It’s Not Over

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 062020
 

Just because the media has been focusing on George Floyd’s murder and all of the protests and looting that have followed, don’t think for a minute that coronavirus isn’t still out there.

Two weeks after they opened the beaches here in Volusia County, Florida and huge crowds showed up from all over the state, the state is having a huge spike in COVID cases. This graph was on the news out of Orlando, showing the highest number of new cases diagnosed in the last three days since they began tracking it.

This doesn’t surprise me, because we had thousands upon thousands of fools on our beaches over Memorial Day weekend. No masks, no social distancing, and no brains. Someone told me the spike is not because they are opening up the state, it’s because more testing is being done. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

As for us, we’re still staying home and away from people as much as possible. Terry had a couple of dental appointments she needed to go to and stopped at the grocery store on the way home, but that’s about it. The hospitals are once again open for elective surgery, and I finally got the call that my long-delayed nerve ablation procedure is scheduled for the 19th. I sure hope it does me some good. Sometimes the pain makes just going about the everyday process of living no fun.

In other news, sales of my new book Big Lake Massacre are doing well, and it already has three 5-star reviews on Amazon. Please keep them coming because reviews really help readers decide on books they want to read.

Speaking of books, I’ve been working on Tinder Street, my new historical family saga, the last couple of days, and I’m over 14,000 words so far. I think it will go slower than my Big Lake and John Lee Quarrels books because of all of the research required. For example, I spent part of Wednesday researching early streetcar lines in Toledo, Ohio, and yesterday I was researching train fares, the cost of meals in a restaurant, and cheap hotel rooms in 1916. It’s fascinating.

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Thought For The Day – My mother-in-law began reading “The Exorcist” and said it was the most evil book she ever saw. So evil that she could not finish it, so she threw it in the lake. I went and bought another copy, soaked it in a sink full of water, and left it in the drawer of her nightstand. I’m going to Hell.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “It’s Not Over”

  1. Flatten the curve was supposed to keep the hospitals from overcrowding, not eliminate the flu.
    I looked at the numbers from the 2017-2018 flu season, the pandemics of ’57 & ’68 too… this one is not too different & might even end up worse (world wide) once it’s made a complete circle. It might already be as bad as the 57/68 seasons if we had honest numbers from China.

    I’m not arguing with you. I wear a mask, wash my hands, wear rubber gloves and don’t go out much. But I’m 67 and my grandson is doing chemo so there are extra risks in my life.

    I’m just tired of hearing of it…. -shrug-
    Have a good Saturday Nick!

  2. Most of the people crowding the beaches on Memorial weekend were probably young & will recover just fine. Hopefully old people and those with chronic health conditions had the sense to stay home. I expect the places with all the protesting and rioting will have a spike in cases too. Might teach them something. I must say that sometimes living here in the boonies has its benefits. Our county has had only 8 who tested positive and all have recovered. It’s much the same in surrounding counties. Our town hasn’t had any cases at all and I hope it stays that way. Stay healthy Nick & Miss Terry.

  3. First off let me state you cannot compare apples with oranges in your own case
    You have to go with your gut feeling and do what you feel is right
    Regardless of what you see transpire around you. they’re not in your shoes,
    Exercise your right to Error on the side of caution

    The health department and the CDC love to throw numbers what they’re not telling you or entering in as numbers is the recovery rate

    It might be interesting to note..
    Any numbers prior to May 21 Are irrelevant
    the average time from start of the virus to the end is about 14 days
    Because one of two things happen you either get better or you die
    If you divide the 60183 confirmed By from the start of keeping case numbers of the virus to today’s date that number of days is 96 dividing thatyou come out with 626 people pr-day that are affected by the virus every day.
    So if the recovery time is 14 days you need to run back 14 days from today which is May 21
    Which leaves you 75 days from when the first numbers went into affect So that means you subtract 2607 deaths which leaves you with 44,343 people that have recovered from the virus those numbers are not entered in to the stats
    Yes your friend was right as to what he said because it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that they started doing mass testing the problem with that is if you tested positive you got put in the confirmed countThat’s the big reason why you see a spike in the number of cases
    It’s interesting to note that you and Terry went to get a test and both of your tests as you stated come out negative those numbers don’t show up
    As of yesterday 340,000 people have taken the test only 4.3 % have tested positive
    So technically you/anyone could have the virus and not know it And spread it to others .. so testing is good
    However the company That was contracted for tests in volusia And Flagler county that did your test apparently blotched 25,ooo of them. and they are in the process of doing a retesting through another lab company
    Along with 1700 from Volusia county Brevard County and Broward County which were damaged in transit those are going to have to be retested

    Florida
    Confirmed
    60,183
    +1,305 Recovered
    – Deaths 2,607

    United States
    Confirmed
    1.95M
    +23,324 Recovered
    455K Deaths 111K

    Worldwide
    Confirmed
    6.66M. Recovered
    – Deaths 393K

    How long the symptoms last depends on the severity of the case. With more mild cases (meaning that symptoms are similar to the common cold or flu), people tend to get better on their own in 10 to 14 days,

    In severe cases, the virus may travel to the lungs and cause pneumonia, and the symptoms may last longer. “These individuals are usually hospitalized and treated aggressively and symptomatically until symptoms resolve,”

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