March 30, 2020

THEY CHOSE . . . POORLY. A choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead. “The outbreak has stunned county health officials, who have concluded that the virus was almost certainly transmitted through the air from one or more people without symptoms.”

Also, more argument for masks. “The World Health Organization has downplayed the possibility of transmission in aerosols, stressing that the virus is spread through much larger respiratory droplets,’ which are emitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes and quickly fall to a surface. But a study published March 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when the virus was suspended in a mist under laboratory conditions it remained ‘viable and infectious’ for three hours — though researchers have said that time period would probably be no more than a half-hour in real-world conditions.”

Plus:

Comstock marveled at the randomness of it all.

“It’s just normal random people doing things that they love to do, and all of a sudden some people are dead,” she said. “It’s very sobering.”

That’s how it works when things aren’t normal, during a war or a plague. Things aren’t normal. Better to realize that sooner than later.

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