As of this morning there have been more than 1.4 million coronavirus cases in our country. That’s based on the Johns Hopkins University estimate. Approximately 89000 people have passed away in the United States. Major automakers, Chrysler Fiat Jeep, Ford and General Motors are slowly beginning to reopen for business. The stock market was up almost a thousand points today. The market has reason to be hopeful. The reason for this optimism is that pharmaceutical company Moderna, has reported that their first clinical trial has shown that out of 45 people injected with the new vaccine, all 45 developed antibodies that normally only occur in people who have already had the virus. That is incredibly promising news. They’re 45 for 45 independent of the size of the dosage which varied by person. A big start, and phase 3 will start in July. They are optimistically hoping for a year-end vaccine. That’s probably the biggest news of all. Moderna is an United States based company out of Massachusetts. It would be great finding the cure here in the United States. That would reaffirm our greatness in the field of science and make sure that Americans, especially our healthcare workers in America would be inoculated first. So for every positive there’s a negative. isn’t it amazing how good news brings the morons out? The number of vaccinations administered to children in Michigan has dropped by as much as 22% during this pandemic. This report was released today by the CDC. The CDC happened to use Michigan as a case study but it has no bearing on other states in this nation. Why are people not getting their children vaccinated? The answer is pretty simple. It’s not Financial because I know that most states have programs to inoculate children regardless of their parents ability to pay. It has nothing to do with socioeconomic circumstance or the almighty dollar. This is all about the ridiculous anti vaccination groups keep popping up all over the world. I don’t get it. In this case science completely rules. When I was a kid I had to take a polio vaccine. They don’t give those anymore. No more measles or mumps shots either. Why not? Because these diseases have been eradicated from the planet. Is it magic? Did David Blaine make them disappear? Course not. Vaccinations rule. Why do people believe that their children should not be vaccinated? In this case you could lay odds that all these non vaccinators blame the inoculations that people have received throughout the years as the cause of the continuing covid virus. How ridiculous is that?
In other news Georgia has been open for more than 2 weeks now and as yet, there has not been a spike in Corona cases. There are probably two reasons for that and I hope I’m wrong about this. Reason number one could simply be that there’s always a lag between infection and symptoms. Especially symptoms that are bad enough to require seeing a doctor or going to a hospital or taking a test. Now fingers crossed, I’ll say the other possible reason could possibly be the new way that we’re learning to live. I’m referring to social distancing and no physical touching as in handshakes. This very well could be keeping covid-19 at bay in the state of Georgia. I’m sure we’re going to find out really soon especially as more and more states begin to reopen.
How about restaurants? Is it safe to go out and eat. There are many new rules in place for going out to eat. Hand washing and employees wearing cloth face coverings are both essentials. The CDC recommends that all restaurants intensify sanitation disinfection and cleaning. Create social distancing by spacing tables and continuing to recommend curbside pickup. Restaurants are required to develop a system to check for signs and symptoms of covid-19 in their employees. So now, will the people come back? That’s an unknown. We do know that restaurant capacity is going to be greatly cut given the rules about separating tables and total people allowed in each establishment. It’s tough for the restaurants to begin with. The situation we are in makes it much tougher. Think about it, we go out to eat to relax. Maybe we go out with our kids on a Sunday. Our adult kids and sit in a sports bar watching the game and eating wings. Well there are no games and there are rules for the customers too. Face masks are required. The only time they can be removed is when you are eating. Your server will be wearing a face mask and gloves. Now I see this in Publix when I go shopping and I have to admit that I am feeling a certain level of discomfort when I’m walking in a grocery store. But, grocery shopping isn’t supposed to be relaxing. It’s a necessity. I can’t imagine not having that same feeling in a restaurant where everybody is masked and if you just sit and try and forget about the world around you you’re reminded every time you open your eyes if you are sitting in a covid-19 world restaurant. I’ve got to tell you. There’s nothing relaxing about that in my opinion. Although I support this country and certainly small business, I’m going to choose to sit those restaurants out for a while. I don’t mind making my own food sitting in front of my own big screen television set that broadcasts in 4k, and not worrying about somebody walking by, or serving me and sneezing while I’m not wearing a mask. It’s really that simple. I think the restaurants have a big tall ladder to climb and it’s going to take a long time before people are comfortable again. I won’t be comfortable until I’m able to get a vaccination. We go to the grocery stores because we have to. Nobody forces us to go to a restaurant. I am not anti restaurant. I am anti covid-19. Now I feel the same way about gyms. This one I don’t get and I am a workout person. Now full confession, I have a full gym in my house and I’ve always used it. I don’t need to use a public gym but I’ll occasionally drop by one of the gyms in my community perhaps a few times a month because of the social aspect involved. I’m glad I don’t have to do that now. How many times have we been in gyms, I mean real gyms and have had the person in front of us not clean off a bench that they sweat on, or a machine? In my mind gyms are already Petri dishes for disease. why would we put ourselves in Jeopardy doing something that we specifically do to be healthy. There are plenty of household items you can use to have a really good workout. The elliptical can be replaced by brisk walking and the same benefits will be reaped without the risk of catching covid-19. I don’t believe that one person in our government ever thought what would happen if everything reopened and nobody came. The jury is out on all this right now. There ought to be a verdict in the next month or so. Once again I really hope that I am wrong.
The lone Star State has reopened. Yes Texas is open for business. The only problem in Texas is that this weekend, and Saturday specifically Texas had the biggest single day jump in covid-19 cases since the pandemic began. 1801 new cases were diagnosed on Saturday. Texas Governor Abbott, laid the blame on the City of Amarillo noting that there were 700 new cases in Amarillo alone on Saturday. Is that really an important point? Amarillo is a hotspot. We all have cars. We go places. I don’t believe it’s safe there. I wouldn’t feel safe doing anything in Texas right now yet against all the original criteria for reopening including a 14-day downslope in new cases Texas has reopened.
These are some of the things that I noticed today in the news. Our world is still crazy. It seems like the craziness will never end. I genuinely hope like all of us do, that there will be a vaccine and it’ll happen sooner than later. I hope the people wise up and stick out their arms to accept the needle gratefully. Everyday is a day to watch. Day to keep our fingers crossed and Hope that we’ve finally crossed the bridge and we’re going to be able to continue to work and keep this country open.. Most importantly keep all that horrible death away.
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