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  1. Regarding El Paso... hospitalizations have gone up by 300% this month. Yikes. https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/el-paso-residents-urged-to-stay-home-for-2-weeks-as-covid-hospitalizations-soar/
  2. I saw El Paso is doing some kind of stay at home thing. The spring type of closures should be a last resort. I think you have to target restrictions to higher risk places (sucks for them) and see how that goes.
  3. Yeah that seems like a popular theory... that it will go away. The virus obviously won't just go away and we should hope that the media coverage won't go away either as that would just result in more complacency.
  4. Europe is the place to judge the US performance against, imo. In late spring and summer, they showed what is possible when you get serious -- extremely low numbers. And now they are showing what happens when you relax and the weather gets colder. I don't think it is fair to compare the US to smaller countries surrounded by water.
  5. Gov Holcomb actually wanted a fine for people not wearing a mask, but the state atty general pushed back on it and it never happened (a factor could've been that there's some personal beef between the two which posters in IN may know what I'm referring to)
  6. Yikes. My experience when going into places has been that almost everybody is wearing one (maybe I should check a Walmart for an apples to apples comparison ) but some people definitely aren't wearing them properly. By the way, Lake county's daily case number was higher than Marion county today, so I can't imagine what it would be like if I routinely saw 50% of people not wearing masks.
  7. Not a whole lot of Gulf landfalls this late in the year as far west as Zeta looks to be. It's even a few days later than Olga in 2019. Juan in 1985 is one of the other ones. Still some questions on the details of the interaction with the southern Plains system. It sort of seems like the stronger model solutions of Zeta tend to keep it eastward and more of a distinct entity after landfall, but not sure if that is a coincidence.
  8. Spain announces new state of emergency as COVID infections soar MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a new state of emergency on Sunday in an effort to curb soaring coronavirus infections, imposing local nighttime curfews and banning travel between regions in some cases. The measures go into force from Sunday night and will require all regions except the Canary Islands to impose a nighttime curfew and limit the number of people allowed to meet to six. "We are living in an extreme situation ... it is the most serious health crisis in the last century," he told a news conference following a cabinet meeting. https://news.trust.org/item/20201025140500-8md1q
  9. Lockdowns should be a last resort, break the glass option. If we get to that point, it is our own fault.
  10. This was a big problem to deal with, and I don't think anybody would've handled it perfectly. But even if you put aside the strategy/planning part, we have had frequent undermining of health officials from the top for months. That is an objective fact. It is easy to control your message.
  11. The deaths are coming. The rise has already begun, and we'll probably be at an average of 1000 deaths per day in a couple weeks or so. It only goes up from there. The thing about it is that what may start out as an outbreak among the young doesn't stay there. This happened in the southern wave in the summer and it will creep into older/ more vulnerable populations this time too, aided by new factors such as kids returning home from college and holiday gatherings.
  12. Looks like some flakes will get into at least western Chicago metro tomorrow.
  13. I know 7 or 8 people, but fortunately none became really seriously ill. A friend in Louisiana was diagnosed last week. She is doing ok but the sense of smell is like totally gone. She was making dinner and couldn't smell an onion that was right in front of her face.
  14. Would be nice if the tropical remnants could do something interesting. Looks like it could be a Louisiana or so landfall with the question afterward being how it interacts with the trough.
  15. I'd say most people don't personally know someone who died. So far it is something like one out every 1600 Indiana residents who have died.
  16. It is no mystery why the Plains and Midwest have been spiking in covid cases. The weather has been changing and our restrictions in general are not as tough as a number of the northeast states. In some states, bars and restaurants are allowed to serve indoors at full capacity. Some don't even have a mask mandate and those that do aren't enforcing it as well as they could. Another thing is that it seems that people have developed this notion that a family member or close friend can't infect them... as if viruses work that way. My concern is that a lot of people will opt for smaller 5-10 person gatherings at Thanksgiving. Sure, you can't get 20 people sick all at once, but those gatherings are plenty capable of causing spread if one infected person is present.
  17. Pritzker sounds like he's willing to get serious, but we'll see. https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/10/22/21528871/illinois-covid-case-record-high-deaths-pritzker-restaurants-oct-22
  18. Obviously population and amount of testing have to be considered, but still, no country in the world has recorded 100,000 cases in a day. India has had some days over 90k. Friday November 6 may be a good candidate for the US to have 100k, but regardless, it appears to be an inevitable occurrence rather soon at this point.
  19. Nasty trendline on hospitalizations in IN
  20. 1,280,000 tests came back yesterday.
  21. Hopefully the labs will be able to handle the increasing test load. I know there were some problems when the southern states surged bad in the summer. Running about 1-1.2 million tests per day in the US. What's going to happen if that goes up to 1.5 or 2 million?
  22. I don't want to get too far into politics, but honestly, Joe Biden will only be able to do so much if he wins. From what I understand, it seems like a mask mandate probably cannot be enacted on a national level. So it would come down to convincing the governors to change course, and then you need to enforce it and have the population buy in. No easy task. As far as I am concerned, the horse is kind of out of the barn on masks. Maybe some people change their tune on masks if they get really sick or if someone close to them does, but that moves the needle at a snail's pace. The virus is going to be a substantial problem for a while, and I hope that people aren't under the impression that a change in president would suddenly make it all better.
  23. Probably just me perceiving it wrong, but you almost sound giddy sometimes... lol Did you see Holcomb's comments the other day? He was almost setting it up as a binary choice between the current stage 5 and going back to March level closures/restrictions. Weird because it was just one month ago that we had some capacity limits on bars and restaurants. That is not ancient history. Anyhow, it tells me that nothing is going to be changing for a while.
  24. Obviously we are still missing a good chunk of asymptomatic/very mild cases just about everywhere, but I think we could be missing even more than usual here in Indiana. I say that because something is not making sense. Take Wisconsin for example. They have been confirming an average of around 1.5x more cases per day than we have in Indiana, yet Indiana's current hospitalizations are almost 25% higher than Wisconsin. Unless there are some differences in hospital reporting, it is hard to figure why this is the case. Maybe it has penetrated into more of the vulnerable population in this state.