FLOYD INGRAM: You're going to get a check

By FLOYD INGRAM THE PRESS REGISTER,

It looks like you are going to get another stimulus check in the next month or two.

For those that got one last time around, it looks like you will get the same amount this time.

But I don’t always trust government at any level to do exactly what it says.

Have you ever heard this phrase? “The check’s in the mail.”

Job Fair

Federal Express is to hold a job fair at the Clarksdale Expo Center Saturday, if you want a job.

I called up data earlier this week and found out Federal Express starts its drivers out at about $17 an hour and that ramps up to $22 if you professional, polite, prompt and have a healthy work ethic.

And the key word is work ethic.

I’m glad to see Federal Express come to town, but I wonder if those who are fortunate enough to land a job might not decide to move to Memphis.

Clarksdale has enough empty houses and we need more people shopping in our stores and eating in our restaurants.

Testing time

Have you noticed the huge bloom in the amount of COVID-19 cases in Clarksdale?

We pass the 500 case mark last weekend and will pass 600 this weekend.

But that is still only 2-percent of the county’s 22,628 people. And we have only had seven fatalities in the 134 days since the pandemic began.

That factors out to a local fatality rate of 0.03-percent over the past 134 days.

I personally think the recent increase in testing was sparked by people not wanting to go back to work when the check runs out on Friday.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do believe the virus is everywhere, most of us have been exposed to it at some level and it does kill young and old alike.

But driving a car is dangerous, too. I think I will just put on my seatbelt and mask and get on with my life.

Just the fact

• 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 (www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2018-2019.html).

• 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 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 authorized $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.

So your friends and mine in Washington are set to hand out another trillion as the fall elections close in.

And they say none of COVID-19 is about politics.

Floyd Ingram is the Editor of your Clarksdale Press Register and has not written a column about COVID-19 in two weeks. Call 627-2201 if you want to talk about other things going on in Clarksdale.

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