Good News on Covid

Covid might be over before East Lansing’s downtown mask mandate ends. Dr. Marty Makary a surgeon and professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health argued in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that it will be “mostly gone” by April. City council this week extended the ban to May 16.

https://www.newsweek.com/john-hopkins-doctor-thinks-covid-will-largely-gone-april-half-us-has-herd-immunity-1570615

I’d planned to log on to the council meeting to object, but why bother. The decision had been made.
If I’d participated, I’d have … Read more →

The Year of the Grown-Ups (and Helping Local Businesses) // Alice Dreger

Since MSU’s announcement yesterday that all undergrad classes will be online, I have heard from three different long-time East Lansing friends something along the lines of this: “Maybe this year will be the year of the grown-up downtown? And we have to save local businesses!”

So I have an idea of how to combine these! Let’s put together an organic, decentralized series of fun things to do to bring people downtown that we can do with masks and social-distancing, and encourage people to participate … Read more →

Covid Locally // Bill Weckesser

As for Covid-19 locally, so far so good for our area following the George Floyd protests and the Harper’s outbreak.

This chart comes from the Ingham County Health Department and in the aftermath of both the protests and the bar outbreak,  there hasn’t been a serious spike in hospitalizations or ICU usage.

Locally,  we’re seeing a lot more tests, more incidences but steady hospitalizations.

http://www.hd.ingham.org/Portals/HD/Home/Documents/cd/coronavirus/ICHDCOVIDstats.pdf

It’s well known that viruses tend to burn out after awhile and hopefully, that’s what our local data … Read more →

Coronavirus // Bill Weckesser

PR admin note: I had removed this post at one point – but have changed my mind and am keeping it on the site, as to stick to my initial thought of how such a post could encourage a productive conversation.

Hopefully good news in the fight against the coronavirus is permissible. In fact there’s every reason to believe that few if any of the young people who tested positive from Harper’s will need to be hospitalized nor succumb to … Read more →

Will University re-Opening Be Done Safely To Avoid Covid-19 Outbreaks? Likely Not. // Patrick Levine Rose

Will we get large Covid-19 outbreaks by having college students return to campus? Answer: Most likely yes. 

Why? Students are not likely to limit contacts outside class this Fall upon  return to school. And the mitigation strategies that are needed likely will not be in place. [Source: Study by Univ of Penn/Swarthmore Profs.]

So Universities will likely collect the tuition, bring the students back to campus, cause the outbreak, declare emergency, send the students home — a planned failure (but a profitable one). Thoughts?

The study … Read more →

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