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500,000 people dead due to COVID-29

500,000 souls lost to COVID-19

The news today reported that half-a-million Americans have died from COVID-19. That’s more Americans dead from COVID-19 than died in WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam War put together. That’s enough dead to fill Arlington Cemetery. Perhaps if we keep talking about the dead in terms of numerical comparisons we don’t have to feel the pain and sadness of the pandemic. Perhaps if we focus on a headcount we don’t have to think about how our government failed to address the crisis. But every soul lost has left an empty spot behind on the hearts of all who knew them. No amount of counting will erase that.

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#OzDSMS 2020

November 12, 2020 – #OzDSMS

12 hours later and so many thoughts are still swirling around in my head. ??: ???????? ?????? ?????-?? Communication failures added to the anxiety experienced by people with diabetes. Is it that diabetes puts us more at risk for contracting COVID-19 or is it that if we contract COVID we are greater risk of worse outcomes? (It’s the second one.) Do we really understand all those charts and graphs in the news? (Probably not.) Are we clear on what’s required locally in terms of mask wearing, what businesses are open or restricted, etc.? (It depends.) Also, could there be an upside to COVID-19 for people with diabetes? Not being able to go into the doctor’s office has changed the way we take care of ourselves. In some ways we can become more self-reliant. For instance, taking on self-checks of our feet. Also being in our own homes might just equalize

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July 15, 2020 – A Turning Point for Trust

Today is the day that I no longer fully trust the COVID-19 data being pushed out by the federal government. “As of Wednesday, hospitals are being instructed by HHS not to use [the CDC’s] system and instead to report to a new site set up by the department using a private contractor called TeleTracking. “The new system was set up by TeleTracking, a private company based in Pennsylvania, which was awarded the $10 million contract in a noncompetitive bid in April. Sen. Patty Murphy, D-Wash., the ranking member of the Senate health committee, wrote a letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield on June 3 asking why TeleTracking was awarded the contract on a noncompetitive basis.” Source: White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations via NPR

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