Bette Davis has some very interesting things to say about the studio system in this interview on Johnny Carson. She praises it for young actors as a way to learn the craft while getting a steady paycheck.
When it comes to dealing with COVID-19, we should all be more like Sweden. They always kept their young kids in school and had limited lockdowns. They had a large number of deaths in the beginning but now they have almost zero and are being told they don't need to wear masks anymore.
The US after a couple of months of lockdowns, shutting down the schools and forcing many businesses to close, has death rate that is still increasing. Some states and local areas are postponing their plans to open up more of their economies.
While Sweden was criticized for having so many deaths in the beginning, they have always had a more long-term realistic approach to dealing with coronavirus. They pushed their deaths forward, the US and most other countries have pushed them into the future unless there is a vaccine suddenly available.
This chart tells you all you need to know. They are months ahead of the US and many other countries as well.
For more on why this is happening, read my post from 3-13-2020.
I always have to be making something so another thing I like to do is make furniture. I recently built a Mid-century Modern sideboard/buffet from a kit I bought on Overstock.com.
I did study furniture design and woodworking when I was in my 20's (a long time ago) and I've built some wonderful pieces from fine woods using traditional hand-cut joinery. But with COVID-19 I don't have access to the community woodworking shop that belong to. So I decided to build something from a kit, which while lacking the quality of a totally handcrafted piece, it is much less expensive, easier and less time consuming to build. I was pleased with how it turned out.
I also made videos of the process and posted them on my YouTube channel.
Here is the unboxing video:
Here is the construction video:
Enjoy! And feel free to comment.
tA study released this week says that the lockdowns prevented 60 million people in the US from getting COVID-19.
A study by UC Berkeley says that lockdowns may have prevented 500 million COVID-19 cases in six countries: China, United States, France, Italy, Iran and South Korea.
Let's hope they find a vaccine really soon!
Preventing hundreds of millions of people around the world from getting coronavirus, also prevented most of them from developing an immunity to it. The lockdowns trashed the global economy, destroyed million of lives and businesses and have brought many poor people around the globe to the brink of starvation.
With all the non-stop media and government fear-mongering about the pandemic, it's easy to forget that the mortality rate from COVID-19 is very low, somewhere around 1%. Many people have no symptoms and don't even know that they have it. All they get from the infection is a natural immunity to it.
So if it comes back in future waves, what will they do then? Lock everybody up again because there's no herd immunity in the population?
I believe a tremendous opportunity was lost here and at a huge cost to economies and people around the world, especially the poor who have no financial safety blanket to weather lockdowns, and often lack enough space for social distancing.
Until there is a vaccine, the best chance we have to fight COVID-19 is to develop herd immunity. It's free and effective and the ability to get it has evolved over many millions of years. We should not be completely stopping infections, we should be slowing them down so that those who get seriously ill can get the medical attention they need. That can be done without totally destroying so many people's lives.
Today's Johns Hopkins map shows that almost 3.4 million people around the world have recovered from COVID-19. We'd be in a much stronger position if that number was closer to 500 million.
The media has done a great job of whipping up fear and hysteria around the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.
The government is throwing billions of dollars into developing a vaccine and there is much discussion among drug companies and doctors about ways to vaccinate everyone on the planet.
An article in Smithsonian Magazine tells what happens when fear mongering greases the path for a hastily developed vaccine. Swine flu was not as deadly as the vaccine they invented to prevent it.
This all happened in the spring, with emergency legislation for the “National Swine Flu Immunization Program,” being signed into effect in mid-April. By the time immunizations began on Oct. 1, though, the proposed epidemic had failed to emerge (although Legionnaires' Disease had, confusing matters further.)
“With President Ford’s reelection campaign looming on the horizon, the campaign increasingly appeared politically motivated,” Kreston writes. In the end, one journalist at The New York Times went so far as to call the whole thing a “fiasco.” Epidemiology takes time, politics is often about looking like you’re doing something and logistics between branches of government are extremely complicated. These factors all contributed to the pandemic that never was.
The real victims of this pandemic were likely the 450-odd people who came down with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, after getting the 1976 flu shot. On its website, the CDC notes that people who got the vaccination did have an increased risk of “approximately one additional case of GBS for every 100,000 people who got the swine flu vaccine.”
Pandemic not as bad as originally predicted. Election on the horizon. Rush to force vaccinations on as many people as possible. Does this all sound a little familiar?
Pay attention. I have the feeling we're about to see history repeat itself.
As of today, almost 2 million people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19 without a vaccine. They have their natural immunity to thank for their recovery, a natural immunity that most other human being possess as well.
Here's today COVID-19 map from Johns Hopkins.
While this number is certainly smaller than the actual number, it's great to see that over 1.1 million people around the world have recovered from COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus currently sweeping the globe.
Here is today's chart:
President Trump is currently predicting there will be a vaccine by the end of the year. This prediction should be taken with a truckload of salt. Just a few days ago Trump suggested that injecting household disinfectants could be an effective treatment for COVID-19.
The fact is that there is currently no vaccine and nobody knows when one will be available. Over 30 years ago they were optimistically predicting we would soon have a vaccine against HIV, the virus the causes AIDS, but one has not been found.
Natural antibodies to the coronavirus are created when people have COVID-19 and so far there have not been any cases of people getting sick twice from the disease. The people with the natural "herd" immunity are the solution to the pandemic, but currently polices which prevent the virus from spreading, are slowing down the creation of natural immunity in our population. They also make it far more likely that we'll have a second wave of the pandemic in the fall, something that would not happen if we had a much larger number of people who have recovered from the disease.
The number of people worldwide who have recovered from COVID-19 is now 738,500. These people now have some natural immunity to coronavirus. The actual number of people recovered is certainly much higher than that because several recent studies have shown that about 50% of people with coronavirus have no symptoms. These studies were in Los Angeles, the USS Roosevelt, a homeless shelter in Boston, Santa Clara County in California, and perhaps the most important was the entire country of Iceland which has done more testing than any other county.
Since most of the disease is spread by the asymptomatic carriers who don't even know they are infected, people assume they are the problem and they should all be quarantined. But keep in mind that if those numbers hold true over time, it means that half of the people they infect will never get sick. Those people are a huge step toward having a natural herd immunity to COVID-19. If we lock them all up, we'll never develop herd immunity and this pandemic will persist until there is a vaccine. If there is ever a vaccine. Nobody knows when that will be. A recent study showed there are already more that 30 strains. The more strains, the more difficult it is to develop a universal vaccine. They have been working on a vaccine for HIV for more than 30 years and still haven't found one.
As I discussed in my previous post, Natural Immunity to COVID-19 is a Human Right, why wait for a vaccine when natural immunity is free, superior and available now.
The media is only focused on how many are dying even though they are still a very small number of the people who get infected. Most of these asymptomatic carriers are not even included in the statistics due to the lack of testing. When they are included they will probably lower the mortality rate to something around 1%.
Here is today's map from Johns Hopkins University.
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With the media largely focused on the number of new COVID-19 cases and then number of deaths, the number of people who have survived doesn't get as much attention. There are now over 318,000 who have recovered. That is an increase of over 55,000 in just three days. Most likely, these people now possess antibodies to coronavirus and have a natural immunity to it. They should have nothing to fear from it from this point forward. The faster this number increases, the faster we will establish a herd immunity in our population and life will return to normal, although most of us don't really know what normal is these days.
There are most likely many people who have had the virus but cleared it without showing any symptoms because the genetic resistance is stronger than people who do become symptomatic or very sick. Until we have widespread access to antibody testing we won't know the number who have a natural immunity so strong that they never progressed to a full-blown illness.
I discussed natural immunity to coronavirus which causes COVID-19 in a previous post, Natural Immunity to COVID-19 is a Human Right, and several other posts on this blog as well.
Today's map from Johns Hopkins University
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There are now more than 260,000 recoveries from COVID-19. This number is certainly too low given that anybody who had a case that hasn't been detected because they had minimal or no symptoms has not been counted.
Today's map from John's Hopkins:
We need a lot more people like this to end this pandemic!
You can make this simple cloth face mask to cover your face when out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You only need a napkin, scarf or some other square piece of fabric that is big enough to do the job.
According to the Washington Post, the CDC may change their policy on masks by suggesting people use a cloth face covering so that medical masks can be used by the doctors and nurses who need them for close contact with patients.
Here's my video. It's simple.
Other countries have had great success with using masks to fight the spread of coronavirus. There's a great video from the Czech Republic that explains their success and why they believe they work. This is well worth watching.