Category: COVID-19

  • COVID-19: 500,000 Americans Lost

    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 I want to take a moment and observe a moment of silence […]

  • COVID: Groundhog Day

    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 […]

  • COVID Update January 24, 2021

    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 […]

  • COVID-19: Where We Are

    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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: Yesterday there were over 200,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States, and almost 3,000 new deaths (from For perspective, there were more cases diagnosed in the U.S. yesterday than have occurred […]

  • 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 […]

  • Another Doubling, No One Cares

    Today is October 12, 2020. We approach 220,000 COVID-19 fatalities in the United States, and today or tomorrow we will pass 8 million infections. Yet no one cares. At least I think no one cares. The presidential election is next month. We will see how many people care.

  • The Hillbilly King Gets COVID

    On October 2, the White House announced that donald trump tested positive for COVID-19. In case you don’t remember who trump is, he is the fellow who lost the popular vote in the last presidential election: Last week there was a gathering in the Rose Garden for a Supreme Court nominee. The gathering looked like […]

  • COVID-19: We Stopped Caring

    Today is August 11, 2020. It’s been a while since I’ve written on this site. As I write this, 5.2 million Americans have contracted COVID-19, and 166,201 Americans have died. I have been keeping a “doubling” chart, that looks like this: When viruses spread, they tend to “double” over time. This virus continues to spread, […]