FLOYD INGRAM: Facts, funnies, high finance

By FLOYD INGRAM / THE PRESS REGISTER,

When will I write my last coronavirus column or story for your Clarksdale Press Register?

I don’t know.

I do know I will not write a column next week that even mentions COVID-19.

Next week I’ll write about Good News!

But until then, you will suffer through another eight minutes with me and this dread disease.

Just the facts

• As of this morning we have no deaths due to coronavirus in Coahoma County. We do have 21 cases of the disease reported as of Tuesday.

• As of this morning, no one at your Clarkdale Press Register, the Ingram bloodline (foreign and domestic) or anyone I have been in close contact with for the past two weeks, has come down with COVID-19.

• CDC estimates that the burden of illness during the 2018–2019 flu season included an estimated 35.5 million people getting sick with influenza, 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations and 34,200 deaths from influenza (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2018-2019.html).

• The current COVID-19 flu season is on track to be one of the worst ever. But as of April , 187,945 people have caught COVID-19 since October and 3,889 people have died. And as bad as the seasonal flu is this year, it pales in comparison to some of the biggest flu pandemics in history.

• According to the CDC, an estimated 500 million people, or a third of the world’s population, caught the Spanish Flu during the 1918-19 pandemic and between 50 million and 100 million people were killed. 675,000 died in the United States alone.

I would like to remind you that medicine and healthcare have gotten much better over the past 100 years.

• According to the CDC, approximately 1 million people around the world died from the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968, and 100,000 of those deaths occurred in the U.S.

• The CDC estimates that between 151,700 and 575,400 people died worldwide during the first year that the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus circulated. About 80-percent of those deaths are believed to have been people younger than 65, which is unusual. During typical seasonal influenza epidemics, 70-90-percent of deaths occur in people over 65.

• The CARES Act authorizes $2.2 trillion dollars in relief. A million one dollar bills laid end to end stretches 96.9 miles and it is 75.6 miles from Clarksdale to the Peabody in Memphis. A line of one billion dollar bills would go around the Earth almost four times. One trillion ($1,000,000,000,000) one dollar bills laid end-to-end measures 96,906,656 miles. This would exceed the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

Favorite Quotes

• “All my friends and grandchildren will be getting hand sanitizer in their stockings this Christmas.”

- Press Register employee

• “We will be sending all non-essential county personnel home as soon as possible.”

- Coahoma County supervisor

• “Forget coronavirus. I need it to stop raining so I can get in the field.”

- Coahoma County farmer  

• “I need that coronavirus check to get here so I can buy some new rims.”

- Kid filling up his car with gas

• “If you eat a meat sandwich and get sick, do you have bologna virus?”

- The Town Wag

The market

You can buy gasoline in Clarksdale for $1.69. That’s good news, sort of.

The coronavirus has sharply slowed global growth, leading a wide range of world stocks to post their biggest quarterly decline in more than a decade and oil prices to trade near lows not seen since 2002.

Locally, Walmart and every national restaurant fanchise and retail chain in Clarksdale is wide open for business.

But folks, I’ll say it for the umpteenth time, it’s hometown shops who are being hurt the most by this disease. They are empty of customers.

Please go spend some time and a few dollar with a friend.

Floyd Ingram is the Editor of your Clarksdale Press Register. You can talk facts, numbers and give him a quote at 662-627-2201.

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