Nobody has given this gigantic ass-ache a proper name yet so we are dubbing it “The Great Struggle.” Moving on:


SUMMARY BY WEST COAST SLIPPERS (ghostwritten by East Coast Slippers): So much news every day. The Slippers Lads discuss the potential of a newly approved SARS-CoV-2 test and speculate on why Germany has such a low CFR so far (it seems that a robust healthcare system and a lot of testing has allowed them to do an excellent job of isolating vulnerable individuals). Next up is a discussion of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s latest estimates for the Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. (apparently SARS-Cov-2 is the virus and Covid-19 is the disease much like HIV is the virus and AIDS is the disease that HIV itself causes). WC remains calm and (while in no way happy about the suffering that is happening) is comfortable with the estimates Fauci is providing (100,000 to 200,000). EC, on the other hand, sees the metaphorical field of battle as drenched in a fog and is concerned that the U.S. will see many many more than 200,000 dead before this pandemic is arrested (all the while hoping that he is wrong and that our interventions will curb the disease shortly). Along the way, they take a look at this tracker which is pretty slick and gives data for every county in the country.

Lastly, the Slippers Lads take a gander at “It Took a Global Pandemic, But Generation X is Finally Getting Love” by Courtney Dabney which appeared in Paper City. WC waxes nostalgic about his childhood and recounts winning a bikeathon that he participated in to raise funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and expresses pride that several of his children are now working in grocery stores. EC listens attentively but offers nothing in kind.

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