Oh hey there, Tom Brady.

Oh hey there, Bill Belichick.

Bill Nye's got your number.

Like most of America, Bill Nye was scandalized when he found out the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts were playing with ever-so-slightly deflated balls in the 2015 AFC Championship game. He was ever more confused when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick claimed the balls deflated naturally because of the cold weather on game day.

But unlike most of America, Bill Nye is a Science Guy.

So he did what any good scientist would do. He did an experiment.

He put some balls in the fridge.

And discovered that when they came out, they were...

(wait for it...)

...pretty much the same!


Oh, and while Bill was sending a message to Brady & Co., he took a time-out to send an even louder message to Congress.

Take it away, Science Guy.

I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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