Tuesday, January 4, 2022

You'll Need to Study for NYCDOE Covid Questionnaire


As a TV reporter commented this morning - reminded her of one of those incomprehensible math riddles....

A 300 ft. train is traveling 300 ft. per minute must travel through a 300 ft. long tunnel. How long will it take the train to travel through the tunnel?

(for those who don't want to strain their eyes reading my highlighted text: 

"Yes, and I have received a negative result from a COVID-19 diagnostic test performed by a health care provider OR I am a student or school-based staff member who received two negative results from a take-home test taken at least 24 hours apart since the onset of symptoms AND have only mild symptoms (no runny nose; if cough, cough minimal and non-productive; fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication). Go to the next question. "

I tried to rewrite the criteria BUT I just couldn't figure out what the DOE was even asking!

Yes   No   I got a Negative Covid test from a health care provider.
Yes   No   I used a take home test and got 2 negative COVID tests.  I took the tests at least 24 hours apart. 
Yes   No   I had Covid symptoms, but then again maybe it was just a cold, or the sudden change in temperature, or this endless stress about the pandemic that simply caused me to think I was having symptoms, which then lead to the runny nose and a cough, which now that I think about it, was not very productive because I still had to cook for the kids and do the laundry because it wasn't until my fever set it, at least I think it was a fever as we don't have a working home thermometer anymore, thanks to the dog who mistook it for a toy, which left me in the position of really not feeling as though I should to out to CVS to get any medication, which I would have a hard time buying because the shelves have been empty so often lately because of COVID. 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Sick City on a Hill 1813

While reading this yesterday I kept asking myself  - What is this? How could it be? Fable? A fortelling? 

 (I’ve liberally edited for space and humbly ask the author’s forgiveness.)  


People were almost afraid to breathe, lest the contagion should be floating in the air,… addressed each other only at a distance; letters, when received, were fumigated and delivered by means of a stick slit at one end, being refumigated before they were opened and read; all the exterior marks of friendship were forbidden, and no one dared to make enquiries after his relations or friends, for fear of hearing that they had died."

"On August 26 [The Leader] ordered all buildings where people might gather in large numbers—churches, the commercial exchange, courts, the custom house, and the theater—to be closed. Markets were allowed to remain open, but new regulations were put in place to prevent loitering. The smell of vinegar wafted through the sparsely populated bazaars, as merchants soaked their money in the liquid to kill whatever []was thought to carry the disease…Notwithstanding these precautions, the number of deaths soared." 

"As with any epidemic, information was the chief weapon. [He] ordered the city divided into several districts and assigned deputies to make daily reports, based on household surveys."

"[He] ordered the city’s borders to be sealed and established a general quarantine in all neighborhoods. It was a bold, even foolhardy, move. He had virtually no military forces at his disposal to enforce the quarantine... All doors and windows were to remain closed. Only people in public service were permitted to leave their homes, and even they were required to have a special identification ticket. To provision the shut-down city, police and commissary officials conveyed food through each district twice a day. Meat was dipped in cold water and bread was fumigated before distribution. Each house was inspected twice daily, and anyone exhibiting signs of illness was taken to a separate surveillance area until he either died or, much more rarely, recovered."

"Despite the regulations on public gatherings, some citizens ventured outside…to watch the spectacle of their city’s ruin…A city that had imagined itself as a shining example to the outside world…had found itself building walls against the unseen dangers that could come floating in from the sea."

"Odessa had gone through the first episode of an internal struggle that would last well into the twentieth century: a conflict between a self-image of openness and grandeur and one of insularity and terror."

August 1812 – January 1813  Excerpted from Charles King’s, Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams. W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.