Coronavirus Report June 28: World Tops 10 Million COVID-19 Cases

As the world tops 10 million cases, the U.S. sees a second day of more than 40,000 cases.

We are making another real estate related road trip today, so a short update is all we have time for:

There were 43,400 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the U.S. in the past 24 hours, the second consecutive day of more than 40,000. This gives the U.S. a total of 2,525,900 cases.

More than 9,000 come from Florida, where they have closed Miami Beach for the long Independence Day weekend. California is also experiencing a surge as there were 2,169 cases just in Los Angeles County.

The death toll continues to drop, even as hospitalizations rise, with only 512 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. This brings the total deaths to 125,545.

Globally, there are now more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 and 499,306 deaths. These are reported cases and the true number are believed to be higher.

Coronavirus Report June 27: Record Pace Continues

COVID-19 cases continue to soar, whether you are testing NBA players of Californians. The death rate, however, remains reassuringly low.

The U.S. added a record-breaking 48,300 cases of coronavirus since our report yesterday, bringing the total to 2,483,500.  This represents an increase of 2 percent.  The death rate remained quite low at 0.5% with only 640 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 

California added itself to the list of states that are tightening their COVID-19 restrictions, putting Imperial County, which is east of San Diego and on the Mexican border, on a stay-home order while pausing re-opening state wide.  23 percent of tests in Imperial County are coming back positive, compared to a state-wide level of 5.7 percent.

Five percent of the NBA players tested for COVID-19 (16 out of 302) had positive results and will be in quarantine as their colleagues move towards re-opening the NBA seasons and playoffs.  This is far higher than the 0.8 percent rate of English Premier League and the 0.6 percent of the Bundesliga soccer players and staff.  Of course, this probably just represent the higher rate across the U.S.  None of the 16 players were seriously ill and many reported no symptoms at all.

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Prepper’s Diary June 26: Costco is Back to Normal

Four months after panic buying stripped stores of paper products and shelf-stable foods, we found our local Costco was back to normal or even better than it was prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

I went to Costco today for the first time in months, we struck the mother load.  I’ve been repeating that you should shop now, while things are back to normal and we have a window of opportunity, and this trip certainly proved it.  I spent more than $250 on food, both fresh and canned/dried, to help us re-stock

Here are some highlights:

I arrived at Costco about 5 minutes before they opened and I was the 112th person in line.  Masks were required.  They handed my a disinfecting wipe, so I claaned my hands and then the handlebar and other parts of my cart.

I basically went right down the main aisle to the food section.

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Coronavirus Update June 26: It’s Baaack

That dull thud you heard in the past 24 hours, that was the coronavirus lockdown slamming shut again. After record levels of COVID-19 cases have been reported, a number of hard-hit states have started delaying reopenings and even backtracking, repealing previous reopenings.

Texas closed bars while Florida left them open, but prohibited alcohol sales.  Texas left restaurants open, but limited them to 50 percent capacity.

This recent burst of activity is concentrated in urban areas, like Houston, San Antonio, Miami, and Atlanta.  While the data is nowhere near as bad as it was in the New York metropolitan area, this is another example of why living in cities puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to the coronavirus.  Another data point is that many of the cases are in people below age 50, which shows precautions taken to protect the elderly appear to be working.

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Prepper Diary June 25 – We Luck into a Food Dehydrator

We lucked into a new-in-box food dehydrator for about 25 percent of the normal retail price.

A Fabulous Find at Restore

We’ve been paring down our possessions since before COVID-19, but that quarantine period definitely gave us time to clean out the garage, basement and attic.  Now that we have a house firmly in our sights and expect to close in a month, we’re moving in to high gear.  That meant a trip to the closes Habitat for Humanity ReStore with the back seat and the bed of my truck loaded with donations.

We gave away all sorts of leftovers from projects, like bathroom fixtures and lights, tile, small appliances, glassware, cooking pans, kitchen stuff, and framed art.  I think my wife was especially thrilled to de-clutter.

Then we went inside to take a look around.  They had lots of gently used furniture, which means I now know where I am taking any leftover furniture when we move.  (The new house is smaller, so we’re down-sizing and getting rid of stuff.)  Then we saw it: A 9-tray food dehydrator, brand new in box.  Although we were there to drop stuff off, it was from a major brand and hard to pass up at one-fourth the normal sale price, so we bought it. 

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Coronavirus Report June 25: U.S. Hit New Peak

As the U.S. sets a new record for COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours, the demographics of the disease are changing. The majority of cases are now in those under 50

The United States reported an increase of 36,900 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, its largest ever single-day increase, surpassing the prior peak of April 24.  This represents an increase of 1.5 percent, which is close to double the rate of increase we were experiencing two weeks ago.  Deaths were up only 748, or 0.6 percent.  Deaths are considered a lagging indicator and trail cases.

Cases surged in California, reaching 7,149 on Tuesday, a record for the state, bringing the state total close to 196,000.  While the state has ramped up testing and also conducted a record number of tests, the positivity rate for the tests increased to 5.1 percent from 4.6 last week.  Hospitalizations in California reached 4,095 and ICU admissions ticked upwards, although at a lower level than overall hospitalizations.  California reported 91 news deaths for a total of 5,728.

Texas followed in California’s footsteps, reporting 5,5551 new cases for a total of just under 126,000.  This increase was a new record, surpassing the one set the day before.  There are only 1,153 patients in Texas that are hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19.  The state reports that there are 12,951 hospitaliz beds available, and more than 1,300 are ICU beds.  On June 24, Texas reported 29 new deaths due to COVID-19 for a total of 2,249.

Coronavirus Report June 24

The number of cases in the U.S. jumped 35,100 in the past 24 hours to 2,357,200, but before you get panicked about the large number, we recommend you read the piece we posted earlier today.  Deaths attributed to COVID-19 grew by 833 to 121,178.

Globally, cases jumped 165,000 to 9.289 million, an increase of 1.8 percent.  Global deaths climbed by 5,423 to 478,160. 

Why We Flattened the Curve

Flattening the curve worked; it bought us time to understand COVID-19 and to better understand how to treat it. Don’t let the higher numbers panic you.

In mid-March, my doctor’s office called and rescheduled my March 24 physical, pushing it back 90 days.  That appointment is scheduled for this afternoon and they are allowing it to proceed even though our county and state have a far higher rate of COVID-19 infections today then they did in March.

On March 24, when I was supposed to have the appointment, there were only 20,875 reported cases of COVID-19 in the entire country.  We now have more than that in our state, and the country report that many or more every day.  Three months ago, only 2,844 were new cases had been reported in a single day.  Now there are individual states that report that more than that daily.

This raises a big question: Why am I allowed to go to the doctor today, but not three months ago. 

The answer is: Because we flattened the curve.

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Coronavirus Report June 23: 9 Million Cases

As the world tops 9 million cases, COVID-19 spikes across the U.S. with 26 states now seeing increases.

The world surpassed 9 million coronavirus cases after an increase of 139,000 cases in the past 24 hours brought the global total to 9.124 million.  The U.S. climbed to 2,322,100 after an increase of reported cases of COVID-19 30,400 in the past 24 hours.  It seems that the curve is beginning to steepen on both the global and U.S. numbers.

Global deaths reached 472,737, an increase of about 4,000, while the U.S. death toll climbed to 120,345.  So while cases continue to climb, the death rates are holding steady or even slowing. 

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This is what Happens when America is Perceived as Weak

When our foes think the United States is distracted by internal problems, they tend to act out and rattle their sabers looking for an opportunity.

Russian bombers fly towards Alaska and we scramble fighter planes in response. A few days later, American B52 bombers fly in the Sea of Okhtosk, a place surrounded on three sides by Russian lands and where no American planes have flown before, forcing Russians to scramble their fighters.

Also in the Pacific, Chinese bombers flew towards Taiwan, forcing them to scramble fighters.  This is thought to be a reaction to the degrading relationship between the U.S. and China.

Actual hostilities broke out along the Chinese and India border, and while conversations have been held to reduce the chance of further conflict, the Indian media reports that Indian soldiers have been given permission to open fire on their Chinese counterparts if invade Indian territory.  This resulted in a vocal response from China, ratcheting up tensions further.  Meanwhile India is in negotiations to buy 30 or more fighter aircraft from the Russians, apparently seeking to beef up their capabilities should their problem with China escalate.

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