March 20, 2020

From Gerald R. Lucas

Another Beautiful Day without a Motorcycle covid-19: day 8 | US: GA | info

Maybe my service will be completed today. I will not hold my breath.

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Politico has a sinister-sounding article about the current pandemic that is actually quite optimistic: “Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How.” I like the idea of “A return to faith in serious experts.”

Amen. Wouldn’t that be lovely? And speaking of experts, Wired has an interview with Larry Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox and later warned of a pandemic, who calls this “the most dangerous pandemic in our lifetime” that might have been largely avoided if not for political incompetence:

Indeed, now we see the real dangers of “fake news,” right Mark Zuckerberg? As Stephen Levy pointed out in an email this morning, this could be a turning point:

We FaceTimed with Mom yesterday, and she said she heard the president announced a vaccine for COVID-19. What she’s thinking about is probably chloroquine, a malaria drug, that has shown potential for treating the pandemic. But despite 45’s lie about the almost immediate availability of the drug, it will take a while to test, so we need to simmer down. And for God’s sake: turn off Fox News.

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I finished The Outsider last night. . . .