Coronavirus.



  • @David-Harris ...so awful, and very sad, and worse-- scary... 😞



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  • Still Think the U.S. "Flattened the Curve"?

    Coronavirus wave pushes California to brink of 2 million cases

    It took almost 10 months for California to record its millionth confirmed coronavirus case.

    Now, just six weeks after crossing that milestone, the state is on the cusp of surpassing 2 million.

    The staggering rate of growth demonstrates how widely the coronavirus is circulating statewide and underscores the reality that activities and behaviors thought to be relatively safe just weeks ago now carry a higher risk of infection than ever before.

    “Without sustained efforts to stop the surge, we can expect that this tragic trajectory will continue,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said this week.

    Courtesy L.A. Times. Emphasis added.

    Ah, welcome to the real world of science, consequences of irresponsible behaviors and exponential growth.

    Happy Holidays! 🎅





  • First U.S. case of infectious Covid variant reported in Colorado

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tweeted on Tuesday that the Colorado State Laboratory confirmed the case in a man in his 20s, who has no known travel history. State officials notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the individual was placed in isolation.

    The news comes as hospitals across the country have been overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases with further spikes expected, likely due to holiday travel.

    With the lamest, most embarrassing pandemic response the world over, you knew it was only a matter of time. Just in time for the upcoming New Year's Eve super spreader Covidiot surge. Sigh....



  • Not to be outdone by Colorado....

    More Contagious Strain of COVID-19 Detected in San Diego County

    For those who may be unaware, Colorado and California share a long rivalry over claims of producing "best cannabis" strains in the world. So, yeah, that was a pretty lame effort at levity... but what else ya' gonna do with this mess, eh?

    Which also brings us to.....

    As much as we're all eager for a return to some semblance of normalcy in 2021....

    Fauci predicts normal life won’t return in U.S. before fall 2021

    That timeline, he warned, will be contingent upon the U.S. “efficiently, quickly and effectively” implementing vaccination programs that have thus far lagged behind schedule, as well as “a rather strict adherence” to personal mitigation measures such as hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing.

    “It’s going to take several months. ... It’s not going to happen in the first few months,” Fauci said in an interview on MSNBC. “If we do it correctly, hopefully, as we get into the end of the summer, the beginning of the fall of 2021, we can start to approach some degree of normality.”

    At the earliest, depending on how much we continue to tolerate Covidiots endangering and killing the rest of us. Cheery stuff!!

    Errm....

    Best wishes for a Happy 2022?? 🎉 🎆 😏



  • Not to be outdone by California and Colorado:

    Cuomo confirms first case of Covid-19 variant in New York (emphasis added):

    The Wadsworth Lab in Albany identified the strain, which was first identified in the United Kingdom, in a Covid-19 sample submitted by Saratoga Hospital.

    [....]

    The strain has also been identified in California, Colorado, Florida and 33 other countries.

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    So much for that "rather strict adherence" to protocols Fauci was urging. Not to mention thirty-three other countries!

    State health officials are urging anyone who was at N. Fox Jewelers from Dec. 18 through Dec. 24, when it closed, to get tested for Covid-19.

    Freakin' covidiots just had to get in that last minute holiday shopping.

    Holy, holy, guacamole!! As the old addage goes: stupid is as stupid does: "One's actions indicate one's level of stupidity (or intelligence).".

    But when, oh when, did we start celebrating it so?



  • Several Canadian politicians have recently been caught vacationing in far-off lands after exhorting the people they represent to stay home except for absolutely necessary (i.e. grocery shopping) trips in order to avoid spreading the plague.

    One of them, a cabinet minister from the province of Ontario, was even forced to resign when it was shown that he had pre-recorded some Christmas messages in front of his home fireplace, then posted them from his holiday resort in the Caribbean to make it appear he was still home.

    Which is just the first half (the Coronavirus half) of this post. The second half is about the weather. The connection? The guy who is admin on the local FB Covid-19 Awareness group put up a really good post about the above behavior, encouraging people to do their best for themselves and for others by not doing what those politicians did. He ended it by saying that, while he was tempted to escape the local weather, he would stay home.

    What weather? Well, here's how he described the storm we're in the middle of today. Maybe the best weather metaphor I've ever heard or read...

    "And yeah, the rain comes in waves and the ferries stop running and the weather most resembles a soaking wet quilt in a giant blender. But that’s ok: storms don’t last, and I kind of like it. This is my home. I can stick around."

    Yeah, we have howling wind, driving rain, and ten-tenths cloud pretty much right down to the deck. Weather like "a soaking wet quilt in a giant blender". Perfect.



  • I sigh for the politicians, who make the rules, & then break the rules.

    Heidi & I flew off to Maui on Jan. 4th last year, for a 10 day break from winter.

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    Unlike politicians, we are sticking close to home & enjoying 40 f. walks on our 5 acre rancette, with Harley (the cat).

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  • Please, nooooo!! Mister Bill!!!!

    San Diego Zoo gorillas test positive for coronavirus

    The ape-breaking news punctuated the dire coronavirus situation in California. The average test positivity rate has risen above 13 percent. Hospitals are overloaded: intensive care unit capacity stood at 0 percent in Southern California and the Central Valley and just 0.7 percent in the Bay Area.


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