Saturday, June 13, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 89: Stop. Drop. Take Cover

Stop. Drop. Take Cover.
Dear Diary,

Showing my age this morning by bringing up the Cold War. 

I was in school, and like school kids nationwide, I was taught to - in the case of an alert - to stop what I was doing, to drop down, and to cover my head with my hands.

Just thinking about that image makes me shake my head at the futility of those actions against a nuclear bomb dropping nearby.

Living During a Pandemic

With the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases across the country the need for people to stop gathering in large crowds has never been more important.

This is not the time to drop safety measures like wearing face masks in public.

It is a time to take cover from the coronavirus by using methods like social distancing and using common sense.

In retrospect, the Cold War seems like a picnic compared to the effects of the pandemic and Trump's lack of leadership. America is a ship that lost it's rudder when Trump was elected. Current events affirm that contention.

Trump doesn't care about the coronavirus, and he's ignoring the advise of top healthcare officials. He just wants to be re-elected and will go to any extreme to make it happen.

Trump's upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is set on the anniversary of the biggest white-on-black massacre in American history. What's more there will be no safety precautions taken.

That's why his election campaign is warning people if they get COVID-19 because of attending his rally... it's tough shit. 
To confirm the message each attendee gets to sign a piece of paper saying they won't hold the organizers (or anyone else) responsible if they get, and die, from COVID-19.

We're in the middle of the biggest economic setback in history. 
We're surrounded by an invisible killer, the coronavirus,
and we have the worst president in American history subverting democracy at every opportunity.

A new generation in America is tired of systemic racism, and our corrupt government run by a sociopath with an ego so big, he believes everyone loves him, when in fact most loath him.

On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
Growing awareness

It seems Gov. Kate Brown has finally got the message - coronavirus cases are increasing - not decreasing.

So she put a ban on all applications to reopen for at least a week. It may last longer if cases continue to increase.

Oregon recorded another all-time high in COVID-19 infections in a single day on Thursday, with 178 new cases, bringing the state total to 5,237. Thus far, the death toll is 178.

I'm keeping in mind what the effects of the mass protests will surely bring... more cases. 

**Power outage in Medford - I've lived here for nearly eight years and have never experienced a longer power outage than the one we had Thursday night. 

I suspect it was caused by the sudden storm that hit. The damn thing reminded me of the monsoon rains in Vietnam. It was gone in less than 10 minutes after savaging everything in it's way.

Quote for the Day; "We must substitute courage for caution.-Martin Luther King

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