Covid-19 Cases Are Back To July Levels, And Rising Fast

Here we go again. Seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19 numbers are going in the wrong direction in 29 of 50 states.

Despite President Trump saying repeatedly that Covid-19 is “going away,” the data shows that the virus is not going anywhere.

The U.S. is seeing widespread increases in Covid-19 cases at the same level the country was at just after the July 4th holiday weekend, prior to the big summer surge. This has public health experts concerned that the country is heading for a third spike.

“We have a baseline of infections that vary between 40 and 50 thousand per day,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told CNBC’s Shepard Smith yesterday. “That’s a bad place to be when you’re going into the cooler weather of the fall and the colder weather of the winter.”

Meanwhile, domestic air travel has been ticking up, too. Last month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 900,000 passengers on just two days, both during Labor Day weekend, according to the agency’s throughput data. The TSA has already hit that milestone on four days in October, and the month isn’t even half over.

For Americans trying to figure out whether it’s safe to take an upcoming business or leisure trip during the latest surge, several excellent tools can help make sense of the trends.

If your travel dates are imminent, turn to the Covid-19 risk-assessment map run by Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown School of Public Health. The color-coded map provides an easy way for Americans to assess how quickly the disease is spreading in a state or county. Each community has a rating of green, yellow, orange or red, based upon the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people over a seven-day rolling average.

With coronavirus hot spots sprawling across the Midwest and Mountain West, nearly one in three states is now colored red, meaning the community is “at a tipping point” for Covid-19 infections. The number of high-risk states has jumped from four to 13 in the past month.

If your trip is still a week or more away, there is a better metric to look at. According to Dr. Fauci, the best predictor of the next hot spot is a rising positivity rate. You can consult Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 tracking map to find out which states are most likely to turn into hot spots.

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How Fast Does Your Data Travel Through The Internet?

The speed of light is approximately 300,000 kilometers per second, Did you know electrons that give use electricity also travel very close to this speed. The information travelling on the internet also travels close to this speed. The information or modulated electrons, travel somewhere around 60% of the speed of light in most conductors.

WiFi signals, which travel mostly through the air, travel much closer to the speed of light than electrons moving through copper wire. These signals can travel at the maximum recorded speed of light in a vacuum, which is approximately 185,000 miles per second.

Certain calculations show that electrons can travel through a conductor at 90 % of the speed of light. Imagine how fast these particles could travel in a vacuum. To get them to travel faster you need to apply a lot more energy. This is because the electron gets a lot more heavier, as they reach the speed of light. However light moves at 186,000 miles per second in outer space. Outer space is considered to be in a vacuum. So maybe light waves are slowed down by friction. Your sun glasses are able to block UV light waves. In fact many scientists believe it takes certain types of radiation millions of years to escape the center of the sun after millions of nuclear reactions.

The speed at which travels is very dependent on the medium it moving through. Consider there are materials that light cannot move through. Light can never go through lead or various types of metal. The light particle or waves, try to penetrate these materials. However they only hit the outer surface and become kinetic energy. This means they warm up the surface of these materials and dissipate into nothing. Maybe they become potential energy. The laws of thermodynamics would indicate this. The first law of thermodynamics is known as the law of conservation. This law states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in a contained or isolated system. The second law of thermodynamics puts an interesting twist on the first law. The second law states that the entropy of any contained or isolated system always increases.

The speed of light is measured to be 186,000 miles per second. The distance that information travels on the internet is thousands of miles in seconds. In fact the time it takes to receive information is in an instant. Of course there are various devices that slow the process down such as routers and various types of switches. However the process that slows down this method of information travel is how fast humans make decisions and are able to input their ideas into the internet. Human ideas can make the internet a good way of changing the world. However the internet can also be a method transmitting evil ideas.

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