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About 10 days ago Larry and I went and got the covid-19 test.
We weren’t having symptoms, but we live with Larry’s Mom, who is 88 years old, and we just wanted to make sure we weren’t giving an exposure to her.
We both tested negative.
The week before last, I had a major personal shift. I struggled to write about it and thought I had a finished post, but it didn’t feel right. Now I see there was more to the story, so here it is now.
On 29 April, I had a stunning realization: the industrial news organizations were broadcasting death. Every day we were getting reports of ever-increasing numbers of cases and numbers of deaths. And we are told how horrible this is and it’s all very dramatically reported in the new media. But they didn’t ever tell us how many of those stricken with the virus had recovered. [In fact, most sources of covid-19 statics didn’t include the recovery statistics, though we did find one source in particular that did.]
The thing is, this constant barrage of bad news about the pandemic only reinforces it. Because what we put our attention on is what happens.
This morning I found a very helpful tool that I want to share with you.
It is provided by The New York Times. You need to create an account to access it, but it’s free and you don’t need to subscribe.
NEW YORK TIMES Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak
For every state in the USA, there is a page with a map and a case count. But further it gives cases and deaths by county both in actual numbers and per 100,000 people. Plus a bar graph updated daily that shows if cases are increasing or lessening.
Earlier this week I learned of recommendations made by Dr. David Price, a critical care pulmonologist caring for CoVID-19 patients all day in NYC at Weill Cornell Hospital. He says:
[This information is] incredibly empowering.
As I’ve been in the hospital over the last two days,
the thing that makes me smile is
I actually know now that I won’t get this disease.
Because I know how to protect myself.
Click on the video at the top of this post to watch the full 57-minute version.
When I watched this video a few nights ago, I decided to get up the following morning and type up a summary to make it easier to get this information out into the world. You can read my notes below, but please also watch the video if you have time.
This is the single most useful source of information on Covid-19 that I’ve seen. Dr Price is treating patients with CoVID-19 in the ICU every day and speaks from his firsthand experience.
This is the data everyone needs to know now, so please pass it on to others.
As of Thursday morning, officials said 1,941 people had died in the state of New York, with 83,712 positive CoVID-19 cases. More than half of those cases are in New York City. Now on Saturday afternoon, the numbers are 3,565 dead, with 630 dying in the past 24 hours.
For the past two weeks we’ve been following the shelter-in-place order, so for this period of time we have basically been staying home. There’s actually nowhere to go because everything is closed except for grocery stores and pharmacies, and restaurants that are offering take-out.
We do go out to a grocery store almost every day. We only buy food for a day or two, so we can have an excuse to go to the grocery store the next day. We have a PO Box, so we have to go to the post office every few days as well, and we go to two different farmer’s markets on Saturday and Sunday mornings, but aside from that, we stay home…
But since we can’t go anywhere or do anything, I have a lot of time to do my creative work. I’ve had a big burst of creativity, like going on a retreat. I’m working intensively on our lifely websites, finishing incomplete formatting and content so I can get all the planned lifely websites operating and expanding…
Here in Sonoma County, California, it’s Day 2 of mandatory shelter-in-place, which means we are required to stay in our own homes except for “essential” trips out for groceries, pharmacy, banking, and other such things. I did go out yesterday to pick up my mail from my PO Box, buy some food, and go to the bank, but I had to have my doctor appointment over the phone because the medical clinic is closed. The order is through April 7, but could be extended as long as the government feels it is necessary.
At first this was surreal. Life as I knew it had stopped. Most stores are closed. I can’t go to a restaurant or a movie. A friend had to postpone his trip to the East Coast because his flight was canceled. I don’t have children, but if I did they would be home with me 24 hours a day. It was like everything outside of my own home and it’s inhabitants had just disappeared.
And I resisted having my freedom to move about in the world taken away by the government.
But once I got over the disorientation, I realized what an opportunity this is. Instead of gaining our bearings from the world at large, it’s an opportunity for each one of us to be self-determined and orient our lives to ourselves and our own values.
The mainstream media is giving us all kinds of ways to prevent exposure to the Covid-19 virus, but I havn’t seen any recommendations about how to support your immune system. So I’m going to give you some tips here on how to keep your immune system strong and functioning, to protect your body from Covid-19 and any other virtuses and bacteria that may come your way.
Your body is already equipped to protect you from viruses of all kinds, but your immune system needs to be in good working order.