First and foremost, I hope that none of our Critters and Zoosters, especially those of you in California and the Northwest, are in imminent danger of contracting the “novel coronavirus”, aka “COVID-19.”
New York state’s main COVID-19 epicenter of New Rochelle, previously only known for being the home of fictional Rob and Laura Petrie, is maybe 35-40 miles south of us. The illness is cropping up in other NY counties besides Westchester and NYC’s 5 Boroughs, so I’m going to assume that its spread northward is inevitable.
I checked in on our pregnant(!!!) niece Emily and her husband Michael, who live near Boston, which is having its own outbreak subsequent to a recent Biogen conference. One of the companies which had had a presence at the conference is Michael’s employer; and, even though no one from his particular office was an attendee, the company instructed all employees who could to work from home through May 31st. Both of them are fine, which relieved me greatly.
I was going to compile some of the many lies that trump has told since COVID-19 arrived on our shores; however, since starting this post, the progression of both the disease and the lies have made that idea pretty much pointless.
So I’ll just include a couple of items along those lines.
First this, from March 7th at Salon, regarding trump’s awful presser at the CDC. Here’s the video – sorry it’s posted twice, but it’s from the original on the twitter feed of @ddiamond:
And this: after trump finished his recent “presidential address” about the pandemic, apparently he got caught on C-SPAN showing just how seriously he takes this:
In case you no longer trust the info from the CDC, here’s a site that is keeping track worldwide. You can refresh it throughout the day for updates.
I won’t inflict any more trumpness on you, so I’ll end on a high note. Crank the music to 11 🙂
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