Keep them safe

The 1st case of Covid-19 in Kazakhstan appeared on March 12, 2020. By March 30, active cases of positive Coronavirus infections jumped to 280 with one death. By April 9, Kazakhstan had 727 confirmed cases with 7 deaths.

April 30, 2020 –  3,138 confirmed COVID-19 cases / 25 deaths

By August, 2021 – 708,379 confirmed cases / 7,867 deaths

Recognizing that frontline warriors are fighting the common enemy to keep us safe, Dimash sends this message:


March 27, 2020 – As a mother, grandmother, sister, friend & devoted Dimash Dear, I started wondering & worrying about Dimash’ health & safety during our Great Global Pandemic 2020. Since he is famous for going into the crowds at his concerts & everybody wants to touch him, I knew Dimash was at particular risk on his current European Arnau Tour.

Fortunately, all dates were canceled & I’m sure Dimash’ family have by now closed ranks & are isolating at home in Kazakhstan, far away from the rest of the world.

It got me to thinking, though, about how fragile civilization is. The threat to humanity is horrifyingly real as a novel coronavirus spreads exponentially into every corner of the planet leaving illness & death in its wake. We still don’t know everything about this virus except that it infects all ages, all walks of life, all ethnicities, race, religions, class. Some of those infected experience only mild symptoms or none at all but they are still contagious. It is estimated that each positive coronavirus victim infects at least 4 other people – it doesn’t take a mathematician to calculate an epidemic exploding into a pandemic.

Even worse, who’s to say the same virus won’t return with a vengeance in the fall or a new novel coronavirus won’t pop up sometime in the near or far future to wreak more havoc on humanity? Are we doomed to live “socially distant” from each other because we simply don’t know if we’re infected or not? Yikes!

In my research about this unfolding human disaster I came across Kinsa Health’s predictive models for typical & atypical illness levels. Although Kinsa was not tracking Covid-19 specifically, analysts were able to pull out data showing unanticipated increases in aggregate temperatures based on geographical coordinates & temperatures as recorded by Kinsa Smart Thermometers.