COVID-19: 500,000 Americans Lost

Today is February 23, 2021. We are at (approximately) one year since COVID-19 came into our collective consciousness in the United States. This week, we reached another grim milestone: 500,000 Americans have died in the past year from COVID. This screenshot from Worldometers.com: I want to take a moment and observe a moment of silence […]

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COVID: Groundhog Day

Today is February 2, 2021. “Groundhog Day” in the United States. The movie Groundhog Day was released in 1993. In the movie, Bill Murray wakes up to the same situation (on Groundhog Day) over and over again, until he learns an important lesson. Sort of like us. We keep waking up to a pandemic that […]

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COVID Update January 24, 2021

Today is January 24, 2021.  The first case of COVID in the United States was diagnosed one year ago.  As of yesterday, we recorded 427,635 American deaths from COVID.  Since the last time I wrote (January 8), and additional 53,438 Americans have died, or an average of 3143 deaths a day over the last 17 days.   At that […]

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The End of An Error

Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated as President and Vice President of the United States this past Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Their inauguration ended one of the darkest eras in American history. Donald Trump was the worst president in American history. He was the most overt racist I ever saw (although I was not […]

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COVID-19: Where We Are

It is January 8, 2021.  This is where we are in the pandemic: Case counts:  case counts and fatalities continue to rise.  Yesterday and the day before, we experienced 4,000 American deaths each day, the first time that has happened.  That translates into a fatality rate of 30,000 Americans per week.   Our fatality total as of yesterday (as always, […]

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COVID-19: Happy New Year

It is January 2, 2021.  Two days into the new year.   It’s been a little while since I have written about where we are with COVID, so I thought I would check in, and describe where I think we go from here.  As of today, there are (or were) approximately 20,451,302 infected in the United States, more than […]

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COVID: The Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to CBS News (and several other outlets), COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in the United States this week: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-leading-cause-of-death-united-states-this-week/ Yesterday there were over 200,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States, and almost 3,000 new deaths (from Worldometers.com): For perspective, there were more cases diagnosed in the U.S. yesterday than have occurred […]

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COVID-19: Will 1 Million Americans Die?

Today is November 28, 2020. It is two days after Thanksgiving. This was a Thanksgiving unlike any other. My friends and family generally stayed home this weekend, because of the pandemic. We are now averaging at least 150,000 new cases a day, and at least 1,000 deaths a day due to COVID-19. About one week […]

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The Marshmallow Test

The Stanford Marshmallow Test was “a study on delayed gratification…in the study, a child was offered a small immediate reward (1 marshmallow) or two small rewards (2 marshmallows) if they waited 15 minutes” (Wikipedia). Children who were able to delay gratification were found to later have better educational outcomes and SAT scores (Wikipedia). We are […]

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