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  1. Our values should be to protect human life and not to act as domestic biological terrorists who fan the pandemic. Anti-vaxxers have very skewed ethics and little understanding of human rights as far as I can tell. Bill
  2. Sounds like they have it right in Victoria. There are almost no legitimate medical grounds for not vaccinating and nearly all the "pre-existing conditions" that people claim as a reason not to vaccinate actually put those people at a huge risk from getting Covid (and almost none from the vaccines). And religious exemptions are completely bogus. Even Christian Science embraces vaccinations as being part of the commandment to love one's neighbor as one's self. No major religion opposes vaccinations on theological grounds. On the contrary, there is a duty to protect life. No jab, no job is the right way to go. Those people can stay home and not spread this deadly illness to others. Bill
  3. The regulation has everything to do with Covid being in the workplace. We are in a public health emergency. If people automatically did the right thing we would not need laws, rules, and regulations. Bill
  4. My pleasure. I wasn't trying to make it complicated earlier, I was only trying to fairly represent that there is a split as to what's considered "optimal." And that's in large measure dependent on one's goals. At some point keeping antibodies high enough to (hopefully) quash infections is a strategy that will run out. But with a Delta surge ongoing and with winter and the holidays upon us, this looks like a good time to be "primed" to me. Bill
  5. Yes, Bruce Patterson monetizes and heads up the so-called long haulers group that was alluded to earlier. He's gotten many direct links here already. It is a scam. Bill
  6. Za'atar, goat cheese, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, basil. Bill
  7. It is work related and a matter of workplace safety. Your premise is a false one. Bill
  8. Are you joking? Delta has a RO6 infection rate. It is an extraordinarily infectious illness. Good grief. Bill
  9. And the position of the majority of the advisory panel was fine with breakthrough infections. They did not even like the term "breakthrough" as in their minds that is what was to be expected. The real world efficacy of the vaccines has surpassed expectations. With high antibodies infection rates can be significantly knocked down--and not just hospitalizations and death. Delta is highly contagious. Many people have others in their care who are not yet eligible for vaccines and who don't want to become infectious. That's understandable. With a booster the vaccines are pretty effective against infection. Without boosting they become less effective against infection, but still pretty good against severe disease. Either way, miraculous results. But reasonable people may calculate the risks of infection and infectiousness differently, given the option of booster shots. Bill
  10. I'd march in to the nearest vaccination center and declare yourself a cancer survivor. If there was a moments hesitation, I'd channel my inner-LBJ and say, "do you want to see my scar?) Just do it. Bill
  11. Not my first rodeo. I know the doctor in question. And his cohorts. They are engaging in flim-flam of the worst kind. Preying on the most desperate and the most vulnerable. Not a new development. Bill
  12. Great post (as usual). Just highlighting this one point for emphasis. The entire FDA advisory panel did seem in agreement that with Delta that boosters are necessary if the goal is to stop infections. Doing the utmost to stop infections is not the bar they set for the vaccination guidelines. Unfortunately, IMO. Bill
  13. I was very fast subbing out a flat sisal scratching pad (instead of our pillows) last night. Desmond was right on it. So far things are working out. And he is a great eater. Has not refused a single thing yet. Bill
  14. I ended up watching most of the pertinent parts of the FDA advisory group video online (multiple hours worth). And on the science, there was fairly strong unanimity on the evidence. Where there were differences was on policy. Much of the panel was willing to accept waning antibodies and breakthrough infections (and infectiousness) so long as there was fairly high protection from hospitalization and death as an adequate situation. Maybe a better situation than they might have expected prior to the vaccines being developed. The actual vaccines have surpassed expectations. That's a great thing. But the panel all agreed that with waning antibodies that people who are fully vaccinated become vulnerable to infection (and becoming infectious) given the very high transmissibility of Delta. The science is not in question. The policy decision was whether or not boosting antibodies through boosters is the best public health policy. No one on the panel seemed to suggest boosters are unsafe (aside from the rare risk of heart inflammation in [mosty] young men, that's a lower risk than Covid infection). Not all the panelists agreed that leaving people open to infection was a good idea and supported wide spread boosters. These are broad judgement calls that don't take into consideration individual risk factors. Bill
  15. I have discovered that if Desmond ducks into the back of a closet or cupboard, that if I play "cat meowing" videos he immediately comes out. The question remaining is, is he the one being "trained," or is it me? Bill
  16. What I'm trying to suggest is that the consideration of what's "optimal" seems to depend on one's goals. Many of the advisors on the FDA panel seem to think the first situation above is (accepting breakthroughs so long as hospitalizations and death are mitigated against) vs trying to quash infections by boosting antibodies is their stance. I don't feel the same way. My best understanding is 5-6 months is optimal for boosting antibodies. Conflicting evidence/lack of evidence for timing for longer term antibody/immune response, as best as I understand it. Bill
  17. Goodness. I've actually been considering turning over my iPad to Desmond. Do you worry abou too much screen time? LOL. Bill
  18. The thing is, virtually everyone in their 80s is somewhat immunocompromised, that's just one of the inherent attributes of aging. Elderly people just don't have the sort of robust immune systems that are typical in younger people. Hopefully Moderna boosters are approved within a week or two. Bill
  19. Here is my best understanding. One has to ask oneself about one's goals for the vaccine and the booster. If one doesn't have a strong concern about contracting a breakthrough case of Covid (with a low probability of hospitalization and death) and one isn't in a position where being contagious with Covid as a result doesn't put a loved one, family member, other other in one's care at high risk of harm, then one might delay. The two doses do seem to wane against protection from infection and infectiousness after 6 months, but appear to remain mostly effective against severe illness. If one hopes to get antibody levels high, so as to protect oneself (and others) from a breakthrough illness, then boosters are advisable. Bill
  20. Just to be clear, my earlier comments criticizing the quack who is pushing Ivermectin and other scientifically-unsupported "cures" is apart from the separate issue of HBOC treatments (of which I have no reasoned position). I do wish this forum was not used to advance the interests of a con-man. Bill
  21. The prospect that long Covid will prove to be a life-long illness that's indistinguishable from ME/CFS (which seems like the case) is one of the most terrifying aspects of this pandemic. And it seems to be hitting the hardest in cohorts who are deemed least vulnerable to death and hospitalization (younger people) and in those who didn't appear to me that sick initially. We are likely facing a serious issue with serious disabilities moving forward. My son had a drafting/computer-aided-design teacher in his 30s who has long Covid. He's really struggling. But he's also refusing to get vaccinated and is about to lose his job as a result. It is madness. Bill
  22. Not hyperbaric chambers. There is a YouTube con-man who is pushing Ivermectin and other bogus cures for long Covid and unfortunately he keeps getting promoted here. No corner of the internet is safe from this sort of disinformation. Bill
  23. Bruce Patterson is a quack who is ripping people off. He did the same with HIV and cancer. Please stop pushing his bogus (and expensive) fake long-haul treatments. This is a con-job. More Ivermectin nonsense. Bill
  24. He loved birds, mice, squirrels, and Desmond has fish to look forward to later today. Cats watch TV? I'm learning all sorts of things. And Desmond is starting to emerge. Bill
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