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  1. In looking at fee based fiduciaries from the NAFPA list shared earlier, I'm wondering how typical it is for them to want you to move everything to whichever money management firm they work with. They say they have no relationship with the company, but use it so they have access to moving your money around for you. I understand they need a way to do that if you don’t want to be the one to handle the actual transactions. I don’t like that though, and am wondering how common. I’m thinking we would need to do the actual handling ourselves to get around that, and just use the FA for advice.
  2. I think part of the problem is that people are not good at risk assessment. No big deal for 97% means a big deal for 3%, and that’s a very high percentage to be dangerously ill. I think people think that’s low, but it’s not when you’re talking a very contagious illness on a whole population level (in a rural town of 10,000, if everyone eventually gets it, you would have 300 dangerously ill and 100 die).
  3. I see the same with older people, that politics doesn’t matter much for vaccinating for the majority. With younger though, I don’t think personal risk assessment would explain it based on how widely vaccination in younger cohorts varies. How would you explain some areas having very low vaccine uptake in under 40s and some very high?
  4. Found this: https://theconversation.com/second-dose-of-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-faqs-about-blood-clots-safety-risks-and-symptoms-161587 Are the risks different for a second dose? The risk of a blood clot after a second dose is about one in 600,000, which is one-tenth the risk of clotting after an initial dose. If you were comfortable getting the first dose, you should feel good about going ahead and continuing to help the community bring the pandemic closer to its end. In addition, knowing the symptoms associated with the vaccine-related clots allows for timely recognition and immediate treatment.
  5. Maybe the cycle threshold obsessors will take Delta more seriously given this. Highest viral load tends to be right before or around testing positive though, so I’m not sure this ends up being much different than saying 1000 times greater in general, unfortunately.
  6. Threads like this are why I love the hive :). Mercy, I hope this helps put your grandma at ease.
  7. If anyone’s interested, this is the spreadsheet the aerosol guy has put together where he’s recorded all of his test results for the masks he has tested. What I like is that he tests them as worn, not just the mask fabric itself. Now, of course, that’s for his face, so it doesn’t mean someone else will get the same results on their face, but I go for whatever gives me the best fit to try to match my results as closely as possible to what he was getting. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1M0mdNLpTWEGcluK6hh5LjjcFixwmOG853Ff45d3O-L0/htmlview eta: I hadn’t looked at his data in a couple months, and one thing that’s interesting to see there is that he has some surgical masks tested versus the same brand KF94 and versus the surgical mask when worn with a mask brace. It shows how much fit matters. The surgical masks consistently do not perform as well when worn as the KF94s, but if you add a mask brace, it boosts it to be about equivalent.
  8. I buy KF94s and rotate through them and reuse. Someone tested a bunch of them and didn’t find any significant change in their filtering abilities when reused, and even when left in the car in the sun. They fit much better than a surgical style mask and have to meet a high filtration standard to receive the KF94 certification.
  9. I came to post the same thing. Really heartbreaking. I had trouble deciding which excerpt to quote, because the whole thing is worth a read: “Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying. “I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, in an emotional Facebook post Sunday. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.” 😢
  10. Thank you for linking that study. I was looking all over for it last week to link it after I mentioned the findings here about shorter interval to illness and hospitalization. I’m trying to member who I told I would link it, I think perhaps it might have been @TCB, who had said she had noticed that anecdotally among her patients. This is another one where I’m going to have to go back to find the study where I saw this, but I saw something in the last week or two indicating that, surprisingly, viral load doesn’t actually seem to be correlated to how sick people are. People can have really high viral loads and not get very sick. Yikes. Are those kind of events still being allowed, or have they stopped them now? I noticed that the majority of people are masked, but not everyone. Are any news reports reporting on the relationship with masking to who is getting sick and who is transmitting?
  11. I'm so sorry you're going through this. I'm glad you're out, but I know the waiting is awful. I hope your house (and everyone else's) will be spared.
  12. The message sounds like one that can come up if the accessory battery dies, but the behavior sounds like something else. If it's the accessory battery drained, it should have been that the car couldn't start, and once started, the accessory battery shouldn't have anything to do with it. Although....now that I'm thinking of it, I do think I recall there being something about the feedback system from the brakes not being able to communicate with the car if the accessory battery is dead, so that the car thinks the brakes have lost pressure. That sounds like a terrible idea for the car to just die at that point, though. I suppose the thought is that if your brakes have gone out, the car has a way to bring you to a stop? I don't know. I still don't know why the car would have started though if the accessory battery was dead. You should make sure if you're running things while parked, that the battery symbol isn't lit up on your dashboard. That means only the accessory battery is running. You want the car fully running if you're going to run anything for long (though I wouldn't have expected music to do it. I would have thought it more likely to be having the a/c going).
  13. Thank you for sharing this One of the things that consistently bothers me when people say that children aren’t seriously affected by Covid, is that it neglects to take into account the significant impacts on kids when their loved ones are impacted. Kids don’t live in bubbles. For 120,000 kids in this country to have lost their primary caregiver is an incredible tragedy. We can’t protect kids without also protecting adults. I agree, but also caution that needs to be balanced by reading actual expert sources yourself as well. Because for a large portion of the people who’ve been sucked into the conspiracy theory and pseudoscience and denial stuff, that’s all coming from them having a community of other people also into those things that they are engaging with, and they’re all just getting deeper and deeper into it together.
  14. I’ve been thinking the same and almost asked this morning (but then had an internal debate in case she was wanting to quietly disappear). Good to hear there’s no negative reason.
  15. That comes out very similar to a more in depth calculation I posted in the Vaccine thread this morning. They used a similar method, and had 89% as an underestimate counting all people old enough to be vaccinated, or 93(?)% if they assume most of the vaccinated in the hospital are older (which appears accurate). I’ve been expecting there weren’t going to be restrictions on a fully vaccinated campus (students and staff), but now I’m wondering if Delta will change that. Especially for things like large indoor gatherings—basketball games and things like that.
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