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Reopening The Economy in Phases

There is a lot of frustrating talk about opening up the USA. At least, what I have seen and heard in the last 48 hours has been frustrating. People are tired, scared, suffering, and confused. Hence, the desire to find some useful information. From what I hear, the governors are in charge and the governors of the Midwest are working together in a team. I continue to be impressed by Gov. Cuomo of NY and the governors of the Midwest as they work to help us navigate this viral beast.

Here is a helpful article describing the plan outlined by Drs. Fauci and Birx. I hope people will heed their advice, and proceed with sensibility and care. I picked up a small order from Kohl's today and they are doing pick up in your trunk; the employee was wearing gloves and a mask. The local gas station has signs posted that gloves are available for people who need them to pump gas. These are small and encouraging signs that business owners, and leaders are doing what needs to be done to help the public stay safe. With national government acting in ridiculous ways, my hope remains on physicians like Drs. Fauci and Birx, and the State and local leaders to continue helping us through this.

Another good resource is the Hoover Institution. A resource put out by Stanford University, it is a good collection of data and updates. Most sources have a political leaning at this point, so read it for the data.

I'm deeply grateful to everyone on all levels who is helping us through this. I could write for paragraphs about how grateful I am to everyone who is acting with respect, reasonableness, and love. My heart goes out to all of those who are in pain or suffering. Looking forward to better days ahead.

One day at at time. Focus on self care, and stay safe.

Update on the Numbers

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Explanation given by Dr. Flynn:

The curve in the US didn’t flatten any more today (blue line). We’re still growing Reported Cases at about 7% every two days (yellow line). The good news is the trend line of acceleration (yellow line) is heading in the right direction, as we approach the apex. These numbers tell me it’s harder to flatten the curve for a country our size vs. one of the 50 states. Especially when not everyone is practicing physical distancing, masks and hygiene. It makes sense there are pockets of people who haven’t experienced much COVID-19, and so imagine the virus won’t come their way and so they don’t need to protect against it. Similar to where most of us were in January and February. I’m not thinking the virus will forget how to infect. It may just take more time to travel to more isolated sections of the pool. I’m thinking the best we can do is follow the guidelines from Drs. Birx and Fauci, waiting for Phase One, a “sustained decline in reported cases for 14 days while testing asymptomatic people.” We aren’t there yet.


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