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This is the screen grab of the moment. But the US added nearly 20,000 new cases yesterday. No doubt this influence the President’s announcement abandoning his Easter hopes and focusing the country on the end of April instead. He promised data tomorrow to explain his change of heart. More

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Shameless plug for this week’s Gen X episode of the Smart Girl podcast, where we discuss our first concerts. Mine? Shaun Cassidy. Oh, the shame. My second concert was much, much cooler. More

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FDA Gives Emergency Authorization of Hydroxychloroquine Use The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency authorization Sunday for hydroxychloroquine, a drug already used to treat malaria and other ailments, which has shown anecdotal efficacy against coronavirus. More

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To me these two Ratio are the only thing that should matter. % of total deaths from Pneumonia & Influenza (P&I). Also total hospitalizations from P&I. Shut downs & incremental restrictions should be based on multiplier of hard data of these two ratios, with seasonal adj average data. To me hospitalizations/death % from Influenza needs to […]

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I finally convinced myself that I shouldn’t be mingling with the riff-raff who might be laden with COVID-19 in grocery stores and I was going to sign up to have grocery delivery. Only the service might not be available, at least in the short-term. Instacart workers are the ones who gather together customers’ groceries and […]

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My stepdaughter sent me a text yesterday to let me know that 73-year old singer-songwriter John Prine, a favorite of ours for decades, has been hospitalized in critical condition with coronavirus symptoms. He’s been in poor health for some time, surviving a bout with cancer in the late 1990’s, and has had several subsequent surgeries, […]

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It was about the beginning of September, 1664, that I, among the rest of my neighbours, heard in ordinary discourse that the plague was returned again in Holland; for it had been very violent there, and particularly at Amsterdam and Rotterdam, in the year 1663, whither, they say, it was brought, some said from Italy, […]

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I am not a follower of the antics of the British royals, but one would have to be brain dead not to have heard that Prince Harry and Megan Merkle have left their duties with the royal family and plan to enter into some sort of business in North America. The latest is that the […]

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https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/product-and-innovation/detect-covid-19-in-as-little-as-5-minutes.html https://www.alere.com/en/home/product-details/id-now-covid-19.html More

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This is not for everyone. I know. But, Palm Sunday is coming up and a lot of churches are offering services online. I’m sure I have missed some mentioned here. If anyone is looking for a place to watch a mass online, this is a great parish that has worked hard to make their livestream […]

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I am lucky to be married to a good chef. She doesn’t get to cook very often, since her work extracts nearly every molecule of energy. She comes home frayed, and I hand her a beverage and wave to the meal that awaits. Her ability to feign delight is an ongoing theatrical production rivaled only by Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” in London, and I appreciate the subterfuge. Long marriages require many small sweet deceits.  

The first weekend of the lockdown she decided to make fish stew. This betrayed a somewhat different approach to life in The Duration.

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The politicians, even the reluctant ones, are doing what the epidemiologists are telling them to do. And it seems that the public is overwhelmingly supporting them. Or at least that’s what they think. Is that the case? Has there been any polling done on this? Is it time to start a letter writing campaign, petitions, […]

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I will bet anyone any amount of money that the infection rate for covid 19 is less than 19%. Dollars or bitcoin accepted. More

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Can you believe that 75 years ago–beginning on February 21, 1945–60,000 US Marines attacked the small Japanese island of Iwo Jima? It wasn’t very safe. In fact, about 26,000 of the young men were killed, wounded, or missing by the time the battle ended on March 26, 1945 (that’s 43.33% casualties). 6800 of the young Marines were killed (11.33%).

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https://www.facebook.com/bernie.nordmanwahl/videos/pcb.10158181368406948/10158181366561948/?type=3&theater A self-deprecating sense of humor is a sign of mental health! Broke the tension at the grocery store. We do find ways to adapt.  More

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President Trump was persuaded by his medical experts’ latest top end estimates to keep Americans unemployed, their businesses crashing, though the whole month of April. He said he would have a briefing or presentation on Tuesday where the claimed numbers would be shown on charts of some sort. Worth noting: the supposed experts still refuse […]

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As coronavirus continues to dominate news around the world, Russia, until quite recently, has received relatively little attention. Before reported cases of the disease within President Vladimir Putin’s own administration and a lockdown of Moscow, the infamous ex KGB agent and his government were being praised by many in the western media for an effective […]

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This morning’s data sort is by “Recoveries” as I am trying to “look up” a little even as I ask the question: Who/what do you trust? Yesterday I posted a link to a University of Washington affiliated think tank that put out some wonderful graphics attempting to make predictions, state by state (and aggregated nationally) about the bell curve for this epidemic. Or as New York Governor Cuomo said the other day, they were saving stored ventilators for the “apex” of their epidemic. The Washington think tank purported to give an answer as to when that apex might be. Within hours a number of the predictions were falsified which calls the model into question. Not just that the predicted number was wrong, but that the range was wrong as well.

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