December 1, 2020:
- It is speculated that the first cases began in Wuhan China, a very big and busy city. The Wuhan live animal market (also known as a "wet" market) is where the first man, a worker in the market contracted the virus (later we would learn that it was possibly from a bat, snakes or some other wildlife animals that are regularly sold at the market).
December 30, 2020:
- Dr Li Wenliang posts his first warning to the public on a medical social media message board for medical professionals. He is the first doctor of many doctors who tended to patients with a mysterious illness he thought it was SARS. Then other sources report of a "pneumonia of and unknown source".
December 31, 2020:
- More than half of the city of Wuhan in china are reported to have come down with the flu / pneumonia, all of those who visited the Wuhan Market.
January 1, 2020:
- The Chinese government shuts down the Wuhan Market in China. At this point the government believed that shutting down the market would stop the spread of the disease.
January 3, 2020:
- Dr Li Wenliang was questioned by police and forced to post an apology under duress for spreading rumors and inciting fear. This relaxed the fears of medical staff in China and put them and visiting tourist at direct risk for the virus.
January 7, 2020:
- The Chinese government gets closer to identifying the pneumonia phenomenon as a type of corona virus, but there is still a lot of mystery about the virus and how it is spreading.
January 9, 2020:
- The first death is confirmed in china. He was a 61 year old man who was a regular visitor to the Wuhan Market. 41 cases are reported in China. The Wuhan Health Commission says that the virus is not transferable by human contact. At the time they were still uncertain about how the virus was spreading because up until now most coronaviruses were transmitted from animal to animal or animal to human. This misinformation relieves the concerns of the public but leaves them more vulnerable to contamination, thus eventually killing thousands.
January 11, 2020:
- Dr Li Wenliang, the whistle blower gets a fever and gets hospitalized.
January 13, 2020:
- Thailand reports it's first case of the virus and it is the first country to get the virus outside China.
January 15, 2020:
- Japan reports it's first case of the virus.
January 18, 2020:
- Only two deaths reported in China, but there may have been more deaths that occurred while the virus was being suppressed in December 2019 that went unreported. International reports begin to emerge internationally about a mysterious virus linked to pneumonia and it was initially reported that the virus was transmitted from animal to human. This was a reasonable mistake but catastrophically deadly mistake. Unfortunately that misled people into thinking that it was not transferable by human contact. Experts were accused of playing down the seriousness of the virus later on, however, it was due to a lack of information of how it can spread. However, travelling monitoring was the only action in affect, which seemed a bit severe at the time and China was commended for taking such intense measures. Travelers could still travel anywhere in the world if they did not have a fever, which is ineffective at detecting carriers of the virus. A combination of unknowingly ineffective measures and loosing 4 weeks trying to suppress the public's knowledge of the virus is was what turned the virus into a global pandemic.
January 20, 2020:
- Over 70 confirmed cases and 2 deaths in China. The first case of the virus hit the United States in Washington state. The news finally reports that the virus declared a hazard because it was confirmed that human to human contraction was indeed possible. Sadly it was 8 weeks too late since Dr Li Wenliang blew the whistle on this. 242 global cases at this point.
- South Korea reports it's first case of the virus.
January 21, 2020:
- 314 global cases.
- 300 confirmed cases and 6 deaths in China. The virus is getting more coverage in the news as it spreads from the central Chinese city of Wuhan to cities including Beijing and Shanghai. The Chinese New Year celebration is still not cancelled! There seems to be an emphasis on the government not spreading panic among the citizens of China and the loss to businesses in the region.
January 22, 2020:
- 440 confirmed cases and 17 deaths in China. China issued travel warning as virus deaths surge. Travel is still only monitored and not banned, which would have contained the virus. But to be fair, at this point they were not aware of how many people were infected and how easily it could be transmitted. As well, many people were told that the virus was controllable. They also didn't want to panic the public. The screening process for travelers only involves monitoring temperature, which is not an effective diagnosis for those carrying the virus not showing any symptoms.
January 23, 2020:
- 581 global cases.
- The city of Wuhan is put under quarantine and all public transportation stopped. Wuhan also begins to build an on site hospital to treat patients. The knowledge about how the virus spreads is still uncertain as international reporters on location travel without masks or gloves.
January 24, 2020:
- Over 500 confirmed cases and 26 deaths in China. The Chinese New Year celebration continues as usual. People travel from all over the world to Wuhan China for the annual Chinese New Year celebration. This is why the virus was able to travel so far and so fast.
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January 27, 2020:
- 80 now dead in China with over 2700 infected. Reports are saying that the infected could be without symptoms for weeks. For many travel restrictions are for those who have fevers, in which is not an accurate determination of infection. The virus spreads more in incubation. There is also a push for people to wash their hands more often. The main symptoms are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.
- UK states a health alert.
January 30, 2020:
- The World Health Organization declared it an international health emergency due to the up cropping of 82 cases in 18 countries. Because travelling was not banned, the virus carriers which were seemingly health began to infect others after arriving abroad.
January 31, 2020:
- 9,800 cases globally.
- The UK quarantines citizens traveling from China.
- The U.S. declares a public health emergency banning non-U.S. nationals from entering the country who have traveled to China within the last 14 days. U.S. citizens possibly carrying the virus are allowed into the country but not isolated.
February 1, 2020:
- Dr Li Wenliang tests positive for the virus. Hong Kong borders are still open, worried about finances. However, it is not stopping the spread of the virus.
- Individuals who have traveled abroad are being quarantined in the UK.
February 2, 2020:
- The first death outside China in the Philippines. He was a 44 year old man from Wuhan, China.
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February 7, 2020:
- The Wuhan whistle blower Dr Li Wenliang dies at 34 of the virus after he was arrested and punished for trying to "scare" the public.
- SARS victims prepare for the worst
February 11, 2020:
- Coronavirus was named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. 43k infections globally and over 1k deaths. SARs had 800 fatalities and as of this day, it is obvious that the virus is more contagious so that makes it deadlier.
February 12, 2020:
- The virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected more than 45,000 in China. Nearly all of China's 70,000 theaters are closed as the country reels from the Wuhan virus. A reporter brilliantly traces the virus' history.
February 13, 2020:
- 243 people died from the virus in China in the last 24 hours.
- The UK is urging self quarantine as more cases emerge. 83 quarantine travelers released after two weeks.
February 14, 2020:
- An elderly Chinese man has died from the virus in France, the first fatality from the infection in Europe.
February 17, 2020:
- Armed robbers stole pallets of toilet paper in Hong Kong after citizens began panic stockpiling creating shortages. This action spreads pandemonium world wide over toilet paper. China reaches it's peak for cases of the virus.
February 18, 2020:
- Globally, 75,152 cases, 2007 deaths, 14352 recovered.
- The Chinese ambassador to the UK has denied that China tried to cover-up the early stages of the outbreak.
February 19, 2020:
- Some people are pointing out that 1720, 1820, 1920, and 2020 is a time of plague in history.
February 21, 2020:
- World Health Organisation warns COVID-19 could spread even further.
February 23, 2020:
- Around a dozen towns in Italy are in lock down as the country races to contain the biggest outbreak of the virus in Europe after a surge in cases. Italians are curtailing gatherings, but not stopping them entirely.
February 24, 2020:
- Reports are coming out about Chinese citizens speaking about COVID-19.
February 25, 2020:
- News of the possible cover-up in China of the virus are emerging.
- Switzerland, Austria and Croatia have confirmed their first cases of the virus in their countries, and the number of confirmed dead rises in Italy. Europe under risk of the virus become inevitable.
February 26, 2020:
- Reports of the virus cases emerge in the United States to individuals who had not traveled to Wuhan, indicating the spread. The first death occurs in the United States.
February 27, 2020:
- The World Health Organization announces that the virus had world "pandemic potential".
February 28, 2020:
- More stories are emerging about the toll on daily life in China.
- The United States is still not alarming the citizens based on information given by the World Health Organization that this was only a problem in certain countries and only had the potential to be a pandemic. Many YouTubers in America begin to complain that content about the virus is being deleted and or demonetized. Many people are making fun of the virus or think it's a hoax to control the public.
February 29, 2020:
- The virus has killed more than 2,900 and infected some 85,000 worldwide.
- Donald Trump has confirmed the first death from COVID-19 in the US. There are currently 22 people battling the virus in the U.S., and says additional cases are "likely". He also said that "healthy individuals should be able to recover".
March 1, 2020:
- Health Secretary of the UK, Matt Hancock says that the vaccine may be many months away.
March 3, 2020:
- Strangely, panic shoppers began stockpiling toilet paper world wide.
- In my state, Governor Doug Burgum provide an update on North Dakota's response to COVID-19. North Dakota has no cases, however 15 people under surveillance. At this point the state is just preparing for what they believe is to come.
March 4, 2020:
- At this time the U.S. announces that based on the information they have, it's not necessary to stop air travel from abroad. This might have been a mistake, allowing sick individuals to enter and spread the virus as the contaminants are not symptomatic.
March 5, 2020:
- Italy finally closes schools and universities which was two weeks too late.
- 30 new cases in the UK total to 115. Sadly the world leaders are not doing enough to stop the spread of COVID-19.
March 7, 2020:
- China still faces challenges. 70 quarantine people trapped in a hotel in China in danger as the whole 5 story building collapses. It’s said that the car dealer on the ground floor removed several load bearing walls during refurbishment.
- Over 4,600 cases reported in Italy and climbing.
March 10, 2020:
- At least 631 people have now died from the virus in Italy - an increase of 168 in a single day.
- UK Health Minister, Nadine Dorris, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. COVID-19 is not a death sentence, there are survivors.
March 11, 2020:
- Italians warn that their government acted too late and suggests other countries act now as more heart breaking stories of deaths skyrocket.
- British cruise ship COVID-19 patients describe the symptoms of the virus being a dry cough, tickle or sore throat, shortness of breath, fever and the common cold can open the door to contract the virus. Recovered people say that the virus is not like the flu and starts out with mild symptoms but then blossom into a fever.
- Actors, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have contracted the virus and in isolation in Australia. Finally many Americans begin to take the virus a little more seriously.
March 13, 2020:
- President Donald Trump declares the U.S. at a national emergency. It took a while for this to happen after the country has been getting many mixed messages from the president. To be fair, this was because the nature of how the virus spreads took so long to determine.
- In my state, Governor Burgum to announce state of emergency for North Dakota. No action was taken.
March 14, 2020:
- Wuhan have spent 6 weeks of lock down. Americans are not worried and the government was way too slow to act on the virus, ignoring the state of events in China.
Personal Diary: In Downtown Fargo, the parade for St. Patrick's Day was wisely cancelled, however, the streets are full with groups of inebriated young and middle aged people. People are behaving as normal. The stores that are open, clerks are not wearing gloves and masks yet. I decided self-quarantine myself.
March 15, 2020:
- Italians have been on lock down for six days.
- Actor, Idris Elba tests positive for the virus.
Personal Diary: The first day of my self quarantine, in North Dakota. We only have one case of the virus and 7 pending tests. A lot of people are saying that the virus is a hoax and is not serious.
March 16, 2020:
- Being over 40 with COVID-19 is not a death sentence as we have a 60 year old survivor of the virus. Age is not as a big of a factor from the age of 22 - 55, but existing medical problems could be. The elderly over 80 may be the most affected.
March 17, 2020:
- Diary from China - What it is like there now.
- French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France and most European Union partners will close their borders to non-European countries for 30 days.
Personal Diary: After watching a great deal of materials on COVID-19 I personally decided to start taking notes and documenting the world's journey through this uncertain time.
March 18, 2020:
- China has no new cases of the virus today.
- There is a shortage of protective gear in the U.S., however, the gear is being thrown away after each testing. The U.S. government is asking people to only test for the virus if there are symptoms. Over 100 deaths in the U.S. as young college students not adhering the warnings going to beaches in Florida for Spring Break. The news promoted that only the elderly were in risk of dying, which is not accurate.
March 19, 2020:
- 244,517 cases globally, 10,030 deaths, and over 86,000 people with diagnosed cases have recovered
- China has turned the corner on the virus with no new cases in China. This is good news in the fight after 4 months of struggle for the country.
- News from emergency rooms in Italy and warns the U.S. Italy's deaths have surpassed China. 3,405 have died, over 200 in the last 24 hours with over 40k cases.
- Spain has 803 deaths from the virus with over 17k confirmed cases and over 900 people in intensive care.
- In the U.S. there is a focus on testing and there is a shortage of tests that takes several days to get results, however, by the time the results return, the subject could be infected, rendering the test invalid. Chloroquine, an old malaria drug, may help treat novel coronavirus.
March 20, 2020:
- Globally 245,484 cases, 11,153 deaths, 86,035 recovered.
- China has definitely turned the corner with 0 active cases in Wuhan, ground zero of the pandemic. Wuhan citizens tells U.S. what to expect in lockdown.
- The death toll in Italy keeps rising at 3,405 being the one country most ravaged by the virus.
- UK finally closes bars and restaurants.
- Sadly, Australians are at the beach taking advantage of warmer weather and in the water possibly further spreading the virus to each other and the ocean. We are not sure what the virus can do to sea life.
- Lots of people in America are in a mix between isolation and people who are not taking the pandemic serious. This is extending the length of isolation and spreading the virus.
- In NJ up to 4 members of one family has died within days of each other.
- In my state, the Governor Doug Burgum and Molly Howell, ND Dept. of Health Division of Disease Control are taking this seriously as they are preparing for what is soon to come. He says on-essential buildings "should" be closed to prevent the spread of the virus.
March 21, 2020:
- 303,001 world wide cases, 12,444 deaths, and 91,676 recovered. Some estimate that we could lose up to 10 to 15% of the world population of 7 billion people. China is at 81,304, 3259 deaths, and 71,857 recovered. Italy is in terrible condition with 53,578, 4825 deaths, and 6,072 recovered. Dr Sylvia Bignamini, the Health Director of San Francesco Clinic in Bergamo, Italy, explains that the virus spread in Italy because there was no limits set in place after the first cases were diagnosed.
- British Columbia is cracking down on isolation and tracking cases. The U.S.A. has 24,148 cases, 285 deaths and 171 recovered. The recovered are said to be those infected weeks ago outside the country. No recoveries in any state at the moment. Dr. John Campbell breaks down what we can expect based on our behaviors today globally. North Dakota has 28 cases, 3 hospitalized, zero deaths, zero recovery, and 67 being monitored.
Personal Diary: Day 7 of self quarantine. I went out for emergency groceries at 11:30am this morning. The streets were moderately empty, except for one gang of 3 men not practicing social distancing from each other and a few elderly, who typically shop early Saturday mornings. Many non essential stores were still open. I passed by a record store that was still open. As well, restaurants on Instagram are urging patrons to utilize curbside pick up or delivery to support local businesses. The problem is, who is preparing the food and are they infected. There is no way to know that people are using gloves and masks while handling the food. No one here thinks that it is important to do that right now. Later in the evening I had multiple hot flashes, joint pains, headache and felt dizzy. No cough, no fever. I am probably getting a little paranoid. I only got 4 hours of sleep the night before so it must be body stress, I hope.
March 22, 2020:
- 335, 957 cases globally with 14,362 and 97,882 recovered. At this point about 1 in 7 people infected have died from this virus globally.
- Japan still refuses to postpone the Olympic games scheduled there this summer as Olympic hopefuls are quarantine, possibly hindered worldwide.
- Italy still faces intense hardships.
- U.S.A is not prepared because it needs more testing and protective gear. President Trump is optimistic about the economy at the aftermath of the virus business shutdowns as well as other issues facing Americans.
- New York faces 15,793 cases being one third of all cases in the U.S.A. alone. New York has reported 117 deaths and no recoveries as of yet. New Yorkers are having a very hard time dealing with the virus and altering their daily lives and livelihood. Money is playing a big factor for Americans choosing work over safety precaution. Cities are shutting down worldwide.
- In my state of North Dakota, we have no new cases, but our number is up to 30, with no deaths and no recoveries. 4 of the carriers are being hospitalized.
March 23, 2020:
- Global cases, 372,563, 16,381 deaths, 100,885, recovered. So far 1 in 7 people have died from the virus, who've contracted it. The methods of transfer are obvious and yet still a mystery as we have people who say that they didn't know how they got it.
- The Olympic committee finally considering at least delaying the games not cancelling as the world fights for its life.
- Italy is still being ravaged, 63,927 cases, 6077 deaths, 7,432 recovered at nearly a 1:1 rate of death for cases at this time. Horrible.
- UK has a big problem with getting citizens tested and so the only accurate number are the number of deaths sadly at 281.
- U.S.A is at 33,404 cases, 573 deaths, and zero recovered. The country still hasn't reached the recovery threshold. Bureaucracy threatens to halt any bills to ease the American public's sense of financial security as the Senate is split on where money should go. As well many U.S. officials are saying that the public only needs to social distance in a total of 15 days, however, China needed two months to just to slow down the virus outbreak. National Guard are setting up medical stations in New York, California, and Washington.
- NY is the epicenter of the virus in America as the spread is still increasing because of the improvement of testing. Mayor De Blasio updates on New York City's response to COVID-19 every day managing hospital supplies that are overcapacity. Many people are trying to stay busy, working from home and staying hopeful.
- My state, North Dakota is holding its numbers, 30 cases, 0 deaths, 0 recoveries. There is one case in my town currently. Too close to home. A true vaccine may be available in late summer 2021, more than 12 months from now. China is lifting many of their restrictions and opening movie theaters.
March 24, 2020:
- 395,647 cases globally, 17,241 deaths, and 103,334 recoveries.
- China are hoping to remove their lock down on April 8th as life begins to slowly return to normal.
- The U.S. President said that he would like to see the country back to normal by Easter, April 12, to get the economy back on track. Experts say that the country is looking at at least 4 to 6 more weeks optimistically since the virus hit the country back in February in Seattle. Predictions say that based on what has happened in China the U.S. could hit it's peak cases by mid April and then see relief by late May.
- New York is still in dire condition.
- Louisiana deaths climb into the hundreds after celebrating Mardi Gras weeks before where many people may have contracted and spread the virus while it was in dormancy.
- The virus is still baffling because 25 year olds with no medical history of sickness are getting seriously sick too. Still, there are Americans who refuse to stay home!
March 25, 2020:
- Globally 460,250 cases, 20,857 deaths, 113,691 recoveries.
- China has 81,661 cases, 3,285 deaths and 73,773 recoveries and is slowly getting back to normal. There are still 4,603 active cases. They are still not over the virus yet.
- Italy is tragically at 74,386 cases, 7,503 deaths, and 9,362 recoveries. They may be at the peak of the virus threat and we should expect things to get better, but it is still devastating the country.
- The UK, is at 8,364 cases. They are having issues with getting testings done so there could be up to ten times as much (80k). Prince Charles was diagnosed with the virus and the queen has been isolated to keep her protected.
- In the U.S.A. 62,873 cases confirmed, 894 deaths mainly in New York. The virus outbreak could cause a possible medical drug shortage. There are 361 recovered. The news is pushing young people to understand how dangerous the virus is.
- In my area Nine new Coronavirus cases in North Dakota, total up to 45, 3 cases in my county.
The streets are moderately empty. My neighbor continues to cough violently periodically.
March 26, 2020:
- 495,250 cases globally. 20,857 deaths and 113,691 world wide. There is a population of 7.8 billion world wide. One fourth of the world is on lock down. China went up a hundred cases at 81,782 cases, 6 more deaths, and 74,181 total recoveries. Italy is holding at 74386 cases and 7503 and no new recoveries. Experts say that they may be turning the corner. Spain has 59,197 cases but the deaths are rising, over achieving China at 4145. Many of the dead are presently being kept in an empty ice rink in the country. There are 7015 recoveries. The UK, has 9962 cases, 479 deaths, and 142 recoveries. Many Britans are stuck abroad and are trying to get back home. In the U.S. there are 69,684 cases at an almost 7k rise. 1049 citizens have died and 619 recoveries. 3.28 million people file for unemployment in the past week and climbing. The Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus package and is sent to the House, which hopes to approve it by Friday. The number of infected people in North Dakota 52. 2 of those individuals live in my county.
The street are still moderately empty and my neighbor is still coughing and now also blowing his nose. Lets hope he only has a cold or hay fever.
March 27, 2020:
- Dr. John Campbell explains what the experts know about the virus the average person does not know and does not want to know.
- Globally the cases are on a steep 90k rise at 576,859 over night, 26,455 people have died (6k deaths over night) and 29,812 recovered. China has 81,897 cases, 3296 deaths and 74,720 recovered. The government re-closes theaters for precaution however the lock down in Wuhan is slowly easing after 9 weeks. There are still quarantines in affect.
- Italy has 86,498 cases. Nearly 5 thousand people died over night with 9,134 deaths total and 10,950 recovered in Italy.
- Spain has 64,059 cases, 4,934, and 9,357.
- The UK has 14,743 cases, 761 deaths, and 151 recoveries. The Prime Minister of the UK has the COVID-19.
- The U.S. has taken the lead on cases at 94,288 with 1,475 deaths and 813 recoveries. President Trump puts and emphasis that he would like all Americans to go back to work as soon as possible, however realistically the country currently has the most cases globally and rising daily. It may take one to four weeks before these cases run their course. There are many diagnosed carriers without symptoms still spreading the virus. Experts say up to 10 times as much. If those people go back to work too soon, they could be endangering lives. The President did sign the $2 trillion stimulus bill to help American citizens and businesses get assistance during the outbreak lock down, marking a historic moment for the country. The country is at a casual approach, but the worst is ahead.
- New York is looking at a possible tragedy after they run out of supplies in two weeks.
- In my state, The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed 7 new cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide total to 65. We had our first fatality this morning in Bismark. Sadly, the low numbers compared to other states is emboldening citizens. Officials recommend individuals limit social gatherings to less than 10 people and those traveling internationally or domestically and self-isolate for 14 days. Of the 65 cases 13 people are now hospitalized due to the virus. North Dakota Governor Burgum says there is no lock down order being issued at this time and hopes people will use personal responsibility. To be fair, it may already be to late. The time to lock down the city was when the first case arrived in the U.S. However he wisely signed an Executive Order closing licensed cosmetologists, tattoo studios, massage therapists and other personal service industries to close until April 6th. That is only a little more than a week.
This is my day 13. My neighbor is still violently coughing periodically. I had to leave the apartment to pick up deliveries from the office below my building. I called ahead of time and it was left outside for me. Very safe. I also had to get groceries. I completely sterilized every item entering the apartment as well as the clothing I wore. I plan to stay home for the next two weeks. My only venture out of the apartment will be to get the mail and pay the rent. I still must be extremely careful in the hallways, wear gloves, a mask and sterilize everything I come in contact with. While I was out, while I did see one woman wearing a mask and keeping her distance, I was distressed to see so many people still not socially distancing. A group of 4 women in their 30's were jogging close together, definitely not the suggested 2 meters away. City maintenance personnel were taking down Christmas lights, but gathered very close a few times to talk to each other, not observing the 2 meter rule. A store clerk, not concerned for health concerns, she said. She said that the only people at risk for "pneumonia" were the really old and young. It is so sad to see how many people are not taking this seriously enough. I can't believe this, but my neighbor had a get together with friends last night. Even if he only has a cold, why invite people over to spread his cold.
March 28, 2020:
- Globally we have 640,589 cases, 29848 fatalities, and 137,270 recovered. Droplet aerosol infections is the number one transfer of the virus. Surface contact is the next. World wide people are not staying home and crowding in places. the virus incubates for 5 to 7 days. Death may occur 2, 3, 4, and or 5 weeks after the symptom begin.
- China has 81,999 cases, 3,299 deaths, and 75,100 recovered.
- Italy has 92,472 cases and leading the number of fatalities at 10,023. They have 12,384 recovered. At this rate they are looking at a possible total of about 20,000 to 30,000 fatalities if they can't get a handle on the virus.
- Spain has 72,248 cases, 5,812 deaths, and 12,285 recovered. The ice rink acting as a temporary morgue is full.
- U.K. has 17,301 cases, 1,021 deaths, and 151 recovered.
- In the U.S.A. 112,468 cases have emerged leading the largest number globally. 1,841 people have died and 918 recoveries. Of the recoveries are Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. FDA approves new coronavirus test that can have results in minutes making it easier and quicker to test.
- In my area, North Dakota cases rising to 83 with 16 total hospitalized. Can you see the pattern?
I woke up today to the sound of a second neighbor coughing. This one is a female. Looking out of my window, it looks like people are starting to take things more seriously. It's almost a ghost town.
March 29, 2020:
- 713,171 cases globally, 33,597 fatalities, 148,995 recovered.
- China has 82,122 cases 3,304 deaths, and 75,582 recovered. They are vigil in the keeping their cities safe and perform COVID-19 tests before travelling.
- Italy has 97,689 cases, 10,779 deaths and 13,030 recovered. They may be at the peak or approaching the peak, which means the numbers should begin to stabilize soon as the country observes lock downs.
- Spain has 78,799 cases, 6,606 deaths and 14,709 recovered. They are experiencing a shortage of testing. They are stricter and the population is taking it seriously.
- UK has 19, 772 cases, 1,231 deaths and 151 recovered. They are expecting it to take 6 months before life goes back to normal.
- U.S.A. 136,880 cases, 2,409 deaths and 2612 recovered. It's about 2 to 3 weeks away from the beginning of the worst of it. The plan to stretch out the spread of the virus is not working yet and discussions of travel bans and quarantine is a consideration among states.
- CDC issues travel advisory, (not ban) travel for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
- In my state we have 98 cases, 1 death, 17 hospitalized, 18 recovered.
March 30, 2020:
- Globally we have 766,336 cases, 36,873 deaths, and 160,001 recoveries. We are on track to have 1 million confirmed cases world wide by April 4th, however there may be another million cases unconfirmed.
- China has a few more cases at 82198, 3,308 deaths and 75,923 recoveries. Their numbers are still going up, but not as rapidly. It might be the new normal, that we have cases emerge over the next year, but slowly and at a pace caregivers, (sadly) morgues and science can and keep up.
- Italy has 101,739 cases, 11,591 deaths and 14,620 recoveries. Currently, it looks like Italians have a 45% percent chance of mortality. Scientist are trying to figure out why. Is it genetics, is it diet, is it smoking and second hand smoke exposure? Are these all factors?
- Spain has 85,1985 cases, 7,340 deaths, and 16,780 recoveries.
- The U.K. has 22,448 cases, 1,411 deaths and 171 recoveries.
- The U.S. has 153,246 cases, 2,828 deaths and 5,545 recoveries. There is a chance that the U.S. could loose up to 1/4th the population. The White House extends COVID-19 guidelines (social distancing) until April 30th for the country and Dr. Fauci optimistically says that they expect more than 200,000 deaths in the country. More cases are emerging about healthy individuals with flu vaccines getting seriously sick from the virus needing hospitalization. Many Amazon and Instacart workers walking off job amid safety concerns over the virus, both services I typically use. More terrible stories of loss keep affect the nation.
- In my state, we have 11 new cases today, including the state's second death, a woman in her 80s from McHenry County with underlying health conditions who acquired COVID-19 through community spread. The number of confirmed cases in North Dakota is now at 109 positive cases; 19 total hospitalized and 19 recovered. Most of the cases are in my county, the hottest traffic in from Moorhead, Minnesota.
I woke up to my neighbors cough. Its random, but loud enough for me to hear clearly. I myself have been battling a slight sore throat since March 24th. It hasn't gotten worse, it hasn't improved.
March 31, 2020:
- 803,650 cases globally, 39,033 fatalities, 172,722 recovered. We are looking at an average 20% of the population decrease from this pandemic. 1 in 5 people may die globally from this in total (that's 1.5 billion deaths total). We must get a grasp on this soon. Not to mention the other fatalities the pandemic is causing.
- China has 82,276 cases, 3,309 deaths, and 76,204 recoveries. China will add asymptomatic cases in their overall count on April 1st, which will give us a boost in global numbers, however, become a more accurate. North Korea claims no cases at all.
- Italy has 101,739 cases, 11,591 deaths, and 14,620 recoveries.
- Spain has 94,417 cases, 8,189 deaths and 19,259 recoveries.
- U.K. has 22,465 cases, 1,412 deaths and 179 recoveries. The deaths outnumber the recoveries which is a sign that they are in the beginning stages of their fight.
- U.S.A. 164,785 cases, 3,173 deaths and 5,945 recoveries. Army Corps are constructing makeshift hospitals to help states country wide. Medical recommendations of how to treat the virus is being offered, but still mostly speculation.
- In my state, North Dakota cases has risen to 109 with 3 deaths, 19 total hospitalized, and 20 recovered.
April 1, 2020:
- Globally we have 883,225 cases, 44,156 fatalities, and 185,377 recovered.
- China has 82,391 cases, 3,316 deaths, and 76,403 recovered. Symptoms of the virus is getting clearer as per data out of China.
- Italy has 105,136 cases, 12,428 deaths, 15,729 recovered.
- Spain has 102,136 cases, 9,053 deaths, and 22,647 recovered.
- U.K. has 29,841 cases, 2,356 deaths, and 179 recovered. Prince Charles comforts his country with an address to the people.
- U.S.A. 189,753 cases, 4,090 deaths, and 7,141 recoveries. President Trump gets real with America, that things will get worse in the next two weeks. The U.S.A. has more deaths now than the tragedy of 911.
- In my area, North Dakota 142 positive cases with 3 deaths, 23 hospitalized, and 34 recovered. Local business are desperately still encouraging pickup sales. I doubt, employees are wearing masks and gloves while handling food and items being picked up. They are unaware how dangerous that still is.
April 2, 2020:
- Globally we have 1,007,977 cases, 51,485 fatalities, and 210,055 recovered. The search for the cure continues and we are discovering that the lock down or social distancing enforced is slowing down the death rate. There is a correlation between the death rate and hospital care. Philippine leader warns violators will be shot dead.
- China has 82,432 cases, 3,322 fatalities, and 72,565 recovered. We are still waiting for China's actual number of cases. 3 factories re-open.
- Italy has 115,242 cases, 13,915 fatalities, and 18,278 recovered.
- Spain has 112,065 cases, 10,348 fatalities, and 26,743 recovered.
- U.K. has 34,157 cases, 2,926 fatalities, and 191 recovered. The government is struggling to get enough testing. The number of cases are not accurate.
- U.S.A. 238,820 cases, 5,758 fatalities, and 8,889 recovered. 5 states still have not issued stay at home orders. 6.6 million file for unemployment. Authorities remove close to one million N95 respirator masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies after a Brooklyn man was caught allegedly hoarding the equipment, lied to investigators and coughed on FBI agents who confronted him. Some of the stories of the virus victims are being told. Healthy 30 year old teach and coach dies at home. Doctor sacrifices his life to help patients before dying. Seattle Washington ICU struggle to care for patients. Doctors fear or their lives. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's brother Christopher Cuomo has come down with the virus, and he talked about the symptoms of the virus.
- In my area, North Dakota 159 cases in North Dakota with 3 deaths, 28 hospitalized, and 43 recovered. 4,980 have been tested in total. There are 43 cases in my county (Cass County).
April 3, 2020:
- Globally we have 1,088,878 cases, 58,302 fatalities, and 225,438 recovered.
- China has 82,511 cases, 3,326 fatalities, and 76,760 recovered.
- Italy has 119,827 cases, 14,681 fatalities, and 19,758 recovered. The country is still struggling after 4 weeks of heartbreaking fatalities and the emotional toll it's taking on the care givers there.
- Spain has 117,710 cases, 11,009 fatalities, and 30,513 recovered.
- U.K. has 38,688 cases, 3,611 fatalities, and 205 recovered. UK's ICU are over run with people under 50 years of age. Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks on how he recovered from the virus. Prince Charles opens massive new hospital for virus patients.
- U.S.A. 270,473 cases, 6,889 fatalities, and 9,445 recovered. President Donald Trump says that the CDC is advising Americans to wear cloth masks in public although he will not wear one. Age may not be a total factor because 104-year-old WWII veteran from Oregon survived the the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, World War II, and now COVID-19 – just in time to celebrate his birthday with a social distancing party. Some people are still not taken this seriously. A bus driver complains of a woman coughing on a bus without covering her mouth and sadly he died days later. Stem therapy is being research as a possible treatment. Dr. John Campbell talks about caring for virus carrier and the possibility of viral loading as a factor.
- In my area, North Dakota 173 positive cases in North Dakota with 3 deaths, 29 hospitalized, and 55 recovered.
Personal Diary: My neighbor's coughing has become more aggressive. I myself am not certain I am not sick. I have a mild sore throat and I am feeling some mild pressure on my rib cage. No problems breathing. No fever.
April 4, 2020:
- Globally we have 1,140,327 cases, 60,887 fatalities, and 233,930 recovered.
- China has 82,543 cases, 3,330 fatalities, and 76,946 recovered. Citizens stop the city for 3 minutes to mourn those taken by the pandemic.
- Italy has 119,827 cases, 14,681 fatalities, and 19,758 recovered.
- Spain has 124,736 cases, 11,744 fatalities, and 34,219 recovered.
- U.K. has 42,441 cases, 4,320 fatalities, and 215 recovered.
- U.S.A. 278,568 cases, 7,163 fatalities, and 9,920 recovered. More recovered cases come through the virus, show us that there is some hope. New York is still the epicenter of the pandemic.
- In my area, North Dakota 186 Total cases, 3 Deaths, 63 Recovered.
April 5, 2020:
- Globally we have 1,225,360 cases, 66,542 fatalities, and 252,615 recovered.
- China has 82,602 cases, 3,333 fatalities, and 77,207 recovered.
- Italy has 124,632 cases, 15,362 fatalities, and 20,996 recovered.
- Spain has 130,759 cases, 12,418 fatalities, and 38,080 recovered.
- U.K. has 48,383 cases, 4,939 fatalities, and 215 recovered. With the number of deaths rising, some people are still not following the lockdown rules.
- U.S.A. 312,249 cases, 8,503 fatalities, and 15,021 recovered. Morgue workers in New York say they are "exhausted" by the number of dead bodies they are having to take in due to the virus. 1,000 military personel are being sent to help NYC.
- In my area, North Dakota no news reported.
April 6, 2020:
- Globally we have 1,289,380 cases, 70,590 fatalities, and 270,372 recovered.
- China has 82,665 cases, 3,335 fatalities, and 77,310 recovered.
- Italy has 128,948 cases, 15,887 fatalities, and 21,815 recovered. The health care workers are exhausted and traumatized.
- Spain has 135,032 cases, 13,055 fatalities, and 40,437 recovered.
- U.K. has 48,451 cases, 4,943 fatalities, and 229 recovered. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson admitted to the hospital. The Queen issues an address to the country. The 93 year old monarch spoke uplifting words and recalled her first speech in the 1940's.
- U.S.A. 337,971 cases, 9,654 fatalities, and 17,582 recovered. Old footage reveals that President Bush made an effort to deal with pandemic threats in 2005. The question is, what happened? Tiger in Bronx Zoo gets COVID-19 from it's human handler. It seems cats and ferrets are vulnerable to the disease.
- In my area, North Dakota 207 total cases with 3 deaths, 31 hospitalized, and 63 recovered. 6787 have been tested in total out of 600,000 population. Even Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he’s worried about neighboring states North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa that have yet to issue stay-at-home orders to try and slow the spread of the virus. Minnesota has as of today 935 confirmed cases of the virus, up 70 from the day before. My county, Cass county is one of the busiest transits between the two states and it currently has 54 cases and 1 fatality.
Personal Diary: It's pretty quiet today. Mild cold and flu symptoms. No fever or cough.
April 7, 2020:
- Globally we have 1,363,365 cases, 76,420 fatalities, and 292,425 recovered.
- China has 82,718 cases, 3,335 fatalities, and 77,410 recovered.
- Italy has 132,547 cases, 16,523 fatalities, and 22,837 recovered.
- Spain has 140,510 cases, 13,798 fatalities, and 43,208 recovered.
- U.K. has 52,302 cases, 5,385 fatalities, and 312 recovered. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is admitted into ICU overnight.
- U.S.A. 368,533 cases, 11,008 fatalities, and 19,972 recovered. Stocks are up for a second day, staving off the expected recession.
- In my area, North Dakota 225 positive cases with 4 deaths and 74 recovered.
Personal Diary: Another quiet day. Mild cold and flu symptoms. Body aches and headache. No fever or cough.
You can see the world tracker of the virus at this website for the local news in North Dakota, Valley News Live. I am documenting these series of events to document for future retrospecting and inform. Fear can only be beaten by meeting it head on, gathering all of the facts and then making a determination about the future. Let's be informed and stay safe everyone. Many thank you's to the invisible heroes of our world that we typically horribly take for granted like doctors, nurses, aides, caregivers, janitors, public transportation operators, electricians, technicians, police, security guards, store clerks, delivery personnel, and receptionists, who are work on the front lines to keep our cities going. I send well wishes and great hopes we will get through this and rise into greatness as a species.