Let’s acknowledge the heroic efforts of our front line troops — all the essential workers. Everywhere I go I see strong, courageous action by residents. Life punched us all in the face. Knocked us down; left us dazed, confused, and somewhat terrified.
However, sista, although our lives have changed forever — it’s time to get back to living now. That doesn’t mean to be a coconut head and go out to eat. Our lives have changed forever. Hear me now?
SARS-CoV-2 will continue to devastate our communities. It will behave much like terrorists. Might strike commuters on a train, plane or office building at any time. Our lives have changed forever.
COVID-19 strikes the young and old. Charlotte Figi’s story touched the nation. Medical Cannabis provided her relief from her epilepsy. She lost her battle against the virus.
While there are thousands of tragic stories, we must remember we are winning. Pat yourself on the back! Seriously! Congratulate yourself. Rachel Maddow highlighted new infection and hospitalization rates on her program last night.
RATE of new infections (Apr 7) has dropped and approaches zero. Cheehooo One!!!
RATE of new hospitalizations (Apr 7) has dropped and approaches zero. Cheehooo Two!!!
Our local situation looks to follow the pattern observed in NYC, although not the magnitude of their disaster. NPR’s interactive model suggests deaths will peak April 12th with about 155 projected deaths by June. As of today, there have been six deaths.
SARS-CoV-2 hits hard. Very, very hard. But physical distancing, wearing face masks, sheltering at home where possible, and being seriously more clean as a people — works!
Officials Must Stop Being CoVidiots
Want to commend the effort of Lt. Governor Dr. Josh Green. Inspired and competent leadership. Particularly want to thank him for his work to #MaskUp our ‘Ohana. We must do more.
Dr. Green didn’t call for masking initially. He trusted the CDC. Thankfully he heard me. SARS-CoV-2 is airborne and spreads exponentially in high-density populations. Suburban and rural areas have some natural defense. Urban areas are prime targets. Masks or face coverings must be mandatory in Honolulu or other larger communities.
Honolulu bus riders — all men coincidentally — without masks. SARS-CoV-2 remain in the air in closes areas for up to three (3) hours. #MaskUp
Jason Hargrove drove a bus. He was behind the wheel in Detroit when he said a passenger began to cough. Jason died of COVID-19. Neither the governor nor mayor mandate face covering at all time. Jason died … do more need to die?
CoVidiot: Governor David FrankenIGE
- Mandatory face mask/covering policy now
- Strengthen off-island arrival quarantine protocols immediately. Don’t allow more people and additional threats at this time. Commandeer a hotel. Assign Army Research Major and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard to oversee visitor quarantines. Self-regulation is insufficient.
- Begin focusing residents on practices to strengthen their health. Around the world, individuals and subpopulations with high incidence of pre-existing health conditions are disproportionately susceptible to COVID-19 death. We can do more to build our individual defenses
Governor FrankenIGE has suspended public health monitoring of our coastal waters. He simply cannot wrap his brain around the challenges we are facing. We must protect people and the environment on all fronts.
CoVidiot: Honolulu Mayor Kooky Kirk Caldwell
Citizens just closed down Kooky Kirk’s plans to renovate Sherwood Forest in Waimanalo. Citizens kicked-to-the-curb Kooky Kirk’s privileged playground in Ala Moana Park. Kirk coddles wealthy developer donors, while ignoring local interests.
At some point, people need to alert him that a new football stadium isn’t wise in our “new normal.” Our lives have changed forever.
CoVidiot: Kaua’i Mayor Derek Kawakami
Mayor Kawakami is doing tireless, heroic work. Donated to his campaign and support him strongly. He’s over-reacted a bit at this time. Teaming the Hawai’i National Guard with KPD, the county set up check points to question drivers where they are going. Heavy-handed and immature. #MaskUp officials and patrol areas where residents gather. Recreate — do not congregate. This is a LONG war.
Officials aren’t masked, number one. Look at the long lines of traffic. Imagine how an exhausted nurse, doctor or essential worker feels sitting on the highway after dual 12-hour shifts.
Here’s a second example of failure on Kaua’i. The county is like a sports team that plays offense well but falters on defense. The National Guard demonstrates compassion and courage. Sadly, superiors are not providing wise leadership.
Cure is worse than the disease in this case. Riding in a vehicle does not put the public at risk. Not masking officers certainly does!
CoVidiot: Hawaiian Electric CEO Cruel Connie
Cruel Connie fired a leading national public health specialist working to slow the number of deaths in the opioid epidemic. Just last week, the specialist learned Hawaiian Electric refuses to return him to service. Public health professionals are not respected by corporate officials in Hawai’i. They put profits over people.
The termination of the public health worker from Hawaiian Electric is similar to the Capt. Brett E. Crozier incident. He commanded the U.S.S. Roosevelt. The captain allegedly violated Chain of Commend protocols when exposing the ship’s COVID-19 health crisis.
America is a compassionate as well as courageous nation. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly abruptly removed the captain. Modly has now resigned in shame. Hawaiian Electric kicked the worker out of their building and referred to the public health specialist as a “danger to coworkers, the company and public.”
“What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.”
Cruel Connie needs to develop empathy, wisdom and a bit of compassion. Maybe she would give Thomas Modly a call. Both should practice ‘imi pono. Modly has some free time.
Hawaii’s homeless population continues to grow, while solutions seem to decrease. SARS-CoV-2 forced officials to get to work. HPD is setting up tents as temporary shelter at this time.
Wendy Darling finds a way to laugh a bit about our “new normal.” Masking our faces will have some advantages.
Stay safe! Be patient! Remain diligent! America, if we can get officials up to speed, we got this!
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