Pandemic Articles and Photos O’ Day 137

1917 – Newspapers report that, one day earlier, 10,000 African Americans staged a silent march through New York City to protest racial violence in the U.S.

July 29th


Two important articles are the sources for the Photos O’ Day for Tuesday the 28th.

First, from a highly credible and always interesting source – The Conversation

Yes, kids can get COVID-19 – 3 pediatricians explain what’s known about coronavirus and children

The key takeaway lines from this article:

The lack of evidence that children are major sources of transmission may simply be because the pathway of infection was interrupted due to the nationwide school closures in the spring.

As children resume more of their normal daily activities – like school, sports and day care – we just might find the answer to how easily children spread this dangerous virus.


The second article is from Andy Slavett whom I wrote about previously as one of the three most important journalists now regarding the Pandemic (the other two are Ed Yong and Donald G. McNeil Jr.)

I highly recommend that you read this entire, short article as I think it will be particularly prescient about what lies ahead for us as a nation during this Pandemic Period:

Let’s say we threw the kitchen sink at Covid-19 in the U.S.

Let’s say we started now with the goal of being open for business in October — meaning schools, in-person voting, sports, everything.

If we did everything. What would happen?

So let’s define the kitchen sink:

Start with universal mask wearing. We didn’t do this in March and April, and let’s chalk it up to faulty instructions. But we know better now.

Keep the bars and restaurants and churches and transit closed. All hot spots.

Prohibit interstate travel.

Prohibit travel into the country (no one will let us into their country so that shouldn’t be hard).

Have hotels set up to allow people with symptoms to isolate from their families at no cost.

Instead of 50% lockdown (which is what we did in March and April), let’s say it’s a 90% lockdown. Meaning most of the Americans who couldn’t stay home in April because they were picking crops or driving trucks or working in health care would stay home with us.


So that’s the prescription. Harsh, but not unreasonable nor unexpected items. And mostly things we’ve tried in a particularly half-assed way.

What’s the “particularly prescient” part?

We will do this.

There is no other way.

The question is when.

The question is who will convince us.

The question is the leadership it takes.

But there’s not much question if we should.

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