The Things I Don’t Write

I’ve written a lot about how I’m struggling with some aspects of isolation. I’ve written so much about that I’m surprised people still read what I post. I guess people are really bored. There are some aspects of all of this that I have in my head a lot but never write for a variety of reasons.

I look at the numbers for my state in detail every day when they come out. I look at all of the numbers. Positive tests, negative tests, hospitalizations, reported deaths, deaths by date of death. All of it. I calculate percentages. It is a little bit of an obsession. I’ve stopped trying to tell my wife what I’ve discovered because she was obviously tired of my analysis. I consider writing about what I see n the numbers but I don’t want to open myself up to arguments about policy.

I also look each week at the numbers in our long term care facilities. These numbers are atrocious and I think by matter in two ways: we need to do more to protect the people in LTC and we need to look at the numbers minus those to really analyze the virus in the community. When it is brought up, however, people get mad and act like talking about those numbers is insinuating that people in LTC’s don’t matter. That’s not what I am saying, but that’s what I see when other people bring it up

I could write detailed posts on all of this, but I’m not sure it would be worth it. So, I will keep watching the numbers in silence.

8 thoughts on “The Things I Don’t Write

  1. I do the same thing. KY has been doing a good job of reporting (Andy is amazing). I also have a colleague at work who is a prof in the math department who does “explain it like I’m five” videos on Facebook that break down how the trends are determined without math jargon.

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