…This map is as of June 9.
According to the raw data, four states in particular are projected to have COVID-19 contained by the end of the summer: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticuit and New York. Why? Because the governors of all four states are on the same page about how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and have been since the Pandemic came to the U.S. Of these four states, only Massachusetts has a Republican governor.
Remember: By the end of March, New York City was the nation’s epicenter for the Pandemic. Infections and deaths in New York City have fallen so much since mid-May, they are now working on reopening in phases. What was the two popular refrains from the vocal minority who didn’t like the restictions put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19? “Only cities are getting hit the hardest.” and “There’s no big numbers in rural areas like there is in the cities.”
How quickly that tone and attitude has changed since the end of May.
Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 Presidental Election, I would not be surprised at all if we start to see travel restrictions in states that are now getting the upper hand against COVID-19 against those traveling from states that didn’t take it seriously from the beginning and still aren’t now.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticuit have already announced anyone coming from states with either relaxed restrictions or are seeing a surge in cases will need to self-isolate or self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry. I don’t blame them for doing that given too many people still want to be selfish.
On that note.
Trump insists he’s serious about wanting to stop all testing. “Less tests, letss positive cases” he argues. That’s just denying reality. You don’t need to watch, read or listen to Corporate Media to know all this. People are smart enough to make their own decisions.
Anyone who followed this blog since April 11 knows I tested positive for COVID-19 on that date. I felt sick the week and a half prior and assumed the sympthoms were unrelated. I had things from a fever to nosebleeds to an asthma attack prior to testing positive. “How do you know it wasn’t the Flu?” I got the Flu vaccine in December that’s how. I get it every year because I’m not an Anti-Vaxxer and I am a strong believer in “Prevention is better than cure.” in short. This past January when my mother got the Flu, I was fine when she got sick at the time.
Did I know, let alone think I had COVID-19 when I started feeling sick right after my birthday? Nope, and I had no reason to think I did until I found out I tested positive. I would’ve never known if I didn’t get tested. My mother didn’t want me to go to the hospital period because of all the fearmongering around that but I went and thank God I did because if I didn’t, I definitely could have unknowingly infected a lot of people in just my neighborhood since I walk everywhere.
If someone at the pharmacy I go to tested positive for COVID-19, I would want to know about it. If the mailman who comes to my house tested positive for COVID-19, I would want to know about it. If a member of my household tested positive for COVID-19, I would want to know about it. I assume all of these and more would apply to everyone readng this too. But no, Trump doesn’t want you to know who may or may not be COVID-19 positive because in his mind, “more testing = more numbers = makes me look bad”. No, really.
The only thing I agree with Trump Supporters on is people had to learn not to rely on the government for anything including information for the first time because of him. A lot of people on both sides of the political divide not only don’t know how to think for themselves but worse, don’t want to try.
One of the few things I agree with some of the bundits on Corporate Media on is unfortunately, both side have needlessly politicized this Pandemic. The Dems basically want the Science and Healthcare communities to run the countries while the GOP is basically looking to needlessly sacrifice lives for the sake of reopening the economy and Optics (Politics).
Vice President Mike Pence took point in today’s White House Briefing–the first in almost two months’ time. Trump, who resumed campaigning over the weekend after a 3-month hiatus due to COVID-19 was not present. It was pretty obvious Pence and Heath and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s opening comments that Trump made sure his words were heard in his absence regardless. Pence saying “It’s Encouraging News” half of the new cases are from people under 35 point to this. So was his basically blaming Millenials for spreading COVID-19 in recent months despite the evidence pointing to the lack of an actual plan to move forward. Pence also lied saying infection rates and an deaths have drastically fallen. It’s not true at all.
It’s like many former White House Officials put it: There is no plan from the Federal Government and that is NOT a good thing. Just the usual “Thoughts and Prayers” nonsense when more than just that is needed. Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 Presidental election, politically the damage to the credability of the Federal Government is probably irreparable at this point.
Getting back to the main topic.
This is a Mass Grave in Brazil, which is now #2 behind the U.S. in COVID-19 deaths and cases. Similar Mass Graves in Iran can be seen from space. It really is something else given conspiracy theorists who didn’t take this Pandemic seriously in the Western World collectively said “Wait until Summer comes. The Virus will quickly go away when it does!” Of course, reality says otherwise.
Those in politics who continue to ignore reality are revealing how little they care about human life. Even worse are those who insist on pushing divisive rhetoric to redirect away from their own failures. I’ll just put it like that. If the idea of Mass Graves in the U.S. scares you, it should. Because I do think we are not far from actually seeing that before the Presidental Election in November.
The recent surge in mostly Southern U.S. States is notable but unsurprising given many in those areas didn’t take it seriously from the beginning at best and outright ridiculed those who took it seriously at worst. Most of those in the Northeast U.S. took it seriously from the beginning so the falling numbers should come as no surprise.
I do think a lot of the travel restrictions in the northeast U.S. will be eased by Thanksgiving personally. The European Union announced earlier this week they will have travel restrictions in place for the U.S. indefinitely. It would be fair to assume how severe the restrictions will be depends on where in the U.S. we’re talking about.
I look forward to working again sooner than later personally. Contrary to some reports, those who recover from COVID-19 do have some immunity from it like any other virus. Anyone who gets a positive test after their initial positive test is getting a False Positive. Germany, Italy, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are just a handful of the many countries that have confirmed some of the rapid rests ARE faulty and can give a False Positive result. Then again, the way this virus spreads demands everyone behave like they already have it so…yeah.
Before I completely forget. If you’re in the U.S. and only get your news from CNN or Fox News and Social Media platforms, you’re still ignorant of what is going on in other parts of the world. In order to understand the larger picture, you need to find out what’s going on everywhere.
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