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« Reply #1215 on: January 05, 2021, 07:00:56 PM »
A friend just told me about two his childhood friends (someone I've heard of often, but I don't think I've ever met) who are self-described mild germaphobes. They nevertheless consented to a 10-person family Christmas dinner. Cousin didn't mention he was feeling sick. My friend texted me yesterday morning... by yesterday, everyone at the dinner had high fevers and positive Covid tests.

Then he texted me in the afternoon. His friends' father is dead. Family torn asunder. Christmas dinner will never be the same. Crap. I feel sick just thinking about it.

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« Reply #1216 on: January 05, 2021, 07:05:57 PM »
Here's another feel-bad holiday story:

Costume May Have Contributed To An Outbreak At California Hospital, Infecting 44

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/01/04/953287746/costume-may-have-contributed-to-an-outbreak-at-california-hospital-infecting-44

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« Reply #1217 on: January 07, 2021, 06:53:39 AM »
A small bit of good news amidst the gloom ...

My aunt has been declared to be recovered from covid. Her symptoms were mild.

One of the lucky ones.

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« Reply #1218 on: January 07, 2021, 11:29:37 AM »
> My aunt

Thank you for that good news buckworks!  Bless her and you and yours.

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« Reply #1219 on: January 07, 2021, 12:52:52 PM »
Twitch feed with covid data:
https://www.twitch.tv/killars

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« Reply #1220 on: January 07, 2021, 05:03:48 PM »
My aunt's care home lost 11 residents from the 64 that tested positive. 24 staff also tested positive but all have recovered and most are back at work. Battle-weary!

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« Reply #1221 on: January 07, 2021, 05:40:09 PM »
Wow. 11 deaths out of 64 people. That's terrible. How is your aunt emotionally?

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« Reply #1222 on: January 07, 2021, 06:22:51 PM »
Great news! What we need.  A bit of light :)
Although the figures are frightening.
Vaccines are rolling out fast across the world.  It will take some time, but Mum has it.
... Make sure you live before you die.

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« Reply #1223 on: January 07, 2021, 06:47:46 PM »
>> emotionally

There have been many difficult moments, but according to my cousin she still has her sense of humour and still cracks her own style of self-deprecating jokes. My other cousin was allowed to visit her at one point and even hold her hand but only after the home put them both in full hazmat gear.

Being isolated from family and friends makes the whole thing more difficult.

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« Reply #1224 on: January 09, 2021, 03:12:42 AM »
No, actually the measures the airlines are taking are not enough

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/health/coronavirus-airline-passengers-outbreak.html

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The new report, of a largely empty flight in the fall, details what can happen even when airlines and passengers are aware and more cautious about the risks. ...  five of the seven passengers who later tested positive had taken a test, and received a negative result, in the days before boarding.

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« Reply #1225 on: January 14, 2021, 11:27:46 PM »
These states have done best and worst at vaccinating their residents against COVID-19

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-vaccine-distribution-states/

Check out poor, backwards WV.  They turned to the National Guard for logistics & distribution.

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« Reply #1226 on: January 16, 2021, 05:39:51 PM »
*Sigh*

Why America's vaccine rollout was a total disaster - and what it means for the next few months

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/why-americas-vaccine-rollout-total-161033703.html

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Vaccines Promised This Week By Trump Administration Dont Actually Exist - UNILAD
https://www.unilad.co.uk/news/vaccines-promised-this-week-by-trump-administration-dont-actually-exist/
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« Reply #1227 on: January 16, 2021, 06:32:23 PM »
>>total disaster

I thought I posted this as its own thread, but apparently not

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To put it simply: Worry less about whether the ideal population is getting vaccinated and more about actually vaccinating people.

A massive vaccination campaign wont work with our current fussy and intricate criteria for who gets a shot and when, Peter Hotez, a vaccine expert at Baylor College of Medicine, wrote. We learned in 2020 that our health system simply cannot do complicated things.
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2021/1/15/22229300/covid-19-vaccines-coronavirus-rollout-us-america

One big problem is information. People who are eligible have no idea how and where to get vaccinated. Overall, California has distributed 26% of the vaccine it has received. Some private individuals in CA have stepped in with fairly simple tech (first Google Sheets and now moved to Air Table) to provide a stop-gap solution where government seems unable.

How Californians are resorting to crowdsourcing to get their Covid-19 vaccine
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2021/1/15/22231241/california-coronavirus-vaccine-availability-moderna-pfizer

Resulting in this website
https://www.covid19vaccineca.com/vaccination-sites

But don't be too hard on us. Le Monde is full of articles about the slow vaccine rollout. For example
https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/01/15/les-pays-europeens-exasperes-par-les-retards-de-livraison-des-vaccins-pfizer-biontech_6066442_3244.html

It turns out that administering ten billion doses of vaccine quickly is going to be a problem.

If Biden meets his goal of 100,000,000 vaccinated within 100 days (April 30), that means that about 30% of us will be vaccinated by then.

16.5% of the US population is over 65. There's roughly another 6-8% of the population that are healthcare workers, parademics, military, law enforcement (my law enforcement friends are already getting vaccinated). So that's roughly 23%. Add in other essential workers and we're looking at the end of May most likely before everyone in the priority categories is vaccinated.

Then you still have to vaccinate the other 70% of the population.

Of course, there's the 30% who will refuse, so that moves all the timelines up accordingly.

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« Reply #1228 on: January 16, 2021, 07:26:32 PM »
I'm old enough to remember both of the polio mass vaccination events, though I was too young to be aware of how the government informed the public about availability, clinics, and such.   What I do remember was going to the local middle school in the late afternoon or early evening and standing in a long, long, densely packed queue that extended for 2 or more long city blocks outside the big lunchroom on the school's first floor.  Inside, there were tables set up with a couple of people in white coats administering the vaccines. 

The first polio vaccine was a shot and the line took forever.  The repeat vaccine (a couple of years later) was by eating a sugar cube, so the process was a whole lot quicker.

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« Reply #1229 on: January 16, 2021, 07:54:26 PM »
The first polio vaccine was a shot and the line took forever.  The repeat vaccine (a couple of years later) was by eating a sugar cube, so the process was a whole lot quicker.

Don't get Gary started on this one! You got switched from the Salk vaccine to the Sabin vaccine (as we all did, though I'm young enough to have only received the Sabin). Easier to administer and more effective, but also more likely than the Salk to actually *cause* polio instead of preventing it.