March 17, 2020: Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter!

Earlier today, All the Time in the World beat out Built, Not Born to advance to second round Final Four action in our Dark Matter Greatest Episode Tournament.

Today, two more episodes face off.  It’s #2 vs #7, Kill Them All vs We Voted Not To Space You.

Click on the link below to vote!

I hesitate to call this Quarantine Day #2 since, as a writer, especially one working development, I’ve been in defecto quarantine since wrapping production on my last show.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to report in from parts all over (Ireland, San Antonio, Saint John, Michigan, Quebec City, Kingston, Spain, Ottawa and Bavaria to name a few).  It’s really fascinating to see how different countries are responding to the virus and how people are reacting.  Reports of pubs being shut down in Ireland, choir practices canceled, fresh produce flying off shelves (but leaving scratch baking ingredients fairly untouched) – while, in other areas, it’s business as usual even to the point of ignoring requests to avoid crowds and large gatherings.  Keep checking in.  And would love to hear from any blog readers in Singapore, Taiwan or South Korea to discuss the great job your governments have done to combat the virus.

Pleased to hear many of you have either prepared or have support systems in place.  In some cases, certain of you are taking on the responsibilities of becoming the support systems and to those (like Ponytail), I wish you uncomplicated times and nothing but positive thoughts for the good you do.  Also thinking of those of you with special needs, as well as those who literally cannot afford to stay home and not work – yet have no choice but to do so.

Thanks for some of the sage advice left in the comments section, like this from reader Mike Bruce: “Best advice I have had was from a Chinese doctor not to allow my lungs to get dry & to take long steamy daily showers to keep my lungs clean making it easy to expel mucus the normal way.”

I’ve started a little morning news update for a friend to keep them abreast of coronavirus-related news.  If you’re interested, I’ve copy and pasted this morning’s newsletter at the bottom of today’s entry.

More #AmazingPeopleWithWhomIHaveWorked:

Hand sanitizer with at least 62% alcohol content is great, but soap and water is the best!  Why?  Alton Brown breaks it down for you:

There’s some suggestion that the death rate skewed male in China because Chinese men smoke at a rate of 63% to Chinese women at 3%.  If you smoke or vape, now might be a good time to quit.

Amazon stepping up as more people turn to online shopping for their daily needs:

On the other hand, the service industry is going to be hit hard.  When we’re not eating at home, Akemi and I are going to use Ritual (or just call ahead orders for pick up) to help support the local restaurants, many of which will be operating under a take-out/delivery system only:

Also in a bad way are the world’s airlines that face bankruptcy and are asking for a 25 billion dollar handout from the government.   Them I feel a lot less sorrier for.

Well, this is alarming.  There are A LOT more cases out there than we realize.  I already thought as much, but ten times as more?

Testing on potential vaccines have begun, but in all likelihood they won’t be approved for general use until next year:

Certain Asian countries were very proactive (unlike most of the West), immediately shutting down borders, enacting mass quarantines, and testing like hell. As a result, Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore have seen relatively low death rates.  In the case of Singapore, life is already back to normal:

Some good news.  The lockdowns, especially in China, have been very good for the environment:

When the governments realized that they hadn’t prepared and there weren’t enough masks for medical professionals, they started a misinformation campaign claiming that masks didn’t work in order to keep people from hoarding.  This has backfired on them:

This is interesting.  People with Blood Type A may be more susceptible to the virus while those with Blood Type O may be at lower risk.  I don’t even know my blood type:

Based on the Diamond Princess “experiment”, it is believe that 17.9% of those stricken by the virus will be asymptomatic (symptom free) for the duration of the infection – but still contagious.

New York:

There are not enough ventilators in ICU’s to deal with the deluge of patients.    Meanwhile, a company that makes ventilators claims they can increase production fivefold…but haven’t been asked:

More good news!  Dogs and cats can’t get the virus! But they can, of course, be carriers if an infected person coughs on them:

Finally, gross incompetence on the part of the UK government.  There are two approaches to dealing with the virus.  The first allows the virus to spread unchecked, resulting in a quicker acquisition of herd immunity (majority of people who will require immunity).  This approach shortens the time span of the outbreak and is very good for the economy, but is terrible for human life as it overloads the healthcare system and raises the death rate, in some cases, to as high as 20%.  The other approach is called “flattening the curve” and seeks to slow the progress of the contagion.  This lengthens the time a society must deal with it.  It’s bad for the economy, but prioritizes human lives as, by flattening the curve, it keeps the numbers low at any given time, allowing the healthcare system to keep up.  Anyway, the UK opted for the former – not realizing the consequences until they’ve gone well down the road:


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