Yep, still a thing: COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 update, number 20,000. (Okay, it just *feels* like 20,000).

Shockingly, it turns out that attempting to thwart a pandemic is nearly impossible without a cohesive plan which includes following the advice of scientists and robust testing. As the world stares down an unpredictable fall, COVID-19 is still running rampant, having not disappeared once the warm summer months began.

There are some bright spots, of course. As Voltaire said, “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” What bright spots, you ask? Let’s start with this one:

Women. They get the job done.

COVID-19 update: Your dose of hope

Librarians for the win.

Patience is a virtue that many folks are having a hard time learning. But there is good news – a vaccine is getting closer and closer, and some very smart folks are already working on distribution plans.

I feel this. Do you?

News you need to know

As COVID-19 continues to spread, scientists are learning more about the virus. Data is crucial to defeating it, but as institutions operate outside of the social contracts they were once bound by, it becomes more difficult to reign in.

Schools across America are struggling with how they resume classes this fall, as employers attempt to provide solutions for their workforces. Meanwhile, the CDC issued a dire warning.

Let’s go with the doctors, okay? If scientists are struggling to understand the coronavirus, it’s likely safe to assume that folks with no medical training are probably not the experts, despite their access to high-speed internet.

After dispersing hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses earlier this year, elected officials in Washington D.C. are returning home to their districts until September 8, leaving countless Americans on the brink of disaster, without any guardrails in place.

Captain Obvious was unavailable for comment.

2020 has laid bare the absolutely horrific bias and racism that is still rampant around the world.

Economic markets have become wildly unpredictable, another side-effect of COVID-19.

Quote of the day

“And it has been
one hell
of a year.
I have worn
the seasons
under my sleeves,
on my thighs,
running down my cheeks.
This is what
surviving
looks like, my dear.”
― Michelle K.

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