I started keeping a Covid-19 stats spreadsheet back in March. I never dreamed it would still be going without an end in sight on the last day of September, but here we are. I keep one with just Massachusetts numbers and one for the entire United States.
We all know the US numbers are so bad they are evil. Literally evil. Unimaginably evil. Massachusetts was really bad too in the beginning, but after a while we straightened things out. For a while there our numbers were among the best in the country.
We have had over 400 new Covid-19 cases for each of the last eight days. Today we had 532 new cases and 33 new deaths. Oh yeah, and the Governor is talking about further opening up of some sections of the state. This is absurd.
We should be better than this. Get your shit together, Mass.
We got flu shots today. We went to a drug store in Salem, NH. Talk about a horrible experience. We did everything right. We stayed safe. The rest of the people? Some were. Some weren’t. The putz without the mask inside. The dick having a smoke in the parking lot. What the hell.
I’d say that I was in favor of deporting all trump voters, but where would they go? Who but a trump voter would be stupid enough to give refuge to a trump voter?
My step son’s school district has opened up sports again. Yippee! Are Covid-19 tests required? No, don’t be silly. Are masks required? For indoor events, yes. For outdoor events, yes for players on the bench but not for players on the field. Apparently, you can’t get Covid-19 by tackling someone who has Covid-19. Who knew, right?
Officials don’t have to wear masks either because, you know… whistles. I can’t remember if cheerleaders need to wear masks. Oh yeah, cheerleaders at home games. Maybe the band at a couple of games. No visiting team spectators though, and each home team player can allow four guests to watch. They have to wear masks though. Thank heavens for that, right? >whew<
Officials need to have temperature checks to be allowed on the field. Not Covid-19 tests, just temperature checks. Teams will have to have temperature checks before they leave for away games. What about home games, you ask? Apparently those are thermometer free! Hooray!
Some days I just want to take a fire hose to this whole idiotic country.
I just realized I’ve let one of my original quarantine promises to myself fall by the wayside without even noticing.
I promised myself I would still be up out of bed and ready for the day by the time I would have had to get ready if I had to make the endless drive to Waltham. That should have been 7:30-7:45 or so. It dawned on me today as I was getting dressed at about 8:15 that I completely forgot about that rule.
Not that it was important or anything but I kinda feel like I let myself down… even though I didn’t remember I was letting myself down.
Exercise, babie… said the very fat, morbidly obese dude. Looking over my health stats on my phone, on the Zero app, the one that tracks intermittent fasting, I have completed a full 16 hour fast for 10 days in a row. That’s 160 hours where I did not eat. Cool! On the activity app, I have close all three rings for 10 days in a row. That’s 30 minutes of exercise, at least 800 calories burned (which normal people could probably do by 7:00am without even trying. Gimme a break, I’m fat and criminally out of shape), and standing at least one minute each hour for at least 12 hours.
Having said all of that, I also canceled my gym membership today. I finally stopped hoping that the lock down would end and it would be safe to go back. It’ll save us a few bucks a month.
A few bucks a month… that’s important given that we bought an exercise bike today. Woah! Another exercise source for us that doesn’t involve leaving the house! Crazy talk! Bring it on!
We should be planning weekend trips to the mountains to see the foliage. Instead we’re freaking out over the prospect of having to put gas in the car. We’re freaking out over the prospect of kids going back to school. We’re freaking out over the fact that I coughed a bunch of times before I went to sleep last night.
This whole thing is exhausting. Quarantine fatigue indeed. Still staying strong and keeping safe though. Not like the millions of idiots who “don’t believe” in the virus. I hate stupid people.
I just read an article about a high school kid in Massachusetts who went in to school AFTER receiving a positive Covid-19 test. It hurts to find out that all of the work you’re doing to keep everyone safe is the exception rather than the rule. You would think that all of us would be working to keep everyone safe, but apparently that’s not even close to the case.
Jen was just telling me she read stories about what looks like a second wave starting to hit Europe. It’s only a matter of time before the second wave hits the US too. The difference is, in the US case the first wave hasn’t ended yet. It’s not even close to ending. We’re just ignoring it. When the second wave hits here it’s going to merge with the first wave and turn into a tsunami of death… and kids with positive tests are still going to go to school.
Today is September 14th. I missed an important anniversary yesterday.
September 13th marked six months since the start of the lock down.
No end in site.
I am still keeping track of the daily numbers for both Massachusetts and the United States. I added the Rt number as well. There was a time when Massachusetts was becoming the envy of the nation as our Rt number dropped to the lowest in the country. No more. It was 1.16 yesterday. I don’t have a number for today yet.
Schools are opening and the numbers are spiking. Some schools in MA are already switching to remote. They should all just stop screwing around and switch. New Hampshire should too. My step son is at home this week, but next week? Who knows.
Six months. We were originally expecting two weeks. This is insane. 194,000 corpses in the US and counting. I am so tired of this. It’s just exhausting.