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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It came from the same individual who thinks a virus can multiply on a countertop - Ohio.
  5. 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.
  6. Exactly. The fact that my state has no idea what numbers would necessitate tightening things back up is frightening.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The problem, though, is that flattening the curve was the reason given for the measures.
  10. 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.
  11. Unfortunately, yes. She is in way over her head.
  12. 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 th
  13. My son's school announced this week that all classes for the semester will be strictly pass/fail. My daughter's school announced that the kids will have the option of converting a grade to pass/fail at the end of the semester, even in-major classes, without it counting toward the pass/fail class limit. Both kids are happy with their school's decision.
  14. Does anyone think the K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year? I think that is a real possibility.
  15. It is ridiculous that we are unable to test everyone that shows symptoms. If the country had actual numbers for the under 18 age group, I bet many of our K-12 schools would be closed in an attempt to slow the spread.
  16. My oldest son just texted me that MIT is requiring everyone to vacate campus. All instruction for rest of semester will be conducted online Still waiting on what my other son at Williams will be doing. My daughter was planning on flying back to RPI on Monday because her team events have not been cancelled. But I am not sure her team will have any opponents at this point. In any event, she has not yet booked a flight.
  17. That actually makes me feel better. I wish Washington state would utilize this approach to try to slow things down.
  18. Middlebury College has made the same decision as Amherst. My son’s school is announcing its decision tonight.
  19. My daughter’s college is going to all online at least through the end of March. They are encouraging the kids not to return to campus after spring break but will house those who do return. i am hoping my son’s school cancels spring break and forces the kids to remain on campus so they can complete the semester
  20. My son just informed me that Amherst is moving all classes to online format. ETA. Amherst students have also been told not to return to campus after spring break.
  21. I just received an update from son’s college. There has been a confirmed case 7 miles from campus. Admitted student events along with admission tours have been cancelled. Assemblies have to be less than 100 people
  22. I am also in the camp of going about our daily life while being prepared in case we need to stay in for a few weeks. My husband and I flew to Florida and are now at Club Med I don’t think my odds of being infected here are any greater than they would be had we stayed home and went about our daily life I tutor kids every day. Since December, some of my students have travelled to China for the Chinese New Year , others have gone skiing in Italy, and others have just arrived back from France. I don’t think any place in the country is safe...it’s just that we haven’t been able
  23. There is something going around my son’s campus. Despite getting a flu shot, my son has been suffering for close to a month now: it started with a fever, body aches and extreme exhaustion that lasted a couple of days. He has had congestion like he has never experience in his life for the last three weeks. After a month, he is now beginning to feel better. He was tested for strep and mono-both were negative.
  24. My daughter has received notifications from 2 of her professors that theIr classes will be moved to an online format when classes resume after spring break. My son’s college has cancelled his team’s trip to CA. There is also speculation that the school will cancel spring break and finish the semester early
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