Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
532 days in Carcassonne since
1st lockdown in March 2020
DAILY STATISTICS HERE
▫️ TEMPORARY NEWS DESK
Once I was able to get up yesterday, I rearranged some of the furniture in my room in order to create a little office corner. Not too easy with tranfusion pouches on tow and a somewhat uncomfortable catheter to cope with but time was on my hand.
✏️ Daily update – National
This Thursday, September 2, 15,911 new cases of Covid-19 were counted in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé publique France, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the epidemic to 6,799,240. The positivity rate, which measures the number of positive cases in relation to the number of people tested, stands at 2.6% compared to 2.8% yesterday.
French hospitals have recorded 10,934 Covid patients, including 648 admitted in the last 24 hours. For the first time since 22 August, the number of patients admitted to hospital has fallen below the 11,000 mark.
Hospital pressure remains high in three departments: Bouches-du-Rhône (967 people hospitalised), Martinique (727) and Guadeloupe (586).
The critical care services, which receive patients with the most serious forms of the disease, are treating 2,275 patients, 143 of whom were admitted between Wednesday and Thursday. There were 2,294 the day before and 2,261 last Thursday.
For the past ten days, the number of patients admitted to these intensive care units has oscillated between 2,200 and nearly 2,300 without showing a clear downward trend.
104 people have died of Covid-19 in hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in this epidemic in France to 114,680.
Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 48,877,298 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 72.5% of the total population) and 44,838,424 people have now received the full vaccination schedule (i.e. 66.5% of the total population).
✏️ Daily update – Regional
To be made available later
The incidence rate continues its slow decrease
✏️ Useless statistic
I just saw this statement on TV: Concern about the spread of the virus falls sharply to 57%, down 10 points since 20/08.
What does it mean? How is it measured? By whom?
▫️SEEKING A POLLUTION SOLUTION
Cities in India routinely dominate global pollution rankings; toxic air kills more than a million Indians annually. A new report by The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) says that 480 million people in northern India face the “most extreme levels of air pollution in the world.”
The study found pollution levels that are “10 times worse than those found anywhere else in the world.” Data from the EPIC report on Air Quality Life Index shows that residents in India’s capital of Delhi could see up to 10 years added to their lives if air pollution was reduced to meet the World Health Organization guideline of 10 µg/m³.
High pollution levels also affect lives in western and central Indian states such as Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, where the average person is now losing 2.5 to 3 years of life expectancy as compared to early 2000. According to the report, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, which together account for nearly a quarter of the global population, consistently figure in the top five most polluted countries on earth.
▫️ TRAVEL NEWS
Travel Page. has not been updated with the latest information available:
▫️ FOOD & DRINKS
Just what I could do with
Cocktails make the BEST keto summer drinks. Commonly served hard liquors contain 0g net carbs, so a sugar-free mojito with vodka is perfect.
- 3-4 mint leaves
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp swerve
- 1 lime
- 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 oz vodka
- 4 oz coconut sparkling water
- Add water. swerve. and coconut flakes to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Cut lime in half. Juice 1/2 lime into glass. Save the remaining half for garnish
- Add 3-4 mint leaves
- Pour homemade simple syrup into glass
- Add ice, vodka, and sparkling water and stir
- Garnish with a fresh lime slice
▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸
Some more gems from crazy USA
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Here’s a research project worth giggling about. According to a study published Tuesday in Biology Letters, the laughing patterns of human infants match those of great apes. Human adults primarily laugh while exhaling, whereas infants and great apes laugh during both inhalation and exhalation.
The author of the study is Mariska Kret, associate professor of cognitive psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Kret originally discovered this phenomenon while attending a talk by renowned primatologist Jan van Hooff with a friend. When van Hooff said apes laugh during inhalation and exhalation, Kret’s friend showed a video of her baby laughing in the same manner.
Kret was intrigued. So to test whether infants laugh like apes, Kret collected audio clips of laughing babies ages 3 months to 18 months. Then, she asked novice listeners to rate what percentage of the laugh was produced by inhaling versus exhaling. As a control, researchers included five clips of adults laughing. After two rounds, including at least 100 listeners each, the amateur listeners concluded that infants laughed both while inhaling and exhaling, whereas adults mainly laughed by exhaling. Kret then had expert listeners analyze the sound bites, and they reached virtually the same conclusions.
The researchers also learned that listeners perceived the laughter produced by exhaling more positively, pleasanter, and more contagious. Adults do it by inhaling first, then producing “ha-ha-ha” sounds in short bursts, starting loud, then fading away. “The ape-type is more difficult to describe but there is an alternation huh-ha-huh-ha,” Kret said.
Marina Davila-Ross, a reader in comparative psychology at England’s University of Portsmouth, wasn’t involved in the study, but wants us to know that infant laughter isn’t necessarily similar to all species of great apes, just those that are evolutionarily closest to humans, like chimpanzees and bonobos. “It seems to reflect that laughter is to some extent biologically deeply grounded,” she explained.
Kret’s research also shows that older infants produced more exhaling laughter than younger ones, which she says may mean they’re learning the “communicative function” of laughter. In future research Kret hopes to repeat her experiment with other vocalizations, such as crying. But for now, she’ll continue running more of those laughter experiments, which I think we can all agree is pretty funny.