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My tech's dad got it, he died. The HR manager and her husband got it, he died. The greeter and his wife got it, both died. My intern's boyfriend and boyfriend's dad got it, the boyfriend was hospitalized, his dad died.

 

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I have 5 nephews/nieces, a sister in law, and several friends that have gotten it.  No major illness for any of them thankfully....  mostly cold/flu symptoms and recovery after a few days but a few of the younger ones were completely asymptomatic.

Up until about a month or so ago I didn’t know of a single first hand case....  then it seemed like tons of folks I knew got it all around the same time.

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My ex-girlfriend got it 2 weeks after we broke up.  Dodged a bullet there. 

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At the very beginning of the pandemic there was a small sample indication that blood type might play a role in the risk and severity of infection. Then all went pretty quiet about this possible connection.

Now it looks like there is mounting evidence that Type O has lower risk. 

https://www.hematology.org/newsroom/press-releases/2020/possible-link-between-blood-type-and-covid-19

 

 

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10 hours ago, Stealthlobo said:

My tech's dad got it, he died. The HR manager and her husband got it, he died. The greeter and his wife got it, both died. My intern's boyfriend and boyfriend's dad got it, the boyfriend was hospitalized, his dad died.

 

That's terrible man

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10 hours ago, Stealthlobo said:

My tech's dad got it, he died. The HR manager and her husband got it, he died. The greeter and his wife got it, both died. My intern's boyfriend and boyfriend's dad got it, the boyfriend was hospitalized, his dad died.

 

This is why herd immunity won't work. Totally stupid idea to begin with.  This administration has zero plan and zero clue.

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1 hour ago, gold-n-brown said:

This is why herd immunity won't work. Totally stupid idea to begin with.  This administration has zero plan and zero clue.

Lol. Herd immunity works for every other relatively benign virus, but not this one. +++++ing stupid

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1 hour ago, Bob said:

Lol. Herd immunity works for every other relatively benign virus, but not this one. +++++ing stupid

Curious, is that the plan Trump came up with after eight months? Serious question.

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2 hours ago, Bob said:

Lol. Herd immunity works for every other relatively benign virus, but not this one. +++++ing stupid

Where has it worked to ignore a virus?  Cold,  flu,  measles,  mumps, smallpox,  polio?  Herd immunity is for vaccinations,  not just doing nothing and allowing everyone to fall ill. 

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27 minutes ago, Akkula said:

Where has it worked to ignore a virus?  Cold,  flu,  measles,  mumps, smallpox,  polio?  Herd immunity is for vaccinations,  not just doing nothing and allowing everyone to fall ill. 

Yeah, without the vaccine, there are a lot of population areas that will never reach the right % numbers to be immune, because the demographics of the herd are always changing.

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3 minutes ago, WAC_FAN said:

Yeah, without the vaccine, there are a lot of population areas that will never reach the right % numbers to be immune, because the demographics of the herd are always changing.

Even with a vaccine I’m not sure as I doubt more than half the people will get it. 

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11 minutes ago, WAC_FAN said:

Yeah, without the vaccine, there are a lot of population areas that will never reach the right % numbers to be immune, because the demographics of the herd are always changing.

Plus many viruses mutate every year.   That is why you need an annual flu shot.  I don't think we know how much covid will mutate but they are just assuming it will be like chicken pox.

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4 hours ago, gold-n-brown said:

This is why herd immunity won't work. Totally stupid idea to begin with.  This administration has zero plan and zero clue.

What do you recommend?  Containment is no longer an option.

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5 minutes ago, NorCalCoug said:

What do you recommend?  Containment is no longer an option.

Contract Tracing.  Use Apps (like in South Korea) if necessary.  You would obviously need an opt out option for people who wanted their privacy.

Then once the Contact Tracers have data, you rigorously enforce the closings of things that are causing outbreaks. (We know that two are bars and big gatherings of people/superspreader  events, are a couple, yet a lot of places don't have bans on big gatherings of people yet.)

Once you have data, that will also allow things that aren't causing outbreaks to open up more.  Some things that they thought would cause outbreaks (like gyms) haven't been linked to a lot of super spreading events for example.

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10 minutes ago, NorCalCoug said:

What do you recommend?  Containment is no longer an option.

Maybe in March, our President says masks are cool and we took our half-assed closure seriously.  Look at countries like New Zealand that are back to living normal lives. Trump made it seem like it was patriotic to not wear a mask and go to a bar.  I am sure in 500 some odd pages (that I haven't read), smart people have rehashed all of this.

Frustrated that Trump takes no credit for the results of the pandemic and has shown zero leadership. Hell, he doesn't even talk about it.  I would like to get back to going to concerts and sporting events and not worry about my elderly parents.

But no one listens to me, I am just a hard working tax payer from Wyoming.

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15 minutes ago, gold-n-brown said:

Maybe in March, our President says masks are cool and we took our half-assed closure seriously.  Look at countries like New Zealand that are back to living normal lives. Trump made it seem like it was patriotic to not wear a mask and go to a bar.  I am sure in 500 some odd pages (that I haven't read), smart people have rehashed all of this.

Frustrated that Trump takes no credit for the results of the pandemic and has shown zero leadership. Hell, he doesn't even talk about it.  I would like to get back to going to concerts and sporting events and not worry about my elderly parents.

But no one listens to me, I am just a hard working tax payer from Wyoming.

I've seen my dad once since February and that was during his drive through birthday party with both of us masked me in my car, while he stood 10 feet away. I drove to Huntington Beach a month ago to visit my ill FIL.  We got to visit with him through a cell phone while he was on the other side of a bottom floor hospital window. It would be difficult to live with, if you knew you were the cause of someone else getting sick. I'm trying my best not to catch it or spread it.

And yet we see Presidential events at the Rose Garden, campaign rallies where occasionally masks are worn, but usually not, and there isn't even an attempt at social distancing. "Do as I say, not as I do." Its a giant F_ck You to the American people.  

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On 10/16/2020 at 9:10 PM, soupslam1 said:

I still don’t know anyone in my circle of family and acquaintances that has tested positive. Knock on wood.  

Wouldn’t you know my neighbors son and his wife just contacted the virus. Both are at home recovering and haven’t had to go to the hospital so far. The wife has mild symptoms. Her husband can’t taste or smell and feels very fatigued. They aren’t sure how they contacted it. 

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