Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) June 23, 2020

Surviving C-19
June 23, 2020
4:00 PM
156 Days since first US infection

Global Infected                 9,015,582                             9,158,912
Increase Infected            172,164                 143,330

Global Dead                       469,378                 473,930
Increase Dead                   3,552                                   4,552

US Infected                       2,298,696                             2,329,637
Increase Infected            29,233                                  30,941

US Dead                            120,225                 120,927
Increase Dead                 785                                        702

So I just hit a significant snag here. I get my Maine numbers from the CDC website, every day at 4 PM. Today when I went my numbers were outrageous and incomplete.  The whole page had been updated and half of it does not work. The fields on infections read rather differently, and omit all death tallies.  The total cases are now 3,952, up from 2,971 yesterday, an uptick of 981 new cases.

That is an issue all by itself.  That is a 1/3 increase in a single day, I hope it’s a typo.  Death data being completely omitted is another rather huge problem.  It raises endless questions as to how and why, and no answer is good.  A SNAFU is the best option and fudging the numbers is the second.

I tried informing the Bangor Daily News, but no one answered the phone in the news room, it went endlessly to voice mail.  I tried their online news tip, that led to a 404 error. I tried calling the Governor’s office, but you cannot get an actual human being, you get endless voicemails.  I tried my local Rep running for the state house and am awaiting to see if I get a response from her.  Nothing so far.I will try the CDC next, and then the Portland press Herald.

So the CDC says they will call back tomorrow.  Portland Press Herald is like the BDN, you cannot get an actual newsperson on a line to say ‘Hey, is this a valid story?’

The Democratic Party does not answer their phones either, thought maybe ‘Gov’s a Dem, maybe Dems can actually contact them?

Everyone asleep at the damn switch.  Everyone’s gone home for the day, as if the damn virus cares.

Maine infected                 2,971                     3,952
Increase Infected            14                           981                                        

Maine Dead                       102                         UNKNOWN
Increase Dead                   0                              UNKNOWN

“Maine CDC reports 23 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths”—WMTW, my local TV News Station. So I called them and Wala!  An Actual Newsy (reporter).  They thought it’s maybe my browser, but no, a reboot shows the same uptick into total cases. So I had my son screen shot it and e-mailed it to them.

We shall see . . .

Yesterday I shared a little math on how the virus spreads rapidly; it is why we locked down to begin with.  Our next steps were testing, tracing, and quarantine of the infected.  We have not taken those steps in a unified way, as a result we are playing whack a mole with the virus, both globally and here at home.

To illustrate how a bloom spreads in a month or so without restraint . . .
Let’s check those canaries . . . Remember them?

On May 21 . . .
In Alaska, #48 most populous, was 401 out of 731,545 confirmed infected, now there have 760, an increase of 359 cases in a single month, nearly 2/1.

In Montana, #43 most populous, was 478 of 1,068,778 confirmed infected, now there are 743, an increase of 265 slightly, a 1/2 increase.

In South Dakota, #46 most populous, 4,177 of 884,659 confirmed infected, now there are 6,353, an increase of 2,176, a 1/2 increase.

In Oklahoma, #28 most populous, was 5,532 of 3,956,971 confirmed infected, now there are 11,031, and increase of 5,499 cases, another 2/1 increase.

In South Carolina, #23 most populous, was 9,175 of 5,148,714 confirmed infected, now there are 26,585, an increase of 17,410, a 3/1 increase.

In Mississippi, #34 most populous, was 11,967 of 2,976,149 confirmed infected, now there are 22,924, an increase of 10,957 cases, another 2/1 increase.

In Minnesota, #22 most populous, was 17,670 of 5,639,632 confirmed infected, now there are 33,469, an increase of 15,799, another 2/1 increase.

In Tennessee, #16 most populous, was 18,412 of 6,829,174 confirmed infected, now there are 35,553, an increase of 17,883, another 2/1 increase.

In Georgia, #8 most populous, was 40,164 of 10,617,423 confirmed infected, now there are 65,928, an increase of 25,764, about a 1/3 increase.

In Texas, #2 most populous, was 51,673 of 28,995,881 confirmed infected, now there are 118,093, an increase of 66,420, a 5/4 increase.

Now these calculations are rough, non-precise in the actual rate of increase.  My point is not to show that these early openers are increasing, but that the rate of their increase is itself increasing, often doubling or more.

It’s not over, no matter what any media says, it is round one of a title fight, and while getting water in the corner for round 2, both parties are more interested in blaming the other than in actually preparing for round 2. I forget which boxer said this but, “A fight is not really a fight until you get hit.  Once you have been hit and have to react to that; that is when you know you are in a fight.” 

We are in a fight, we have been hit, but all our leadership wants to blame the other guy for being hit rather than getting water, taping up and preparing for round 2.  We keep up like this and we are getting our asses kicked by C-19.

Legacy Headlines
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Germany outbreak sparks fresh local lockdown
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Florida surges past 100,000 coronavirus cases
Church Hosting Trump Celebrates Air Filters That Kill ‘99.9% Of COVID’ In Minutes!
Arizona Mega-Church Set to Host Trump Rally Falsely Claims Its Air Filter Zaps COVID-19
Two More Trump Campaign Staff Members Test Positive for Coronavirus
US moves to restrict Chinese media outlets as ‘propaganda’
Trump signs executive order suspending certain work visas through 2020
Coronavirus: Gilead to trial inhaled version of ‘promising’ remdesivir in race for COVID-19 treatment
Planning for summer beach days? Docs share virus safety tips
Global coronavirus cases top 9 million
We’ve prevented a coronavirus catastrophe on the southern border’: Trump
Austin mayor talks growing coronavirus cases in Texas
Dr. Fauci addresses federal response to coronavirus
Dr. Fauci responds to Trump’s comment about slowing coronavirus testing
Dr. Fauci set to testify before Congress today
Child care centers in crisis
‘Tiered approach’ needed for states to reopen
By the Numbers: Gun violence increasing amid pandemic
COVID-19 numbers have risen in 23 states
Trump administration receives more fallout from Tulsa campaign rally
A family of nurses who work at the same hospital celebrate a special father’s day
German authorities say outbreak not yet cause for wider alarm
Does Covid-19 spread faster in winter?
Germany imposes localized lockdown to stem slaughterhouse outbreak
Brazilian media struggles to source accurate disease data
England to ease lockdown, while rest of UK waits
Sanofi ‘confident’ of vaccine by early 2021
Audience ‘planted’ in seats as Barcelona opera reopens
Venice eyes return of EU tourists with hope, and some trepidation
Saudi Arabia restricts hajj pilgrimage over pandemic
Reverend At Brooks’ Funeral: We Have Been Fighting ‘Virus Of Racism’ For Centuries
De Blasio: NYC’s 2020 Fourth Of July Fireworks Show ‘Is Going To Be Different’
Fauci: I Was Never Told To ‘Slow Down’ Coronavirus Testing
U.S. COVID-19 Outbreak Is ‘A Mixed Bag’ Due To ‘Troublesome’ Surging Cases In States
Fauci, CDC Chief Testify On Coronavirus Response
COVID-19 Crisis Has Arizona Reeling; Trump, Heedless, Plans Visit
AZ ER Doctor: With COVID-19, Not Wearing A Mask Is ‘Really Selfish’
Trump Says He Wanted COVID Testing Slowed. WH Again Says He’s Joking.
NYC Subway Will Play Essential Part In City’s Reopening
WHO Reports Biggest One-Day Global Spike In COVID-19 Cases
LAX Implements Thermal Screening To Scan Passengers For Coronavirus Symptoms
Ethiopian maids dumped outside Beirut embassy
Government hints at relaxing 2 metre distancing rule
More Trump campaign members test positive for coronavirus
Trump heads to Phoenix for campaign rally as Arizona sees spike in COVID-19 cases
India’s hospitals overwhelmed as coronavirus slams country
Dr. Fauci and other top health officials to testify in House on coronavirus response
Fauci, other health officials testify on coronavirus response at House hearing
Trump to hold rally in Phoenix despite spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations
How coronavirus could impact the return of sports
Abbott: “COVID-19 is spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas and it must be corralled”
What “superforecasters” predict for the COVID-19 pandemic
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Fauci gets upset with GOP lawmaker’s question about masks
Trump contradicts own officials defending his testing comments
Coronavirus cases rising rapidly in these 8 states
Fauci testifies on Trump admin’s response to COVID-19 pandemic
Fauci, CDC Chief Testify On Coronavirus Response
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Growing alarm in Houston over covid-19 resurgence

So I watched the Senate Coronavirus hearing, and I am furious with both parties.  Every damn Senator, Left or Right, Red or Blue, did the same damn thing. The blues hammered the Doctors with the administration’s response failures, when it is not those doctors’ position or job to even give an opinion of the POTUS or the State Governors. The Reds did the same damn thing, got up, listed off everything they did do, ignored what they did not do, and blamed the States for a lack of response.  Red blames Blue as Blue blames Red.

To me it is a competition against the virus, it is the first inning of a baseball game, we at bat with two outs, and team ‘Red and Blue’, are busy blaming each other for their personal failures, instead of focusing on the pitch.  Great way to lose the game to C-19.

Here is a major reason why we are where we are . . .
1. Trump Claims He Instructed His Team To ‘Slow Down’ Coronavirus Testing

2. Trump refuses to say if he slowed down coronavirus testing

3. White House claims Trump just joking when he said he ordered COVID testing slowdown

4. Trump: ‘I don’t kid’ on coronavirus testing

5. Fauci: ‘Trump has not told us to slow down coronavirus testing’

It is no wonder half the nation believes different things, Trump is the waffler in chief.

And Climate is still changing . . .
Climate change: Planting new forests ‘can do more harm than good’
US honeybees are doing better after bad year, survey shows

So while I isolated and did this, 4,552 more of my fellow humans lost their fight with C-19, of those 702 were my fellow Americans.  I have no idea how many more Mainers died because of the SNAFU with the CDC.

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