J. Harris: There should be some case numbers out late this afternoon. For now, Harrison County is hanging in pretty well. Daily numbers will not be as available. They will go up. Don’t let down. We will try and get some understandable and dependable information about Vaccines.  

For now remember: 

 VACCINES DOESN’T EQUAL VACCINATION: There will be lots of administrative problems. Most of us will wait until about 250,000,000 vaccinations (or more if 2 shots are needed) are given to those in more immediate danger than most of the American population. 

As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us?

CDC may shorten 14-day COVID-19 quarantine recommendation

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic

:…Human beings are deeply unwilling to change their minds. And when the facts clash with their preexisting convictions, some people would sooner jeopardize their health and everyone else’s than accept new information or admit to being wrong…But … don’t say the equivalent of “What are you thinking by not wearing a mask?” That message implies “How could you be so stupid?” and will immediately create dissonance (I’m smart versus You say I’m doing something stupid), making him almost certainly respond with defensiveness and a hardening of the belief …

Hospitals Know What’s Coming “We are on an absolutely catastrophic path,” said a COVID-19 doctor at America’s best-prepared hospital.(Written by Ed Yong who is doing fabulous work during this pandemic)

“…During the spring, most of UNMC’s COVID-19 patients were either elderly people from nursing homes or workers in meatpacking plants and factories. But with the third national surge, “all the trends have gone out the window,” Sarah Swistak, a staff nurse, told me. “From the 90-year-old with every comorbidity listed to the 30-year-old who is the picture of perfect health, they’re all requiring oxygen because they’re so short of breath…This lack of pattern is a pattern in itself, and suggests that there’s no single explanation for the current surge. 

“…the Midwest has taken entirely the wrong lesson from the Northeast’s ordeal. Instead of learning that the pandemic is controllable, and that physical distancing works, people instead internalized “a mistaken belief that every curve that goes up must come down,” he said. “What they don’t realize is that if we don’t change anything about how we’re conducting ourselves, the curve can go up and up…Empty hospital beds might as well be hotel beds without doctors and nurses to staff them… 

“And though health-care workers are resilient, “many of us feel like we haven’t had a day off since this thing began…“Even before COVID-19 hit, we were short-staffed…Of late, there have been days when the hospital had 45 to 60 fewer nurses than it needed. “Every time I’ve been at work, I’ve thought: This is going to be the final straw. But somehow we continue to make it work, and I truly have no idea how.””

J. Harris: Hey Old Timer, better wear your mask if you’re out — but don’t go out unless you just have to. If you get sick, where are they going to put you?

State-by-state breakdown of 134 rural hospital closures

The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone.
~ George Roberts 

America is so advanced that even the chairs are electric.

~ Doug Hamwell


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