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  1. I can't imagine losing a friend over differences such as this 😞 I have many friends that don't align with my political view, parenting style, religion, interests, etc. but they are all near and dear to me. Unless they were doing something illegal or truly reprehensible, I can't understand why you chose to end the friendship. If you miss her, reach out!
  2. We are going to visit our S at college. He lives across the street from a great state park so we will do some hiking. It’s a gorgeous day. We will reward ourselves with one of the best pizzas in the country. Appreciate the reminder to be thankful for all the good things.
  3. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-judge-deals-blow-covid-19-vaccine-mandate-nyc-teachers-n1280097
  4. I think your mowing gesture is super nice, and I think you should just go ahead and do it. Doubt anyone would be upset if you do, so no need for permission
  5. Does anyone else get state reporting on variants? Most of the time when I check the data, it shows a majority of cases as Delta. Today I checked and Delta accounts for 32.5% and Alpha is 28%. Iota was the only other significant number, at 12.8. I thought that was interesting and wondered what others were seeing in their neck of the woods.
  6. Google translate says this (though this doesn't answer your accuracy question): Deaths from COVID-19 Covid-19 infection remains in special housing for the elderly in Överkalix. Of a total of 17 confirmed cases among users so far, 8 have unfortunately died. Start Press News Deceased in... Listen Covid among users and staff Since the first confirmed case on 3 September, we have had 17 users who have been found to be infected with COVID-19. Unfortunately, eight of them have died. Eleven staff in the affected operations have also been identified with COVID-19. We work closely with Smittskydd and Vårdhygien Region Norrbotten, as well as Överkalix Health Centre. We also closely follow directives on measures to prevent further spread of infection. Regular sampling Both users and staff are regularly sampled to also find those infected who show no symptoms, thus preventing further spread of infection. Since 13 September, no new cases have been identified. Regular sampling for both users and staff will continue as recommended by healthcare hygiene as long as necessary. Vaccinated According to the information provided by the municipality, all infected users except one must have accepted the COVID vaccine, and are double vaccinated. We know that among the staff the willingness to vaccinate has been very good, but as an employer we cannot collect information about how individual employees have chosen to do. Continued visiting restrictions The staff are doing a good job and we are doing everything we can to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We urge relatives to continue to avoid visiting our special accommodations for the elderly.
  7. I don't know, but a major concern when the FDA met to vote was risk/benefit to that age group. I believe most of them voted no because of that. I certainly wouldn't push my college age D to get a booster.
  8. They did not go into detail on severity. Someone asked why Israel's numbers for myocarditis were much higher than ours and someone else answered that ours are actually similar to Israel's. I don't remember why that isn't reported correctly, but in actuality it is about 1 in 5000 to 1 in 6000 cases.
  9. There was a question asked (IIRC - have been watching many videos) about age range for concern on cardio issues, and the answer was up to 40. So yes, they could've recommended perhaps 50+.
  10. It didn't help that due to their technical difficulties, they (Pfizer) really didn't answer any of the questions they were asked. Disappointing.
  11. Once approved for 65+, doctors can still do this off label, no?
  12. We can't say the booster shot has stamped out the latest wave because they are having an increase right now. I watched the meeting as well and even the rep from Israel said she didn't know why there has been a recent uptick in cases (one of the panelists asked the question). The guess is it is due to the recent holidays, but we will have to wait for confirmation on that.
  13. We don't have an understanding about that with the vaccine either. I agree that we should not be mandating vaccination for anyone that had prior infection. That was one of the considerations in Friday's FDA meeting, not knowing what damage a third dose could do to someone who also previously had Covid.
  14. That would be totally and 100% her choice, though of course tragic if it happens. And that is not what everyone has been saying, nor why they are mandating. They are mandating to protect others. Also, though it is possible, not being vaccinated does NOT = dying from Covid
  15. Nonvaxxed does not equal violating health protocols, not masking, not taking precautions, willfully spreading covid, nor does it mean they will inject you with horse medicine, etc. Prior to vaccine mandates, a hospital administrator in my area said that before Covid, hospital staff didn't even have to get a flu shot. If they didn't, they had to mask up. 99% sure it was a rep from Yale New Haven, so not a podunk neighborhood hospital. I would rather have a nurse shrouded in PPE that was unvaxxed rather than face a severe staffing shortage, if it came to that. I'm assuming all hospital staff is still required to mask and take all other hospital precautions. Also, has anyone seen stats on people who got covid from a doctor or nurse?
  16. https://www.timesofisrael.com/health-ministry-chief-says-coronavirus-spread-reaching-record-heights/
  17. Yes, this was a bit unnerving to read. In a presentation Friday, Dr. Sharon Elroy-Preiss of Israel’s Health Ministry argued that if officials there had not begun distributing boosters at the end of July, the nation likely would have exceeded its hospital capacity. Health officials began to see a trend, she said, of individuals in their 40s and 50s who were fully vaccinated become critically ill with Covid. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/17/fda-panel-begins-voting-on-pfizers-covid-booster-doses-rejecting-shots-for-general-public.html
  18. Weekly at my neighborhood grocery that I'm familiar with and know where everything is? About 1/2 hour. Once a month I shop at Whole Foods, where I buy most of my meat/poultry/fish, and that trip is usually a good hour. I love food shopping and cooking 🙂 I have zero worries in a grocery store. I wear an N95, am not near any one person for more than a minute, and masks are required for all.
  19. Mystic Aquarium in CT. If you feel like splurging you can pay for a penguin encounter. https://www.mysticaquarium.org/experiences/penguin-encounter/
  20. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/09/covid-hospitalization-numbers-can-be-misleading/620062/
  21. Oh I agree with you. Just don’t understand how everyone can say we don’t need boosters when you see indications that there is waning immunity.
  22. Our state case rates and hospitalization rates among the vaxxed are climbing, but doctors are saying it's not due to waning immunity. They are saying it's mostly older people and those with comorbidities that are most at-risk, but our state distributed by age, so they are also the people who've had the vaccine the longest. https://patch.com/connecticut/vernon/s/hsdd1/ct-coronavirus-breakthrough-cases-on-rise-yale-study?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert
  23. I was sick in May, and still have a lingering cough. I went to the doctor because I was sure it was Covid, even though I had tested twice and both were negative. All they did was offer me a steroid. It doesn't bother me enough to take them.
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