Tag: Quarantine

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.

Quaran-gesima

 

For us Catholics, Lent is supposed to be a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Its length of forty days leads to its Latin name “Quadragesima.”

During this time of coronavirus, I have been quarantining at home since even before the executive order in New York State and the bishops’ decree there be no public sacraments in churches. It is difficult to say what I think about the bishops’ decision. Part of me agrees with it and part of me is horrified, so mostly I try not to think about it but instead to pray for relief and grace and protection.

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Between the simplemindedly malicious dysinformation of the Left Industrial Empire (D, Bicoastal), and the reflexive denial of responsibility by vax-denying toe-counters on the ur-right (you know: “11, 12, …”), a shut-in like me gets bored. I was tuning in the news after work tonight, hoping to find a program featuring clear and precise answers to […]

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Mark Davis, DFW area Salem Radio host, has been interviewing, via Skype, an American couple who were honeymooning on the Diamond Princess. Tyler and Rachel Torres are still doing well, and starting their new quarantine on one of the military bases in the San Antonio area. Tyler Torres has been updating a Reddit post, providing […]

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Coronavirus Update

 

President Trump’s team has come out with an initial briefing on the coronavirus outbreak, offering facts, cautions, and pushing back against panic. Johns Hopkins University has an excellent data visualization tool, constantly updating data on maps: “2019-nC0V Global Cases (by Johns Hopkins CSSE). CNET has a fact-based story, with lots of links, that is being regularly updated; it is now titled: “Coronavirus cases pass 11,000, US declares emergency: Everything we know.”

This was a display of competent communication to the American public, treated as adults. Dr. Redfield gave the numbers. Dr. Fauci then explained the question posed by people on Ricochet, including me: why is this different from the well-known annual deaths from the seasonal flu?* With the numbers and the differentiation in place, the briefers laid out a series of screening and quarantine steps that will go into full effect Sunday. Anyone who has been in the province where the outbreak started will be quarantined for 14 days, while those coming from other areas with known infections would be screened and then go into “self-quarantine.” They were also careful to speak of sympathy and compassion for the Chinese people who have been affected, directly or with family losses.

Here is the video and the whole transcript, of the press briefing, followed by the text of the presidential proclamation. Both the transcript and the proclamation are posted on the White House website.

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I sure cannot understand what is going on with Claire and her desire to talk down to us dumb Americans. Her post on the main feed, Dear Governors Who Oppose Syrian Refugee Resettlement, is really reprehensible and a little vile at the present time. We are perfectly capable of viewing things from across the Atlantic and […]

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Head over to the Detroit News Story HERE, and comment on the visit of Obama stumping for slavishly loyal Gary Peters for Senate.   Include in your comment this Ricochet link to the guerrilla art that greeted them both at Wayne State University on Saturday. Thanks for your help; it’s an easy way to support the artists […]

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Response to Dr. Rahe: We Need Cool Heads on Ebola

 

shutterstock_209207017I have just finished reading Paul Rahe’s post “The Centers for Disease Control Loses Its Grip.” His post — and others like it on Ricochet — and the World War III style headlines I have been seeing elsewhere, prompted me to reply.

For the last several years, we’ve been in the midst of an epidemic of zombie-related literature, films, and television. Much of it is terrible. Some of it is good.  Some of it is excellent.  Zombie outbreaks take the form of a disease epidemic. It’s slow burning at first, but then hits everyone like a tsunami and wipes out all of civilization.

This epidemic of zombie media taps into a fear that lingers in the back of our minds: that this level of material prosperity — never before seen in human history — must be a passing phenomenon. That the other shoe must drop at some point. It could be a war with the Russians. It might be global warming. It might be the Second Coming. It might be the zombie apocalypse. But at some point, this decadent, comfortable world of ours with its hot showers, selfies, and decadent boutique pet foods must come crashing down when everything hits the fan.