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

Surviving C-19 Day 48
May 18, 2020 7:58 AM
118 Days since first US infection

Global Infected 4,658,651 4,748,356
Increase Infected 29,076 89,705
Global Dead 312,239 315,822
Increase Dead 814 3,583
US Infected 1,467,884 1,490,195
Increase Infected 1,202 22,311
US Dead 88,754 89,636
Increase Dead 24 882

Only an Oklahoma City bombing event today with another 3,583 dead globally and a mere 882 dead Americans today; comparatively that looks good.  It is way too early to tell the effect of re-opening and I fear the POTUS constantly encouraging with his words, it looks good, we’ll be back, as if he is still in denial of the reality, still locked in his political mindset of ‘it cannot be as bad as media says it is because media lies for the Dems all day’, so if someone brings him bad data, he suspects Dems rather than evaluating the data.  It is not just Americans who are tribal, the leader is tribal in chief, and sees nothing outside of his political lens.  That might prove fatal to our nation, we shall see.                                                      

Let’s check those canaries . . .

In Alaska, #48 most populous, was 388 and is now 388 of 731,545 confirmed infected, an increase of 0 cases (0 yesterday)

In Montana, #43 most populous, was 468 and is now 468 of 1,068,778 confirmed infected, an increase of 0 cases (0 yesterday)

In South Dakota, #46 most populous, was 3,987 and is now 3,987 of 884,659 confirmed infected, an increase of 0 cases (28 yesterday)

In Oklahoma, #28 most populous, was 5,310 and is now 5,310 of 3,956,971 confirmed infected, an increase of 0 cases (73 yesterday)

In South Carolina, #23 most populous, was 8,661 and is now 8,816 of 5,148,714 confirmed infected, an infected increase of 155 cases (0 yesterday)

In Mississippi, #34 most populous, was 11,299 and is now 11,296 of 2,976,149 confirmed infected, an increase of -3 cases (176 yesterday)

In Minnesota, #22 most populous, was 15,668 and is now 15,668 of 5,639,632 confirmed infected, an increase of 0 cases (719 yesterday)

In Tennessee, #16 most populous, was 17,263 and is now 17,359 of 6,829,174 confirmed infected an increase of 96 cases (0 yesterday)

In Georgia, #8 most populous, was 37,677 and is now 37,949 of 10,617,423 confirmed infected, an increase of 272 cases (378 yesterday)

In Texas, #2 most populous, was 47,470 and is now 48,396 of 28,995,881 confirmed infected, an increase of 926 cases (29 yesterday)

There is something odd with those numbers isn’t there?  Looks an awful lot like underreporting from these areas, makes me wonder if this is political, is there pressure to restrict number reporting in order to make things look better than they are?  I have no evidence to support that, but fail to see other potential explanations for these particular areas to skew like this.

Morning Legacy Headlines
Evidence suggests sun entering ‘solar minimum’ stage
Official: FBI finds link between Pensacola gunman, al-Qaida
Coronavirus Vaccine Trial by Moderna Shows Promising Early Results
Reopening Of Saint Peter’s Marks First Step For Italy’s Catholics
China announces $2 billion in virus help at WHO assembly
U.S. Stocks Rally After Worst Week in Almost Two Months
Lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests
70 cases of COVID-19 at French schools days after re-opening
Apple To Reopen 25 U.S. Stores, 12 in Canada This Week
Alibaba’s Jack Ma resigns from SoftBank board
Spain aims to reopen borders to tourism in late June
Russia reports less than 9,000 COVID-19 cases over past day for first time since May 1
China has been trying to avoid fallout from coronavirus. Now 100 countries are pushing for an investigation
Myanmar police make Asia’s biggest drug bust in decades, seizing 200 million meth tablets
India evacuates thousands threatened by cyclone amid coronavirus pandemic
Vatican, Italy resume public church services as lockdown eases
UK adds loss of smell and taste to COVID-19 symptom list
China’s Wuhan says conducted 335,887 Covid-19 tests on May 17
Israeli convicted of murdering three members of Palestinian family in 2015 arson
Hong Kong: Lawmakers carried out during parliament mayhem
Ritz owner Frederick Barclay releases footage of nephew ‘with spying device’ at hotel amid family feud
South Korean football team apologizes for using sex dolls to fill stands
Man Breaks into Closed Sydney Museum, Clicks Selfies with Dinosaur Skulls
Gangs deliver food in poor Cape Town area amid lockdown
Risk of coronavirus spreading in schools is ‘extremely low’ study finds
Fired inspector general was examining whether Pompeo had a staffer walk his dog, handle dry cleaning, official says
Michael Jordan’s signed game-worn sneakers sell for record $560,000
Powell cautions US recovery could stretch through end of 2021
Japan braces for worst postwar slump as pandemic tips economy into recession
Bolsonaro snaps photos with kids at Brazil protest defying health advice
US military’s mystery space plane rockets back toward orbit
Iran Supreme Leader says Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria
‘COVID toes,’ other rashes latest possible rare virus signs
Canadian Forces Snowbird plane crashes in Kamloops
Coronavirus will ‘delete Yemen from maps all over the world’
Trump demands jail for ‘corrupt’ Obama and Biden over ‘hero’ Michael Flynn case

Listening to Rogan today.  I get the frustration and fear a lack of work produces, and I get the desire to live like we used to.  However I do not get the notion presented by Joe and his guest today, that ‘we just need to move on’ notion.  We have never stopped moving on.  Everything we have done and are doing is in response to the virus.  Joe was saying “it’s not as bad as they predicted”; I would add we hope.  This is not over, it has barely begun, like claiming victory in the opening seconds of a bout before you have been hit.

Joe seems shocked this affects mostly older and ill folks, when that has been the warning from the outset.  Yes it affects other people and we do not know why.  Yes it is doing things we did not expect.  We are that infant with a razor blade, let’s hope we cut our finger and not our eye.  This may not be ‘over’ in my lifetime; that would make it smallpox, eradicated outside the lab.  Polio is still outside the lab, so is measles and mumps and many others.

However we cannot compare them well, one to another, we can only compare similarities.  We have to learn to live and die with it, like we did wolves and tigers.  Eventually this virus will get to a place where we see it like cancer, it’s out there.  Like Cancer and Flu and other things there will be things we can do, ways we can live which will reduce our risk, and not everyone will follow them.

Afternoon Legacy Headlines
Cuomo encourages NY sports teams to reopen without fans
US coronavirus death toll expected to hit 90,000
Federal Reserve chairman says economic recovery could take until end of 2021
Trump fires back at Obama after implied dig in commencement address
Several European nations take steps to reopen
Learning from Covid-19: A new business model for vaccine development?
Toxic reaction? Coronavirus and medical nationalism
Trump Responds To Obama criticism: ‘He Was An Incompetent President’
Canadian aerobatic jet crashes amid pandemic show
Texas continues swift reopening, including sports
Whitmer: Northern Michigan begins reopening Friday
Sean Penn helps add COVID testing sites in Chicago
Colorado governor gets nose swab coronavirus test
Mo. cops accused of assaulting black woman, son
California casinos reopening with restrictions
WHO: ‘No silver bullet’ for reopening economies
Barr: Criminal probes of Biden, Obama unlikely
Tears inside Milan’s coronavirus quarantine hotel
Coronavirus: Mexico healthcare workers attacked
Coronavirus warning: steep cuts to local services without emergency funding
Coronavirus: govt “confident” children will be safe to return to school
Yemen bracing for coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: more than 12,500 care home residents have died, new figures reveal
Coronavirus: school re-opening plan in doubt as teachers raise safety fears
Coronavirus: govt “confident” children will be safe to return to school
Trump lashes out at Obama over his criticism of COVID-19 response
Jet performing flyover crashes in Canada
Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine
Germany emerges from coronavirus shutdown
Small businesses bear economic brunt of COVID-19
Lost your job? Consider becoming a “contact tracer”
Obama criticizes Trump’s coronavirus response
Spain, Italy and other European countries ease lockdown restrictions
Trump calls allegations against Pompeo ‘stupid’
Trump taking malaria drug in case he gets virus
Promising early results from coronavirus vaccine trial
Dr. Gupta explains his “treatment” if the US were his patient
McCarthy: Pelosi is keeping the House closed to give herself more power
Trump torches Obama: ‘He was an incompetent president who did a terrible job’
Azar outlines health consequences from being locked down
Dem governors threaten to withhold aid if counties defy shutdown orders
Unless we can control the virus, we won’t get the economy back: Frieden
Trump: We have a lot of information on Wuhan lab and it’s not good
Rep. Collins: It’s amazing to witness how the media treats the president
Gutfeld: Where were the media warnings back when coronavirus pandemic started?
Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Is Tested On 8 Humans With Encouraging Results
Comic Actor Fred Willard Remembered By Fans After His Death At Age 86
Dr. Joseph Fair Leaves Hospital, Continues Coronavirus Recovery At Home
Tropical Storm Arthur Brushes North Carolina Coast
NASCAR Returns To Racing For The First Time Since Pandemic Began
Chinese President Xi Jinping Addresses World Health Organization Summit
Trump Fires Back After Obama Criticizes Government Response To Coronavirus
Warm Weather Threatens Social Distancing As Reopening Measures Increase
Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine
Crowds at bars and restaurants across U.S. as coronavirus restrictions lift

So apparently Trump is taking Hydroxychloroquine, he admits this on live TV, which to me illustrates the immense bubble of privilege Trump resides in, and has for decades.  Hydroxychloroquine cannot just be taken as a preventative medicine, it is not approved for that usage.  Test have shown it is not effective, and thus no doctor could legally prescribe it for anyone not infected with hydroxychloroquine.

So Trumps admonition that many front line workers are taking it, has to be either false or in violation of law, he admitted to taking an illegal drug.  The POTUS is admitting in real time to taking a drug he could not have gotten legally, but got as POTUS and apparently decided for himself it was warranted to protect himself.

So Maines numbers seemed skewed too, but in this case I think its a case of catch up adding in nursing and VA homes, yet despite all that it still seems to be a consistent increase after lockdown ended last week.

Maine infected          1648                              1713
Increase Infected            0                              65

Maine Dead              70                     71
Increase Dead           1                      1

Whilst I labored and isolated, another Mainer died and sixty five more entered the fray.

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