Day 18

I stumbled upon some really good news tonight. I checked, it wasn’t in any of the cable news headlines, or even in any of the newspapers (as of tonight). BD/BioMedomics announced the launch of a rapid results serological coronavirus test. These tests give us sight into what we couldn’t see.  Currently we use PCR tests, which look for the genetic makeup of the coronavirus. It…
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Day 17

…or day 18, I don’t know. They’re all bleeding together. The days and the numbers.  The latest totals are 164k+ confirmed cases and 3,165 deaths in the United States. Almost 67k of those confirmed cases is in New York, along with 1,218 of those deaths. New York is has taken the brunt of the coronavirus wave so far. But the latest numbers might have some…
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Day 16

The day started off with a hint from Trump that he may impose a 14-day quarantine on New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut – since there was fear from other governors of people fleeing this hotspot and spreading covid to other states. I caught it by accident really, I just happened to be listening to Cuomo’s daily briefing when the news cut in…
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Coronavirus Cases and Context

Since the beginning of this all, I’ve consistently been frustrated with the way the media has presented numbers. Here’s a typical chart the media will often present with a headline of “Cases Continue to Rise”, or worse, “Spread Continues to Increase.”  It looks scary. It is scary. It is real numbers.  But it’s neglecting some very relevant context. Let’s look at total confirmed cases vs.…
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The Quiet

The most surreal aspect of deserted Manhattan streets: the quiet.  Pictures don’t capture it, words don’t do it justice. Today on my walk I passed through an empty Rockefeller Center. Three months ago I’d curse the shoulder to shoulder crowds packed into this plaza, pushing my way through every night as I left from work.  Today you could hear the wind tapping the flags against…
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Day 15

It’s day 15. It’s been over two weeks since I began sheltering in my NYC sized apartment. It’s Friday. Oddly, I still feel an intuitive excitement for the upcoming weekend, even though it will just be the same day I’ve experienced 15 times now (minus the parade of conference calls for work.)  There’s over 26k confirmed cases in NYC now, and total (so far) deaths…
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