Oops! We’re At It Again

by wjw on January 8, 2022

Almost every day I check the New York Times Coronavirus map— which, unlike the rest of the NYT, is not behind a paywall, presumably so that citizens in other parts of the country, or the world, can see how safe it is to venture outside their own homes. (Good on the NYT for making these stats available to everyone.) In these maps, the darker the color, the worse the outbreak.

On Monday, my little rural county was a pale, pleasant orange. By Wednesday, it was a dark, angry orange— cases had doubled in just 48 hours. And now we’re becoming surrounded by districts a dark red clotted-blood color, which represent areas that have over 100 cases per 100,000 population.

Today 4,286 new cases were reported, an all-time high (especially for a state with only a couple million widely-spaced people). Hospitalizations haven’t gone up, presumably because it’s the Omicron variant that’s spreading, and Omicron is easier on the afflicted, particularly if they’ve had their vaccinations.

But still our death rate for the last week was #7 in the nation.

So here I go into lockdown again, going out as little as possible and double-masking when I do. I can’t escape the feeling that this variant has my name on it, but I’ll try to take comfort in the fact that I’ve been through this multiple times before.

So here we go again. Hang onto your hats— or your masks, as the case may be.

Jay P Hailey January 8, 2022 at 2:18 am

Well, Crappola

Oded January 8, 2022 at 9:14 am

Greeting from Israel.
Just finished Quillifer the Knight, and I loved it: Funny, witty, well written and so much more. A big kudos to you. please continue to supply us with great writing!!!! About the Omicron, it spread to our neck of the wood too, but i’ve taken my booster booster shoot (4 time) as well as many other’s people so i’m hopeful.
In short: be safe and thank you for a great read.
sit vis tecum.

wjw January 8, 2022 at 5:20 pm

Oded, thanks for the kind words. LORD QUILLIFER will be out mid-February, so I hope you can find it.

Bruce Perens January 10, 2022 at 9:51 pm

You should also look at covidestim.org, a project of three prestigious universities.

I got a positive COVID test today. BD Verator, which uses your phone to read itself and does immense hand-holding throughout the process.

Like any intelligent person, I got all the shots I could, as soon as I was allowed, in my case 3 Moderna, and masked appropriately.

So yesterday I had a sore throat and a 1 degree fever and slept a lot. Today I have no fever but still a little sore throat.

This is the process through which COVID becomes endemic. Okay

Bruce Perens January 13, 2022 at 5:30 pm

WJW – I have run the gauntlet of Omicron now, without much trouble at all. I agree that it probably has everyone’s name on it, but you’ll do OK.

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