COVID-19: Latency, Spread and Fatality

As I write this essay on April 3, 2020, more than 1 million people have been infected globally (1,032,184 according to worldometers.info) and 54,294 have died. In the United States, 245,442 have been infected, and 6,098 have died so far. I wrote before about “The Perfect Storm”, and why this pandemic is going to be […]

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COVID-19: The Economic Impact

COVID-19 has become the biggest healthcare crisis of our lives. For more reading on the healthcare impact, check out my other essays on COVID-19 (The Perfect Storm, for example, and Doubling Curves). In addition to the healthcare crisis, it may also become the biggest economic crisis of our lives.You may be asking “what does economics […]

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COVID-19: Viral Replication

Today is March 28, 2020. As I type this, the United States has 105,000 cases of COVID-19, and 1717 people have died (according to worldometers.info). The United States now has more cases of COVID-19 than any other country, and has had more new cases identified 5 days in a row. Our case count trajectory looks […]

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COVID-19: The Doubling Curve

This is the country by country graph showing the “doubling rate” for cumulative Coronavirus cases. Countries on the left have the fastest doubling times. In other words, the countries on the left have the most new cases in the fastest amount of time. The United States has the fastest doubling time in the world. We […]

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COVID-19: A Perfect Storm

I have never written an essay like this. I have never experienced a time like this. The U.S. Surgeon General just stated that “It is going to get really bad this week”. He was referring to the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus. Spare me 5 minutes of your time, while I share some […]

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Y 2020 K

I am going to record some personal observations here, for myself, and for you. I believe that 5 or 10 or 20 years from now, this will be of interest to us. It is March 12, 2020, and the world is experiencing a pandemic from a virus called COVID-19, or Coronavirus. It was first identified […]

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Fear Not

In the movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, Charlie Brown notices a lot of commercialism and bad behavior.   After struggling with this for a while, during the practice for a school Christmas pageant, he yells out “isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” Linus steps up to a microphone at the practice, and begins […]

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Ken Buddy

I live in the Philadelphia area, and have had two jobs in Princeton, NJ.  Princeton is about 60 miles from where I live.  I worked in Princeton from 2005-2008, and then again from 2011 to end of 2019. When I first started commuting to Princeton, I noticed a memorial on the side of the road.  It was a […]

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The Shell Game

I watched a scene in a movie this week where one of the main characters steals meat from a meat truck, and then sells it to a third party. I was reminded of the word “grift”, which means to “obtain money or property illicitly” (thank you Merriam Webster!) When I was little, I remember seeing […]

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Please Remind Me

I have a chore that I am supposed to do once a month in the utility room of my house. It takes about one minute to do this chore. I need to look at something. That is all the chore involves. But I only do this chore about four times a year, because I forget […]

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