Just as Ruth & I were planning our first during COVID trip, our state and the states around us began shutting down again and restricting access. To travel to California soon, for example, will require 28 days of inaction, 2 weeks after entering California will mean sequestered sitting somewhere and 2 weeks after will involve 2 weeks of returning to my home state. I guess this means we will not be seeing my brother in Oakland any time soon. And who can look forward to holiday gatherings this year?
The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard issued some interesting statistics recently. It began with a list of the 10 countries with more than 1 million cases followed by the # of deaths in those countries. The US topped the list with 10,896,870 cases of COVID and 245,578 deaths. India was #2 with 8,773,479 cases and about 129,000 deaths. #3 through #10 were Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, The UK, Argentina, Colombia, Italy, and Mexico.
This info was followed by the 5 US states with the highest # of cases. Texas was #1 followed by California, Florida, Illinois, and New York. No wonder California is so nervous!
The 3 states with the highest incidence rate (cases per 100,000 people in the state) were a surprise. North Dakota was #1, South Dakota was #2, and Iowa was #3.
There have been 53,875,361 cases of COVID in the world so far with 1,301,688 deaths. It’s estimated that about 34,000 people have died from the ordinary flu so far in 2020 in just the United States. That’s a lot fewer than 245,578. COVID is indeed an impressive killer. Where’s that vaccine line to stand in?