On Friday, Dr. Fauci said we are headed toward an exponential growth curve where cases could double in one day, then double again the next. The CDC is saying there is no way to safely celebrate Thanksgiving except within your immediate bubble. Please…
Before we discuss a very serious subject, Thanksgiving and Covid, I want to update folks on our 2021 Legislative Advocacy Network meeting yesterday. Twenty five advocates from around the state refined plans for legislative advocacy focused on the NM State Senate, where bills have died year after year.
We have a plan. Now we need you.
While Retake will continue to operate its statewide alert system during the session, we are also organizing constituents of Democratic State Senators to organize a zoom conversation with their Senator in December. While bills will not have been formally introduced, we will have bill language and speaking points, we have goood contact info for all Senators, and we have a growing number District Coordinators who will organize Zoom calls with their Senators, inviting all advocates to be part of the zoom.
Retake is asking everyone interested in being part of a Zoom conversation with their State Senator to write to RetakeResponse@gmail.com and provide us your name and Senate District. If you don’t know your Senate district, you can get it by clicking here. All you need to do is provide your address and in a second you will see a picture of your State Senator smiling at you with his/her name and District Number.
We will publish our refined strategy next week after it is vetted with others.
Let’s do this.
- To review our list of bills we support, click here.
- To review our 2021 Legislative strategy, click here.
COVID Surging Out of Control; CDC Recommends Strongly
I am actually a tad uncomfortable about making such a strongly worded recommendation. All of us are adults and I am guessing most all of you read/watch the news and understand the situation. But, Friday afternoon’s NY Times Covid update was the bleakest report yet, with Dr. Fauci predicting that we are headed toward the worst phase of the pandemic and I just wanted to send this along, in case some of you are on the fence about what to do next week.
Update from Monday, Nov. 23:
As I finalizes Monday’s post, I have read of how the airlines are jammed with reservations and parts of the country are heedlessly celebrating masklessly. It occurred to me, that this post was likely preaching to the converted. I suspect most of you are trusting science and sadly planning Thanksgiving at home. But from one of our readers I was told of an email she received from a good friend, whose comment was, “I just came from a social at a friends and am planning to host Thanksgiving, too. The vaccine is coming; we’ve got this.” As this report makes very, very clear, we have not got this. It has got us and the only way we can avoid a an almost inconceivably disastrous winter, is to stay home this week.
You may understand this, but perhaps you have cousins, friends, or colleagues in other states who are going full steam ahead. Please share this link with them and ask them to cancel their plans.
The map above is our country today and from multiple reports from the CDC to other experts, what we do on Thanksgiving could make this map look, much, much, much worse. Exponentially worse. Consider this: positivity test rates in Wyoming are now at 90% and Mississippi is close to that rate at 87%.
From The NY Times Covid Report:
“Epidemiologists dread exponential growth because cases can quickly double, then double again. As the country edges closer to recording 200,000 newly detected infections a day, the numbers could become staggering.”NY Times Covid Update, November 20
The curves below are current, but consider what exponential growth means: 400,000 cases tomorrow. The projections are mind numbing.
In these conditions and with so much at stake, experts say that there is no way to celebrate Thanksgiving safely except with those within the household that lives within your personal bubble. That does not include friends or family who have been trying to stay safe, as most of us have. The trend lines above are clear. Hospitals are full to capacity and doctors are facing the horrific necessity to decide who will get treatment and who will simply die.
Fauci offered hope for which we can be thankful, the immanent release of what appears to be two very effective vaccines. But he also offered this dire comment.
From Dr. Fauci:
““this [the vaccine] should be a motivation to double down even more to get us through this until the vaccine comes to the rescue.”
Don’t take the vaccines as an invitation to throw caution to the wind, he said. “It’s kind of like the last soldier to get killed in a war when the war is going to be over soon. You don’t want to be that person.”NY Times: Dr. Anthony Fauci
Commenting upon Thanksgiving gatherings, Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician in Rhode Island, put it this way: “I hate to be apocalyptic, but it’ll be the day that will determine our trajectory for the rest of the year.”
The NY Times Covid report yesterday had quotes from numerous pandemic experts, emergency docs, and the CDC. All said the same thing: there is no safe way to celebrate Thanksgiving with anyone except those how have been living in your home in your bubble.
Retake has become a kind of community over the years and we have grown to care for all of you. Let’s stay safe next week. If you have plans that involve guests, please consider cancelling those plans. We have a responsibility as a nation to pull together.
In solidarity and hope….. we can get through this…..
Paul & Roxanne