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  1. So many stories like that. It's just so terribly sad.
  2. We have some treatments, but no magic bullets. My understanding is that there's nothing yet which would, for example, be the equivalent of an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection. There's hope for new treatments currently in research, but not presently available. Hospitals are absolutely getting overwhelmed. We know how to prevent that: the population needs to be vaccinated. I think the goal is to vaccinate as many as possible, and then get them booster shots as needed, in hopes of saving lives, preventing the next dangerous variant, and continuing to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. On a population level, that probably should mean a hard shutdown for several weeks, plus a heavy, all-hands-on-deck approach to mass vaccination, plus universal masking. If we did it right now, we could get numbers way down before most schools start in September. Kids in middle and high school could have at least one dose, maybe two by then, and be in better shape to attend school in person. But we won't do that, because people won't tolerate it. I think local influencers like ministers, doctors, coaches could do a lot of good if they talked about how important vaccination is, and held local events where vaccination is available. That's happening in some places: people here have posted examples. My own goal at this point is just to keep my family safe. We're all vaccinated. We're returning to masking. I'm ordering N95s.
  3. I don't know Lane or Flexsteel, but have been very happy with gently used Lazyboy, if you can find it.
  4. I mean... I don't think the people who aren't happy about mask mandates are all that worried about logic and consistency. Crossing lines between public health and personal liberty can be debated all day long, but I don't see a thoughtful debate, outside of this forum. I see people desperately trying to protect others on the one hand, and manipulating emotions for their own benefit *and to the detriment of their own constituents* on the other.
  5. Hugs, Roadrunner. I wish there were better answers. Good luck.
  6. Maybe I'm not understanding, but I think the idea would be that, for one year, you *would* fully enroll him. Then, by testing, it would be clear that he's ready for calculus, AP biology, etc. Even if he has to sit through English 9 (and maybe he wouldn't), overall it could be better than the alternatives. Then, the next year you pull him back out, give homeschool credit for everything he took, and continue with senior year.
  7. I can vouch for this one. It is truly earsplitting, but can also be set to vibrate a pad which goes under the sleeper's pillow, with or without the audible alarm. I challenge anyone to sleep through the noise, if you put it across the room so it can't just be instantly silenced. https://www.amazon.com/Sonic-Alert-SBB500SS-Extra-Loud-Flashing/dp/B000OOWZUK/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=sonic+bomb+dual+alarm+clock+with+bed+shaker&qid=1627664597&sprefix=sonic+bomb+&sr=8-3
  8. So what you're saying is that the data and the announcements have nuance, but the public understanding isn't able to grasp those nuances. Am I understanding that correctly? I'm afraid we are reaping what we have sown. Abysmal science education has consequences.
  9. So, just noting that I really don't think this is accurate. Did we ever get comprehensive figures on how many have side effects significant enough to keep them home from work? Mine certainly weren't.
  10. One other thought-- it may be time to put on your own oxygen mask. Focus on meticulous self-care: getting outside daily, good diet, good sleep, therapy (virtual is easy), medication. You sound like you, yourself, may benefit from support, so you can provide the best support for your ds. A therapist might also have ideas for helping him. You may already be doing all this, sorry if it's restating what you already know. Seriously, if there isn't anything for his age group, see if you can create something.
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