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  1. When I listened to Shane Crotty last week I believe he said the Israeli data had not been peer reviewed yet, unless that changed in the last few days, and I think he may have even said that it wasn’t fully available to be reviewed yet. So how do we know the Israeli’s have the best data? I’m kind of holding my fire on this one still, in terms of thinking we have definitive answers yet.
  2. Yes very little of it makes any sense at all.
  3. It’s interesting to me that some people are so concerned about possible long term effects of the vaccines but completely unconcerned about possible long term effects of the virus. This is old news, I know, but it struck me forcibly just now.
  4. I think they were testing for antibodies from disease not vaccination, because I would imagine they were wanting to possibly use for convalescent plasma therapy.
  5. Shane Crotty said that they do not have data yet on immunity if you are vaccinated first and then get Covid but they are studying it. He said it’s possible vaccination may dampen the immune response if you get infected, so it may be different than if you get Covid then get vaccinated. He said previously infected people who get the first vaccine then get really good protection against variants. Of course you have to survive Covid, and hopefully not end up with long Covid to get your immunity that way.
  6. I know someone who got Covid, got vaccinated and got Covid again so it can certainly happen.
  7. There was a recent TWIV podcast with Shane Crotty where he was talking about the vaccinations and immunity from infection. It was really informative I thought. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-virology/id300973784?i=1000534769639
  8. There are some videos on YouTube that help with preparing for the ACT science section. The man who does them goes by the name The Magnet man I think.
  9. I’m so sorry you are going through this! I will be praying for you.
  10. Praying for your daughter! It’s incredibly sad and exhausting working in those circumstances. How wonderful that she is willing to help and do these hard things! It must be especially difficult when her usual job is so very different to what she is having to do now. Praying for strength and peace for her. She is making a difference!
  11. Wow that is pretty amazing!
  12. I just did my pre flight Covid PCR test at CVS a couple of hours ago. They don’t do the rapid tests here. I’m also going to drive to a nearbyish town tomorrow where I can get an antigen test that should result within a few hours. I’m praying that one of them, at least, comes back before Wednesday afternoon when I fly, and that, of course, it’s negative. I don’t have any symptoms at all and I’ve been wearing a happy mask, or KN 95 every time I’m inside anywhere public, so hopefully all will be well. Once I get there I’m going to wear an N95 in the airport, and also in the car, and around my parents inside, until I can get tested and be clear from the journey. It’s nerve wracking for sure.
  13. @Lanny I tried to reply in the other thread but I guess it got locked right when I hit post. I just wanted to comment on the 3 Japanese men who died after being vaccinated. First of all I am really sad they died and will be really sad if it was related to the vaccine. But I wanted to tell you that we have had more than double that number of men, in that age group - 30s and 40s, die of Covid in our little podunk ICU alone, just in the last 2 months. I hope you don’t mind me saying this Lanny, but the risks in your age group are somewhat higher, so I hope so much you are able to get vaccinated, with a vaccine you feel confident in, very soon.
  14. I don’t know if this is necessarily recommended, but until recently we had to reuse N95s at work for a number of days and some people spray them with alcohol when they take them off.
  15. I don’t know what I think about a mandate. If you can test once a week there is definitely an out if you don’t want to get vaccinated and you still want to work there. I think there should also be a clause for previously infected who can still prove immunity- if that’s possible. Being vaccinated doesn’t completely prevent you spreading it but it does reduce that risk. There have been several studies recently about this, even with Delta. As for regretting doing something you thought was a sensible thing to do, because there is now a rule - how do adults even give that more than a passing thought?
  16. That makes me feel so angry. I really can’t help but hope that that woman gets sufficient feedback about her behavior that she is thoroughly ashamed of herself. What a jerky way to behave!
  17. Thank you so much for your kindness! I’m so thankful people like you are coming to help. Working through these dreadful times really results in strong bonds with the people we work with. It is one bright thing to see how well we can work together and support each other. I don’t think I will ever forget the people I’ve been working with through this.
  18. My kids still remember how our small local newspaper quoted me as saying things I never actually said, when they did an article about a homeschooling event. I think it’s an all too common occurrence unfortunately.
  19. My whole family is vaxed but we are not doing those things. I honestly don’t know what the positivity is around here, because I haven’t looked, and because a lot of people here don’t bother testing unless they get really sick, so I don’t think any numbers are very meaningful. I react based on the fact that at least 1/2 the available ICU beds, and often more, at my hospital are Covid patients and have been for several months. I have never known such a large proportion of ICU beds to be taken up by 1 diagnosis before. I did listen to a podcast with ZDoggMd and Monica Gandhi where they mentioned several recent studies showing that vaccinated people appeared to be a lot less likely to spread Covid while infected, so that seems encouraging. ETA. My girls and I are masking inside, my husband does some, but not everywhere. Fortunately he had the Moderna vax so I’m hoping he just isn’t going to get infected, and so can’t spread anything. I’ve kind of given up doing much more than what I think is the right thing and being a good example rather than being vocal unless asked. I feel like I’m hanging by a thread and just surviving. The toll from looking after people and getting to know them, and helping them fight it, and then seeing them almost inevitably lose the battle and die is just almost too much to bear anymore. If people who think it’s exaggerated want my job I’ll happily step aside and let them have it.
  20. Why else is he saying hospitals aren’t trustworthy? Because of that dr? What do hospitals have to gain from lying? In my experience hospitals say very little about what is going on because of the whole privacy issue. ETA Sorry I noticed the JAWM after I posted so feel free to ignore.
  21. I am traveling to the UK in about 10 days time to finally see my parents after 2 years. This whole testing and jumping through the hoops thing is nerve wracking! I just found out on Sunday that they have changed my flight and instead of flying into Manchester I am now arriving in Heathrow. I had booked my day 2 test to be done at a clinic at the airport as soon as I arrived. I’ve had to now book an at home self test so I can do it wherever I end up and am trying to get my money back from the first one. I definitely wish I had just gone with the at home one straight away. I was worried about flight changes so I think it was a bit stupid of me to do what I did!
  22. When I listened to TWIV they said there really wasn’t data to support it yet. I think I heard something about a study from Israel, but maybe it was just a report saying cases seemed to be dropping in Israel, maybe due to the booster, but I don’t have a link I’m afraid.
  23. I hope this isn’t too graphic but this is a good description of the stages of Covid for a patient in hospital and ICU. The only real difference where I work is we do allow the next of kin into the room if the patient is dying, and we are on the ground floor, so other family members can be at the window. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-08-26/pandemic-covid-19-stages-vaccination-intensive-care-respiratory-therapist?fbclid=IwAR3XEuNvTjhx3DyEde89-IKBTAsqiVbf-Zym8Zx91rnBexz03NvWVYMsTY8
  24. TCB


    What is it with the people that name these things! None of them sound very appealing! Spikevax!
  25. Wow that is pretty horrendous. I didn’t click on the link until you mentioned it. They do have a lot of exposure in their job.
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