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Monday, March 30, 2020

Where Do YOU Find Yourself?


Of course I'm going to start with me.  

I'm a male.  

But enough about Me.  
"What do YOU think about me?"
as the starlet said to Harvey Weinstein. 

Ah, but we know how that ended, 
don't we?

 I'm a rare blood courier taking blood to quarantined hospitals, 

entering the back way down long winding halls often filled with coughing patients and hospital staff.

And I'm in one of the more vulnerable age brackets.

But I find myself needed by ill patients
whose numbers grow daily.

What do you then?

You stand your ground.


We face an invisible enemy.  

It is growing stronger.  

It floats in the air, 

lies in wait on infected surfaces, 

flies on the waves of germ-infected coughs 

(which travel at 100 feet per second.)


As intelligent adults we access the situation, 
ascertain the most reasonable response,
and we adapt.



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No matter what you choose to do ...


Just kidding.

Be Smart. 
Stay Healthy.

All things pass ...
 even kidney stones. 

That last was from Midnight.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


This Just In:

Louisiana has the fastest 
rate of growth 
of coronavirus cases 
in the world, 
Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

"The state has the third highest number
 of cases per capita in the country -- 
behind New York and Washington state,"
Edwards said.

Whoa, right?

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I will be walking down germ-infested 
hospital halls
past coughing patients.

The odds are not with me
especially at my age bracket,
but ill patients need blood
especially in these times.

In this darkness,
I imagine 
a bit of a star in each 
human soul. 

To help nourish
that light
is an honor.


Monday, March 23, 2020


 The beach crowds at Spring Break (whose partiers brought back Covid - 19 to their colleges)

The crowds on Bourbon Street during the St. Patrick's Day block long alcohol-hazed night.

The oblivious crowds at D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival ...

American young people seem blissfully ambling into the arms of our most recent plague.

Last check before my weekend hospital gauntlet,   

Louisiana was reporting 479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of the highest numbers in the country. 

Ten people had died. 

The majority of cases are in New Orleans, which now has one confirmed case for every 1,000 residents. 

New Orleans had held Mardi Gras celebrations just two weeks before its first patient, with more than a million revelers on its streets.

A respiratory therapist there told a shuddering story to a reporter.

Many of his patients are relatively young, in their 40s and 50s, 

and have minimal, if any, preexisting conditions in their charts. 

He is overwhelmed, stunned by the manifestation of the infection, both its speed and intensity. 

" This is knocking out what should be perfectly fit, healthy people. 

Patients will be on minimal support, on a little bit of oxygen, and then all of a sudden, 

they go into complete respiratory arrest, shut down and can’t breathe at all.”

“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. 

I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is not the flu.’  

Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube and out of his mouth. 

"The coronavirus patients have been having a lot of secretions that are actually pink 

because they’re filled with blood cells that are leaking into their airways. 

They are essentially drowning in their own blood and fluids because their lungs are so full. 

 So we’re constantly having to suction out the secretions every time we go into their rooms.”

 “Before this, we were all joking. It was grim hospital humor. 

If you are exposed to the virus and test positive and go on quarantine, you get paid. 

We were all joking: I want to get the coronavirus because then I get a paid vacation from work. 

But once I saw these patients with it, I was like,  

‘Holy shit, I do not want to catch this and I don’t want anyone I know to catch this.’

 New CDC data reveals that 40% of those hospitalized with the coronavirus

were from age 2o to 54.

This is a novel (brand new) virus ...

There is NO TEXTBOOK for it.

Researchers and physicians are learning as they go, 

while the virus seems to be changing the rules as it mutates.

Do what you can to stay well.  Be vigilant, be prudent, be safe.


Monday, March 16, 2020


 The odds are not with me.  

As a rare blood courier, like with E.M.T.'s 
Policemen, & Firemen --

I walk through emergency rooms where
the ill are hacking and sneezing trillions
of germ into the air.

Besides, I am not in a good age bracket.

Government spokesmen have their own agendas and many are ill-informed or out of the loop of current data.

Take the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar,who told host George Stephanopoulos 

that asymptomatic spread is "not the major driver" of the spread of the new coronavirus. 

 But it appears that a Massachusetts coronavirus cluster with at least 82 cases was started by people who were not yet showing symptoms, 

and more than half a dozen studies have shown that people without symptoms are causing substantial amounts of infection. 

 Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. 


"It's "absolutely clear" that asymptomatic infection surely can fuel a pandemic like this in a way that's going to make it very difficult to control." 

Check this out from this Saturday's New Orleans celebration for St. Patrick's Day

 Bourbon Street crowded amid coronavirus order on big crowds

How many of these partiers were infected and came 
back to Lake Charles or other Louisiana home towns?

Then, there were crowds at airports yesterday

Bill Gates, yes, that Bill Gates who said despite scoffers that people would one day buy water in plastic bottles, said

"There is also strong evidence that this can be transmitted by people who are just mildly ill or even presymptomatic. 

That means COVID-19 will be much harder to contain than the Middle East respiratory syndrome or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), 

which were spread much less efficiently and only by symptomatic people."

 "Asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic transmission are a major factor in transmission for Covid-19," said Dr. William Schaffner,

 a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and longtime adviser to the CDC. 

"They're going to be the drivers of spread in the community." 

Wear a mask, people.  I know. I know.  

But do you really believe 
Hospitals and Health Departments
go to Home Depot for masks?

They have Direct Access to distributors for that.

Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick:

Viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. 

Wear glasses and wash your face along with your hands.

However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, 

and some studies have estimated a roughly five-fold protection versus no barrier alone. 

For a former Outbreak Investigator for the CDC on this facet, 

go to 14:30 and then for further data from a toxicologist on this &

why he wears a mask in public settings, go to 16:19

Think of it as wearing a seat belt:

You don't expect to get into an accident.
You simply are preparing for the 
consequences in case you get into one.

"You do you" as they say.

When I received my two minors in Microbiology
and Infectious Diseases --

I studied hard to get A's.

Now, I am again studying hard --
but this time

to put the odds as much in my favor as I can. 

Do what you think best.

Stay Well, my friends.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Cat, The 3rd White Meat?

Between uninformed complacency and
 misinformed panic,
 there is a rational middle ground:


Do you watch Tim Pool on YouTube?

He quoted Liz Specht who used her degrees
to use math, 
not speculation, 
to make some
revealing comments.

Go to the 1:50 mark

When you go grocery shopping 
this week,
buy a little extra,
asking what you might need
if you are quarantined.

Midnight has a final word: