In Memoriam: The Hong Kong Flu

A problem well stated is a problem half solved.


Amazon’s top-selling mask includes a legal disclaimer, letting you know it is “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.” In fact (if only anecdotal) we cannot find a single mask for sale on the site which doesn’t include this disclaimer or something substantially similar.


Robert Trump, younger brother of President Donald Trump, has died at 71. “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever.” Robert, one of four Trump siblings, was a former real-estate investment manager at the Trump organization. He is survived by the President, his wife, his sister and now-retired federal judge Maryanne Barry, and his other sister Elizabeth Grau. R.I.P.


Congress continues some negotiations on a new relief bill behind closed doors. Senator Ted Cruz reports that, should an agreement be reached, members of Congress will have 24 hours to report back to Washington.

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The Woodstock Music Festival happened 51 years ago today. The 4-day festival saw 400,000 people gather on a small farm in rural New York—no masks and no social distancing. During the same period, the Hong Kong flu was running rampant through the United States. The Hong Kong flu killed, by CDC estimates, 1 million worldwide—at a time when world populations were roughly half of what they are today. As of this writing, there are 760k worldwide deaths from COVID-19.


South Korea shut down a quarter of its medical facilities during a one-day strike in protest of the Korean government. Officials are attempting to add 4,000 new medical students over the next 10 years so it can be better prepared for another pandemic; the Korean Medical Association says there are plenty of doctors in the country already, and the group would rather not dilute its market share. South Korea is currently experiencing its highest daily case counts in more than a month.

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