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 can only see active cases,…
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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 glimmers…   The last 5…
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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 to cover Trump’s comments to…
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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. total tests administered.   The…
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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 their poles.  Make sure your…
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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 rose to 450 today. A…
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Day 13

It’s day 13. Nearly two weeks since I began this isolation. Back then I thought this would last two weeks at most, but I can’t shake this ominous feeling that this is just the beginning. The uncertainty is as grueling as the monotony. Wake up, let Gizmo out back and then groggily brush my teeth. Turn on my work computer, turn on the news, check my phone for messages…always in…
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Day 12

I live in east midtown Manhattan. They say this is the epicenter now. It feels like it. It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago, if I stepped out of my apartment on 3rd ave, I would have been whimsically lost in the chaos of lights, faces and sounds. Today, walking Gizmo for a brief escape from NYC-apartment-confinement, I was overwhelmed by the empty silence. The few people I…
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