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First, the reality check:

The COVID-19 Pandemic is growing. Despite some limited successes, health officials around the world warn “the worst is yet ahead.”

To be clear: The coronavirus is still spreading and increasing sharply — in reported sicknesses and deaths — roughly following the “exponential growth” expected earlier.

(Editor’s Note: Check out the yellow graph at bottom-right, here: www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6. For anyone who thinks, “Well, that’s the world rate — not the US rate,” go ahead and click the US number at left. The chart will reload with only US results. Note, then, the graph is just as steep. Possibly steeper.)

Also, keep in mind, since there are problems in the “reported” process, by accident and design, the actual rates of sickness and death may be higher. Perhaps, much higher (see links below).

Yet, people are staying on quarantine more than experts thought they would. Which is really good!

Keep doing that! And wear masks when you’re out! And wash your hands frequently!

However, we are nowhere near “over this.” Our trusted Dr. Fauci has suggested a wait of 18 months for a new vaccine. Many others hope it will come even quicker, and some are working toward that. But, to be clear, the shortest vaccine development in history was four years.

So don’t slack off on being careful now. Be patient, be safe, and stay home as much as possible.

News & Links

Why this article?
‘Quarantine fatigue’: Researchers find more Americans venturing out against coronavirus stay-at-home orders
msn.com/en-us/news/us/quarantine-fatigue-researchers-find-more-americans-venturing-out-against-coronavirus-stay-at-home-orders/ar-BB13cgi4

Also:
‘We Don’t Have Room To Keep Bodies’: Georgia Coroner On Coronavirus Impact
www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/04/24/georgia-coroner-coronavirus-deaths

Here’s a brief description of how COVID-19 infections actually work, but if you read only one article, read this:
Link

The coronavirus attacks lung cells that make surfactant. This substance helps the air sacs in the lungs stay open between breaths and is critical to normal lung function. As the inflammation from Covid pneumonia starts, it causes the air sacs to collapse, and oxygen levels fall. Yet the lungs initially remain “compliant,” not yet stiff or heavy with fluid. This means patients can still expel carbon dioxide — and without a buildup of carbon dioxide, patients do not feel short of breath.

Patients compensate for the low oxygen in their blood by breathing faster and deeper — and this happens without their realizing it. This silent hypoxia, and the patient’s physiological response to it, causes even more inflammation and more air sacs to collapse, and the pneumonia worsens until oxygen levels plummet. In effect, patients are injuring their own lungs by breathing harder and harder.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body
www.bbc.com/news/health-51214864

CDC: Symptoms of Coronavirus
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

We Still Don’t Know How the Coronavirus Is Killing Us
nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/we-still-dont-know-how-the-coronavirus-is-killing-us.html

Amid Signs the Virus Came Earlier, Americans Ask: Did I Already Have It?
news.yahoo.com/amid-signs-virus-came-earlier-122540809.html

Hidden Outbreaks Spread Through U.S. Cities Far Earlier Than Americans Knew, Estimates Say

First American coronavirus deaths took place weeks before initially thought
thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/494042-first-us-coronavirus-death-occurred-in-california-in-february-autopsy

NY releases figures estimating 14 percent in state, 20 percent in NYC have had COVID-19
thehill.com/policy/healthcare/494324-27m-new-yorkers-have-had-coronavirus-preliminary-data-shows

American optimism is becoming a problem
theweek.com/articles/911058/american-optimism-becoming-problem

New analysis recommends less reliance on ventilators to treat coronavirus patients

New analysis recommends less reliance on ventilators to treat coronavirus patients

Bill Gates: ‘I wish I could say that we’re halfway through’ coronavirus pandemic
www.cnbc.com/2020/04/24/bill-gates-were-not-even-halfway-through-coronavirus-pandemic.html

Covid-19 causes sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say
www.cnn.com/2020/04/22/health/strokes-coronavirus-young-adults/

Young and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying of strokes: Doctors sound alarm about patients in their 30s and 40s left debilitated or dead. Some didn’t even know they were infected.
www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/24/strokes-coronavirus-young-patients/

Stroke Signs and Symptoms
www.cdc.gov/stroke/signs_symptoms.htm

Get Ready NOW: New Small Business Relief Is Coming (SEVIER COUNTY BUSINESSES, CHECK YOUR BANKS’ WEBSITES TO APPLY! QUICKLY!)
www.forbes.com/sites/morgansimon/2020/04/22/get-ready-for-round-2-now-new-small-business-relief-is-coming/

Small Business Coronavirus Relief Options: Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loans, SBA Debt Relief:
www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance

The House just passed another $480 billion in coronavirus relief aimed at small businesses: It also includes additional money for hospitals and testing.
www.vox.com/2020/4/23/21232539/paycheck-protection-program-congress-stimulus

How small businesses can get money from the stimulus package: Here’s how to access the $370 billion in loans and grants that the new stimulus bill provides.
www.vox.com/2020/4/3/21196191/cares-act-apply-small-business-loans-grants-ppp-eidl

Beware of Propaganda: Chinese Agents Helped Spread Messages That Sowed Virus Panic in U.S., Officials Say. American officials were alarmed by fake text messages and social media posts that said President Trump was locking down the country. Experts see a convergence with Russian tactics.

Fewer than half of working Americans will have a paycheck in May as devastating coronavirus layoffs persist, economist says
www.businessinsider.com/layoffs-coronavirus-less-than-half-american-workers-paycheck-wage-may-2020-4?

He was approved for a Paycheck Protection Program loan. Here’s his advice to business owners who want one, too
www.cnbc.com/2020/04/25/how-one-small-business-owner-got-the-paycheck-protection-program-loan.html

America has just 4.3% of the world’s population. Two weeks ago America had 20% of the world’s confirmed fatalities. Now, the U.S. has a third of all Coronavirus cases, exceeding 869,000, and more than a quarter of the deaths, at 49,963.
www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article242213996.html

Note: America’s Coronavirus deaths have (or, will, in a day or two) surpass the deaths of the entire Vietnam War. Stay safe/home.