Jan. 20, 2021 – A New Year Begins

A few weeks ago, I stopped posting about COVID. With a new President coming in, led by science, I didn’t feel I could add anything new. Then, last night around 2am, I received the following letter from “Dr. A,” who is working in an ICU in Southern California. He originally messaged me a month ago,

Pandemic Wish List – 2020 Hindsight Edition

As every regular reader knows, I’m not a medical expert of any sort. However, I’ve done a ton of research this year and learned more about epidemiology and virology than I thought I’d be capable of at my age. With that in mind, here’s my list of things that I hope are really different when

Weekly COVID Update – Dec. 3, 2020

Current Situation: Bad & Getting Worse The charts below show a leveling off and in some cases a slight drop after Thanksgiving. This is most likely a mirage, caused by reporting delays normal for a weekend and compounded by the Thanksgiving holiday. I have not encountered a single serious epidemiologist who thinks were headed for

American Exceptionalism = 300,000 Deaths?

Today, as we log 180,000 deaths from COVID, we have a grim look into the crystal ball known as the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which is part of the University of Washington. The IHME model hit the news way back in April, when they raised the possibility that hospitals could get overwhelmed

120,000 Deaths Too Many

120,000 Deaths Too Many

More than 117,000 Americans had died of COVID-19 by mid-June. If our response had been as effective as Germany’s, estimates show that we would have had only 36,000 COVID-19 deaths in that period in the United States. If our response had been as effective as South Korea, Australia, or Singapore’s, fewer than 2,000 Americans would

Want to get COVID? Have sex with demons and wear a mask!

Want to get COVID? Have sex with demons and wear a mask!

As we pass 153,000 deaths in the U.S. and well over 4 million cases, you’d think that political leaders, no matter which side of the aisle, would get their asses in gear to stop this slaughter. Instead, Trump was busy promoting a doctor who promotes wacko ideas. And one of his COVID-positive lapdogs, Rep. Louie

Teachers and students aren’t cannon fodder *

“To be very clear, we don’t want CDC guidance to be a reason why people don’t reopen their schools” VP Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, July 14, 2020 In fewer than 20 words, Pence has perfectly described the anti-science, dangerous stance of the federal government regarding the reopening of public schools.

Attacks on retail workers must stop too! *

More and more articles are coming out documenting the harassment and threatening behavior essential expendable retail workers have to endure every day. We’ve all heard about the Starbucks employee who got $100,000 in case after a video of a Karen berating him went viral. But the vast majority of retail workers subjected to this behavior