921 thoughts on “Covid-19 Updates”

  1. Here is the daily update for Switzerland [PDF], published at 07:05 UTC on 2020-03-27.  This report is updated every day, but always has the same URL: you need to look at the document to see whether today’s update has been posted.  Summary:

    • Cases tested positive: 12,161, 1390 new since yesterday.
    • Deaths so far: 197, 36 since yesterday.
    • Tests administered: 97,012, of which 12% were positive.
    • Median age of those tested positive: 52.

    The cases per 100,000 is rising rapidly in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, which borders Lombardy, the most-affected region of Italy.  Cases per 100,000 are as reported on:

    • Wednesday, 2020-03-25: 380.1
    • Thursday, 2020-03-26: 392.8
    • Friday, 2020-03-27: 473.8

    In a personal anecdote, last night I logged on to LeShop.ch, the grocery delivery service of Migros, which I’ve used for years, replenish the pantry.  The last order I placed was on 2020-03-12, when the Web site was so slow to respond it was almost unusable, with a number of disconnects requiring re-logging in (which fortunately preserved the shopping cart).  Now, when you try to log in, you’re put in a FIFO waiting queue, which estimates when you’ll be allowed to log in.  I started the process around midnight, when I assumed things would be less busy, and it estimated a one hour wait.  Just about on time I was able to log in and the site responded normally with no problems.  Almost everything on my list was in stock (they give real-time stock numbers), with no more items requiring substitutions than my experience over the last several years.  In normal times, if you place an order by the close of business one day, it can usually be delivered the evening of the next day (deliveries are done by post office people working as independent contractors after hours).  On my order of the 12th, a Thursday, the first delivery date available was the following Wednesday, the 18th.  In fact, they delivered a day early, on the evening of the 17th.

    This time when I went to choose a delivery date, nothing was available at all, through the 17th of April.  They preserved the order and said to keep checking back to see if a date became available.  Fortunately, this process does not requiring going through the log-in queue.  I don’t know if having a pending order gives you priority when delivery dates become available.

    As I noted, this was a replenishment order, and I’m pretty much good to go for the next two weeks although things may get a bit ragged toward the end.  If I can’t get a delivery date scheduled in the next few business days, I will try shopping at a local regional Migros which has most of the things I’m looking for and a self-checkout option which avoids all human contact.

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  2. I am trying to not go out and keep social distance. Things seem fairly normal.
    I went to a store to buy a new thermometer but  they were all out.

    John, thank you for updating us. I think you are the only one on the site in a pandemic hot spot therefore there is concern.

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  3. John Walker:
    If I can’t get a delivery date scheduled in the next few business days, I will try shopping at a local regional Migros which has most of the things I’m looking for and a self-checkout option which avoids all human contact.

    Do you use fuel stabilizer in your cars?

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  4. ctlaw:
    Do you use fuel stabilizer in your cars?

    No, but I’ve had no trouble going a couple of months without running a car.  Slow battery drain is more of a problem, but I have a Li-ion jumper pack for that.

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  5. John Walker:

    ctlaw:
    Do you use fuel stabilizer in your cars?

    No, but I’ve had no trouble going a couple of months without running a car.  Slow battery drain is more of a problem, but I have a Li-ion jumper pack for that.

    It’s both the time between running and the time between refuelings. IIRC, time between running was largely an issue of avoiding the carburetor gumming up. Also, ethanol in US gasoline causes problems.

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  6. TempTime:
    FLORIDA UPDATE:  The Keys (Monroe county), county below Miami Dade County, have closed to the main land.   The local news tonight advised blockades have been put in place, and if you do not live or work in the Keys, you can not enter.

     

    REQUEST: Hello John, is there a way to keep this Post/Thread/Conversation on the ‘front page’, so to speak, so that it is easy to find and update?    Thanks.

    John was kind and added this to the sidebar, TempTime.

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  7. The Commune de Lignières announced today, in conjunction with four enterprises in the village, a system of home delivery of goods for persons aged 65 or above or otherwise vulnerable.  All documents are [PDF].

    Orders are placed by telephone directly with the merchants, and the commune will bill the recipients directly for the items ordered.  The delivery service is free of charge.

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  8. John Walker:
    The Commune de Lignières announced today, in conjunction with four enterprises in the village, a system of home delivery of goods for persons aged 65 or above or otherwise vulnerable.  All documents are [PDF].

    Orders are placed by telephone directly the merchants, and the commune will bill the recipients directly for the items ordered.  The delivery service is free of charge.

    Is Lignières accepting septuagenarian immigrants (Je parle Francais!)?

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  9. Germany’s numbers are interesting. Only 0.06 percent of the cases are classified as serious.  The US is 2.6%. They have 1/2 the cases as the US, but more recovered.   20% of the deaths of the US.  Adjusted for total cases it is less than 1/2 the US deaths.   Adjusted for active cases they would have 50 serious cases vs 2122 for the US

    If Germany is doing more wide spread testing such that it is picking up mild cases, it maybe indicates a closer estimate of percent serious and death rates.  If not, why is the data so different?

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  10. Another day another roughly 250 people dead in the US. I have no idea how long will this continue. Will it go way up before it goes down? Will I in the near future think 250 a day is not so bad? Now I can think “Italy lost 900 so 250 ain’t bad.”

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  11. Here in Union County NC we are now up to 34 cases, up from 27. Gov. Cooper just issued a “stay-at-home” order for the entire state, effective on Monday 3/30 at 5 PM. Stores should be interesting this weekend.

    So far NC has 763 confirmed cases with 77 hospitalized and 3 deaths. 15,136 tests have been completed.

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  12. Just got off the phone with my nephew who is a firefighter. He had some choice words for the New Yorkers that instead of quarantining in state they decided to come to Florida during that time.

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  13. Tina and I pretty much locked down not going outside. We don’t actually see each other that much living in different units of same large house. Tina just ordered from Whole Foods Amazon Prime so we will see how that works out. Unfortunately, gas lines and sewer pipes need replacement and construction crews here all this week and probably next week – problem will be when water is turned off for a few hours. Both of us incredibly busy most of the time. I will take a walk up my street on Russian Hill San Francisco now  – streets basically empty.

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  14. 10 Cents:
    Another day another roughly 250 people dead in the US. I have no idea how long will this continue. Will it go way up before it goes down? Will I in the near future think 250 a day is not so bad? Now I can think “Italy lost 900 so 250 ain’t bad.”

    My jaw is on the floor and reeling a little. The number is now 398 dead in the States for today.

    [As a general note a “Like” on some of these comments is just to acknowledge information or its importance. No one likes news like this.]

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  15. It is great to again to see the recovery (372) go up so the people with the disease was constant at 1082. Hopefully there will be the same amount of people recovering tomorrow!

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