Last Friday and Saturday I listened to all the episodes of Dr. Osterholm’s coronavirus podcast and discovered something. I found that I no longer felt the need to scour the other news sources — NYT, WaPo, CNN, etc. — for corona news. Apparently, he gave me the certitude that comes from educated truth. Or something. Yes, this wave will ebb, probably sometime in the next few weeks (or months), and there will be another wave, possibly much worse, in the fall, followed by more waves of varying sizes until there is a vaccine. Oh, okay, now I know what to expect. Thank you, Dr. Osterholm!
On Sunday I got the sweetest comment: “Your work during this pandemic is so essential that I’m going to recommend you get a $2 an hour raise, just like the people at Target.” Thank you, Shirley!
Directions as colors.
An insight into men who hate cats.
Stoopid pet tricks.
This is me right now.
So much righteous (and justified, imo) anger.
Drink water. (Or not. I have not verified this advice. Also, I am not a health professional even though I like to play one here on the blog.)
I started listening to #5 podcast and found that his entire premise was based on a statement that was unproven; i.e. that 5% of the population were infected now, and that it needs to be at 60-70% for herd immunity. I disagree with the basis of his premise. New York State tested a random sample of 3,000 people in grocery store parking lots. For the city of New York, 21% to 22% were infected, and these were the healthy people going out grocery shopping! He recommended that the tests available be reserved ONLY for the sick people. That is how he came up with 5%. All those people tested by the state of New York were presumably healthy enough to go food shopping. If you add that 22% to his 5% you get 27%. Many people have the virus and are asymptomatic. China now requires all air travellers to their country to be tested before entry at customs. On April 1 they tested 378 passengers who arrived by air from many countries. These were healthy people coming to do business in China. 78% of them were positive for Cocie-19. They were all asymptomatic And of course, all passengers had to go into a 14 day quarantine. So his premise is flawed. Also, Germany did an antibody test on the entire population of one village and found a very high and shocking percentage of people in that village had the antibodies, including children. Since I do not remember the 5age I will not guess at it here, but Dr. John Campbell did an entire You Tube video analyzing those results. He is a PHD, reired teaching nurse in UK who dies a daily video. Secondly. this presenter accepted that there was a shortage of re-agents so insisted all tests HAD to be reserved for those who show up sick to doctors asking for a test. NO! His premise is incorrect. POTUS has the power and authority to order that companies with the capabilities produce the re-agents, out alternately, use a different test where those re-agents are not required. They are out there. So I stopped listening to his biased talk (based on his own presumptions with which I disagree) and what I found to be disinformation or lack of information based on not taking into account all those who have been tested positive who are asymptomatic. It is those people who are spreading the disease, so if you do not test those who are not sick, how will you ever know how to stop it?
I am chuckling at those images… and now I am off to get another glass of water! 🙂
Thanks for the smiles!
(I seem to do a reset on day three and never get to the superhuman effort of day four…)
omg this is so timely! I was just starting to teach Katniss (unspecified trick)!
“the collapse of the Roman Empire except with wi-fi” I probably shouldn’t have laughed.
Also, isn’t the fact that NY City is a pandemic hotspot likely a correlation to its roughly 21% rate of infection in its population? And considering the lack of testing in the general population, it’s all a crap shoot. I’m pretty sure here in the sticks it’s 5% or below. But that’s just me.
That productivity thing… yeah, that’s me too…
Also, gotta love George Takei. 🙂
Takei: Speaking Truth to Idiocy.
I need to drink more water obviously! I have all those symptoms1
I don’t think my skin ever had a sheen. I’m not sure I want that. A sheen? What?