Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Seventeen weeks...

Seventeen weeks... and counting.  That is how long I have been basically quarantined in my home.  Been to the grocery store just three times.  And two trips were to small markets with relatively few customers.  I have yet to enter my neighborhood Kroger grocery.  One trip to the pharmacy to get allergy drops for my eyes.  Two trips to Costco. 

Back on March 10 I had a friend over for lunch.  She is returning tomorrow.  We've talked on the phone but not seen each other in person.  I told her we could sit at opposite ends of the dining room table. 

On March 11 I went to the grocery and to Costco.  Folks were going bat-shit crazy.  Really?  You need 20 rolls of paper towels?  And a cart full of bagged spinach?  (you didn't look like Popeye)

I came home and decided to stay here.  I get meals from Blue Apron.  I decided I would just get them every week versus every other.  And then they started having supply problems because of demand.  Thankfully, things seem to be back to normal.  Whatever normal is anymore.

I have watched three programs on Frontline about the virus.  I have learned that if we had closed our borders to  back on January 1 and only allowed American citizens to arrive home from abroad, and found a way to segregate them from the population, we might not be in this mess.  Cities with international airports seem to be hardest hit:  New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles....

I railed at our Governor for shutting everything down.  I did not realize how stupid so many people were.  While some were overly cautious, like driving with the windows up, alone in a car, wearing a mask and plastic gloves, others were completely careless about their behavior...and still are.  So, in hindsight, Governors had not much choice about shutting down to protect the majority.  Because the idiot in the WH had not a clue about what to do.

I learned that a scientist in New York said that hospitals would be overwhelmed with patients if we didn't shut down the economy to prevent the spread.  That makes sense.  Certificates of need for new hospitals pretty much prohibit new construction.  Add to that the fact that today, patients are dismissed from hospitals as rapidly as possible.  Even staying one night after surgery is not always possible.  I know from personal experience.  So, fewer beds are available.  There are some very interesting articles online about the problem and what we should have done to prepare for the virus.  And this study from 2007 poses a real warning of being unprepared. 

BTW, I did try to find out how many hospital beds we had in 1968 during the Hong Kong Flu pandemic, but had no luck.  But in 1975, there were 1,465,828 beds.  Population in 1975 - 216 million.  By 2018 - 328 million and there were only 924,100 beds.  We just must be much healthier and not in need of hospitals.  Rather, we kick you out as quick as we can.

So, today, I sit here and marvel at how this got so f---ed up.  And how so much is still not known.

First it doesn't spread from human to human - which made no sense since all those infected folks in Wuhan couldn't all have gone to the market and got infected.  So, wrong.

The virus dies on the surface.  Now it lives for 72 hours. 

It is not in the air.  Oh, it is in the air.  Which means we have like no chance of avoiding it.

With the increase in our population, it only makes sense that more folks will die in 2020 than did in 1968.  Plus, the virus is more deadly - or so they say. 

I am still wondering why it is important to get tested if you have no symptoms.  If you are positive, then what?  And if you are negative today, you could be positive tomorrow.  And? 

So, I make trips out only when necessary.  I wear a mask.  I give the stink-eye (in my mind only) to folks who do not.  I am not sure when we will ever get back to 'normal'.  And I hope that the majority of Americans wake up and do something about the man who allowed this mess to happen.  You know who I mean.

14 comments:

  1. I too don't get why they are pushing for being tested, especially if one has no symptoms. I refuse to be tested unless I absolutely think I may have it. There are so many unknowns and so many we can blame. I don't trust ANYONE who gives out ANY information about this virus. EVERYONE has been so wrong about it including ME. And no one wants to address why numbers spiked after ALL of the protests for MANY days with NO social distancing and HARDLY ANYONE wearing a mask (and don't give me that speech that it doesn't do as well outside as inside to spread because then WHY are public playgrounds and public pools closed?? IT'S A MESS! I'm going out when I want to go out where I want to go out and with who I want to go out with, mask wearing since it is mandated here. If I get it, I get it. I have a faith and its okay for those that don't that the God I have faith in knows exactly what is going on, including the very second and the very reason I am to die. I could die of a heart attack, stroke, brain tumor, aneurysm, blood clot, car accident, etc. So I'll trust He knows what is best and live my life cautiously but abundantly as I seem fit :)

    enjoy your visit with your friend!

    betty

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    1. They don't know and why can't they just admit it! A young man in our state could not get to see his therapist, but he could buy a gun, so he committed suicide. I am sure there are more than one instance of that happening.

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  2. That's a pretty horrid story Denise, poor young man. I understand the figures are much higher in the States than Canada. Our Maritime provinces have completely closed their borders and have no Covid at all. Western Australia is the same but the populations are smaller in both cases I believe. I don't go out much at all and have two sorry three visitors these days (no masks) plus all the PSWs but they all wear masks. I'm a bit like Betty, if I get it, I get it and anyone can die at any time anyway. Especially at my age.

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    1. A friend told me yesterday that if she gets it she does not want to be put on a respirator - just let her die.

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  3. If someone was to read this tale of woe in 50 years time, I wonder what they'd make of it? Things are much easier in the UK since last Monday, thank goodness. Meeting friends at the pub this afternoon. Hardly anyone ever wore a mask here despite there being some very funny ones available! And yes, I know who you mean!? Stay safe Denise.

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    1. I knew it! Your PC was just an excuse to go to the pub. LOL. Anyway, it is a tale of woe. But I wonder what or who will be around in 50 years in an age of AI to read or even understand.

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  4. Hi Denise! It sounds like you're holding up fairly well in this Twilight Zone world. Hard to make sense of all the confusing and conflicting information out there. Canada seems to be getting things under control. Masks are mandatory indoors in most places, here. Hotels and restaurant patios have reopened, with strict sanitizing and distancing protocols. As a cure for our cabin fever, we'll be taking a little road trip within Ontario later this month. Doing our part to stimulate the local economy, armed with disposable masks and hand cleaner. ☺ Hope you had a lovely lunch with your friend!

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    1. We had to put our lunch on hold because the heat was getting to me. I could barely stay awake even with the AC running. Next week.

      Enjoy your trip. Hope the weather is good for driving.

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  5. We are sheltering in place as well as we can. I have a sister who is handicapped as the result of a stroke. I go over to her home several times a week to everyday and that is my weakest link to this Covid. Frankly, everyone behaves differently in a crisis and we are are willful culture. This is harder on the extroverts than the introverts.

    I'm a retired science teacher and have an undergraduate degree in Biology. We opened too soon in Georgia and too many people were out shopping during the shut-down. We have a good Governor in that he is good with politics and human nature. We had a fair amount of anti-maskers and the Governor has encouraged masks. I think he understands that cornering these folks will make them more defiant.

    We are on a journey with the Pandemic for sure.

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    1. I too am an introvert, so not socializing is no big deal for me. One of my sons says his life has vastly improved by working from home and not having to travel. Life will be different for all of us in the future. You take care of you and your family and do what you think is best.

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  6. You write well, Denise, with a good deal of irony and humour. I am glad that I checked your blog.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I do not blog nearly as much as I used to. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. In the month since you blogged this we have seen so many incredible instances of stupid; I can't understand especially the ones happening in New York City. After all they went through in March and April! Now we have the bike rally in Sturgis, SD. Hoping no one from my home area is attending. One of my first cousins is a seasoned ER doctor - he risks his life daily for this?? As for the hospital bed situation...we will be lucky if our nation's health system doesn't collapse under the weight of everything happening. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. So I saw an interview with one of those bikers and he said this is all political and the virus will disappear after the election because people are not really dying from the virus, etc. etc. .... Must be the President of the Niches for Imbeciles Club.

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