The Cousins Discuss the Pandemic Pt. 1: A Good Time to Learn Something New

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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In today’s conversation, we use my post “Pandemic: The Winds of Change” as a conversation starter on how we’re trying to make the most of this Covid-19 situation.

Listen in as we touch on the following:

  • This is a good time to gain free knowledge
  • YouTube is a helluva drug
  • What might have happened if our predecessors had the technology that we have today. (Note: LadyG is in the kitchen washing dishes during this part)
  • How a Black female Mathematician from NASA, Katherine Johnson, was highly respected by astronaut, John Glenn :

As a part of the preflight checklist, Glenn asked engineers to “get the girl”—Johnson—to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer, but by hand, on her desktop mechanical calculating machine.  “If she says they’re good,’” Katherine Johnson remembers the astronaut saying, “then I’m ready to go.” Glenn’s flight was a success, and marked a turning point in the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in space.

Katherine Johnson’s Biography by Margot Lee Shetterly. NASA. gov.

We also discuss:

  • How our family has always engaged in continuing education
  • The distinction between being “learned ” and being a “career student”
  • The idea of a job being a means to an end

Of course, we compare notes on what we knew then and what we know now about Covid-19, and why some people will never believe the facts.

More on that coming in subsequent posts.

Enjoy!

Love Notes From Lady G: In The Stone

Deep inside your hearts for you to keep
Lies a spark of light that never sleeps
The greatest love you’ve ever known
Yeah is written in the stone

In the stone, you’ll find the meaning
You’re not standing tall
In the stone the light is shining
Ever touching all

In the Stone, Performed by Earth Wind and Fire. Songwriters: David W. Foster / Allee Willis / Maurice White
In the Stone lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing

The Time is Nigh: Pandemic Hospital Data Reporting Change

“What is the hour of the night?”

Written by: Fletcher L. Brown aka “Pro” (ca. 1974)

From What Time Is It? Courtesy of The Time Tunnel

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Wake up!

What’s happening right under your nose?

Why is there a sudden need to bypass the CDC for reporting Covid-19 hospital data?

White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Pay particular attention to this point from the article:

On Monday, an email flagged “Special Bulletin” from the American Hospital Association and obtained by NPR, informed hospitals of the data reporting change, and indicated that distribution of remdesivir, a drug that’s been used to treat hospitalized COVID patients, would be tied to the daily data reported into the TeleTracking portal. “The daily reporting is the only mechanism used for the [remdesivir] calculations,” the email from AHA reads.

HHS could not immediately confirm if failure to switch to the new HHS system means that a hospital will no longer get this key drug therapy from the federal government.

P. Huang, S. Simmons-Duffin. NPR.org

Notwithstanding the second quoted paragraph, why do you think that the distribution of remdesivir is tied to daily reporting to the new HHS portal?

Who will have access to this data now that it is bypassing the CDC?

Will the data still be public?

Talk amongst yourselves…

I’ll wait.

Wake up!

Georgians, what say you to this?

Brian Kemp voids mask mandate despite surge in Covid-19 cases (Washington Post)

What the heck is Brian Kemp doing? (CNN)

Ass backward to say the least.

As we say in the South, I guess he won the pissing contest!

Now…

who are the losers?

Pandemic: The Winds of Change

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Lady G

 

A couple of days ago, I posted a ramble on how the threat of Coronavirus has changed the way we do things.

Think about it!

We shop differently.

We are much more vigilant about hand hygiene and seemingly minor coughs and such.

Students who are used to being in a brick and mortar school are now learning online.

More folks are working from home.

We’re holding teleconferences instead of physical meetings and conferences.

People are “seeing” doctors and mental health professionals via telemedicine.

Funeral homes are conducting funeral services differently.

Businesses are forced to become creative in order to shift their products and services to accommodate “social distancing.”

Now, if you had asked me about “social distancing” back in January, I would have looked at you like you were a damned fool!

Funny how this pandemic has FUNDAMENTALLY changed everything about what we do on a daily basis.

So….Methinks the winds of change are upon us!

Or to use another metaphor, allow me to ask:

Now that the “GENIE” is up out of the bottle, will we ever be able to coax it back in?

Do we need to?

Geez…I’ll be honest, I think that some of these things needed to change….PERMANENTLY!

Now, for the downside, I will say that I don’t think that it is good for us to remain homebound for too long.

However, in the words of that great physician, and infectious disease expert,  Dr. Anthony Fauci, “…(T)he virus makes the timeline…”

No doubt, he was referring to the timeline required for most communities to remain at home in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Nevertheless, I can’t help thinking about a domestic violence expert, I can’t remember her name, (Google it) lamenting the fact that people who are abused by a family member are now forced to be in close quarters with their abuser for an extended amount of time.

Picture it! The abuser and abused cramped together – tormented by the specter of  long-term unemployment—minus cash. NOT GOOD!

At any rate, as I mentioned in my ramble, some of our societal structures needed a major re-working.

Frankly, I am encouraged by the rise in ingenuity and goodwill that we’ve recently witnessed.  We’re seeing everyday folks sewing  make-shift PPE for health professionals and there are so many more wonderful examples of celebrities donating money to those in need.

And…

Fewer cars on the road equals less pollution.

Oh, and what about crime?  Are we seeing any reductions there?

But then there are debates like “mitigation” vs “containment”

Clearly, a future full analysis of our actions will probably render a mixed bag of results.

What do you think?

Are we becoming too distant from one another?

Are we finding new ways to become closer?

What changes should remain permanent?

What would you like to see go back to the way it was before?

What are the inevitable long-term affects?

I’d love to get your take!

Hit me up in comments!

LadyG love YOU!

 

 

 

*Peace and love to all who have died.