C Force from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/c-force Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:05:54 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss C Force from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/c-force-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/c-force 3b190393e943cd790e4d0c345b605c0d Bursting a Bubble of Pandemic Grief for 10/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/10/20/bursting-a-bubble-of-pandemic-grief Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Try as we might to grab onto the positive, COVID-19 continues to keep us awake at night and haunt us during the day. It is clear it will be with us for a while. We may think that thoughts of illness and death represent the pandemic's most feared consequences, but Associated Press medical writer Lindsey Tanner believes that a collective sense of loss is even more pervasive. "Few on Earth have been spared some form of loss since the coronavirus took hold," she writes. "Around the world, the pandemic has spread grief by degrees."</p> <p>"In normal times, people look to families, friends, communities for support in coping with loss," writes Tanner. As psychologist and grief specialist Robert Neimeyer of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition tells Tanner, in the pandemic, "We don't have as much capacity as a human community to meet the needs."</p> <p>The problem with this concept of a return to "normal" is that the coronavirus pandemic has left our prepandemic way of life in the rearview mirror, fading further away with each glance. Says Neimeyer, an obsessive longing for it is likely to strain our mental health further.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 16, 2020</p> 3057bc13ee2a47810c1a49251a55e26c Pandemic Leaves Marks on Our Dreams and Sense of Mortality for 10/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/10/20/pandemic-leaves-marks-on-our-dreams-and-sense-of-mortality Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Sleep should be a welcome break from the daily grind of life during the pandemic. For many, it has instead become a welcome mat for a world of bizarre, often frightening, pandemic-induced dreams. Recent research from a study conducted in Finland confirms what many of us already suspected: People everywhere are having pandemic-related dreams and nightmares.</p> <p>Published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the study showed that nearly one-third of participants woke up more often at night compared with their prepandemic sleep patterns. More than one-quarter had more nightmares. These nightmares tended to be more common among those who reported higher levels of stress.</p> <p>"(Dreams have) always been a fairly illogical way of processing the fears that haunt us during the day," according to Dr. Kevin Nelson, a neuromuscular neurologist affiliated with the University of Kentucky, who was not involved in the study. "Dream content reflects our daytime fears," he tells NBC News.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 09, 2020</p> 8876e27ac603af135f2790e79a03e37a Pandemic Progress as a Third Wave Looms for 10/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/10/20/pandemic-progress-as-a-third-wave-looms Fri, 02 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As I discussed last week, the news of the day never seems good, and the pileup of such stories takes a toll on our psyche. It can lead to a daily cycle of negative thoughts and emotion-driven actions we might regret. It is why we need to find the space for uplifting stories where we can find them. An example I shared was news of how improvements in intensive care units are saving the lives of more COVID-19 patients.</p> <p>"As we gain greater experience with novel infections, mortality goes down." epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford of University of California, San Francisco explained to The Mercury News.</p> <p>Over the past six months, we have continually been told by public health experts that the best thing we can do to prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus and contain its spread is to wash our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people when in public, and cover our mouths and noses with masks when around others. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it now appears that taking such actions may have kept cases of the flu at historic lows around the world. Think of it as an unintended benefit.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 02, 2020</p> 1f68662e7a578c1d51d5e5fef51b093f The Sickening Effects of the News Cycle for 09/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/20/the-sickening-effects-of-the-news-cycle Fri, 25 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Not only does the daily news never seem good, but the bad news seems to be escalating out of control. It is constantly repeated and, as a result, worsened. I admit it is a pattern I am by no means immune to. Fighting negativism and the crisis mode we find ourselves in challenges us all. For me, being of a positive frame of mind has long been a tenet in my life, as well as a principle of the law of attraction. As the bible says, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24). Inversely, negative thinking will only beget a negative experience.</p> <p>As I thought about this, I was reminded of a quote I shared earlier this month by Michael Pittaro in Psychology Today: "When our bodies remain in crisis mode ... (stress hormones) cortisol and adrenaline can wreak havoc on our physical and mental wellbeing because the threat remains very real and pervasive." As Time magazine has reported, as a result, "Feelings of hopelessness and other depression symptoms in adults across the country has more than tripled since the pandemic began."</p> <p>In thinking about the toll of negativism, I stumbled upon a self-help column in the natural therapies and medicines website Reset.me written by professional life coach Nanice Ellis in 2015. She admits she is well acquainted with overwhelming negative thoughts and the struggle to overcome the chronic depression they can bring on. "All negative thinking is fear-based," she reminds us. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 25, 2020</p> e857d0c7482afaed57077fd700d8700c Why You Shouldn't Defer Medical Treatment During the Pandemic for 09/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/20/why-you-shouldnt-defer-medical-treatment-during-the-pandemic Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As reported last week, serious depression has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, during the past six months, the growth of U.S. adults with mental health issues rose to 53%. From the onset of this plague, many experts feared that the U.S. could soon be facing two public health crises &#8212; a viral pandemic and a mental health pandemic. There now exists a third front that must be addressed.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">In the early stages of the pandemic, out of necessity, everything from routine screenings, annual physicals and other nonemergency health care visits were canceled. In response, Americans put a hold on preventive care. As recently reported by The New York Times, though restrictions have been lifted, there is little sign that this deferred care is being made up. </span></p> <p>Health officials fear this "could pose long-term risks," the Times' Sarah Kliff reports. "The data shows how the pandemic has rippled outward from the intensive care units that have cared for coronavirus patients to primary care doctors and pediatricians, who have seen their practices upended by patients' reduced demand."<p>Updated: Fri Sep 18, 2020</p> adc9a5ed11796e5568d3db34a7fc3fc0 Mental Health Woes Now Tripled in US Since COVID-19 Outbreak for 09/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/20/mental-health-woes-now-tripled-in-us-since-covid-19-outbreak Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As I discussed last week, from the outset of this pandemic, with each day filled with isolation and uncertainty, mental health issues have continued to worsen in this country. According to a Pew Research Center report, such uncertainty has accounted for one-third of Americans experiencing high levels of psychological distress during the COVID-19 outbreak.</p> <p>In a more recent accounting, according to a Boston University School of Public Health study, the prevalence of sleep troubles, lethargy, feelings of hopelessness and other depression symptoms in adults across the country has more than tripled since the pandemic began. That means, as noted by Time magazine, that "three times as many Americans met criteria for a depression diagnosis during the pandemic than before it."</p> <p>In a current story published in the journal JAMA Network Open, Dr. Ruth Shim, an expert on cultural psychology at the University of California, Davis writes in a commentary that accompanies the report that researchers found that "it's not just that more people have signs of depression, but that their symptoms have become more serious." <p>Updated: Fri Sep 11, 2020</p> b4b47215b2fec082e81e94a91b256dc9 COVID-19 Mental Health Curve Needs Flattening for 09/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/20/covid-19-mental-health-curve-needs-flattening Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of new cancer cases in the United States between 2010 and the end of 2020 will have gone up about 24% in men and about 21% in women. That shakes out to about 1 million new cancer cases per year for men and 900,000 for women. The CDC goes on to say that, while rates for many cancers are decreasing or stabilizing, the number of new cancer cases and deaths is anticipated to continue to increase. While such a reminder would normally be of great concern, it is obscured by more pressing concerns of the moment.</p> <p>As outlined in a recent Time magazine report, in Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, about 1,000 new patients came in for treatment consultations each week before the pandemic hit. When the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed in Massachusetts, the number of consultations quickly decreased. As restrictions have been lifted, the hospital is said to be back to about 800 consultations per week, using a mixture of telemedicine and in-person appointments. That still leaves about 200 folks who are not getting the important screenings they would during prepandemic times. And fewer screenings translates to fewer cancer diagnoses.</p> <p>Such are the unintended consequences of the need for hospitals to delay nonurgent medical appointments to deal with the escalating pandemic. As noted by Time, it has led to a roughly 80% drop in routine cancer screening appointments nationwide. "According to one estimate, the number of weekly diagnoses for breast, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, gastric and esophageal cancers dropped by about half during the pandemic," Jamie Ducharme and Emily Barone report. This includes individuals who do not even know they have the disease yet and whose life might be saved by early detection.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 04, 2020</p> 37e50c988abf6e8e1a575d82dbb2359a Sun Rising on Role of Vitamin D in COVID-19 Fight for 08/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/20/sun-rising-on-role-of-vitamin-d-in-covid-19-fight Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As a recent front-page Los Angeles Times report reminded us, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck America's second-largest city, its homeless population was viewed as a "time bomb" about to go off. Estimated to be more than 41,000 individuals, beyond issues of shelter and food, many suffered from health problems that predispose them to severe illness. It was projected that they were at risk of succumbing in high numbers to the worst ravages of COVID-19.</p> <p>Yet, to date, according to the Times' Gale Holland, there has been little spread of the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles' street encampments. "Of the more than 1,300 cases among homeless people in (entire) L.A. County, fatalities by mid-August stood at 31, a mortality rate comparable to or better than that of the overall population," she writes. Throughout the state, as well as the nation, similar numbers related to the homeless are being recorded.</p> <p>As experts look for explanations, it is believed that one reason for this outcome could be the environment where nearly three-quarters of LA's homeless people live &#8212; outside. Quoting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holland notes that "outside is safer than indoors because fresh air disperses droplets containing the virus and there's more room to keep people apart." Also referenced is a small-sample Japanese study released in April that found the risks of transmission in a closed space to be 19 times greater than out in the open.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 28, 2020</p> fa80388b471597bd58fd0cf1c722aade Shuttered Movie Theaters Scene of Unfolding Cliffhanger for 08/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/20/shuttered-movie-theaters-scene-of-unfolding-cliffhanger Fri, 21 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As a poor kid trying to find my way &#8212; almost too many years ago than I care to count &#8212; I was living for a time in Wilson, Oklahoma. Every weekday after elementary school, I would spend hours scouring the city, collecting pop bottles and cashing them in for the refund. I would pick up any scrap iron lying around and take it where I could sell it for a penny a pound.</p> <p>I followed this ritual with one purpose in mind. There was a movie theater in Wilson. For the price of a dime, I could spend an entire Saturday afternoon watching the week's double feature and serial. I loved those Saturdays. They saved me. Here, I could escape the troubling world I lived in and be transported to another place &#8212; with Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" or Cary Grant in "Gunga Din." John Wayne opened up the Wild West for me, and for a few hours, I became him. Through Wayne and other Western stars, I discovered and played out their distinct moral code of loyalty, friendship and integrity, and I adopted it as my own. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 21, 2020</p> 8ae048396b61c430ddc104edd799741b Wake-Up Call to the Importance of Sleep for 08/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/20/wake-up-call-to-the-importance-of-sleep Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Just like living in the pandemic, writing about it can take a toll. So, I was happy to find important health-related news to report on that required no reference to COVID-19. It comes in the form of recent findings from a new study on the science of sleep.</p> <p>According to a report from Fox News, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have found a genetic mutation linked to natural short sleep patterns. The longstanding recommendation for adults by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seven or eight hours a night. According to Fox News, the new study shows that some people equally benefit from just four to six hours of sleep. </p> <p>This is not the first we have heard such claims. In 2011, The Wall Street Journal's Melinda Beck identified what she referred to as "a new elite group, which may induce even more envy than billionaires or aristocrats." She labeled them "the sleepless elite."<p>Updated: Fri Aug 14, 2020</p> 02714393c6274385a9032add99d56cf8 Return of Televised Professional Sports Is More Than a Game for 08/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/20/return-of-televised-professional-sports-is-more-than-a-game Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There have been emergency postponements and even cancellations of major sporting events in the past, but I think we all could agree that the global athletic hiatus we have witnessed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, at least in modern times. So, it is good to have live, televised sporting events return. They signify at least a semblance of normalcy in our lives. Then there is the role of professional sports in economic recovery. As pointed out in an opinion piece that appeared on CNBC in May, "Beyond this direct economic impact, sports has a considerable 'economic multiplier' effect, stimulating jobs and tax revenue in other parts of the economy."</p> <p>As Al Hunt, a former executive editor of Bloomberg News, posted for The Hill in June: "The return of professional sports &#8212; even only on television &#8212; after four months of darkness is a needed respite for this sports-crazed country. ... unless the continuing threat of COVID-19 forces a longer shutdown." </p> <p>That cautionary comment now seems prophetic as the clattering cleats of 18 Miami Marlins players where dropped last Tuesday with the news that they had tested positive (along with two coaches) for COVID-19. The players who tested positive, which make up more than half of the roster, were bused back to South Florida, where they will remain quarantined. According to a story in the Miami Herald on Sunday, the Marlins have had zero new positive COVID-19 tests since the incident, and the club's season will move ahead. Yet much about how the infections happened remains to be answered.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 07, 2020</p> 87c127859fc39bd758773fbb1ea3012d The Uncertain Direction of Public Transit for 07/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/20/the-uncertain-direction-of-public-transit Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As recently reported by Time magazine, in addition to dwindling fare collections, tax revenues that help subsidize transit systems are taking a dramatic hit. "Perhaps nowhere is public transit more vital, or the budget crisis more serious, than in New York City," writes Time magazine reporter Alejandro de la Garza. "Ridership in the city plummeted as people stayed home or sought out alternate modes of transportation they perceived to be safer."</p> <p>In this era of social distancing, public transit underscores just how much everyday life and behaviors continue to change during the pandemic. Even when the current health crisis is in the rearview mirror, how people get from point A to point B could well have changed permanently. </p> <p>"Not everybody is mourning the sorry state of American public transit," he goes on to report. "Transit opponents often point to data showing that national ridership had been slumping since 2014 as evidence that Americans were choosing other forms of transportation even before the pandemic, though the dropoff began to reverse last year." <p>Updated: Fri Jul 31, 2020</p> 9722c840c39f9488f5af7a91b7ae29fb Countering Fear That Spreads Like a Virus for 07/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/20/countering-fear-that-spreads-like-a-virus Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data that suggests the number of people infected with the coronavirus in different parts of the United States is anywhere from two to 13 times higher than the reported rates for those regions.</p> <p>"These data continue to show that the number of people who have been infected with the virus that causes Covid-19 far exceeds the number of reported cases," Dr. Fiona Havers, the researcher who led the study explained to The New York Times. "Many of these people likely had no symptoms or mild illness and may have had no idea that they were infected." The report goes on to say that roughly 40% of infected people do not develop symptoms but may still pass the virus on to others.</p> <p>Earlier in the week, as it was reported that Florida's coronavirus cases were continuing to reach record numbers, Gov. Ron DeSantis complained that such headlines were unfairly terrifying people because the news lacks the "appropriate context and perspective."<p>Updated: Fri Jul 24, 2020</p> 0c4965aed3cd4d7ae1fa2e45a9a3b519 Forgotten Pandemic History and Face Mask Resistance for 07/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/20/forgotten-pandemic-history-and-face-mask-resistance Fri, 17 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When we finally reach that point where we can look back with some distance and remind ourselves of what this pandemic was like, what will we think? More importantly, what will we be able to say we have learned about ourselves from this horrible human catastrophe?</p> <p>There are already clues to the answer to this question in what Noam Shpancer, a professor of psychology at the Otterbein College, calls the "characteristics of our internal architecture." Writing in March in Psychology Today, he points out that, from a psychological perspective, the current crisis may serve to illuminate some fundamental and often contradictory characteristics of our nature. For one, "We have a short-term mind, but a long-term life," he writes. When considering what the coronavirus might reveal about us as we look to our present and wonder about our future, maybe a sober look at our past is in order.</p> <p>American historian and philosopher Will Durant once wrote that the story of man "runs in a dreary circle," meaning that history has a way of repeating itself. When scientists project how various approaches might impact the trajectory of this novel coronavirus, they will often draw comparisons to another pandemic that happened over a century ago.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 17, 2020</p> 4ed27485439f52b784cc1d2f01c3ce88 Beware the Superspreading Coronavirus Event for 07/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/20/beware-the-superspreading-coronavirus-event Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As widely reported, last Monday marked the 28th day in a row the country's rolling seven-day average of daily new COVID-19 cases shattered all previous records. As reported by UPI, in my home state of Texas, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has surpassed 200,000, according to updated data from state health officials.</p> <p>Reports UPI, Los Angeles County health officials noted that young people &#8212; who comprised only 10% of all hospitalizations in April &#8212; this month have accounted for about 25% of the total with a "significant increase" in the percentage of cases among residents between 18 and 40 years old, with almost 50% of all new cases occurring among younger people.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 10, 2020</p> a03835fd339d646e14aa91b083dc727f Packed Bars and Young Adults Driving COVID Surge for 07/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/20/packed-bars-and-young-adults-driving-covid-surge Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here is a recipe for a cocktail you do not want to mix during the upcoming holiday weekend. It starts with a tight, confined venue. Next, smash together a mixture of young adults absolutely unconcerned about contracting or spreading an illness. Add the final kicker of a business operator who does not give a hoot about limiting crowds or social distancing. Now stir. The result: a drink of disaster. </p> <p>As states ease their lockdowns of businesses, bars have emerged, not unsurprisingly, as a fertile breeding ground for the coronavirus. They are, in fact, tailor-made for its spread. After all, alcohol is considered a social lubricant. Add to this the multiplier of an estimated 43,000 bars in the country and you can see where this is going.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 03, 2020</p> 38de836ea6518baf80170ff5f640043b A Sink-or-Swim Moment in This Pandemic for 06/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/20/a-sink-or-swim-moment-in-this-pandemic Fri, 26 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The year was 1950, and America was a nation racked with uncertainty and fear. North Korean Communist forces invaded the South, and we were in the grips of another war. President Harry Truman placed America's railroads under the control of the U.S. Army.</p> <p>A Cold War with Russia by then had long settled in. On the homefront, the ugly era of McCarthyism was beginning. People were not concerned about a deadly virus falling from the sky so much as a devastating, annihilating bomb. The president approved the construction of the hydrogen bomb in response to this threat, and Albert Einstein warned that nuclear war could lead to "mutual destruction."</p> <p>Flash-forward to today. According to at least one new report, folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they were back then. Keep in mind that this conclusion was reached before the eruption of mass protests and the report that, as of June 23, more than 122,000 U.S. pandemic-caused deaths have occurred in the United States.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 26, 2020</p> 1a929a95966ffeb223648e1b252bcd58 Coronavirus Pandemic Continues for 06/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/20/coronavirus-pandemic-continues Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to an MSN report, a Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver, whose name was not released, died of complications from COVID-19 last week. This 23-year employee became the first Metro employee to die of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, but he's not the first worker to be infected by it. Los Angeles' Metro division has confirmed 100 cases of COVID-19 among employees, contractors and vendors.</p> <p>The financial difficulties faced by the U.S. Postal Service are nothing new, but as reported by U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan in April, the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to increase the Postal Service's net operating loss by more than $22 billion in the near term, threatening its ability to operate. This is not the only threat these employees face. As reported by Business Insider, the Postal Service has been hit by more than 1,200 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. More than 30 employees have died.</p> <p>These essential services providers make up only a small portion of those that we rely upon to function as a nation. It may be a while before we can take full measure of the risks these individuals willingly take on in the performance of their jobs, but they need to be acknowledged whenever we can. "Thank you for your service" no longer only applies to our military.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 19, 2020</p> a2025a59b8190ed2100150c20fea3c7d Ups and Downs of Businesses Reopening for 06/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/20/ups-and-downs-of-businesses-reopening Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It has been half a year now since early reports began streaming in from a large city in China of strange and frightening symptoms sickening dozens of people &#8212; the foreshadowing of the worldwide pandemic that has engulfed our everyday life and caused earth-shattering tragedy. What have we learned in the last six months? While much remains unanswered, there are some things public health experts can say with certainty. According to The New York Times, there are now more than 100 teams around the world working nonstop to develop a vaccine for the virus, which has yet to show signs of going away anytime soon. Wearing cloth masks, maintaining social distancing, frequent hand-washing and avoiding physical contact with others are said to continue to be the go-to steps and "best hope of staying well," the Times' Denise Grady reports. "Be patient. We have to pace ourselves. If there's such a thing as a disease marathon, this is it," she concludes.</p> <p>But patience is a virtue most folks are just plum running out of. So, it is heartening to see states starting to lift some restrictions as we enter this return-to-work phase of planned recovery, a phase we are finding to be full of challenges. Missing is a detailed playbook for exactly how it is to unfold. We may yearn to go back to the way things used to be, but it is becoming painfully obvious that the pieces of our life will not return to how they were in the past. We are entering a new pandemic-induced reality of work in America.</p> <p>A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how businesses have begun to reimagine the workplace. At the time, there were no hard and fast guidelines to follow. That has now changed.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 12, 2020</p> 15291a148b44247f272e596b0c33f878 Breaking the Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle for 06/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/20/breaking-the-coronavirus-anxiety-cycle Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As recently reported in a story from The New York Times, a 59-year old California man, gravely ill with liver disease, had waited weeks for news of an available transplant as his health declined. Finally, he got the lifesaving news his family had been hoping for. A liver was available for him. As reported by Katie Hafner, he began to dress to drive to San Francisco for the scheduled surgery. Then panic set in.</p> <p>"Within five minutes after hanging up, he started hyperventilating," his wife told the Times. "He kept saying: 'I'm going to get Covid, and then I'm going to die. And if I die, I want my family there.' I couldn't believe what I was hearing."</p> <p>The wife could not dissuade him. The surgery to save his life from a condition sure to take it was canceled due to a fear of a virus he only might contract.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 05, 2020</p>