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Everything posted by regentrude

  1. Can't find the original meme, but it said: "If I had known the roaring twenties would be three weeks in June, I would have done more."
  2. Only for college classes. In the course descriptions, I listed the professor's name. I did not specifically state that the other classes were taught by me (it's clear from the materials that we're a homeschool, so I would think that this is default unless otherwise stated). In the school profile, I explained the setup of our homeschool.
  3. Aldi. 1. There is only one kind for each item, so no price comparison, and no decisions between twenty kinds of cornflakes. 2. Store is small with short distances; all produce is in one big display with adjacent boxes, one side is veggies, the other side is fruit. 3. Vegetables are packaged. It takes 5 seconds to put a bag of Fuji apples into my cart or to grab a sack of potatoes. During the growth season, I get my vegetables (which is the bulk of what we eat) from a farm stand. It takes me between 5 and 10 minutes to select my veggies and pay - everything is out in the open on a big table, and there is no line when I go.
  4. About 15 minutes for the normal weekly shopping at Aldi. I have never spent an hour in a grocery store, ever. But grocery shopping trips have taken that long (and longer) when I had to take a bus to the store and two buses home - so I wonder whether the risk calculator factors in the entire experience and not just the actual time in the store.
  5. I do not know anybody personally who died of Covid. The son in law of a friend/acquaintance did, but I did not know him in person. I also do not know personally anybody who died at all during the past 18 months. However, my social circle is composed entirely of people who take Covid very seriously and have been taking precautions; who are (with one exception) all vaccinated; who are not elderly (except for one friend who lives on an isolated farm and is very careful about any interactions); who do not live in institutional living situations; who are highly educated; who lead healthy lifestyles. So the factors that greatly increase the statistical risk of Covid death are all absent. The picture looks very different in other segments of this community, and in communities with a different racial composition. But that does not mean I don't believe the numbers. In my county of 40k people, we are at about 180 Covid deaths. Which at 0.45% is more than twice the national average.
  6. Couples usually share close space, so if one is infected, the other one has a very high chance of being infected as well. Couples very often share lifestyle, i.e. similar risk factors and precautions. We have not, in the recent history in the developed world, dealt with an epidemic of a dangerous, highly infectious disease. We are used to seeing people die from cancer or cardiac events - not from infectious disease. I would assume this was a very normal pattern back when infectious disease was a leading cause of death.
  7. The recommendations are not solely based on science but also on practicability. As a vaccinated person, I can still infect another person. The probability is smaller. The CDC guidelines reflect that it may not be practical to require quarantine if balanced against the risk. That does not mean an individual may not come to a different conclusion for their individual behavior, weighing the inconvenience of quarantine against the risk to a vulnerable person.
  8. They can't KNOW how the long term effectiveness would have been against the original strain because it no longer circulates. It has mutated into delta.
  9. But that risk is an average over many people with very different behaviors. Most of us still take precautions to lower our personal driving risk: wear seat belts, don't text, don't drive intoxicated. Some people are even more careful and avoid driving overtired or in heavy rain.
  10. I don't know. Some time this spring. She had Covid already last summer and was ill for several weeks. Now she's over a month past initial infection and needs a multi-hour nap after going to the mailbox. Was planning to move and had to cancel the lease because she's too weak. This scares the crap out of me and makes it worth, to me, avoiding high risk situations like live performances in crowded indoor spaces full of unmasked people.
  11. The consequences of a Covid infection are still a magnitude scarier to me than anything else. I have a vaccinated friend with long Covid. I don't wish that on anyone. I am still concerned about passing it on, since vaccination protection is not 100 percent, and the immune response is less strong in older folks who are more vulnerable. I am working a high exposure job, surrounded by a community where 60% are unvaccinated, with a positivity rate of 30%. That colors my risk assessment.
  12. As explained before, all these vaccines in your link are against viruses that do not circulate widely in the population and hence don't have a chance to mutate into vaccine evading forms. None of these vaccines was developed in the middle of an unfolding pandemic against a novel virus that had been known for less than two years, and that was rapidly mutating. While a higher efficacy would be great, it's fantastic they created a vaccine at all. Are you blaming them for not foreseeing delta?
  13. This is not a fair comparison because the vaccination rates against polio (or measles, etc) are so incredibly high that there is basically no virus circulating in the community, which means the virus cannot mutate. Herd immunity accomplishes that. In contrast, the fraction of people vaccinate against Covid is far too small to prevent the virus from mutating, which means it can (partially or wholly) evade the vaccine. You get the polio vaccine not just so that you don't get polio, but so that the polio virus cannot spread and the disease remains extinct in your community.
  14. Nobody lied. A vaccine teaches the immune system to recognize an evader and train. That does not mean every person's immune system will do that perfectly, or that the trained response will work if the virus has mutated significantly. That's simply biology. Viruses that are left to spread uncontrolled through millions of people constantly mutate, and nobody can predict in which way. The fact that the vaccine continues to protect to a very high degree is great. It is not the vaccine makers' fault that delta developed. It will not be their fault if a mutation develops that evades the current vaccine altogether. Maybe we could have squashed delta if enough people had gotten vaccinated fast enough - but with a global scale of the pandemic and the production and distribution challenges, that would probably not have happened even without the vaccine refusers. ETA: It is a freaking MIRACLE that they developed a vaccine so quickly that protects to a very high degree against severe illness and death. It is an unbelievably huge scientific accomplishment.
  15. Are you thinking of going back to school? Then I'd start at the career office of a nearby college for a free initial conversation.
  16. This. Our college did amazingly well with the mask mandate over the past year; we had far fewer cases per capita than the local community, and none originated from classes or labs where the mask mandate was enforced. We have started this semester with a mask mandate, and the worst week had 10 infected students, while the county that has 4x the population of our campus had 200. We since have weekly 1-4 cases among 10,000 students.
  17. Totally agree with you. There is much I don't understand.
  18. That makes perfect sense. I would encourage him to DO the messy thing, to work out the hard problem whatever messy way he needs to, and then re-write his solution as if he is explaining it to a person who is unfamiliar with his thought process. That is hard (much harder than following a cooking recipe for writing down well-rehearsed processes), but he will learn a ton by doing that extra step.
  19. I am keeping your daughter and all healthcare workers in my thoughts. This must be incredibly hard, and I commend every one who does not quit in the face of this.
  20. but that is, of course, impossible since it's the 20-60 year olds who are working and providing the services. And not everyone can work remote. It's that age group that is the nurses, nursing home aides, supermarket cashiers, restaurant servers, shuttle drivers, meat processing plant workers, sanitation workers... if they all had "locked down hard", the old folks wouldn't have had any life to "go on with".
  21. It makes no sense to speak about "Europe" as if it were a homogenous place. There are many different countries and cultures. In Germany, 76% of women age 20-64 are employed. 47% of them part time. On average, women work 30 hours/week. Lengthy lunch breaks of stores etc are long a thing of the past. Granted, there's no Sunday shopping which is seriously annoying. I have never heard of someone having to take "days off from work" to get their car fixed. (As an aside, since there is good public transportation, you'd be much less screwed with a car in the shop than here in the Midwest of the US where you will have to miss work since there is no way to get anywhere without a car)
  22. The elite universities know that their applicants apply to a bunch of schools, especially because each has such a small acceptance rate. However, you can only apply ED to one school. That means there is a much higher chance that the student will actually come. It's about yield.
  23. Not correct. You can withdraw from the ED agreement for financial reasons. It is not binding if you cannot afford to go.
  24. I have a surface pro. Love the stylus for hand writing, hate the keyboard for typing. If you're in a math based subject with lots of equations, tablet is fabulous. If your field requires you to type long papers, you might want an external keyboard. Mine is older and I notice the speed in video editing and processing; my desktop is lots faster. May not be something you require.
  25. No, but we splurged on really good seats. Definitely worth it for long trips. You want to sit upright and not lean back so that the core muscles can do their work
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