Sickly Saturday


Atlanta ICUs at ‘full capacity’

Dr. Anthony S Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and just about the only official in the Trump administration trusted to tell the truth about the coronavirus, said last Thursday: “The system does not, is not really geared to what we need right now … It is a failing, let’s admit it.”

While we’re at it, let’s admit something more basic. The system would be failing even under a halfway competent president. The dirty little secret, which will soon become apparent to all, is that there is no real public health system in the United States.

The ad hoc response fashioned late Friday by House Democrats and the White House may help a bit, although it’s skimpy, as I’ll explain.

As the coronavirus outbreak in the US follows the same grim exponential growth path first displayed in Wuhan, China, before herculean measures were put in place to slow its spread there, America is waking up to the fact that it has almost no public capacity to deal with it.

Robert Reich @ TRUTHDIG

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24 Responses to Sickly Saturday

  1. David B Benson says:

    Worldometer now read 105.8k for the USA.


  2. David B Benson says:

    My rough-n-ready calculation of the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic agrees with this UW attempt:

    However, their estimate of hospital bed shortage is less pessimistic than mine.


  3. Micki says:

    Robert Reich is correct..

    We are allegedly the “richest nation in the world” but we have NO public health system…we have no capacity to protect the public as a whole, aside from national defense. Microbes not missiles is the lesson!!!

    As far as Trump, specifically…unfortunately for all of us, there are no Constitutional controls on COVID-19. Who would have thought Trump’s inherent incompetency would be the principal weapon of COVID-19. I’m struck by the fact that Trump is losing a battle of wits with a non-life form that has no brain. (If Michigan gives him their electoral votes, we are DOOMED FOR SURE!)

    Stay well.


  4. Micki says:

    The number of Whatcom County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, the new coronavirus, has reached triple digits, according to information released Saturday, March 28, by the Whatcom County Health Department.

    The county now has 102 positive tests, the health department said Saturday, as 10 new cases were reported. No new deaths were reported with the new data released Saturday morning.


  5. David B Benson says:

    Today 16 pedestrians, which includes one packing up to move out. Just 2 busses.

    Day 7: 195+31=226 minutes. Unimpressive.


  6. Micki says:

    Here’s what I’ve been doing with my spare time this week, along with top scientists from around the world and excellent legal work from Jorge Contreras and Mark Radcliffe.

    Go to to make the pledge

    Scientists, Lawyers Create Coronavirus IP Pledge
    March 27, 2020, 3:52 PM

    “Open COVID Pledge” seeks companies, universities’ help
    Goal is to remove IP barriers in the fight against the virus
    A group of scientists and lawyers are starting a new intellectual property pledge, hoping to spur companies and universities to release their IP in the fight against the coronavirus.

    The project, “Open COVID Pledge,” which is set to be publicly rolled out March 30, aims is to boost cooperation and make IP widely available to end the coronavirus pandemic.

    “The end goal is to get this IP released and usable by as many people as possible,” Jorge Contreras, a law professor at the University of Utah, said.

    Under the pledge, companies and universities would give free licenses to their patents, copyrights and certain other property rights to anyone developing technologies for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

    These licenses would last until a year after the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus pandemic to be over.

    “This is not intended to have companies build a business off of other people’s patents,” Contreras said. It’s a “temporary emergency measure.”

    Among those involved in the project are scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Cambridge, as well as a DLA Piper lawyer whose practice includes IP licensing, and the general counsel for the non-profit group Creative Commons. The group’s website lists 11 founders.

    “Companies might be reluctant to do this if they thought they were the only ones, so the commitment provides a way for universities and companies to feel comfortable that they are not alone,” Stanford law professor Mark Lemley, who is also involved in the project, said in an email.

    Some companies have already started to open up their IP. AbbVie said earlier this month it would allow the use of its rights related to Kaletra, an HIV drug that is being investigated as a potential treatment for coronavirus.

    Contreras said the pharmaceutical industry appears interested in the pledge. The pledge founders are also hopeful that universities— which hold many important patents around fundamental discoveries and vaccines—will sign up.

    Lemley said he hopes companies will see the importance of sharing research and materials. “I hope that they will not use IP as a tool to gain a competitive advantage in the short term at the expense of public health,” Lemley said.

    · For additional legal resources, visit Bloomberg Law In Focus: Coronavirus(Bloomberg Law Subscription)

    To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Bultman in New York at

    To contact the editors responsible for this story: Roger Yu at; Keith Perine at


    • Micki says:

      Ooops….Not my spare time…but a friend’s spare time who shared this with me, who is quoted in the article


      • David B Benson says:

        I hadn’t thought that Micki had any spare time.



        • Micki says:

          Haha! Somehow, I don’t. But, that’s the way I like it…however, I do set aside time for my “self care.”

          I walked 17,778 steps today because I find my dance card is quite empty. I have VERY rosy cheeks!

          Tomorrow, I tackle some weeds. (Or not!)


  7. David B Benson says:

    Carol, have a quarentini.



  8. David B Benson says:

    A survey of 150 leading conductors found Eroica, opus 55, to be the greatest symphony of all time. This is Beethoven’s 3rd symphony, which breaks the rules of the classical symphony into shards. One might view it as expressing Beethoven’s determination to overcome his increasing deafness, already noticeable by 1803–4 when the work was composed.

    It is appropriate for these stay-at-home days. I listened to the 1966 recording with Leonard Bernstein conducting via last Saturday’s TNYT. By hurrying they finish in just under one hour, appropriate.


  9. Den says:

    Noteworthy, I found that my recliner, which has a massage feature that when turned up to max, gyrates my lungs enough to shake loose some post nasal drip I’ve had for a month or so. It might work for those with pneumonia to work the crap up and out of their lungs if reclined. Some vibrational frequencies might work better than others, my chair does 60 cycles per second..


  10. Den says:

    When you can’t afford a new garage door but have good insurance:


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