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Wally

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This thread is for the current pandemic which we're all facing worldwide due to how unfortunately contagious it is.

This thread also replaces the previous thread which we had, that was locked due to constant trolling etc and a lot of work / effort would be needed to clean it up.

Please keep conversation civil and factual..
 

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It turns out I am in Phase 1a of North Carolina's vaccination plan after all. One of the higher staff at my apartment building was signing people up this morning. I said yes.

They said they're getting theirs on the 13th though, so mine won't be before then, I think.
 

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There's a bit of a spread going on in Australia (Mostly Victoria / New South Wales) at the moment and other states are locking their borders to us.
 

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Grateful everyone is staying healthy. Personally I will get the vaccine as soon as my spot in line comes up. Kind of like waiting for my Pyra, and the pandora before that.



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Almost the entirety of England went into covid-19 zone 4 yesterday, due to numbers either caused by the newest identified variant that's rampant in the south and wales, or just the first sign of unwise socialising during the christmas season. Where I am we're in a little island of zone 3, and I don't exactly know why.
 

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Where I am we're in a little island of zone 3, and I don't exactly know why.
You make it sound like you feel left out. Be glad!
Note that the seasonal rhino-virus curve now is down and the corona-virus curve now goes up. So eventually, it will reach everywhere. Go get some sunlight.
 

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Around me, there's more and more people going to covid test for no reason at all. It also means more and more false positives.
 

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Around me, there's more and more people going to covid test for no reason at all. It also means more and more false positives.
Are you sure it's no reason at all? I mean, during this season people have more time to catch up with friends and family, you start talking, people start hearing of friends that were positive, then backtrack their contact with that person, if not directly, indirectly and decide to just test now that it's available? Or just test before going to their folks and friends, so they know they are save for others?

What does have me a bit upset is the vaccinated guy that did not take care of himself and thinking he was superman contracted covid a week after the injection, way before the body had time to build enough resistance. In that state these first injected ones will become superspreaders (as their symptoms will be less, even asymptomatic - but will still be able to pass it on). It's not a binary switch
 

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Because everyone should be? (At least in theory, anyway...)
How often ? I don't mind people being tested. People who have been in contact with known cases, or have compatible symptoms or so on should be tested. The rest of people can also be tested and that's of course no problem for anyone. But they can test negative and get infected five minutes after the test. They should isolate and seek help to confirm diagnostic if positive. But if negative, people should not assume they can do anything different than before testing. While testing unnecessarily is no problem, it can even be good for building statistics, acting on the result to relax measures can be problematic.
 

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But they can test negative and get infected five minutes after the test.
Although mistakes are made in the test-streets, if you follow instructions, the infection probability is low (but never zero)

So you shouldn't get infected, unless there was an infected person recently before you that breathed floating virus into the air of the place you will be breathing next. Or if the medical staff does not spray themselves with alcohol after each patient (I've yet to see that they change gloves for each patient - they don't - and the cleanup is not that throughroughly after a few hours of doing the same all over).
They also break the 1.5m rule there, because they go directly into your nose at less than 50 cm distance
The microdroplets also do not keep to the 1.5meter rule, so they could be floating around for a while before they land on your eye and although the eye is protected, that protection is not 100%
And there IS a person that only hands out swabs, and they do not touch eachother because during the handout they grab a different part of the swab, but they do get near. So human errors will be made.

Here's a nice factoid:
 

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Although mistakes are made in the test-streets, if you follow instructions, the infection probability is low (but never zero)

Of course. Risk 0 doesn't exist, but in those places they take all possible measures.
I read some news that one nurse vaccinating against COVID-19 tested positive for COVID-19. They then tested all the people in the care center she had worked and found nobody positive.
That's an example of good procedures preventing contagion. She was wearing mask, gloves, protective eyewear, overalls, she broke distance from anyone for the shortest possible time, and it all worked.
I'm not worried about that. I mean that once you leave the test site you can cross someone who infects you, or you generally keep on with your life and keep your risk of being infected.
Since you know you can get SARS-CoV-2 at any time, knowing that you did not at a specific point in time is not that relevant about whether you currently have it, so it shouldn't be an excuse to be careless once tested negative.

Here's a nice factoid:
Bah. That won't scare me. If one single SARS-CoV-2 was in my mind I know I'd be finding naked pulmonar endotelium sexy and I don't, so I'm safe. :p
Seriously now, it's interesting but not surprising. It matches what the people I know with COVID-19 told me on the phone.
I guess they'll now have one more protein to use in brain drugs so that they can break the blood-brain barrier.
 

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A test cost between 70 and 100 euros, it's free in France, but still paid by the taxpayer.
Plus the risk of false positive.

That's why the body self-destroys smell and taste, which are highways to the brain.
 

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North Carolina just did a double update of its COVID-19 dashboard. Seems we crossed the 9000 daily case mark for the first time yesterday, then again today. The Christmas surge seems to be coming in more quickly than the Thanksgiving surge.

Governor Cooper has to update the COVID-19 restrictions next week, as they're set to expire on the 8th. I wonder if he'll be adding anything to them.
 

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That's why the body self-destroys smell and taste, which are highways to the brain.
There is also self-hypnosis, suggestive people could be affected by the nocebo effect.
Show people a monitor and say that it's more expensive and suddenly they will see that the pixels are sharper, more colourful and better. Eventhough it might be a rebranded device with the same tech as a cheaper one. (example: My expensive monster cables transmit the audio much better and I can hear the difference with normal cables)

A test cost between 70 and 100 euros, it's free in France, but still paid by the taxpayer.
Plus the risk of false positive.
ka-ching. video

Seems we crossed the 9000 daily case mark for the first time yesterday
Vegeta: It's over ninethousaaaaaaaaaa...
 

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I remembered the hilarious mocking comment about $1,095.99 hdmi cables :^)
"saved a ton of money on a new TV on black Friday and decided to use the extra cash to get the best cable available. At a whopping 3.3 feet in length, this cable is no joke. When all my friends come over to watch football, they always say 'WOW what kind of HDMI cable do you have?'"

https://entertainment.slashdot.org/...ustomers-gleefully-mock-best-buys-109599-hdmi
 

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There are many more videos of empty hospitals, but the one with many running ambulance engines was extraordinary for me.
Note that there is ALWAYS a running ambulance, because it takes time to turn on all equipment, warm up the ambulance (when you are called to drive, you do not have time to worry about foggy windows and removing the ice from the windows). If the engine is off and the equipment is running, then the battery will go flat in no time. so again: it is normal to have a few ambulances ready to drive. And the video does not show enough about the other ambulances to remove doubt about them. All we do get shown is empty hostpitals (or for one hospital: one wing that was closed and obviously empty)
 
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