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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Richard Jernigan

Nobody is talking positively about the only known exit strategy, which is to achieve herd immunity.
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flyeogh

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to mrstwinkle

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Nobody is talking positively about the only known exit strategy, which is to achieve herd immunity.


Do you think it is even worth considering an exit strategy until we see the results of anti-body testing?

The conversation and concern here among the locals is “what happens when I have no money?”

I’d say 80% of all work is tourist related. Even if the government says “To hell with it, back to normal” there will be no tourists to serve.

And now the internet is getting worse. So online working for the lucky few is getting more and more difficult.

Ps A glimmer of hope. Yesterday Austria reported more recoveries than new cases

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Richard Jernigan

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to flyeogh

Here in Austin the City has put up barricades and posted guards to close “Barking Springs,” which was pictured in the photo posted earlier. The apartment and condominium buildings just west of the University of Texas campus have become a hot spot. Among 178 university students who took a chartered spring break tour to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at least 49 have tested positive for the virus. The number continues to rise.

The number of reported cases in this county is around 400-500, and continues to rise rapidly as testing finally gets under way. Only six deaths were reported as of yesterday. One was a 30 year old man, the rest were in their 50s to 70s.

So far only a small fraction of hospital space in Texas set aside for COVID-19 patients is occupied. Field hospitals are being set up in public spaces in Dallas and Houston. Here in Austin some unspecified number of ambulatory cases are quarantined in a hotel.

It seems clear to me that in Austin and in the whole state we are still at a very early stage of the contagion.

Last night the Austin Classical Guitar Society organized a video concert by Grisha Goryachev, who was in Boston. It was excellent! The view and the audio were even better than from a front row seat in a local living room—which seated 60. Grisha performed with his accustomed virtuosity and eloquence. He played pieces by Sabicas, Rafael Riqueni, Vicente Amigo, and Paco de Lucia. His guitar was a marvelous 3-year old spruce/satinwood Lester Devoe. Grisha said it was still developing, and ought to be really something in ten years.

There was a brief question and answer period after the concert. Grisha said he was composing some pieces, but he couldn't put them on his recordings or concert programs because they were always works in progress. He said he would have to write them down at some point and leave them alone so he could perform them.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 5 2020 17:16:43
 
Escribano

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to flyeogh

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So online working for the lucky few is getting more and more difficult.


We (pro home workers) invest in bandwidth and it is really not much worse for me in Italy, over satellite. There are always other options so I may end up with 2 or 3 different connections. I used to have two, until just before the lockdown. Doh!

One possible exit strategy, which might well be happening here, is to make decent masks mandatory with a lock then open then lock policy, based on where you live (we have lost 6 people in 3 weeks around here).

Tuscany made masks mandatory today. I have been working on a pretty decent home-made Hepa mask design (and a testing sensor) which I hope to take to the community soon. I have already distributed some of them into my immediate neighbourhood.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 5 2020 18:15:26
 
BarkellWH

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Escribano

Here in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region it appears that most people are heeding the order to stay at home except for exercise walks and trips to the supermarket or pharmacy. There are exceptions, however. Yesterday (Saturday) the fish market located on the waterfront in Southwest Washington was open and throngs of people were there without regard to social distancing, as if they didn't get the word or didn't care.

Elsewhere in the US, the governor of Georgia issued a "stay at home" order" Friday, saying he had just found out the Coronavirus could be transmitted by people who were asymptomatic. One wonders where he has been the last three weeks. There are now nine states whose governors have not issued "stay at home" orders, Republicans all, and all praised by President Trump! This is the same Trump who issued the advice (from his Coronavirus team) that people who go out should wear a mask, but he (Trump) would not be wearing one! That's our president, leading from behind.

Perhaps Trump's most laughable statement was when he said he thought of himself as a "wartime president," thus associating himself with Franklin D. Roosevelt (World War Two), Abraham Lincoln (the Civil War), James Madison (the War of 1812), and others.

Thank God we've got Anthony Fauci.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 5 2020 19:29:31
 
ernandez R

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to terry70

You know, I was really surprised when our governor let our state chief medical officer run the show. This comes as a big surprise because our governor has aligned himself with our president and all that implies but after a few false starts and removing some early appointments funded by outside interest seems to have a fairly even keel even if it does align with an oil tanker.

Our state was an early-er adopter of all the rational things that needed to be done including mandating cloth face masks for all outside social activity.

Our small hospitals have set up parking garages for screening and intake of less serious CV patients and we are as ready as they can be.

The numbers don't lie though and unless we really stay hunkered down up here we will run out of critical care beds before our peek.

One of our first cases was some googan who had to skiing at steamboat for spring break then brought it back, not some young kid but a man mid forties, he is some sort of celebrity now because he recovered but I think he is just irresponsible: science tells us exactly how many he will have infected and perhaps killed.

So in my little world. I got run down by a moose two days ago. Crushed my foot. I now have to go to our big city hospital for surgery in about 10 days, you know just as it starts to get busy.
The one know case of cov19 nearest us contracted it at the same hospital.

Fortunately they are doing everything to minimize my stay. Pre op stuff being done in an outpatient facility. Hopefully I go in early am and out late pm. Not a lot of trade in the surgery unit these days so there is that.

Was able to sit up half reclined and get some playing in this morning. Now I'm trapped and beginning to understand how city dwellers must feel. I'm taking half a dose of pain meds as little as posable, a small glass of red wine after dinner, you know, to take the edge off.

The Boss is digging through her fabric stash to make up a gross of fabric masks. I want to make up as many as we can with the elastic we have available to take to the hospital.

I'll keep scratching away: iami, iami...

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 5 2020 20:20:43
 
Escribano

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to ernandez R

You take care now. We have really big boars here but they run away.

Do you want a plan for a really decent mask that we made? It's around 80% efficient in the coronavirus size range. Computer tested.





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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 5 2020 20:38:33
 
RobF

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to flyeogh

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I’d say 80% of all work is tourist related. Even if the government says “To hell with it, back to normal” there will be no tourists to serve


I think the world economy is going to be FUBAR for a while after this passes and that will have an impact on the type of travel you’ll see. Maybe less hedonism, certainly money may not be as free. But, and this is just a thought, there might be an increase in what might be called ‘pilgrimage’ travel or travel for the soul. A lot of people will be going through a period of re-evaluation over the upcoming year and quite possibly a shift in values, so that may have an impact on the type of traveller one encounters.

So, I suspect the tourism industry might recover faster than one may expect, but it might be a changed dynamic.

Just thinking out loud...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 6 2020 0:43:28
 
RobF

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Escribano

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Do you want a plan for a really decent mask that we made?


Simon, in all seriousness, if your design is easily manufactured you should contact the government of Canada, or the government of the Province of Ontario. We desperately need masks and are gearing up our capabilities to make our own PPE.

If your product is viable the Premier of Ontario will quite possibly want to talk to you (he’s that kind of guy, he takes personal calls). You’re a citizen of the Commonwealth, and that might open up some avenues.
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kitarist

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Richard Jernigan

Thank you, Richard. What a fascinating family name history.

BTW Tim Urban from WaitButWhy had a great post a few years ago about family connections and different perspectives back and forth through time, both in the usual tree representation and where one is merely one of the countless fore-relatives of some unknowable person several centuries into the future: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/01/your-family-past-present-and-future.html Perhaps you've seen it.

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Neil

 

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Escribano

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Do you want a plan for a really decent mask that we made?


Yes please! Does it use a vacuum filter?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 6 2020 11:15:17
 
Escribano

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Neil

I have posted instructions in another thread

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 6 2020 12:11:47
 
Richard Jernigan

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to kitarist

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ORIGINAL: kitarist

BTW Tim Urban from WaitButWhy had a great post a few years ago about family connections and different perspectives back and forth through time, both in the usual tree representation and where one is merely one of the countless fore-relatives of some unknowable person several centuries into the future: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/01/your-family-past-present-and-future.html Perhaps you've seen it.


Thanks for the link. I hadn't seen it. The phenomenon of "pedigree collapse" is not widely discussed, except perhaps by stock breeders. When I was much younger one of my ancient cousins informed me, rather breathlessly, that one of the Queen's 14-times-great-grandmothers was a Jernigan. I refrained from explaining to her that it was almost a statistical certainty.

By the time you go back 16 generations there are 32,768 female branches in your family tree. Around six hundred years ago there were nowhere near that many marriageable women in the entire European aristocracy. In fact English pedigrees, as far as foreigners go, slant heavily toward France, the Holy Roman Empire and what is now northern Spain--mostly women.

Say there were 500 marriageable aristocratic women in the 16th generation of the Queen's ancestry. Then on average the same person would inhabit 64 different branches of her family tree. Not only is it not at all remarkable that the Queen has a Jernigan ancestor, it would be quite remarkable if she did not.

Sixteen generations back from the Queen the English aristocracy still addressed one another as "cousin"--because they were.

As far as family stories go, last Easter at dinner the 20 or so guests were mainly my brother's family and mine. Afterward one of my grand-nieces approached me, switched her iPhone to "record," and asked me to recite some family history.

I began, "I have vivid memories--and there is no one left to contradict me."

At age 82 you are sometimes--perhaps not often, but still sometimes--reminded that those vivid memories have gradually evolved considerably over the decades.

Nabokov wrote a novel whose form was a handwritten memoir by an older man. Occasionally in the manuscript there is a slashing comment in an imperious female hand, such as "No! Natasha was not at Marienbad that year. She remained in Saint Petersburg the whole summer."

We remain well. I am unaware of any COVID-19 cases in the immediate neighborhood, but I am also unaware of anyone who has actually been tested. Our only friend who has shown symptoms has not been seriously ill, and has been steadily improving while staying at home. He runs the IT installation of a hospital, and expects test results in the next few days.

One negative development is that it has become essentially impossible to snag a time slot for delivery or curbside pickup from the two major grocery chains. I have an N-95 mask which I bought at the end of February and a box of latex gloves, so I may suit up and head to the grocery store if supplies begin to run a little low in a couple of weeks. But if push comes to shove I have 25 pounds of pinto beans and an equal amount of rice. In 1961 two friends and I subsisted on beans and rice, and the few birds we shot during six weeks in the high jungle of southern Yucatan and northern Guatemala.

We kept careful track of what was eaten by our guide, translator, and soon our friend: water and corn tortillas. We only camped in the forest a few nights, since there were villages scattered throughout that country. Each morning Jorge would make the rounds of women fixing breakfast, and return with a two-inch stack of tortillas he had bought for very little money. He tasted beans once out of curiosity, but never again accepted our offer. By the time we were ten miles from the road, children in the villages had never seen beans before. No one had ever even heard of a pressure cooker.

On Facebook I have been deluged by advertisements proposing to sell me face masks. Some are fairly obviously scams. Despite its elegant visual design, one betrays itself by tin-eared English, both in the body of the ad and in the enthusiastic "comments." Since more than half a dozen ads have appeared for the first time in an hour of Facebooking today, I have my doubts about all of them.

On the other hand, five pounds of spaghetti I ordered 2 1/2 weeks ago from a previously unknown source turned up yesterday.

RNJ
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 7 2020 3:32:08
 
BarkellWH

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Richard Jernigan

quote:

When I was much younger one of my ancient cousins informed me, rather breathlessly, that one of the Queen's 14-times-great-grandmothers was a Jernigan. I refrained from explaining to her that it was almost a statistical certainty.


It has long been known that everyone of European descent today is related to Charlemagne. Besides beginning the Carolingian line as King of the Franks and in the year 800 becoming Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne had 18 children, three of whom inherited his empire when he died in what eventually became France, Alsace-Loraine, and Germany. Rejoice in your royal genes.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 7 2020 15:23:51
 
kitarist

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Richard Jernigan

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On Facebook I have been deluged by advertisements proposing to sell me face masks. Some are fairly obviously scams. Despite its elegant visual design, one betrays itself by tin-eared English, both in the body of the ad and in the enthusiastic "comments." Since more than half a dozen ads have appeared for the first time in an hour of Facebooking today, I have my doubts about all of them.


There are thousands of them; in my case mostly about exercise equipment and Lego sets. They all look OK visually, the English trips a bit though. I almost got taken in by a Lego ad for some 'clearance' where really desirable large Lego sets were at about 5% of the original price. There were other red flags (some original prices were not even close to the actual normal prices); also the web pages, very slick, had a different company name on them if you go to the contacts or about pages compared to the web address of where the shop was. They even had a free DHL courier shipping if you buy more than $60 worth.

Before checking out, I googled some specifics and found a reddit thread immediately where people were complaining about paying and getting nothing.

That made me notice and examine more closely the other ads about adjustable-weight dumbbells at 20% of the original price - from the outlay and language seemingly posted by the same group who paid for the Lego ads. They all had slightly weird company names and slogans. I started reporting them to facebook, which made facebook serve more of them (same ad, slight differences in company name) so I gave up.

Once you notice them it is easy to recognise the variants. For me the moral was don't buy anything online from a web site you do not recognise or have not bought from before.

EDIT: Now I see PPE equipment too. Same setup and stilted English. A full face shield for $3.59. Mm-hmmm. Like this:



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 7 2020 19:58:22
 
Richard Jernigan

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to BarkellWH

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ORIGINAL: BarkellWH

It has long been known that everyone of European descent today is related to Charlemagne. Besides beginning the Carolingian line as King of the Franks and in the year 800 becoming Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne had 18 children, three of whom inherited his empire when he died in what eventually became France, Alsace-Loraine, and Germany. Rejoice in your royal genes.

Bill


If you have Charlemagne you are automatically entitled to his grandfather Charles Martel, who was born in 688. Charlemagne's great-grandfather Pepin of Herstal was born about 635. Odoacer, the first barbarian Roman Emperor overthrew Romulus in 476. So you can get back to within a couple of centuries of the fall of Rome.

But I think there's some sort of Charlemagne society in the USA where you have to have a pedigree--presumably with some kind of validation--to get into it. I wonder why this is seen by some as a valuable attribute?

My former wife emailed me a few months ago looking for a marriage record of my maternal grandmother. She said she was working up papers for my daughter to get into the Daughters of the American Revolution.

To my surprise I came across the actual marriage license in a trunkful of memorabilia I inherited from my mother. I didn't relay what Granny had to say about the D.A.R.

In the mid-1920s the D.A.R. penetrated as far into the hinterlands as the small town in Oklahoma, near where Granny lived. My grandfather had recently passed away, and Granny had seven children to raise on a 320-acre family farm. The D.A.R. in town sent her a note inviting Granny to join.

She replied with a note, "Since I now have the family business to run, I'm afraid I don't have the time to devote to your organization that it would deserve."

"How much time did it deserve, Granny?" I asked.

"About five minutes," she replied.

I read somewhere that James Catto, the inventor of blended Scotch whisky, traced his ancestry to Cato the famous Roman, but I haven't seen a pedigree.

I doubt that Cato foresaw the acclaim his descendant would bring upon the family name.

RNJ
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 7 2020 23:56:29
 
BarkellWH

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Richard Jernigan

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If you have Charlemagne you are automatically entitled to his grandfather Charles Martel


It could be argued that Charles Martel (Charles "the Hammer") was more important to European history than his grandson Charlemagne. The Moors had pushed into southern France from their redoubt in Spain and were defeated by Charles Martel in 732 at the Battle of Tours, thus sparing France, and perhaps the rest of Christian Europe, from Islamic conquest, leaving it for Charlemagne to consolidate as ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 3:24:33
 
Richard Jernigan

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to BarkellWH

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ORIGINAL: BarkellWH

It could be argued that Charles Martel (Charles "the Hammer") was more important to European history than his grandson Charlemagne. The Moors had pushed into southern France from their redoubt in Spain and were defeated by Charles Martel in 732 at the Battle of Tours, thus sparing France, and perhaps the rest of Christian Europe, from Islamic conquest, leaving it for Charlemagne to consolidate as ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.

Bill


Yes. I regularly honor his memory with a few sips of Martell VSOP.

RNJ
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 7:55:44
 
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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to BarkellWH

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Battle of Tours


I had to look it up. In France it is known as the Battle of Poitiers. The Wikipedia entry in French says "also called Battle of Tours in the Anglosaxon world". Weird. The two cities aren't particularly far apart (maybe an hour's drive today), but Tours was in Frankish territory at the time, and Poitiers was not (it was part of the independent Duchy of Aquitaine). Aquitaine's call for help was accepted by Charles Martel only on condition that they submit to Frankish authority.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 8:15:40
 
Escribano

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to BarkellWH

I am from a very small family going back at least to the crusades, where an ancestor was a Knight Templar.

To get back to the topic. Here in Tuscany, they have bought 10 million masks and will deliver them door-to-door. Not sure if we will get any as non-Italians but we have our own.

This is in preparation for a partial easing of the lockdown. They are implying the opening non-essential shops etc. as long as people keep their social distance and wear a mask.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 11:44:52
 
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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Escribano

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This is in preparation for a partial easing of the lockdown.


Great to hear although is that action based on best medical advice (re- CCPvirus) or economic necessity? Although much better the numbers still show a daily growth in numbers of cases both in Italy and Spain. At least normal flu should be on the decrease here as the weather is improving.

But here there will be no choice if financial help doesn't come very soon. And the EU still arguing over who will pay the bill (meeting resumes Thursday) means there is no light at the end of that tunnel. But I guess Europe never has been united

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 12:47:37
 
Escribano

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to flyeogh

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the numbers still show a daily growth in numbers of cases both in Italy and Spain


Nope, Italy has been showing an overall decrease in new cases since March 21st and in deaths since March 28th

Similar story in Spain:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/italy/
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/spain/

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 13:27:08
 
Escribano

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to flyeogh

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But I guess Europe never has been united


I think you'll find it has been for quite some time. Always going to be disagreements, though.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 13:29:06
 
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Nope, Italy has been showing an overall decrease in new cases since March 21st



Sorry Simon if I worded that badly but the number of active cases is still increasing. I didn't say new cases.

880 in Italy and 1792 in Spain yesterday.

Yes the rate of increase of new cases is slowing but that still leaves a growth of active cases.

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RobF

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to flyeogh

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the number of active cases is still increasing.

Probably stating the obvious here, but it’s to be expected when the duration of the illness exceeds the incubation period.
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Escribano

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to flyeogh

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Yes the rate of increase of new cases is slowing


Well, that's the one to watch (for R0) but it doesn't solve the problem. It probably won't die out on its own. It will take a vaccine or a little (unintentioned) immunity.

I think it can be contained, based on careful geographic restrictions and masks (sorely dismissed in the West).

I fear it will get a lot worse in the UK and US. Today, the UK posted more deaths in a single day than Italy ever have and the UK is not over the hump yet.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 18:01:00
 
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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to Escribano

My wife Marta and I have been staying at home save for a weekly trip to the grocery store and a daily two-mile walk we take on a route from our house to a point one mile away and back.

On the two-mile walk we usually encounter several people walking as well, and either we or the other person(s) move across the street. Even the younger Millennials we encounter are honoring social distancing on these walks (which is refreshing after the publicity they got crowding the beaches at Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Cancun). Another thing we notice is people are more apt to greet you and say hello during this crisis. This is not a new observation, but it seems that when we are all going through a crisis people are more friendly than during normal times. Guess it's part of the idea that "we are all in this together."

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And the end of the fight is a tombstone white,
With the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear, "A fool lies here,
Who tried to hustle the East."

--Rudyard Kipling
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 8 2020 21:29:53
 
Richard Jernigan

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From: Austin, Texas USA

RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to BarkellWH

I reported that a friend was self-isolating due to a full set of corona virus symptoms. He's the IT manager for a hospital, so he was able to get tested. His results came back yesterday evening: negative for COVID-19. He was diagnosed with mild bacterial pneumonia. Antibiotics knocked it out right away.

Ray Benson, the front man for the band Asleep at the Wheel lives here in Austin. He reported a while back that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Today he finally felt well enough to post on the local subreddit. He has never displayed the full set of symptoms of COVID-19 that have been widely reported. He says the only effects have been feeling really rotten, headaches, fever and disabling fatigue--but no cough at all. He has been in bed for days, feeling about the same until improving just a little yesterday and today.

You can have all the symptoms and not have COVID-19, and you can be quite ill with COVID-19, but not display the canonical symptoms.

RNJ
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 9 2020 2:17:29
 
mrstwinkle

 

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RE: In your locality – what’s it... (in reply to terry70

Key worker so still going to work - on mad shifts to split workers into groups. Body clock wrecked. In the heavily overpopulated South of England, odd to see nature making a comeback. Pigeons and ducks gathering in the streets is nice. Having birds of prey attacking a neighbour's doves because they can't live off roadkill at the moment.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 9 2020 8:48:10
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