Pathogen Deaths – Worst Is Yet To Come

So maybe I am the only one who doesn’t see how things are adding up.


But in the U.S. we have 4,000 dead from Coronavirus and 3/4 of the country (all the major population centers) are on lockdown. 


Yet, the projections are still for deaths in the U.S. to pile up between 100,000 to 240,000


How do you get from 4,000 to 240,000 with most people under lockdown?


The numbers of projected deaths were in the millions before the lockdown and social distancing, so yes the numbers are lower and better now. 


Still the escalating death toll is frightening in its magnitude of what is yet to come DESPITE the lockdown.


Moreover, the estimated death in the U.S. from the Flu was only 34,000 (2018-2019) and that’s with everybody round and about doing their business.


My question is what happens after the (first) peak when they send people back to work and school?


There are still going to be people sick and contagious out there and the whole cycle STARTS AGAIN until we get the vaccine. 


And even after the vaccine, it may become seasonal like the flu or mutate and become even more virulent. 


It seems like there is plenty of reason to be cautious and concerned about what is yet to happen from here.


Then again we may be considered fortunate this time and actually beat this Coronavirus, but then again what happens when the NEXT really bad natural or man-made pathogen gets out? 😉


Note: There are approximately 16 countries with deadly biological weapons programs. 


(Credit Photo: My wonderful so-in-law, Itzchak)

Rescue Plan Is Largely Another Shortsighted Bailout

First of all let me point out these photos of the day.


The first one are blue lines on the floor at Whole Foods telling people to keep their social distance from other customers. 


One person crossed the blue line and another customer promptly yelled at them that they were going to get them sick!


The second photo is limiting Nutter Butters (“Nut Butters”) to 4 per customer during this coronavirus–sh*t people are downing Nutter Butters like there truly is no tomorrow.  LOL


Finally, looking over the $2 trillion Coronavirus Rescue Plan, I see a lot of bailouts–about half through grants and half through loans.  


On the positive and largely necessary side are increases to unemployment insurance payments and aid to needy households (up to $150,000 for married couples is needy?) and to hospitals and transit.


In terms of the business loans, there are “forgivable” ones to small business, so not sure how that is a “loan.”


Overall though, it seems like we are throwing a lot of other money around that we as a country don’t have and will end up paying in terms of a higher national debt and higher interest payments for generations to come.  


This is another lost opportunity!


If we were already going to spend big money like this, why not pass the infrastructure spending bill to rebuild our aging roads, bridges, electric grid, aviation, public transit, and expand internet coverage.  This would actually put people back to work and build America again, rather than give corporate handouts that are shortsighted and with squat to show for it for the country’s ultimate benefit.


Everyone likes to get freebies, but eventually the country will come back to pay the piper, and there will be bread lines and not Nutter Butter. 😉


(Credit Photos: Minna Blumenthal)

Enough! Coronavirus Already

Day G-d’s knows what of being locked down for this global Coronavirus outbreak. 


I am soooo SICK of Coronavirus!


It’s time to slay this Covid-19 and get this world back to normal. 


Sure, I am extremely grateful for every day of health and certainly not to be in the lousy hospital.


But life has got to be about more than Coronavirus. 


It’s not Armageddon, but slow water torture or death by a thousand cuts. 


The repetitiveness is mind-numbing, repulsive already. 


The news is boring, snoring everyone to tears. 


The fear is morphing into unintended complacency.


The “rescue plan” everyone knows is more pork barrel politics.


The wild gyrations of the stock market is nonstop ticker tape Vegas style. 


Even the grocery and toilet paper hoarding has got to have an end in sight.


It’s not that Coronavirus isn’t serious and important, but what about everything else in the world.


Can we start to give some attention to life again? 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

3 Months of Social Distancing

Here is a link to the modeling for Covid-19:

https://covidactnow.org/


You can click any state to see the impact of 3 months of social distancing or 3-months of Shelter in Place.


Basically, it looks like this first round of coronavirus will last until around the beginning of June. 


The hope is that we can keep the hospitals and medical system from being overwhelmed while we try to come up and test an effective vaccine. 


Of course, vaccines are helpful, but look how many still get the flu every year because viruses mutate and the vaccine misses the mark.


Also, there is a risk that the virus comes back even more virulent again, so we all need to continue to pray! 😉


(Thank you to my sister for sharing this with me.)

Trying To Maintain Normality


People are trying to get out of the house for just a little bit each day amidst the mandated social distancing. 



Especially difficult is to try to get some exercise with all the fitness centers, gyms, and pools closed down. 



Some people are just choosing to go for a walk around the track or get in a quick workout with a few friends or family members. 



Can we be normal when everything is abnormal? 😉



(Credit Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Great Explanation of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Great explanation of Coronavirus (Covid-19) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Need a Part II though to explain what people should do when they get sick–communication on this part has been awful. 

BTW, the governor of California stated that he estimates that 56% of their population or 25.5 million people would be infected there within eight weeks. 

At a 1-2% fatality rate (lower than the current global 4% fatality rate) that would mean between 250,000 and 500,000 dead just in California.  

This is very serious stuff folks. 😉

(Credit to my daughter, Rebecca for sharing this with video)

Germs, Can’t Think About Anything Else

With Coronavirus media madness 24/7…


Who can think about anything but germs!


Or should I say killing germs. 


Nobody wants to get sick.


And we don’t want to get others sick either. 

– Wash your hands a lot!


– No more handshakes.  


– No more touching “suspect” surfaces.  


– Keep good (“far”) social distancing. 


– Quarantine yourself in the house for 2 weeks (actually it’s more like indefinitely).


What has become of our world. 


Just one big GERM BOWL. 


Can we really hide from the germs? 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)