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COVID work from home – week 22 – 3 Aug – 9 Aug

Monday – pretty much everyone I know who thought this would be over by “early summer” is now thing “early 2021 at the best”. Massive borrowing globally to prop up economies and keep people going. WHO say there may “never be a silver bullet” against COVID. As noted several weeks ago, this is going to become part of the annual flu/COVID shot discipline. UK lockdowns return. 18.2 MM cases confirmed, 691k deaths. US numbers may not be trustworthy.

The Seattle Times BBC The Guardian
3 Aug here here here
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COVID work from home – week 21 – 27 July – 2 Aug

Weekend – Russia planning mass vaccinations. FA Cup with no crowd. Hong Kong delays elections. India as the newest hotspot. European cases continue to pick up. Looks like a second wave is really rolling in now across Europe.

A fresh look for the data from The Seattle Times; maybe six months of data needs it. The 14 day average death rate has picked up; cases are still climbing.

Friday – UK pauses coming out of lockdown/quarantine. 300k new cases globally today. UK beaches are “packed” – look for another bump in numbers from this mid-August. Good read on numbers in Europe.

Thursday – almost 4.5MM US cases; 152k deaths. I know more and more people who have “had” COVID-19 and are completely wiped out afterwards. Staying home, staying safe. England worst excess deaths in Europe between Feb – June. Shocking. Spain heading back to lockdown. US economy crashed 32% in Q2.

Wednesday – WA State positive cases still running >5%; target is 2% which shows measures are working. Graphic from The Seattle Times.


Tuesday – US daily cases – as reported by JHU dashboard – seems to have flattened. Whether this is because cases have flattened, or a result of the changes in reporting (CDC to HHS) remains to be seen. Pandemic economic costs are vast – including $320B for tourism alone. I do wonder what will be left after this. Spain, Iran, Italy – all reporting renewed surge of cases.


Monday – heading into August this week. US is still struggling with 4.2M cases; almost 150k deaths. Good “how to control it” thread from Andy Slavitt – unpopular, political U turns, acknowledgement and humility that it’s not a hoax. I don’t see any of this happening. WHO: ‘most severe health emergency WHO has faced’. New travel restrictions in Europe. More positive cases in the White House.

Seattle Times BBC The Guardian
27 Jul here here here
28 Jul here here here
29 Jul here here here
30 Jul here here here
31 Jul here here here
1 Aug here here here
2 Aug here here here

COVID work from home – week 20 – 20 July – 27 July

Weekend – European talk of second wave; is this poor isolation/masks or mutation? Quarantine measures being reintroduced. Seattle Times has a longer form article on “six months since the first US case”.

Usual Sunday graphic. WA in the steady, steady growth in number of cases. Must be close to going back to absolute lockdown.

Friday – US back above 1000 daily deaths. 15 days to go from 3 to 4 million cases. COVID isn’t going away. My guess is a combined flu/COVID shot every year going forward.

Thursday – Trump starts to realise COVID is real; cancels GOP convention. UK planning in the Spring was “complete failure”. US hits 4M cases. 915,000 new cases in last two weeks in US.

Wednesday – 15M global cases. Hotspots returning in Europe. More school districts in the area go online only.

Tuesday – schools are starting to move to online only for September. Less than six weeks away – and cases are still increasing. Trump says “wear a mask”..

Monday – yes – twenty weeks. Past the middle of July. Summer is passing. Projects I initiated in the early part of the year are coming to fruition and close.

Potential good news on a vaccine. 3.7MM cases in the US, 140k deaths. I know more and more people who have had COVID-19.

The Seattle Times BBC Guardian
20 Jul here here here
21 Jul here here here
22 Jul here here here
23 Jul here here here
24 Jul here here here
25 Jul here here here
26 Jul here here here

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COVID work from home – week 19 – 13 July – 19 July

Weekend – the usual look at the ever more bleak numbers. This does feel like a slow roll to millions of deaths in the US.

US daily cases; via JHU. Surely on the path to 100k per day by month end. Lack of strong policy on mask wearing, distancing and healthcare will make this become a reality. This is WA, NY, NJ played out large four months later.

The Seattle Times- rolling average new cases is now way higher than March/April – so the Governor is having to roll back reopening. I’m planning for no school, no in-office work until at least the new year.

Friday – UK looks at “significant normality by Christmas”, US has record 77.3k new cases, GA Gov v Atlanta major legal action over masks. Restrictions returning to WA state as cases continue to creep upwards; more new cases now than back in March/April.

Thursday – WA DOH changing the counting mechanism again. Back to school is going to be a real issue, really soon. Health, safety, funding – and possible labour cuts (no buses, no schools – what to do with bus drivers and custodians?). What is a hybrid model? K-2 in school?

Wednesday – Fauci is an honourable man. Work from home until 2021 is likely.

Tuesday – masks required in UK shops. WA COVID death reporting via the state is broken again. Lockdown returns around the world. Second wave? Continued first wave? Unknown what September brings for return to school – quarantining teachers on every positive case amongst pupils would remove the workforce within a week.

Monday – back in March I had thoughts that this would be through the spring; looking at Wuhan and Italy, then New York, then New Zealand – it seemed like the coronavirus could be contained and a planful return to work sometime in the summer.

Where we are today, in both WA state and across the US, is anything but contained. Local hotspots in Yakima County, national runaway cases across many, many states who opened early.

Without national leadership, and some selfless actions to distance, wear masks and quarantine – the US is going to be isolated and work from home for another six months minimum.

The Seattle Times BBC The Guardian
13 July here here here
14 July here here here
15 July here here here
16 July here here here
17 July here here here
18 July here here here
19 July here here here

COVID work from home – week 18 – 6 July – 12 July

Saturday – 3.2M cases in the US, 12.5M global. Almost 135k deaths in the US. For context that’s half a Vietnam war in 4 months.

JHU data shows accelerating positive cases in the US. Sunday: 15,300 new cases in FL.


Weekly look at The Seattle Times data. Continued climb in cases; deaths picking up too. Yakima County almost caught up with King County in absolute numbers; off the chart for per capita.

Friday – international travel restrictions starting to ease in Europe. Runaway cases in the US.

Thursday – 60k daily cases in the US. TX, AZ, FL worst hit. They opened early.

Wednesday – International students must return home for remote learning.

Tuesday – US gives notice to exit WHO, 10k cases/day in CA, virus could be airborne. Bolsonaro positive test. Masks required again in WA.

Monday – Texas warns of overwhelmed hospitals; US deaths over 130k.

Local and global coverage for future reference.

The Seattle Times BBC The Guardian
6 July here here here
7 July here here here
8 July here here here
9 July here here here
10 July here here here
11 July here here here
12 July here here here

COVID work from home – week 17 – 29 June – 5 July

Weekend – July 4th. No fireworks, no parades, no festival in Issaquah. Continued long slow climb in positive daily cases in WA state. 2.8M cases in the US, accelerating numbers. 130K deaths. Lockdowns return in Spain, India, Kazakhstan.

Friday – many stories of tens/hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 survivors with crippling long term health issues.

Thursday – lack of lockdown discipline caused virus explosion.

Wednesday – Leicester back into lockdown; huge growth via factories in the East of the city. 

Chart showing Leicester had a new infection rate three times that of anywhere else

Tuesday – “US has way too much virus” and “There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country”. Dr Fauci predicts “100k daily cases” in the US.

Monday – The worst still to come, pandemic accelerating say the WHO.

Local and global coverage for future reference.

The Seattle Times BBC The Guardian
29 June here here here
30 June here here here
1 July here here here
2 July here here here
3 July here here here
4 July here here here
5 July here here here