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Helpful Resources During COVID-19

People seem to need better places to find helpful information about how to navigate the psychological and emotional impact of COVID-19. I decided to start this blog to begin sharing what I find useful. I do not consider myself an expert on the topic of viruses. I'm just happy to share what I find helpful.

      Some of my favorite articles covering both medical and economic/financial impacts come from Yahoo Finance News. There articles seem to be full of information from credible sources, medical doctors, etc. I find these full of important updates about what is being done to help resolve the crisis. They are written from factual, non-inflammatory perspectives. 

      I also enjoy podcasts on the topic produced by Sam Harris (Making Sense with Sam Harris) and Joe Rogan. They had some experts on in the beginning of this (late February, early March) who spoke factually about the impact we were going to experience and what it was going to take to fix this. They have been correct.

      I am encouraged by the number of really wealthy people donating large sums of money to the really smart people who are working on helping kill the virus in the long term. Bill Gates has been doing philanthropic work in the vaccine arena. Many others are donating large sums of money and supplies to fund those on the front lines, those impacted financially, and those who are in need of food.

      I am aware of the long-term nature of this problem. It has been cited by numerous experts that this is likely to be a continuous problem through the fall/winter of 2021. What makes sense to me is that medical and financial experts, politicians, and philanthropists are working hard to figure out how to keep us on a path of recovery. There is a need to balance the goal of flattening the curve with keeping the economy healthy enough to sustain the long-term impact of periodic shut downs and differences in work situations. The articles on Yahoo Finance News do a good job of informing us of how this is underway.

Understanding the Numbers

The number of new cases, and death tolls are easy to post on the daily news but what do these numbers mean from day to day? Are we seeing improvement? Are we stagnating? Getting worse? 

A friend of mine, Dr. Ross Flynn, has been keeping track of how these numbers reflect a flattening of the curve. I am grateful to him for putting this together, and for his nightly update of where things stand. 

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This is data for the United States. The column heading "% of reported cases compared to two days before" helps us understand where we are at in the flattening of the curve. As we watch the percentage decrease, we know that the flattening is happening. Once we get to 100% we are at the top of the curve, and then we will be on the other side, with the numbers reflecting less and less cases and deaths. Bottom line: the social distancing is drastically decreasing the impact that this would be having on us if we had not been implementing it. Naturally, this is hard for everyone to tolerate, and not without consequences. However, the alternative would be exponentially worse.

I will continue to share information and resources as I gather them. Stay home, stay safe, stay hopeful.


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