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The 2019-2020 novel coronavirus in the United States

Reality TV
Trump's Golf

May 24, 2020

The United States had its 100,000th Covid-19 death this weekend. The cover of today's New York Times listed a thousand people killed by Covid-19, their names, ages, city, and sometimes something about them.

President Trump puttered around a golf course yesterday. A combination of Trump golfing and the Times list of the dead appeared on the web.

Trump golfs through the Covid-19 pandemic

Music Association: Friends Of Distinction - Grazing In The Grass
That's me on the bongos.

Covid-19 Check-In
How Are You?

May 6, 2020

Americanized Covid-19, now spikier
The world is sick of Covid-19 and from Covid-19. The world has adapted to the virus, and the virus has adapted to the world, according to the Los Alamos National Laboratory's report, “Spike mutation pipeline reveals the emergence of a more transmissible form of SARS-CoV-2” (pdf).

What Los Alamos says is the Covid-19 virus spikes mutated in Europe to be spikier* than the original Wuhan, China virus. Spikier spikes increase the transmission, the contagiousness of the disease, and its severity. It strains me to tell you but this spikier strain (D614G) has dominated the United States. Comparing the pandemic in the United States to the one in China is an apples-to-watermelons comparison. Put another way, China has yet to experience the “new and improved Covid-19, now with spikier spikes!”

Say It, Don't Spray It

When you talk, tiny droplets of saliva spray into the air. When you cough or sneeze, more saliva and germs spray farther out into the air, about three feet. And when you cough and sneeze forcefully, your rain can hit me from six feet away.

This is you, but it falls on me.

You may not even have the symptoms of Covid-19 and thankfully sneezing isn't one of them, but you could be spraying your newfound virus all over everyone around you. The spray that floats in the air is called an aerosol. How long does your aerosol float around?

Shut The Trap, Shut It!

Virologists have assumed that Covid-19 particles cannot linger in the air for hours after somebody coughs. That assumption could be wrong. A Wuhan University study published in the journal Nature Research used aerosol traps within two hospitals in Wuhan, China. Researchers found bits of the Covid-19 virus’s genetic material floating around indoor toilets, as well as a room in the hospital where medical staff removed their masks, gowns, and gloves.

Could You Do That Outside?!?

The stay-at-home order in Minnesota has given the state time to gather resources and information but has been economically tough. Yesterday's interim state budget report figures a $2.4 billion deficit for this biennium instead of the $1.5 billion surplus Minnesota had. Nearly 594,000 Minnesota workers filed for unemployment by the end of April.

Dave Orrick of the Pioneer Press assessed of the accomplishments of 37 days of the March 25th stay-at-home order in Minnesota.

  ☆  Minnesotans heeded the stay-at-home order more closely than other Americans and more than many forecasters expected. We flattened the curve, creating a slower spread of the pandemic than most states.

  ☆  Prior to the stay-at-home order, Minnesota had about 1,200 intensive care beds. ICU beds, and ventilators to aid in breathing, are crucial to reduce the death toll of the virus, which usually kills by causing the lungs to fail. The state still has 1,244 ICU beds, but within 24 hours the number of beds can jump to 2,044. (Don't jump on the beds! When will this pandemic end?!?) Within three days, it can jump up to 2,588. Hundreds of beds are available for non-Covid-19 patients. The state now has 2,844 ventilators.

  ☆  Medical personal protective equipment (PPE) was in short supply a month ago. Minnesota now has 345,000 N95 respirators, 2 million surgical masks, 7.3 million gloves, 49,000 gowns, and 152,000 face shields, plus significant supplies our hospitals have obtained.

  ☆  Covid-19 swab tests averaged 1,720 per day in Minnesota in late March. Last week, the average had jumped to 3,006 with plans for 5,000 tests per day soon. The increase is good but not yet at a capacity that wouldenable testing everyone with disease symptoms.

  ☆  What we didn't get was immunity. People seem to be able to get sick and sick again. We didn't get a vaccine, obviously, not that a vaccine could be developed, tested, and manufactured in less than a year.

The New Normal

Other changes that didn't make the Orrick list can be seen and not seen all around. Tape marks on store floors remind shoppers of social distancing. Plexiglass shields have become the new Cone Of Silence. Eyes have become more expressive. Masks have become commonplace, not for the sake of the wearer but for everyone else. Office furniture companies have become virus distancing advisers. Planes usually in the air have been parked in Dallas, Houston, Pinal, and Tucson. Homes have become more heaven because of togetherness.

And for some people, due to Covid-19 illnesses or domestic abuse or just not in a loving place, it's hell.

How are you?

Music Association: Kansas - Dust In The Wind
* New word of the day: Spikier

Covid-19 Curve
Sacrificial Lambs

April 29, 2020

Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck - Stay At Home or Open It Up

The United States has over a million cases of Covid-19 with reported cases currently doubling every three weeks.* The argument out there is to push people to make wrong decisions for profit, either political or economic. Some people's money is more important than some other people's lives.

Music Association: The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
* And more Covid-19 deaths than deaths from the Vietnam War.

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Covid-19 Heroes
April Distance
Brings May Existence

April 23, 2020

wash your hands

stay home

stay home - don't spread Covid-19

At one of the White House pandemic press conferences, Trump said he hasn't traveled in months. Yeah, right Pinocchio.

In January, he started from Florida, then D.C., then Toledo, then D.C., then Milwaukee, then D.C., then Florida again, then D.C., then Switzerland, then D.C., then New Jersey, then D.C., then Iowa, then Michigan, then D.C., and back to Florida.

In February, he started from Florida, then D.C., then North Carolina, then D.C., then New Hampshire, then D.C., then Florida again, then D.C., then Arizona, then Colorado, then Nevada, then D.C., then India, then D.C., then Maryland, then D.C.

In March it was back to North Carolina, then D.C., then back to Florida again, and then back to D.C.

That's at least 34 flights.

For the details on all Trump's campaign rallies and Florida golf trips (so far in 2020), see the Trump Timeline 2020 and Trump Timeline 2015-2020 (also available in PDF).

Instead of dismissing Covid-19 in tweets and rallies, instead of being an absent president, he could have been a leader. The kind of leader any other modern United States president would have been. He could have prepared the country and its hospitals and industry for the crisis. Trump failed.

Music Association: Jefferson Airplane - Jet Airliner

stay safe

Covid-19 Heroes
Heroes Should Be Paid More

April 15, 2020

All the nurses and doctors taking care of Covid-19 patients are my heroes. They are putting themselves in harms way and learning about what works and may save lives while waiting for a vaccine. Recent news hints that maybe putting patients on their stomachs increases the oxygen to their lungs (proning, anecdotal evidence). My heroes include all the Covid-19 health professionals in New York who have made videos to show what battling Covid-19 looks like and what they need (masks and other PPEs, and ironically enough health coverage for themselves). Covid-19 health professionals aren't being paid enough and should have Covid-19 workers compensation.

The original Covid-19 hero was ophthalmologist Li Wenliang. In December 2019 he posted on
the Chinese messaging app WeChat that seven patients from a local seafood market had been diagnosed with a SARS-like illness and were quarantined in his hospital in Wuhan. He was detained by Wuhan police and accused of rumor-mongering. Li was hospitalized on January 12, tested positive for Covid-19 on February 1st, and died on February 7th.

Captain Brett Crozier is a Covid-19 hero for defending the lives of his crew and was relieved of command on April 2nd after urging the Navy to address the Covid-19 outbreak on his ship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. He would make a better Secretary of the Navy than Modly was.

The grocery store clerks are also heroes for keeping supplies stocked. The congressional and legislative assistants are also my heroes for listening to the stories of hardships and figuring what the government can do to make things better. Dr. Anthony Fauci is a hero for maintaining his professional ethics in a difficult situation. And then there's Paula Reid (CBS) and Kaitlan Collins (CNN), who popped a toddler's balloon on Monday at the Covid-19 press conference.*

Here is part of Trump's exchange with CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid:

Reid: What did you do with that time that you bought? The argument is that you bought yourself some time. You didn't use it to prepare hospitals. You didn't use it to ramp up testing. Right now, nearly 20 million people are unemployed.

Trump: You're so disgraceful. It's so disgraceful the way you say that.

Reid: Tens of thousands of Americans are dead. How is… this rant supposed to make people feel confident in an unprecedented crisis? What did your administration do in February for the time that your travel ban bought you?

Trump: A lot.

Reid: What?

Trump: A lot, and in fact, we'll give you a list… We did a lot. Look, look, you know you're a fake.

Here is part of an exchange with CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins:

Collins: You said when someone is president of the United States, their authority is total. That is not true. Who told you that?

Trump: You know what we're going to do? We're going to write up papers on this.

Collins: Has any governor agreed that you have the authority to decide when their states…

Trump: I haven't asked anybody because. You know why? Because I don't have to.

Collins: But who told you the president has the total authority?

Trump: Enough!

This Covid-19 press conference started with a campaign video. The lights in the briefing room dimmed for the three minute montage of officials offering laudatory comments about the president and of Trump discussing his steps to contain the virus.

To answer Paula Reid's question about what Trump did in February, Trump actively downplayed the threat of Covid-19, falsely said the virus was under control,
minimized how long a vaccine would take, contradicted his health professionals, and sent 18 tons of U.S. medical supplies to China (which they might have sold back to the states). Trump did even more.

Trump played 
golf on February 1, 2, and 15. He held MAGA campaign rallies on February 10 (Manchester, NH), February 19 (Phoenix, AZ), February 20 (Colorado Springs, CO), February 21 (Las Vegas, NV), February 24-26 (India), February 28 (North Charleston, SC), and February 29 (Oxon Hill, MD). And most importantly to his self-aggrandizement was his riding in his limo around the Daytona 500 track as the grand marshal on February 16th.

Covid-19 traveled more than Trump. At the start of February, the world had 11,953 cases and 7 cases in the U.S. At the end of February, the world had 85,403 cases of Covid-19 and 62 cases in the U.S. As of today, there have been 1,914,916 cases worldwide and 123,010 deaths. There have been 578,268 cases in the United States and 23,476 deaths. There have been 1,809 cases in Minnesota and 87 deaths.

Music Association: REO Speedwagon - Back On The Road Again
T-shirt Slogan Association: Elect A Clown - Expect A Circus
* During Watergate, Connie Chung once came across President Nixon on the White House lawn. She asked him some questions. Then he asked her, 
How much do you make?” She told him, and he said, You should make more money.

Covid-19 cases on April 6, 2020 from World Health Organization

Trump Schedule
Trump Didn't Order Covid-19 Supplies Until Mid-March

April 6, 2020

President Trump waited until March 12th to order ventilators and N95 masks. The order requests delivery at the end of April. No rush apparently.

President Trump's 2020 Schedule

January 3, 2020 - Trump administration told of virus in China

January 4, 2020 - golf

January 5, 2020 - golf

January 9, 2020 - Campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio

January 14, 2020 - Campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

January 18, 2020 - golf

January 28, 2020 - Campaign rally at Wildwood, New Jersey

January 30, 2020 - Campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa

February 1, 2020 - golf

February 2, 2020 - golf

February 7, 2020 - U.S. airlifts nearly 18 tons of donated respirator masks, surgical masks, gowns, and other medical supplies to China

February 10, 2020 - Campaign rally - Manchester

February 15, 2020 - golf

February 16, 2020 - Rode around the track at the Daytona 500

February 19, 2020 - Campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona

February 20, 2020 - Campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado

February 21, 2020 - Campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada

February 28, 2020 - Trump holds South Carolina rally and claims the virus is “Their new Hoax.

March 7, 2020 - golf

March 8, 2020 - golf

March 10, 2020 - Trump says “And it will go away. Just relax. It will go away.

March 12, 2020 - Trump orders ventilators and N95 masks for end of April delivery

March 13, 2020 - Trump for first time admits COVID-19 is a concern, declares National Emergency but says “I don’t take responsibility at all.

Music Association: Styx - Too Much Time On His Hands


Covid-19 News
Too Much Information

April 2, 2020

If you're keeping count, reported Covid-19 cases worldwide topped one million people (1,011,490) today, according to John Hopkins University, having doubled in one week. Covid-19 deaths worldwide have passed 50,000. Spain had 950 deaths in 24 hours, with a total of 10,000 Covid-19 deaths.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday said Los Angeles residents should cover their faces when they are out in public as part of an effort to combat Covid-19. Today the White House is pre-announcing an announcement to have Americans wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

California governor Gavin Newsom asked,
What are you waiting for? to the twenty state governors who haven't yet issued stay-at-home orders for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of command today, after he urged the Navy to address the Covid-19 outbreak on his ship, the
USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Social distancing is not possible on the 1092' aircraft carrier or any ship, and the ship had 93 cases of Covid-19.

Over 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in March with two-thirds of them just last week.

The Strategic National Stockpile has sent out the last shipments in its inventory, depleting the bulk of its protective gear. They sent 300,000 of the wrong masks to Illinois, sending simple surgical masks instead of N95 protective masks.

Instructions for making your own masks are found at the New York Times (pdf). A group of scientists and engineers have set up a website offering the best options for reusing N95 masks. The best way to sanitize surfaces at home is available through the Washington Post.
N95 mask decon
And tomorrow at 5pm, many Twin Cities radio stations will play Purple Rain by Prince in honor of the 50th anniversary of First Avenue, the old bus station that was turned into the music club in 1970. Listen across the dial at
5pm to 89.3 the Current, KQRS 92.5, 93X, Go 96.3, Cities 97, KDWB 101.3, Love 105, KOOL-108, and talk stations KFAN and MyTalk.

Music Association: Prince - Purple Rain

Hopes and Dreams

April 1, 2020

representation of Covid-19 in April 2020

Music Association: John Williams - Imperial March

Hopes and Dreams

Covid-19 State-by-State
Cases and Stay-Home Map

March 30, 2020

The New York Times has a map of which state governors have issued Stay-At-Home orders, and a map where the Covid-19 cases are. Here are those two maps stacked together.

Covid-19 cases & stay home orders (March 30, 2020)
Combination of two New York Times maps showing Covid-19 cases (red dots) & states with Stay-At-Home orders (orange).

The map shows the states with Stay-At-Home orders in orange. These are states that are trying to save lives and flatten the curve, to delay the Covid-19 pandemic long enough for a vaccine to be created, tested, manufactured, and distributed. The striped states have Stay-At-Home orders only in some places. The states in white (Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North & South Dakota) are trying to figure out the difference between ignorance and indifference.*

As of today, the United States has 140,904 Covid-19 cases (more reported cases than any other country) and 2,405 deaths. Worldwide there are 697,244 Covid-19 cases and 33,257 deaths.

The starting pistol has just been fired.

This will get far worse before it's done.
Covid-19 disease or the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Music Associations: Chicago - Only The Beginning & The Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun
* Joke Association: What's the difference between ignorance and indifference?
Don't know and don't care.

Stay Home, Minnesota

Covid-19 is a Nutshell
General Virus Information

March 29, 2020

Courtesy of Ken Goddard: Director, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory.

• a virus is not a living organism, but only a molecule of protein (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipids (fats), that upon being absorbed by ocular, nasal, and mouth mucosa cells changes the genetic code of the cells and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

• Since the virus is not a living organism but rather a molecule of protein, it doesn’t die but rather disintegrates on its own. The length of time it takes to disintegrate depends on temperature, humidity and the type of material where it sits.

• The virus is very fragile, the only thing that protects it is a thin external layer of fat. That’s why any soap or detergent is the best remedy because suds break down grease/fats (that’s why you have to suds up for 20 seconds or more in order to make a lot of suds). Once the layer of fat is dissolved, the molecule of protein falls apart and disintegrates on its own.

Heat melts grease, that is why it is best to use water that is at least 25 degrees centigrade (you can do your math here or just use pretty warm water) to wash your hands, clothes, etc. Besides, hot water makes more suds and that is good.

• Alcohol or any mixture of alcohol at more than 65% will dissolve any grease/fats, especially the outer fat layer of the virus.

• Any mixture of 1 part bleach and 5 parts water
directly dissolve the protein, which kills it from the inside.

• Oxidized water (peroxide) can be used besides soap, alcohol, and bleach because peroxide dissolves the protein of the virus, but you have to use it alone and it damages the skin.

No Bactericide Works. You can't kill anything that is not alive with antibiotics.
Since the virus is not a living organism, you can’t kill it, except to disintegrate its structure with everything mentioned above.

• Never shake clothes you have worn (or not worn) nor sheets or anything made of cloth. As long as it is stuck to a porous surface, it is inert and will disintegrate in 3 hours (cloth and porous surfaces), 4 hours (copper which is naturally antiseptic and wood because it pulls away all of the humidity and it stays stuck and disintegrates), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). Don’t dust or use a duster as the molecules of the virus will float in the air for up to 3 hours and can lodge in the nose.

• The molecules of a virus are very stable in outdoor cold and air conditioning in houses and cars. It needs humidity to be stable and also darkness. Environments that are dehumidified, dry, and with a lot of light will disintegrate it more rapidly.

• The more confined space the virus is in, the more concentrated it becomes. Open air and natural ventilation are the best.

Ultraviolet Light on any object where it can land will disintegrate the protein of the virus. For example, it is perfect to disinfect and be able to reuse a mask. Be careful, as it also disintegrates the protein in the skin (collagen) and can cause big wrinkles and skin cancer.

• No virus can go through healthy skin.

• Vinegar does not work because it doesn’t dissolve the protective layer of grease.

• Vodka doesn't work. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol and you need at least 65%.

Listerine does work! It is 65% alcohol.

• It is imperative to wash your hands before and after touching mucous areas, food, knobs, light switches, remote controls, cell phones, watches, computers, desks, TVs etc. And when after using the toilet.

• You need to use lotion on your dry hands, because the molecules can hide in tiny cracks. The thicker the cream, the better. Also keep your fingernails short, so the virus can’t hide in there either.

Music Association: Hilary Duff - Come Clean

Covid-19 disease or the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Covid-19 Help Wanted
America Needs Leadership

March 28, 2020

Leadership Wanted ad - The Covid-19
The United States needs ventilators.

Maybe you don't know the first thing about making ventilators but don't let that stop you.

Ventilator instructions are available and free to use. The choices are either the Canadian style ventilator or the Floridian style ventilator.

Pick one and start building ventilators.

If you don't have the wherewithal to build ventilators from the instructions, the United States also needs leadership.

The U.S. leads the world in reported Covid-19 cases with over 112,000 and just passed a bill that doesn't provide paid sick leave for 54% of the U.S. workforce, people who work for employers with over 500 employees.

Berkshire Hathaway
JPMorgan Chase
2.2 million employees
1.7 million
So those employees may be able to stay home during the Covid-19 pandemic, or they may not have paid sick leave and might have to take their chances. If these people had guaranteed paid sick leave, it would help slow the exponential growth of Covid-19. It would help to flatten the curve.

Here is the growth of Covid-19 cases in Minnesota:

Wednesday, March 18
Thursday, March 19
Friday, March 20
Saturday, March 21
Sunday, March 22
Monday, March 23
Tuesday, March 24
Wednesday, March 25
Thursday, March 26
Friday, March 27
Saturday, March 28

Try to stay home.
Covid-19 disease or the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Music Association: Steve Winwood - While You See A Chance Take It

Today In Covid-19 News
USA Gets The Bronze!

March 23, 2020

The United States pulled ahead of all other countries except China and Italy, to place third in reported* Covid-19 cases.

Canada, Norway, Germany, and several other countries have pressured the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Tokyo Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Olympics Games 2020 social distancingCovid-19 disease or the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Music Association: Jewel - Foolish Games
* Russia and India may not be reporting all Covid-19 cases.

Picture It
Covid's Top 19 Images

March 19, 2020

flowchart - sick? - stay home - if possible

Covid-19 charts by Chaz Hutton

Covid-19 mortality rates of 3 countries
Covid-19 flatten the curve - slow Covid-19 down

Covid-19 flatten the curve

Covid-19 hand sanitizer

Covid-19 doctor's note: I stayed at work for you. You stay at home for us. - Dr. Ahmed Rabea

Intensive care professionals comfort each other in the ICU of a hospital in Cremona, Italy, on Friday, March 13, 2020 - Paolo Miranda

Las Vegas before Covid-19 and during

Covid-19 gamblers

Covid-19 social distance - Waldo by Clay Bennett
Covid-19 social distancing experts - cats

Covid-19 social distancing by a golden retriever - beep1994

Covid-19 social distancing v. Donald Trump, March 17, 2020

Covid-19 avoid gatherings of more than 10 people

Trump quotes on Covid-19, as of March 19, 2020

Covid-19 toilet paper problem

Covid-19 wash hands for at least 20 seconds
kitten listens and rests

Music Association: Paul Hardcastle - 19

The Score
Covid:      19
USA:      100

March 17, 2020

The novel coronavirus Covid-19 killed its 100th person today in the United States and found its way to its 50th state. West Virginia had the distiction of being the most pandemically distant state of the United States. Let that be a lesson to you the next time you are trying to get away from infectious disease. West Virginia is the place to get away from it all.

Minnesota has 60 cases today. Minnesota's first case was March 6th. There were 14 cases on Friday the 13th. The next day had 21. Then it was 35. Yesterday it was 54 cases.

The United States has over 4,226 cases.

Covid-19 cases map of U.S. on March 17, 2020

The New York Times had this United States map of Covid-19 cases today. Doesn't it look kind of sickly and infectious? The country is covered with bubbling red spots. Having red spots on top of red spots really looks sore and hints at underlying mucus. This is a gross map worthy of an infectious disease book. Makes you wonder what the world looks like.

Covid-19 world by Arkitekyuklid

Music Association: Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven  “the stores are all closed”


Music To Soothe A Coronavirus Isolation 

March 15, 2020

The lovely and talented Rita Wilson, in Covid-19 quarantine with her husband Mr. Tom Hanks (THanks), has a playlist of songs on Spotify called Quarantunes.

Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting
Rita Wilson - Grateful
Rita Wilson - Leaving on a Jet Plane
America - Lonely People
Carole King - So Far Away
Sleeping At Last - Amazing Grace
Rita Wilson - Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Eric Carmen - All By Myself
Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
Johnny Rivers - Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
Paul Simon - Insomniac's Lullaby
Beatles - I'm So Tired
Lauren Cohen - Come Healing
Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Rita Wilson - Girls Night In
Destiny's Child - Survivor
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Akron - Locked Up
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
Rita Wilson - Go On Through It
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Miley Cyrus - The Climb
MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
Bee Gees - Night Fever
Rita Wilson - Sometimes Love
Huey Lewis - Stuck With You
Willie Nelson - Hello Walls
Huey Lewis - I Want A New Drug

It's a sick list. One of my recent music associated songs was The Fray with
How To Save Your Life” and maybe Rita could add that song to Quarantunes II (the sequel). Another appropriate song would be Dire Straits with Industrial Disease.

When the character Tom Hanks was playing in the movie Castaway was alone on an island with a volleyball named Wilson, that wasn't Wilson the sports equipment company, that was a stand-in of Rita.
Covid-19 disease or the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Music Association: The Beatles - Lovely Rita

Flatten The Curve
Close Everything - Stay Home* 

March 12, 2020

The United States Capitol is closed to visitors because of the Covid-19 virus. The NBA and NHL have ended their seasons. New York's Metropolitan Museum, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic, and Broadway theaters are closed. Live Nation tours are canceled. Disneyland and Disney World are closed.

Due to Covid-19, a State of Emergency has been declared by the following states: California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington.

The University of Minnesota has has suspended in-person instruction across all system campuses. Also closing in-person instruction are:  Arizona State, Boston College, Columbia University, Harvard University,
Maryland, M.I.T.Ohio State, Ohio University, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford, TuftsUCLA, Vanderbilt, Yale, and many others. All NCAA tournaments are canceled. Atlanta schools have turned to online learning. Many Colorado schools and Philadelphia schools will be closed for the near future.

Ireland has closed its schools and colleges. Italy is in a lock down. Italy and Iran canceled sporting events. Professional soccer games will be played in Spain and Portugal without spectators. Today, the Olympic torch will be lit without spectators in Olympia, Greece. Ireland and Boston Saint Patrick's Day parades are canceled.

President Trump has restricted travel to the U.S. from Europe, with the exception of the United Kingdom.

ABC’s “The View” is being taped without a studio audience. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on NBC will be taped without studio audiences starting Monday. Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have Covid-19.

Handshakes and hugs are canceled.

By the numbers, the United States currently (3-12-2020) has 1,215 cases of Covid-19 and 36 deaths. If you divide 36 by 1215, you get ~2.96%. Covid-19 has 125,288 cases worldwide and 4,614 deaths or ~3.68%. Plus or minus.

The fatality rate of the flu is .1% .

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, Covid-19 has a conservative fatality rate of either 2% or 1.4%, which assumes more cases of Covid-19 than are reported.

On average, each person infected with Covid-19 infects 2.2 other people. That sounds like doubling at the outset but quickly moves exponentially.

The time is now for individuals and organizations to restrict social activity, when possible, to flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases. Flattening the curve can avoid overwhelming health services, keep the impact on the economy to within manageable levels, and effectively buy more time to develop and manufacture effective vaccines, treatments, and anti-viral drug therapies.

Covid-19 cases graph - flatten the curve

Covid-19 disease or the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Music Association: Semisonic - Closing Time
* If possible.

I'm No Doctor, But...
Covid-19 Isn't The Flu! 

March 10, 2020

Influenza has a long history and multiple vaccines. Covid-19 is new, has no vaccine, and nobody has built up immunities.

Covid-19 isn't the flu.

The flu has a death rate of .01%. The Covid-19 death rate is at least 10 times greater at 1%.

Months from now more will be known about Covid-19, like how to kill it. Vaccines may take a year or longer to invent and produce.

The best thing to do is to survive and help slow the spread of
Covid-19. Here's how:
  • stay at home if possible
  • stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention (call ahead)
  • wash your hands for 20 seconds (with soap or a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • greet people with a nod, a wave, or a bow (not shaking hands)
  • cover your coughs and sneezes
  • maintain social distancing (6 feet)
  • avoid crowds
  • avoid unnecessary travel
  • and don't panic
I'm no doctor, but unlike the President, I listen to the experts.

For the best, latest information on Covid-19, visit the websites of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Covid-19 disease or the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
For the latest number of Covid-19 cases:

Music Associations: Fray - How To Save A Life & Gloria Gaynor - Survive

The Disaster That Had To Happen
Chronic Contagion 

March 9, 2020

The market for daylight savings has crashed.

Sunny days squandered and lost.

Infection affects affection - namaste!

No symptom is the first symptom.

The virus has immunity to presidential gaslighting.
Covid-19 disease or the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
The president trumps any sense of real leadership.

And he hates dogs.

Music Association: The Knack - My Corona

George Floyd, murdered by police, May 25, 2020
George Floyd

Covid-19 disease - the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Presidential Timeline of Donald Trump
Trump Timeline (PDF)

voter suppression
Voter Suppression

music videos
Music Videos
October 2018 Twin Cities Calendar
Landmine Hopscotch


Impact Investing
Impact Investing

Gifs of Kittens (part 1)
Holiday Gifs of Cats and Kittens Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5  

Climate Solutions

Hennepin County Library at Southdale (Edina, MN)
Southdale Hennepin Library  Edina Library  

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman

food fraud
Food Fraud

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