A Creepy Horse Race…
…with horses similar to the fourth one in Revelation Chapter 6
According to Worldometers, as of 7:30 p.m. Saturday (6/20) Texas trailed Illinois in total cases of Covid-19 by 24,838, having easily passed Massachusetts days ago. The Lone Star State has added over 4,000 cases a day for the past two days, and three of the past five days showed numbers in that range, whereas Illinois has shown a steady decline in new cases for weeks. Not since June 12 has that state reported more than 700 new cases. Texas hasn’t seen less than 600 daily new cases since May 26.
If the numbers keep doing what they have been, Texas will assume the fifth position, behind New Jersey, by next Saturday.
However, the daily numbers will certainly increase in Texas, and it is probable that they will reach five thousand any day next week. This surge has just begun. Many people who have been recently exposed will soon begin showing symptoms. So I’ll hazard a guess (anyone wanna place a bet?) that Illinois will be eating Texas dust by next Friday. The curve seems to have just hit the exponential upswing, so the entire field of may be left behind before this is over.
It’s an interesting race. A Twilight Zone sort of morbidly fascinating kind of race. If Rod Serling had come up with this as a story line, the show would have gone another season at least. The madness. The irony…
All a society has to do to drop in the running is to convince it’s citizens—and, failing that, require them—to wear face masks. People can go to work if they wear masks and thus keep their economy going. It is incredibly simple and very effective and not particularly expensive. What a sane concept!
I just don’t get it. We wear seat belts, which protect only ourselves. Face masks protect us and, more importantly, everyone around us. We don’t get up in arms about a law requiring us to wear seat belts.
But Texans, as a rule, will not abide masks.
The whole American South shares a thing about standing up to government overstep, a residue from the Civil War. And in Texas there’s the history of gallantly facing impossible odds, as at the Alamo. But Sam Houston isn’t here to speak reason against passion, so a victory like San Jacinto isn’t going to happen in this conflict.
And the mindset being evidenced here can probably be more accurately termed “pig headed”. A lot of people will become infected and many will be very sick and many will die due to an aversion to reason.
That’s ok. There are plenty of hospital beds in Texas, according to Greg Abbot. And if I am hearing clearly, the governor made sure that there could be no penalties for refusing to wear a mask, and later commended municipalities for requiring them, even chiding about how long it took them to make such a requirement.
Make sense of that position if you can.
This sort of chaotic, and I might add, inane, response to the pandemic is what will ensure that the state will be very hard hit in the weeks ahead.
All entirely avoidable.
And, please, do avoid this virus. I am not eager to lose a friend. Friends are just too hard to come by.
(I sent this as an email to my list of acquaintances. Thought it good to post here.)
I’ve been also estimating when Texas would jump ahead of the various states that had more cases. Ultimately, it’ll sort out by population so Texas will be #2 and CA will be #1. Unless the pig headedness leads it to jump infront of CA but that’s a long way off. And even with 5000 new cases per day, with deaths still so few, they will wait till the hospitals are overwhelmed before mandating masks.
I’m much more interested in when CA overtakes NY! My best guess is 7/30.
My daughter told me I have a morbid hobby, watching these numbers. Look like I’m not the only one.
COVID-19 most probably a bioengineered gain of function pathogen with an ACE2 selective function between S1, S2 site on the virus that attaches selectively to the lung and other organs. Even those who seem to recover may have life time damage. Nasty. Instead the Pravda news says younger generations are not at risk of death and they can tough it out. People are resistant to change. They just don’t want to hear it.
A very dear friend in Belgium is getting tested for covid-19 as I write. She has been feeling unwell for a couple of days. I am concerned for her, as anyone would be for a loved one. She just re-opened her small health related practice two weeks ago after the lengthy mandated virus related closure, doing all the right things for protection and safety of herself and clients, which are treated 1-1.
I sure hope it is not HB and if it is that she can fight it off! Geez, damn this virus!!!!
Yeah, train wrecks in slo mo are hard for me to ignore.
I just hate that folks I know and love are not taking the basic precautions. I live in a pretty rural part of the state, and the numbers are low, but there are cases, and folks are going to restaurants and church meetings and only some are masked. I fear I’ll lose some before this is over.
I hope your friend comes through ok.
I wish your friend well Jan. The unfortunate truth is that, of real, non-boutique countries, Belgium has literally the highest death rate of 837/million population. I have to believe that they have completely locked out hydroxychloroquine as a treatment option in Belgium;
Italy and Belgium have joined France in moving to ban the use of the controversial hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients as questions continue to mount over its safety.
On Wednesday, France revoked its decree authorizing the prescription of the anti-malarial drug for the novel coronavirus following a decision from the government’s health advisory agency.
Now Belgium’s health body has warned against using the drug outside of ongoing registered clinical trials.
Thanks Jim, I know this, and that is what worries me…. thankfully she has certification as a herbalist and in our conversations the last few months, which I have told her about PP info, she has indicated she is on the ball with supplements and building her immune system. She is healthy with no underlying conditions.
No word yet, but I am hoping with fingers crossed. She is a great human being with a big heart. This world needs more people like her! Hoping for a good outcome!
I am in rural Texas now myself. It is shocking how people are just going about their business and maskless. I went to the grocery store this morning and maybe encountered a dozen other people except staff (who were all masked). About half of us customers were masked. My observation has been that it’s the old white guys and the young blonde bimbos that are out and about without protection.