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About SeaConquest

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    Wife to Steve, Mother to Sacha (1/09) and Ronen (8/13)
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    Retired litigator turned SAHM turned nursing student

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    USC football, wine, fiction, travel, horses, fashion, Judaism, sports cars, ink, EDM, feminism, philosophy, board games, and gangsta rap. Not in that order.

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  1. She has been teaching there for awhile. We signed up for regular bio two years ago, but it was heavy on the output, so we dropped it. It would have been too much busy work for my son. But, it seemed like a good match for someone needing a lot of support. I've heard nothing but good reviews of Dr. Kanner, and she was very responsive via email (and was quite lovely about letting my son register for her course, given that he was substantially younger than high school age at the time). I am sorry that I don't have anything more substantive to offer.
  2. "The boy had only mild symptoms and when tested was found to have levels of virus that were barely detectable. The low level of infection is thought to explain why he did not infect other people." But, is this part typical of kids or did the virus just not replicate in this kid very well for whatever reason (epigenetics, genetics, etc.)?
  3. Orange County (CA) used to be a Republican stronghold, but is now purple and moving rapidly towards becoming another solidly blue CA county. According to the tracking data I've seen (using cell phone movements), there were 40k people in Newport Beach last Saturday, so I don't think it is political retribution. There were plenty of calls for him to close the OC beaches by concerned locals who are, again, becoming more progressive in their political views (which we've already discussed corresponds to being more conservative re Covid/opening back up). And, don't forget, OC has a very large Asian demographic (particularly near Newport/Irvine), so it would not surprise me if that demographic is also more concerned about Covid, even if they otherwise hold conservative policy views. (Parenthetically, I used to be heavily involved in Republican politics in OC, so I am pretty familiar with that constituency.) Re Florida vs CA beaches, as others have mentioned, the temp differences between the beaches and inland can sometimes be quite dramatic. I try to explain this to people when they move here, and they think that, since they are living just a few miles inland, they won't have to use their AC. Unless you are living right on the water, you will have to use your AC in So Cal. We live within 100 feet of the water, and it rarely breaks 90, but that is simply not the case just a few miles away from us. It is night and day difference. This was just a few days ago, which is why you see people flooding the beaches when it gets hot. Unlike Florida, our water stays very cold until about late August or early September, which is when our actual summer begins here. Until then, we get a dense marine layer for a lot of the summer. The hottest time of the year in So Cal is actually what we used to call Indian Summer (aka the fall most everywhere else), which is when our Santa Ana winds kick up (hot/very dry winds blowing from offshore, instead of cool winds blowing onshore from the water) and start our fires.
  4. We don't have a large family, but there aren't any limits on meat at our local Costco. I have noticed that people have been trying to support our local farmers more, so most of the CSAs for meat and veggies/fruit are sold out in my area. Restaurants have also started selling groceries along with their takeout. We try to eat more fish these days, and get it from the local fish markets as much as possible. It seems that there is definitely a movement to buy local as much as possible, if you can afford it -- the bakeries, farmers markets, etc. -- everyone is offering curbside pickup or delivery, which makes it pretty convenient to support them.
  5. Keep in mind that many statisticians and epidemiologists have serious issues with the Stanford and USC studies:
  6. The governor just announced today that CA will be opening up regionally once we get to phase two, which is in just a matter of weeks. So, it really will not be a one-size-fits-all determination. Also, Southern California is not having problems. I believe LA is the only place that was having high Covid rates. I haven't been following all of our counties, but SD is doing really well and OC and Ventura counties have already opened their beaches. So, I wouldn't characterize it as a "Southern California" issue. ETA: More Details FOUR PHASES TO FULLY LIFTING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS There are four phases in California's "Resilience Roadmap," Angell and Newsom said. The first two (we're currently in the first one) are: Phase 1: Safety and Preparedness This includes making workplaces for essential workers as safe as possible. Newsom said community surveillance is essential in this phase. The state will continue to expand testing, contact tracing, personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution and hospital surge capacity in this stage. It includes essential workplaces making physical and workflow adaptations, an essential workforce safety net, making PPE more widely available and individual behavior changes. There are also sector-by-sector safety guidelines being prepared for an expanded workforce. Phase 2: Lower Risk Workplaces This includes gradually opening some lower risk workplaces with adaptations, including modifications to allow physical distancing. Sectors listed by Angell include retail with changes like curbside pickup, manufacturing (of items like toys, clothing and furniture), offices (but only when telecommuting isn't possible) and opening more public spaces (like parks and trails). It also includes modified school programs and child care providers reopening with adaptations. Summer programs and the school year may start sooner, with the state looking at late July or early August. Child care facilities are currently limited to essential workers but this would allow them to expand. The state wants to address learning gaps, ensure students and staff are safe in those schools, and allow parents to return to work. This phase requires wage replacement to allow workers to stay home when they're sick, Angell said. HOW TO GET FROM PHASE 1 TO PHASE 2 To move from Phase 1 to Phase 2, here are the indicators state officials are considering: Hospitalizations and ICU trends remain stable Hospital surge capacity maintained to meet demands if there are increased infections in the next stage from increased movement There is sufficient PPE to meet demands, including anticipating future needs and knowing PPE can be secured Sufficient testing capacity to meet demand Contact tracing capacity statewide, including working with local health authorities and governments to make sure capacity is there Angell divided the actions needed to move to this next phase into three parts: Government Actions This includes creating policies that allow people to stay home when they're sick and providing guidance on how to reduce risk. Business Actions This includes businesses paying workers when they need to stay home sick, adapting to make workplaces lower risk and allowing employees to continue working from home when possible. Angell said the state will continue to encourage employers to have their employees work from home. Individual Actions The state wants people to continue safety precautions like physical distancing and wearing face coverings, to avoid non-essential travel and to support and care for people who are at higher risk. That support includes making phone calls to check in on people and figuring out other ways to help them. REGIONAL VARIATIONS IN STAY-AT HOME ORDERS During Phase 2, counties can choose to relax stricter local orders at their own pace, according to Angell. State orders will still need to be followed but localities can either loosen or tighten restrictions, as needed. More regional variations could be supported following Phase 2, once a statewide COVID-19 surveillance system has been made possible through testing, according to Angell. The state will consult and collaborate with local governments. THE NEXT TWO PHASES It will be months before we get to these next two phases, Newsom said, and these timelines can change if people are careless in their behavior. Phase 3: Higher Risk Workplaces This allows higher risk workplaces to adapt and reopen. That includes personal care businesses such as gyms, hair salons and nail salons — any businesses that involve close proximity, Angell said. Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters and sports venues without live audiences, are also included here. This category also includes in-person religious services (churches, weddings). Phase 4: End of Stay-At-Home Order This phase includes reopening with an expanded workforce at the highest risk workplaces. This includes large-scale events like concerts, convention centers and live audience sports. It requires therapeutics for coronavirus to be in place.
  7. We have been doing the same. I have no intention of getting it. I've had two friends in their 40s on vents. Both were young, healthy, and fit, and both came within an inch of their lives. Neither of their partners had serious symptoms. You just don't know what you're going to get with this thing. I will have to go back to the hospital at some point, but I will not work without adequate PPE.
  8. I understand. We are small business owners. We just got the whopping $1000 advance on our Emergency Disaster Loan (that I applied for a month ago) today. It was originally supposed to 10k and funded within 3 days. And still no word on the PPP loan I also applied for on the first day that it opened up. Supposedly, we are in the queue with everyone else that isn't a big company. We had to let go of most of our subcontractors and, once they closed the bays to boating, that included the boatyards and our ability to run our marine business. I'm just griping because my parents are complaining mostly about their stock market portfolio while my generation and the one behind mine is still drowning in student loan debt and trying to recover from the last recession. So, yeah, we are worried about the economy, but most of us are more worried about the larger structural problems with the economy that this pandemic is serving to highlight (to us).
  9. Like I said, the locals here (mostly liberal) were about to mutiny if they didn't open the beaches and parks, which just happened partially yesterday. So, I understand the frustration on both sides. I was merely recounting what I am seeing locally in terms of protests and riskier behavior (not wearing masks, not obeying social distancing rules), which sadly *is* divided along political lines in my neck of the woods. But there definitely is a general sense of weariness that we all feel, to be sure. I've just seen a lot more sourdough starters, seed planting, mask sewing, and zoom happy hours to pass the time among my circle of friends vs the the griping about the economy that I get when I talk to my Boomer parents (who probably have more money than all of my Gen X friends put together).
  10. This was the protest in my little beach community this weekend. It was mostly attended by people who were not local to our part of SD, and, along with the Trump folks, there were plenty of antivaxxers, conspiracy theorists, and white supremacists. They rented AirBnBs and came here to get away from the oppressive heat inland. Most of us locals, including our city councilmember, were pretty annoyed about the whole thing.
  11. There have been many articles that I have read about partisan differences in behavior and risk perception related to the virus. Democrats and Republicans differ on attitudes toward coronavirus risks and in workplace behaviors meant to reduce them, according to a new survey. This partisanship has the potential to hurt efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The data from Gallup’s Covid-19 tracking panel shows that people deemed essential workers are generating large numbers of close contacts with other people, putting themselves and those they live with at risk. Recognizing this, most workers have changed how they do their jobs to reduce the risk of viral transmission. Yet workers living in counties won by President Trump in the 2016 election are slightly less likely to have adopted these changes, with Republicans living in those counties even less likely to have done so. Over several weeks in April, the survey shows, essential workers generated 22 contacts per day compared with only four per day for nonessential workers. (Contacts were defined as the number of people a respondent came within six feet of.) As expected, the workplace accounted for more of the essential workers’ contacts than any other location. But the workplace was the site of hardly any contacts for nonessential workers, most of whom are working from home, if at all. Over all, essential workers are not taking the risks of transmission lightly. The majority (55 percent) say they are moderately or very concerned about being exposed to the virus at work. Eighty percent of essential workers say they have changed how they do their work to lower the risk of transmission — and those who say they have made such changes generate fewer close contacts than those who haven’t. These efforts include trying to maintain at least six feet of distance from customers and co-workers, using masks and gloves, and adopting new and more frequent cleaning practices. Yet these attitudes also vary by political geography. Essential workers who identify with the Democratic Party are more likely to be concerned about getting the virus (66 percent) than their Republican Party counterparts (45 percent). They also have far greater confidence in social distancing. Three out of four (73 percent) essential workers who affiliate with the Democratic Party say that they are very confident that social distancing saves lives, compared with 27 percent of essential workers who identify as Republicans. For members of both parties, living in a county won by the president substantially reduces confidence in social distancing. Democrats living in counties won by Mr. Trump are 15 percentage points less likely to say they are very confident that social distancing saves lives compared with Democrats living in counties won by Hillary Clinton. These partisan differences are predictive of actual worker behavior, although with a more modest effect. Republican workers in Trump counties are less likely than their Republican counterparts in Clinton-won counties to say they have made changes to avoid transmission (74 percent versus 82 percent), and both groups are less likely to say they have made changes than Democrats in Trump-won counties (85 percent) or Clinton-won counties (89 percent). The use of personal protective equipment at work fits the same pattern. The pattern doesn’t always hold perfectly. Most Republican workers in Trump-won counties report trying to maintain at least six feet of distance from customers and co-workers (55 percent). That’s higher than the rate for Republicans in Clinton-won counties (47 percent), but it’s still well below Democrats in Clinton-won counties (70 percent). One potential explanation for the partisan patterns is that some Republican Party leaders or media pundits are playing down the severity of the risks. Another is that population density and the number of confirmed cases and deaths are lower on a per-capita basis in the counties won by Mr. Trump. But in the data, there is no significant correlation between county disease prevalence and adoption of these countermeasures. Moreover, while cases and deaths have been lower in Trump-won counties, the growth rate in new cases since April 11 is roughly the same in Trump-won and Clinton-won counties, suggesting that the need to reduce transmission could be just as urgent in these areas. As debates go on about when and how to reopen the economy, essential workers and their employers are developing best practices to combat the spread of coronavirus. But it will be hard to do so without cooperation and collective action across diverse communities. Because the virus knows no borders, outbreaks in liberal areas will put conservative areas at risk and vice versa.
  12. Thanks. Yes, I am in that FB group. I recently applied for two temp CNA positions out of desperation to try to get some hours before the May 31st deadline because the BRN is approving some work experiences towards clinical hours. Many in my cohort work and have been able to get some work exp hours approved, but since I am a FT homeschooling mama, I don't work. But, given the cutbacks on hours due to low census, I doubt that I will get hired on as a CNA. Plus, I really have no clue why CNA hours would even count as equivalent to student nurse med-surg hours anyway, but whatever. I will take what I can get at this point. I don't care if I have to work NOC shift and then sleep while the kids school themselves on the iPad for the rest of the year. 😉 I agree with you, I don't think the BRN is going to waive the concurrency requirement. They could be doing so much more to help us, and they are just so stinking rigid. Our cohorts in other states are moving right along while us CA folks are stuck. I hope things get moving for you soon. ❤️
  13. My cohort in nursing school is still not being allowed back into the hospitals (liability issues), and we are being told by our nursing director that, unless we get our clinical hours completed by the end of our term, we will likely not graduate on time. Unlike most other states, the CA board of registered nursing is also not approving us to do simulations on mannequins because purportedly we have not been displaced. They are saying there is health corps, even though health corps hasn't taken a single student. My school has been forced to call over a hundred hospitals to prove displacement and file an appeal with the BRN. We still haven't heard the outcome. Most of my friends that work in healthcare in CA have had their hours massively cut because, unless you work in a unit taking Covid patients, people have been too scared to seek care and/or their clinics/units were closed/repurposed. So, yeah, it is feast or famine out there.
  14. I think, in SD, people were mainly pissed that we are paying all this money and we couldn't even go in the water or enjoy our beautiful parks. The surfers were about to mutiny. As long as people can enjoy the outdoors, that is a major pressure release valve for us. We still can't sit on the beach, go recreational boating, or congregate in the parks (that is phase II), but people are at least allowed to kayak, surf, swim, hike, and enjoy sunset walks along the water, so that goes a long way for our mental health here.
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