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COVID & Other Articles

This section discusses a current topic of interest (currently Covid-19) and others, new or old, that capture our attention. They may be provocative or reflective, questioning or informative, or whatever approach that matches the issue being discussed.

Your Covid Toolbox

Covid-19 can be contentious-often because the discussion is emotional. But arguments can be converted into discussions when some easy-to-understand numbers are slipped in. Facts beat abstract...
An article by Brian Woolf (October 26, 2020)

Covid Weekly Deaths Down Almost 40% In 16 Weeks

In the US, average weekly Covid-19 deaths have quietly, but steadily, been dropping. The most recent 4-week period (ended Oct 20) shows weekly deaths dramatically down 37.7% from the first 16 weeks of reporting (ended June 30). Great news!
An article by Brian Woolf (October 23, 2020)

Covid-19's Dramatic Death Decline

Covid-19's death rate has dropped dramatically-approx. 30% Since June 30!
An article by Brian Woolf (September 30, 2020)

Covid-19 - The Comeback Kids And Firebirds

Will Covid-19 (CV) be better in the second-half year of 2020 than the first? This paper looks at the US experience during the 16-week period from Mar 10 to Jun 30. Then what significant changes, if any, occurred in the first 8 weeks of the second half year, ie, from Jul 1 to Aug 25. The 16 weeks to Jun 30 are called Period 1. The following 8 weeks comprise Period 2. When both are combined, we call those 24 weeks of data, Period 3...
An article by Brian Woolf (September 25, 2020)

Covid-19: Base Data, 50 States. 28 Wks To Sep 22, 2020

This table comprises the Tests, Cases, and Deaths related to Covid-19. These are the key metrics of the virus, provided daily by states and medical organizations to and several other organizations...
An article by Brian Woolf (September 22, 2020)

Covid-19: A Small Table Explains NY's Turnaround

Are we making progress or falling behind? Probably the first question a State's Governor asks his Covid-19 (CV) team. Simple question-but do they provide a simple table to support their answer?
An article by Brian Woolf (September 20, 2020)

COVID-19 Does One Size Fit All?

One set of nation-wide rules is heralded by some political leaders as the way to solve the US Covid-19 (CV) crisis. But it really is just another way of saying, One size fits all - and it does, if everyone has the same-sized feet. But we don't. Our 50 states don't have same-sized "Feet". Solutions should be matched to specifics, not generalities...
An article by Brian Woolf (September 8, 2020)

COVID19 - US States From Best To Worst

If you have spent much time lately viewing or reading headlines of the main stream media (MSM) you would be forgiven for thinking that the US is one of the world's worst Covid-19's "Cot cases."
An article by Brian Woolf (September 8, 2020)

Covid-19: Why Was The Mask Mandate Mangled?

Early last week Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden, called on the US President to mandate that masks be worn outdoors, at all times for three months, and possibly thereafter...
An article by Brian Woolf (August 24, 2020)

COVID-19: Find And Follow The Best

A teenager I know is training for the Olympics - in 2024. He's one of the US's Top 100 swimmers. For inspiration he follows the best, Michael Phelps. We should follow the best, too, as we work to measure, manage, and ultimately conquer our Covid crisis.
An article by Brian Woolf (August 17, 2020)

COVID-19 - Just The Facts. Just Three Facts

"Just the facts, ma'am" Was Joe Friday's famous line, used in every 'Dragnet' television episode 60-odd years ago. It's a memorable line that works for Covid-19 (CV), too.
An article by Brian Woolf (July 9, 2020)

The Half-Time Score Of COVID-19

June 30 marked 2020's half-time. Like a layman watching college football on TV, I wonder how the second half will play out. Will it have higher or lower scores than the first half? Has our team's coach assessed our bad calls and fumbles; Does he have corrective plans in place? And has he sorted out the other side's surprise plays and figured out ways to neutralize any repeats?
An article by Brian Woolf (July 2, 2020)

Covid-19: Why Some States Have Lower Death Rates

Quick question. What's your state's current population? And its size (in square miles)? If you divide the population by the area, you'll learn how many people per square mile (PPSM) live there. That number is your state's density. It also suggests your Covid-19 destiny...
An article by Brian Woolf (June 23, 2020)

Conquering COVID-19: New Zealand's Amazing Story

Celebrations erupted in New Zealand last Monday (June 8) when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the removal of all internal Covid-19 (CV) restrictions-no more social distancing; No special spacing in restaurants, planes, or churches; No limiting requirements when shopping or working; No rigid regulations for weddings, funerals, or functions...
An article by Brian Woolf (June 10, 2020)

The One Number

Coronavirus headlines constantly scream from TVs and newspapers, 'Hunker down! Death lurks around the corner!' - And their numbers flow like the Niagara Falls. But they confuse rather than educate...
An article by Brian Woolf (May 29, 2020)

Conversing About Coronavirus

As my previous article suggested, numbers are the currency of conversation when we talk about Coronavirus. Questions such as: How many people died? In what geographic area? What is the area's population?
An article by Brian Woolf (May 24, 2020)

The Coronavirus Challenge

The Coronavirus (or Covid-19) arrived on our doorstep early this year without an instruction manual. Looking around, we found two tools: The example of a societal lockdown in China (but without any medical details, infection or death rate data), and a computer-model of the Imperial College in London projecting over 2 million US deaths...
An article by Brian Woolf (May 23, 2020)

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