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U.S. Coronavirus COVID-19 Death Rate INCREASED — As Of Yesterday.

by Anura Guruge


Based on numbers on the
‘John Hopkins’ COVID-19 Website
on Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 8pm.


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TODAY’s rate compared to yesterday’s.


For yesterday’s post.


In reality U.S. rate might be actually lower —
IF more tests had been done to identify more cases.

So, these numbers and rates STILL reflect inadequate testing.


I didn’t do all the countries today.

Just U.S. and Italy.

The rate is going UP. Not good.


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by Anura Guruge

U.S. Coronavirus COVID-19 Death Rate Compared To Other Countries — NOT The Best; NOT The Worst.

by Anura Guruge


Based on numbers on the
‘John Hopkins’ COVID-19 Website
on Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 8pm.


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Per total cases.


Highest rate to lowest.


Lowest rate to highest.


INTERESTING.


In reality U.S. rate might be actually lower —
IF more tests had been done to identify more cases.

So, these numbers and rates STILL reflect inadequate testing.


Italy’s death rate defines explanation.

U.K. NOT doing too well either.

Interesting to note those of Germany, Austria & Canada. Countries noted for good health care.


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by Anura Guruge

I Am Outpacing & Out Climbing All Of My Garmin Peers, Again. (SMILE).

by Anura Guruge



>The key here is that this is for my (rather advanced) age group, i.e., 65-69 (as you can see at the top). Garmin does NOT give us any clues as to how big (or more to the point, small) this group might be. For all I know there might just be a handful of us in this bracket — in which case this metric is pretty useless.

I am also mature enough to realize that there will be a larger population of non-Garmin users who walk more STEPS than I do. However, unless they happen to be a professional Sherpa in the Himalayas or a tour guide in the Alps, I doubt there are too many who climb as many floors/day as I do. And in case you are wondering, it averaged 56 floors/day over the last month. That is 560′ elevation gain each day.

As for steps, it was 15,260 steps/day over the last month. Not bad considering that half of that was in February with snow/ice on the ground and rather frigid temps.

It still makes me smile and that alone is reward enough. SMILE.


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I Had My Knee Surgery, Which Was Miraculous, A Year Ago.

by Anura Guruge


These pictures from a year ago & the screenshot below,
from today,
tell you all that needs to be told.



The picture above is a testament to my recovery. I never realized that I had walked that far. Nearly 2,000 miles.

Knee feels great. I feel great.

Dr. Charles Blitzer who performed my surgery was NOT a surgeon. He was MAGICIAN.

I sent him an e-mail today and thanked him, profusely. He responded and thanked me for my kind words.

IF you ever need knee surgery (and I hope you never do), make sure it turns out like mine.

Best thing that happened to me in YEARS!


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


Click to ENLARGE. 2-months ago, Dec. 28, 2019.


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by Anura Guruge

I Busted My Knee, Severely, A Year Ago Today; Since Then I Have Walked 1,947-Miles & Lost Exactly 30 Lbs.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘Garmin Connect’ earlier today.


Click to access this post from EXACTLY a year ago.


Click to ENLARGE. 2-months ago, Dec. 28, 2019.


Thursday, February 28, 2019. I slipped on ice, in the morning, while shoveling snow after a snowstorm. Heard an almighty crack. Left knee was in pain and pretty useless. Did not know what had happened. Eventually got myself to the ER. I had totally busted my Quadricep Tendon. Never heard of it. Didn’t know I had one.

They were all set to operate on me the next day. I was not keen. I had a vacation booked in the Cape and, moreover, wanted some time to get my head around surgery. ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I EVER MADE. With a brace, I could walk and the pain wasn’t too bad.

Pain was never too bad, prior to or post surgery. Never took any of the 60 opioid pills that I was given! Most I needed was TWO Aleve.

I walked, sometimes a mile or more, in the week prior to surgery.

Was on crutches for 6-weeks. I walked with the crutches and my Garmin Fenix 5 NEVER COUNTED those steps. So, I really walked MORE MILES! Smile.

I had my major knee surgery on March 7, 2019.

The busted knee was a wakeup call. Though I ran most days I had let my weight creep up to 176 lbs. Not good. My blood glucose had also gone up to 103. That was it. I was going to get myself fit. I went on a much stricter low-carb diet (than I had been for the last 6-years) the morning after surgery. Lost 30 lbs. Down to 146. Trying had to get to 142. That would be my lowest adult weight. But, stuck at 146 lbs. Help.

I used to ‘run’ 3.5 miles a day. Now I walk/run 7 miles a day and do 23-minutes on an exercise bike.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

New Study By ‘University Of Liverpool’ Concludes That Reading For Pleasure Is V. Beneficial To One’s Well Being.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the report.



Wow. I am CHUFFED. But, am I chuffed (because I am innately happy) due to my lifelong addiction to ‘reading for pleasure‘.

30 minutes a (bloody) week. Try 30-minutes (at least) a DAY. 210-minutes, MINIMUM, per week — and that has been every day (bar nary a miss) for 62-years.

Next to sex and WRITING, reading is my greatest pleasure — in terms of things I do. I caught the bug young — when I was 3 (when I started to be able to read in both English and Sinhalese). That my adoptive father too was an incessant reader (& writer) definitely had something to do with it — and I grew up in a house with a HUGE, book-lined library. So, that was a good start.

So, I am HAPPY. That is one of my trademark traits. I am HAPPY. Is that happiness due to all the reading I do? I am not sure. I don’t think so. Reading most likely helps. In my case I think it is also hormones and my rather unique relationship with my brain (my best friend) — à la my ‘Brain Meditation‘ precepts.

But, I read a lot and I am happy, content and satisfied. Maybe there is a connection.

I am flabbergasted by folks that do NOT read, for pleasure, day-in and day-out. I feel sorry for them. I feel that they are missing so much in life. This study just confirms my feelings on the front. SMILE. Read. It is good for YOU.


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by Anura Guruge

U.S. Chinese Communities Fundraising & Sending Medical Supplies To China To Combat The COVID-19 Virus.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Quick search on ‘Google News’.


Never occured to I that Chinese residents, in China, would need AID from outside. Yes, I had heard that they had run out of face masks — but I also knew that 95% of face masks produced in the world must be made in China.

Plus, like you, I watched those videos, in amazement, as China built huge hospitals — to fight the virus — in 10-days.

I had fallen into the trap of thinking that the Chinese Government was omnipotent and had more money and resources than they knew what to do with.

Would appear that this is not exactly the case. I checked base with a couple of Chinese friends, living and working in the U.S. (locally), and heard this:
“We have been busy doing medical relief supply fundraising for hospitals in China.  We have 4th and 5th batch of supplies to out tomorrow to two hospital with 500 surgical gowns and 1200 isolation gowns“.

I was gobsmacked. I had not heard about this at all. I would have thought Governments & Aid Organizations (e.g., WHO, Red Cross) would be doing this. Not individual Chinese citizens living in the U.S.

I am, of course, also impressed and humbled.

1,200 isolation gowns. 500 surgical gowns.

Shipping anything to China, for reasons I can never fathom, is expensive. So, WOW, WOW, WOW.

I wanted to share this with you because I am sure that this is not common knowledge.

I will keep you posted.


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