Corona virus 17

395 positive cases in Umbria — up 18%. 7 deaths. Up from 2 yesterday.

47,021 positive cases in Italy — up 15% from yesterday.

The positive cases in the US are already 15,219. Deaths 201. This is up precipitously since just last week.

Interestingly the virus now is seeming to sicken and kill younger people. No longer only the elderly. This should be a wake up call to all the young people who have been flaunting the new protocols suggested by our government in the US.

I’ve heard people posit that things will be better in the US, than in say, Italy. There is no reason to suggest that is correct. I’m not wishing it to be bad there but I do think the facts point to the virus being an equal opportunity disease. Matters not what race, age, gender or nationality. It will kill indiscriminately.

I have been watching the afternoon news briefings with our administration officials. Unfortunately there are mixed messages coming out which is not helpful. Some say the old medicine that used to be used to treat malaria will cure the corona virus. So far it shows limited evidence of healing the sick. Dr. Fauci, the head doctor on the Presidential team says there is no reason to believe it will be helpful. And it cannot be used unless tested and approved. It is dangerous to raise hopes unrealistically.

It is Saturday. And we still can’t go anywhere. So, what shall we do? Earlier today I caught up on the crossword puzzles I’ve not gotten to the last four days. And, of course, reading the news.

The day is beautiful and I went for a walk. My knee was needing some exercise. I made sure I was out of town in 2 minutes. Doesn’t take long. And then I walked up the river. I saw one other person, a woman who was dressed for the dead of winter. Heavy, long black wool overcoat, scarf tightly wrapped around her neck and face and a warm wool hat. This is normal, she was just being an Italian. They dress like this until June 1. Anyway, it was nice to get out and I took some pictures. The first is my favorite.

Views up and down the path…all alone…as the rules say.

The rest of the day stretches out ahead of us. I have a good book I’m reading, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. It is very thick. I think I’m on page 600 something and not nearly done yet. I may go out on the terrace for a while and clean off the mold that accumulates in winter. There is supposed to be a cold front coming thru so no working outside next week. I see a fire and a nice steak in our future.
Stay safe everyone, stay home if you at all can.
andrà tutto bene!

4 thoughts on “Corona virus 17

  1. Mary E Lawrence

    Thanks to you and your daily message! I still hope to make Italy be my retirement home – just wonder when. Here in Colorado we are in quarantine like you and so far very few people have succumbed to virus! My big fear is that soon people will begin to ‘blame’ – like our president encourages, and the homocide rate will go up! Pray that does not happen. Be safe and thanks again for sharing your journey. Mary Ellen Lawrence

  2. Brian

    Nice photos and i like your approach to presenting stats in your community each day. One question keeps surfacing…
    How did Italy get to be epicenter of coronavirus in the world? Was it slow government reaction? You have been in lockdown a while now. I hope it is working.
    Take care

  3. Nancy

    The Goldfinch is epic, but I kind of wish you had chosen something more cheery. But you will enjoy it! Thanks for the beautiful photos. Do I see a slight slowing in Italian statistics? 15% is better than 20%.
    Sleeping has become another victim of the virus for this Nancy as I watch our *stupid*CDC and citizens hurdle headlong with abandon and selfish overconfidence toward disaster. Seattle with one hospital not intimating patients over 65. Will their families be refunded the Medicare dollars they paid in over a lifetime? Of course not. But the young will have their precious beach time and parties. And then have an accident to take away the ventilator for some wise and otherwise healthy 66 year old in Seattle. Jesus help us.

  4. Joanne Qualey

    Beautiful pictures, Nancy. Feels so surreal here with the beautiful weather and scenery and no one out and about.
    Stay safe and healthy!💕

Feel the need to comment? You can do it here!