217,185 positives in Italy. Up 0.6% – 30,201 total deaths since beginning of the outbreak.
There are 1,406 positive cases in Umbria. 71 total deaths.
1,273,887 cases in the US – 76,475 deaths.
Hi everyone! Today, I am on my blog pulpit a bit. If you don’t want to read it scroll to the bottom of this post to read my bellissimo news about our Kilometer Zero Market.
US News. I can’t resist reprinting this little tidbit.
With polls showing most consumers still afraid to venture out of their homes, the Trump administration has intensified its efforts to soothe some of those fears through a messaging campaign that relies on tightly controlling information about a virus that has proven stubbornly difficult to contain.
So…they are controlling information (i.e., deep sixing the CDC report because it recommends waiting)…this is the information that people NEED to be able to make an informed decision on their OWN health and safety. When they intentionally delude the populace into believing it is OK to resume life, knowing full well that it is NOT safe yet, they are WILLFULLY putting (intentionally misled) people in danger of catching this virus. I am astounded at the very audacity of this! And the cold calculation by trump to allow people to get sick and perhaps die, all because he wants to get re-elected. Words don’t convey…
NY Times….A useful — if chilling — way of thinking about the new phase: It’s the “trial-and-error” phase, in which different countries take different approaches and the world witnesses the results.
Human guinea pigs. Sorry for all those who will suffer and die.
European News. I just read an interesting article in the Daily KOS about Sweden. I had been wondering how they were doing since they had taken an opposite approach to most everyone else. Herd immunity. No shutdown. It has not worked out well. We must also take into account more than half of Swedes live alone. And they have top-notch universal health care…unlike in the US. Nonetheless…
If nothing else, Sweden’s alternative response to the virus was … a good control group. And what we’re learning now is that failing to shut down hasn’t just led to more deaths, but—surprise surprise!—it also didn’t prevent its economy from tanking. In fact, Sweden is poised for more economic pain than its neighbors.
Some pretty big differences between stay-at-home strategy and let ‘er rip. And remember…the economy is no better for this choice.
It is good to have a “control group”. Maybe the Swedes would not be happy being classified as such. But there you have it.
Saturday! Bright and sunny! Exciting day as the Kilometer Zero market is here today. Yesterday I observed they had painted more marks in the piazza. It was confusing to me but I see the vendors figured it out. There are 13 tents. No crafts allowed. Only food. I am so so glad to see most of the farmers have survived. It must have been hard for them. And I note many are a bit sparse in what’s on offer. That is to be expected I suppose, since you can’t hurry the plants. Here is the view from my window. Next are the Polizia Municipale watching. Finally, the posted rules for entry.
The beautiful vegetables of early spring. I’m pleased I did not miss the peas. They will be in soon a woman told me.
Then the cheese stand with the Pecorino Staggione pictures. This is aged pecorino. Excellent and sharp flavored. They also had fresher pecorinos of course.
Here is the stand for Blassi, our closest winery. They sell their wines but they are also famed for their porchetta. Here It is!
The people. Everyone is excited. The farmers and the customers. The stated rule is one meter distant from each other. Most were doing that. There were some couples shopping together. Of course we all wore masks.
I came home with carciofi – artichokes, spinace – spinach, 4 fresh uova – eggs, fava beans, and some of Luthers favorite crackers. I’ve surely missed this market more than anything except maybe freedom to walk. Happy days.
Signing off for now. Have a great weekend but keep yourselves safe. 🌈 We are the keepers of ourselves. No one else.
Hi Pauline! Thank you. It was nice to get out. I admit it makes me a little nervous that so many people are suddenly out. We will see in about 2 weeks if it’s a mistake!
So lovely to see pictures of the market, Nancy. Stay well, and enjoy the beginnings of more freedom.
You can tell I get mighty upset by what’s happening in the US. And as for Sweden, they went their own way and I was curious how it was working out. And all we can do is stay safe and at home and not help spread the virus. We have income so we can do this. I feel for those who are hurting.
Our market was great. The weather couldn’t have been better. Everyone was rejoicing.
Nancy, thanks for the numbers about Sweden. I have figured their model has been to “try” and protect the elderly, but basically just trying to keep their lives (and economy) as normal and eventually just let the elderly die of Covid. I have zero nice things to say about that (stupid and cruel) plan. I gave up on government leadership and Covid waaaaaay back in February when they could have and should have locked this country down to avoid so much death (and economic demise!). If they had been prudent in leadership early, we could trust them. Nope. On all levels: failure.
But those of us who are willing and able to stay home CAN make a difference. I rejoice that by staying home I have saved somebody somewhere.
Jealous of your market!!!!!! Buy the wine! Buy the wine!
God forbid. We MUST get him out of office and preferably get the Senate back. You’re smart to be careful. You are your own keepers. And it is on us. I’m sorry for the people who blindly follow our “leader”. 😢 thanks for writing and being ok with my rants. I know it’s my blog about being in Umbria but I care about my country too… Andrà tutto bene 🌈
Yes starting to open up ! We are not going anywhere. We here in North Carolina go to an empty park put our kayak on an empty lake go to a grocery store every 10 days and don’t listen to a darn word from Trump . Ignorance is just off the charts in 2020 America. Don’t count on America to do anything right as long as Trump and the republicans are in power . We are seriously looking at finding a way out of America if he were to be re-elected.