Tag: COVID-19

June 28, 2020 – 10 Million Cases Reported Worldwide

There are just over 10 million people who have contracted COVID-19. About 25% of those are in the US, despite having only 4% of the world’s population. 500 thousand people have died worldwide. Again, the US accounts for about 25% of those, despite being only 4% of the world’s population. Also this week the CDC released data that showed that actual infection rates in much of the US is ten times higher than previously reported rate. TEN TIMES!

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June 15, 2020 – Is a Mask a Political Statement?

#MaskUp for everyone’s good health. Somehow, there’s a debate around whether or not to wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people make the argument that being required to wear a mask violates their constitutional rights. Other people make the argument that cloth masks are ineffective and so it doesn’t make sense to make people wear them. Personally, I’m most concerned about what cloth masks can do to stop the spread. Because, well, if you get sick and die you’re not going to be able to exercise your constitutional rights anyway. Several common misconceptions are getting in the way of people understanding how a mask can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep them healthy. Some people think that wearing a cloth mask doesn’t do anything. But woven cloth acts as a physical barrier, keeping droplets from coughs, sneezes, and just talking from spreading. the virus

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June 9, 2020 – Walking Backwards

The W.H.O. walked back an earlier assertion that asymptomatic transmission is “very rare.” Turns out that people who have COVID-19 but are asymptomatic can spread the virus after all. So all those people who felt just fine and didn’t bother with masks or physical distancing might have been making other people sick all this time. Great. And the medical establishment wonders why people don’t listen to them and fall prey to conspiracy theories.

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June 8, 2020 – Has the Shutdown Been Worth It?

Has the Shutdown Been Worth It? It’s not a yes-or-no question. At what point did we stop being able to engage in complex thinking? It seems that every conversation about the pandemic (and health, and politics ,and economics, and, and, and) gets boiled down to an either-or choice. You either agree that COVID-19 is a serious health threat, or you don’t. You either see the need for the government to limit people’s movements to slow the spread of COVID-19, or you don’t. You either agree that paying the economic price of shutting down the economy is necessary, or you don’t. But when people are asked to think about all these things at the same time and how they’re interrelated, that when people’s brains seem to go tilt and we get stuck.

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June 4, 2020 – No. We Shouldn’t Be Flying

Governor Ige is getting crap for not saying when tourism in Hawaii will open back up. He doesn’t deserve this. The vast majority of visitors to Hawaii will arrive in airplanes and at this moment there are no agreed-upon health standards for air travel to counter the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19. So I agree with the governor. We shouldn’t be restoring air travel. I can’t help but think if we had a well-functioning federal government managing our country’s response to CORONAVIRUS-19 things would be going more smoothly. Sure, we still might not know when visitors can fly to Hawaii. But we also wouldn’t be paralyzed by uncertainty and doubt.

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