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  1. I work in healthcare. I would personally not reuse. We have been doubling masking, wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask. This has been shown to be very effective.
  2. Yes, having a previous Covid infection from another variant has proven to protect against the Delta variant better than at least the Pfizer vaccine. Obviously, this is not 100%, just like the vaccine is not 100%. https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/94258
  3. I completely agree that Florida is a mess, but I think you meant around 1500/day, not 15 thousand. I am assuming you were speaking about Florida as the vaccinated number was referring to Florida. It is the highest rate of Covid admissions in the nation. "In the past week, Florida has averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations a day, and 35 daily pediatric hospitalizations. Both are the highest per capita rate in the nation, according to Jason Salemi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida." https://apnews.com/article/business-health-florida-coronavirus-pandemic-7ca97f0d685ab25559cf9b51cfc077eb
  4. My ds and I watched the Ken Burns documentary this past spring. It is excellent and I highly recommend it. While it does cover the US involvement, it spends a good amount of time on the Pacific theater, in addition to Europe. They interview several veterans, as well as sisters and friends who were at home and could relate how the war affected them. They also spend time talking to an American woman who was a child during the war and whose family was in a concentration camp in the Philippines. I can not recommend the series enough!
  5. I have two that have graduated homeschool so far. Our oldest applied to a selective school that specifically asked for course descriptions from homeschoolers. The acceptance rate was around 18% or so, and he was admitted with good merit money, so maybe they read his course descriptions (??) For our middle dd, no schools required course descriptions, but I did send them in. She was invited to on-campus scholarship competitions at 3 schools and received great merit money at all 3, so maybe it played a role, but no way to really know.
  6. This is so interesting. I read an article about researches testing donated blood in the US and they found antibodies as early as Dec 2019.
  7. And one thing we should not forget is that a breach in security at a Beijing was the probable cause of two SARS cases that caused an outbreak of SARS in 2004. Unfortunately the lab allowed the sick worker to travel between Beijing and her home (infecting her mother who ended up dying). My point is that this has happened before, so it is not beyond the realm of possibility. There have also been outbreaks linked to labs in Taiwan and Singapore. SARS tends to be more deadly, which is why it is easier to confine it. It is good that Covid is not as deadly as SARS, but this is also what allowed it to spread so easily. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC416634/
  8. The thing is, the cave where the bats that they were studying came from was about 1000 miles from Wuhan. I do think bats were the original source (in fact I think most scientists agree on that point).
  9. I did not post on this thread originally because I did not have the time to discuss it (I was preparing for a big speech and debate tournament). I have always thought the lab in Wuhan was where the virus originated. I do not think it was intentional, but the US NIH was helping to fund research on conronaviruses at this lab. In 2017 and 2018, diplomats sent memos to Washington regarding the lack of safety at the lab and asking for help in increasing the safety of these labs. This was reported in the spring of last year. The research paper coming out of the lab in October 2017 showed: "Cell entry studies demonstrated that three newly identified SARSr-CoVs with different S protein [spike protein] sequences are all able to use human ACE2 as the receptor, further exhibiting the close relationship between strains in this cave and SARS-CoV". (I will link the research study below). This sounds a lot like Covid-19. I do think it is important to know the origins so we can take steps to lessen the risk of this happening again. https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1006698
  10. That is my concern as well! I am glad you are getting better.
  11. If I thought it could be Covid I would isolate until I was able to be tested. Covid CAN mimic a sinus infection. I had two good friends who swore they just had sinus infections but they were tested and it was Covid. I would also isolate my kids until I could make sure it was not Covid.
  12. So sorry you are still dealing with this!
  13. I definitely was not commenting on her as a person. I do not care for her either, but that does not have anything to do with the symptoms she is experiencing. There are many people experiencing the same thing, and I am hopeful that if more well known people let the public know about their issues the medical community will perhaps pay more attention.
  14. I am so sorry you are dealing with this. I pray it gets better for you. Has anyone seen that Chelsea Handler is reporting deafness on one side since her second shot? This really is concerning.
  15. I am on a FB page where people are experiencing tinnitus, dizziness, and deafness (usually on one side). The doctors are saying the same thing....and overreactive immune response.
  16. I would do a typical hospital mask under the Happy Mask. That way she can change the disposable one during the day if she needs to (I just feel that is much more sanitary).
  17. Why do you think she needs something better? Are you wanting to protect against Covid or something else? BTW, the research facility looks AMAZING!!
  18. Yes, and both of those people had underlying health conditions (40% of people with underlying health conditions have been hospitalized with Covid). I do not know anyone that is healthy that has been hospitalized. Although several on my list do have pre-existing conditions that I thought for certain would mean they would be hospitalized, and they were not hospitalized. One didn't even know he had it. He had to be screened because he had to have a heart procedure, and he had it without knowing it!
  19. We have gone to the beach a ton, and we love the Destin area. We did a beach trip last fall to Hilton Head, and it is very easy to stay socially distanced on such a trip! As far as Destin, we loved snorkeling at the Jetties. The beach access is called O'Steen Public Beach and it is literally a small path off of Gulf Shore Drive (it is easy to miss). It is a "longerish" walk to the Jetties, but it is the best place to snorkel. The water is shallow and the kids can literally stand and stick their head in the water and see fish. If you take some lettuce, the fish will come right up to you and eat it. The Jetties themselves also have sea creatures on them 🙂 Just make sure you and your kids do not go out to the end of the Jetties. The current gets strong there and can be dangerous. If their vision isn't terrible, they might not need prescription facemasks. I have a small head, so I can wear a youth facemask. The morning is the best time at the Jetties, so you may want to get a car if possible. They a really quaint aquarium, Gulfarium. You might want to call and check how they are handling Covid. They have several activities with dolphins and other animals (it can be pricey), but our kids enjoyed it. We also did kayaking on one of the inlets and a dolphin cruise (again, not sure how they are handling this with Covid, but we saw so many dolphims when we went). Overall, we just love hanging out on the beach. I always take beach toys (even the older ones like to make sand castles), paddle ball, boogie boards, etc. I usually try to get food to make easy dinners. When we went to Hilton Head last fall we did eat out at places with outdoor dining. We are going back to Destin (hopefully) the end of July. The beaches and the water are so beautiful!!
  20. Right off the top of my head I counted 55. I am sure I am missing several. Maybe that is not a ton, but it is quite a few. Several of those were over 70 as well.
  21. Our youngest is 12, and for certain this has been difficult for him as his brother and sister are off at college. His piano teacher has been vaccinated, so he has been doing live piano lessons (with a mask). And we have been going to our speech class (we just started in March). We all social distance and wear masks. Many have either had Covid or are vaccinated, and we are not a huge club, so we feel it is fairly safe. And we have been going to church (we stared 2 services, socially distanced and masked and we have not had any outbreaks). Those are the three activities we do. We have met a few people in the park for play dates, but have been outside, masked, and socially distanced (we are all on the same page regarding Covid). I totally understand that with young children this would be very difficult to maintain! I also look at it as the majority (78%) who have been hospitalized or died have been overweight or obese. The majority have also been over 65. I know so many people who have had it (including people in their 80's), and only two were hospitalized. The one person was elderly and she recovered, the other person was a high school classmate who previously had cancer and was severely obese (he did pass away). Our daughter had it and she hardly knew she had it (scratchy throat and headache). She only got tested because she had been exposed). Having high blood pressure, diabetes, being over weight or obese, or having obstructive sleep apnea put you at higher risk, and I don't have any of these. So I totally agree that the calculations are not the same for everyone. And I really am glad there is a vaccine. I am especially glad that those who are high risk can get the vaccine, and I think anyone who wants it should get it. I don't blame you for getting it. My husband is fully vaccinated, as are many of my relatives. I really want to get it, and wish I felt like I could get it. And now they are saying more booster shots in the fall. I just can't do that yet. Too many unknowns for me.
  22. So, I am vaccine hesitant. I have worked in healthcare as a physical therapist for 25 years. I did cancer research in undergrad. My point is that I am not an anti-vaxer and I am very much a science/data person. I have tinnitus and a history of vestibular issues/dizziness, as well as myoclonus in my left ear. I was actually scheduled to get the vaccine, but then thought I would look at VAERS. I saw reports of tinnitus, hearing loss, and dizziness. I did more searching and found an article addressing this issue. I then joined a FB group of people who are experiencing tinnitus/hearing loss/dizziness shortly after being vaccinated. For some, the side effects have gone away. For others, it has not and has been debilitating. Now, I am very aware that just because these events happened after the vaccine does not mean they were caused by the vaccine. But, they could have been. And now many of the people in the FB group are seeing their physicians and ENTs, and the ENTs especially are saying that they have seen a significant uptick in these complaints after the vaccine. The doctors are saying that it is from the inflammation caused as part of the body's response to the vaccination. We KNOW that inflammation can cause damage in our body and this vaccine seems to kick our immune system into overdrive. I also know these reactions are RARE. If I did not already have the above issues, or if I was high risk, I would most likely go ahead and get the vaccine. But I really do not want to do anything to make my tinnitus (especially the myoclonus) worse. And I feel that I am at an increased risk for a negative side effect because of the issues I already have. I highlighted your above statement because I think that may be the difference: I am NOT living my life normally, and many like me are not. We are not having people over (even family), I only go to the grocery store when necessary, and I always wear a mask (often doubled) and social distance when I do go anywhere (which is not often!). And I am currently NOT working because of COVID. So I do think my chance of getting COVID is very low, especially since our county positivity rate is very low. I take COVID seriously. I don't want to get it either because it can also cause the above issues. I completely understand that there are people out there who do not want to get vaccinated, and also don't wear masks, etc. That very much frustrates me. But I hate to see everyone lumped into one group or another, such as you either get the vaccine or you are part of the problem. I have been in healthcare long enough to see many drugs, medical devices, etc recalled that were once thought safe. We also must remember that the medical community is ok with a certain number of healthy people dying (or suffering a debilitating side effects) from RARE events related to the vaccine for the greater good. And I get that: life is full of risks. As a professor of mine once said, statistics are just numbers until it happens to be you. So we all must do a risk assessment. For me right now, I am going to hold off a bit and continue to be very cautious like I have been for over a year now. I will continue to watch the VAERS site and look for research on side effects.
  23. Some did have tinnitus prior, but it was a very low level (like me). They report it going from a 1/10 to 9-10/10. Not all tinnitus is the same volume. Probably about half have no previous issue with tinnitus. People are reporting that it is so loud it is like a siren and they can not sleep. These people are not anti-vax people. Many were happy to get the vaccine, and some are going ahead with the second dose. Many of their ENTs are reporting an uptick in people with tinnitus/hearing loss after the vaccine. I asked on my own FB page and several have reported similar symptoms. Others are also reporting balance issues and dizziness (this happened to one of my friends who is young and healthy). The 900 does not represent everyone who has had issues (none of my FB friends that had this issue are in the group). It only represents people who sought out a FB group for support. I am in the healthcare field, so I completely understand that this does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused this. And I also know that viruses can do the same (the doctors think a virus caused the muscle twitch I have in my ear by causing nerve damage). I just really do not want anything to get worse. It took me two years to accommodate to the noise in my ears, and months to get over the dizziness I experienced. I don't want to have to go through that again.
  24. I was wondering about this as well. But I do think a lot of people are having legitimate issues. Many are reporting that their ENTs are seeing more and more of this. I asked my FB friends and had several report issues with tinnitus. One is going to have an MRI next week (although I do not think it will show anything).
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