Because I'm bored, I'll do Texas too. It's a little better.
44 total cases, 0 deaths-0% death rate.
3666 total cases, 56 deaths-1.52% death rate.
17,760 total cases, 439 deaths-2.47% death rate.
33,027 total cases, 915 deaths-2.77% death rate.
35,315 total cases, 1005 deaths-2.84% death rate.
Same pattern. Over time the rate is going up. Not as bad as the country as a whole, but pretty bad. Notice how the rate of infections slowed down after quarentine. That's a good thing.
Death rate in the US over the last couple of months (running totals):
March 1 (is this going to turn into something? Should I cancel our spring trip?)
75 total cases, 1 death-1.33% death rate.
March 13 (first day school was cancelled in my district):
2183 total cases, 48 deaths-2.19% death rate.
March 31 (teaching online and hoping we could go back soon)
193,353 total cases, 5151 deaths-2.66% death rate.
April 17 (distric decides to remain closed for the school year)
714,822 total cases, 37,448 deaths-5.23% death rate.
May 4 (Star Wars day)
1,212,835 total cases, 69,921 deaths-5.76% death rate.
Right now (two days later)
1,262,693 total cases, 74,791 deaths-5.92% death rate.
Do you see a pattern here?
I'll help you spot it, the death rate is going UP, not down!
25,060 new cases today (so far) and 2,520 deaths. That's 10% and it's been like that for weeks.
Now you think that maybe 10 times as many people actually had the virus? Okay, fine.
So the death rate is 1/10th of what the numbers show? Okay, but is it 1/10 of the rate from mid-March or Early April, or today, or next month? Because even at 1/10 of the reported rate, it's working it's way towards a 1% death rate. If a third of the country gets it, that's a million deaths. I'm not okay with that. I'll stay home, and I hope you don't let corona boredom lead you to make decisions that will negatively impact those around you. Start reading the classics, learn to code, find all 900 Korok seeds in Breath of the Wild, list your top 50 movies and then watch them in order from 50 to 1, blog, write a novel in a month. Do any of these things, just don't be careless.
Look at Russia. They thought they avoided this whole thing a month ago. April 1 they only had 2777 cases. Now they have 165,929 and they are growing fast. Don't be complacent.
I would agree with this. We had no idea because of the bad info coming out of China and even Europe as nobody really knew what it was. Now we know that a certain population has a higher risk than others, we know it isn't nearly as deadly as originally thought, and we even have some drugs showing that they can be effective.
Now, it's a matter of getting people (research and doctors) used to do things in certain ways to modify their theories and realities. The machine that is in motion from the CDC down isn't a sports car. It doesn't turn quickly. And with the unrest and a nation at home with cable media, local media, and google, it has turned political as elected officials now navigate reelection with voters that think they under-reacted or overreacted. How quickly or slowly they move will have an impact in November and I am not talking about the white house. I think there is a 10% block of people that haven't decided but everyone else has in that race. Local officials are the ones that will win or lose seats based on how they get out of this now and we all know how badly they want to stay in power. We shall see what happens with the new information and better understanding.
The death is not high. The hospitalization rate is also not high. The reason for all of this is because we had no clue what we were dealing with 2 months ago.
I would add that the scientists working on COVID are largely the same folks who worked on SARS, EBOLA, AIDS, etc. Both of the white house doctors are also experts on the other viruses in recent history, but every virus has similarities to others and notable differences. COVID's difference is its contagiousness and high death rate.
I know many of us are struggling to navigate through this Covid 19 pandemic. Our family and work lives have changed greatly. Zoom, Teams, Duo are common terms in our everyday life at the moment.
The United States is one of the most powerful countries in the world. As a country in recent times, we have faced Aids, Sars, H1N1, Zika and Ebola. In each one of these deadly events, as a country we were still able to function with some sort of “normal” activities. We all took precautions for each of these public health crisis. However, we were still able to go to work. Visiting loved ones in the hospital was still allowed. Attending weddings, graduations, and funerals was not interrupted by the previous deadly viruses.
The questions I think we must all ask ourselves are...
1. Are our scientist and doctors not as smart as their
2. Why is this public health crisis different?
3. How did we end up in this situation?