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  1. I guess this is kind of obvious, but I'll throw it out -- I think it means requiring that everyone who can must wear a mask as much as possible while around other people. It's very odd to me that the people who are pushing the hardest for re-opening also seem to be the ones who are the most adamantly against mask wearing. I think it's the one easiest things we can do to get back to something that resembles normal w/o overwhelming hospitals.
    25 points
  2. 0 new cases and 0 active cases left in south Australia! Woohoo!
    20 points
  3. I still feel like we can crawl out but they have to start making changes now (much like flattening the curve). I keep hearing about how we need scientists at the helm and I disagree. We need scientists AND economists because we have TWO crises not one and they both need experts at the helm.
    15 points
  4. To me, learning to live with it means figuring out what level of risk is acceptable. We accept a particular level of risk every single day. For example, the risks of driving. There are millions and millions of car accidents in the US every year. Any anywhere from 35k to 50k people die due to those accidents, and hundreds of thousands of people are injured, many with life long disabilities. We, as individuals and as a society in general, accept that level of risk. We accept it every single time we get into our cars and drive somewhere, because driving is, for most of the nation, a n
    15 points
  5. I think people on all sides of the argument need to accept there are no good answers or perfect ones. There are a million variables and facets to reopening that are going to be tried to various degrees of success by various different metrics. There is no one "what it would look like". Every life is precious and death is horrible. No one here, and no society (or very few), operates on doing whatever it takes to ensure no one dies. On the flip side, no one (or very few) lives as if they don't care how many people die, either. Everyone finds a balance they can live with (that is the larger p
    13 points
  6. I don’t see a way that we can ensure hospital capacity for everyone while allowing rates to increase. If the R0 is above 1, it’s going to keep spreading exponentially, which means hospitals WILL be overwhelmed. I can’t numerically see a way around that. Am I missing something? I also don’t agree the problem is people being too emotionally weak to let the deaths increase. I don’t think it’s a moral failing to find life precious and worth saving. I’m wondering why it’s seen by some as more acceptable to be scared too death about the economy, but not about losing hundreds of thousands of peo
    12 points
  7. Not anti-christian. This rule applies to ALL gatherings where the goal is socializing and only applies for 2 weeks, not forever. So my dh's martial arts class (which typically has 30 people) cannot have more than 10 people attend, because they all know each other so would be more likely to interact. Our homeschool swimming cannot meet because we have 30 kids who know each other, but the swimming pool can open for 100 people to swim if they don't know each other. The *key* differentiation is whether friends are gathering or whether strangers are sharing a facility. Also, when I said 'churches'
    12 points
  8. I want the only deciding factor to be hospital preparedness and capacity. I want every person who needs it to have a bed and every health care provider to have full PPE. As soon as you start basing it solely on death rates, you have to ask what is an acceptable amount of death and the truth is that we ALL want no deaths. But that is not possible and the idea that we can control people to the point of containing this virus is far in the rear view. Like the generations that have come before us, we’re going to have to come to grips with viruses and death. As a people we have been sooooo blessed t
    10 points
  9. She is acting as the voice. She does not have any more power really than any other minister, except a leadership role. There are around 20 ministers with portfolios (finance, environment, etc), and they form the 'cabinet' (not the same as the US cabinet because they are elected officials here not appointed). The current cabinet includes 2 parties - Labour and NZFirst (who has formed a collation with both conservative and liberal parties). This group of 20 makes the decisions, and our PM likes for all decisions to be unanimous, which means that Labour must compromise with NZFirst. Howeve
    10 points
  10. One thing I keep being struck by is that while there are a number of measures we could enact to make it safer to open more things up, frequently the same people who really think we should be opening up are also the ones who disagree with enacting those measures. I could get behind opening up places that are not still in the middle of a big outbreaks, if everyone was wearing masks and following other good hygiene and distancing practices, as well as good testing and contact tracing being in place. If those things are in place, it makes sense to start opening things up. Not in New York City or N
    9 points
  11. I think the flatten the curve was to protect the hospitals from overflow and let them get policies and procedures in place. We are not going to eliminate all COVID or COVID deaths, likely for years, if ever. We might get a shot for it like influenza which helps greatly but doesn't eliminate it. I think people overall will be more cautious about hand washing, being very close to people outside of their families, and hopefully staying home when sick. I really hope this bring about a change in the work place that will allow workers, esp. those who are new hires and/or in lower wage jobs
    9 points
  12. I don’t know what to tell you on that. Our hospitals are on hiring freezes, have stopped scheduling all of their per diems and are WAY under capacity right now. Do I want them overflowing? No. Do I believe that there is a death toll connected with poverty? Yes. Do I think the needle can be moved away from protecting hospital capacity and toward people not losing work (at this moment)? Yes.
    9 points
  13. Work ✅ Clean up a bit ✅ Fire inspection at 2 ✅ Spanish lesson on Duolingo ✅ 15-20 min. on paper I need to write Paperwork for disclosing health info to new provider ✅ email doctor about a few things Crock pot lasagna prepped by 3pm
    9 points
  14. I'm not really sure I would say that cases are "surging" here in Texas. They have increased a bit, yes, but it's generally been pretty stable. I'm actually WAY more concerned about Illinois, which added 3k new cases yesterday. Testing in Texas has increased a lot over the last 2 weeks; there have been about 270K tests run in the last two weeks. Our positive case percentage has stayed about the same since April 24. The 7 day positive average is actually at the lowest it's ever been, probably because of the increased testing. We've run a total of 623k tests. Here is the Texas
    9 points
  15. Interestingly, during the past 7 weeks is the first time I have seen true patriotism in NZ. A couple of random thoughts: I do think that it is the parliamentarian system here that has allowed for a coordinated response. There are pros and cons for different types of government, but in a pandemic a single voice has made for a calm, clear message. Because the parties in power vote as a block, no compromise is required with the opposition parties to implement policy. (NZ has 5+ parties, and runs an MMP system) There is obviously a problem with NZ's elimination approach if no va
    9 points
  16. I'm surprised that you would describe the normal functioning of a parliamentary democracy as "unilateral" -- in fact, a leader in a parliamentary system has considerably less individual power than an American-style President. The leader participates in a party-based voting system to propose and pass laws openly and normally. In a parliamentary system, a person becomes head of state by being the party leader of the party with the most seats. They don't gain any form of personal executive power from the position. In declaring a national emergency, it was the government who had that power t
    9 points
  17. Is everything else about her good? Because, honestly, home health matches are hard to find. I am very pro-vax, but finding someone reliable and who has a good personality match for both your child and for you is hard. I understand the mixed feelings.
    8 points
  18. If she's anti-vax then she's not getting the flu shot either which increases the risk to your son during the flu season.
    8 points
  19. Slowing the spread was not just about preventing hospitals from being overloaded. It was about giving us all time to learn about the disease. It's about giving everyone from our cities to our federal government time to come up with a plan and accumulate some supplies because we had neither. The general public has had some time to learn some new hygiene habits and get used to the new normal. We now have tp and hand sanitizer back on the shelves. Masks are more accessible, both homemade and cheap surgical. My airport posted a mask vending machine. I can't begin to guess how much an airport mask
    8 points
  20. Good morning! Coffee, breakfast, meds maybe early morning anxiety seminar first meeting with my therapist buy flowers (baked cookies instead) make gift packages deliver gifts put away laundry plan beach getaway read book club book prep for dinner relax
    8 points
  21. Thank you for this. I've been lucky enough to live in two countries and two cultures in my life. I was born and raised in a country where the scale of poverty, disease and other problems look overwhelming on the outside. But I've always seen normal people practice little acts of kindness throughout the day like putting extra rice for a beggar who would come around regularly, teaching their domestic help to read, paying fees for their kids, giving clothes both old and new, putting out food for birds and street dogs, driving around a cow that is just sitting in the middle of the road. These
    8 points
  22. Dh’s company announced their plan today and we’re rather shocked. They will only be going back in to the office in phases but only if they see improvement in numbers of cases and deaths. When they see improvement they will allow 10% of workers back and it will be voluntary and go every two weeks from there. They will not have more than 50% of workers back in office until there is a vaccine or effective treatment. No one will be forced to return to the office prior to vaccine or treatment. Also, masks will be required unless you are sitting at your desk, so in all common areas. Dh sta
    8 points
  23. I have an 8th grader (my fourth!) this year for a few more weeks. Then a year off. Then another 8th grader. Then a year off. Then my last 8th grader. I like 8th grade. I don't have to keep records of grades for 8th grade. :)
    7 points
  24. Good morning everyone. Not supposed to rain today as I originally thought. Today I plan to: exercise weed clean the floors salmon for dinner dust the furniture laundry read apply for more jobs
    7 points
  25. Good morning! Fairly busy day today- I have the last shipment of roses coming. coffee/paper laundry- sheets and things on handwash cycle get ds3 up and working work in garden- get sites ready ds3 to hit at courts put in roses when they come shower, relax, read not sure what else Have a great day!
    7 points
  26. Due date today. Hopefully my hips will let me take a walk today. It’d sure be nice if she decided to come before we have to start talking about painful yucky induction methods. She is so big now. I rested my tea on top of my belly and she nearly kicked it off. The midwife said she guesses 9lbs!
    7 points
  27. Happy Friday! Besides the "big project" that I've been working on (promised a week ago, now about 99% done I think), today is a "deadline day" - quarterly reports due, nonprofit tax filings, and other stuff. Done: Some internet and work stuff in the wee hours. Slept about 5 hours, got up early to work. A little cleaning. Caught up on news, emails, electronic school stuff, calendar, and social media. Working on coffee 1. To do: Many work reports. Wake kids by 9:30 as they have a Zoom at 10. A little reading & more housework.
    7 points
  28. Good morning! Drop off books for a student Get kids up and going Drop off cards and toiletries for VA hospital patients. 30 minutes of yardwork Figure out dinner. Steaks, I think, with some grilled veggies and maybe sweet potato fries or quinoa. (Ds may have other dinner plans since he is backyard camping tonight.) Steaks for us, a burger for dd, foil pack dinner for ds. Call mom Pay a bill. AHG things Read Walk ✅
    7 points
  29. Good morning! It's Friday! We had thunderstorms all night and now a very foggy morning. vet appt. at 10:00 - dental work for the horses, plus a couple other minor procedures and a recheck of Butterscotch's foot office work - go through credit card bills post office unpack produce boxes order more stick-on treads for our wood stairs dinner: something easy - veggie burgers, maybe
    7 points
  30. Because I never, ever skip a chance to be pedantic about linguistics terminology and also because I love the word*, the term we're looking for when we discuss "dropping" /r/ at the end of a word is non-rhotic. New England, NYC, and the American South have typically non-rhotic accents, as does most of the UK. Interestingly, in the UK rhotic accents are less prestigious and in the US it's the other way around. The linking r you describe intervocalically is also quite common in non-rhotic accents. * You're just lucky you didn't say something that'd allow me to squeeze the words "schwa"
    7 points
  31. vacuuming more laundry call PT to ask questions x-rays? supplement order
    6 points
  32. Is she employed by an agency? If so, you need to ask that agency what their CV19 vaccination regulations for their employees are. That way, you can highlight your concerns about this employee as well as bring to their attention that there are such concerns and that they need to address them, if they have not thought about it so far. Taking the mask off when doing nothing is dangerous to those around her and also transmits her germs to surfaces in your home 😞 I saw many costco employees wearing their mask like a chin covering on a really hot day last week and I took a minute to find their
    6 points
  33. Great. Now I'm reminded I'll have two 11th graders next year.
    6 points
  34. Jen, is your state having district and state swim meets? Our state has cancelled them all for this year. I'm really bummed for ds. I haven't told him yet. Breakfast is done as well as some calls about math tutoring next year. lunch and dinner school with ds pick up new patio chairs at Home Depot (new umbrella arrives today) bank thrift stores to look for a patio table I might can fix up (IKEA wants $99 to ship the one I want from them. That's more than the table costs.)
    6 points
  35. You’re right. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people feel hoodwinked from this round and won’t be as cooperative in the future.
    6 points
  36. Her gift is me traveling to be there. 🙂
    6 points
  37. I was just getting ready to go to bed. I haven't been sleeping well, so I try to stay up until 1:30 or 2:00 so that I am exhausted when I finally get to bed.
    6 points
  38. Ok, this one hits a little too close to home 🙄
    6 points
  39. I recall once years ago, hearing something along the lines of: if you knew how little time people spend thinking about you, you wouldn't worry so much about what they're thinking. I've been listening to podcasts on how to overcome social anxiety. #1 - stop being so concerned about what other people think. If you wear a mask in your car - so what. if you don't wear a mask in your car - so what. if someone judges you for _not/wearing__ - they need to get a life as they would seem to have too much free time on their hands.
    6 points
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