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  1. My family's life is not back to normal, but it is more normal right now than I thought it would be a few months ago. I am back to working out at my gym. However, the gym is very small and permits a member to reserve the entire area for her private use during certain hours of the day. The fitness classes are back at the gym, but I still have the option to attend virtually as they are recorded live. I have my first USTA match this week. I am also back to playing paddle and pickle ball. The pools are open in my area. When I am at the pool, things appear completely normal. We are back to eating out in restaurants. We always eat outside this time of year. The servers are wearing masks, but no one else is. Walking around my rural town feels normal. People are not wearing masks outside. Last weekend, a musician was playing downtown. People were listening to the music and drinking coffee or eating ice cream, while kids were playing on the nearby playground. We saw my in-laws this weekend for the first time since February. They are both in the high risk category. We did not go in their house at all. Prior to our arrival, they had arranged lawn chairs all spaced about 10 feet apart from each other in their back yard. This was the first time they had seen my kids since December. (They have not left their home since the beginning of March) What's not normal: It doesn't look like we will be going to any Indian's games this summer. My oldest isn't coming home as often as he used to because his company is not permitting anyone to fly. My kid's internship was cancelled. He was able to find a couple of other part-time jobs, but nothing remotely close to what he would have had. My daughter found out that she will not be able to go back to campus in the fall. My son still doesn't know what his college is going to do. My H and I won't be attending any concerts or performances this summer. My area was not hard hit when compared to other places in the US.
  2. I don't think that is an off-hand comment. This shows to me a fundamental lack of knowledge. The person guiding public policy should know that a virus cannot multiply on a surface.
  3. Look on twitter. The actual clip is all over the place. She said when you clean you don't get rid of it all. And what remains multiplies. ETA: Here is a clip that I just googled. I was watching the press conference that day. The reporter asked her about cleaning surfaces to kill Covid.
  4. When states open back up there are going to be spikes. I don't think it is possible to prevent spikes from happening. What I would like to see is a plan that acknowledges that we need to ensure that the spike in cases does not cause the hospital systems to be overloaded.
  5. It came from the same individual who thinks a virus can multiply on a countertop - Ohio.
  6. I think it is going to be a surprise for our state because there doesn't appear to be a plan for a partial reclose.
  7. Exactly. The fact that my state has no idea what numbers would necessitate tightening things back up is frightening.
  8. Is everyone in your state able to get tested? My state still doesn't have enough tests to test everyone who presents with symptoms to determine if they have the virus, let alone test to try to determine how many asymptotic people are in the population. I have been trying to get my kids tested for antibodies because I think both of them had this while living on campus in February, but am unable to do so. I feel that my state is a long way from being able to set up contact tracing when they are unable to determine who is carrying the virus and who has recovered from the virus.
  9. I haven't seen anyone state that it was a myth. But, in many places, the hospitals are far from being overwhelmed, and the shelter in place no longer seems necessary.
  10. The problem, though, is that flattening the curve was the reason given for the measures.
  11. I also think there in another category who went into the crisis with full cooperation and good will with the understanding that the measures were put in place to flatten the curve so the hospitals were not overwhelmed. Once hospitals began furloughing nurses and cutting salaries due to empty hospital beds - evidence that the shut-down succeeded, there was frustration when things didn't begin to open back up because it appeared that the objective they had agreed with had changed.
  12. Unfortunately, yes. She is in way over her head.
  13. I think before we can come up with a plan, the states need to come up with a stated goal. I am still confused about what the goal is moving forward in my state. Is policy being set in order to prevent people from catching Covid19 with the hope that a vaccine will be available within the 12-18 month timeframe, or is the policy being set geared towards recognizing that people will get infected, but working to ensure that our hospital systems don't get overwhelmed resulting in not being able to treat those who are sick? In my opinion, the economic plan will be vastly different depending on the goal. My state is beginning to open up. During yesterday's press conference, our governor was asked what benchmarks he would use to determine whether we need to tighten restrictions again. He was unable to answer the question. I found his lack of an answer disturbing. I would like to see infectious disease experts guiding my state's public policy through this pandemic, not a director of health who thinks that viruses can multiply on countertops.
  14. But that risk is still there today, even though most of the country is shut down. Do you believe that the country should not begin to open back up until we have a vaccine?
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