I was listening to NPR this morning. There may be a big jump in the death toll the next day or so. NYC had about 4000 die who were not tested. They hadn't been counted among the COVID19 deaths. The deaths are being looked at and re-categorized. Frankly, no one knows how many really are … Continue reading Wednesday Update
Month: April 2020
In the age of COVID-19 we often can't hear other important things. Thank you to the BBC for the reminder that there are other things in this world. It was 40 years ago that Apollo 13 had an oxygen tank explode on the way to the moon. I've said for years that one of our … Continue reading Apollo 13
"Contact Tracing" seems to be the new buzzword regarding what we need to do to re-open the country. It is not. Only one thing will keep us safe: a vaccine. But what is contact tracing? From Wikipedia: In public health, contact tracing is the process of identification of persons who may have come into contact … Continue reading Contact Tracing
A Proverb? A Curse?
"May you live in interesting times" - Attributed as a Chinese Proverb Some also see it as a curse. Earlier today I was thinking that I'm looking forward to a day, hopefully in the near future, where the lead headlines in the newspapers and on news programs are not about COVID19. Then I realized that … Continue reading A Proverb? A Curse?
COVID19: Real Facts
The link below is to the best overview of COVID19 that I've seen. It covers what it is, how it spreads, why soap works, how testing is done, and why social distancing matters so much. It's from the Yale School of Medicine. Watching it may be the most important 8 minutes you'll spend today. Thank … Continue reading COVID19: Real Facts
When Will This End?
That is the enduring question in this time of the COVID19 pandemic. When will this end? As I've said in prior writings, I am not an epidemiologist, I am only someone who follows the data and extrapolates from the facts. As Dr. Fauci has replied, and I agree, the answer is "it depends". The part … Continue reading When Will This End?
Some conservative commentators have offered that we should do nothing about COVID19 because, after all, people die every year in automobile accidents (or from cancer or otherwise, the list goes on). So what's the big deal? People die. Dr. Fauci dismissed this as a "false equivalency". He's right. There is no comparison between the two … Continue reading False Equivalencies