Thursday, June 25, 2020

CoVid-19: What Are We Even Doing? | Disneyland Walks Back Reopening | California Not Looking Good | Zonies: Follow The Rules or Stay Out

New camera, who dis? Obviously still learning. 6.25.2020)

The other day while doing my wake-up scroll I saw about six different friends writing some variation of "tell me something good." For some, it was being stuck creatively, for some it was missing human connections, for some it was just this existential sadness. I get it. I was feeling it, too. So much, in fact, that I even looked for answers in astrology and astronomy, something about Venus in retrograde or something. In my own house, sometimes we're a tight little family, and somehow the past couple weeks we've just started feeling like roommates. I'm up all night, Nova's up bright and shiny in the morning, and Darren falls between that, sometimes hanging out and sometimes finding a project to occupy his day in the studio. I'm only writing this because, as they say, sometimes admitting and identifying the problem is the first step. So today I asked D to fire up the grill and we proceeded to spend the entire afternoon into the night having a feast of a dinner with things from the freezer and refrigerator stockpiles. Fruit that would've otherwise gone bad in the little plastic containers became a beautiful fruit salad. Artichoke dip that would certainly be consumed as comfort eating in the late night hours provided a great appetizer for everyone. Hot links and a T-bone that wouldn't have survived much longer in the freezer became a great meal and tomorrow's tacos. So maybe like Antoni from Queer Eye always repeats, food is love. And we hung out and had actual conversations instead of passing grunts as we droop around the house and we'll get back to doing better. And we have to, because we're going to be almost entirely staying at home for a very, very long time. Today's news after the jump. 
  • CoVid-19 is everywhere. And it's spreading. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez have issued a joint statement that they've been 'contract traced' to having had exposure with someone who tested positive for CoViD-19 and they'll be going into 14 day quarantine. This super blows because Fletch was the only sane one doing County briefings. 
  • Coronavirus: face masks save lives, Japanese study says - South China Morning Post (6.25.2020)    
    • Scientists used a computer model to show how Covid-19 death rates were higher in countries where people tended not to cover their mouths
    • Obese people less likely to wear masks, study says
  • Wearing A Mask Is A Sign Of Mutual Respect During The Coronavirus Pandemic - Forbes 6.25.2020
  • This one feels like it was written just for me: Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health - Wired (6.25.2020)
  • California Governor Media Briefing:
    • Case Statistics
      • Positivity Rate is rising:5.1% over 14-Day; 5.6% over 7-day 
      • New positives: 6.22- 5019, 6.23-7149, 6.24- 5349
      • 101k Tested yesterday
      • 56k new cases in 14-days
      • 4,240 hospitalizations (up 32% in 14 days)
      • Using 8% of surge capacity
      • 19% increase in ICU over 14-day, Using 34% of ICU bed capacity (was 31% yesterday)
    • California is creating their own "model of models"
      • Open to citizen scientists who code
      • This is the info given to County Health
      • Uses info from numerous models: Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Univ of Wash, etc
        • Nowcasts tell us what's happening now "R Effective"
        • Average of all models 
        • Forecast tell us what to expect in next few weeks
        • Scenarios show us potential consequences of today's actions
    • Counties and Entities are moving at their own pace with data given, but State has ability and capacity to toggle back openings if necessary
      • Disneyland & Disney California Adventure have walked back their reopenings
        -Disney Park Blog (6.25.2020)
        "The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date."
      • State will "toggle back" in a more urgent way if hospitalizations, ICU, and ventilators start reaching higher capacity. (San Diego metric is 80%. State right now is 34% in ICU)
      • San Mateo will start issuing fines for mask non-compliance. They have reached ICU bed capacity. 
      • California will not (at this time) require 14-day quarantine from Arizona tourists, but they are reminded that anyone who comes to California must comply with California laws, regulations, health orders, and that includes mandatory face coverings. 

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