|Taken at San Diego Zoo 11.19.2020|
I was in a bad mood today. Not grumpy necessarily, but more I'm-not-gonna-smile-when-I-don't-feel-like smiling. I don't know why exactly. The news of the world is just overwhelming and exhausting, and our media just keep interviewing deniers and ignoramuses. Why aren't they talking about aerosols whenever another restauranteur or gym owner talks about all of their safety precautions?? Why are we still talking about April science when we have November knowledge? Why don't they ever ask the doctors, "Hey, why do you all wear masks AND safety goggles? What do you know that we don't?" Today Nova talked back to the TV with such sadness in her voice, "Why don't people just listen to the changing science??"
Maybe it's a general sadness. It's Scott Huchison's birthday and I think about the loss of him to the music world almost daily.
Maybe it was because I didn't get myself together early enough to catch the Zoo or a hike or something this afternoon to get some sun on my skin.
Or maybe it's just general anxiety. We still plan on going to my parents' house for Thanksgiving, but plan on staying outside and staying for max two hours with our masks on except when we're eating. We'll exploit the San Diego sunshine tax, but it's just not that easy in other parts of the country so it will continue to get worse before it gets better.
The good news though is it was all remedied by the awesome taco dinner Darren made and the San Diego Symphony's performance on YouTube and just going through the process of writing it all down. I miss live performances so much but as someone who finds the symphony cost-prohibitive, even in the before times, this was awesome to watch and you should definitely check it out. Lots of articles and news today, after the jump.
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- 13,005 New Cases/1,072,272 Total Cases (1.2% increase)
- 91 New Deaths/18,557 Total Deaths (0.5% increase)
- 5.2% 14-day test positivity rate
- 3.2% increase in hospitalizations from prior day
- San Diego County Stats
- State Data:
- 899 New Cases/68,142 Total Cases
- 7 Deaths/952 Total Deaths
- 12.1 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 11/10, Assessed on 11/16. Unadjusted Case Rate Using Linear Adjustment)
- 2.6% Test Positivity (Based on week ending 11/10, Assessed on 11/16)
- 6.5% Health Equity Positivity (Based on week ending 11/10, Assessed on 11/16)
- County Data:
- County Reports Another Record-High Number of COVID-19 Cases - County News Center
- 1,091 New Cases*/69,231 Total Cases (Includes batched lab results from prior days)
- 8 New Daily Deaths/960 Total Deaths
- 3% Daily Test Positivity/5.7% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/4.7% Test Positivity (14-day average)
- 10.7 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 11/10, Assessed on 11/16. Unadjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.)
- Case Investigation is 97%
- 11 New/43 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
- restaurant/bar 12
- business 11
- restaurant 2
- grocery 1
- food processing 1
- tk-12 school 2
- faith-based agency 3
- gym 1
- daycare 5
- healthcare 1
- government 1
- retail 1
- Emergency Services 2
- I've been reading and hearing in comments during legislative meetings about the inaccuracy of PCR tests and the disclosure of cycles to defend the ideas that the numbers are fake, the virus is a hoax, etc. Here are some articles debunking this conspiracy theory.
- Was my PCR test result a false positive? - MIT (11.2.2020)
- Can you generate a positive result for COVID-19 from an RT-PCR test? - FactCheckNI (Northern Ireland) - 10.13.2020
- To Interpret the SARS-CoV-2 Test, Consider the Cycle Threshold Value - Oxford Academic (5.21.2020)
- This Pandemic Must Be Seen. If we could watch what’s really going on in hospitals, there would be no more complacency. - Wired (11.20.2020)
- Health Experts Clash Over Use of Certain Drugs for COVID-19 - AP News (11.19.2020)
- Urgent Action Needed to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 Nationwide - ASTHO (11.19.2020
In several weeks, if not sooner, many healthcare systems are projecting that they may need to implement “crisis standards of care.” This action will limit or ration the allocation of healthcare resources within a community and could mean the withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment from some patients based on risk and survivability criteria.
- Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die? An ER nurse’s anecdote of deranged denialism went viral. But when the media caught wind of the story, reporters didn’t do their jobs. - Wired (11.19.2020)
- Politics/Other News/Reading:
- New Annual Report-Tale of Two Counties - County News Center (11.20.2020)
- During the financial crisis of the early oughts, President Obama was criticized for extending unemployment benefits to 52 weeks then 99, I think. I guess I work in finicky industries, because I benefitted then and I'm currently getting PEUC funds. I don't expect that we'll see any additional assistance from this vindictive administration, so we'll be freefalling until inauguration and hope that pandemic aid is one of the top priorities for individuals and small businesses. This country (and the world, for that matter) should not be encouraging people to go get jobs outside of their homes during a pandemic. We certainly appreciate the frontline and essential workers who are out there working every day, and we may have to join their ranks if nothing changes soon.
Millions Set to Lose Aid as Federal Programs Expire - Statista (11.20.2020)
- An Epidemic Of Violence: Fatal Violence Against Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People in the United States in 2020 - Human Rights Campaign (11.20.2020)
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