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San Antonio TX, 7/10/20: 'I thought this was a hoax': Patient in 30s dies after attending 'COVID party'

LOL.  These stories are like big foot, bloody mary, and slender man but with less evidence. Funny to see media descend so completely into the realm of urban myth.
The Latest Covid Party Story Gets a Twist
Like any urban legend, this one changes slightly with each telling.

THE COVID PARTY craze continues to sweep the nation—or, at least, the nation’s news organizations. The latest example comes from Texas, where a 30-year-old man is said to have confessed on his death bed that he had attended one. “Just before the patient died,” announced Jane Appleby, chief medical officer at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, “they looked at their nurse and said, ‘I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.’”
Two weeks ago, I noted that news reports about Covid parties—in which people supposedly get together with the goal of catching the virus—have followed a remarkably consistent pattern. The source is invariably a government or health official who is several steps removed, at least, from any firsthand knowledge of the alleged event. The story is first reported by local media, then picked up and amplified by larger publications that add little or no additional reporting. A few weeks ago, for example, the internet blew up with a tale of Alabama college students who were supposedly throwing parties with infected people and betting on who could catch the virus first. Outlets from the Associated Press to CNN picked up the story, with its ready stereotypes about Southerners and idiot college kids. But when I looked into it, I realized that all the news reports traced back to comments from a single Tuscaloosa city council member, who offered no evidence for the claim.
Shortly after my piece came out, the University of Alabama student newspaper published an article in which Ramesh Peramsetty, a Tuscaloosa doctor whose clinic has been offering Covid tests, confirmed the rumor was true. When I followed up with Peramsetty, he admitted he had no firsthand knowledge of the Covid parties; it was something he heard from his staff, who work directly with patients. He directed me to Jerri Hanna, a clinical manager, who he said had direct knowledge. Hanna, however, told me that she had heard about Covid parties from yet another clinic employee. That second employee, who asked that I not use her name because she has been harassed while running testing sites, revealed that she’d only heard about the parties from someone else on staff—but couldn’t remember exactly who. The rumor remained a rumor.
The Texas story is more of the same. A patient—who is now dead, and thus can’t confirm the story—supposedly told a nurse, who told others at the hospital. In her video, Appleby, the health director, doesn’t claim otherwise; she says she “heard a heartbreaking story this week.” In a related interview for a local station, Appleby describes hearing about parties in which “someone will be diagnosed with the disease and they’ll have a party to invite their friends over to see if they can beat the disease.”
News organizations, including The New York Times, have reported the story without trying to get to the bottom of it, or even finding out basic information such as where or when the alleged party took place. Some even create a false sense of certainty by crafting headlines that omit the source of the claim, like ABC News’s “30-Year-Old Dies After Attending ‘COVID Party’ Thinking Virus Was a ‘Hoax.’”
When I reached out to the hospital for comment, communications director Cheri Love-Moceri told me that Appleby wasn’t available and had “shared all that she is able to regarding this patient.” She also said the hospital couldn’t share the name of the nurse who reported the death bed confession.
Like any urban legend, the Covid party narrative changes slightly with each telling. Until this latest iteration, the events have almost always been described—or imagined—as if they were analogous to the “pox parties” of old, where people tried to catch a virus, and become immune, so as to “get it over with.”
If the victim really thought the pandemic was a hoax, why would he have been hoping for the antibodies? So now the Covid party concept has expanded. Thus The New York Times informs us, as if we won’t notice there’s a sly addition, that “the premise of such parties is to test whether the virus really exists or to intentionally expose people to the coronavirus in an attempt to gain immunity.” The narrative also seems to grow ever more dramatic as it’s reimagined: first, a betting pool, now a dying man’s reveal.
As the proliferation of YouTube gardening shows keeps me enthralled, I was inspired to actually put pencil to paper to plan out my fall garden. I like to do succession planting in my garden beds, since I have to get maximum use out of the space I have, but actually thinking of when and where to put the fall plants was a good exercise.

FYI - Baker Creek has a great playlist on succession planting and what to plant month by month

One of the vids I watched suggested starting with your region's expected first frost date and counting up the days you have until then to determine what you can still plant and get a harvest from.

Based on my first frost date of Oct 21, I have about 99 days. So... this morning I started brassicas in starter pots (cabbage, brussels sprouts and broccoli), planted a fresh planting of dill (so that I have blooming dill when I'm pickling later on). I'll plant more green beans for a second round this evening in the place where I pulled out all the greens that started to bolt. I'm expecting to harvest my spring cabbage very soon, so I may plant some more green beans there, too. I saw that I also had time (possibly) to get a winter squash planted (acorn-type), so added it to a front flower bed to try it out.

I also recently planted another planting of watermelon and luffa gourd (about 2 weeks ago).

I'm trying a perennial that is supposed to be a good substitute for tarragon (which I have had no luck growing) - Salad burnett (purchased seed from

My plans include using the space currently still occupied by the onions after I harvest them in the next month or so, as well as the first round of beans and cucumber (which are looking a little shabby). I also have some determinate tomatoes that will be giving up their space before long.

Future planting:
Turnips (will direct sow in August)
Rutabaga (will direct sow in August)
Carrots (end of July - will see if they germinate - might be too warm)
Fennel (end of August)
Garlic (September time frame)

My compost is still cooking, but I'm hoping it will be ready to use for adding amendment to the empty spots in beds before the next planting. The first batch is slowing down (only 110 degrees this morning after I turned it yesterday afternoon).

Emergency Preparations / Re: Survival Library
« Last post by ChEng on Today at 08:40:29 AM »
B)  Survival (After An Emergency)
    i)  General
      i)  The Boy Scout Handbook (PDF) ( - Click on Download button)
      j)  The Boy Scout Handbook, 1911 (PDF) ( - not a scan of the original book, but a close approximation from the Gutenberg file)
Cumulative Cases/Deaths per Million Population

Nation/State         Cases/mil Deaths/mil
Canada  2,865233
--- --- ---
New Jersey 20,4191,761
New York22,0171,668
Connecticut 13,3261,226
Massachusetts 16,2241,209
Rhode Island  16,507929
Washington, DC15,453805
Illinois 12,305583
Maryland 12,162550
Pennsylvania 7,841544
Delaware 13,226531
Mississippi ^x112,325420
Indiana 7,730410
Arizona ^x517,012308
Colorado 6,467300
New Hampshire 4,463288
Georgia 11,356285
Minnesota 7,584273
Ohio 5,723263
New Mexico 7,292261
Iowa 11,286239
Virginia 8,393231
Alabama 11,328229
Florida ^x113,150199
Nevada ^x29,258193
South Carolina ^x2 11,298189
Missouri 4,896185
California 8,505180
Nebraska 11,062149
North Carolina 8,365148
Wisconsin 6,345141
Kentucky 4,399141
South Dakota 8,505123
Texas ^x59,474115
North Dakota 5,829114
Tennessee ^x39,558110
Arkansas ^x29,589107
Oklahoma 5,243107
Kansas 6,948102
Vermont 2,08590
Maine 2,64785
Utah 9,36767
Idaho 6,38057
Oregon ^x12,949 56
West Virginia 2,40754
Wyoming 3,29036
Montana 1,72430
Alaska 2,10423
Hawaii 87816

Total US cases increased from >14% in a week, deaths by 4%. 

Westernized Europe and Asia are pretty stable, this appears to be mainly a problem for the lesser developed countries, at this point.

Arizona increased cases by >22%, Texas by >30%, and Florida by >36% over the same 7 days.  They're increased death rates are just getting started.
It has been interesting watching progressives on social media melt down over hydroxychloroquine this past week.  They are having a tough time deciding which is greater, their love of Cuban socialized medicine or their hatred of Trump.  That's what happens when you put politics above science.
Cuba: Early hydroxychloroquine potent against COVID-19

"We are aware of the polemics around this product. Physicians here mostly have a good opinion of the results it has achieved, provided that it is used at an early stage in low doses and only with patients without comorbidities, which could be complicated by hydroxychloroquine," Dr. Davila added.
Homesteading and Self Reliant Living / Re: What Did You Harvest Today?
« Last post by Stwood on Yesterday at 10:06:11 PM »

DIL found and picked the first few green beans, the new to me Kentucky Wonder.
First bite (raw) tastes like watermelon to me.  ??? Good taste though.
And she picked my first not quite so ripe tomato. Yea!!!!!!
Today's winner, amongst some the world's dismalest shitholes, is........

WSJ:  Scientists Hoped Summer Temperatures Would Tamp Down Covid-19 Cases. What Happened?

There are three likely reasons, public-health and infectious-disease experts said. They have to do with the current levels of immunity in the population, how the virus is transmitted and how people behave.

After running their model under several different scenarios, the researchers found that seasonal changes in climate became an important factor in limiting viral spread only after a large part of the population became immune to the virus.

“The main punchline of our paper is that at this early stage of the pandemic, lack of population immunity…dominates any climate effect,” said Rachel Baker, an epidemiologist at Princeton University and the lead author of the study.

Even though at least one study has suggested that sunlight can inactivate the virus on contaminated surfaces, scientists said it isn’t common to contract Covid-19 that way. Instead, health agencies have identified respiratory droplets as the major mode of transmission—when a sick person coughs, sneezes or speaks, they expel large fluid droplets that can transfer virus to someone else.

Which brings up the most important factor of all: Human behavior, experts said, trumps climate altogether.

The virus tends to spread best during close-up, person-to-person interactions for extended periods, they said, especially at crowded events, in poorly ventilated areas and in places where people are talking loudly, shouting or even singing.

To limit transmission, public-health experts said people should try to avoid spending extended periods in such places, including crowded indoor bars and restaurants. Public-health experts said people should don masks, stay at least 6 feet apart and practice good hand hygiene.
Boy, Jack came back from vacation with his batteries fully charged.  He is tearing done false narratives like crazy on Parler. Lots of discussion on Sweden's positive results and comparisons of US states' experiences to those of Europe.  He is throwing in some humor too like this little gem:

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