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  1. Record number of new cases in Oregon in large parts due to two major outbreaks - one at Pacific Seafood and one at a church in rural NE Oregon: https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/coronavirus-outbreak-linked-to-eastern-oregon-church-surpasses-200-cases.html
  2. Masks significantly reduce infection risk, likely preventing thousands of COVID-19 cases -study https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-masks/masks-significantly-reduce-infection-risk-likely-preventing-thousands-of-covid-19-cases-study-idUSKBN23J33V
  3. Please. We all know the only way to die in a Subaru is an honorable sword fight.
  4. Because you're our resident libertarian, and this is a nice example of how businesses are unable to regulate themselves. But mainly I was bored at work and wanted to post GIFs.
  5. The FDA's little experiment that allowed companies to self-certify the reliability of their antibody tests is over. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/04/health/fda-antibody-tests-coronavirus.html Apparently some test kits were flat out bogus. Everyone: @BSUTOP25 :
  6. Brown's extending the state of emergency to keep all options on the table. Oregon has done a fantastic job flattening the curve so far. But if things go badly, we are one of the least equipped states to handle a major outbreak (in terms of ICU beds, ventilators, etc.). Look, it's easy for rural communities to say "We're safe out here, let us do our thing." But they have no facilities to deal with bad COVID cases. Zero. The moment someone gets very sick, they expect their asses to be airlifted to Portland, Bend, or Salem. We have one of the lowest per-capita number of ICU beds in the country. With the weather getting nicer and everybody sick and tired of quarantining, we could be back where we were a few weeks ago in a matter of days. The governor needs to move very carefully here. I'm in Portland, and although we shut down pretty early, the governor, the mayor, and the police have said from day 1 that what they expect is common sense. I've not heard of any kind of police harassment of people violating mask rules or shelter in place orders as long as they kept their distance. Brown's not a power grabber. If anything, she's usually not assertive enough, but she's been doing a pretty good job in this crisis.
  7. People need to get out of the "It's either the economy or piles of dead bodies" mindset. It seems perfectly possible to open up the economy at a rate that prevents the worst economic disaster scenarios while still keeping people reasonably safe. Everybody with a pulse in the government should be working on acquiring protective equipment and drafting rules that ensure reasonably safe workplaces. No one is asking for perfect safety. But sending people back into unsafe conditions to "save the economy" is BS, and I hope people won't accept it. We all keep yammering about how much we value our workers, how they are the best in the world, bla, bla, bla. Well, maybe we should not force them to choose between (both physically and financially) unsafe work conditions and no income at all. We need: Federally mandated sick leave Federally mandated vacation days (because no one in their right mind takes their PTO to be sick at home) Free-of-charge medical care for anything remotely COVID-related (I'd suggest free basic health care, but well... let's be realistic) Government assistance for those who've had their hours cut An epic, massive crap ton of protective gear, tests, temperature sensors, etc. at every damn workplace in the country. I do agree with the Admin that some sort of liability protection is required for businesses, but only if adequate measures are in place and enforced. If we are serious about saving the economy and businesses while also protecting America's workforce, this is a no brainer. Because it's going to be a whole lot cheaper than running the country into the ground. Akkula did not pay me for this post.
  8. When the middle schoolers can vote, someone's going to have to pay for this.
  9. It's more like putting a condom on after getting 10 women pregnant but with 20 bars still ahead of you. Late but definitely not pointless.
  10. Also, what interest would hospitals have in exaggerating COVID deaths? Many of them are bleeding money like crazy right now. Pretty sure they'd love to go back to business as usual if they thought it was safe.
  11. 40k+ Covid deaths with unprecedented containment measures...
  12. Pick the one you like best: 1) Because we pay a shit ton of taxes to the federal government. For all that coin, I'd prefer to see some mental health and housing instead of 20 aircraft carriers. 2) Because historically advanced society have provided these types of services at the national level. And the US has too. 3) Because it makes sense. If these kinds of services aren't provided at the federal level, you incentivize a race to the bottom at the state level, which hurts everyone and benefits no one.
  13. "I have prepared this ointment of animal dung and mercury. Make haste now, prepare my horse!"
  14. Yes, but states are forced to pick up the tab for the federal government in more ways than one could count. Coastal cities and states (and I'm sure all states to some extent) spend an epic amount of money on public health and basic services that the federal government fails to provide.
  15. Actually we can - to some degree. Columbia and NYU are graduating final year med students early to send them to the front lines: https://www.businessinsider.com/medical-schools-graduate-students-early-coronavirus-covid-19-2020-3 "Here's your rifle, here's your helmet. Congratulations, your basic training is complete." The whole war metaphor is starting to make sense so fast it's not even funny.
  16. Also works beautifully with tuna and wrapped in a burrito. Tuna/salmon + rice + a bit of green salsa makes a fine burrito.
  17. Germany has used a pretty interesting approach in previous economic crises, and they are starting to do it again. Maybe the US has done similar things in the past - no idea. The approach is called "Kurzarbeit" (short time/short labor). Say a company reduces an employee's hours by 50%, the government comes in and pays something like 2/3 of the 50% the employee is missing out on. In exchange, the company keeps the employee on if at all possible. This doesn't work for all types of jobs obviously, but it's a highly successful tool to keep people employed and also makes the transition back to full employment a lot easier.
  18. Yup. And I'm not just talking about scientific and political collaboration. China having dodged the bullet and being on the mend may save a huge number of lives in the rest of the world. China doesn't care if you want a shipload of Barbie dolls or medical ventilators. The world needs it, they can make it. And they will make it. For example: https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-doctors-and-supplies-arrive-in-italy-11584564673
  19. We can adapt. It doesn't have to be the all or nothing approach, and we'll likely won't have the very best possible or very worst possible outcome. Somehow we'll muddle through this, hopefully on the better end of the spectrum. Btw, this is a really good time to remember that no country is alone in this. Over the last couple years, I've noticed a pretty significant raise in nationalist comments on this board, and not just from the usual suspects. Hopefully one positive outcome of this crisis will be that people realize/remember that international relations aren't a zero sum game. The same interconnectedness that allowed this virus to spread around the globe within two months also offers amazing potential to combat the crisis.
  20. The hero we need but don't deserve. I have two bugger machines at home. I couldn't imagine handling 20.
  21. Good to know, thanks! I bought a five pack, so eventually I'll have to face it. I might use one of the sauce packs to make tteokbokki and make it less murderous with soy sauce and sugar.
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