Category: Columns

Recoveries account for 78 percent of NC’s known COVID-19 cases

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by Jon Sanders Raleigh, NC – Frightening headlines on COVID-19 in North Carolina are easiest to write when the data pass a noteworthy numerical threshold. On Monday, July 20, for example, saw the following: 1,268 new cases on 29,024 tests…

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Latest North Carolina job numbers look promising

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by John Hood Raleigh, NC – For inveterate optimists, the past several months have been excruciating. A global pandemic has produced great suffering and death. A protest movement that began with righteous anger about the death of George Floyd has…

NC COVID-19 infections far exceed cases

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – You may recall that back in early April, a panel of health analysts presented Gov. Roy Cooper with two forecasts: 250,000 COVID infections by June 1, if Cooper’s initial lockdown orders were kept in…

More mask fetish

by Kevin Roche 2020 has been marked by a distinctive tendency toward mass delusion and hysteria relating to several events, including the epidemic. I think this pre-existing human tendency is greatly exacerbated by the ubiquity of social media and smartphones.…