Journal Entry 4.8.2020

17,709 new cases 
1,373 new deaths
418,044 total cases 
14,214 total deaths

This is a journal to record world events as they unfold daily during the COVID-19 global pandemic. This journal will be passed down to my children and their children, and so on. I am recording this so they can see what their ancestors experienced during this time in history. Life has been busy with HelpHospitals. We have ordered over 300,000 masks to donate to nurses and doctors in hospitals around the country while they battle this monster on the frontlines.

We are still on “shelter-in-place” lockdown in San Antonio, Texas. This week and next week we are being advised to not leave our homes under any circumstances. These will potentially be peak weeks for some states in the US. We are now training our dog Bentley to use the restroom inside on pads so we do not have to leave the house again to take her outside. I have been pretty much in isolation since I got sick on February 24th, with the exception of being admitted to the hospital for 2 weeks and outside to walk Bentley. Now, we will not step foot outside the apartment for a while. We don’t know how long that may be.

I hope to get an antibody test here soon, if I have any antibodies I can then donate plasma to help other patients sick with COVID-19. Convalescent plasma helps tremendously with the healing process for acutely ill COVID-19 patients. A biotech lab in Colorado has created an antibody test they will begin using for residents in Colorado. This will also allow those with any immunity to go back to work and restart our economy again.

190 nations infected in what has now been declared a global pandemic. Total global cases now 1,489,457, with total global deaths now 87,292. Most of Europe, the Americas and Asia are shut down, people staying in their homes and the global economy at a halt. China has restarted some of their production for exports. We will see if they have a second wave of outbreaks now that people are congregating again and going back to work. 

New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana are being hit especially hard right now. Many hospitals are at capacity, PPE is scarce, ventilators and necessary intubation medications are running out, as they were being imported from China and India. Mardi Gras in Louisiana I’m sure exacerbated the spread in Louisiana and states in the south. Same goes for Spring Break in Florida I presume, the beaches were crowded and people dispersed across the country afterwards.

In New York, 779 people have died so far today, not including an additional 195 deaths per day in homes according to NYFD . Total deaths in New York are 6,268, over double that of casualties from 9/11. These coming weeks will be the “Pearl Harbor” of our lifetime  according to our politicians and mainstream media. We are living in history at this moment, what a time to be alive. It is a harrowing, surreal, overwhelming, heavy, lonesome, difficult time for all of us humans to be living through this moment in history.

Out of all of these emotions, the one thing I am not is afraid.

  “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own puprose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” – 2 Timothy 1:6-9

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