A Boring Blog Containing Many Statistics Visiting Tennessee Not Timely; We Are Social Creatures; Some Strategies and News of Travel in These Times

So for strange and interesting reasons I googled Tennessee and the coronavirus, It was so impressive, a news conference featuring Dr.Alisa Haushatter. She was absolutely amazing, speaking of decisions being based on “scientific thinking” and that decisions would be data driven. So sage rather than the arbitrary decisions being made by individuals that I call, Trumpy Rumpy. If the media would just not attend his stupid press conferences and ignore him, he would be gone. But they lazily pay attention to the fool. They are lazy, rather than looking to the politics of hope and change. It is most encouraging that Elizabeth Warren, my hero and angel. is a running mate of Biden. He needs her and perhaps something positive will come of this. But not in the hands of usual media.!

The reason why I was tuning into Tennessee was that Tennessee Man has offered to pay my hotel expenses if I come to visit him, so that is why I looked at what was going on with the coronavirus in his area. Now, that is most interesting, considering the fact that Joo Kim Tiah (a friend) and the Crown Prince of Dubai never made such an offer – and they are so rich and own so many hotels and properties all over the world. Gentleman Caller, as I call him, is of so modest abilities compared to those two. But conditions do not seem ripe for the visit because of the virus – I am VERY self protective which is why I am alive these days.

NPR is extending its sympathies with this article:
“We are social creatures. So it’s no surprise that quarantine fatigue has begun to set in.
“Humans are wired to come together physically,” says psychologist Judith Moskowitz of Northwestern University. But, loneliness has become widespread in modern life. And, social distancing has just exacerbated the problem, Moskowitz says.Social connection is essential to our well-being, since prolonged isolation can increase the risk of depression and anxiety, says Dr. Sandro Galea of Boston University’s School of Public Health. “We know from other events, the longer the isolation, the more risk,” Galea says.Social distancing recommendations will remain in place for months to come, and until there’s a vaccine, limits on big gatherings will likely continue. For the elderly or those who live alone, the isolation can be particularly grueling. But, people are finding new ways to interact with each other, even under extraordinary circumstances.”

So I live alone and I am elderly so I am definitely at risk Then they go on to give some guidelines and instruction about connection. This was the second strategy \: Looking for a place to connect with others who use art to express themselves? The UnLonely Project has created a community through its Stuck At Home Together initiative. You can watch a short film, then participate in an online conversation. You can view others’ art or share your own. And for motivation to get started, the group has designed creative challenges, like crafting a self-portrait from objects around the house.

.There is more discouraging news about travel also contained in the NPR site “Since the coronavirus began its spread around the world, the number of people flying has nosedived. In the U.S., for example, the number of flyers has dropped more than 90% since the beginning of March. TSA screened 234,928 travelers on Thursday, compared with 2,611,324 people on the same weekday a year earlier.With some countries and states are starting to allow businesses to reopen and lifting stay-at-home orders, people are wondering about the risks of flying.

The article went on to describe his experiences. “ The last time this reporter flew was in early March. It was not a relaxing experience: I was crammed in a full plane, highly aware of any stray cough or sneeze (including my own) and with no way to know if someone sitting near me might be carrying the virus. It was a relief to land. Gendreau says that your risk within a confined space like an airplane comes down to three factors: the duration of your exposure, your proximity to the source of the exposure and how infectious that source is.

While there is a lot we don’t know about SARS-CoV-2, experts believe they can answer this question with confidence: Yes – the amount of virus a person is exposed to makes a difference in whether they get sick and how sick they get.

“Dose is important in everything we are doing in life,” says Peter Palese, a leading virologist who is professor and chair of microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. “The same is also true for coronaviruses. It makes a lot of sense because if you have a lot of virus [in your environment], such as when you are working in an intensive care unit, then you get many more virus particles in your system and the disease is usually much worse.”

“Most viruses, there’s some form of graded response depending on how big your initial exposure is,” explains Dr. Joshua Rabinowitz, a professor of chemistry and genomics at Princeton. “Every virus, if you get one particle of virus, you’re likely to never know it – you’re also likely to really never get sick and never develop an immune response. And for most acute viruses, there is a gray area where you get some version of sick but not horribly sick — and develop an immune response that is protective against the virus in the future.”

So it looks like I am stuck here in my modest apartment. My new adoration on Netflix is Merlin. It is thoroughly fascinating. Much magic but enabling. What is enabling?. “In psychotherapy and mental health, enabling has a positive sense of empowering individuals, or a negative sense of encouraging dysfunctional behavior.” We are totaling positive here and not negative, as is my usual bent, It is an inclination, leaning, tendency; talent, gift, flair, aptitude, facility, skill, capability, capacity; predisposition, disposition, instinct, orientation, predilection, proclivity.

So I have a proclivity for spreading cheer but it is slightly wasted during these times of social isolation. The photograph is me in my creative face mask.

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