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My goal: protect your time and your psyche (“did I miss something??!?”) by providing relevant and contextual news about the pandemic, misinformation and trends (political, technological, social) that you might not see/hear/watch otherwise. I write short, sense-making essays.

When I began writing about the COVID-19 pandemic on 01 March 2020, it was because domestic and global news was disjointed, overwhelming and without context. I wrote end-of-day from the Seattle-area for five months. Everything is fact-based; all reported cases have links. Those newsletters remain publicly available.

Very big reminder: it’s per capita trends that are key, despite news focus on the day’s scary-big number.

At the suggestion of readers, I have set up a subscription model, which is currently voluntary (17 August 2021). In other words, it’s a way to provide some compensation while I work out a weekly schedule determine how I will provide subscriber-only content.

When this newsletter launched on 01 March 2020, from the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak (greater Seattle), the news environment was far different from what it is today (17 August 2021). What’s truly depressing: we are where we were in year-one in terms of overwhelming our hospitals.

About me

I’m a journalist and educator (and economist by education more than practice) who has been involved with public policy since high school, with a historic emphasis on environmental and agricultural policy. This newsletter started as a “cheat sheet” to help me create context about this pandemic for my own understanding. Friends said it was helpful, so I made it public.

I wrote about politics daily for About.com for four years; I’ve written semi-regularly for The Moderate Voice.

If there’s something you’d like to read about, please send me a message on Twitter @kegill . Also, feel free to comment on a newsletter post here on SubStack if you’re a subscriber.

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