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07/02/20 11:11 AM #7591    


John Jackson

AP article discussing effects of demonstrations on new coronavirus cases:

First two paragraphs:

NEW YORK (AP) — There is little evidence that the protests that erupted after George Floyd’s death caused a significant increase in U.S. coronavirus infections, according to public health experts.

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks — and perhaps as early as five days. But that didn’t happen in many cities with the largest protests, including New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C.


07/02/20 03:26 PM #7592    


Mary Margaret Clark (Schultheis)

If that is true, John, then it sounds as though all outdoor sporting events will now be allowed to the public as well as outdoor concerts, plays, amusement parks, etc. with no limit on crowd size. I am good with that,  Also, not widely reported in the news, is the report out of John Hopkins University that the number of coronavirus deaths per day has continued to plummet in June even as the number of cases has risen. Something for which we can all be thankful.smiley






07/03/20 09:45 AM #7593    


John Schaeufele

Happy Fourth of July to all.  We are not perfect nor have we ever been.  We have lots to improve on.  Pray for this nation.  God bless the U.S.A. and that grand old flag.  Stay Safe!

07/03/20 01:40 PM #7594    


Michael McLeod

Actually we have two things in play about the characteristics of this recent coranovirus surge.

1) As has been understood from the very beginning, the older you are the more likely you will be to die from the virus. So it would make sense that this latest surge, which involved younger people, would reflect higher numbers and lower death rates.

2) Doctors are becoming much better at providing critical care to severely ill covid19 patients. That's another fact at play in the lower death rates. 

You could certainly call 1) and 2)  good news. But the bad news for me is that people are still being careless. I'm hoping this latest surge will wake everyone up that this is a long game, not a short one and that -sigh- we are all in this together, we are all in this together, we are all in this together -- and politicizing helps only one party in the formula, that being Mr. Covid. 

Some news outlets have a narrow focus. The good ones do not. Choose wisely in your reading and viewing and you'll see that all of this information is widely available, and has been for some time.

The things that confront us, scientifically and socially, are subtle.  Don't settle for preconception. Read. Watch. Have a humble heart. And rather than blame the messenger, consult more messengers.  Keep reading. Keep looking. Steer your way, as Leonard Cohen would say, thought by thought.

Actually it wouldn't hurt to find that song and listen to it. 


07/03/20 06:17 PM #7595    


Mark Schweickart

Hey Everyone,
On a lighter note: If you haven't already, spend the $7 to sign up for a month of Disney+ streaming service so you can watch the original Broadway cast performing Hamilton in 2016. It is unbelievably good, and this is coming from someone who saw a road production of the show, and frankly was disappointed. No disappointment this time. It's inventiveness and emotional power just bowls you over. Wow!

(Remember to cancel your subscription later to prevent this from being a recurring charge on your credit card. Or not. There is a ton of content on the site.)

Oh, and speaking of Broadway in 2016, here's Randy Rainbow's advice to the other Broadway shows that year:

07/03/20 08:11 PM #7596    


James Hamilton, M. D.

Mike McL.,

MM put up on the User Forum today the news about the study that Henry Ford Hospitals conducted on hydroxychloroquine. It is sort of exciting and will lead to further research. Even though a lot of negative press has been directed toward this drug and it's use in certain circumstances in treating  - and prophylaxis for - COVID-19, research has never really stopped on this agent.

I put a response to MM's post on that User Forum which might be of interest to you, and perhaps others, as we learn more about this virus and it's complications.


07/03/20 11:05 PM #7597    


David Mitchell

So, I guess they're not gonna be taking this one down.

Happy 4th t' y'all

07/04/20 09:09 AM #7598    


Michael McLeod

Thanks Jim. That drug must love the limelight, sure keeps finding a way to turn up in it. As you may remember I have done my own research in this regard. Of course it only involved one patient and my only conclusion was it gave him scary dreams. Somehow my study never got the publicity I thought it deserved.


07/04/20 12:42 PM #7599    


Joseph D. McCarthy

As long as were talking, medically (hope that's a word, about Covid-19 related items I will interject something that's been on (what little) brain I have left.  

Since the expansion of Covid-19 I have been reading a lot of Medical and Scientiffic articles related to the effects reulting from Covid-19.  Jim and Mike I would like to appoint the two of you to lead a survey on this topic.  To wit.

Since the "Lockdown" began my wife and I haven't been to a sit down restaraunt, we (me) have/has gone out once to KFC drivethrough and about four times to pick up a pizza at a local shop.  Other that my wife has been cooking dinner for the two of us.  All the articles concerned weight of indivduals, with most saying that indivduals GAINED weight as a direct result of Stay At Home / Quarantine.  

I have lost about twelve pounds since the lockdown, and my wife is a good cook.  

Survey Topic: (with NO names revealed) How many of our class has added a pound or two (a lot of Snacking) , and how many have lost weight (unable to get "Snacks" at the store)?


07/04/20 02:22 PM #7600    


Mark Schweickart

Joe -- My wife and I only eat at home, and you can put me in the weight-gainer slot. 8 lbs. and counting. 

Dave -- Stunning picture of the (a)Bartholdi Statue, ur...I mean (b) of Lady Liberty, or that is...  (c) of Liberty Enlightenng the World,  or should I say, (d) of The Statue of Liberty? Okay, so what was the original title of this statue anyway? 

For any of you brave souls out there who would like to read my multi-part screenplay (a drama, not a documentary) about the backstory of this unique statue's creation, let me know and I will be happy to send you a copy. Just think, then you will be able to annoy your friends on the 4th of July (that is, if we ever meet friends again in a 4th of July or any other party situation) with factoids about the statue's creation such as: how important Egypt was, or how Joseph Pulitzer discovered GoFundMe, or how 20,000  Parisian Communards lying dead throughout the streets of Paris changed everything, or how a disgraced US Civil War General got involved, or most importantly, how a young French sculptor with no backing, other than a single friend's optimism, sailed off to America to convince whomever he could meet that the U.S. needed to provide him with a location and a 150' tall pedestal to hold his gift to them of a 150' tall statue. This, by the way, would make it the tallest structure in the U.S. at that time, since buildings in those days topped out at 6 or 7 stories, and the Washington Monument was only half completed back then. What could be easier, even though he had no concept as to how such a thing could be engineered? What can one say, the man had pluck. This was in 1871, giving him 5 years to complete the project in order to make it a gift for the U.S. Centennial coming up in 1876. However, when he finally pulled back the literal veil of the French Tricolor flag covering Lady Liberty's face from his perch in the crown during the  dedication ceremony, it was 1886, not 1876, And when he pulled back the veil, he accidentally interrupted the speech being made below, which he could not hear, and thereby signaled the setting off of fireworks and cannon fire in the harbor. Oh well, so much for the dedication speech, and, oh well, ten years too late, and ten minutes too early. Quite an accomplishment nonetheless.

Anyway, enough of my factoid rambling. Oh, and as you probably guessed, the answer to the question above is (c).

If anyone wants a copy, my email is:

07/04/20 05:38 PM #7601    


Michael McLeod

Happy Fourth of July all!

Here is a fish tale to help you celebrate!



Today is the two hundred and forty-fourth anniversary of our declaration of independence from Britain, and we find ourselves living in a republic of mendacity. The falsehoods never stop. No occasion is too minor. “Pres. Obama destroyed the lobster and fishing industry in Maine. Now it’s back, bigger and better than anyone ever thought possible. Enjoy your ‘lobstering’ and fishing! Make lots of money!” So tweeted the President on June 24th.

As the Boston Globe and other news organizations have reported, the tweet is a lobster fib. Not that President Obama needs to get credit for it—climate change, driving the lobsters north, was probably the reason—but, in 2016, the last year of the Obama Administration, the Maine lobster catch was the biggest in history, a hundred and thirty-two million pounds. Since then, it has fallen by thirty-two million pounds, largely because of the Trump Administration’s trade war with China, which caused certain American agricultural exports, including lobsters, to be hit with a thirty-five-per-cent tariff. China is not in a trade war with Canada, however, and Canadian lobster harvesters have stepped into the market. Over all, the value of the fishing catch in Maine, all species included, has dropped from seven hundred and thirty-three million dollars in 2016 (also a record) to six hundred and seventy-three million in 2019.

If lobstering is (or may be) “back,” it is because of a recent White House directive to extend funds from the cares Act—the pandemic bailout—to the lobster industry, which had previously been left off the list of most-favored businesses. Observers note that a Maine Senate race is under way. The Republican standing for reëlection is Susan Collins. Senator Collins has become the kind of senator the Republicans need. She stages a mini-drama of conscience before every controversial vote, and then ends up voting, most of the time, with her party. The Republicans want to keep her in office. As always, the Administration is directing its attention and taxpayer-funded largesse to whatever pays politically. How else would it operate? It has no other principles to guide it.

Lobster fishing is a niche industry. About fifteen thousand people in Maine make their living harvesting lobsters. And the lobster tweet is a relatively benign lie, more in the braggadocio category. But why insist on lying? Why lie even when the truth—“We looked strongly into extending the cares Act to Maine’s beautiful lobstermen!”—does the job perfectly well?

Speculation about this began on January 21, 2017, and it has not abated. One theory that has a certain elegance and simplicity is that Trump is a nitwit. Most of the time, he has no idea what he is talking about, and so he does what he has done all his life: he says whatever makes him look best. The kindest interpretation is that this is just good salesmanship. You always hype the product, and, in this case, the product is him. He is not exaggerating the truth—he is not even lying, technically—because he doesn’t know what the truth is. He assumes that the biggest whopper is the safest bet. Someone else can clean up the mess.

And the thing is, there always is someone else. It’s not hard to understand Trump. It is hard to understand the people in his Administration who enable the blather and the misinformation, who spin-cycle it to bleach out the most offensive or dangerous implications, and who parrot it dutifully. For the first two years of Trump’s Presidency, some of these people were known as “the adults in the room.” To an admittedly remote observer, those people looked indistinguishable from opportunists willing to suppress their opinions in the hopes of becoming Presidential puppet masters. They were dreaming. All of them have departed with their reputations scarred.


No one will die because of Trump’s lobster tweet. But the stuff he makes up about the coronavirus is killing people. Those at risk are not limited to the small band who showed up in Tulsa. They are people in nursing homes and veterans’ hospitals; people with diabetes and heart conditions; people on Native American lands; people who will lose their jobs if they do not show up for work in spite of the danger to their health; people who may not think about Donald Trump from one end of the year to the next but who live in states whose governors, for fear of White House vilification, have adopted a policy of pandemic bravado, as though by putting on a big hat you can face down a pathogen.

Now those states are being ripped apart, and that is likely to restart the spread of the virus in states that have successfully flattened their curves. If that happens, the whole spring shutdown, with its economic pain unevenly distributed—as everything in the United States now is unevenly distributed—will have been wasted. The United States has a higher coronavirus mortality rate than Brazil. A quarter of the world’s covid-19 deaths have already happened here, in a country that has 4.25 per cent of the world’s population. And we are not nearly finished.

What is appalling is that this was predictable. A man who is incapable of not making things up about the crowd size at his Inauguration is not going to start suddenly caring about the science when he is confronted with a disease that he knows nothing about. He’s going to do what he has always done.

When Trump said, on March 6th, that he did not want sick passengers on a cruise ship brought ashore because it would raise the number of cases in the U.S., making him look bad, it was clear where this was headed. Republican senators knew it; Republican governors knew it; Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar knew it. But they let Trump dominate the Administration’s airtime on the pandemic and, when they finally talked him off the stage, they allowed him to put on a display of petulance that continues to suck up most of the coverage, and to undercut any governor who tried to shoulder a responsibility he has washed his hands of.

The federal government is not supposed to work this way. Its officials are not supposed to punt because the head of state is not up to the job. They are supposed to put aside political interests to attend to the public welfare. It is not as though there has been much leadership on the Democratic side, either. Congress gave the Administration a trillion dollars, with virtually no strings attached, to hand out as it saw fit, and it sent nearly $1.4 billion of it to dead people.

It is to the credit of the press that, even with silly tweets like the lobster fib, it holds Trump to account—not that this has the slightest effect on him or the sanitation crew that cleans up after him. But the press cannot set guidelines, or distribute face masks, or perform testing, or do contact tracing. The public looks to government, Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration, to insure its “Safety and Happiness.” We can guess what he would make of the current one.

07/04/20 05:43 PM #7602    


James Hamilton, M. D.

Joe McC., 

My weight is about the same, judging from which belt hole I still use.

Throughout the "Stay at Home" months we made do with occasional take out, home cooking, grilling more than I usually do (Omaha steaks are the best and, although overpriced, become more affordable when we don't go to nice restaurants for a while) or just grazing throughout the day.

Since the "Safer at Home" policy went into effect about 3 weeks ago, we have gone to sit down restaurants maybe a half-dozen times. In downtown Colorado Springs on Friday and Saturday evenings, the city has now begun to close off a block or two of one street which allows the smaller eateries to put tables into the street itself so that more patrons can "enjoy" the dining experience. I think this is happening across the country in order to help restaurants survive at 25-50% capacity. Sorry, even with a view of Pikes Peak we have not opted to eat in a gutter next to a parking meter, sewer drain (which might house a raccoon or two) or manhole cover. The places we have dined in have been our usual haunts in our own zip code where "everyone knows our names" even with facial covers. I must say that, although the food has been as good as ever - albeit from a limited, xeroxed and disposable menu - the experience is not quite the same. 

Forehead temperatures might be taken and then the masked host or hostess guides us (also in masks) to a table or booth well away from other tables and booths (I like that part) and places that xeroxed, limited menu on an otherwise empty table. Tightly wrapped in paper napkins dinnerware is brought to us and water is served. Our waitperson soon arrives, of course masked and gloved looking like a surgeon ready to do an out-patient skin biopsy. But, that's O.K., there is a pandemic still occurring. Once our meals are served one must ask for any condiments - pepper, grated parmigiana cheese (can't eat Italian food without that!), ketchup or whatever else is needed. These are all brought in small plastic cups or those thumbnail sized packets. No "shakers" are permitted as they would be touched by other patrons. Not that you are hurried but, if other diners are waiting for the limited seating, you might feel guilty if you linger too long over your meal. Re-mask and exit without chatting with other diners whom we might know.

Not like the "good old days".   



07/06/20 11:59 AM #7603    


David Mitchell

I visited my youngest daughter in Cincy last week and made a quick visit to the "big C". Had a few enjoyable hours with Tommy Swain and Charlie Kaps at a restaurant in the Poeple's Republic of Upper Arlington. OLP rocks!

Each time I go back, the city continues to impress me with it's new inner-city redevelopment, but driving down N. High Street was even more amazing this time. The "short north" is going bonkers. But it means gentrification and a lot of older low-income peoplea re on the losing end of that equation.


Hmmm,  "big C" - I kinda like the sound of that. Think I'll add it to my top ten list of new names.

07/07/20 11:46 PM #7604    


Michael McLeod


In case you wanted to know what the real fake news is:

Margaret Sullivan



Media columnist


It’s another one of those Trump Era realities best described as unsurprising but nevertheless shocking.

Three serious research efforts have put numerical weight — yes, data-driven evidence — behind what many suspected all along: Americans who relied on Fox News, or similar right-wing sources, were duped as the coronavirus began its deadly spread.

Dangerously duped.

The studies “paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others,” wrote my colleague Christopher Ingraham in an analysis last week.

Here’s the reality, now backed by numbers:

Those who relied on mainstream sources — the network evening newscasts or national newspapers that President Trump constantly blasts as “fake news” — got an accurate assessment of the pandemic’s risks. Those were the news consumers who were more likely to respond accordingly, protecting themselves and others against the disease that has now killed more than 123,000 in the United States with no end in sight.


Those who relied on Fox or, say, radio personality Rush Limbaugh, came to believe that vitamin C was a possible remedy, that the Chinese government created the virus in a lab, and that government health agencies were exaggerating the dangers in the hopes of damaging Trump politically, a survey showed.


“That’s the real evil of this type of programming,” Arthur West of the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics, which sued Fox News in April over its coronavirus coverage, told the Times of San Diego, a news website. “We believe it delayed and interfered with a prompt and adequate response to this coronavirus pandemic.” (A Fox News lawyer called the suit “wrong on the facts, frivolous on the law,” and said it would be defended vigorously; a judge dismissed the suit in May.)


Beyond the risks the general public faces from consuming this nonsense and misinformation, there’s the fact that the president himself has been picking up these same ideas and using them to steer policy. Instead of tapping experts in the medical and scientific community — many of whom are on the government payroll — he has chosen to educate himself by watching right-wing news outlets.


Recall the South Carolina campaign rally in late February where Trump dissed his political adversaries’ criticism of his virus response as “their new hoax.” Or the Feb. 26 White House news conference where he said of the virus: “We’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time.” The next day, he offered his now-infamous “it’s going to disappear” reassurance.

As the weeks went on, and the toll of the virus became undeniable, Fox’s offerings became somewhat more responsible, but viewers were misled for far too long. As late as March 6, a Fox “medical contributor” was falsely assuring Sean Hannity’s audience that the virus wasn’t all that bad: “At worst, worst-case scenario, it could be the flu.”


To his credit, Fox’s Tucker Carlson was delivering a different, much more reality-based, message, but he was an outlier on the network in those early weeks of the crisis. In fact, one of the studies found that Carlson viewers took protective measures much earlier than Hannity viewers.


07/08/20 04:51 AM #7605    


David Barbour

Thank you Mike,you're pretty good at this writing thing.


Dear Dr. Jim,

Here is an article that you may enjoy.  It is a little above my pay grade so I didn't get all

the fine points, but is roughly what we have discussed recently.  No looting, though

From the NYT Magazine by Isabel Wilkerson.


07/08/20 09:58 AM #7606    


Michael McLeod

sorry to pee in your cheerios, but....

07/08/20 10:41 AM #7607    


Michael McLeod

OK one more newsfeed but then I'll chill for a bit.

However you stand on this reopening the country issue - really scared for my girlfriend, who has to go back to teaching grade school kids in a month - I love how this woman noticed a parallel in the strangest of places and fleshed it out in a lively and engaging and somewhat even nostalgic essay.


The Real Horror of ‘Jaws’ Isn’t the Shark

It’s the leader who initially values capitalism over saving lives.

Jennifer Weiner

By Jennifer Weiner

Contributing Opinion Writer

  • July 7, 2020


Looking back, I can see it was the definition of overkill. But a few weeks ago, I decided that what my family needed, in the summer of 2020, was a horror movie. So my husband and daughters and I headed to the drive-in movie theater in Wellfleet, Mass., to watch a 45th anniversary rerelease of “Jaws.”

In the past, the drive-in — the same one my parents took me to when I was a child — was a reliably good time. The kids would wear pajamas and visit the playground and usually run into a friend from day camp or from the beach. Adults would bring sweatshirts and blankets and set up folding chairs on the pavement outside of their parked cars, the better to enjoy the night air. The national anthem would play at the start of the show, and the scent of rose hip blossoms and popcorn would be borne by a stiff ocean breeze. When twilight finally deepened to dark, you could see thousands of stars in the sky.

This year was different, in a dozen ways large and small. We bought our tickets online. The woman inspecting the receipt on my phone wore gloves and a mask and handed me a list of rules: No moviegoers allowed outside of their cars. The playground was closed. Only two people per group allowed at the snack bar.

I hadn’t planned on attempting the snack bar. We brought our own popcorn and, after some fumbling with the speakers, we arranged ourselves in the back of the minivan and got ready for blood on the water.


“Is this going to be too scary for me?” my 12-year-old asked. I told her I thought she’d be fine. The truth was, my memories of “Jaws” were limited to the theme song, the gore and the line, “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”

I didn’t recall the real horror of the movie. Or maybe, the last time I saw it, I was too young to understand that the shark was simply doing what a shark is built to do, and that the true villain is not the coldblooded predator — it’s the warm-blooded mayor.

“All I’m saying is that Amity is a summer town — we need summer dollars,” Mayor Larry Vaughn argues after the first attack, when the chief of police wants to close the beaches. It was a phrase that could have been ripped off for a speech by one of the Republican officials who initially refused to shut down his state’s beaches or insisted on reopening the bars.

Even in the face of the gruesome evidence, Mayor Vaughn decides that the victim had been killed by a fishing boat. He tells the police chief that he’s being too hasty — “You yell ‘shark,’ we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.”

The beaches stay open. The shark kills again, its victim, this time, a young boy.

On the dock, the boy’s grieving mother gives the chief of police — the one man who had been trying to do the right thing — a hard slap across his face. “You knew there was a shark out there,” she says. “You knew it was dangerous. But you let people go swimming anyway. You knew all those things. But still my boy is dead now.”


I found myself bracing for a Trumpian response — for the police chief to say that he didn’t take responsibility, or to talk up Amity’s great job numbers, or to point out that most swimmers will not get bitten by a shark, and that almost all young people who do get attacked make complete recoveries. I prepared for fringe theories or culture-war distractions, maybe a rant about how the hippies were the real threat to Amity’s way of life.

But the chief, Martin Brody, doesn’t bluster, doesn’t counterpunch or pass the buck or stage a photo op. When the mayor apologizes after the mother’s outburst, saying, “I’m sorry, Martin. She’s wrong,” Chief Brody responds, “No, she’s not.” His shoulders slump, as if he’s taken on the weight of the mother’s grief and sorrow, and he walks away without another word.

By that point, my 12-year-old was dozing. I woke her up. I wanted her to see a story about a leader doing the right thing in the face of a deadly outbreak (of shark attacks) — even if it took one more death, with the police chief’s own son imperiled, to finally prod him into action. So we watched the chastened mayor release funds for a shark hunt, and the police chief, in the company of a nerdy scientist and a grizzled old salt, goes off to vanquish the underwater enemy. There is tension. There’s tragedy. Finally, there is triumph. The police chief blows up the shark and dog-paddles home.

In Wellfleet, the audience cheered as the credits rolled. But it was hard not to think about our real-life, real-time horror: a pandemic that continues to disproportionately affect the poor, Black people and Latinos (and that has taken the life of the actress who played that mourning mother in “Jaws”).

Masks have been politicized to the point that donning one is akin to sporting a “Biden for President” bumper sticker on your face. And instead of a leader who steps up to do the right thing, we’ve got a president who delights in divisiveness and wallows in woe-is-me, while too many of his fellow Republicans, loath to cross him, seem to care more about those summer dollars than dead citizens or grieving families. Instead of a boat on the water, we’ve got heads in the sand.

That night, driving home in the dark, I imagined our country as the first girl to die in every horror movie, the pretty one who falls victim to the monster or the serial killer. The one who is blithely certain of her own invincibility, or maybe just bored with taking precautions. The one who goes down to the basement or up to the attic as the audience screams that she shouldn’t, knowing what will happen to her if she does.

This shouldn’t be so hard. It shouldn’t be so hard for the government to support workers. It shouldn’t be so hard for citizens to stay home as much as possible, to wear a cloth mask, to postpone birthday parties and barbecues. From the Ozarks to Fire Island to the Jersey Shore, we’ve all seen pictures of Americans who won’t deny themselves their summer pleasures, insisting they happen just as they always have.


But how can we be surprised? Our leader is standing knee-deep in the shallows, smiling and beckoning and telling us that the water’s fine.


07/08/20 02:13 PM #7608    


Mary Margaret Clark (Schultheis)

The following tables are copied from the CDC's website which are the most recently updated on COVID deaths. The first table represents the week the deaths were reported in the entire U.S. and the total of COVID deaths, beginning with 2-1-20 through 7-8-20. Also something worth considering in this data is the fact that according to the NYT as of 6-27-20 over 40% of COVID deaths were in nursing homes. The second table represents total COVID deaths in the U.S. beginning 2-1-20 through 6-27-20 ranked according to age group. 


Through the end of June, there have been a total of 29 deaths in children under the age of 15.  The total number of deaths for the age group 0-24 is 171.  In addition, as of today's date, the CDC's table shows a dramatically falling death rate for the entire United States. While each death from whatever cause is tragic, America is not being told that in a nation of 74 million children, there have been just 171 deaths from COVID. This is important knowledge to have when making decisions about children returning to school. Children never have been a target of this virus.    


Life is for the living, and the living must have the means to provide food, clothing, shelter for their families and children must be educated and socialized. There are many more dire ramifications for a nation's populace when they live in a constant state of fear and anxiety.  I argue that as the tables prove, the virus is no longer a virulent, serious threat to the population. The medical community has learned how to properly treat COVID so as to shorten the duration of the illness and to greatly reduce the need for hopitalizations. We have more PPE stockpiled and have trained long-term nursing facilities to better protect the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, the media and some of our city/state leaders fail to provide the requisite information which is necessary for individuals to become unburdened from their fear and so make their own personal decisions about how they choose to live their lives.    


Updated July 8, 2020

Week ending date in which the death occurred

All Deaths involving COVID-19 (U07.1)1

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All Deaths involving Influenza, with or without COVID-19 or Pneumonia

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07/08/20 05:01 PM #7609    

Mary Clare Hummer (Bauer)

I've been living "in a constant state of fear and anxiety" since way before the corona virus ever came on the scene.



And, of course, wash your hands. ❤️😷


07/08/20 05:24 PM #7610    


Mary Ann Nolan (Thomas)

Clare, good advice.

07/08/20 05:33 PM #7611    


Timothy Lavelle

It gives me some pleasure to remind you that all my life I have been known, to men and women, boys and girls worldwide as someone who is exceptional in bed.

The first notices of this, you know, fairly amazing capability, came to me in VN. I would hear, "Get LaVelle in a rack and watch, it's amazing."

Over the years I have added to my experience of pilows and positions and after quitting smoking, better breathing techniques. Check me out at Tim in Bed on u-tube. Apparently I am fun to watch.

So, imagine how sad it is to say that I am losing that swagger that comes from knowing you are great in the sack. 

For months now I have been unable to match my lifelong talent ie. to lay down and go to  sleep immediately.

Now I spend long tense minutes wondering if tomorrow morning I will awake. Not die in the night, no, but to wake up to the wonderful news that Butt Ugly has resigned the presidency. Hoping for news of "I am tired of playing, I quit!" so we can begin to find a way to live through one GD day of not receiving some report of lunacy from Washington. It does keep me awake. 

Please wear you mask and have the courage to ignore ignorant ass people who say less deaths per day make it okay to disregard that almost 130, 000 people in this land of the brave don't have the luxury of going to sleep quickly. Or of waking up at all tomorrow. Remember our younger folks once, we would not have done ANYTHING that we thought could endanger them. Now, some people want to take a chance with children in school When infection rates are climbing? Are we just dumber than a box of rocks or what?

Be sure and check out that "Tim in bed" thing.


07/08/20 10:12 PM #7612    


James Hamilton, M. D.

Dave B. 

I have trouble accessing links to the NYT, not being a subscriber, so I was unable to read the entire article. I did look up the author and she tends to focus a lot on the caste issue. I probably do not agree with her opinion (her comparison with the old house was quite creative, however). It seems to me that it emphasizes victimhood. But, anyway, I appreciate the link.

Mike McL.

Dr. Haseltine is obviously a knowledgable and distinguished virologist. I agree with some of what he says, but I think he - or the article - is missing some important points about the practice and research aspects of medicine in general. 

Fifty years ago this month I entered medical school and, with the exception of some microbiology training, was essentially devoid of any knowledge of what disease, diagnosis, treatment, patient care and research was all about. What the last five decades have taught me is that I am NEVER surprised at what can change - and how fast it can change - in the field of medicine. And that extends back years, even centuries, before my time.

As good as vaccines are they are not perfect. I do believe they can end pandemics but they cannot eradicate the diseases. Polio and smallpox still have a minor presence in the world today. Cholera often raises it's head after natural disasters. Measles has made an alarming return just recently. I feel the role of vaccines are more of a containment than an end. He mentioned that the common cold recurs yearly and are caused by four types of coronaviruses so that immunity is probably not permanent. That is probably true. However, the common cold (we call them URI's - upper respiratory infections) can be caused by numerous types of rhinoviruses, RSV, parainfluenza, adenoviruses  and many others that are "unknowm". This adds up to over 200 different causes of URI's and we are still counting. As you well know, colds are not usually diagnosed by swabs or cultures but rather by history and physical exam. Cultures to rule out a strep throat are occasionally done. So if a person contracts a different virus each year one cannot say that he or she is "immune" to a certain agent. 

What bothered me most about his thoughts was his pessimistic view of the possibilities that the future of medicine might hold. We have seen in our lifetime advances that were unimaginable just a few decades ago. When I was in training a heart attack bought the patient a three week hospital stay. Today, most patients receive a stent and are released the next day. Strokes used to be treated with "You had a stroke. Bed rest and then rehab will be needed but you will have deficits". Today, infuse TPA or some other "clotbuster" and/or do a clot retrieval and the patient is likely to have minimal if any functional defects. Genes attached to a virus can be infused to young toddlers with certain fatal genetic deficiencies and have some hope for a childhood. In the future, perhaps an adulthood. Understanding of the immune system is expanding rapidly and I suspect major advances will allow better vaccines or something that we cannot yet imagine to be discovered within the next decade or two.

I may be an optimist but I also have a lot of faith in the future of medical advances.


07/08/20 11:37 PM #7613    


David Mitchell

Damn! I was jsut about to book a flight to Japan so I could visit the Fiju-Q Highland Amusement Park, when I stumbled upon this article from today's USA Today; 


As theme parks have reopened in Japan, one new rule has visitors thrown for a loop: No screaming on roller coasters.

It may seem like an odd request when riders are going up and down, upside-down and sideways at high speeds. But intense vocal expressions are thought to produce droplets that could spread the coronavirus.

A consortium of Japanese theme parks developed the rule so they could reopen with precautions after closing due to the pandemic. However, as The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, theme park goers are having a hard time following it.

In response, two executives from the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park appeared in a four-minute video where they rode the park's Fujiyama coaster in complete silence.

"Please scream inside your heart," the video advises at its conclusion.


I think I'm in luck. They didn't say anythng about vomitting over the side of the railings.

07/08/20 11:42 PM #7614    


David Mitchell


You should'a gone to Our Lady of Peace? 

We had courses in "fear and anxiety" from about 2nd grade through 8th. 

Or was it "fear and loathing"? I'll have check that and get back to ya.





If you are referrring to sleep apnea, It's really not all that much fun. I went to a sleep apnea "contest" at my main VA hospital in Charleston over a year ago and guess what?

I won first prize!  (Both kinds) 


07/09/20 12:02 AM #7615    


David Mitchell

Late night idea flash!

We monetize this whole mask thing. Put corporate advertisng signs on the masks.


So how about a mask with an add for Camels or Lucky Strikes? Or just cut a hole in the mask big enough for a real cigarette?  Pretty handy.



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