Written each Friday by Lou Barnes in Boulder, CO. Also available online. Reprinted with permission. Lou typically provides background and context to what's happening in the credit/bond world along with topical events that some readers appreciate.
This week the struggle to find good information intensified, from time to time doubtful if there is any.
The Colorado data continue to improve, although we still have community spread. Even a hot spot in uber-masked Boulder (from unmasked parties), responsible for the minor uptick in the last week:
The National picture is an embarrassment, chart from wonderful Calculatedriskblog, updated constantly. The number of tests has stalled, the uptick in positives a precursor to geometric increase in previously spared but mask-resistant places:
GASP! This amusing piece is almost all politics! As is his habit, Barnes infuses this article with anti-Trump rhetoric, though he has other targets also.
HORROR! The piece is largely about Covid-19!
Before I spend time composing a reply, I want to know if you're planning to censor or lock the thread. (Don't want to waste my time again, you understand.)
God forbid that we should debate the stuff that really matters.
Thanks in advance.
Most of the stuff makes sense.
Except this little bit: "We are left with Ouchy Fauci, a nice man but not the Ben Bernanke of virus-fighting. He says he hasn’t spoken with the thumb in a couple of weeks. I wouldn’t talk with Ouchy, either. A nation struggling for morale does not need to hear how bad it might be in October, or warned of no football."
On one hand they want us to get quality information at the same time, they are willing to kill the messenger. Fauci was held up as a great guy, until the president got pissed off and now the president's supporters suddenly think the same person is horrible. It's ridiculous!
Fauci hasn't changed, it's the listeners who have, and shame on you!
Most of the Covid-19 they write about is not worth reading!
We don't know if airline travel is spreading the problem - We don't have enough testing to figure it out. Nor do we have contact tracing.
Researchers can't carry out tests on people with masks or without mask, in indoor and outdoor settings. It's UNETHICAL.
We don't know about immunity, because the problem is so new. We can't test for it because it would be UNETHICAL, to knowingly give novel coronavirus to someone who has just recovered from it.
The reason why a lot of information is changing is because the damned problem is so NEW.
First principle should be - do no harm, so use your head and make sure to take care of yourself and everyone around you the best you can.
"Masks work. If nothing else, a reminder to self to be careful and a signal to others that we are doing so."
Agreed, nothing political about it.