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  1. #1926
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    I'm with jkcerda on this one to an extent. In my county there have been 396 confirmed cases and 36 deaths, out of a population of ~600,000. Statewide, it's 2,200/2 million. I thought the point of the stay at home orders was to "flatten the curve" and not overwhelm the healthcare systems, but the curve never really even started here. I'm a nurse in a ~500 bed hospital (current census < 100) and get daily updates about the number of covid-19 patients in the hospital. It's never exceeded 20 including those under investigation/not determined; even if every one of them was in the ICU (they're not), it would leave 16 free ICU beds. The 26-bay PACU I work in was converted to a stand-by covid unit, with 6 bays reserved for actual recovery. The hospital used to average 40 surgeries a day during normal times. Now it's an average of 7. Thankfully, the hospital system has voluntarily said it will make up for lost hours of all staff during the pandemic, paying the difference between actual hours worked a week and the average of hours worked a week between 1/1 and 3/1, provided that you are willing to work wherever they tell you. For PACU nurses that means going to ICU if needed, but for the majority of the OR RNs and floor RNs that means folding laundry, cleaning, working in shipping and receiving, or just staying home. I think a New York City-style response in Overland Park, Kansas was a little bit of an overreaction and I think that's the same across large swaths of this country.

    I'm all for being cautious. Mandate masks in public. Probably still smart to forbid concerts, sporting events, and other mass gatherings. But I think you could safely open up a lot of stores, restaurants, movie theaters, etc. and get the economy moving a little bit with some pretty minor adjustments--separate tables more at restaurants, block off 2/3 of movie theater seats, maintain distancing requirements for queues, require masks etc. Curve's flattened, here, and we're in no danger of overwhelming our hospitals. Loosen up a bit.

  2. #1927
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    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Third grave from left.
    You mean one should stop trying to flatten the curve because it works too well?

    That said, yes, if the infection rate is low enough that slowly loosening the restrictions is unlikely to explode out of control (have the testing capacity to know current situation and can see in time when things start to go bad ... up to 14 day delay on an exponential curve can go bad rather suddenly in hindsight) - then sure, try it. People probably have gotten the point by now and you cannot stay in lockdown forever. County is too small unit to judge on however and everywhere nearby must be in similarly good condition too (depending on what range you allow/expect people to move). Is your county and everyone nearby stable, under control and ready to loosen up?

    edit: also be sure that the extra resource pressure you are bound to create does not bother the rest of the country. Is the curve, in the country, flat enough?
    Last edited by zombe; 23rd Apr 2020 at 13:09.

  3. #1928
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    Registered: May 2004
    Location: Canuckistan GWN
    I'm with jkcerda on this one to an extent.
    JK was more about The US Constitution's provisions for individual freedom, completely trumping (no pun intended) public safety, that his right to liberty and a paycheck was of greater importance than the lives of others. That's how I read it anyway. He seemed to be ignoring that the Constitution does allow for temporarily curtailing liberty for public safety and that Covid19 is a global health issue, not just a libertarian philosophical one.

  4. #1929
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    What you're saying, is he's an idiot.

    Shame. Poor guy. I hope he gets a bit smarter.

  5. #1930
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    This is not a joke or a parody. Apparently, the guy first put in charge of the US pandemic task force had only had previous experience with labs. No, not labs as in the scientific facility AKA laboratory, labs as in labradoodles:

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKCN2243CE

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On January 21, the day the first U.S. case of coronavirus was reported, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services appeared on Fox News to report the latest on the disease as it ravaged China. Alex Azar, a 52-year-old lawyer and former drug industry executive, assured Americans the U.S. government was prepared.

    “We developed a diagnostic test at the CDC, so we can confirm if somebody has this,” Azar said. “We will be spreading that diagnostic around the country so that we are able to do rapid testing on site.”

    While coronavirus in Wuhan, China, was “potentially serious,” Azar assured viewers in America, it “was one for which we have a playbook.”

    Azar’s initial comments misfired on two fronts. Like many U.S. officials, from President Donald Trump on down, he underestimated the pandemic’s severity. He also overestimated his agency’s preparedness.

    As is now widely known, two agencies Azar oversaw as HHS secretary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, wouldn’t come up with viable tests for five and half weeks, even as other countries and the World Health Organization had already prepared their own.

    Shortly after his televised comments, Azar tapped a trusted aide with minimal public health experience to lead the agency’s day-to-day response to COVID-19. The aide, Brian Harrison, had joined the department after running a dog-breeding business for six years. Five sources say some officials in the White House derisively called him “the dog breeder.”

    [...]

    Azar is a Republican lawyer who once clerked for the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and counts current Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a friend. Under George W. Bush, Azar worked for HHS as general counsel and deputy secretary. During the Obama years, he cycled through the private sector as a pharmaceutical company lobbyist and executive for Eli Lilly. After Trump’s first HHS secretary was forced out in a travel corruption scandal, Azar stepped in, in January 2018.

    Two years later, at the dawn of the coronavirus crisis, Azar appointed his most trusted aide and chief of staff, Harrison, as HHS’s main coordinator for the government’s response to the virus.

    Harrison, 37, was an unusual choice, with no formal education in public health, management, or medicine and with only limited experience in the fields. In 2006, he joined HHS in a one-year stint as a “Confidential Assistant” to Azar, who was then deputy secretary. He also had posts working for Vice President Dick Cheney, the Department of Defense and a Washington public relations company.

    Before joining the Trump Administration in January 2018, Harrison’s official HHS biography says, he “ran a small business in Texas.” The biography does not disclose the name or nature of that business, but his personal financial disclosure forms show that from 2012 until 2018 he ran a company called Dallas Labradoodles.
    [...]

  6. #1931
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    Registered: May 2004
    <img src="https://ewscripps.brightspotcdn.com/dims4/default/e9750dd/2147483647/strip/true/crop/2048x1536+0+0/resize/1920x1440!/quality/90/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fewscripps.brightspotcdn.com%2F62%2Fed%2Fe8de74ad4f7da27c078ed745daf4%2F93936780-3200199020031545-1598615556607442944-o.jpg" width="600">

    https://www.facebook.com/lauren.lean...22281346642996

    "Fake nurse! I bet you're a vet tech! I hope you get the virus and die! You sure as hell don't work in ER or ICU if you're out here! Abortion nurse! You're the ones getting us sick! Corporate sell-out! You're the virus! Shouldn't you be at work?! Yeah you look so busy saving lives! How much are they paying you to be out here?! You're just doing what your corporate bosses tell you! You're embarrassing yourself!"

    Today I stood quietly for my patients. The ones scared and dying alone in my ICU. The ones having to FaceTime their loved ones in their final moments of life. I stood for them. I stood for the COVID 19 patients that, if they could, would be on this street with me pleading with the world to stay on lock down.

    And a huge thank you to the DPS officer in the back who was assigned to protect the three of us.

    "Sacrifice the weak"

    <img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EWMV42RUYAUnRxJ?format=jpg&name=900x900" width="600">

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/u...sts-trump.html

    WASHINGTON — An informal coalition of influential conservative leaders and groups, some with close connections to the White House, has been quietly working to nurture protests and apply political and legal pressure to overturn state and local orders intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    The groups have tapped their networks to drive up turnout at recent rallies in state capitals, dispatched their lawyers to file lawsuits, and paid for polling and research to undercut the arguments behind restrictions that have closed businesses and limited the movement of most Americans.

    Among those fighting the orders are FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots, which played pivotal roles in the beginning of Tea Party protests starting more than a decade ago. Also involved are a law firm led partly by former Trump White House officials, a network of state-based conservative policy groups, and an ad hoc coalition of conservative leaders known as Save Our Country that has advised the White House on strategies for a tiered reopening of the economy.

    The effort picked up some influential support on Tuesday, when Attorney General William P. Barr expressed concerns about state-level restrictions potentially infringing on constitutional rights, and suggested that, if that occurred, the Justice Department might weigh in, including by supporting legal challenges by others. Separately, in Wisconsin, Republicans in the state legislature sued to block the Democratic governor’s order extending stay-at-home rules through May 26.

    Those helping orchestrate the fight against restrictions predict the effort could energize the right in the same way the Tea Party movement did in 2009 and 2010, and potentially be helpful to President Trump as he campaigns for re-election. But the cause has yet to demonstrate that kind of traction.

    Polls show a majority of Americans are more concerned about reopening the country too quickly than they are about the damage to the economy. And coronavirus protests have drawn smaller crowds ranging from a few dozen to several thousand at a rally in Michigan last week.
    [...]

  7. #1932
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    See the Joker was right.



    Called it.

  8. #1933
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    There have been some outstanding moments of stupidity in how leaders have handled the pandemic, but this US mayor is something else entirely (25 minute interview):



    To quote JK's favourite character: "Some of you may die, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make."

  9. #1934
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Jafaville New Zealand
    You know, with all the free time I have during lockdown, you'd think I would be playing games day in, day out. But honestly, I'm not. The motivation is just not there.

    Anyone else in the same position? I am however spending a bit more time cooking. Going to be trying that KFC recipe that a Brit posted online a week back.

  10. #1935
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Actually, it's stressing me the fuck out, and gaming doesn't help much. It's just a momentary reprieve, nothing is solved.

    I've got stuff to do, though, so that probably is half of the stress because without clear physical boundaries between work and home, everything blurs into a vague kaleidoscope of shit until I force some structure into it.

    However, I have to say that watching Bon Appetit's videos about reverse engineering popular foods featuring a really smart and affable woman, along with its counterpoint which features a man who's basically a golden retriever in a kitchen and is really into fermentation, have somehow managed to quell a bit of the inner disquiet.
    Last edited by Sulphur; 24th Apr 2020 at 05:30.

  11. #1936
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Link o link?

  12. #1937
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    ... without clear physical boundaries between work and home...
    I’m feeling that more than expected: the way I work on the same PC and screen all day that’s then supposed to help me unwind with a bit of gaming in the evening. It still works, but definitely considerably less well than usually and less well than I’d want it to.

  13. #1938
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Quote Originally Posted by SubJeff View Post
    Link o link?
    Here's one for Claire attempting to make instant ramen:



    And here's Brad doing, um, things to egg yolks:



    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    I’m feeling that more than expected: the way I work on the same PC and screen all day that’s then supposed to help me unwind with a bit of gaming in the evening. It still works, but definitely considerably less well than usually and less well than I’d want it to.
    Yeah, it's actually doing my head in a little more than I expected, too. I suppose this is old hat to people who're used to doing it for years, though. There's a special kind of irony in that I've just deconstructed a webinar that talks about exactly this over the past two days because we want to help other people understand what they're experiencing.
    Last edited by Sulphur; 24th Apr 2020 at 06:07.

  14. #1939
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    I can't even begin to tell you the unreal place the last three weeks have put me in. Time has just left the building.

    Where I'm at now (and I've gone through some pretty radically different stages over the last 3 weeks), I can work on a piano piece, read a book, watch a show like Devs, and be actually pretty productive at work & work on my future classes. I can't really do much gaming. The time horizon for an extended game is still too long for me to be able to focus or get motivation. The thing I play the most these days actually is the PC version of Carcassone, the tile game, because you can play a full game in one sitting.

  15. #1940
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    Registered: Dec 2006
    Location: Berghem Haven
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    I can work on a piano piece
    Of your composition? You're really a talented guy, man!

  16. #1941
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    And here's Brad doing, um, things to egg yolks:

    I've heard about that and I like the sound of it, but I'm also pretty certain I'd end up finding the effort not nearly worth the results.

  17. #1942
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    It's really just leaving something to sit in a sugar and salt spice mix for days. But yeah, I usually wouldn't put in the effort to do these things - it's just fun to watch someone else doing it mixed in with some wholesome banter. Brad's video editor is great. It's a fun and personalised take for what's usually a niche topic for cooking.

    Having said that, I did have a go at making my own ginger beer last week. Works a treat!

  18. #1943
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Quote Originally Posted by lowenz View Post
    Of your composition? You're really a talented guy, man!
    The first one is going to be a Mozart piece, then maybe my own composition, then Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, and Beethoven.
    When you've looked death in the eye, you want to just get straight to the good stuff, the immortal stuff.

  19. #1944
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    I'm actually used to working from home and I'm an introvert, so I shouldn't really be affected by this, but I found that even I will get a bit stir-crazy not being able to hang out with friends or go teach class for weeks on end. I think it's mostly because I really prefer to talk to people face-to-face and e-mail and phone (or even a webcam) just aren't cutting it. Plus teaching over the internet kind of sucks.

  20. #1945
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2005
    Location: Not Kansas

    TRUMP HAS FOUND THE CURE!!!!

    Hey everybody, Trump has come up with a cure-all for all those who are infected with COVID-19! His 'cure' was so profound, so very well-articulated and so ground-breaking that the attending William Bryan, a scientist at the Department of Homeland Security and Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leading scientific experts on the task force, were virtually speechless and spellbound by Trump's grasp and knowledge in regards to treating and even curing the coronavirus!! WE'RE SAVED!!!!

    '“Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but we’re going to test it,” Trump said. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, either through the skin or some other way.”'

    '“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and does a tremendous number on the lungs,” Trump continued.'

    Omg. Absolutely ZERO props to scientist Bryan and Dr. Birx for not telling that ignorant orange baboon outright that his ideas/suggestions will kill people. Get ready, you just know we'll be reading about idiotic Trump supporters who injected bleach or Pine Sol into their veins or died from over-exposure to the sun (i.e., french-fried themselves). I feel like I just stepped into the Twilight Zone, ffs.

    '“I would like you to speak to the medical doctors to see if there’s any way that you can apply light and heat to cure, you know? If you could, and maybe you can, maybe you can’t,” Trump said. “Again, I say, maybe you can, maybe you can’t. I’m not a doctor, but I’m like a person who has a good — you know what.”'

    Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.

    You just can't make this shit up. *smh*

    P.S. We're all gonna die.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-flo...000002468.html

  21. #1946
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Lille, France
    Oh! Wow! Awesome! Don't know what to say...

    But I assume the man knows what he's talking about. He's tanned year long and surely has a great knowledge about UV lights...

    Be confident.

  22. #1947
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Jafaville New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    Having said that, I did have a go at making my own ginger beer last week. Works a treat!
    Don't do what I did and leave it in a warm insulated spot in the sun for 6 hours and end up with a fermented tasting mess.

    And I take it that you used the water you have delivered to your door?

  23. #1948
    BANNED
    Registered: Nov 2016
    Location: Trollinus Maximus
    Quote Originally Posted by Dia View Post
    Hey everybody, Trump has come up with a cure-all for all those who are infected with COVID-19! His 'cure' was so profound, so very well-articulated and so ground-breaking that the attending William Bryan, a scientist at the Department of Homeland Security and Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leading scientific experts on the task force, were virtually speechless and spellbound by Trump's grasp and knowledge in regards to treating and even curing the coronavirus!! WE'RE SAVED!!!!

    '“Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but we’re going to test it,” Trump said. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, either through the skin or some other way.”'

    '“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and does a tremendous number on the lungs,” Trump continued.'

    Omg. Absolutely ZERO props to scientist Bryan and Dr. Birx for not telling that ignorant orange baboon outright that his ideas/suggestions will kill people. Get ready, you just know we'll be reading about idiotic Trump supporters who injected bleach or Pine Sol into their veins or died from over-exposure to the sun (i.e., french-fried themselves). I feel like I just stepped into the Twilight Zone, ffs.

    '“I would like you to speak to the medical doctors to see if there’s any way that you can apply light and heat to cure, you know? If you could, and maybe you can, maybe you can’t,” Trump said. “Again, I say, maybe you can, maybe you can’t. I’m not a doctor, but I’m like a person who has a good — you know what.”'

    Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.

    You just can't make this shit up. *smh*

    P.S. We're all gonna die.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-flo...000002468.html

  24. #1949
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Yeah, hence the reason why hospitals use powerful UV lamps in their wards. The problem with claiming it's a potential cure for Coronavirus is...

    A. Exposure to a UV light powerful enough to scour any external instances of Coronavirus will greatly increase your risk of skin cancer, and...
    B. It doesn't do shit against the virus internally, since UV light can't penetrate skin. So it only works on killing what's on your skin, which you'll end up shedding again later if you're still sick and actively contageous.

    So it's a fine disinfectant, but entirely useless for people other than as a short term scouring.

  25. #1950
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    Registered: Nov 2016
    Location: Trollinus Maximus
    Quote Originally Posted by Renzatic View Post
    Yeah, hence the reason why hospitals use powerful UV lamps in their wards. The problem with claiming it's a potential cure for Coronavirus is...

    A. Exposure to a UV light powerful enough to scour any external instances of Coronavirus will greatly increase your risk of skin cancer, and...
    B. It doesn't do shit against the virus internally, since UV light can't penetrate skin. So it only works on killing what's on your skin, which you'll end up shedding again later if you're still sick and actively contageous.

    So it's a fine disinfectant, but entirely useless for people other than as a short term scouring.



    did you even bother watching the video? or is the TDS strong enough among you guys that you have all the answers ?

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