Fortieth Entry



Sunday, April 26th, 2020

The Hubble space telescope has been in orbit for 30 years.

The average price of gas in the US is $1.93, nearly exactly what it was (adjusted for inflation) when the telescope launched.

As usual, except for reporting disasters, the news foretells what approaches, not what has occurred. This is a significant change from my youth when one turned on the news to learn what had happened that day. For more than a decade, news has been available 24/7—a big change from an hour in the evening. Much of what is reported is what will happen tomorrow—even things like jobs reports. The news includes what the reports are expected to say; then, the next day, they talk about them again. It fills the time, though I am not sure how informative it is. Today’s news is that the US is close to having one million cases of Covid-19.

In New York, testing of doctors and nurses will begin. (Really?)
Mass transit workers will be next to be tested.

The international news is thin. No statistics about India with its 1.3 billion people.
In China, it has been reported that the very last Covid-19 patient was released from the hospital in Wuhan. Seems hard to believe. Will the last Covid patient leave a New York City hospital in a few months?

In all of the 54 countries of Africa, there have been 30,000 cases reported (mostly in the north) with 1,400 deaths. That is fewer total Covid deaths than in any two days in NY City last week. There are some very densely populated cities in Africa; hopefully, they will avoid the worst of it.

Our president is sulking after his suggestions about injecting disinfectants were mocked. Dr. Deborah Birx, the Trump administration’s coronavirus coordinator, was visible on camera in the White House briefing room yesterday when President Trump floated the idea of light treatments to combat the coronavirus. She looked dejected, hardly supportive of her boss’s new idea.