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  1. On a lighthearted note: watching Governor Cuomo give his daily update and not being distracted by his pierced nipples. Thankfully, that urging issue got debunked.
  2. I wonder if that's just a small blip because of a lack of testing in some areas, or perhaps a true flattening of the curve. Interestingly, Kentucky has seen fewer newer cases over the past three days. Both Kentucky and Ohio have been more proactive and stringent on the regulations than other states, such as Tennessee, where it's spreading like wildfire.
  3. Interestingly, wet markets are more of a product of Communism and starvation: https://www.vox.com/videos/2020/3/6/21168006/coronavirus-covid19-china-pandemic
  4. From footage that was being shown on CNN earlier today, it looked like there were still a lot of people on trains, but not as crowded. The Cherry Blossoms are blooming and people were packing the parks and streets for that - albeit with masks. I wonder if the work culture over there is forcing people to continue to work as telework is still not a thing in Japan.
  5. Ohio voters strongly back coronavirus lifestyle restrictions, and majority support Donald Trump’s re-election, poll shows "President Donald Trump is narrowly ahead in Ohio in his re-election bid and getting positive marks on coronavirus and the economy in new polling released Thursday. But more decisive is what the poll said about the lifestyle restrictions Gov. Mike DeWine has imposed to combat COVID-19. Huge majorities of Ohioans support closing K-12 schools (87.7% to 6.7%), limiting public gatherings (86.2% to 7.8%), closing daycare centers (81.5% to 9%), closing restaurants and bars (76.5% to 14.3%), and changing the primary election date (70.6% to 16.1%), the Great Lakes Poll found. And when it comes to DeWine, a national leader in imposing such restrictions, 79.9% say they approve of the job he is doing during the crisis."
  6. Boeing has been a company in turmoil for some time, with ethical and engineering lapses - but it's also one of those companies that is "too big to fail." If they are desperate enough, they'll take a handout for oversight despite what the company line might be. They aren't hurting enough.
  7. I wonder how distorted the data can be with the rural versus urban divide. When I'm looking at data for Kentucky, some of the "worst" offenders are also the most rural counties. People still need to get groceries, go to work (rural areas have far longer commutes). And in general, looking at the broader map of the US divided down into county view, that's what it looks like.
  8. With that and news that China manufactures many of our medicines, I wonder if that will pressure the federal government to force these producers back into the states. It's not just the medicines that are made overseas, but the ingredients and chemicals. Prior to China, many drugs were created in Puerto Rico (and some of those sites are now abandoned) but that's been shrinking for years.
  9. I also wonder what impact it will have long-term with the car industry. There are projections that many smaller, independent car dealers won't survive, either closing up entirely or being bought by larger entities. And there is already a glut of car dealers, so it's another rebalancing that's long been needed. Interestingly, I got a call from my local Subaru dealership offering me a 10% premium over Kelly's Blue Book for my 2016 Outback. They are offering a 63 month 0% offer for a new vehicle and while that's tempting, it'll be like hell getting financing for most people. Other car companies are offering loan payment deferrals, 0% APRs for years, and other incentives to prevent the car industry from collapsing entirely.
  10. I think I said it in a group about retail, but it's worth repeating here. This will eliminate the weakest retailers and restaurants and help complete the rebalancing that's been long needed. America (in general) has far too much square-foot devoted to restaurants and retail than any other nation. Already, Neiman Marcus is considering Chapter 11, GNC is in deep trouble, and Party City and Jo-Ann have been downgraded. Those with strong omni-channel strategies will thrive and survive - Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Target are thriving, but Macy's, JCPenny and other mainstream retailers with weak online retail offerings will further weaken.
  11. Kind of: https://www.wkrg.com/mobile-county/covid-19-test-kits-are-more-than-just-a-cotton-swab/
  12. A vaccine, at the fastest possible course, could be developed toward the end of the year. The article has good insights on the development of the vaccine.
  13. That's why I take blanket comparisons of cases confirmed/deaths with some skepticism. It's bad, but when you normalize the data to factor in the population, are we that worse of? But I think I answered my question at least with hospital overruns/surges: Coronavirus in N.Y.: ‘Deluge’ of Cases Begins Hitting Hospitals I found the following interactive graphic interesting, from the New York Times: Coronavirus Could Overwhelm U.S. Without Urgent Action, Estimates Say. It shows three scenarios for how the outbreak could spread by July 1. If you need me, I'll be holed up in West Virginia
  14. I'm wondering why we have not yet been overrun in our hospitals. Even by day 18, Italy's medical systems were failing from the surge, and while there is an uptick in hospital visits here with COVID, it's not yet been overrun. We are still nowhere near peak so I wonder if the worst is yet to come, or if our cases are more mild or less severe because of other factors.
  15. New York (the state I am in) just ordered businesses to reduce their on-site workforce by 100% except for places that are designated essential.
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