April 1, 2020, and Nothing is Funny

Today is April 1, 2020 in the United States. This would normally be the day for practical jokes, in advance of the looming springtime. However, today is no time for pranks or humor.

On January 22, 2020, while in Davos, Switzerland, president Trump was asked for the first time about the Coronavirus. The first US case had just been identified in King County Washington. President Trump's reply was "We have it totally under control."

Five weeks later, on February 27, 2020, the day before the US recorded its first death from COVID-19, the president stated "It's going to disappear. One day, like a miracle -- it will disappear." The first US death occurred the next day. And we are still waiting for the miracle. It doesn't seem to be anywhere on the horizon.

As of this morning, the Johns Hopkins Global COVID-19 Survey reports that there are 190,740 reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States. It also reports that there have been 4,361 reported US deaths from COVID-19. This number of deaths is more than the number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, and more than the number of US military and civilian contractors killed in the Afghanistan war (2,440 military + 1,720 contractors = 4,160). It is rapidly approaching the number of US deaths in the Iraq War (4,424).


You can determine the number of deaths by clicking on the "US" in the left column, next to the reported cases. This will update the second from right column to show the number of US deaths. While I was typing that number went from 4,127 to 4,361, an increase of more than two hundred deaths.

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay away from other people. Praying might help as well.


  • According to the header, it is about six hours or so since I began this thread. In that 1/4 of a day, the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is rapidly approaching one million (932,000+).

    Since my first post above, the number of reported cases in the US has sprinted past 200,000, from 190,740 six hours ago to 213,372, an increase of 22,632 reported cases. For the sake of comparison, US reported cases are more than twenty times as many reported cases as there are in South Korea, which had a much more rigorous social lock down. There have been more than twice the number of reported cases in the past six hours in the US as there have been total in South Korea.

    In the past six hours, the number of reported deaths in the US from COVID-19 has increased from 4,127 to 5,099, a reported increase of almost 1,000 deaths in six hours. I had to use the number of deaths reported on the Worldometers.info website, because the deaths data on the Johns Hopkins website was not available. The number of deaths reported over the past 6 hours in the US is almost 25% more than the number of deaths reported six hours ago.

    In case anybody thought this is not a serious problem, think again.

    Stay safe. Stay home. Stay away from other people.
  • It appears that the US data is not included in the Johns Hopkins data website, at least for the time being. If that side does not display the US data, as recounted above, use the Worldometers.info website.

  • It is now about 2:00 PM EDT. About 18 hours since I last reported the current numbers of reported cases and reported deaths.

    Globally, the number of cases is rapidly approaching 1,000,000, with 981,221 total reported cases. Globally, the number of reported deaths is 50,230.

    In the US things remain dire. In the past 18 hours or so, the number of reported cases has increased from 213,372 to 226,374, an increase of 13,000 reported cases. In the past 18 hours or so, the number of reported deaths in the US has increased from 5,099 to 5,316, an increase of 217 deaths. The number of reported deaths in the US now exceeds 10% of the total deaths worldwide.

    Stay safe. Stay home. Stay away from other people.
  • As of April 1, 2020, when I created this post, the Johns Hopkins Global COVID-19 Survey reported that there had been 4,361 recorded deaths from COVID-19 in the United States. Now we have broken through the 100,000 ceiling, and appear to continue to experience 1,000+ additional deaths per day.

    CNN, calculating the number of deaths per day from the first recorded US death on February 6, 2020 to the 100,000 death plateau, announced that the US averaged 900 deaths per day, every day, to reach that 100,000 level.


    Now look at it from April 1, 2020, 54 days after the first death, when we had only 4,361 recorded deaths. From April 1, 2020 to today, May 27, 2020, 57 days have passed. In the first 54 days of deaths, the US averaged 81 deaths per day. In the next 57 days, from April 1, 2020 to today, the US has averaged 1,678 deaths per day.

    And unless God smiles on us, we can probably expect to suffer another 1,000+ deaths per day from this
    disease for the foreseeable future.

    There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Since April 1, 2020, more than one American has died from COVID-19 every minute of every day.
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