Archive for May 3rd, 2020

Senate may be starting to ask the right questions re: testing.

May 3, 2020

“Why do we have to have symptoms to get tested?”

The Senate (but not the Congress) is scheduled to get back on the job this week.

Roughly half the senators are 65 or older … and, thus, officially in the coronavirus’ “vulnerable” group.

So, it’s understandable that they’re eager that all colleagues have a clean bill of health before returning to the Senate chambers.


Here’s the rub…


A very weird data point…

May 3, 2020

Below is the current list of the Top 10 HomaFiles posts.

WordPress — the blogging platform that I use — auto-generates the list based on total views since posting and which posts are trending.

Which is the goose among the ducks?

  1. $$$: How much house can you buy for $1,000 per month?
  2. May 2: C-19 Key NATIONAL Data
  3. May 2: C-19 Key STATES Data
  4. May 3: C-19 Key NATIONAL Data
  5. How long do you wait in line to checkout at the supermarket?
  6. How many doctors are there in the U.S.?
  7. Help Wanted: Vice President of Contact Tracing & Testing
  8. How will we know when we’ve turned the COVID-19 corner?
  9. About that forecast of 60,000 coronavirus deaths…
  10. State-by-state COVID19 Deaths – Total and Per Capita

Yep, #1, the “How much house?” post.

It’s the all-time leader in cumulative views (by a lot), so it’s a near-permanent topic in the top 10 … but it’s usually buried in the middle of the list.

My hypothesis: The post gets a lot of “over the transom” views from folks who don’t follow the HomaFiles … mostly because the question in the title of the post sorts high on Google searches.

Over time, I’ve noticed that the housing post sorts higher on the list when the housing market heats up (e.g. when there’s a significant cut in mortgage rates). That makes sense.

Maybe the current coronavirus situation (i.e. some spots are particularly hot; everybody spending more time at home) has a lot of folks thinking about moving.


P.S. You can click on the links above if you’ve missed any of the trending posts.

May 3: C-19 Key NATIONAL Data

May 3, 2020

1,672 Daily New Deaths Worldometer
> DOWN for 4 consecutive days
> 7-day trend 1,883 declining slightly 

600 NY+NJ+CT 35% of US Total            


See: How will we know when we’ve turned the COVID-19 corner?

Cumulative Deaths 
36,526  NY+NJ+CT 51% of US Total

IHME Model Cumulative US Death Projection:
72,433 by Aug. 4  Rev. DOWN 1,213 on 4/29 

click for Key STATES Data
Related Posts:

Flattening the COVID-19 curve

About that forecast of 60,000 coronavirus deaths

May 3: Key STATS Data

May 3, 2020

STATE DEATHS  Worldometer


  • GA  out of Top 12; replaced by IN
  • NY+NJ+CT = 34,546  52% of US Total
       NY+NJ+CT = 10% U.S. Population
  • Top 12 Total = 55,722 83% of US Total
      Top 12 Average = 363 Deaths per Million
      Top 12 = 48% of U.S. Population
      Bottom 39 Average = 66 Deaths/Million
  • Maryland 1,251  +52

State-by-State Data – Top 12


Related Posts:

Flattening the COVID-19 curve

How will we know when we’ve turned the COVID-19 corner?