Prepping was recently considered an eccentric pastime. The folks at NatGeo link modern day prepping back to the Cold War. I’ve always considered it simple self-sufficiency, myself, and saw these commonsense practices as a legacy of the American expansion west from the first big cities. In any case, it’s increasingly mainstream.
Bloomberg has a rosy outlook on the post-COVID economic recovery. People are spending less and saving more, and when folks can venture out more safely, they’ll be ready to spend. I wonder if this outlook isn’t too rosy–there will certainly be a lot of growth, but we’ve got a lot of businesses that will never come back and a lot of jobless folks who may not reenter the workforce. Over 2,000,000 women have left the workforce to care for children during the pandemic, and I wonder how many will continue to chose to stay home. I think it may take quite some time to recover, but I’m no economist.
Seattle and Western Washington are facing a potentially monster storm that’s barreling across the jet stream from Asia. The barometer’s going to drop, and that low-pressure center is likely to create some serious wind. The storm system is going to cause huge waves along the coast—and it’s creating beach warnings all the way down to Southern California. Oregon might get 40’ waves.
You think thinks are bad, now? Historian Peter Turchin argues that the next decade will be even worse.
The world has over 53 million cases. The world has added over 4 million cases since last Thursday. Case growth is steady but high. There have been nearly 1.3 million deaths in total. The US has nearly 11 million cases. Nearly 250,000 Americans have died—over 1,100 in the last 24 hours. The US has gained over 155,000 new cases since yesterday, which is record-breaking. The US still leads the world in case growth.
The Dakotas are suffering right now:
About 1 out of every 1,500 people in South Dakota is in the hospital *right now* w/COVID
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) November 11, 2020
Nurses sick with COVID may be asked to work anyway, but a mask mandate? Naw…:
📍100% ICU capacity reached in North Dakota hospitals. ND Governor Burgum announces COVID-positive nurses can stay at work—asymptomatic nurses to continue working in hospitals’ #COVID19 units. Seen this before in Belgium & Lombardy Italy 🇮🇹. This is v bad. https://t.co/ukGMiQ7FeE
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 11, 2020
Some vaccines (like Pfizer’s and Moderna’s) are going to need extreme cold storage. Many small/rural health clinics won’t be able to store them properly. The Pfizer vaccine will be shipped in cryo-packaging and will have GPS tracking. This will help if the vaccine is doled out immediately on arrival, but it’s still going to be a problem:
— Matthew Herper (@matthewherper) November 11, 2020
Hospitalizations are really rising. It’s going to get ugly rather immediately, and I expect calls for another round of lockdowns soon:
Our daily update is published. States reported 1.5 million tests, 151k cases, and 67k people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. The death toll was 1,104. Both case and hospitalization figures hit all-time highs today. pic.twitter.com/93cGzRJFzk
— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) November 13, 2020
The lines for COVID testing in Los Angeles County are signposts for incoming trouble:
Big line for COVID testing at LA County’s largest testing site, Dodger Stadium. Testing was expanded today because of the spike in cases but you’ll need to be patient if you come here…maybe bring a good podcast or two😬 @CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk pic.twitter.com/r608N48wIW
— Desmond Shaw (@RoadSageLA) November 12, 2020
This is the line for Covid testing at Dodger Stadium. Today. November 11. pic.twitter.com/wTWZlDWBe2
— Jason Berger (@jayberger) November 12, 2020
People are dying after hospitalization with COVID, and it’s revealing a higher mortality rate than previously assumed:
1/ Study on patients hospitalized with #COVID19 in Michigan led by @vineet_chopra found nearly 1 in 3 patients died during hospitalization or within 60 days of discharge https://t.co/9suvmiicMn. pic.twitter.com/jzDbo4lEPR
— Annals of Int Med (@AnnalsofIM) November 11, 2020
The country’s found a way to unite! Oh, wait:
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) November 11, 2020
Doctors without Borders is coming to the US because COVID is now a humanitarian crisis here:
He’s right. We are on track to having 300,000 new infections PER DAY.
Doctors Without Borders is coming here, to America, because this is the epicenter of the disaster.
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) November 12, 2020