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Fear mongers. I get tired of hearing people accuse the media of mongering fear. Wait, let me check the latest novel coronavirus figures. At 6:30 this morning, the number of people in the U.S. who have tested positive to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was 4,661. Right now, 3:30 p.m., that number is now 5,853. So, it’s grown approximately 25 percent in only nine hours. The number of worldwide deaths seven hours ago was 7,166. Right now, that number is 7,869. Approximately a 10-percent growth rate. At 6:30 this morning, the number of total confirmed cases of COVID-19 was 183,304. Now, at 3:30, that number is 196,106. So what? Approximately a growth rate of a little more than seven percent. Daily, for at least the last week, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has been escalating by approximately 25 to 30 percent per day. So, for anyone to think that those of us who live in the U.S. don’t need to find ways to stem the tide, so to speak, 30, 60 days out, that 7,869 number today is going to be a lot more. I’m asking a banker now with a compounding computer to run the numbers 30 days out: take 1,000, multiply it by 25 percent, and then keep multiplying the result at that rate for 30 days. Can’t wait to see what it comes to. I could do it manually, but don’t haven enough time. The best source for this info can be found courtesy of Johns Hopkins. Do an online search for “Johns Hopkins virus map,” and up should pop the link. Click on the map, and you’ll get the daily numbers. For sourcing, one can’t do much better than Johns Hopkins. Terrific job they’re doing. What you’re looking for is this url: The link reads: “Map – Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.” For the past week, I’ve gone there every morning and taken a photo of the map so I’ll have an illustrative record of this virus’s spread. One warning: take what you read on social media about this coronavirus with a big grain of salt, unless it’s a link to a legitimate news source. Another stupid thing that Trump did was state some weeks ago that social media was a better source for news than traditional news outlets. The social media “reporter” may well be some 30-year-old unemployed social misfit who can’t get a job, and sits ...

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