From March 1 to May 1, The start of the virus, we had 34,726 cases during the shutdown. From May 2 to May 25, we increased to 51,746 cases. On May 1, we started opening up the state and experienced an increase of 49%. The protests began on May 25. From May 26 to June 21, we saw a rise to 97,291 cases, an increase of 45,545 cases 88%. We are almost 3x worse today than we were at the start with a shutdown. Let that sink in. During this time, we saw much criticism of democratic states such as New York of exaggerating this pandemic and overreacting to infringe our liberties. However, today those democratic states seem to be doing better, and the republican states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona, are now getting crushed. Coincidence? I don’t know, but I do know this does not react upon party lines.
We should have followed CDC guidelines with the phased approach of two-week declines before each phase entry. This process was also promoted by the president but not supported. What we need to do and science shows this works, wear a damn mask and keep your distances. The quicker we do this and limit interactions, the faster this will be resolved, and we can go back to our lives.
Well enough of that! Since I spend all my time at home now, when I’m not working, I am using my time to better myself. I take a few classes online with Udemy. Sometimes they are technical courses like SQL or Python, but I also started a class well outside my comfort zone, learning to draw. I am very right-brained, and I really can’t draw a stick figure, but it is an excellent time to try things I usually would not. You can find almost any class on Udemy and very cost friendly, and most are very good.
I also spend quite a bit of time reading. Books are pretty cheap, and sometimes you find an excellent free book from a new writer on amazon. I am reading now “Unknown Valor” by Martha MacCallum. I have recently read “The Loudest Voice in The Room” by Gabriel Sherman, and “The War On Peace: The End Of Diplomacy” by Ronan Farrow. I will use my time well and update you on my reviews of books I read and the classes I take right here in my blog.
How you choose to spend your time is your choice, you can focus on the negative or find ways to learn something new, improve and educate yourself and see the world from a different perspective. Try not to focus on the negative. You don’t have to watch the news all day. This craziness will pass, and some changes will come from this, hopefully for the better. Pick up a book, take a class, we are never too old to learn something new or look at something differently. Have fun, enjoy your day, and make the best use of your time.