Sunday Reads: Overwhelmed

I have trouble sleeping at night…

This is all too…overwhelming.

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Video by @stephenwilkes | I’m documenting NYC from above at this moment in time. This week the Empire State Building paid tribute to the efforts by medical workers and first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. As we circled around the building, I saw empty streets below, and it was quite emotional watching the most iconic landmark begin to glow red and white, and to pulse—the heartbeat of America. Please stay safe and stay home. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #weareone #NYC #IloveNY

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Give us a break 🌎☠️

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Sending love to y’all ❤️ (by @sonaksha)

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@rozchast does some light quarantine reading.

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45 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Overwhelmed”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    I love that New Yorker cartoon!

  2. dakinikat says:

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    • quixote says:

      Everyone! The solution is at hand! Don’t despair!

      [fair warning: omigod-we’re-all-gonna-die gallows humor ahead]

      I see a screenshot of a chyron on CNN: “At least 14 states exempting religious gatherings from stay at home orders.”

      Now, if we could just get *everybody else* to quit being vectors, in about two months we could have the dawn of a new age of humankind.

      Right?

      • palhart says:

        Those gullible, “Jones-led” congregations are willing to drink the kool-aid. The coronavirus will send some blessed ones up to the golden streets of heaven. What fools!

      • NW Luna says:

        Exempting religious gatherings WTF? Oh, because the virus is afraid of crosses. Idiots.

      • roofingbird says:

        It Sacramento, the idiots were claiming first amendment rights. Police changed the locks on the door and put a notice up. One third of all the cases in Sacto so far have traced to religious gatherings.

        • quixote says:

          The scale of the problem in South Korea was due to one massive congregation. One of the bigger Australian clusters is due to some religious gathering. The Iranian explosion of cases was because, *of course*, pilgrims had to keep gathering in mosques in the holy city of Qom. In New Zealand, not many cases, sure, but one of the biggest clusters is a choir who all passed it to each other. etc etc etc ad infinitum et nauseam.

          I have a few small libertarian bones, so i even think that if they want to kill themselves, that’s their business. But they do a lot more than that. They’re killing us all. And for all the religion they mouth, they don’t seem to care.

  5. NW Luna says:

    • palhart says:

      Being of of English descent, I find the Queen’s address comforting. She will be 94 this month and is planning to step down when the time is right.

      • NW Luna says:

        Knows how to speak to citizens in a time of crisis, reminds people of challenges they’ve gotten through before, calls on national unity in a compassionate way. I’ve no use for royalty but Queen Elizabeth is what a national figurehead should be, while King Mob Boss Donald isn’t.

        We should never have revolted from England over taxes.

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    • bostonboomer says:

      Today’s update:

      17,000+ Coronavirus Cases in New England, 370 Deaths

      • NW Luna says:

        That’s a huge number! We have only 7,984 total cases but 338 total deaths. I hope it’s not more virulent here but may have spread more in SNFs and similar high-risk environments at first than in the general population.

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  12. dakinikat says:

    These idiots are murdering people!!!

    • NW Luna says:

      Murdering the ones who take hydroxychloroquin for covid-19, and the ones who really need it for a proven medical indication and can’t get it anymore.
      Just appalling.

      Those “studies” with small ns and no control groups that Navarro thinks are “science”? At least 80% of people with covid-19 will get better without any treatment. You could give sick people a tablespoon of pepper and the overwhelming majority would get better! See, pepper cures the coronavirus!

      • roofingbird says:

        Is any insurance company you know going to pay for a non approved drug use? I haven’t met any.

      • quixote says:

        Aaaaaand, of course, here we go: “The generic drug Trump keeps pushing as as an unverified, possibly unsafe treatment for COVID-19 was made by Novartis, who paid Michael Cohen $1.2 million to get access to Trump.” (from SwingLeft.)

  13. NW Luna says:

    Oh, those National Stockpile ventilators?

    The National Stockpile ventilators are not suitable for treating COVID-19 patients, state officials said. That’s because those individuals generally need a higher amount of pressure support into their lungs than the ventilators from the national stockpile can provide, said Jessica Baggett, a spokeswoman for the state’s Joint Information Center. The stockpile ventilators, though, can be used for other patients, freeing up more COVID-19 compatible ventilators to help with the crisis.

    The decision to return the ventilators comes five weeks after the first coronavirus death in Washington, when Inslee declared a state of emergency. It offers a glimmer of hope that the drastic steps the state has taken since then — shutting down schools and nonessential businesses and grinding daily life to a halt — have helped forestall the bleakest possible outcomes.

    Dr. Raquel Bono, the retired Navy vice admiral leading the state’s coronavirus response, said in a statement that they’d made the decision to send off the ventilators after conferring with the Washington State Hospital Association. She said the state’s aggressive social-distancing actions have slowed the virus’ growth here. “We have seen fewer infections in our communities than anticipated,” Bono said. “Our current status allows us to help others who have a more immediate need.”

    Hospitalizations for patients with COVID-19-like illnesses declined by more than 20% in Washington in the last week of March, a small hopeful sign. And the Army Corps of Engineers has built a 250-bed field hospital at the CenturyLink Field Event Center to handle a potential overflow of non-COVID patients. All 500 ventilators from the national stockpile had been distributed to hospitals across the state, a spokeswoman said, and the state was in the process of recalling them Sunday. Washington has also purchased more than 750 ventilators, which are expected to arrive over the next several weeks, Inslee’s office said.