May 1, 2020
From the Center of Disease Control:
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. How It Spreads: It is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.
If you are reading this months or years in the future, compare the May 1, 2020 statement listed above to the CDC's webpage today. I wonder if that statement has changed.
May 17, 2020
I traveled to Hong Kong and China in October 2019. As a Musical Instruments professional it is
common for me to travel in China. I attended a very large and crowded trade show in Shanghai. The public demonstrations for Hong Kong independence were occurring at that time. I witnessed it first-hand as my hotel was near Central Hong Kong. In January 2020 I attended a very crowded trade show in California. Many of my colleagues were getting sick with flu-type symptoms. There were a lot of people from China at that trade show. The point is, I could have easily come in contact with COVID-19 but I did not get sick, though I had a very bad cold before the January show. Who knows?
In a matter of weeks the world's economies collapsed. The fact that no major wars have broken out is a testament to the stability brought on by technology. This is, by far, the strangest thing I have ever witnessed. People quarantined in their homes, businesses going bankrupt. 36 million people filing for unemployment benefits in the United States. I have been working from my home office since March 30. There is growing tension between the U.S. and China. What's next?
May 27, 2020
People, at no surprise, are very divided on how testing is conducted, the scientific results, and political leader's plans. In the U.S., people on social media and on news outlets are completely politicizing COVID-19. Somehow, wearing a mask and staying home has become a Democrat trait whereas no mask and public gatherings is Republican. As usual, I find myself outside of those simpleton name-calling camps. I remind you that many people, as a form of entertainment and self importance, bitch and complain.
June 6, 2020
On Memorial Day, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin killed a man. It was captured on video and broadcast on TV and internet channels. It was horrific to watch. I wish I could un-see it. Since that time people have been both peacefully protesting and violently rioting. Hungarian billionaire George Soros is said have funded an American terrorist group. Those accusations claim the Soros is tying to sway the 2020 US presidential election to remove Donald Trump and bring about a globalist agenda for the U.S. Ironically, the same democrat leaders that insisted on people staying at home due to COVID-19 are encouraging people to protest in the streets. These events are increasing race tensions in the U.S.