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I just took a look at the national death number (everyone needs a hobby:-) and Texas, California and Florida are all pushing into 3 digits. Now, coming from NY where, at our top, we were pumping out 800 stiffs a day, this seems paltry, but it's important to realize two things:

1) The curves can grow quickly and, if the reports of hospital ICU's overflowing in these states are to be believed, each day is likely to accelerate the deaths (some of which will likely be those who could have been saved, but were filtered out by triage when ICU's are filled).

2) More effective treatment techniques are lowering the death rate, but that doesn't reduce the number infected, hospitalized or, presumably, any post-infection complications down the road.

The solutions to our problems are well documented and proven by the results of numerous other nations. We had a halfa$$ed shutdown for a couple of weeks too short due to poor national and, in many cases, poor state leadership accompanied by a large portion of the population which seems to have been either poorly educated or questionably motivated.

If we do not take those measures, the number of deaths before an effective vaccine is distributed are easy to calculate (choose your favorite vaccine date). The national shutdown was extraordinarily expensive. Throwing away that effort and expense in the name of a handful of incremental bucks should be an indictment in the voting booth of any politician who advocated not following the CDC guidance on when and how to open. If NYS could be successful at this, starting from where they were on the curve, those states which did not have a problem could have almost completely avoided their currently deteriorating positions.

Jeff
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