Thoughts & Essays

Quarantine Notes: 5/1/20

We’re going to make this quick because migawd this week has already been seven thousand years long, and I’m tired.

๐Ÿ“ฐ Ed Young at The Atlantic has really been knocking it out of the park on the coronavirus reporting. His latest, “Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing,” is a must-read.

๐Ÿ’ฐ While most of America is busy self-isolating, being miserable, getting sick, and dying in droves, rich assholes are continuing to not just be rich assholes, but to find ways to become even richer assholes.

๐ŸŒณ It’s probably pretty safe to be outside right now. Go for a walk and get some fresh air in ya.

๐Ÿฆ  Overall, as far as we can tell, Oregon’s been doing a pretty good job dealing with COVID-19. One of the areas we’ve sucked at, though, is testing. Here’s why.

๐Ÿฆ  Are we gonna have a vaccine soon or not? It’s complicated. We’ve got some good prospects on the horizon, but making good vaccines is really hard.

๐Ÿงต Jeremy Konyndyk is a disaster preparedness expert who served in the Obama administration, and late last night he did a Twitter thread laying out the state of play in America’s struggle with COVID-19. Warning: It’s not an optimistic read.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Joe Biden has denied Tara Reade’s allegations of rape against him, is cooperating with investigations, and has asked the National Archives to find and make available any sexual assault/harassment complaints made against him. So, that’s something. I really hope he’s innocent, because I don’t want to vote for a rapist this year. Here’s his statement.

๐Ÿคก How on Earth a pandemic that’s killed 65,000+ Americans in two months became the next front in the culture war is beyond me, but that’s where we are, I guess. Stay home, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and wear a damn mask, people. JFC.

๐Ÿ’Š The FDA has just given emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 with remdesivir. Keep your fingers crossed, y’all.

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜ˆ If you’ve been wondering how Aziraphale and Crowley are handling the quarantine, you can watch this.

In conclusion I’d just like to say that this photo made me unreasonably happy today.