March 26 2020: The Latest Information

March 26 2020: Uusimaa (Helsinki region) is going on lockdown. It will begin Friday March 27 and last for 3 weeks. The move needs to be approved by Parliament, but there’s no indication as of this writing that it won’t pass.

Meanwhile in the United States, the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 has been doubling every 3 days consistently. Using yesterday’s number of around 800 dead, if the trend continues at this rate the total will be around 24,000 by Easter. Given the continued lack of testing being reported, shortages of personal protective equipment, and calls to reopen the country sooner rather than later, it could be far, far worse.

As a side note, I’m doing this and will continue to do so as a small act of rebellion against the vast oceans of misinformation, disinformation, and outright propaganda circulating on the internet. I feel the need to document what’s going on, using only valid, verified, fact-based sources. The only way the world is going to get through this is by staying grounded in objective reality. Hoping that belief in a political ideology will magically make things better isn’t helpful.

The Latest Information

  • 880 confirmed cases in Finland, 88 more than reported yesterday.
  • 2 more people have died, bringing the total in Finland to 3. One was elderly, and the other had an underlying medical condition.
  • The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare is now projecting that the pandemic will last for 4 to 6 months. They are expecting between 11,000 and 15,000 people in the country will be hospitalized.

Please be sure you’re getting information from reliable sources.

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3 Replies to “March 26 2020: The Latest Information

  1. Things are indeed rolling on pretty relentlessly. That Johns Hopkins University site has a link to their very informative map in the very bottom of the page, highly recommended. Thank you for pointing out that the growth of the cases is currently exponential in pretty much all of the Western countries. Here is an excellent Utube 1min 40sec video by late professor Bartlett explaining what that really means.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5OYmRyfXBY
    Excellent question in the end – when would most of us realize there’s a problem? (hint: economist don’t appear to have any clue not to mention politicians…)

    Being a scientist (PhD in biotech) I think I have pretty good understanding what is going on in many labs (performed lots of cell culture and PCR – the most sensitive method used for CoVid19 detection etc.). However, human behaviour baffles me quite a lot. Lots of Finns from capitol area have fled to inner Finland to their cottages – just before the travel restrictions are about to go into effect. Sooooo… Finns being reasonable and all that – not so sure about the sentiment.

    May we live in interesting times (old Chinese proverb).

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