Beyond the Fence

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) provides a wealth of information and knowledge to us during this pandemic. They continue to release reports, with content that is applicable to current mainstream concerns, starting with the history of the 1918 Pandemic, testing and contact tracing. This is a post which highlights some of this knowledge, but please go directly to their site for new information.

Slow Burn

Re-openings are occurring to soon and not following the recommened metrics to reopen.

The following interview is an excellent summary of what we are up against and what the outcomes could be.

Straight Answers on COVID-19.

Dr. Michael T. Osterholm is an American infectious disease epidemiologist, regents professor, and director of CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota.

This is another very telling article about COVID-19 and while the current situation is more than disturbing and disrupting life as we all know it, there is an end in sight. It just won’t happen overnight or this year.

The Second Inning of COVID-19.

Dr. Osterholm also wrote the book, The Deadliest Enemy, published in 2017. The book is an excellent resource for us to gain the understanding we need to battle COVID-19. Richard Preston sums up the book content very well.

“Michael Osterholm is one of the best epidemiologists — hunters of infectious diseases — of our time. When Osterholm tells us that the potential for global pandemics is a life-or-death issue for every person on the planet, we need to listen. Deadliest Enemy is a powerful and necessary book that looks at the threat of emerging diseases with clarity and realism, and offers us not just fear but plans.”―Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone and The Demon in the Freezer

Please see the book link below and read the other reviews as well. “Chapter 19 is about what an influenza pandemic would look like, and if you just cross the word out influenza and put in coronavirus, it details what’s happening now — 25% unemployment, no summer baseball season, and what we’re facing now.” – From the Bluezones Straight Answers article link at the start of this post.

The Deadliest Enemy

As much as I want things to return to normal, the advent of this pandemic has certainly provided the globe with an education on infectious diseases, where they come from, how they spread and how they are brought under control.

We are all more connected than ever, and the sharing of knowledge, practice of prevention, patience, science and kindness is what will get us through this time. For those of us who fall to the disease, may families and loved ones find ways to deal with their loss and move forward with their lives.

Life is strong and resilient, but fleeting in the blink of an eye, the beat of your heart, and with your final breath. We all need to make the best of the gift of life and appreciate all who breathe along side us.


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