pandemic week 19 — it’s only gotten worse


I don’t even know where to begin. The last time I wrote an entry on the Pandemic, it was on 11 June, and we had half as many confirmed cases. Even the number of world-wide cases has more than doubled, from 7million to over 15 million.

For the first time I’m including a dashboard just for Florida. This is being maintained by the Rebekah Jones, who was fired by the Florida in May because she refused to massage the statistics and make it look better than it really was.

Here’s the link: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/7572b118dc3c48d885d1c643c195314e/

Here’s her story: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/14/876584284/fired-florida-data-scientist-launches-a-coronavirus-dashboard-of-her-own

So much has been going crazy in this country over the last six weeks. Even Trump has finally given up holding the Republican convention in Jacksonville because it’s a grand coronavirus clusterfuck here in Florida. Yeah, look at those charts above, and see that Florida has 1/10 of the US’ total confirmed cases.

And by the way, keep this in mind: We could be off by as much as an order of magnitude, or to put it another way, we could have ten times as many coronovirus cases as officially documented.

It’s time to vote out Trump and DeSantis. It’s time to vote all the bastards out.

may day, may day, may day

It’s the first day of May. My wife and I have been in a self-imposed lockdown since the first of February, long before our moronic governor finally issued his limited lockdown orders. Our Orlando mayor did a much better job earlier and more extensively in early March, complete with a nightly curfew.

I see on John Hopkin’s COVID-19 Dashboard ( https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 )that the total confirmed cases is over 3.3 million worldwide, with roughly a third of them in the US at over 1.1 million. Total world-wide deaths is 238,380 people. Total official US deaths stand at 64,789 people, which I firmly believe is undercounted. It wouldn’t surprise me if the number were double that because coronavirus reporting is so scattershot in this country. That holds true as well for the confirmed cases in the US.

To make matters worse, at least for Florida, the state has halted the publication of up-to-the-minute death statistics related to the coronavirus pandemic that have, by law, been compiled by medical examiners in the state.

The death count compiled by the Medical Examiners Commission was often found to be higher than the figures provided by Florida’s Department of Health, the Tampa Bay Times reported, prompting a review of the data and a suspension of its publication.

No official explanation has been given, but considering how DeSantis has his lips firmly planted on Trumps backside whenever possible, no explanation is necessary.

To top it all off, Florida is reopening its state parks because our Governor Moron cites a DHS study on sunlight killing COVID-19 to justify them. Of course, DeSantis defended the reopening of Jacksonville beaches because state data shows an outbreak has not occurred in Duval county (where Jax is located) since the reopening of the beaches. You know, the same state data that now excludes the death count compiled by the Medical Examiners Commission because it makes Tallahassee look even more bad and stupid than DeSantis and his merrily thieving GOP band in the state house.