Tuesday, September 8, 2020
This morning I washed the sand out of my hair and prepared to hunker down for the next few months. It was a great beach weekend, but far different from the Sequoia/Yosemite road trip we took in August. The national parks were wide open with very few people around, whereas Carlsbad was full of people walking around town and enjoying the beach. We weren’t exactly shoulder-to-shoulder–people on the sidewalk stayed with their own group and probably half wore masks outside. People on the beach set up their chairs six feet apart and no one tried to fill in the spaces in between. (The news photos of Huntington Beach this weekend looked packed, in contrast, assuming they were accurate and current.)
Still, in Carlsbad we saw lots of people, ate in restaurants (usually, but not always, outside), stayed in a full hotel, went to the beach, saw two grandchildren (home-schooled this year) and a good friend. So while we were “careful,” I feel like it was more of a risk than my usual routine. I’m going to self- isolate for the next two weeks. In other words, stay home and stick to the routine. Just in case I was exposed to anything.
And home is not a bad place to be. About ten degrees cooler than it was over the weekend, cloudy with a gray-brown tinge probably due to smoke blowing south from the Bobcat Fire, one of the 370 or so fires burning in California right now. 2020 has been a bad year for fires, among other things, and it’s only September.
I plan to perk things up with fall decorations, prepare my alchemy lecture for October 5, and continue writing about the virus and how it is changing our world medically, socially, and economically. I’m not interested in writing about politics just in the virus, but getting politics-free information is getting harder and harder. So in the interests of disclosure and in case you are searching as well, here are a few virus newsletters and podcasts that I check regularly:
- Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security:
- You can subscribe to their newsletter at https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/news/newsletters/e-newsletter-sign-up.html
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map
- Centers for Disease Control: you can find their MMWR podcasts at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwrpodcasts.html?deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM34129
- CIDRAP: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota. https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19
- COVID-19 Podcasts and Webinars https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/podcasts-webinars
- Daily News Headlines (email updates) https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/newsletter
- Real Vision: https://www.realvision.com/
- This is a financial news briefing, not a medical one, but these days the two are closely related. We listen to it daily, so I listed it in case you’re interested.
No doubt there are many more, so if you have a medical source with current information on COVID-19 please let me know and I’ll check it out. In the meantime, I’ll be here at home and looking forward to our next getaway. First weekend of December. In Yosemite. Should be beautiful.
Today’s Notable Headlines
“City of Carlsbad prepares safety plans for holiday weekend,” KUSI News, Sept. 4, 2020. https://www.kusi.com/city-of-carlsbad-prepares-safety-plans-for-holiday-weekend/
“Photos: Beach crowds seek relief from heat along the coast,” Orange County Register, Sept. 6, 2020. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/05/photos-beach-crowds-seek-relief-from-heat-along-the-coast/
“Historic wildfires rage across Pacific Northwest: Smoke reaches as far as New Mexico; Washington town devastated,” USA Today, Sept. 8, 2020. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/09/08/california-wildfire-updates-lake-edison-power-outages-oregon-evacuation/5743310002/
“Orange County gains ground against coronavirus, advances from purple tier to less-restrictive red tier,” Orange County Register, Sept. 8, 2020. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/08/orange-county-gains-ground-against-coronavirus-advances-from-purple-tier-to-less-restrictive-red-tier/
” “Why I’m leaving MSNBC”, ” BlueWhite Illustrated, Aug. 4, 2020, https://bwi.forums.rivals.com/threads/why-im-leaving-msnbc.273635/
Why am I doing this?
The coronavirus pandemic will be indelibly written on our memories just as the Great Depression or the Battle of Britain left their mark on past generations. It is my intention to journal the events of these days from three perspectives: as a retired medical technologist, a historian (Ph.D., 2014), and an ordinary person living through an extraordinary crisis.
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