April 17 2020: I’m writing this early in the morning on April 16th. My plan is to give myself a few days off, at least until Monday. I don’t want to look at the news, or think about what’s happening in the world. It remains overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. I need a break to recharge my batteries, because this isn’t going to be over any time soon.
While these numbers are undoubtedly out of date by the time you’re reading this, as of this writing there are 639,499 confirmed cases in the United States, with 30,983 deaths. The rate of doubling has slowed to every 11 days, far better than a week ago when it was every 3 days. People are breaking stay at home orders, breaking social distancing rules, and pushing to return things to “normal”, i.e. behave the way things were in the Before Time, so we’ll see how long that lasts.
Finland is now doubling every 12 days. There are 3,237 cases total, and 72 deaths. Here in Jyväskylä there are 82 cases. The vast majority of cases remain in the Uusimaa /Helsinki region, which accounts for 2,038 of the 3,237 cases in the country.
Finland is also among several countries that just pledged increased financial support for the World Health Organization.
I continue to do this because I know that facts matter. Lying, gaslighting, and ignoring objective reality won’t make the virus go away. Yelling over people, calling them names, and asserting your ideology is no substitute for competent epidemiology. I fear for the United States, not only as democracy crumbles internally but as it loses status and influence around the globe. At some point even its most generous and forgiving allies are going to say “Fine, you think you can do it yourself, then go ahead and do it yourself”.
April 17 2020: The Latest Information
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Johns Hopkins links have changed. They have consolidated everything into one resource page.