increase of 238 cases (567 yesterday)

In Georgia, #8 most populous, was 35,427 and is now 36,702 of 10,617,423 confirmed infected, an increase of 579 cases (846 yesterday)

In South Carolina, #23 most populous, was 8,030 and is now 8,139 of 5,148,714 confirmed infected, an infected increase of 103 cases (135 yesterday)

In Texas, #2 most populous, was 43,020 and is now 44,494 of 28,995,881 confirmed infected, an increase of 1,287 cases (1,143 yesterday)

In Mississippi, #34 most populous, was 10,090 and is now 10,815 of 2,976,149 confirmed infected, an increase of 182 cases (234 yesterday)

So everyone up, some significantly up, except Alaska.

Morning Legacy Headlines
Two-thirds of US believers see Covid-19 as message from God, poll finds
Brazil loses second health minister in less than a month as Covid-19 deaths rise
Men are Less Likely to Wear Face Masks Because They Think It’s a ‘Sign of Weakness’
Fighter jet crashes at Eglin Air Force Base; pilot ejected and taken to base hospital
Dutch official advice to single people: find a sex buddy for lockdown
U.S. Retail Sales Fell 16.4% in April, Worse Than March Record
Blast hits chemical plant near Italian city of Venice
TikTok sensation Sarah Cooper attracts global audience by lip syncing Donald Trump
Brexit: ‘Very little progress’ in negotiations with the EU, UK says
Powerful 6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Nevada
Germany plunges into recession with biggest slump in decade
Coronavirus confirmed in Bangladesh refugee camp housing nearly 1 million Rohingya
Hong Kong shop offers ‘tear gas’ flavor ice cream
Trio chase and lasso escaped tiger in Mexico street
Africa facing a quarter of a billion coronavirus cases, WHO predicts
Second more deadly wave of coronavirus to hit Europe this winter
CDC warns doctors about childhood illness linked to Covid-19
Coronavirus: Surrogate trade exposed as pandemic leaves 51 babies stranded in Kiev hotel
Singapore state investor Temasek joins Facebook’s Libra project
China’s factory output posts first increase for 2020 but consumption still weak
It’s Been 1 Month Since China Reported Any Coronavirus Deaths, Only 91 People Remain in Treatment
U.S. says Islamic State conducted attack on Kabul hospital
Apple supplier TSMC to build multibillion-dollar chip plant in Arizona with Trump admin backing
Christchurch mosque shootings: Prince William uses Zoom to reconnect with victims
Trump says coronavirus vaccine could be ready by end of year but experts say he will need a miracle
Infectious disease expert says he caught coronavirus through his eyes
US Senate approves bill to pressure China over Uighur rights
After delay, CDC releases new guidance on how states can safely reopen
NYSE to partially reopen trading floor after Memorial Day
‘I should have stopped them’ – Note left at slain Georgia man’s memorial

Poll: US believers see message of change from God in virus
“The poll found that 31% of Americans who believe in God feel strongly that the virus is a sign of God telling humanity to change, with the same number feeling that somewhat. Evangelical Protestants are more likely than others to believe that strongly, at 43%, compared with 28% of Catholics and mainline Protestants.”

This idea never made any sense to me; if you define God as Good, Loving, Celestial Parent, then communicating to humans by killing us off in droves ‘as a warning’ redefines your God as neither Good, nor Loving, nor Kind.  Further you cannot rationalize that away by saying ‘its justice, beyond our understanding’, that is a cop out.  Justice is never infecting people with an unknown pathogen; that is terrorism.

“COVID-19 and the Turn to Magical Thinking”

“It has been axiomatic in anthropology since Bronislaw Malinowski’s seminal work in the early 20th century that people turn to magic when they feel powerless. Soldiers, for example, may repeatedly practice mastery of their weapons, but they know there is still a strong element of chance in whether they live or die in combat, and so they also pray, wear talismans, and develop superstitions about weapons, clothes, or routines that bring luck.

The sudden, devastating spread of the coronavirus, which makes every human interaction potentially lethal, has also made people around the world feel helpless and vulnerable. Our normal habits endanger us, and science offers scant protection. For many, the official prophylactic (locking ourselves in our homes) seems a recipe for financial self-destruction. In these circumstances, as anthropologists would predict, people around the world have turned to magic and conspiracy theories.

Rumors have spread in Sri Lanka that white (and only white) handkerchiefs protect people from COVID-19. In the Philippines, volcanic ash is said to kill the virus. In France, cocaine has been bestowed with the power to dispatch the virus. In parts of China, it is saltwater. In India, it is cow dung and urine.
In Iran, one cleric claimed that brushing one’s hair, eating onions, and putting violet flower oil onto one’s anus would keep the virus away. Meanwhile, over 700 Iranians have died from drinking methanol, which they believed would cure the virus.

Iranians are not alone in attributing miraculously curative powers to alcohol. President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus (where COVID-19 is now spreading widely) has told his citizens that vodka and saunas will keep them safe from COVID-19. Sometimes magical thinking presents itself as explicitly magical, making reference to charms, spells, or miracles. But it often goes under disguise, miming the form of its seeming opposite by deploying the rhetoric of science.

President Donald Trump (whose campaign against the virus was described by a former White House aide as “like an 11-year-old boy waiting for the fairy godmother to bring him a magic pill”) has offered us examples of both. He was using Biblical idioms of magic when he said in February, before many cases had manifested in the U.S.: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” Later, Trump co-opted the language of medical research when he touted the benefits of hydroxychloroquine (a drug that, preliminary studies suggest, actually increases the likelihood of death for COVID-19 patients): “It’s a powerful drug on malaria. And there are signs that it works on [coronavirus], some very strong signs. … We have some very good results and some very good tests.” Trump called hydroxychloroquine “one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine.”

Throughout the pandemic, there has been an abundance of both flavors of magical thinking: the explicitly magical and the pseudoscientific. Many evangelical preachers have drawn on the Christian repertoire of miracles. The televangelist Kenneth Copeland performed a televised exorcism, calling out at the virus:  “I blow the wind of God on you. You are destroyed forever, and you’ll never be back. Thank you, God.” Copeland also told his followers at home that they could be cured of COVID-19 by touching their TV screens.

The story of Bishop Gerald Glenn, founder and pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Virginia, is more tragic. Glenn defied Virginia guidelines about in-person worship services, telling his congregation, “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus,” and saying he would continue to preach “unless I’m in jail or in the hospital.” He later died of COVID-19. Four family members, including his wife, also contracted the virus.

A Pew Research Center poll found that 25 percent of Americans reported that COVID-19 had intensified their faith. Only 2 percent said the pandemic had weakened their faith.” ”-Hugh Gusterson excerpt from

Afternoon Legacy Headlines

Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany holds a White House press briefing
Trump names leaders of ‘Operation Warp Speed’ to fast-track vaccine
Mounting tension as businesses in Colorado, Michigan defy orders and reopen
Latin America’s epicenter for the outbreak in Brazil
Feeding children left hungry by COVID-19
By the Numbers: Kroger and Walmart hiring
message of support to those on front lines
Top health official warns of ‘darkest winter’ in US history
Over 36 million file for unemployment within 8 weeks
NASCAR is resuming the 2020 season in South Carolina
The essential worker going to unusual lengths during pandemic
Trump calls for Obama to testify before House Judiciary
Hannity: The safe reopening of America
Gutfeld on the media’s lack of self-reflection
Spain imposes quarantine on travelers as EU countries gradually ease restrictions
Brazil’s web flooded by Covid-19 fake news spread by Bolsonaro’s followers
Face masks could change ‘human communications’ amid Covid-19 fears
Low Covid-19 death toll raises hope Africa may be spared, but hospitals could be easily overwhelmed
UN says ‘unacceptable’ to use Covid-19 pandemic ‘as an excuse to limit freedom’
New studies report ‘no benefit’ in hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19
How efficient against coronavirus are hand sanitizer gels compared to soap?
Germany’s economy shrinks 2.2% in 1st quarter amid coronavirus pandemic
Burundi expels WHO team ahead of presidential poll despite Covid-19 pandemic
Restaurants reopen in Berlin after weeks-long Covid-19 shutdown
Chile’s government impose strict Santiago lockdown as Covid-19 cases soar
Cuomo Not Hopeful For Stronger Federal Role If Second Wave Comes
Cuomo: The PPE Shortage Has Now Become A Testing Supply Shortage
Trump Suggests Testing Is Overrated As Whistleblower Torches Virus Response
Dr. Bright Testifies ‘Inaction’ By Trump Administration Cost Lives
Attorneys For Man Charged In Ahmaud Arbery Death Speak Out
Protests Demand States Reopen As Unemployment Filings Hit 36 Million
Armed protesters gather in Michigan to denounce stay-at-home orders
Hospital ship departs Los Angeles after virus aid
Ivanka Trump touts new $3B federal food program
Trump touts ‘Operation Warp Speed’ in vaccine hunt
Michigan judge hears clash over stay-home orders
Kudlow: Dems $3T virus relief bill ‘off target’
Most of Virginia to begin reopening
Military flyover honors Hawaii health care workers
The future of medicine could live in outer space
Some Calif. churches plan to open without approval
Potato farmers, food bank give away unsold spuds
Coronavirus: the cancer patients suffering serious delays in treatment
Coronavirus: anger over huge death toll in “abandoned” care homes
Coronavirus: fears for thousands of people avoiding hospital
They’re 8,000 miles away and share the same passion
Coronavirus: How should I wear a face covering?
Whistleblower says Trump administration ignored warnings about coronavirus
Trump announces leaders for “Operation Warp Speed” to find a coronavirus vaccine
48,000 Yemeni women could die giving birth as UN funds run out
Cuomo says New York barber defied lockdown, infected others
House’s $3 trillion coronavirus HEROES Act faces steep opposition
Texas nurse gets married in Times Square surrounded by health care heroes
Watch live: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives coronavirus update
Dr. Rick Bright, ousted virus expert, says U.S. faces “darkest winter” if coronavirus rebounds
Telecommuting skyrockets during coronavirus pandemic, changing company structure
Some summer camps plan to open amid coronavirus pandemic
California governor warns of state budget shortfall, looming 25% unemployment rate
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See iconic Las Vegas casino’s unprecedented situation
Greta Thunberg urges public to listen to the experts amid pandemic
MLB commissioner has ‘great confidence’ MLB will reach agreement with players
GOP senator resigns chairmanship amid stock probe
Joe Biden Says He Would Not Pardon President Donald Trump
Steele On The Politicization Of Reopening As Cases Continue To Rise
Fact Checking Trump And Allies’ Push Of ‘Obamagate’ Claims
Trump Announces Team To Lead COVID-19 Vaccine Effort
Trump Discusses ‘Operation Warp Speed’ To Develop And Distribute Vaccines
Fmr. CDC Dir.: We Have To Accept This Virus Is Here For Some Time To Stay
CO Gov.: I Told Trump About People’s ‘Fear And Pain’
Trump Puts U.S. In Worst Disaster In Modern History, Says Professor
‘Graduate Together’ Honors The Class Of 2020
U.S. Is Lacking A Coherent Plan On Virus, Says Eugene Robinson
Mitch McConnell Admits He Was Wrong On Pandemic Game Plan
Why Was Dr. Bright Removed?, Asks Former Ebola Czar
Obama’s Ebola Czar Criticizes Trump WH Virus Response
How Poster Art Could Keep Cities Safer By Spreading Important Public Health Messages
New Traditions: Finding A Silver Lining In Quarantine
Cuomo Announces Multi-State Beach Reopening Plan For Memorial Day Weekend
NYC Heat Wave Initiative To Provide 74K Air Conditioners To Low-Income Seniors
St. Peter’s Basilica Sanitized As Vatican Prepares For COVID-19 Restrictions To Ease
Amal Clooney: Coronavirus Exacerbates ‘Existing Human Rights Crisis’
What Can An Antibody Test Tell You?
Historic Anne Frank House Faces Financial Struggles Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
It’s Not About Meat: Cuomo Cites Worker Crowding In Outbreaks At Food Plants
Trump Says That Virus Testing May Be ‘Overrated’
How The Recession Is Hitting Lower Income Americans And Women
Dr. Gottlieb On Why He’s Hopeful, Why This Isn’t A Uniform Epidemic
Senator Calls For A Master Virus Testing Database
Dr. Gottlieb: For Now, We Need To Define A New Normal

Maine infected          1,565            1648
Increase Infected      50                  83

Maine Dead              69                     70
Increase Dead           3                      1

As I worked in isolation 83 more Mainers entered the fray, I am hoping that is an indication of increased testing, because we went 20, to 35, to 50, to 83 over the last few days, which is a spike.  Fortunately only one more Mainer lost their battle.

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