Thanks Dick, Texas lucked out on the Hurricane even though we badly need the Rain.Hello Jim, Thanks for asking. Archie is fine and enjoying the grandchildren with us. I hope Laura bypassed Austin and you are well. Hope to see you at the next Gathering. Best regards, Dick.
The infection fatality rate's at least 0.68% -- that is, 680 out of 100,000 infected people die. The hospitalization rate is substantially higher -- about 2300 out of 100,000 infected people. The number with symptoms is substantially higher -- about 21,000 out of 100,000 infected people. The rate of the extremely unpleasant long-haul cases (which mostly do not require hospitalization, but go on for 4 - 6 months minimum) has not been measured well but seems to be substantially higher -- it looks to be around 7,000 out of 100,000 infected people. A frighteningly large percentage of symptomatic people studied in several studies had heart damage -- on the order of 80%, so around 16,000 out of every 100,000 infected people -- sometimes despite having no symptoms of heart damage. It's a very nasty disease and it is nothing to mess around with. There's a lot of asymptomatic carriers wandering around (who may have heart damage and not know it, of course.) These are very rough numbers but are the best I could source. They may be on the low side.On our trip to Whitefish Montana/Glacier earlier this this month the passengers were about 70% Amish/Hitterite and less than half of them were wearing masks. In Whitefish everyone was masking up, many at our hotel, but when we went on a road trip seldom you saw a person with a mask. I guess with the Covid alarm and the places we have gone to, we should be dead by now, but we are both in perfect health.