I’m thinking today about masks. It’s hard to say what to do about masks. Some believe they’re not effective in protecting you from the virus. Personally, I feel like they have to be as they block moisture coming in and out of the mouth. Even if you’re not sick, the more you can block, the better.
Of course, it doesn’t really matter because you can’t buy a mask anywhere. Luckily we have some left over from the forest fires that ravaged our area last year. Whenever we go out (which is close to never), we put on the mask. We used to get looks but now I think people appreciate it.
I read today that the US has only about 1% of the 3.5 billion masks we need to combat coronavirus. In the US, we don’t manufacture them and both Europe and Asia have put a ban on mask exports. Soooo, we won’t be able to get new masks any time soon.
Our Weekend Activity
After maximizing our screen time in the morning, we did manage to do some good activities. We hit an empty parking lot for some exercise.
We ended the night with some ping pong and then made a fort in our living room and had a slumber party on the floor. Fun for everyone – except my back.
The Bad News
New York is totally overwhelmed. The 911 system in New York City typically gets 4,000 calls a day. Now they’re getting 7,000 – all related to coronavirus. Speaking of masks, the 911 responders are doing most cases without appropriate equipment to protect themselves from infection. NYC has become the epicenter of coronavirus, with more than 30,000 cases as of Saturday, and 672 deaths. If the rate of growth continues, NYC will suffer a more severe outbreak than those experienced in Wuhan, China, or the Lombardy region of Italy.
In Good News
James Dyson, the guy who’s made your amazing vacuum cleaner has focused on ventilators and has made an awesome one in 10 days. He’s now generated 15k of them. Love it.
and also, this guy:
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious with some #coronavirus inspired lyrics! pic.twitter.com/2KX1YmObuH
— Daniel Matarazzo (@dannymatz90) March 24, 2020
That time John McEnroe went out for Halloween as … John McEnroe.
I love John McEnroe. pic.twitter.com/qwmRvId47v
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) March 29, 2020
- World: Cases: 664,695, deaths: 30,847 (up 2,024 – daily increase down 47%)
- USA: Cases: 124,464, deaths: 2,191 (up 482 – daily increase up 18%)
- Marin: 74 (up 5), 1 death