Coronavirus Log – Day 20: New York City

What’s on my mind?

Home-schooling. Our online learning is sort of a joke. The teachers are just barely sending over what’s needed. We’re trying our best, but it’s hard. I can only imagine it will only get better as the teachers and staff figure it out.

Speaking of, this is a GREAT read about how higher ed (mostly colleges) will adapt post-COVID and how they and tech will merge. It will be fascinating to watch over the next 5 years.

Getting Out. Sasha and I are very similar. We both love to get out of the house and be active. If we don’t leave the house and do a walk or run, we’re crabby during the day and don’t sleep as well at night. We’re starting to combat this problem by taking long walks around 5-6pm, before dinner. Yesterday we took a nice 50 minute bike ride down the road. We’re both a bit nicer when we return.

Finally, NYC. The situation there seems exceptionally dire. There was an Amber Alert-like message sent to everyone in NYC asking if they know of any licensed healthcare workers.

and still the subways are packed with people…

Not surprisingly, the cases are still climbing in NYC:

Other Stuff

For those of you who are Sandra Bulluck fans or fans of While You Were Sleeping will need to read the following (thx Lizzie):

Cases

  1. World: Cases 1,139,207. Deaths: 60,874 (up 7,901 – a daily increase of 80%)
  2. USA: Cases 278,537. Deaths: 7,163 (up 1252 – a daily increase of 62%)
  3. Marin: 131 cases (up 13), 6 deaths

 

Coronavirus Log – Day 19: Home Gym

What’s on my mind?

Unemployment is just rampant. The number of people out of work is just staggering. I talked to someone I know yesterday who has 4 dollars in their bank account and one month left in rent. The aid can’t come fast enough.

Other countries continue to put us to shame. I’m glad we’re finally coming around on the masks, but it’s time to get the rest of the foundation in place – tests, temperature checks, and individual tracking. That’s how you beat it.

As for me, I’m working on my Home Gym. If I’m stuck at home, I might as well be staying fit. I’m jealous of those with Peloton, Mirror, Tonal or any of the other new gadgets that let you work out at home.

My latest attempt (Thanks MAL) is a weight vest. I’ve got a new 20 lbs vest. Wearing it turns air squats into real leg workouts, turns pushups into bench presses. My new vest just arrived and I tried it out for the first time last night and man my legs are shot after 100 air squats.

Other Stuff

On Wednesday, the singer Adam Schlesigner, a songwriter for films and stage died at age 52 from COVID-19. Quite a talented guy and sadly won’t be the last great talent to be taken during this time. From writer Matty Karas:

Adam’s eye for the detail of ordinary suburban strivers was every bit as sharp as the well-chronicled ear for criminally catchy hooks that he deployed over the course of six FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE albums, five IVY albums, one TINTED WINDOWS album, one unforgettable hit song for a fake ’60s rock band in a TOM HANKS movie, 157 songs for the TV series CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, one Broadway musical, one off-Broadway musical, one MONKEES song and let’s just stipulate there was a lot of other stuff.

On a happier note, this was my favorite thing I saw yesterday (Thanks Dana P.). There’s a museum that asked people to recreate paintings with stuff they can find at home. Some great results. Some are below but click in to see all of them.

Cases

  1. World: Cases: 1,014,673, deaths: 52,973 (up 4,390 – a daily increase of -17%)
  2. USA: Cases 244,678, deaths: 5,911 (up 774 – a daily increase of -27%)
  3. Marin: 118 cases (up 10), 6 deaths

 

New Yorker COVID cover

Coronavirus Log – Day 18: Grocery Deliveries

What’s on my mind

Food and grocery deliveries. My company, Onward, offers rides to seniors and those who needed extra assistance. Now, because getting older adults out of the house is a terrible idea, we are also offering food and grocery deliveriesI am surprised how popular this is. Literally everybody is trying to get the food from the grocery store to their house without them having to do it. It’s been interesting to see the requests we’ve been receiving.

It’s so popular that Instacart, the app that partners with grocery stores to deliver food to you announced they are looking to hire 300,000 new people. Three hundred thousand. This is a unique time in history when we all need the exact same thing.

Yesterday, I wrote about asymptomatic people and how bizarre it is. I read this feed from an ICU doctor who, over 7 days, treated 50 COVID patients. Her patterns about what patients look like is interesting.

A Tale of Two Americas. I work from home every day. When I look down my street, I see construction workers still working on homes. It does seem like the better-off are getting sheltered but the rest are getting shafted as it’s harder for some people to “go virtual.”

At My House

We’re powering through. Diane has taken the lead on home schooling and, in good Diane fashion, it making it super fun for the kids. There’s an amazing amount of playing, building and laughter coming from the house and yard.

Hunter has a lego Millennium Falcon that he just started yesterday:

Sasha has taken to FaceTiming her friends and showing them everything in our house. Yesterday her friend showed her how to do Memoji’s in FaceTime. I’m amazed that my 5-year old is now more savvy than I am with my phone. #DigitalNative

Other Stuff

Cases

  1. World: Cases 956,588, deaths: 48,583 (up 5,297 – daily increase of 25%)
  2. USA: Cases 216,722, deaths: 5,137 (up 1,056 – daily increase of 16%)
  3. Marin: Cases: 108, deaths: 6

On Wednesday, Trump said that we should expect 100,000-200,000 deaths in the USA. Wow.

Vogue Covid Cover

Coronavirus Log – Day 17: Asymptomatic

What’s on my mind?

Asymptomatic people. It’s now come out that maybe 25% of all people infected show no symptoms.

I have a friend who was doing great and isolating the whole family. They had an au pair who happens to have a boyfriend she was sneaking out to see. Well, the boyfriend got COVID and gave it her. She then passed it on to the whole family. The interesting and scary part is that she showed no symptoms the whole time and has never developed symptoms. Luckily everyone is okay.

I’ve never heard of a virus behaving this way. Nobody has the flu, pneumonia or a cold without symptoms. We seems to be totally new territory.

The shut down of the rest of the country.

We are not aligned. The rest of the country is still not there. 20 states still don’t have shelter-at-home orders. I do think it’s mostly because they haven’t seen the cases, but it also a bit political – note that all 20 states have Republican governors.

Speaking of not shutting it down, I was surprised to see this:

Finally, it’s interesting to see that the peak of COVID will be different in different areas of the US. Here in California, it looks like we’ll be peaking in the end of April, four week from now.

Other


Also, this is not good: Captain of aircraft carrier with growing coronavirus outbreak pleads for help from Navy.

Cases

  1. World:: 874,081 cases, deaths: 43,291 (up 4,227 – daily increase of 7%)
  2. USA: 189,633 cases, deaths: 4,081 (up 911 – daily increase of 37%)
  3. Marin: 107 cases (up 9), 5 deaths (up 1)

Atlas Health Workers

Coronavirus Log – Day 16: First Responders

What i’m thinking about

First responders. My brother-in-law is a fireman and he’s going out there and seeing cases firsthand. Many of their calls are to homes where people are sick. They can’t get them tests but can just help them as much as they can. While I’m holed up safely in my house, praying to stay away from this virus, he’s are out there going head-to-head every damn day. It’s really something. I have tons of respect for him and all the first responders. Then I read that in NYC, 14% of the uniformed police force is out sick. Oh man, what a crazy time we live in.

Setting up for the long term. Now that it looks like we’re going to be under quarantine for at least another month or more, I’d like to start taking on some bigger projects. I’d like something that that takes more than 3 weeks to complete and has a definitive finish line. I’d like to work on something a little bit a day for a few weeks. I find those projects super fulfilling and rewarding. I thought of a big Lego ship, or a big jigsaw puzzle, but there’s got to be more. Building some furniture or a tree house comes to mind. Anyone have a good suggestions?

Other Stuff:

From an English sports announcer (thx Kesner) – turn on sound:

Cases:

  1. World: : 803,313 cases, deaths: 39,014 (up 3,995 – a daily increase of -4%)
  2. USA: 164,719 cases, deaths: 3,170 (up 657 – a daily increase of 204%)
  3. Marin: 98 cases (up 4), 4 deaths (up 3)

Coronavirus – Day 15: The Howl

On my mind

I am feeling optimistic about things today. It might be wishful thinking or just some of the latest news items I read but I’m hoping that we’re getting close to turning the corner. There’s a rumor that we might be flattening the curve here in the Bay Area. Man, I hope that’s true.

The Howl

There’s a thing where I live where everyday at 8pm, everyone opens their window or steps outside and howls at the top of their lungs. The dogs all jump in too. It’s loud. Apparently it was started by someone who wanted to send out a howl to honor the health care workers. It is nice and it’s good to hear the yell from all my neighbors to feel more connected to where I live. ABC News did a report on it too.

I tried to capture it in this video. It’s not great, but you get the idea

Some Good Stuff

Cases

  1. World: Cases 737,929, deaths: 35,019 (up 4,172 – a daily increase of 206%!)
  2. USA: Cases 143,055, deaths: 2,513 (up 322 – a daily increase of -34%)
  3. Marin: 93 cases (up 21), 1 death

This video give you a good perspective as to how the US is faring compared to the rest of the world…

 

Coronavirus – Day 14: Masks

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:

Cases

  1. World: Cases: 664,695, deaths: 30,847 (up 2,024 – daily increase down 47%)
  2. USA: Cases: 124,464, deaths: 2,191 (up 482 – daily increase up 18%)
  3. Marin: 74 (up 5), 1 death

Coronavirus – Day 13: Kids

What i’m thinking about? My Kids

My kids and the silver lining in all of this madness. Even though I work at a company that’s 100% remote (we did it before it was cool. OG), I didn’t get to see my kids that much during the day until the schools shut down. Now, I see them all day.

Sasha comes into my office (aka the garage) about 4x a day and says “can I type on the ‘puter?” in just the cutest, heart-melting way. Playing with my kids, comforting them and being their dad is one of the great gifts in life, and I’m getting a strong dose of it now.

This paragraph from Prof G. really resonated with me yesterday

Caregivers live longer, and are happier, than anyone. I had kids late in life and never really comforted anybody until I was in my late thirties, when my mom was dying. And now with kids. The species chooses prosperity, and its foundation is people irrationally passionate about the well-being of someone else.

So true.

The Hospitals

I was also talking about the virus yesterday with a friend. While we still don’t know all the details of it, such as why there are some people who are infected but show no symptoms, or why some children experience it just as a mild cold, one thing we can all agree upon is that that the hospitals are scrambling. Those workers see the disease up front, not as a news story but as the person right in front of them. They try to protect themselves, but there’s no way the masks can stop it when you’re around it all day, every day. They put themselves at risk, for us.

And, they are panicking. They’re doing the best they can, but it’s madness. We hear story after story. My heart really goes out to them as it must be so uncomfortable and scary. If you work in healthcare and are going in every day, thanks you. Truly, thank you.

This pic was taken in Morristown, NJ, this week:

Also, we need to shut down America.

The middle of the country STILL isn’t shutting down to protect themselves. Here’s the chart. I’m not sure if this is a red state/blue state thing or if those areas legitimately aren’t as impacted as the others. I hope it’s the latter.

With this kind of activity, we’ll be inside longer and this disease will spread more than we’d like.

Some Fun Things

Some good outfits out there (thx to Kesner)…

Cases

  1. World: Cases: 618,043, deaths: 28,823 (up 3,788 – daily increase of 32%)
  2. USA: Cases: 104,865, deaths: 1,709 (up 408 – daily increase of 60%)
  3. Marin: 69 cases (up 4), 1 death

Coronavirus Log – Day 12: Fear

Where my head is:

I’ve now seen the virus more up close as I have some friends and family who are sick. I’m getting more scared about it. I’m scared of my family getting sick and people close to me dying. I know this isn’t a new concern to most but it continues to get more real for me.

It really makes me appreciate the family I have, my awesome kids, and how great it is to be with them every day.

If you’re scared too, just know that we’re all in this together. It’s crazy fucking times.

Other Items

This mayor totally lost his shit…in a great way. Pretty great:

Different people respond differently to the isolation. This guy has it figured out (kid friendly):

Also, following up on yesterday’s Triscuit’s post. A good thread…

Cases

  • World: Cases: 553,244. Deaths: 25,035 (up 2866 from yesterday – daily increase of 15%)
  • USA: Cases: 86,012. Deaths: 1,301 (up 255 from yesterday – daily increase of 4.%)
  • Marin: 65 cases (up 5 from yesterday)

Coronavirus Log – Day 11: Triscuits

Family Outings

We’re four people in a 1100 sq. ft house with one bathroom so things are getting tight. But, we’re getting creative. We did a group workout yesterday, and today, we did a team bike ride at a local church parking lot, which was fun for everyone.

Hunter loves riding his bike and Sasha is starting to come around.

Social Distancing

While at the church, we encountered a police officer. Super nice guy. He wanted to hand us some stickers and asked if the kids wanted to join him in the car and play with the dashboard buttons and turn on the lights. Really nice request, but WTF!!!??

Here’s my issue with that: we can get rid of Coronavirus. It’s actually pretty easy to do. All we have to do is, as a nation, take 14 days and not come in contact with anyone. That’s all. If we do that, this virus will disappear. It’ll be gone. Everyone just needs to take 14 days.

But if our police officers, who are on the front lines helping people, think it’s a good idea to invite others into their cars to touch all the knobs they’ve been touching, then this whole little plan just isn’t going to work. Oh man, we’re effed.

New York!
I was reading a lot about the scene in NYC yesterday. The NYTime has a good behind the scenes story and a video with the doctor.

The scene in Queens NY is crazy, an excerpt:

New York has become the epicenter of the entire world of the virus and they need not just thousands of additional beds but tens of thousands.

Finally, a Very Important Thread
In lighter news, this thread on Twitter was one of the best things I’ve read in months. A guy goes DEEP on
Triscuits

Cases

  • Worldwide: Cases 491,623, Deaths: 22,169 (up 2,494 from yesterday – daily increase of -1%)
  • U.S.: Cases: 69,210, Deaths: 1,046 (up 244 from yesterday – daily increase of 17%)
  • Marin CA: 60 cases (up 7 from yesterday)