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Hola pandemic pals,
When flu season hits this year, are we going to update the novel coronavirus to COVID-20? I’m only asking because I’ve been reading a lot of research papers and press releases from epidemiology reviews and it appears as though we’re headed for a second wave pandemic.
But nobody wants to hear that. Science schmience, amirite? The politicization of COVID-19 has resulted in a complete side-lining of science and technology.
Because, here’s the rub: as long as hundreds of millions of people refuse to believe the facts, there’s no way to stop them from spreading the disease. Our ability to properly respond to the pandemic is crippled by the notion that we’ll have to wait until all the naysayers with political power have suffered personal COVID-19-related losses to convince them the error of their ways. That’s as dark a paragraph as I’ve ever written.
So let’s change things up. Since science and technology are useless in a fight against people with their heads shoved so far up… the sand dune they’re burying them in… let’s do astrology.
What’s your sign?
Leo: You’ll have good fortune if you wear a mask when you’re in public.
Scorpio? Staying in quarantine and observing social distancing makes you more attractive.
Virgo: Your Moon is in the House of Saturn and that means you should wash your hands vigorously at regular intervals throughout the day.
What’s another zodiac sign? Taurus?
Taurus: No bull, you should encourage people in your bubble to read research and learn the facts about COVID-19.
Pisces: You’re very thoughtful and penitent and people are impressed by your ability to restrain yourself in front of a plate of nachos. Wear a mask.
Capricorn: You’ve been called a great dancer, but that’s nothing compared to the monuments they’ll erect in your honor if you observe proper social distancing and only spend time in public for essential errands.
If I forgot your zodiac sign it’s because astrology is fake and I couldn’t be bothered to keep this bit going.
By the numbers
|Last week we talked about money.
This week let’s revisit the COVID-19 infection numbers (Worldometers)
Tweet thread of the week
📍Huge—ANOTHER PROVEN RE-INFECTION—This one is much more serious than Hong Kong reinfection. 25-year-old patient from Nevada got sick March 25th, recovered (2 neg tests), but got *EVEN MORE SICK* May 28th & hospitalized. Key—completely distinct 🧬 #SARSCoV2 coronavirus lines! 🧵 pic.twitter.com/J5DKw2xIFB
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) August 28, 2020
What to read
|COVID-19! Second verse worse than the first, the White House suppressed data, and the CDC has obviously been compromised…|
|In this little section, we’d like to talk about the tech that’s getting us through the pandemic. This week I’m boycotting this section.
Technology could be saving our lives. If the global community came together and decided to end the pandemic, we could knock it out in a few months.
Instead of an entire year of economic and financial destruction… instead of thousands of businesses closing permanently (just in the Mexican state where I live)… instead of nearly a million people dead… we could all be talking about the pandemic that was, not the one that’s just getting started.
Every week I write this newsletter, I get tied up in the numbers. Nearly a million dead, over 25 million infected… but there’s more to the pandemic than just the body count.
There’s also the lingering effects that fear, anxiety, and trauma have on us as individuals. And there’s the social damage being done by those who refuse to believe the facts that matter.
And those facts are: COVID-19 can be ultimately stymied by a few incredibly simple steps (wear mask, wash your hands, remain socially distant) and every person who refuses to do those things is personally responsible for delaying our civilization’s recovery.