How the Virus Is Pushing America Toward a Better Future

Pessimism is the mood of the day, with 80 percent of Americans saying the country is generally out of control. Even before civil unrest and pestilence, most Americans believed our country was in decline, Pew reported, with a shrinking middle class, increased indebtedness and growing polarization. It’s a dark hour, but the United States has … Read more How the Virus Is Pushing America Toward a Better Future

The Cloud over the Future of America’s Downtowns

America’s downtowns were on a roll. Starting to revive in the 1980s and ’90s after years of decline, they had grown to become regional engines again: destinations for entertainment, residential neighborhoods in their own right, and homes to growth in business sectors as industries like technology startups began to cluster there. Some downtowns were downright … Read more The Cloud over the Future of America’s Downtowns

5 Crucial Things You Need to Know About Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19

What can we do to limit asymptomatic spread? Any time a virus can be spread by people without symptoms, you have to turn to preventative measures. Social distancing measures and lockdowns work, but have large economic and social repercussions. These were necessary when epidemiologists didn’t know how the virus was spreading, but now we know … Read more 5 Crucial Things You Need to Know About Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19

Scary Signs

These are, at least for me, especially scary times. I refer here not principally to the covid lockdown (although that, too, is scary in its own way). Instead, I refer to the tsunami of virtue signaling now drowning the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Frank and honest disagreement with any … Read more Scary Signs

The Virus’s Uneven Path: Working-class communities face mounting economic stress

In this miserable Covid-19 spring, it’s tempting for remote workers to vent our frustrations with being hemmed in, forced to stare at screens while unable to do much else other than walk around the block or go to Costco. Yet the pain felt by the teleworking middle class is dwarfed by that of working-class Americans. … Read more The Virus’s Uneven Path: Working-class communities face mounting economic stress

A Middle Course Between COVID-19 Hopes and Fears

Despite what many people hoped, COVID-19 is clearly worse than the seasonal flu. But despite what other people feared, it does not seem to be nearly as lethal as the “Spanish flu” of 1918, which killed about 0.7 percent of the total U.S. population—equivalent to more than 2 million people today. As we move from … Read more A Middle Course Between COVID-19 Hopes and Fears

Heritage Foundation: More than half of all U.S. counties report zero COVID-19 deaths

More than half of all U.S. counties have reported no coronavirus-related deaths, an analysis by the Heritage Foundation shows. In light of the data, the Heritage Foundation created a National Coronavirus Recovery Commission to offer policy solutions to lawmakers to avert an economic depression “regardless of whether COVID-19 is suppressed in the next several months … Read more Heritage Foundation: More than half of all U.S. counties report zero COVID-19 deaths

How The Pandemic Is Upping Substance Abuse

This is a “pandemic within a pandemic,” according to addiction expert Tim Ryan, who’s watched the coronavirus outbreak exacerbate the preexistent opioid and mental health crises with devastating effect. Ryan, the star of A&E’s 2017 “Dope Man” special, is the founder of “A Man In Recovery Foundation,” which partners with Rehab.com. A former heroin addict, … Read more How The Pandemic Is Upping Substance Abuse

What is acedia, how do you pronounce it, and why does this priest tweet about it?

What should you be doing right now? If the answer is “not reading this article,” you might want to keep going. If you’re reading this article because you’re distracting yourself from something that needs to be done, you might be struggling with something called acedia. On March 2, just before the coronavirus pandemic caused shutdowns … Read more What is acedia, how do you pronounce it, and why does this priest tweet about it?

Plague-proof the U.S. with nursing home and hotel pairings?

One of my bored-in-quarantine activities is mocking Facebook friends for their faith in various Utopian government-run schemes for winning the war against the evil coronavirus. Most of these schemes require a perfectly efficient government, the elimination of the Constitutional rights of healthy young people, and a perfectly compliant population (including the 22 million undocumented). Usually … Read more Plague-proof the U.S. with nursing home and hotel pairings?

No students. No graduation. ‘Total devastation’ in college towns during coronavirus pandemic

Before the closures, no one could have imagined that for Clemson’s (South Carolina) 50-year-old downtown district. The football team’s run of championship contenders and a 30% rise in enrollment since 2010 propelled a surge on College Avenue after the 2008 economic recession and road construction that discouraged traffic through the area. Now, the open parking … Read more No students. No graduation. ‘Total devastation’ in college towns during coronavirus pandemic

U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs

A well-organized Nigerian crime ring is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis by committing large-scale fraud against multiple state unemployment insurance programs, with potential losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new alert issued by the U.S. Secret Service. U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs Related PostsHygienic fascism: Turning … Read more U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs

Kitchen Nightmares In The Restaurant Apocalypse of 2020

Restaurants never run themselves. The work routine cannot be established and then left on autopilot. The work is endless and thankless. Five percent of it, perhaps, has something to do with cooking; the other 95 percent is cleaning, budgeting, ordering, hiring, managing, filling out paperwork and paying taxes. A restaurant is not a big dinner … Read more Kitchen Nightmares In The Restaurant Apocalypse of 2020

The Swedes actually did have Covid-19 models

I’m kind of curious as to why Americans have placed such faith in the prophecies offered by epidemiologists given that epidemiology is primarily a retrospective activity and there is no historical data on how virus transmission is affected by a Western-style “porous lockdown”. It is as though people in the 1980s had decided that the … Read more The Swedes actually did have Covid-19 models

Quarantine Fatigue and the Social End to the Coronavirus Pandemic

So what might learning to live with COVID-19 look like? Keeping firmly in mind that all models are imperfect, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) model recently raised its projection of U.S. COVID-19 deaths to 137,000 by the beginning of August. In comparison, the model developed by Youyang Gu and … Read more Quarantine Fatigue and the Social End to the Coronavirus Pandemic

As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off

Images of some American farmers dumping milk, plowing under crops and tossing perishables amid sagging demand and falling prices during the deadly coronavirus pandemic has made for dramatic TV. But it’s not the whole story. “We had a reporter call here and say, ‘We want to see some produce rotting in the field and milk … Read more As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off

Unbearable Truths About Our Current Political Moment – “hygienic fascism”

Sometimes the truth is like mythical kryptonite. It radiates power and yet promises great destruction. And so reality is to be left alone, encased in lead, and kept at bay. Take the Chinese genesis of the COVID-19 epidemic. We started in February with the usual Chinese deceptions about their role in the birth, transmission, and … Read more Unbearable Truths About Our Current Political Moment – “hygienic fascism”

Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

Writing in this magazine a month ago, I applauded the government’s stated aim of trying to follow the science in dealing with Covid. Such promises are easier made than kept. Following science means understanding science. It means engaging with rival interpretations of the limited data in order to tease out what is most important in … Read more Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

Early numbers show how significantly the coronavirus is devastating states’ revenue streams — and could force choices between raising taxes or gutting services and laying off public employees. Why it matters: Even as some states move toward reopening, the economic ramifications of having shut down will haunt them far into the future. When states can … Read more States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

Will This Novel Virus Revive Older Ones?

As I recently wrote here, and spoke about here, bans on elective surgery invoked by governors across the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many people to suffer and even possibly face fatal consequences due to delays in necessary medical care. But there are other reasons why the public health emergency has … Read more Will This Novel Virus Revive Older Ones?

Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

A three-column article in the local daily recently revealed the alarming news that Arizona State Sen. Lupe Contreras and members of his family had tested positive for the coronavirus. I wish Sen. Contreras and his family well. He seems like a good guy. But in a sane world without the hyperbolic, breathless press treatment of … Read more Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

The fallen state of experts

Today we have the “rule of experts.” Monopoly experts have the power to choose for you in one field after another, including child protective services, economic policy, and pandemic response. But if you give some humans the monopoly power to choose for other humans, you have created some dangerous incentives. The rule of experts gives … Read more The fallen state of experts

Study: Patients Low In Vitamin D Twice As Likely To Develop Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

A new study conducted at Northwestern University concludes that vitamin D may be an essential ingredient to protecting oneself from the coronavirus. The research team discovered a strong correlation between vitamin D deficiencies and mortality rates. According to the study, the lower the vitamin D levels present in a patient’s body, the more likely that … Read more Study: Patients Low In Vitamin D Twice As Likely To Develop Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

Here’s How Much New York City Is Skewing America’s Coronavirus Numbers

The thirteen New York City area counties of Queens, Kings, Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, New York, Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, Richmond, Bergen, and Union have 351,044 confirmed coronavirus cases, roughly 28 percent of the U.S.’s total of 1,244,119. These counties also account for 23,921 coronavirus deaths, roughly 32 percent of America’s total 74,844 deaths (these numbers … Read more Here’s How Much New York City Is Skewing America’s Coronavirus Numbers

‘Coronavirus, Where is Thy Sting?’ — Why This Gripping Fear is Useless

As practical vigilance has given way to paralyzing anxiety, Christians must see things in light of the Resurrection and boldly proclaim Jesus Christ’s victory over death. . . . I ask those who support the continuation of the current shutdown to respect, rather than demonize, those of us who think that the balance is too … Read more ‘Coronavirus, Where is Thy Sting?’ — Why This Gripping Fear is Useless