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If you’re anything like me, all the conflicting, unexplained, unexamined numbers about the coronavirus that fly at us from myriad sources endlessly leave your head-turning like Linda Blair in The Exorcist:

  • Cases are up but deaths are down?
  • How many people who died, particularly seniors who already had life-threatening conditions, actually died from COVID-19?
  • How many more people are tested now than were tested at the outbreak?
  • How many who tested positive manifested symptoms?
  • How many who manifested symptoms required hospitalization?
  • How many of the total who’ve tested positive since the outbreak have recovered?
  • If I have type A blood and get transfused with Type O blood, will I be less susceptible to the coronavirus?
  • Will I be able to run faster?
  • Will my IQ go up?
  • If I go to the beach and wear my swimming trunks for a mask, will I be arrested?
  • If so, will it be a felony or a misdemeanor?
  • If I go to a peaceful protest without a mask and torch a building, will the heat from the fire kill the coronavirus?
  • When the hell will the pandemic be over?
  • Presuming the coronavirus doesn’t kill me, will it be over in my lifetime?
  • Does it make the slightest bit of sense to think about — let alone to try to make sense of — any of this stuff?

Please watch this video:

If any of it seems coherent, I’m not sure whether you should call and try to explain it to me — or be profoundly worried about yourself. I’ll leave that to you.

I’m seriously tempted to take a nap until 2025.


Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brien
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.