Photo of Stencil Spraypainted Surgical Mask with Covid-19 text by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash
Photo of Stencil Spraypainted Surgical Mask with Covid-19 text by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash

As many of us head into our third month of social distancing measures, lockdown, or outright quarantine in some form, the level of frustration and desire to get back some degree of normalcy is reaching a boiling point for everyone.

Misguided protests have cropped up throughout the country, and governors are making hasty decisions to fast forward through the carefully considered guidance of our healthcare and epidemiological professionals and skip ahead to a reopening that will likely result in more trouble over the next two months.

Throughout all of this, the US has hit the grim milestone of 80,000 deaths…


Painting of Marseille during the outbreak of a pandemic in 1720 by Michel Serre
Painting of Marseille during the outbreak of a pandemic in 1720 by Michel Serre

Almost exactly 300 years ago, in May of 1720, the goods-laden merchant ship Grand-Saint-Antoine arrived in Marseille, France, having earlier made port in plague-infested Cyprus. It had recently attempted a stop in Livorno, Italy, but officials there refused it entry. As it happened, Marseille had formed a Sanitation Board in 1580 at the end of the previous plague outbreak and with it, a well-established comprehensive quarantine system for inbound ships. Said system called for members of the board to examine a ship’s crew and cargo for signs of infection, and to review the ship’s log to determine if the ship…


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As we pass the grim dual milestones of 1 million+ confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US, and 50,000+ deaths, it should be manifestly clear to all that this is not a problem about to simply recede into the woodwork any time soon. …


Two yellow metal seesaws on a powder blue base in a park
Two yellow metal seesaws on a powder blue base in a park
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

The word “quarantine” is from the Italian for “40 days”: the amount of time ships were held in isolation in 1377 during the plague, away from port, to prove that they were not carrying disease. Fitting, as it’s been that long since the NBA suspended their season — an event I consider the turning point of American awareness of how serious the coronavirus situation was about to become in all of our daily lives. In fits and starts, states have independently made determinations to issue stay at home orders, to various degrees of rigidity. …


My IgG-positive 2019-nCoV antibodies test

From an initial (probable) exposure on March 11th, to first symptoms on March 15th, it has now been 14 days since my wife Nina or I have had anything even resembling a symptom. I was only febrile that very first day, but I was still lightheaded a bit on and off two weeks ago, and it’s hard to know if that wasn’t Covid. Thus, by nearly all accounts we are now considered fully recovered, and with that it is presumed (though not guaranteed or known for certain) that some immunity is now conferred upon us.

It’s a little like being…


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The “novel” part of “novel coronavirus” is the important bit: this is a virus that literally no human being on earth had ever encountered, in any capacity, before November of 2019. It is wholly unique in its presentation to our immune system, and because of that, we’re seeing a wide range of symptoms and responses and case acuity.

I want to make a simple point and call out how misleading the idea of a “mild” case of Covid-19 is: you do not want this virus. Even when “mild,” it is an ordeal.

It would only be fair to describe my…


On March 1st, I wrote my first coronavirus/covid-19 explainer for friends and family, hoping to collate and distill information in a digestible format. That post got enough positive feedback that I’ve kept doing it every week since then. So naturally, it should follow that, of course, I’m positive for Covid-19. Of course I am. And here’s the important bit: I’ve been positive for two weeks, even though we only just got confirmation on Friday, March 26th.

How did we get here?

At this point, I have a pretty strong working hypothesis of how I personally contracted Covid-19. On Wednesday, March 11th, I met with someone…


Photo of a hand holding a small white alarm clock by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash
Photo of a hand holding a small white alarm clock by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash

For most Americans, this has been a week of awakening and recognition, and hopefully, social distancing. What initially was met with skepticism and exceptionalism by broad swaths of the country was brought into sharp relief with NBA player Rudy Gobert’s diagnosis (along with Tom Hanks) and the cascade of cancellations that quickly followed. But now, as the US confirms over 25,000 cases, that awakening is giving way to a deep-seated suspicion that will soon become confirmed: the effects of this pandemic are here to stay, and likely to stay for the duration.


This post was originally published to my personal Facebook on March 14th, 2020. Facebook removed it for being “spam” for some reason, so I’m reproducing it here and will be publishing here moving forward.

My (now weekly?) Covid-19 update, feel free to share, but I think it’s important to look ahead and see what might be on the horizon here:

What are we doing and why? And how much WORSE is it going to get?

Since my post last week where I called out that things might change quickly and aggressively for us, things have… uh… changed quickly and aggressively!

TLDR:


This post was originally published to my personal Facebook on March 8th, 2020. Facebook is marking some of my longer posts as spam, so I’m republishing them on Medium and will publish here moving forward. I’m leaving the post intact as it was published on March 8th, though the situation is evolving rapidly.

A COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus update: Just how bad is this about to get?

Thanks for everyone who read and commented on my post last week about COVID-19 and what to know. (Available here, if you missed it.) …

Chris Cardinal

Quick study. I try to assimilate information quickly, and package it up in ways that people can really digest. Run a web dev shop by day.

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