Today the coronavirus hit a milestone. The number of infections jumped to 102,186 and the global death toll reached 3,491. That's the first time over 100,000. (See map below.)
The number of people infected would have to be higher because there's no way they've tested everyone on the planet for COVID-19. They've only tested a small portion of the population.
The good news is that most people are able to survive the infection with little more than a mild flu. Deaths are disproportionately in older people with underlying health conditions.
Seattle is only about seven miles from where I live so it's getting close.
The Seattle Times publishes updates including national and global information but also has a lot of local developments. For example, Starbucks closed one of their Seattle stores because an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire staff of that store is now quarantined for two weeks. The Seattle Convention Center has had three major events canceled. Clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine have been approved at a Seattle research institute. President Trump called Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee a "snake" after Inslee and Vice President Mike Pence had a cordial, constructive meeting about the growing epidemic. Guess he couldn't handle the good will.
There are a lot more updates and they keep coming. Read them at The Seattle Times and come back for more. It's a good resource.
Here's today's map from Johns Hopkins University.
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