Good thing the day of the week is displayed on my watch, otherwise I wouldn’t know. “Maybe this is what it’s like to be retired” I wondered as I jogged around the block. “It doesn’t matter what day it is; tomorrow is going to be the same as today anyway.”
I did, however, listen to an interesting podcast or two today while I was gluing my snowflakes. NPR’s Planet Money had one titled “The Race to Make Ventilators,” featuring a small company that typically makes 200 ventilators/month, and how the whole game changes when a huge company like a car manufacturer gets their supply chains mobilized. It seems like a wonderfully American response to a problem. While we’re hiding in our homes to prevent infection, America is wallowing in infectious crowds, and gearing up to deal with the fall-out by mass producing ventilators. I’ve also read little news blurps about Johns Hopkins reviving an old medical technique of sharing blood antibodies from recovered patients with the uninfected to temporarily boost their immunity, with the wry commentary that with this disease, there will at least be plenty of people with antibodies. In America, we fix our problems with ingenuity, technology, and economies of scale!
On a more serious note, it’s like we’re inadvertently part of a huge global trial. Which country’s strategy will end up better in the end?