Saturday, April 18, 2020

Kansas City Lockdown Week In Review

We begin the midday with this somewhat worthwhile conversation wherein respected journalists tell us what they watched on TV. Check the description:

"Nick Haines, Cat Reid, Eric Wesson and Dave Helling discuss the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic response and try to catch up on some overshadowed local stories including potholes, homicides, issues at local prisons and KCI. He also talks to comedian & restaurant owner Elliott Threatt and restaurant owner Stretch about how the food industry is reacting and what the future may hold."

Take a look . . .

You decide . . .


Anonymous said...

Actually, this is very important program and I appreciated their coverage of local restaurants which, admittedly, was better than local journalists sharing their political opinion.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't ask Stretch if it's morning or night. Might ask him where he gets his weed from and that would be about it.

Anonymous said...

Q: What do you call it when Nick Haines issues a Threatt?

A: A real Stretch!


Anonymous said...

All things editorialized..


Jesse said...

^^^^ Doubtful. You're still here, bitch.

Super Dave said...

Is history about to be repeated? Do the so called experts knows as mush as they claim to know? Could we see the same thing happen again here 102 years later? You or I have no idea and you can bet our world leaders don't either. Here is a fast run down from 1918 via the history books.

When the Spanish flu first appeared in early March 1918, it had all the hallmarks of a seasonal flu, albeit a highly contagious and virulent strain. One of the first registered cases was Albert Gitchell, a U.S. Army cook at Camp Funston in Kansas, who was hospitalized with a 104-degree fever. The virus spread quickly through the Army installation, home to 54,000 troops. By the end of the month, 1,100 troops had been hospitalized and 38 had died after developing pneumonia.

Reported cases of Spanish flu dropped off over the summer of 1918, and there was hope at the beginning of August that the virus had run its course. In retrospect, it was only the calm before the storm. Somewhere in Europe, a mutated strain of the Spanish flu virus had emerged that had the power to kill a perfectly healthy young man or woman within 24 hours of showing the first signs of infection.

From September through November of 1918, the death rate from the Spanish flu skyrocketed. In the United States alone, 195,000 Americans died from the Spanish flu in just the month of October. And unlike a normal seasonal flu, which mostly claims victims among the very young and very old, the second wave of the Spanish flu exhibited what’s called a “W curve”—high numbers of deaths among the young and old, but also a huge spike in the middle composed of otherwise healthy 25- to 35-year-olds in the prime of their life.

That really freaked out the medical establishment.

The rapid spread of Spanish flu in the fall of 1918 was at least partially to blame on public health officials unwilling to impose quarantines during wartime. In Britain, for example, a government official named Arthur Newsholme knew full well that a strict civilian lockdown was the best way to fight the spread of the highly contagious disease. But he wouldn’t risk crippling the war effort by keeping munitions factory workers and other civilians home.

By December 1918, the deadly second wave of the Spanish flu had finally passed, but the pandemic was far from over. A third wave erupted in Australia in January 1919 and eventually worked its way back to Europe and the United States.

The mortality rate of the third wave was just as high as the second wave, but the end of the war in November 1918 removed the conditions that allowed the disease to spread so far and so quickly. Global deaths from the third wave, while still in the millions, paled in comparison to the apocalyptic losses during the second wave.