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  1. Other countries have done it and it’s working well for them. Many of their economies are rebounding well and their Covid hospitalization and death rates are much lower than ours. Coincidentally, I just read something in Bloomberg about that this morning: A Growing Argument for a Move Toward the European Model “Europe’s continued domination of Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking for the third month in a row in September shows the strength of the vaccination-led model that has emerged as the most successful amid delta’s onslaught, and one that’s likely to be increasingly followed across the world. The European Union’s pioneering guidance to mostly limit quarantine-free travel to immunized people held down serious illness and deaths even as the peak summer tourism season unfolded. In addition, government moves to allow some domestic freedoms only for inoculated people boosted take-up rates to some of the highest in the world, further strengthening the shield of vaccination. Nowhere has the resilience of this strategy been more evident than in Ireland, the Ranking’s new No. 1, marking a startling turnaround for a country that at the start of 2021 had the worst outbreak in the world. In Ireland, only immunized people are allowed inside restaurants and bars, boosting its inoculation coverage to over 90% of the adult population. Just this week, travel restrictions were fully lifted for vaccinated visitors, while weekly deaths hover in the double digits. The deterioration of other pandemic approaches are a growing argument for the world to move toward the European model.” and it continues from there.
  2. I totally get that many people have a strong preference for in person mental health care, but I always feel a need to champion telehealth for this, because I think a lot of people otherwise might dismiss it out of hand based just on the negativity surrounding the idea. For US (and again, I realize some people will be different), virtual mental health care has not lacked in anything compared to previous in person mental health care. It's an option between sitting in the same room talking with the person or sitting in different rooms, but still looking at and talking with them about the same things. It has ended up being a benefit for us, because we have been able to enroll our loved one in more intensive, more frequent care, with a larger team, than if we were needing to travel in person and fit it in around all the other things on the schedule. They have both individual and group appointments. So for those that only have telehealth as an option, I really encourage you to give it a try, because you may find it's a lot better than you expected. As I said above, I'm dreading that they might totally take the option back off the table when the pandemic dies down.
  3. A passport system actually allows for a lot more privacy. Someone can be coded as green (or whatever system they use), and no one checking it has to know through what route they qualify for entry (vaccine, exemption, infection, etc), just that they do. That makes it easier for us to implement a system that takes prior infection into account, too.
  4. Right. That was the point I was making.
  5. Have you tried calling his pediatrician for advice? This is very likely to be a situation they are familiar with navigating.
  6. I’m so sorry your family is going through this. There has been an ever increasing mental health crisis for years with increasing numbers of people in need and never enough services available. Now it has been exacerbated even more by the current state of hospitals. The consent thing is just a common issue in mental health care for kids over 14**. And then once they’re 18, you have no say in anything unless they sign to allow it. I actually wish they had at least offered telehealth the one time I called the crisis line for someone. The person was unwilling to go in anywhere and does not do phone calls, but will do a video call. Telehealth in response to a medical emergency makes zero sense whatsoever, but I have to say I really hope that they keep offering a lot of telehealth mental health care services even after the pandemic, because they make it so much more doable for many people to be able to find someone, since it doesn’t have to be someone within close travel distance, and transportation and family schedules aren’t issues. I dread the day my kid’s DBT program says they need to somehow get to appointments 45 minutes away three days a week. If you feel your loved one is in immediate danger, I would give them the ultimatum that they can go willingly to the ER or you will call for an ambulance. If you call for an ambulance stress the fact that you “can not keep them safe from harming them self.” With the right words, you should be able to get involuntary services, but I think that’s super complicated right now, because pre-pandemic, people sat in the ER waiting for a mental health bed to open, and now in the current stage of the pandemic, they don’t have anywhere to put people in the ER to wait, sometimes not even if they are having heart attacks 😢. If you can find some kind of more intensive outpatient program, in the long run that’s your goal anyway. An inpatient stay may or may not even be helpful, quite honestly. It’s to get them stable and then to release them again. It doesn’t tend to address any of what got them to that place, and sometimes the experience itself is so traumatic that it makes things even worse for the person. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s still the best option just for safety. Good luck. I hope he is in a healthy place very soon. eta: in the meantime, if you haven’t already, anything dangerous needs to be locked away. No sharps, no pills, no straps or ropes. If there are any firearms in the house, they need to be gone and with someone else. All of that is part of what the ER would likely have gone over with you as part of a visit. It often requires being firm that you feel unable to keep the person safe in order for them to do anything except evaluate and send them home. **On second look, I see the age of consent for behavioral health care varies widely across the states. It looks like it may be 16 in Texas, although everything is phrased as consenting to treatment, not declining, but I exepct they are both the same.
  7. The mask thing is just baffling. Of all the things to make your life issue, masks?? I get it’s way more comfortable and convenient to not wear them, but wow. It’s just not a big ask during a pandemic and these people are making their kids feel victimized for wearing the same masks that millions of other kids are wearing without a second thought. Besides being ridiculous, it’s just not kind to make this such a problem for their poor kids.
  8. This is totally true, but I admit I find it a bit depressing that there are all these people who wouldn’t get vaccinated for the sake of helping ease this pandemic and the enormous strain on hospitals or even just for their families and to keep themselves healthy, but they’ll do it in order to go to bars or restaurants or whatever.
  9. There’s a Jackbox game that works like this that my kids find hilarious, but it sounds like even more fun to do it with real slides.
  10. That’s a good question. I remember seeing some kind of survey many months ago that indicated that that was the case that many people, particularly in higher poverty areas, did not realize they wouldn’t have to pay for it. I have seen one strategy to increase uptake some places has been to really lean into advertising the free aspect. I also expect that no insurance is correlated with a number of other factors, like income and education level, which tend to be related to vaccine hesitancy. Eta: I thought it was interesting the degree to which vaccines being required for travel and recreational activities has had a major impact. Even more so than requirements for jobs (which may be just a function of their being a smaller number of jobs that are requiring a vaccine at this point. I think they said about one in five jobs requires a vaccine, and about 19% of previously hesitant people cited job requirements as a major factor in getting vaccinated).
  11. Why didn’t you share the first part of the quote as well? “Individuals with COVID-19 are most likely to spread the virus to close contacts two days before the onset of symptoms to three days after symptoms appear, and the risk of transmission is highest when patients had mild or moderate disease severity” So, people with mild to moderate disease are most likely to spread from two days before to three days after symptom onset. I think I’m one of the ones being accused of berating people for this? I haven’t done any berating. I corrected misinformation, which is not the same thing at all.
  12. There is so much out there to show this was well known by Summer of 2020 that I’ll just share one link and let you look more up yourself. This is from AP News service (so would have gotten wide distribution) on April 1, 2020. In the pandemic’s infancy: More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus (Note the use of the word “more” in the headline, indicating this wasn’t even the first news of this.)
  13. Exactly the same here (and we live nowhere near you). My young adult kids weren’t worried for themselves, but did not want to unknowingly get an older adult sick, so have been exceedingly careful, and the sentiment is prevalent in their peer group, which is similarly careful.
  14. Cross posting this from another thread. interesting statistics from the most recent Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor. I shared in a different thread to show the the racial disparity gap in adult vaccinations has disappeared. The report addresses many other vaccine related questions, including the primary reasons motivating people who have gotten vaccinated only recently (serious illness or death in someone they know being one of the primary ones).
  15. I just saw a Kaiser Family Foundation report this morning showing the racial disparity gap in vaccinations has completely disappeared amount adults at this point. The whole report was pretty interesting. KFF Vaccine Monitor: September 2021
  16. It was pretty well known and publicized since at least summer 2020, if not earlier, that people with no symptoms were responsible for much of the spread, and that’s what makes this virus particularly effective. When I was looking up articles about that yesterday, many studies and articles from mid 2020 came up. I agree public messaging has frequently been not great, but even more that it has been purposely and further confused by bad actors. The idea that “I don’t need to worry about spreading if I’m not sick” has been a talking point of Covid deniers and anti maskers from the start.
  17. Where I am, hospitalizations are starting to go down, but deaths are still increasing. I heard a doctor say that part of this is because hospitalizations are decreasing as people who have been on ventilators die 😢. It’s a good sign at least hospitalizations aren’t staying steady or going up while this is happening.
  18. I think that’s not abnormal for an immune response. I have two kids who frequently react to various things with swollen lymph nodes. Like, they bite their cheek really hard, they get a swollen lymph node on that side of their neck. One got one in the armpit after the second Covid shot and thought nothing of it and the other got one above the collarbone after the first. They were worried about what it was, but once they knew, it didn’t bother them.
  19. I'd also be curious to turn it around and ask where the better proof is that despite dozens of studies showing presymptomatic spread predominating, that presymptomatic spread is actually rare and we can safely assume people without symptoms aren't contagious. The immediate dismissal of anything using PCR tests is always a tell. Goes along with the same kind of "sources" as Fearless Ontario and other anti-vax groups. The end goal is usually to minimize Covid and discredit the vaccines. To what end, I still honestly don't know.
  20. I didn’t see anything that indicated it was OP’s choice to end the friendship. Perhaps it was, but I don’t see anything that made me assume that. She said “there isn’t anything I can do about that” which suggested to me this wasn’t all her choice.
  21. We have a mask mandate and high vaccination level, and I’m surprised how well the schools are doing so far. For the four surrounding large school districts, there are lots of schools with no cases, lots with 1 or maybe 2, and only a few that have had more than that. One school had 17, but that’s the only one that had an outbreak like that so far. Hopefully it stays like this. I had feared much worse.
  22. This is what I have read. There are a lot more younger patients, and they are staying alive on the ventilators much longer.
  23. I wonder if it's like pertussis, and adults often catch it without more than a cold, but then pass it on to infants who may become severely ill. So the idea would be to offer it to adults to protect those too young to be protected otherwise. I have no idea if this is the case, but that's what springs to mind as a possible explanation.
  24. I'm so sorry, that must be so difficult. These stories are so, so tragic. What got me in this one is the statement that she "always, ALWAYS put her children first" but clearly in this case these wacky beliefs somehow became more important to her than her children, and she died for them. I'm sure she didn't intend it to become way, but the brainwashing on this subject seems insidious, and in the end, that's the way she chose 😢. I don't know if people ever think it through to that point--that to choose to take a stand by not getting vaccinated against Covid is to decide you are willing to die for that belief.
  25. Agree. As I said, I was posting pretty quickly, but that did stick out at me when I was posting it. Doesn’t mean that’s irrelevant, though. just not sufficient on its own.
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