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This morning there was an interesting announcement about a po from the Sierra Club in my inbox about the comet Atlas.
At the end of February, just as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip Europe, a comet known as C/2019 Y4 blazed into view. The previously nondescript object, also known as Atlas, had been discovered two months earlier in a patch of sky near the Big Dipper. Now it was behaving strangely, increasing in brightness by roughly 4,000 times in a matter of days.
Hmmmm. Sounds strangely like what has been happening here on Earth with our coronavirus pandemic.
I often wake up at various times between midnight and 6am with thoughts I want to write down. For this reason I usually keep my journal and next to my bed, or as a backup a pad or two of paper in case I left my journal in my office.
Sometimes I am simply writing what happened the day before, in which case I date the page for the previous day and catch up on whatever happened and my comments during the darkness between the days.
But other times I want to write down something that has just occurred to me, and I’ve been confused as to whether the proper date is yesterday or tomorrow.
Now that the wearing of face masks in public places in mandatory by law, I decided it was time to get a face mask that was really workable for me instead of just tying a cotton bandana around my head.
And just in time, Naturepedic began making face masks out of organic cotton.
I received mine last week and love, love, love it.
It is quintessential Naturepedic—organic, well-designed, and comfortable.
Just found out the US Postal Service issued a stamp for Earth Day.
I love it!
No astronaut goes into space with his fingers crossed. That’s not how we deal with risk.
What I learned from twenty-one years as an astronaut is the more you know the less you fear.
Study every system on a space ship and then boil it down into what I call a 1-pager.
You’ve got to be able to solve your problems in one breath.
FMR. COLONEL & COMMANDER, NASA & CSA
When I first heard these words I thought, “Yes! This is how we should approach living on Earth.”
Back in March, I was invited to participate in the Healthy Home Summit. We loved this interview so much that we had it transcribed (see below). When you click on the video, if it asks you to subscribe, go ahead. You can always cancel if you want to after you watch it.
This video very much shows the transition from my former work as Debra Lynn Dadd to my new work as Debra Redalia. If you missed it during the summit, I would love for you to watch it now, and/or read the transcript (I’ve made the most important parts bold).
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A few days ago, Queen Elizabeth gave a moving speech to the UK about getting through the covid-19 pandemic.
Though these are difficult times for us now, I thought of the Queen and many others who endured World War II. As we are sheltering-in-place and walking around with wearing masks, I remind myself it could be worse. At least we don’t have planes flying overhead dropping bombs and destroying our cities.
If anyone on the planet today knows, the Queen at age 93 has been through more than her share of world conflicts and has come through them. For me, she is a living example that difficulties do end and life goes on.
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.
Since learning from Dr. David Price that the most important factor for preventing transmission of covid-19 is to not get the virus on your hands, I’ve suddenly been a lot more aware of what I have been touching and wondering if the virus is on those surfaces.
It seems to me the most prudent thing would be to simply wear gloves all the time when I am out.
But a really don’t like those disposable plastic gloves.
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.