Facebook’s Days Are Numbered

Facebook Might Not Make its Own Pandemic

Cristal M Clark 

Facebook has always been known for not stopping hate speech, fake news and hammering down on users who didn’t really post anything offensive, just facebook bots flagged something, users get suspended for three days, but lately Facebook has allowed for hateful, racist content posted non-stop and fake news about BLM, while not paying much attention to it. The one group that has paid attention to it, advertisers. 

Facebook just so happens to be the world’s largest social media network and it is facing a massive, and by massive, I mean massive advertiser backlash over claims it’s failed to remove racist and hateful content from its platform.

Microsoft, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Unilever are among the major corporates that have halted advertising on Facebook, wiping some $60 billion worth of value from the company’s stock and piling pressure on Facebook’s already scandal-weary investors.

The funny thing is Facebook even allows Trump to post hate speech, yet for instance today I posted a comment on a private group that I am part of we were joking about the gun toting St. Louis couple, the Karen and Ken couple, the post was something like “Name this Band” my comment was “White Trash?” Earned me a three day suspension but I am white, and two posts later I saw the word “nigger” used in someone’s post in very hurtful way towards blacks, a fake news story claiming BLM is plotting to destroy America, multiple posts referring to whites as “Cracker,” several with nudity, multiple with clearly graphic sexual content that depicts intercourse, blow jobs, oral sex on women and the like, the list goes on and on. 

But why flag the term white trash? It seems to me the platform has or should have far worse posts and words they need to and should be concerned with. What about calling mask wearers sheep? Or Words like Whore, Slut, cock eating monster? I find that not only stupid but also offensive and I keep seeing that bullshit on Facebook. I mean if you are going to have your nose in the air and be self righteous shouldn’t you be stopping all of the hateful or derogatory posts or is it just a race thing because last time I was flagged it was over a meme I found that was sexual in nature but did not depict nudity, copulation or oral sex? Facebook honestly has no idea what it’s doing. 

And Facebook has been under fire from everyone from Congress, to advertisers, to its users for flagging users who post to private groups and not content that is posted and shared outside of private groups and is seen by far more users on the more public side of the platform. Policing the right users rather than the harmful users is wrong and that is leaving users eager for a new platform to move on to.  

So, amid the growing Facebook ad boycott, Dfinity, a blockchain-based cloud computing platform that was valued at nearly $2 billion in 2018, has opened up its network to third party developers that it hopes will be able to “reboot the internet” and end big tech’s “monopolization.”

The idea is rather than a single tech giant owning the personal information of its users, platforms like Dfinity could be used to build apps where the users own their own information and can truly profit from it unlike with Facebook and Twitter.

And that is gaining support and interest. Dominic Williams, founder of Dfinity: “Open versions of the most popular mega-applications will replace the most popular applications of today.” 

Dfinity has also built an open alternative to video sharing app TikTok called CanCan that it claims has been built with less than 1,000 lines of code, compared to Facebook’s 62 million lines of code to highlight what it calls the “simplicity of building the next generation of mega-applications” on its blockchain-based network.

Dfinity, is aiming to make its network available to the public in the fourth quarter of 2020 and if you are like me, tired of FaceBook and looking for a new social media platform, keep your eyes open for Dfinity to roll out later this year. 

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It’s Time for Donald Trump to Get With the Program and Support It

Or It’s Time for Donald Trump to Step Down

Cristal M Clark 

Now that the U.S. President has a warrant for his arrest you’d think he’d be more than willing to actually get with the program but no, he’s running around tweeting clips of his racist supporters yelling out racial slurs then claiming ignorance about knowing about the racial slurs before he sent the tweet. 

I call bullshit as I am sure many of the rest of you do, he loves stirring the race pot. 

But where he has totally lost and fallen flat is on the Coronavirus, his refusal to wear a mask or at the very least mandate it in all 50 states as well as rush to reopen has left experts shaking their heads. 

What’s more is that doctors and scientists are begging the public to listen to them rather than the President when it comes to health and public safety. 

Here we have 8 recent incidents of people in the public refusing to wear a mask who had complete temper tantrums like our president does, honestly 2 year olds behave better. 

We had the lady from Trader Joes in Hollywood, CA who was caught screaming on video at employees who asked her to put on a mask, she claimed a medical condition but in the end on the video she is heard screaming “Democratic pigs.” So much for her medical condition, this is an argument that simply has no truth to it, Coronavirus and the precautions needed to slow the spread are neither Republican nor Democratic. 

Next, A vile woman in New York was spotted in a bagel shop not wearing a mask, when a concerned customer mentioned it to an employee the vile woman overheard and walked right up to the customer who was concerned and coughed on her. Thankfully an onlooker got it on video and has shared it on facebook. Honestly, I would have decked the disgusting bitch. 

Over in Dallas, Texas at a fiesta Market a woman was asked to put on a mask, her response was to start throwing the food from her cart onto the supermarket floor whilst she belittled and screamed at anyone she could. Yes a grown ass woman. 

Down in Florida, which by the way has more cases currently than they can even handle counting accurately, because they refused to adhere to social distancing, wearing facemasks, and opened too quickly. A man was spotted in a WalMart not wearing a mask when he was asked to put one on, he began to charge and shove employees, then took off running through the store whilst dodging store employees. 

While over in Jacksonville, Florida a woman went into a Pier 1 Store without a mask, a cancer patient who happened to be in the store shot video of the woman being asked to wear a mask the woman was seen being defensive, gave the cancer patient the finger and walked over to her and coughed directly on her. These folks really truly capture the sickening, selfish behavior of many American’s. 

Then in an unnamed gas station a woman spat on an employee who enforced the mask rule. 

Shelley Lewis, a true American idiot, actually recorded herself going off on employees in a Gelson’s Market in Dana Point, California because she was asked to wear a mask. Shelley then asked to speak to the store manager, who also informed her that without a mask, she would have to shop elsewhere, then Shelley asked for a corporate number. Nice entitlement Shelley. 

Last for now as I am sure many, many more cases of refusal to wear a mask are happening by the minute, Amber Lynn Gilles posted a rage filled rant on FaceBook about a barista at a Starbucks in San Diego, California who had insisted Amber wear a face mask before entering the shop, this dipshit threatened to call the cops on the Barista. Well that plan also backfired because a man Named Matt Cowan started a GoFundMe page for the Barista and raised over $93,000 so far for Lenin Gutierrez, the barista. 

The one thing all of these cases have in common is that people are too stupid to realize it’s everyone’s personal responsibility to wear a face mask, to protect not only yourselves but others. 

It is not a right to expose me or anyone else to your germs, likewise it is not an infringement on your rights to be told to wear a fucking face mask. And the number one offender is our President, it’s monkey see – monkey do with that one. His staunch followers refuse to wear a face mask because he refuses, he also refuses to back the science up every time he talks about the virus. In fact, Donald Trump tells his following that the president who represents our freedom, choice, the right to choose to wear a mask and who cares for anyone’s health. His following claim they can’t breathe in them, forcing them to wear them is taking away rights or infringes on their rights, because these individuals are not educated enough to determine the difference between rights and inconvenience.

And the numbers folks, they don’t lie. The hospital numbers are going up in Florida, Texas, California, Arizona so it’s not an increase in testing driving the numbers, it’s an increase in opening states too soon and haphazardly, without regard for a virus that still has proven to be more powerful than even the President of the United States or his following who refuse to wear a mask out of nothing more than selfish and pathetically stupid ideals, no morals and zero ethics. 

Entitlement. It’s the worst. 

Florida is now refusing to release the numbers of newly hospitalized from the virus. That is without a doubt the most irresponsible move a state could make. Therefore all states should stop allowing visitors from Florida, period. Florida is also a Trump state so this does not surprise me. What was it Trump said, if we stopped testing the numbers would go way down, the virus would just go away? 

But let’s bring even closer to home on that subject, is that not the very same thing China did, the thing we and the entire world accused them of? Not being honest, not accurately reporting the numbers, do kudos Florida, you’re about to endanger every other American in every other state, if not outright knowingly killing your own just by default over your dishonesty and unwillingness to share the numbers. 

It’s time for Trump to step up, get with the program or simply step down, because those that refuse to wear masks are learning painfully so those that are not living in fear of losing perceived rights, actually care about others and wear masks and we outnumber those that refuse to, so maybe they should stay home since they are behaving like sheep right? 

As for you Mr. President, you should be paying attention to that because those that are doing the outnumbering here are also registered voters and you might be out in November, in the cold. 

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Russia Offered Bounties to Taliban For American Soldiers

U.S. President Donald Trump Claims Ignorance

Cristal M Clark 

First Trump goes on TV and informs the US that Biden will be our new President and now this? For a guy who claims to know everything about everything I guess Trump sat this one out. Reportedly, the Russian Military offered hard cold cash to the Taliban for murdering US Soldiers in Afghanistan. 

According to The New York Post United States officials learned months ago of a Russian intelligence unit secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for killing US and other coalition forces in Afghanistan, as peace talks to end the war continue. This is the part that seals the deal – American spies and commandos reportedly told their superiors about the plot as early as January, after discovering a Taliban outpost rife with none other than US hard, cold cash.

Trump is denying any knowledge however according to the New York Post which blackens the eye of Trump, American intelligence officials in fact told Trump about the findings in March and offered a number of options for reprimanding Russia, including escalating sanctions or issuing diplomatic complaints. Naturally Donald Trump did not choose to retaliate at all, instead ignoring what intelligence suggested was an unprecedented Russian attack on US troops and a significant escalation of the country’s support for the Taliban.

I wonder if the Putin/Trump bromance ever really did cool off? Rather than do anything trump got down on his knees and gave Russia quite literally, a blow job. 

20 Americans were killed in Afghanistan in 2019 and 4 others were killed in early 2020, though the Taliban has not attacked any American bases since February. It’s unclear which killings may be connected to the Russian plot or whether any bounties were actually paid.

Trump’s illusion of a winning streak seems to be fading. 

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White House Officials Defend Trump – Only to Fuck That Up

Trump The President of Freedoms, The Right to Choose?

Cristal M Clark 

So this morning I was watching the news when I saw a White House Official get up on live TV and try to sell the news anchors on the idea that Trump is the president of Freedoms, the right to choose when he was pressed about Trump not forcing anyone attending one of his rallies to wear facemasks. 

The comment was that he is the president of freedoms, our right to choose and if you buy that irresponsible diatribe you are just as dumb as he and his White House Officials. First of all, he is not supporting your freedoms or right to choose, he took that away the second he has anyone sign a waiver who buys a ticket to a rally agreeing not to sue should the individual get Coronavirus whilst attending his trailer park rallies. Second, what about the freedoms of those that do not want the virus? Allow me to remind everyone, wearing a mask protects you from me should I be carrying the virus, not me from anyone carrying the virus. These rally goers go home and infect a community who didn’t choose, what about their right to choose, their freedom? 

The problem with the arguments of those that defend Trump’s sickening, heartless and irresponsible behavior is that there is no excuse to endanger willfully and woefully, endanger the lives of those that attend his rallies or anyone potentially infected by those that attend his rallies. It’s pure selfish behavior and and ladies and gentlemen, rather than border walls, tariffs and any other broken promises, Trump is going to feed his hard core supporters the idea that selfish behavior is acceptable this election, no matter what even if it kills people, selfish behavior is acceptable. 

For that alone, Trump should be jailed, he is willingly endangering the lives of thousands if not more through his selfish, uneducated, outlandish behavior. This past weekend I took to the Denver Metro area asking those that were out about this November, not surprisingly, many of those that wanted to vote for Trump simply because they truly believe he can help the United States pull out of the the recession are now considering other options, the reason being is simply his behavior towards the virus and the systemic racism, police brutality and our criminal justice system that favors the wealthy and the white over the poor, black and brown. It is his behavior and honestly I agree, his behavior is outlandish, and it will come with deadly consequences. 

Standing for our freedom, our right to choose? I don’t attend Trump rallies currently, I don’t choose to be standing near someone who did and who followed the shining example of our shellfish, inept president and who now has the virus. What idiot in the White House dreamed that bullshit defense up? 

Again, rally goers actually lose rights by attending a Trump Rally and they endanger the rest of us so what about my right to not be exposed to the virus? I help take care of a 97 year old and so far Grandpa is doing quite well living at home during the pandemic, what about his rights, his freedom to not be exposed to a virus that could potentially and most likely would kill him? No? Why because he’s 97? You don’t think he has anything to contribute to society? He was one of Denver’s very first uniformed officers, he also held a seat in our City decades ago. He has a memory and a lot to contribute still. 

Now let’s get to the argument that if people are afraid they should stay home, again that is taking away their rights and freedoms, now isn’t it?  How inhumane and selfish to tell people if you are afraid to catch the virus because some in our society refuse to wear a mask, practice social distancing and feel that their rights come before yours or mine that you should stay home. Is that not what Trump, his rally goers, his White House are saying because that is precisely what I hear over and over again and quite frankly and very honestly, it highlights very brightly just how divided our nation is. We are being led by a man who is mentally ill, anyone and everyone watching him, seeing his tweets, knows that, and we all know that his mental illness is not getting better it is in fact getting worse. 

I heard a rumor last week that those close to Trump think he is just giving up, I don’t believe that, I think that he is simply too naive to see the White House and those closest to him are in fact setting him up to fail. It’s never been more clear when they go about telling the world that he is the President who defends our freedoms, our rights to choose when it will endanger others who are innocent, or when he forces rally goers to sign waivers. No, someone is advising him to make these fatal moves and decisions. 

I also happen to know that Trump sees himself like a king and if I were Trump, I’d start reading up on the fate that befell some of the worlds greatest kings and start looking at who is advising him and who he holds near and dear. 

Don’t forget, GenZ is rising and fast, some of us have been fighting for decades for the same things GenZ is now so vocal about, put our numbers with theirs and if Trump can’t change and fast, we outnumber his voters in the last election by at least 3 times if not more and quite frankly we are telling you Donald J Trump to grow the fuck up!

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104 Shot, 14 Killed Over Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago

GenZ – Enough is Enough

Cristal M Clark 

Of all of our living generations the one that grew up truly seeing a world full of violence happens to be GenZ and they are starting to speak up, out loud and in our faces, they have had enough.

Over Father’s day weekend 104 people were shot in Chicago, 14 were killed, including a 3-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl killed.

Mass shootings or just gun violence in general is what Generation Z grew up knowing, but what’s more is that they grew up in the most diverse generation humans have ever known, which is something GenZ has embraced and accepted. 

Our differences are not something that GenZ has ever looked down their noses at, black, white, brown, sex, sexual orientation or partner preference does not matter to GenZ, they accept it and they are expressing that they are simply tired of those that are unwilling to accept all human beings as just that and, they are equally tired of the gun violence that they have grown up seeing unfold around them on a daily basis. GenZ, is the generation that grew up having to be part of mass shooter drills at school. 

What’s more is that as Trump took office, GenZ stepped into one of the most politically divided worlds of our time. 

Born between 1996 and 2010, GenZ has grown up in an era where gun violence is frequent, immigration is a very debated topic and the deteriorating climate is acknowledged as a crisis. They are now coming of age during a global pandemic that is disproportionately affecting black and brown communities, and as protesters take to the streets to call out racism and police brutality as well as selfish protests demanding states re-open for no other reason than to go to a salon, get a coffee etc. 

They are watching us attack each other over basic human decency like wearing masks so as to protect each other, they also keep watching black and brown American’s gunned down at the hands of cops who do not view black or brown American’s as equals to white American’s. They have also fallen witness to a criminal justice system that punishes black or brown american’s more severely than whites. 

They have also grown up in a world that if it does not change, they will be highly unlikely to become homeowners, get out of college debt, and will witness continued violence and injustice.  

1 in 10 voters this November will be GenZ. 

They are ready to start a revolution in an effort to make this world a better place for us all. Boomers are less likely to embrace change, especially if it threatens their beliefs, comfort and is different from the 40’s and 50’s ideology.

Boomers are not an overwhelming majority, nor are racists and bigots, the one thing GenZ has on their side are the generations that came after the boomers, our majority stands right along with GenZ and those numbers at the polls are looking a lot like the revolution GenZ wants is in fact going to come to fruition. 

Let’s be clear, they are not seeking a revolution that urges violent behavior, they want a revolution that works with leaders, governments and each other to promote healthy change in this country. GenZ is very, very uniquely positioned to affect change because of social media and the way that it unites them. 

John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics: “This generation has grown up in a world that is considerably different from GenX, even Millennials. They’ve had friends, families, relationships with people who have been different than you based on whatever the difference is: socioeconomic, gender identity, and therefore, they’ve noticed that those friends and family members, even acquaintances are really no different than you as a generation. That is part of the reason they’ve been filled with so much empathy.” 

This generation truly does understand the world around them better than most of the other generations, they have opened their eyes to it where others refuse and continue to believe in things that are no longer healthy for this world, or simply because they are too selfish to care about the other human beings that happen to inhabit this planet. 

GenZ across this country have expressed their dismay with a culture that tolerates violence and are committed to learning how to combat injustice at every level, from violence to the way companies pay and take care of employees, to the way that we protest, what we protest, and how we combat injustice. 

If you are not willing to stand with GenZ to promote change in this country, you might want to step out of the way, like it or not change is and will be coming. 

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Trump Administration Fucks Up – Again to the Tune of $7.3 Million

Buy’s Plastic Tubes Made for Bottling – Soda Instead of  Medical Test Tubes

Cristal M Clark 

When you have a leader like Donald Trump running the show this makes perfect sense, I mean the man did take credit for making Juneteenth famous as most people didn’t even know what it was before he made it famous, he’s also recently stated that he’d done more for our black brothers and sisters than even Abraham Lincoln did, and just this week said that we would have less cases of Corornavirus if we stopped testing for it, the number of cases would go way down, it would just disappear. I assume so would the number of pregnancies in the nation if we just stopped testing for it, how about cancer right, just stop testing for it and the number of cases would simply drop as if it just never existed. 

WTF?

Like our inept leader the Trump administration tends to just stumble about making ridiculously stupid decisiions and mistakes. The Trump administration spent $7.3 million in taxpayer money on what they thought were test tubes needed to combat the Coronavirus, rather than properly vet the company and what they actually sell, they just flippantly spent our taxpayer money and made a rather embarrassing purchase. 

Texas based Fillakit LLC sold the administration Plastic tubes that are made for bottling soda and health officials are somewhat dumbstruck by the administration’s choice in test tubes for things like contaminated blood samples. 

To make things worse, according to former employees and ProPublica’s observation of the company’s operations, Fillakit employees do not always wear masks, gather the miniature soda bottles with snow shovels and dump them into plastic bins before squirting saline into them, all in the open air. Rendering them quite possibly contaminated already. 

Comforting right? That is just how much Donald Trump and his administration care about the citizens of this nation. 

And, I am not the only one saying that: the tubes are designed to be expanded with heat and pressure into 2-liter soda bottles, they do not fit the racks used in laboratory analysis of test samples. Even if the bottles were the right size, experts agree that the company’s process likely contaminated the tubes and could yield false test results.

Teresa Green, a retired science teacher who worked at Fillakit’s makeshift warehouse outside of Houston for two weeks before leaving out of frustration: “It wasn’t even clean, let alone sterile.” 

Officials in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and New Mexico confirmed they can’t use the Fillakit tubes. FEMA has asked health officials in several states to find an alternative use for the unfinished soda bottles.

The Trump administration’s often chaotic and frantic hiring of first-time federal contractors with little scrutiny during the pandemic shows how uneducated, inept and useless this administration truly is. The federal government has awarded more than $2 billion to first-time contractors for work related to the coronavirus many of which, like Fillakit, had no experience with medical supplies.

To put the icing the cake here, the Federal Emergency Management Agency signed its first deal with Fillakit on May 7, just 6 days after the company was formed by an ex-telemarketer repeatedly accused of fraudulent practices over the past not one but two fucking decades. Fillakit has supplied a total of more than 3 million tubes, which FEMA then approved and sent to all 50 states. If the company fulfills its contractual obligation to provide 4 million tubes, it will receive a total of $10.16 million of taxpayer dollars all wasted on shit we can’t use! 

Round of applause for Trump and his administration on this one, thanks for wasting our fucking money dipshits.

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Disgraced California Attorney Strangles Woman Throws her Overboard Cruise Ship

Lonni Kocontes Kills Ex-Wife for Money

Cristal M Clark 

Ahhh love when it’s good it’s a love story, when it’s soured and you add in the possibility of monetary gain, it becomes a story for the Oxygen Channel.

62-year old Lonni Kocontes was convicted this week of murdering his ex-wife, 52-year-old ex-wife Micki Kanesaki by way of strangling her and then discarding her body by tossing her overboard whilst on a cruise ship during a Mediterranean cruise. 

Here’s how prosecutors painted the picture: Lonni Kocontes and his wife flew to Spain and boarded the cruise ship on May 21, 2006. Four days later, the couple took a day trip to the town of Messina, Italy, and then returned to the ship. Micki Kanesaki was last seen alive on the ship around 11 p.m.

Prosecutors alleged that Lonni Kocontes strangled his wife later that night and then threw her body overboard. He later reported her missing and returned to California on May 27. Oddly that was the same day his wife’s body was found floating off the coast of Paola, Italy.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer: “The defendant thought he committed the perfect crime by throwing the victim overboard from the balcony of a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.”

Todd did not stop there: “But he made a mistake. Despite all of his painstaking planning to pick the perfect ship, the perfect room and the perfect time to commit a murder, the fact that he strangled her before throwing her overboard gave us the very evidence to convict him of murder. She couldn’t breathe in water because she was dead long before her body ever hit the ocean and when authorities found her, her cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation, not drowning. He chose the ship, he chose the balcony room and now the judge will decide his fate.”

This is where things get a little long and drug out, this happened in 2006, but Loren was not arrested until February 2013 down in Safe Harbor, Florida. 

No one apparently suspected Lonni of murder until 2008 when he attempted to transfer $1 million between various bank accounts he shared with his former wife. Soon, the FBI started investigating the money transfer and the United States Attorney’s Office eventually took possession of the accounts where everyone discovered the motive, he stood to inherit the $1 million had her death been an actual accident and had he gone about obtaining it the right way. So basically one could say Lonni made a rookie move and got caught red handed with his hand in the cookie jar. 

Lonni now faces life without the possibility of parole and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 18.

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T-Mobile-Sprint Down, Verizon and AT&T Experiencing Issues Because of It

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram Also Having Issues 

Cristal M Clark 

If you are wondering why your call isn’t going through or why your friends are not texting you back, stop because all the major carriers are having issues today because the T-Mobile network is down. T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T customers are experiencing issues placing calls across the US, according to user reports on Downdetector and on social media, of course. And that isn’t the only issue we are seeing today, Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are also seeing outages. 

AT&T and Verizon are pointing the finger at T-Mobile but the reality is, all the major carriers are having issues today.  Sprint, now a subsidiary of T-Mobile and US Cellular are both caught up in the network outage. 

As of 6:02PM ET, T-Mobile appears to be resolving the issue, tweeting that “data services are now available” and that “some calls are completing,” but it doesn’t yet have a timeline for a full fix.

But for some more fun, since around 5AM local time, users started to report issues with Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. It appears the issues have not yet been fixed. 

According to reports on DownDetector, users are reporting that both the Facebook website and Facebook Messenger were down. Instagram users also reported that direct messages were not working on the platform. WhatsApp did not seem to be having any issues. 

Facebook reports the issues have been resolved but some users are still reportedly having issues. 

Hopefully Twitter, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, AppleTV + and YouTube don’t go down. No one likes to deal with tech issues on a Monday, especially on a Monday so here’s to hoping things get resolved by morning. 

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Coronavirus Infections Surge Across the United States 

Leaving Questions Unanswered  

Cristal M Clark 

The numbers of those infected with the novel Covid-19 virus have surged as states reopen and amid the mass protests that are sweeping the nation. Within the last week 21 states have seen an increase in their average daily new coronavirus cases since reopening. 

Those states are: Wyoming, Hawaii, Alabama, Oregon, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Alaska, Texas, Vermont, Georgia, Washington and California.

Florida reported 69,069 cumulative cases Thursday, which is higher by 2.5% from the previous day. The 7 day total of 8,886 is the most since the pandemic began.

Florida is not alone sadly, Alabama, Oregon and South Carolina are also reporting some of the biggest increases. Alabama saw a 92% change in its seven-day average, while Oregon’s seven-day average was up 83.8% and South Carolina’s was up 60.3%. 

Along with the increase in infection rates, states are seeing an increase in hospitalizations, which is cause for concern. As more and more individuals become infected and spread the virus, more and more are getting sick enough to go to the hospital, which increases the chance of hospitals not being able to handle the number sick as they head in for treatment. 

Since states have started to ease stay at home orders and allow for businesses to reopen, we’ve seen inconsistencies, some states are reopening more than others and along with that people have started to ignore social distancing rules, not wearing face masks, gathering in large crowds and of course travel throughout the US. 

Then we add in the mass protests sweeping the nation and it is all fueling the fire. 

The good news is that most states are unwilling to shut down again due to the budget shortfall the nationwide shutdown caused them. The bad news is that because of the damage to the economy, more and more companies are not hiring back the workforce that they had prior to statewide shutdowns, which gives people the opportunity to go to protests, rallies, riots and the like. 

The biggest unanswered question here is why do many experts still believe that we are going to see another wave of the virus in the fall? Is that not what’s happening now? As more and more become infected by fall we may just very well hit herd immunity, if someone who had the infection is immune to it for a year or two. 

While that question is logical it’s the fact that some states have reopened pretty much everything with very lax social distancing and safety measures in place. While other states that have reopened but not fully, have more strict rules in place, so we could see yet another wave in the fall and winter months.  

The concern for many states of course our most vulnerable population, how do we protect them or do we isolate them until a vaccine is created? 

Unfortunately, isolating our most vulnerable population may be what we have to do if we are going to create jobs and get out of the recession. I know that people do not like that as an answer but we as a nation need to consider it as well as practice safety measures for the rest of us so that we do not overburden our healthcare system. 

Cristal M Clark

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