Sunday, March 22, 2020

More Desert More Disgruntlement

Greetings and salutations.  Here are some pretty pictures from the desert to lower our stress levels.  This was yesterday, look at the color of that sky.

The day before was fairly dreary.  This was manipulated a bunch.  You can see the ocotillo blossoms are opening.

That's a black chinned hummingbird sitting in a tree.  That's what we have in this area.  Five miles away, there are Annas.

The blog is my secondary storage, so I remember what happened and when, which is why I keep putting things about Covid-19 up.  Yesterday started out with a pretty grim opener.

A new message in hard-hit areas: Don’t get tested

Health officials in New York, California and other hard-hit parts of the country are restricting coronavirus testing to health-care workers and people who are hospitalized, saying the battle to contain the virus is lost and we are moving into a new phase of the pandemic response.
As cases spike sharply in those places, they are hunkering down for an onslaught and directing scarce resources where they are needed most to save people’s lives. Instead of encouraging broad testing of the public, they’re focused on conserving masks, ventilators, intensive care beds — and on getting still-limited tests to health-care workers and the most vulnerable.
Read more here.

Every youngish person who thinks they won't get sick and they're invulnerable if they do should read this article from propublica.  The gist of the article is the devastating lung failure experienced by a young man, which was predicted for the elderly but not the young.  It's pretty awful and definitely worth a read.  Article can be found here.

And as if things weren't bad enough, the DOJ wants to suspend habeus corpus.
President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice has sent documents to Congress requesting a suspension of the rules for habeas corpus, the right of a person who is arrested and to appear in an expeditious way before a judge to be formally charged.
This would put us firmly in the realm of dictatorship.  It would allow the police to arrest people, put them in jail and leave them there.  It's unlikely that this will get through the House, but to what end would the request even be made?  This is giving me a headache.

And finally, from the doctor-in-chief we got this.  There's no evidence to back up this claim.  There was one tiny trial, that was not double-blinded and used different virus loads as an end point for control vs. not control.  In other words, it was a terrible trial and shouldn't be used as evidence.

Plus there is this.  Both drugs can cause long-QT syndrome and torsade de points and death.  This is not something that should be taken at home.  More here.
MONITOR: Theoretically, concurrent use of two or more drugs that can cause QT interval prolongation may result in additive effects and increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias including torsade de pointes and sudden death. The risk of an individual agent or a combination of these agents causing ventricular arrhythmia in association with QT prolongation is largely unpredictable but may be increased by certain underlying risk factors such as congenital long QT syndrome, cardiac disease, and electrolyte disturbances (e.g., hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia). In addition, the extent of drug-induced QT prolongation is dependent on the particular drug(s) involved and dosage(s) of the drug(s).
I don't know where he gets this stuff.  I don't know why he stands up on that podium and spouts stuff he clearly doesn't understand.  Right now his job is to get more masks and ventilators in to the hospitals, and he doesn't seem to be able to do that.  Neither does the director of FEMA who is basically standing around saying "all is well."


  1. it's not that he can't get the stuff, it's that he won't get the stuff. he's telling the governors to do it themselves except they don't have the federal authority to make those orders and as far as Trump is concerned, he's just a back-up. The President and his authority is just a back up. so how bad does it have to be before he decides to back up the states? after it's too late? an irrelevant incompetent leader and his irrelevant incompetent sycophants.

    gorgeous blue sky day. love all the greens in that top photo.

  2. Just read an article from Billings, MT that he and a printing company are able to 3-D print plastic masks that can be used several times after being sanitized every use. I think that's a wonderful idea.

    I also heard this morning from the doctors they were interviewing that if two patients come in needing a ventilator and there is only one ventilator - the young person will get it. No the old person. Breaks my heart.

  3. I was diagnosed with congenital long qt syndrome 20+ years ago. My first thought when I read those tweets was, "The orange con hasn't got a clue. Relieve the respiratory distress caused by Covid-19 by put them into vfib, there's an idea to get it over with quickly."

    1. I will not take azithromycin, it's too scary of a drug. There's so much crap on twitter about "what do you have to lose", try the drug. It's giving me a headache.

  4. I listened to my neighbor wheezing for breath when I took her to the ER last winter. All I could think was, I don't want to die that way. Now this.