A Refresh – and Time Travel

January 1st, 2022

I sat down on Christmas Eve to refresh my site (again), anticipating using it for planned content in ’22. After all, it had been 650 days (!) since the last refresh except for occasional Twitter updates. Then, thinking about that time gap, my mind couldn’t help but go to the elephant in the room: SARS-CoV-2:COVID-19. (Wish I had something more clever and positive to call out).

COVID-19 Cases (USA) 2021-12-31

So much data collection and “analysis” has been applied to this topic that I won’t pretend to extend that here, other than to acknowledge a significant human event – and all its direct and collateral impact – since February 15th, 2020. And regardless of what we knew then and whether COVID-19 was a black swan event (Taleb criteria suggests not), who would’ve predicted this visual? Just a macro snapshot of an evolving trove of public data, but telling. Mortality rates compound this view but also may be trending positively with Omicron?

Time-traveling forward, here’s to soon-better positive trends and a move to post-pandemic (endemic?) status, including a better, data-based understanding of “long COVID.”

And seriously, wishing all a happy, healthier, prosperous – and more normal – ’22!

#covid19 #data