pandemic

COVID-19: You Seem To Be Misinformed

Yes, you.  You’re reading this, so I’m talking to you.  And you appear to be missing some crucial information essential to interpreting the present situation.

There exist quite a few out there who are conversant with such terms as “flattening the curve”; I’m fairly sure you can explain (more…)

COVID-19: Armchair Quarterbacking

There’s a ton of anger toward Donald Trump for his mishandling of the present outbreak.  I understand it; at present, I myself am quite disappointed.  There’s a few things that ought to have been done much sooner, and we should examine them.

We have too few doctors, nurses, nurse’s aides, people trained in hazmat disposal, (more…)

Brazil Jumps On Grenade

We’re getting used to world leaders making decisions that appear Quixotic, even a bit insane.  In the face of a world that’s shutting down due to a virus, North Korea is running missile tests every couple of days, rogue Iraqi militias keep firing missiles at American bases, Russia’s doing a curious diplomatic maneuver with Venezuela… and Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has decided that his countrymen are tough enough to survive COVID-19 without any protection.

Over the past few weeks, Bolsonaro has downplayed fears of a global pandemic, (more…)

Fear and Loathing: The Plague Market

After opening fifteen hundred points down, the stock market dropped another two thousand.  Consumer goods are up 20% — hoarding toilet paper does some good after all — but the rest of the market is through the floor.

Coronavirus fears, a massive price war for oil, and a certainty among financial wonks that a downturn is due:  All these come together to create a truly nasty couple of days, (more…)

Coronavirus Panic Is Insane

I am NOT a medical expert.  I’m not a doctor, an immunologist; I’m not even a licensed ambulance attendant any more.  So when I tell you things about a viral outbreak, you should take them with a grain of salt.  (So to speak.  I’m also not a pharmacist.)

But when I talk about panic, you should listen to me.  When I tell you about history, you should listen.  And when anyone else who is not an immunologist (more…)

Coronavirus: Prepare Or Panic?

Note:  I’m a commentator, not a doctor.  There’s a reason I don’t work in a hospital, and it’s not just because I’m squeamish.  When in doubt, consult a doctor; this article is just general information.

Yesterday, the CDC released a guidance document on the COVID-19 outbreak.  It tells us… well, honestly it tells us that they really don’t know much.  It’s deadlier than the normal flu outbreak by at least a factor of 10; up to one case in five may require hospitalization.  If you’re old and chronically ill, you’re much more likely to die.  Oh, and those masks?  Probably won’t keep you from catching it, but if used properly might keep you from spreading it.

And that’s about it.

So… yeah.  Not exactly the most informative press release (more…)