COVID-19: Not An April Fool’s Joke

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World: U.S. [UPDATE – 2:30 pm — US has 203,608 cases and 4,476 deaths North Carolina has 1,584 cases and nine deaths [UPDATE: 2:30 pm — 1,627 cases and 14 deaths]. Forsyth County has 57 cases and 1 death. Still dire. The top government scientists battling the coronavirus estimated Tuesday that the deadly pathogen could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, in … Read More

COVID-19 Update: Long Haul Continues

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It’s a curious benchmark, but people are noting that the US has passed deaths for 9/11. At least 1,512 people have tested positive for coronavirus in NC, and 8 residents have died. One of them was in Forsyth County, our first, a 90 year old woman who died yesterday. Good news: Harsh measures, including stay-at-home orders and restaurant closures, are … Read More

COVID-19 Update: Trump Learns About This Thing Called “Projections”

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North Carolina: 1,167 cases and 5 deaths in the state as of Sunday. State-wide lockdown starts effective today. Forsyth County has 35 positive coronavirus case The numbers are still rising exponentially. We seem to have a working model from University of Washington. So that national peak appears to be April 15 with a total projected death total of 82,121; the … Read More

COVID-19: Relief Package Passes Senate As Jobless Claims Break All Records

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636: Number of confirmed cases in the state of North Carolina12,910: Number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state2: Number of deaths related to the coronavirus in North Carolina 17: Cases in Forsyth County; zero deaths Winston-Salem will go into “stay at home” order beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. A full list of essential businesses, along with the full stay-at-home order … Read More

COVID-19: Cake Or Death?

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World as of 10 am: Spain’s coronavirus death toll overtook that of China on Wednesday, rising to 3,434 after 738 people died over the past 24 hours, the government said. The spiraling number of deaths came as Spain entered the 11th day of an unprecedented lockdown to try and rein in the COVID-19 epidemic that has now infected 47,610 people. Prince Charles has … Read More

COVID-19: The Second Week

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World as of 8:25 am: US as of 8:25 am: Sadly, the numbers now suggest the U.S. is poised to take the lead in #coronavirus cases. It’s reasonable to plan for the US to top the list of countries with the most cases in approximately 1 week. This does NOT make social intervention futile. It makes it imperative! — Thomas … Read More

COVID-19: Day 5

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As of 12:30 pm: US cases are 14,322 (with 210 deaths). That’s quite a leap over yesterday’s 9,000 or so, but we are testing more. NC has 123 cases, zero deaths. Five cases in my county. Dow is down 200 points. Again, seems to be veering from huge changes. The biggest development — GOP scandal: Senator Richard M. Burr sold … Read More

COVID-19: St. Patty’s Day

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He’s at it early. I like how he thinks calling governors “failing” means “working very well with”. If you are wondering why Trump randomly attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, it’s because of this. — Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) March 17, 2020 It is also voting day in 4 state primaries, including Ohio and Arizona. Biden is expected to … Read More

In The Thick Of It: COVID-19 Days

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We’re still part of a community even when we’re by ourselves. Stay home and stay positive. We're #AloneTogether — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 16, 2020 Everything is cancelled. Schools, courts, public buildings… bars and restaurants are open, but few are going. Broadway shut down. And everybody is social distancing. I am remote working. First time doing that. Can’t … Read More

Trump Continues To Mislead On COVID-19; Markets Continue To Plummet

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REPORTER: What was this Obama-era rule that you are blaming for the coronavirus testing problems? PENCE: “The last administration asserted FDA jurisdiction over testing, and the development of tests like this. The president changed that on Saturday.” — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 4, 2020 Um, does this sounds like Trump has moved testing oversight to an agency with less … Read More

COVID-19 Is Immune To Trump’s Lies And Bullying

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So how does Trump handle the combination of the virus and the economic fallout from it? He can’t blame it on a political conspiracy, though he has flirted with the notion—suggesting at one point that the whole thing was a new Democratic “hoax” before denying he had said that. And there’s no enemy here to finger as the villain either. There’s no … Read More