May 282020
 

the other scenario they considered was that as Americans stocked up on food, an item that was easy to make and could keep up to 10 months in a freezer would be a logical choice to hoard.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/nyregion/coronavirus-hot-dogs-feltmans.html

*hots dogs go with baseball and Spring. No baseball yet. My demand for hotdogs has increased.

Apr 222020
 

‘Pure Hell for Victims’ as Stimulus Programs Draw a Flood of Scammers – The New York Times:

“Over the last month, 4,305 malicious website domains were set up to take advantage of people looking for new forms of government support, according to the security firm Check Point. The fake sites, with names like whereismystimulus and 2020reliefprogram, generally ask people to input their personal data with the promise that they can get information about their checks. But hackers then use the data against those who fall for the trick.”

Apr 222020
 

Social Distancing for Coronavirus Has a History – The New York Times:

“The outcome of their research was startling. By closing the schools in a hypothetical town of 10,000 people, only 500 people got sick. If they remained open, half of the population would be infected.”

Early, aggressive action to limit social interaction using multiple measures like closing schools or shutting down public gatherings was vital to limiting the death toll, they found.

Mar 112020
 

Warriors’ decision to play without fans could set example for the NBA:

“The Warriors will play Thursday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets without any fans at Chase Center, becoming the first NBA team to play without a crowd. It is a landmark decision that could set the tone for how the rest of the league handles the coronavirus pandemic.”

Feb 172020
 

Apple Warns That Coronavirus Will Hurt Revenue – The New York Times:

“Apple also said that demand for its devices in China had been hurt by the outbreak; it closed all 42 of its stores in the country last month and most have yet to reopen.”

*How much will this cost and how widespread will this be economically? Will this be a black swan like event that starts small and flies under the radar until it is on top of us and has widespread impact?

Feb 012020
 

Secretary Azar Delivers Remarks on Declaration of Public Health Emergency for 2019 Novel Coronavirus | HHS.gov:

“Following the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the 2019 novel coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, I have declared today that the coronavirus presents a Public Health Emergency in the United States.

[Read Secretary Azar’s statement on the Public Health Emergency]

The actions we have taken and continue to take complement the work of China and the WHO to contain the outbreak within China.

In accordance with the declaration, beginning 5 PM Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, February 2, the U.S. government will implement temporary measures to increase our abilities to detect and contain the coronavirus proactively and aggressively.

Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine, to ensure they’re provided proper medical care and health screening. To be clear, this applies only to U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days.

Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in the rest of mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry and up to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.”

(Via.) Inside Daily Brief February 1, 2020

Feb 012020
 

Shop Around for Lower Drug Prices – Consumer Reports:

“The range in prices they found was stunning. The five-drug ‘marketbasket’ cost just $66 at the online pharmacy HealthWarehouse.com but $105 at Costco. The two highest-priced national retailers—CVS and Rite Aid—had prices closer to $900 for the five drugs.”

*Interesting article.