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

Surviving C-19 Day 51
May 21, 2020 10:20 AM
121 Days since first US infection

Global Infected 4,915,004 5,027,732
Increase Infected 91,525 112,728
Global Dead 323,653 328,730
Increase Dead 4,796 5,077
US Infected 1,528,661 1,552,594
Increase Infected 19,704 23,993
US Dead 91,938 93,471
Increase Dead 1,569 1,153

So another Titanic level event day.  If one goes to the John’s Hopkins site and looks, they will see that the global graph of infection rate remains a 45 degree incline, as it has since January.  Plotted on a graph the infection rate is one long hill climb, to 70% infected globally or a vaccine, commonly called herd immunity.  This rate has had only the slightest of wobbles, as it balances the good and bad actors graphs, so a South Korea or Iceland, its counterweighted by a Brazil or America, overall it is a steady global increase infections.

That shows that social distancing is working, it slowed the rate of spread.  What happens if we abandon a system we can see working in order to restart the economy; more infections will result.  The big question is how many will we see, millions or thousands?  Millions would show the virus has not spread all over asymptomatically and only thousands would show it had, and we are at or past herd immunity.  No scientist worth their salt thinks that is the case, because we successfully locked down.

Let’s check those canaries . . .

In Alaska, #48 most populous, was 400 and is now 401 of 731,545 confirmed infected, an increase of 1 cases (0 yesterday)

In Montana, #43 most populous, was 471 and is now 478 of 1,068,778 confirmed infected, an increase of 7 cases (1 yesterday)

In South Dakota, #46 most populous, was 4,085 and is now 4,177 of 884,659 confirmed infected, an increase of 92 cases (58 yesterday)

In Oklahoma, #28 most populous, was 5,489 and is now 5,532 of 3,956,971 confirmed infected, an increase of 43 cases (91 yesterday)

In South Carolina, #23 most populous, was 9,056 and is now 9,175 of 5,148,714 confirmed infected, an infected increase of 119 cases (114 yesterday)

In Mississippi, #34 most populous, was 11,704 and is now 11,967 of 2,976,149 confirmed infected, an increase of 263 cases (272 yesterday)

In Minnesota, #22 most populous, was 17,029 and is now 17,670 of 5,639,632 confirmed infected, an increase of 641 cases (657 yesterday)

In Tennessee, #16 most populous, was 18,412 and is now 18,412 of 6,829,174 confirmed infected an increase of 0 cases (401 yesterday)

In Georgia, #8 most populous, was 38,855 and is now 40,164 of 10,617,423 confirmed infected, an increase of 1,309 cases (72 yesterday)

In Texas, #2 most populous, was 50,552 and is now 51,673 of 28,995,881 confirmed infected, an increase of 1,121 cases (1,337 yesterday)

Morning Legacy Headlines
US unemployment nears 40 million as another 2.4 million jobless claims are filed due to coronavirus pandemic
China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, bypassing city’s legislature
Lori Loughlin, Husband to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Scandal
Satellites and spacecraft malfunction as Earth’s magnetic field mysteriously weakens
Cyclone toll hits 84 as Bangladesh and India start mopping up
Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty
Former Trump lawyer Cohen leaves prison early due to coronavirus
Incredible! Robots take over fight of Coronavirus in Rwanda
UK PM Johnson will not face criminal action over relationship with U.S. businesswoman
Peru mayor plays dead as police arrest him for breaking lockdown
Egyptians rush to buy treats before Eid al-Fitr curfew
China kicks off key political event delayed by pandemic
Coronavirus: AstraZeneca could begin supply of potential COVID-19 vaccine in September
Car driven into Muslim clothing shop, injuring at least 12
Top HIV scientist says he wouldn’t count on a vaccine for coronavirus soon
U.S. Lockdown One Week Earlier Would Have Saved 36,000 Lives, Study Finds
Coronavirus infections top 5 million worldwide
Man detained for hanging Union Jack towel from building in Turkey
Coronavirus: France should sell Mona Lisa to help recovery – businessman
Study Links Native Americans to ‘Paleolithic Siberians’ From Lake Baikal Region
Scientists propose a 50 days on, 30 days off coronavirus lockdown strategy
Tokyo’s top prosecutor set to resign, media say, in blow to Japan PM Abe
Lib Dem peer slammed for ‘double-dipping’ taxpayer cash
Trump says he’ll finish taking hydroxychloroquine ‘in two days’
Celebs including Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman let health experts take over their social media to talk COVID-19
Victoria’s Secret to close about 250 stores in the U.S. and Canada, Bath & Body Works to close 50
Fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls long thought to be blank contain text that’s invisible to the naked eye
Supreme Court Blocks Release of Full Mueller Report for Now
iOS 13.5 is out now with a faster way to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask
The ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League is coming to HBO Max in 2021
‘New ISIS chief’ captured by Iraqi intelligence officers
Record number of new coronavirus cases reported globally in past 24 hours
German car giant Volkswagen pulls ‘racist’ ad after outcry
Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Pass 300,000 as WHO Says Situation Is Stabilising
U.S. blacklists Iran’s interior minister over human rights abuses
Coronavirus: Brazil’s daily death toll hits 1,000 for first time
Anti-abortion rights movement paid ‘Jane Roe’ thousands to switch sides, documentary reveals
EU coronavirus response chief: ‘Europe should brace itself for second wave’
Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps
Monkeys infected with COVID-19 develop immunity in studies, a positive sign for vaccines
Wuhan bans eating wild animals as coronavirus drives a crackdown in China
Masked against coronavirus, South Korean students return to school
Final ‘Last Dance’ episodes average 5.9M viewers
U.S. Arrests 2 Tied to Carlos Ghosn’s Escape From Japan
Hidden prisoner objects found in Auschwitz chimney
Body found on Venice Beach in search for former WWE star Shad Gaspard
2 Michigan dams breached, thousands evacuated amid flooding

“Rwanda: Govt Deploys Robots in COVID-19 Fight”

The Government has launched the use of robots in the fight against COVID-19, in a move aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients.  The move is expected to limit the risk of healthcare workers from contracting the virus.

Launched on Tuesday, May 19 at the Kanyinya COVID-19 Treatment Centre by the Ministry of Health with support from the United Nations Development Program, the five high-tech robots can perform a number of tasks related to COVID-19 management, including mass temperature screening, delivering food and medication to patients, capturing data, detecting people who are not wearing masks, among others.

Made by Zora Bots, a Belgian company specialized in robotics solutions, they are designed with various advanced features to support doctors and nurses at designated treatment centers, and can also be leveraged into screening sites in the country.” — allafrica

“U.S. says pulling out of Open Skies treaty, citing Russian violations”

“Senior administration officials said the pullout will formally take place in six months, based on the treaty’s withdrawal terms.  It was the latest move by President Donald Trump’s administration to remove the United States from a major global treaty, following withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia last year.  The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to a small group of reporters, said the decision came after a six-month review that found multiple instances of Russian refusal to comply with the treaty.

“During the course of this review it has become abundantly clear that it is no longer in America’s interests to remain a party to the Open Skies treaty,”

“The Treaty on Open Skies entered into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 35 party states. It establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants. The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information about military forces and activities of concern to them. Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging international efforts to date promoting openness and transparency of military forces and activities. The concept of “mutual aerial observation” was initially proposed to Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin at the Geneva Conference of 1955 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower; however, the Soviets promptly rejected the concept and it lay dormant for several years. The treaty was eventually signed as an initiative of U.S. president (and former Central Intelligence Agency Director) George H. W. Bush in 1989. Negotiated by the then-members of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the agreement was signed in Helsinki, Finland, on March 24, 1992.”–wiki

This I find problematic.

“Magnetic field shock: ESA satellites analyze mysterious South Atlantic Anomaly”

A HOLE in the magnetic field has been analyzed by the European Space Agency – but experts are still no closer to unravelling the strange anomaly.  The magnetic shield which surrounds Earth has weakened by an average of nine percent over the past 200 years, leaving experts baffled. One spot, in particular, has become extremely weak, known as the South Atlantic Anomaly, which stretches from Chile to Zimbabwe.  The Earth’s magnetic field is created by the liquid iron outer core spinning around the solid inner core.

The dynamic action creates an invisible field which goes through the north and south of the planet, and encircling it, which leads to the Earth’s North and South Poles.  Life on Earth relies on the magnetic shield, known as the magnetosphere, as it helps to protect it from deadly radiation from space.  Also, many species of animals, most notably birds, have a sense of the magnetic poles which allow them to successfully navigate the globe during periods of mass-migration.

Due to its importance for Earth, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) has used its Swarm satellite constellation to better understand this anomaly.  Swarm satellites are designed to identify and precisely measure the different magnetic signals which make up the Earth’s magnetic field.  Jürgen Matzka, from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, said: “The new, eastern minimum of the South Atlantic Anomaly has appeared over the last decade and in recent years is developing vigorously. “We are very lucky to have the Swarm satellites in orbit to investigate the development of the South Atlantic Anomaly.

“The challenge now is to understand the processes in Earth’s core driving these changes.”  Some scientists believe the weakening magnetic field could lead to a magnetic pole reversal – a natural phenomenon which had thought to occur every 200,000 to 300,000 years when the north and south poles switch.  The poles attempted to swap 40,000 years ago but the process failed. As a result, the last time the poles switched place was 780,000 years ago, meaning we are long overdue a flip in the magnetic field.  When the switch does happen, it will reduce the magnetic field’s strength by up to 90 percent for several decades.

I find it rather amazing the disregard so many seem to have for the virus, be it the folly of youth and the feeling of invulnerability that goes with it, or the privilege we have all enjoyed since the end of the draft especially, but since WW2 generally.  We have not faced a threat to all of us in this fashion since we had to band together to face down the Nazis.

Now, when we need to band together for our society, for our culture, for our nation; the leader of our nation does nothing but divide because that is his political method.  We need to ban such methods in politics as bad for the nation, outlaw them.  We need to put a damn leash on the Presidency.

I wonder, does the average person, by which I mean people not spending six hours or so a day chronicling headlines every day, look at some of these things the POTUS says outside the spin of their bubble, or do they see the bubbles we are in at all?

Afternoon Legacy Headlines
Pres. Trump delivers remarks at Ford plant in Michigan
NY investigates 157 cases of possible COVID-related illnesses in children
How herd immunity from coronavirus is developed
Mayo Clinic investigation reveals efficacy of COVID-19 antibody tests
Coronavirus health disparities highlight race, class divides in NYC epicenter
Navajo Nation: Where COVID-19 claims whole families
Hawaii’s COVID-19 shutdown hits tourism hard
Therapy dog goes virtual
Greece prepares to reopen its doors to international tourists
A Nation Divided: Who’s hurt most by COVID-19?
A Nation Divided: COVID-19’s racial disparities
Protesters argue reopening is not moving fast enough
Trump delivers remarks at Ford Motor Plant
Trump tours Ford plant without mask despite warnings
Florida gov lashes out at media over coverage of coronavirus
CDC reverses stance, says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ on surfaces
Hannity: It’s time to open America
Tucker breaks down the contenders to be Joe Biden’s running mate
What future for universities? Coronavirus upends higher learning
Coronavirus : time to redefine education
NYC Subways Test Powerful UV Lights To Kill Virus
Growing Tensions As Customers Clash With Stores Over Masks
Brazil’s Coronavirus Outbreak Grows Amid Government Tension
Trump Shifts His Focus To Reelection Amid Pandemic
Mika Responds To Trump Tweet
Pelosi Claims Voting Is ‘Under Assault’ By Coronavirus And Voter Suppression
Protesters Lay Body Bags Near White House
How Many U.S. Restaurants Can Be Saved As Pandemic Drags On?
Trump Says He’d Change Nothing About Response As U.S. Deaths Near 94,000
Rep. Max Rose: Trump Admin Plan For Natl. Guard ‘Killing Morale’
Speaker Pelosi: We ‘Cannot Ignore’ Food Insecurity Caused By COVID-19
FDA Lists Reliable Coronavirus Antibody Tests To Combat Inaccurate Results
‘First Responders At Risk’: GOP Veteran Sees Trump Gambling With Safety At August Convention
Growing Tensions As Customers Clash With Stores Over Masks
Inside A Mexico City Hospital Pushed To Its Limits With Coronavirus Patients
SpaceX reignites US with 1st crew launch in decade
Secretary Azar visits testing site in N. Carolina
Virus-stricken aircraft carrier returns to sea
Shortage of ICU beds in central Alabama amid virus
DC Mayor: Phased reopening could begin May 29th
Graduates optimistic as they face tight job market
Pentagon weighs in on surveillance treaty decision
Pelosi: Wear masks, honor lives lost from pandemic
Trump expects new Open Skies deal after US quits
Lucci: Virus nursing home toll ‘heartbreaking’
Brooklyn butcher keeps shop open during pandemic
Michigan flooding forces thousands to evacuate
Trump attorney Michael Cohen out of prison
Coronavirus: What went wrong in Brazil?
Coronavirus: Greece to start tourist season in mid-June
Coronavirus: Brazil’s daily death toll hits 1,000 for first time
Coronavirus: the worst death rate in one of London’s poorest boroughs
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson pledges “world beating” track and trace system within days
Rolls Royce cuts 9,000 jobs and warns recovery from pandemic will take years
Coronavirus: Surrogate babies stranded in Ukraine
Know your privacy rights as coronavirus contact tracing ramps up
More than 40 million Americans pushed out of work by coronavirus
Trump visiting Ford plant in battleground state of Michigan
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives coronavirus update
Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard manager fired, says she voiced concerns over manipulated data
Political ads expected to surge as pandemic limits campaigning
Pandemic highlights weaknesses in the federal government
Michigan AG warns Trump to wear a mask to visit Ford plant
Nurse shares photos of how Covid ravages the body
This is Joe Biden’s best path to win in 2020
Biologist explains how to safely celebrate Memorial Day
Meet the two astronauts set to make history in a SpaceX capsule
Trump lashes out at swing states over vote-by-mail
AstraZeneca President: 200M Vaccines Will Be Ready By End Of 2020
Dr. Bhadelia Explains Latest CDC Guidance On Coronavirus Spread From Surfaces
Sen. Coons And LA Mayor Garcetti On Their Push To Expand Tracing Capacity
Ruud Dobber: COVID-19 Vaccine Trials To Begin Around The World ‘As Soon As Possible’
Medical Officials Set To Test 4,000 Las Vegas Casino Workers Per Day
Trump Claims Russia Didn’t Adhere To Open Skies Arms Control Treaty
Trump Alleges Mail-In Ballots Could Lead To ‘Total Election Fraud’ In Michigan
Rep. Debbie Dingell Reacts Devastating MI Flooding And Trump Visit To Ford Plant
Gov. Newsom: We Developed A Little Amnesia, We’ve Forgotten The Virulence Of This Virus
Bipartisan Senate Duo Has Plan To Help Small Businesses
Loughlin, Giannulli To Plead Guilty To Conspiracy Charges In College Admissions Scandal
Gov. Murphy Says Data Led State To Reopening Beaches
Best Camping Gear For Summer Fun: Dark Room Tent And More
Police Grapple With How To Enforce Face Mask Policies
Astronauts Prepare For SpaceX Mission To International Space Station
Devastating Floods Ravage Michigan Amid Fears Of Toxic Contamination
National Parks Begin To Reopen Across The Country
Former White House Butler Who Served 11 Presidents Dies Of Coronavirus At 91
Wednesday Saw Highest Single Day of New Coronavirus Cases Worldwide
Ben Platt Discusses His New Netflix Concert Special

Maine infected                 1,819                     1,877
Increase Infected            78                           58

Maine Dead                       73                           73
Increase Dead                   0                              0

While I isolated and worked on this, 58 more Mainers were diagnosed, luckily none died today from C-19.

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