The Big Quarantine – Sunday, March 29, 2020
The Day in Being Hyper Aware: Heading home from my walk I was about a 1/2 a block behind what I call a street person. You know what I’m talking about. This is a person who may or may not be homeless or mentally ill. These folks are rarely dangerous and that wasn’t my concern this morning. My concern was social distancing. His backpack and sagging pants walked at a slowish pace ahead of me and I knew I was about to over take him.
I made a slick move to cross the street, but as I started to cross he did too. We were at a spot where we would be heading in the same direction. And then he stopped. And then he turned around.
His truly beautiful face with a scruffy beard and searching eyes almost distracted me from what he was carrying in his arms. He was holding it like a baby. It was not a baby. But, was it a dog? Then it looked like a beaver? Why the eff would he be holding a beaver. All these thoughts went through my brain in a the seconds it took to catch up to and walk past him…him and the log he was cradling.
Well, that got my heart racing!
The Day the Wind Got in My Face: It is quite a windy day today. In my walk through the a copse of trees in Eden Park I could hear the wind in the leaves above me sounding almost like a rushing river, but I couldn’t feel it as I was protected by the foliage. When I hit the city pavement, I couldn’t hear the wind, but when I came around certain corners it blasted me. And because I was practically alone out there, I imagined myself as a heroic explorer sent to find a way to help the human race. (Oh hi! Yes. I have been alone with my thoughts for a wee bit too long!)
Quick wind question: Is it just me, or does it seem windier here in Cincinnati since Hurricane Ike blew through in 2008, like it ripped something open that never closed? Just wonderin’.
Back to me over-thinking the wind: In popular culture wind is often metaphor for change. It blows away the evils of the past so a bright future can take root.
Bob Dylan sings about the finding the answers to racism and why we feel the need to go to war in Blowin’ in the Wind. The hair band the Scorpions (the Scorpions!) use the Winds of Change to signify the collapse of the evil Soviet Union. And what is supposed to be Gone With the Wind other than an entire way of life? The wind is here to give us a fresh start.
So, as I said, it is really windy outside and, as we are all acutely aware, change in our way of life is really happening. We will be able to point this time for the rest our our lives. It is plain to see that after a couple weeks of sheltering in place, the “easy” part is over. The next part will entail some seriously tough psychological lifting. The numbers of the sick and dead are about to rise dramatically. Each of us will start to know people who are sick and people who will die. I try to keep this blog (and my life) light and hopeful and I don’t mean disrespect to what is a slow rolling disaster. We all process events our own way.
None of us know what the fresh clearing the Pandemic will leave in it’s wake, but it is out there. We just have have to get through this very, very difficult part. There is no playbook. We are in uncharted waters. Feel your feelings. Empower yourself. Reach out when you need to get or give help.
Also, try not to eat all the chips (in one sitting), open the blinds and look outside, get out there if you can, have a good cry or a good laugh, write a letter, cook a meal, help a neighbor, etc., etc. #HereWeAre #LetsOwnThisPandemic
The Day in Miniatures: Our prospects are good. #GrandpaJokes
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CDC – Cases in the United States
Updated March 27, 2020 (Next Update March 30)
These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
- Total cases: 85,356 (Yesterday = 68,440)
- Total deaths: 1,246 (Yesterday = 994)
- Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.