COVID-19 Diary – Day 63

I don’t talk about the COVID-19 numbers very often these days. Mostly this is because they’re moving at a consistent rate, and focusing on them obsessively can be unhealthy. But every once and a while I like to update on how they’re doing, and today will be one of those days.

Here in BC we have been doing quite well. I have attached a graph of my own making above, which shows what our weekly known new infection numbers have been. As you can see, we had a spike of new infections back in late April, but since then have been consistently showing lower and lower numbers. This past week we had less than 100 known new infections combined! And our testing has remained reliably available since it was opened up to anyone with symptoms several weeks ago now. Of course until antibody testing is more widespread and reliable we will have no idea about the true infection rates, but I still see these numbers as an absolute win.

All that said, the next 2 weeks will be very telling for us, as we could easily see a new spike from all the travel and gathering people have been doing this weekend. Let’s all cross our fingers that it won’t be too bad.

In other numbers related news, tomorrow Russia will overtake Spain in total known COVID-19 cases, making them second only to the USA for most known COVID-19 infections. Their numbers have been increasing at an alarming rate! The USA has now suffered over 90k deaths officially due to COVID-19, although according to the Financial Times’ coverage of the pandemic, the USA has just under 31k more deaths right now compared to the average in previous years. This discrepancy is a little odd. I looked into mass shootings data (a daily occurrence in the USA), but despite stay-at-home orders, there have been both more mass shootings in 2020 so far, as well as more deaths from mass shootings, than in the same time period in 2019… and 2019 had the most shootings of any year prior.

On a more personal note, packing for my move is going slowly but surely.

That’s all for now, stay safe everyone!

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