April 6 Current Worldwide Death and Recovery Rates from Covid-19 (source: Reuters) as of April 6, 10 a.m.
Cases Reported Worldwide: 1,274,653
Deaths: 70,388 (5.5%)
Recovered: 267,684 (21.0%)
Pending Cases: 936,581 (73.5%)
U.S. Rates from Covid-19 (source: Reuters)
Cases Reported U.S.: 336,775 (daily increase 26,930/8.7%)
Deaths: 9,606 (2.8%)
Recovered: 15,232 (4.5%)
Pending Cases: 311,937 (93.5%)
Avoid Binary (‘Safe’/’Unsafe’) Thinking. Although it’s possible, if not yet certain, that the pandemic may be peaking in major metropolitan centers such as New York, it could be a fatal mistake to think “things are getting better” in other parts of the country as well. The lack of widespread testing throughout most of the United States—and we’ll say it again, one of the first and most glaring of the Trump administration’s many gross failures—means that we really don’t know how bad it is in most parts of the country. It could be that there are tens of thousands of asymptomatic individuals spreading the Covid-19 disease nationwide, given that it can have an incubation period of 2 to 14 days between exposure and the onset of symptoms. This is not a “better/worse” or “yes/no” or “safe/unsafe” situation. Many major media outlets are based in New York or large other metropolitan areas. It does you no good to resume normal activity if you live in one of the many rural areas that have yet to see a widespread outbreak. Do not expose yourself to asymptomatic individuals because you think it’s “safe” based on what is happening hundreds or thousands of miles away.
The best, most responsible thing we can all do is Stay Home as much as possible and Stop the Spread. The lives you save by doing so may be total strangers, or they may be your spouse, your children, your parents or grandparents.
This Is Not ‘A Wave’—It’s a Series of Waves
An important article in Sunday’s New York Times Review warns the public to brace for “waves of coronavirus infections” until a vaccine is developed. More proof that binary thinking can be dangerous to your health.
There’s Good News Today: portion of Psalm 23 paraphrased by Issac Watts (1674–1748)
My Shepherd will supply my need,
Jehovah is His name.
In pastures fresh He makes me feed
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wand’ring spirit back
When I forsake His ways.
He leads me for His mercy’s sake
In paths of truth and grace.