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How do we return to normal, and just what is normal? by The Elephant's Child
August 4, 2021, 1:56 pm
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The CDC is struggling to make up its mind about whether or not children need vaccinations to return to school, and whether they need to wear masks. Online classes did not work well, and clearly public school in ordinary session cannot come quickly enough, but what the guidelines will be and what they should be and how effective school will be remains a question. Different locations, different states, different experiences from different governors. At first, I thought they told us that children were essentially immune.

The current population of the United States is tallied at 331,095,619 and 20,639,911 brand new citizens were born today and 1,144 people died, (changing as I type this). Also measured by religions, ethnic grouping, age group and sex ratio. But a little attention to the big statistics makes one realize how vague and “iffy” are the pronouncements that come down from the federal government.

I just put away the groceries that were delivered (because of Covid) so I could avoid going to the grocery store. I’m fully vaccinated, 2 Shots, after weeks and weeks of trying to find someplace to get the vaccination. Our Eastside hospitals had a big event with a cast of thousands at Microsoft. Before that it was combing through grocery store pharmacies to try to find one that had appointments available. Your experience was undoubtedly very different.

So it is still early. We don’t know enough. We can only try hard to be well informed. Apparently a new variant has popped up in South Korea. Not yet expanded to the rest of the world. Does that raise the question of continual variations and a continual virus? We need better communicators at the federal level.

Here are the first few lines from Jason Riley writing at the Wall Street Journal about “Critical Race Theory” — “A majority of American fourth and eighth-graders can’t read or do math at grade level, according to the education Department. And that assessment is from 2019, before the learning losses from pandemic school closures.” So we have lost a lot over these months of Covid, and how to make it up, and how permanent the loss remains a question.

We are having a pandemic. President Trump jumped on it promptly, halted all traffic from China, and began “Operation Warp Speed” to get vaccines developed. Great outcry, racial prejudice, etc. etc, but it worked and he saved a lot of lives. Effective vaccines were developed. Different nations had different experience, but it could have been a lot worse.

The influenza pandemic in 1918 killed twenty-five million people. Life expectancy dropped by 18 years. Today, many countries have had very different experiences, as different governments have handled it very differently. Eventually, we will be able to assess what worked and what has not. We know where this one originated, but not how nor why. When the next one comes along, perhaps we will be better prepared.


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I think the “20,639,911 brand new citizens were born today” is the number born in an entire year. The daily number born in the USA is something like 10,800. Did I misread your note?

I only seem to post when I think I see an error in the numbers. Sorry for being a nag. I will post about something else in the future.

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You are undoubtedly right. The size of the number seems to indicate that. I was writing late in the evening. Hate it when I make silly mistakes. Thanks

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