COVID Bits

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* According to the WHO, roughly half of coronavirus-related deaths in Europe are occurring in long-term care facilities.

* The WHO also reports that there are 70 COVID vaccines in developmentthree of which are in clinical trials.

* The U.S., with barely 4 percent of the world’s population, has nearly a third of the world’s coronavirus cases.

* The U.S. has 142 COVID cases per 100,000 people. South Korea has 20 cases per 100,000 people. Sure, there are variables. Among them: quickly scaling up testing and tracing, which allows a government to identify and slow the spread of the disease before it spirals out of control. No hoax pushback also helps.

* NASA Update: The (stay-at-home-impacted) air from Boston to Washington is its cleanest since a NASA satellite started measuring nitrogen dioxide–a traditional air pollutant–in 2005.

* “We’ll go anywhere the science takes us and nowhere the science doesn’t.” Would that America’s president had said that. But the direct, common sense rhetoric was that of Dr. Thom Mayer, the medical adviser of the NFL’s players’ union.

* Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is allowing salons and gyms to reopen. Hair styling, a massage, some bench presses. No problem.

* According to Zoom, it now has more than 300 million daily participants. Prior to the pandemic, it was about 10 million.

* Among the anti-quarantine protest (“Fire Fauci,” “Flatten the Fear,” “Shut Down the Shut-Down”) signs that resonate with defiant partisanship: “Give me liberty or give me COVID-19.” American society–and Patrick Henry–deserve better.

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