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Harris County is having the largest case spike in Texas by a substantial margin.
But is it actually at risk of getting out of control?  Is it deadly? 
The fixation on case data without insight into where it will turn and the mortality rate is itself risky.
Harris County seems OK for now but is at more risk of too much lock than unlock.  Economic recovery is poor.

Things you might need
if you get Coronavirus:


Non-contact temperature gun – This device is the modern way to take anyone’s temperature.  Fast and if you get a good one, accurate.


Also available in most drug stores, or by mail order: 

·         Lowest priced 5-star review we could find


TRANSMISSION RATE TRACKING (warns of future outbreaks)

If R0 is above 1.0 infection grows








Pulse Oximeter – People do not realize they are not getting enough oxygen.  They don’t struggle to breathe.  But blood oxygen plummets into low 80s or 70s and they are too far gone before seeking help.  Read reviews and get one that is reliable and accurate.


These are available in most drug stores, or by mail order:

·         Low priced, good review


Also useful at high altitude, if you have pneumonia, etc.








UNLOCK PROFILE – deaths & economic cost (2nd line)

10% variation in unlock shown, green for more relock, red for more unlock

Notice that more relock in Houston creates problems next spring

Death estimates for each scenario highlighted

Humidifier – COVID-19 spreads much faster in low humidity.  If you live in a desert, or a cold climate where heating reduces humidity, and someone in your household is sick, you’ve probably already thought of wearing masks and gloves.  But did you think if using a humidifier?  Be sure to get a good one.


Usually available in department or discount stores, mail order:

This one has a 5-star rating, for large rooms, quiet, as low a price as any (I just bought one, in winter may sell out)


Texas Medical Center Data


Worldometers Data 7/1/20




·         Harris County seems to be stable.  There are not massive demonstrations.

·         A RELOCK following an optimistic unlock is clearly in evidence in recent data.  It appears to be successful in capping the active cases about at present levels.

·         Harris County transmission rate only dropped below 1.0 briefly and marginally, not consistently.  It averaged about 1.1 since mid-May, and jumped wildly in mid-June, in some cases back to the mid-March levels before full implementation of lockdown.

·         Test positivity is running around 9% implying a case ratio of 15.

·         Mortality is low.  It is mind boggling to compare the low number of deaths (see chart at left) with an area like NY (state).  Harris Co. has one 1/5th the population and 1/3rd the mortality rate and around 2 times the case ratio.  There have been 14.3 times more cases in NY but with the lower case ratio only 7 times the percentage of cases.  That would suggest a factor of 5*3*7=105 times lower deaths.  But it is only 87 times lower (currently 361 vs. 31,447), so not as mysterious as it looks.

·         Economic recovery is poor.  The current death total is about equal to the annual Harris County traffic fatality deaths (360).  The county is not shut down because of traffic deaths.  Eventual deaths will be more, but nothing that justifies putting 300,000 people out of work for a year, endangering their housing, health, retirement, etc.

·         Lockdown is very inefficient.  For every case one postpones to the vaccine period, we still get more than one case at that time, even with vaccination!

·         Travel risk is moderately high in summer and again next spring.  However, death risk is the lowest we have seen anywhere.

·         Texas medical center says ICU occupancy is about normal.  We have the capacity for many more cases.

·         Observed Profile:  MODERATE TURNING SLOW RECOVERY.   Poor economic recovery.  Compare Houston / Harris County to Texas.  Very different approach.   Why do we display moderate recovery in red?  Because more people not less are likely to die, and economic recovery is alarmingly bad.





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