I’m not much of a data wonk, but I can read charts that go up and down. And handily, the Washington Post & New York Times put out such charts for COVID every day.
So here is our recent history with the pandemic compressed into four simple charts.
1. Summer 2021 started well, but turned bad. By the brink of autumn, it was awful: On September 13, there were almost 176000 new cases, on that one day.
2. But then the charts took a turn for the better. That steep upward slanted line turned, and new case numbers dropped.
They kept declining for about six weeks. On November 4 the daily new cases number was down to 71300 or so. That was less than half of the September number. I couldn’t help it: my hopes got higher. Maybe we were seeing the, um, light at the end of this long gloomy tunnel?
Or did I jinx it by even thinking that??
3. Because then, the numbers started increasing again. And this morning, September 18, 2021, the daily new case number is back up to 89000+. And winter isn’t even here yet.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got the two vaxx shots, plus a booster, AND a flu shot, the supposedly extra potent one for geezers. I also wear a mask when out grocery shopping (my main entertainment), or stopping by the favorite diner (my ultra-favorite treat).
But dammit, if those numbers keep rising (again), the diner may have to slide back down on the list. I’ll hate that. And what about school for my grandson and granddaughter & pre-K for the great granddaughters? And there’s one more:
4. Beg pardon for referring to our awful political mess, but ponder this last NY Times chart:
As for me, I’m gonna shut up before my big mug of schadenfreude overflows again.
But there it is. The Big awful Truth that the even Bigger LIE is covering up.