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ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK – Part I: The Staff

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. (All rights reserved. Names and identifying information have been changed for privacy’s sake) Bob’s Facebook page shows him and his family in Florida in mid March 2020. Older parents, his wife and college age…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK – Part II: The Residents

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. (All rights reserved. Names and identifying information have been changed for privacy’s sake) Louise and Thelma each lived about 90 years before they met as roommates at Bellamy Fields. Among my theories about…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK – Part III: The Virus

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. On the head of a pin sit either a million angels or a million particles of corona virus 19. The outbreak in China is well publicized but not well understood because of the obfuscation. Had American and other international…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK – Part IV

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. "Caught in the Devil’s Bargain" Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock”` PART IV A million virus particles on the head of a pin. Got it? It’s not a hundred pins in your lungs; now it’s a thousand... It’s the…

You’ve Got A Plastic Spoon…Part V

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. ...AND THE ICE CREAM IS FROZEN... PART V The quarantine opposition is ready for a confrontation. Hoping to further obfuscate and downplay the initial failures of the viral immunization trials reported on Friday…

Sometimes as an Antidote to Fear of Death I Eat the Stars – Part VII

Rebecca Elson. Part VII When we wrestled as 8th graders on the verdant or muddy yard at the corner of North Washington and Green Ridge streets in Scranton in 1967, if Timmy or Danny got you in a headlock, you knew you were toast and you yelled…

Agent Orange meets the Novel Virus – Part X

Blowing in the Wind, Bob Dylan How many deaths will it take... They were boys in 1966, 20 +/- 2 years. Company A is now cohort A- they’re 75 years old, +/-2 they earned cohort status and medals for valor and bravery because American Air…

Prospective Contact Tracing

Benny took a break from insider trading in soon-to-fail biotech companies, particularly those with dementia and viral breakthroughs, to pivot. Among a number of “to do’s” on his list was a notion about contact tracing and high tech. NASCAR…

Benny goes to Woods Hole XIII

A. K. A. Catch and Kill or Cash and Kill Benny had a few bags of cash to drop off around Boston before he went to Woods Hole. ‘’Catch and kIll” is a tabloid term when the publisher of a tabloid calls a celebrity about whom he is prepared…

Benny figures it out and dies of complications of a virus (or the Mole in the Hole)

Benny recommended a post-doc biology woman (the fifth Jet) to an old friend and accomplice at Woods Hole years ago, knowing that one day the payoff would be monumental. Woods Hole and the Jackson Laboratory at Bar Harbor Maine are the Silicon…