Are Correct COVID Reports Possible?

Over the weekend I read an editorial that really made me think. Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune, who has probably seen or at least heard about a lot of social unrest in Chicago, wrote, “Is 2020 really the worst year ever?” She decided it isn’t.

She cited other years that were probably worse, mentioning the year 536 as an example. A devastating volcanic eruption that year caused weather havoc. She mentions the years of the Spanish Flu that began in 1918 immediately following World War I. The flu in 1918 killed 3.5% of the world’s population. Up to 50,000,000 people died. It’s still considered the world’s worst pandemic. By comparison, COVID deaths stands at 812,513 as of today according to As I watched, the number jumped to 814,797. says only that, “More than 800,000 have died….worldwide.”

1811 was not such a great year. The earthquakes of 1811 and beyond on the New Madrid fault in Missouri’s Bootheel caused darkness for a long time, bad smelling air, difficulties breathing, and crop failure issues for many years. The first major quake occurred in December, 1811 and was followed by several more. The President at the time James Madison and his wife Dolly reported feeling the 1811 quake in the White House. Church bells in Boston rang. I didn’t know until today that the state of Tennessee was far more affected than Missouri. So was Kentucky. There were 3 big earthquakes. The 2nd occurred in January, 1812. Considered the mildest of the 3 majors, it was estimated to be a 7.5 seismic event using current measures. The one in February, 1812, was said to be as bad as the December quake. An earthquake rumor at the beginning of this century was taken very seriously. Lots of Missourians stocked up on batteries and food.

Mary Schmich mentions the Great Depression. 1932 and 1968 were not great years. She concluded that we should substitute the word “strange” for “worst” and reported that “…if pressed, a lot of people would acknowledge that this isn’t the worst year of their lives.” I agree. She went on to remind us that this year isn’t over yet.

Another article I just read said that the number of COVID Asian-American deaths is underreported. Analysis of this pandemic with new and corrected revelations will go on for years.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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