30 replies on “C-19 Chat Post – May 22 2020”

  1. Covid-19 cases have increased in 7 states including Maine.

    Kawasaki disease #s in children has increased and is now affecting those in their 20’s.
    Medical experts are now recommending not sending kids to summer camps.

    1. Indeed, Philip. I’m perplexed by the Maine numbers.

      And, Kawaski disease has now been found in 160 children in NYC. Still a relatively low risk. This must be said. But, it’s also a concern.

      I do hope that schools reopen in the fall with proper guidelines in place. I think school is very important, not only for learning but also as part of a child’s socialization process.

      We can’t bring the risk down to zero, but we can mitigate it effectively. Certainly in school settings with mostly younger people present risk mitigation is feasible.

  2. I’ll be writing a piece about Sweden soon. My stance is neutral. I don’t view coronavirus through a political lens. In fact, I’m allergic to the political lenses that people use. The left – which ironically lauds Sweden for its social democracy – now criticizes Sweden for “killing people” (as if Sweden has a higher death rate than the U.S. – it doesn’t!). The right – which ironically castigates Sweden for its social democracy – now praises Sweden for doing the right thing and getting the country to herd immunity. Well, Sweden is no closer to herd immunity than we are.

    Trump answered a question about testing yesterday. I tried to make sense of the peculiar dialectic in Trump’s thought process. “I tested very positively, in another sense. I tested positively toward negative, right? No, I tested perfectly – meaning I tested negative. But that’s a way of saying it: positively toward the negative.”

    We have a strange president.

    I will say this, though. Trump is full of energy. I can only hope to have that kind of vitality when I’m in my 70s.

    1. Oddly, I mentioned the other night that I think of conservative as a person who wants to move slowly and a liberal as someone who wants to move faster. Very loosely put, I know. Yet now it is conservatives who want to open quickly and liberals who want a measured opening. I do know there is a lot more to that, but it strikes me as unusual.

      I’ll be interested in your article. If I may, once you have written it, I’d like to share with my Swedish friend and her family.

      1. Indeed, Vicki. It’s a strange thing to see conservatives and liberals acting in contradictory ways.

  3. I was chatting with Macs cousin who lived in Brookline. She had some interesting information to share.

    Her brothers ex wife sadly has covid. She lives in CA. Through the state she was sent a kit with an oxymeter, other food staples,etc. A nurse calls once a day for her temperature. Three others call daily to check on her progress and see if she needs anything. She is alone and Macs cousin wasn’t sure if this is standard for all or for those who live alone.

    Her son lives in Santiago, Chili, with his GF who works in healthcare with covid patients. They were trying rolling stay in place orders in Santiago but it didn’t work. They have now shut down. You may leave home two times a week for necessities but need to call for a pass to do so. And there are heavy fines.

    Finally….Brookline folks are about 90 percent compliant and very respectful.

  4. When did it become MGH Brigham? Or something like that. I know the head of ortho who operated on Mac went to mgh from Brigham.

      1. I do know that but they are referring to it on the governors presser as Brigham MHG or reversed …..as if it is one entity

  5. Something that surprises me is that folks claim governors do not have the right to shut down,etc. They do have the authority….. it is another thing I’d forgotten that Macs cousin mentioned but we didn’t get into a discussion. So I did some reading.


  6. While certain states can have churches, synagogues, and other places of worship reopen, in many states it’s premature to do so. Frankly, given the average age of congregants and the fact that churches are indoor spaces, often with poor ventilation, it’s irresponsible for Dr. Birx and the Administration to try and force reopening. This rabbi in Iowa tried to convince Pence of this point, but it clearly went in one ear and out the other. https://www.timesofisrael.com/des-moines-rabbi-tells-pence-its-too-early-to-resume-religious-services/

    1. I just heard that the president is demanding all states open up houses of worship or else he will override any closing.

      1. I’m not sure he can override states. But I do know there are a ton of regulations and many plan to continue online services. He can’t override the church.

      1. Sincere question. As I had said, I missed you spell Aidan with an a. Sorry about that. My name is misspelled often. Now I’m wondering if that is a female version. I had originally incorrectly thought arod was female …I believe he spelled his name differently at the start.

  7. Sadly, we’ll likely reach a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths on Memorial Day. Hundreds of front line healthcare workers and others doing essential duties have perished. They’re our figurative soldiers. The virus has decimated the elderly population, but also cut way too short the lives of tens of thousands of middle-aged adults. And, the slow and devastating burn continues. While I’m glad it’s gotten somewhat better in the past 2 weeks, we’re still in the throes of a crippling pandemic.

  8. No . Honestly it is my sons name . We saw a church in Cumberland, R.i. St Aidan so we liked the name and gave it to our son way back in 1994 . I have heard it used both ways “e “for boy and “a ” for girl but it can be used either way .

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