Join Jim and Greg for two good martinis and some craziness. They welcome evidence that the spread of COVID-19 may be slowing in New York. They also salute private industries shifting their focus in big ways to meet the demand for ventilators, masks and more. And they roll their eyes as Nancy Pelosi begins eyeing the next big spending bill.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Coronavirus Update: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

 

Monday was the worst day thus far of the COVID-19 pandemic, for the US and Western Europe.

In the US, 511 deaths were reported Monday, March 30, the highest death toll on a single day. This follows 372 reported on Friday, 445 on Saturday, and 441 Sunday. Total deaths in the US stands at 2,978.

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Faced with the death of 25 corona victims and 1020 confirmed cases as of 9AM in a population of 8.5 million, Wreck it Ralph Northam place Virginia in bondage today through June 10. Also, Virginia residents are to make bricks without his supplying straw. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Modest Request to our Policymakers

 

Al Sparks asks below, “how do we push back?”I have a very simple but powerful proposal:

We must demand that our mayors, governors, and the federal coronavirus task force disclose the specific projections they’re using to make their lockdown decisions.

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Both of the above have been enmeshed in crises lately, and both have been fiscally challenged, as well as organizationally challenged. What they have in common is described very well by a phrase I read in an article about the Boeing issue with their MCAS flight-deck control software. That is a Culture of Cost-cutting. Now, […]

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Some societal problems aren’t real to people until it happens to themselves or someone they know well. For me, the level of concern edged upwards when news of the Diamond Princess started hitting my news sources, as my parents-in-law had just boarded a three-week Caribbean and trans-Atlantic cruise. Mid-cruise, ports of call started closing, or […]

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The coronavirus crisis raises two urgent questions for the United States: First, what are the likely number of deaths from the coronavirus in either the absence or presence of a determined program of social intervention? Second, what is the set of tools, both coercive and noncoercive, that should be used to implement the most effective interventions in light of the limited resources that are available? Both questions give rise to multiple, often clashing considerations, and they require urgent answers given the rising anxiety about the disease. As of March 30, a total of over 143,000 cases have been confirmed in the United States, with just over 2,500 deaths, many of which are concentrated in the New York metropolitan area.

It is critical to take a step back from the immediate crisis in order to articulate a few fundamental propositions that should help place this problem in context.

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I have a new data source that allowed me to perform a time-series analysis of COVID-19 deaths in several major US metro areas. Right now, it is a tale of four cities — New York, New Orleans, Seattle, and Detroit. The New York metro area dominates the numbers, though New Orleans is harder hit on […]

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It’s National Doctor’s Day. For those on the front lines of the war on COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus, I offer my sincere, from the bottom of my heart, thanks. Despite the bureaucracy and demanding hours, despite the very real risk to your own health, you are saving lives. More

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer much quicker COVID-19 tests, new treatments, and progress on a vaccine. They also discuss the likely impact of America shutting down for at least another month. And they shake their heads at the tactics of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. You Have The Right To Remain Silent; So Shut-Up!

 

If the title of the post wasn’t enough; Trigger warning! This post contains sarcasm, and acerbic humor.

Unlike some police shows on TV, my empathy quotient was not wasted on those who rationalized their criminal behavior. I was compassionate when I could be, and I could fight, and take someone down to the pavement when I needed to. I compare it to being a Golden Retriever that turns into a Belgian Malinois, and then back again.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Coronavirus Update Through 3-28-2020

 

I have an update on COVID-19 reported cases and deaths for the US and Western Europe, through yesterday (March 28). These graphs focus on population-adjusted figures and growth rates.

Italy and Spain remain the hardest-hit countries on a per capita basis, by a wide margin. Spain actually surpassed Italy in reported cases per million yesterday, though Italy remains highest in reported deaths per million. On a per capita basis, the US has only 4-5% as many deaths reported as Italy and Spain.

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We have been told that a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 is 12 to 18 months away. While this is a pretty fast time for a vaccine, perhaps we could go faster. Here are a WAG* that I have that might speed things up. The usual process is as follows, after animal testing: – Phase I – […]

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There was a #BLM-inspired riot in Newburgh, NY the other day. A man who shot at police and wounded one was shot and killed by an officer. So as to “allay community concerns” the Newburgh department released stills from bodycam footage, to demonstrate that this was not an “unarmed black man” thing, but it made […]

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It’s one thing to jail or fine religious people to meet, but here’s a pull quote from the following article: The mayor called on religious citizens, asking that anyone who witnesses services taking place to report to the congregation’s officials and request them to stop services. Should that not be enough, “they need to take additional […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Coronavirus Update: A New Projection for the US

 

There’s a new COVID-19 projection for the US, released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Our friend Rodin has an excellent post on the subject, earlier today (here). Special thanks to Rodin for all of his work on this, keeping us updated with daily posts for over a month now.

The IHME has an interactive page about its projections here. It has excellent graphs and tabular information, with a drop-down menu allowing you to focus on a particular state. The purpose of this post is to provide you with a state-by-state summary.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. My Son, the Ventilator Maker

 

I’ve posted before about my oldest son, a 24-year-old sergeant in the Marine reserves. He had an active duty deployment last year to Latin America, returning home shortly before Christmas. He remained on active duty for another couple of months, through early February (approximately), then returned to his civilian job.

It turns out that he makes ventilator parts. He is a manufacturing tech at a small Tucson company called Alicat Scientific (website here). Alicat makes devices like flow controllers, flow meters, and pressure controllers for dealing with gas flow. Shown is a sample product.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Interview with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD

 

We have had a lot of positive feedback on our interview with Stanford University Professor of Medicine Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD on the Ricochet Podcast. As a public service, we’re offering just the interview portion of our video podcast and encourage you to share it with others.

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How many ICU admissions are directly related to COVID-19? What percentage of ICU admissions are related to COVID-19? The core challenge seems to be limited resources in responding to any respiratory epidemic. Thus, the COVID-19 mortality rate, which so far remains comparable to a normal flu virus at around 0.5% (Correction: 5% globally, 1.7% in […]

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