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Godfree Roberts

Along these lines, readers will enjoy JoePlumber's 2-minute chalkboard calculations: https://youtu.be/65-zHuovSPs

egl

There is no app unless you install one. "You cannot turn on exposure logging without an authorized app installed..."

Keith Harbaugh

Taking a break from covid-watching,
it is definitely worth noting that Carter Page's analysis of what happened to him
"Abuse and Power: How an Innocent American Was Framed in an Attempted Coup Against the President"
is now available for download for $15.

BillWade

The tracking app was installed on my wife's IPhone without her knowing. While I know it's seemingly impossible to live without a smart phone it can be done as I don't have one myself and have no intention of getting one. I do not feel deprived.

A. Pols

84% were 65 or older, not 74 or older.

Fred

Larry,

Thanks for the write up.
"Eighty four percent (84%) of the dead are 74 years of age or older. " That puts Biden at the highest risk of all. No wonder he's locked in his basement and terrified of speaking with actual Americans rather than paid sycophants. Any news on the death totals from the Mount Rushmore speech? It's been weeks and not a single report.

The "Big Brother" App is the tech companies approach to applying China's social media scoring to the US population. I'm sure they won't collect or sell your location data to anyone, without the right payment; nor is there any police agency that could get that info without a warrant. They will void obligations to respect privacy by rewrting thier terms and conditions, and proclaiming they are doing it because of the 'crisis'. Doing like TTG and ditching tech gadgets will soon become obligatory for those not wanting to live in a scene from a Tom Cruise movie.

Serge

It was never the death rate of this disease that had me worried, but the persistent lyme disease-esque symptoms that a subset of sufferers grapple with months after convalescing from the main symptoms/presence of COVID. If this disease becomes as I think it will an endemic virus like the common cold, with humans at a constant risk for reinfection, the chance of putting yourself at risk for a COVID-related permanent long term inflammatory disorder is the truly disturbing thing. Not the insignificant death rate.

Larry Johnson

Serge,
Really? Tell that to Joe Biden and the rest of Dummycrats. Trump bad because of the horrific number of fatalities.
Let's deal with facts. You want to pretend that Covid is a "unique" disease. All disease is unique and it all must be looked at and coped with in the context of having a functioning society.

Deap

Serge, for an infectious agent that has been among us for only few short months, there is no way you can conclude it is now linked to "permanent long term inflammatory disorders". However, never underestimate the mind-body link to "auto-immune" conditions, regardless of any viral exposures.

Barbara Ann

"And I encourage you to be of good cheer."

This is best of advice. I refuse to normalize government mandated social isolation, self muzzling and the climate of fear so many around me seem to take a perverse pleasure in.

Apple's Big Brother app is yet another reason I will never buy a smartphone whose software I cannot control. It may be old fashioned, but in the relationship with my technology, I like to remain the one in charge.

"Worse things happen at sea" as my old sailing buddy used to say (often while we were in difficulty at sea, frustratingly). It is always worse somewhere else: At Least 13 Killed In Peru Nightclub Stampede Triggered By Police 'Social Distancing' Raid. One wonders if the cause of death for these poor souls will be listed as "COVID-19".

smoke

In Texas, the total number of people getting tested has fallen. In most of the state now, anyone, even without symptoms, can get a test, often at no charge. State health officials are perplexed.

My guess would be that the people most frequently contracting the virus, people under 45, have become less concerned. A light case may be mistaken for the persistent allergies, for which many areas are notorious. So they may wait for serious symptoms before they test, if they test at all. They would rather not be slowed down by quarantine, if they are feeling okay.

The army runs tests on healthy groups, any time they are moving a group. Inevitably, one or a few positive test show up in any group of twenty or more, seemingly healthy individuals. The positive cases are immediately quarantined. Some become symptomatic, some don't. Almost all test covid negative after 2 weeks.

The Journal of Pediatrics has reported a study that found the virus present in quite a few children who showed no symptoms or only very mild ones.

This suggests to me that the disease will never be eliminated from the population, because people, esp younger people, can be carriers without ever being sick, or not sick enough to notice. Like other viruses that reoccur. But when most of the younger cohort of the population have been exposed, the rate of new infections should become much slower. And for the rest there will be/may already be improved therapies and vaccinations.

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