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  1. Mine are loosely covid themed: One is going as a doctor in full PPE, and the other as an archery target "so people can throw candy at me from a safe distance".
  2. Same. I don't even try to separate them. Schooling is parenting, and parenting is schooling.
  3. I thought you might have meant municipal. Bike helmet laws have been legislated at the provincial level (highway traffic act in Ontario) I am not trying to be dense, but rather presenting a different opinion - backed up by first-hand experience. Lots of doctors are active in driving change. Some in small ways (joining groups, sending letters to MPs and MPPs, participating in national days of action, writing letters to the editor, or just donating money), others in really big ways (ie Najwa Ahmed, practicing trauma surgeon, and CDPG,). Some get more involved as they retire and wind dow
  4. Not sure what you mean by civil in this context - that not wearing a bike helmet is not specifically a criminal offense? The bike helmet laws are written into the provincial highway traffic act. Anyway, my point was that HCP really do have the opportunity to contribute to meaningful health policy change, and aren't just condemned to passively "deal with the actual adverse effects of all these health issues, rather than the political, financial and legal aspects where all the decision-making happens". In fact, I think that HCP's have a greater voice and greater opportunity than most oth
  5. I think whether or not people see much smoking in their community depends a lot on their social group. Smoking correlates strongly with socioecomic status, and most places (all of Canada, I think, and much of the US, anyway) does not permit smoking in public places. So if you are in a non-smoking social bubble, you won't actually see much smoking, but it's still out there. I see very little smoking in my daily life - not at all in my social group, very little when out and about (which is a lot less lately!). But at work (in the emergency department) it's a different story. I don't ac
  6. The bolded is both true and not true: Yes, HCP deal with the fall out. But HCP also are directly involved in driving policy change. In fact, much health policy change is initiated by HCP groups, and these groups also lobby, fundraise, and directly advise government. Bike helmet laws are a good example of HCP driven policy change in Ontario. The MD who led this back in the late 80's/early 90's is a personal friend of mine. He's now heavily involved in gun control - MD and other HCP groups had a direct hand in bringing about the recent assault rifle law change. HCP's and HCP groups have a
  7. Not food equipment, but something insulated to sit on makes a huge difference in comfort. I like a padded "stadium seat"- keeps both back and butt warm, and can be used on existing furniture like park benches, picnic tables or lawn chairs, or directly on the ground. A square of sleeping-mat foam works. Cheapie DIY options we've made with the scouts include layers of corrugated cardboard covered in duct tape (you can get fancy and make this so it folds up accordion-style for packability), or squares of windshield sunshade with cut edges finished with duct tape. Also, a hot-water bottle
  8. A camp stove is the most versatile - it can go anywhere, can can cook anything. Hotdogs are a good choice. They are quick to cook in large quantities (boiled is the most efficient) and don't require any dishes/utensils to eat. Thermoses are very variable in quality. The really good ones are expensive. If you have access to electricity, then crock pots and instant pots are good options.
  9. The place we swim has instructors wearing faceshields without a mask while in the pool. They wear masks when teaching from the deck. Standard surgical masks are quite fluid resistant - might work for in the pool with head above water (resist a certain amount of splash), but won't work if submerged obviously.
  10. I have one that's very similar (and equally ugly). It throws a lot of heat, at chair height..
  11. Similar. We already had canopies, and we bought a propane outdoor heater. We are committing to outdoor socializing - making ourselves comfortable outdoors even in bad weather. So far, success. We've also committed to one camping trip a month in provincial park campgrounds. It's our family challenge/learning goal/big adventure for the year. We've done lots of fair weather primitive tent camping, and we've done some cold weather weekend camping with our scouts, but tent camping in winter with just the family will be a new adventure!
  12. The only one that will make a big difference that I'm aware of is serum cortisol. The rest, not enough of a difference to be meaningful, I don't think.
  13. Ooops, quoted myself when I thought I was editing.
  14. Without a fit-test, you won't ever know. N95's that feel like they fit often don't really. Are your kids also wearing eye-protection? If the other participants are unmasked, then eye protection matters - maybe more than the difference between a real N95 and a KN95 that haven't been fit-tested. Surgical masks are actually quite good in practice: Easier to wear without touching your face to re-adjust, because they aren't uncomfortable the way N95's are. They are what HCP's wear here, even when caring for known Covid patients, as N95's are strictly reserved for aerosol generating p
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