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2020-03-01 11:37:39 PM  
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2020-03-01 11:42:15 PM  
2,4,8,16,32,64,128....

What point of a geometric progression is it 'serious' and not just a cold.
 
2020-03-02 12:11:18 AM  

optikeye: 2,4,8,16,32,64,128....

What point of a geometric progression is it 'serious' and not just a cold.



I had to take my mom to Evergreen in Kirkland last week.  Not the old folks home or the main hospital building, but a lot of the workers from one area meet with or cross over to the other buildings.

Given the virulent nature of this strain, there is a non zero chance we were exposed.  All we can do now is wait and see and jump a the shadow of every sniffle and spring cough, that could just be an allergy, or a normal cold, or might just be the death of my family in a few days.

My daughter has been out this last week on wet and cold days doing Girl Scout cookie sales.  She has the sniffles now.  Do I panic and keep her home from school?  Do we rush to the only ER in town that will take my insurance?

Which of your number sets will we be in a week or two?

This country has had months to be ready for this.  We could have had testing kits flowing in December.  We could have been sending out heightened diagnoses alerts for all healthcare facilities.  We could have been actually protecting the health and welfare of our nation.  Instead we get to sit in fear and wait our turn to see if we are strong enough to survive this or die.

The one positive I guess is that this will gut the republicans voting base.  Not that it matters since the EC is bought and paid for.  But it is going to kill a lot of people that do not deserve it as well.
 
2020-03-02 3:15:41 AM  
Who's got the chips?

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2020-03-02 3:51:35 AM  
Conservatives are stupid, but don't freak out. For the love of god... do not freak out. Of course it will get worse before it gets better, and if it is over 2% fatal in immunocompromised populations, yeah that's really not good. But it's not the f*cking plague.

Minimize contact, cover your goddamn mouth, wash hands. Sanitize common areas a lot. Just be smart. We will get through this in spite of our idiotic leadership,
 
2020-03-02 4:52:09 AM  
As I understand it, we don't really know just how bad this thing is. There is certainly a danger that it could be "Spanish Flu" bad, it takes months to figure out just how many people are infected, and the associated fatality rates.

The latest data from China seemed to show that it spreads more rapidly and is more fatal that a "normal" flu, but there is a giant margin of error on those numbers.

Here is a decent look at the numbers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/he​a​lth/coronavirus-flu.amp.html
 
2020-03-02 6:16:20 AM  
In fairness, folks die from influenza every year. Like 15,000+ every year. And children and the elderly are more likely fatalities.

I'm not especially worried, because I'm fairly healthy, I have a strong immune system, and I have enough sense to go to the hospital when sh*t ain't right. What makes this whole situation f*cked, is that the response in this country has been so disjointed and haphazard, scored more for political points than public safety, means that a lot more folks are going to get exposed, and will suffer than could have been prevented. The outrage isn't that we've got Captain Trips on the way, and that Donnie and Co are fiddling while Rome burns up with fever, it's that folks who had some marginal sense of duty could have prevented a lot of the cases that we're going to be facing. And therein lies the rub: that political expediency and disdain are going to get people killed or suffer that didn't wouldn't have with people who were responsible at the helm. And sadly, a lot of voters who WILL and HAVE already suffered from this idiocy are STILL going to vote for the folks who are gambling their lives for points.

The fact that this is more deadly than influenza means that our vulnerable population widened a bit more, and many healthy adults are going to be challenged more severely, which if coupled with ANOTHER set of complications or secondary infections, will lead to a higher death toll and more folks ill for longer. I don't think we're looking at Spanish Flu numbers, but yeah, this is going to be a bigger deal than it was going to be if the CDC wasn't hobbled by an Administration that can't get out of its own way because they refuse to see anything like responsible behavior.
 
2020-03-02 6:32:25 AM  
But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.
 
2020-03-02 6:36:40 AM  
But but but Dr Trump sez it'll be gone by April!!!...
 
2020-03-02 6:49:08 AM  

dittybopper: But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.


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2020-03-02 6:53:04 AM  

Giant Clown Shoe: dittybopper: But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.

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some broken clocks are never right


Well, there you go.   That's why I didn't know about it, I don't care what morons think.

But you do.
 
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2020-03-02 6:56:25 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Conservatives are stupid, but don't freak out. For the love of god... do not freak out. Of course it will get worse before it gets better, and if it is over 2% fatal in immunocompromised populations, yeah that's really not good. But it's not the f*cking plague.

Minimize contact, cover your goddamn mouth, wash hands. Sanitize common areas a lot. Just be smart. We will get through this in spite of our idiotic leadership,


It can't possibly get better unless preventative action, like performing tests on people who have been in contact with infected, are performed.

This currently is not being carried out in the US, heck they are not performing tests on people with confirmed symptoms.

Until this changes it can only get worse and worse. It isn't going to change by itself.
 
2020-03-02 7:01:54 AM  

dittybopper: Giant Clown Shoe: dittybopper: But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.

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some broken clocks are never right

Well, there you go.   That's why I didn't know about it, I don't care what morons think.

But you do.


I will never tire of proving you to be objectively wrong.
 
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2020-03-02 7:02:19 AM  

dittybopper: Giant Clown Shoe: dittybopper: But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.

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some broken clocks are never right

Well, there you go.   That's why I didn't know about it, I don't care what morons think.

But you do.


Don't pretend to be stupid, you know full well that Rush Limbaugh is listened to by millions of Americans including many in the current administration, therefore his point that some prominent people have been pushing this dangerous misinformation is perfectly valid and the fact that you haven't personally heard of it doesn't detract from that in any way.
 
2020-03-02 7:10:19 AM  

Xai: NewportBarGuy: Conservatives are stupid, but don't freak out. For the love of god... do not freak out. Of course it will get worse before it gets better, and if it is over 2% fatal in immunocompromised populations, yeah that's really not good. But it's not the f*cking plague.

Minimize contact, cover your goddamn mouth, wash hands. Sanitize common areas a lot. Just be smart. We will get through this in spite of our idiotic leadership,

It can't possibly get better unless preventative action, like performing tests on people who have been in contact with infected, are performed.

This currently is not being carried out in the US, heck they are not performing tests on people with confirmed symptoms.

Until this changes it can only get worse and worse. It isn't going to change by itself.


Very true. I just don't have faith in Pence and his Prayer vaccine. States are going to have to do a lot of the work... and you know how that'll work across 50 different administrations.
 
2020-03-02 7:34:48 AM  
If Hillary were President, she'd have killed COVID-19 deader than Vince Foster.


     
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2020-03-02 7:39:53 AM  

dittybopper: Giant Clown Shoe: dittybopper: But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.

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some broken clocks are never right

Well, there you go.   That's why I didn't know about it, I don't care what morons think.

But you do.


Ah shiznitz, we got shots fired

Was that an Assault Rifle 15? Maybe a Kalashnikov 47 pistolero?
 
2020-03-02 7:41:15 AM  
" A woman in her 50s who was infected after visiting South Korea between Feb. 7-23. She works at a Federal Way United States Postal Office but did not come in contact with the public "

Just a mail sorter?
 
2020-03-02 7:42:41 AM  

Noctusxx: optikeye: 2,4,8,16,32,64,128....


We could have had testing kits flowing in December.


This literally could not have happened.
 
2020-03-02 7:42:57 AM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: " A woman in her 50s who was infected after visiting South Korea between Feb. 7-23. She works at a Federal Way United States Postal Office but did not come in contact with the public "

Just a mail sorter?


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2020-03-02 7:43:08 AM  
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2020-03-02 7:43:18 AM  
Catch it early folks before the meds and other supplies run out.
Also if you wait too long you won't get a bed.
Plus you'll have medical personnel.
Wait too long and they'll be sick or dead.
 
2020-03-02 7:43:41 AM  
I live in the Tampa Bay area, and the local papers are reporting a few cases here, which means there are more that aren't being reported because people didn't get ill enough.

As for "like the common cold"... I think the best way to think of this I think is 50 flu seasons, all at once.

Math behind that is the estimated % of the country that will get this... 50% instead of the 10% that usually get the flu... and the deadliness of the virus... 1% instead of 0.1%.

So once the virus is in your area follow normal flu precautions, but be a bit more rigorous about them.
 
2020-03-02 7:44:03 AM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: " A woman in her 50s who was infected after visiting South Korea between Feb. 7-23. She works at a Federal Way United States Postal Office but did not come in contact with the public "

Just a mail sorter?


That's basically how anthrax, mailed to various congressional offices back in 2001, killed a random lady in upstate New York.

/edited a PNAS paper about that
//COVID-19 is not powdered anthrax
///threeee
 
2020-03-02 7:44:05 AM  
They weren't testing anyone unless they had visited China before a few days ago. The number of cases is going to explode once the true numbers are discovered.
 
2020-03-02 7:44:47 AM  
Too late for a travel ban to accomplish much of anything.
 
2020-03-02 7:44:55 AM  

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2020-03-02 7:45:18 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: If Hillary were President, she'd have killed COVID-19 deader than Vince Foster.


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Get over it dude, she lost.
 
2020-03-02 7:46:39 AM  

dittybopper: Giant Clown Shoe: dittybopper: But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.

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some broken clocks are never right

Well, there you go.   That's why I didn't know about it, I don't care what morons think.

But you do.


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2020-03-02 7:47:05 AM  
WHY DIDN'T YOU WARN US, QAnon? WHY DIDN'T YOU WARN US??
 
2020-03-02 7:47:34 AM  

Taylor Mental: They weren't testing anyone unless they had visited China before a few days ago. The number of cases is going to explode once the true numbers are discovered.


They are also apparently testing people who go to urgent health clinics and ERs with COVID-19 symptoms, at least in Florida.  That's how the cases were caught here... they were self-reported.
 
2020-03-02 7:51:44 AM  

dittybopper: ....I don't care what morons think.


Oh, I know! You never ask me how I'm feeling or how my day was. When was the last time you noticed I had a new hairstyle?! At least you used to pretend to care and brought home flowers once in a while! Well, you want to know what I'm thinking, I'm thinking I'm going to file for divorce!
 
2020-03-02 7:51:46 AM  
Noctusxx:
My daughter has been out this last week on wet and cold days doing Girl Scout cookie sales.  She has the sniffles now.  Do I panic and keep her home from school?

Sure, but by all means keep her out there selling. We wouldn't want to send the wrong message. Commerce is king.
 
2020-03-02 7:52:49 AM  
All in all though, I think I'd rather get this thing early.  Right now everyone confirmed to have the virus is getting great medical care.  And if you survive... which 99% of people do... you are immune.

But the US healthcare system will easily get overwhelmed.  What happens when 50m people have this all at once?  You'll get 2 aspirin and an instruction to call your doc in the morning.

So given that this is going to spread everywhere, your odds are better if you get it now.
 
2020-03-02 7:54:31 AM  
Wait, ditty thinks Lush Rimjob is a Moran?
 
2020-03-02 7:55:39 AM  
If only these boomers had voted for better healthcare.
 
2020-03-02 7:56:25 AM  

SomeAmerican: All in all though, I think I'd rather get this thing early.  Right now everyone confirmed to have the virus is getting great medical care.  And if you survive... which 99% of people do... you are immune.

[...]

So given that this is going to spread everywhere, your odds are better if you get it now.


We do not yet know if suffering once confers long-time immunization. Some viruses can reinfect. Or even simply live forever, like herpes. We also don't "know" this is going to spread everywhere. It is possible that it could be contained.

The antivaxxer response may not be the rational response. Though I'm more inclined to agree with you than not.
 
2020-03-02 7:57:11 AM  

dittybopper: But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.


It's right in the article:

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The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the flu or colds.

Symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

The severity of symptoms ranges significantly. Some cases are very mild with symptoms similar to the common cold, and some cases are more like severe pneumonia that require hospitalization.

Most deaths have been reported in older adults who had other health conditions
 
2020-03-02 7:58:33 AM  

starsrift: SomeAmerican: All in all though, I think I'd rather get this thing early.  Right now everyone confirmed to have the virus is getting great medical care.  And if you survive... which 99% of people do... you are immune.

[...]

So given that this is going to spread everywhere, your odds are better if you get it now.

We do not yet know if suffering once confers long-time immunization. Some viruses can reinfect. Or even simply live forever, like herpes. We also don't "know" this is going to spread everywhere. It is possible that it could be contained.

The antivaxxer response may not be the rational response. Though I'm more inclined to agree with you than not.


Didn't Fark just have an article about a woman in Japan getting coronavirus for the second time?
 
2020-03-02 8:00:47 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Conservatives are stupid, but don't freak out. For the love of god... do not freak out. Of course it will get worse before it gets better, and if it is over 2% fatal in immunocompromised populations, yeah that's really not good. But it's not the f*cking plague.

Minimize contact, cover your goddamn mouth, wash hands. Sanitize common areas a lot. Just be smart. We will get through this in spite of our idiotic leadership,


Well said.
 
2020-03-02 8:00:49 AM  

emtwo: starsrift: SomeAmerican: All in all though, I think I'd rather get this thing early.  Right now everyone confirmed to have the virus is getting great medical care.  And if you survive... which 99% of people do... you are immune.

[...]

So given that this is going to spread everywhere, your odds are better if you get it now.

We do not yet know if suffering once confers long-time immunization. Some viruses can reinfect. Or even simply live forever, like herpes. We also don't "know" this is going to spread everywhere. It is possible that it could be contained.

The antivaxxer response may not be the rational response. Though I'm more inclined to agree with you than not.

Didn't Fark just have an article about a woman in Japan getting coronavirus for the second time?


Nothing about that has been confirmed at all. The re-infect idea has become memeified at this point.
 
2020-03-02 8:01:36 AM  

emtwo: starsrift:

Didn't Fark just have an article about a woman in Japan getting coronavirus for the second time?


Whoa. She needs to stop bogarting the Corona.
 
2020-03-02 8:02:16 AM  
Farkers are the safest population there is.  The only person they intereact with is their mom when she brings a Hit Pocket downstairs.

In six months we shall rule the world.
 
2020-03-02 8:03:49 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: Some cases are very mild with symptoms similar to the common cold, and some cases are more like severe pneumonia that require hospitalization.


Well, I guess we can see who has poor reading comprehension.
 
2020-03-02 8:04:09 AM  

dittybopper: Giant Clown Shoe: dittybopper: But remember, folks, it's just like the common cold

I don't know of anyone saying that.

[Fark user image 850x589]

some broken clocks are never right

Well, there you go.   That's why I didn't know about it, I don't care what morons think.

But you do.


Vroom Vroom, look at those goalposts move!
 
2020-03-02 8:04:28 AM  

BafflerMeal: emtwo: starsrift: SomeAmerican: All in all though, I think I'd rather get this thing early.  Right now everyone confirmed to have the virus is getting great medical care.  And if you survive... which 99% of people do... you are immune.

[...]

So given that this is going to spread everywhere, your odds are better if you get it now.

We do not yet know if suffering once confers long-time immunization. Some viruses can reinfect. Or even simply live forever, like herpes. We also don't "know" this is going to spread everywhere. It is possible that it could be contained.

The antivaxxer response may not be the rational response. Though I'm more inclined to agree with you than not.

Didn't Fark just have an article about a woman in Japan getting coronavirus for the second time?

Nothing about that has been confirmed at all. The re-infect idea has become memeified at this point.


The amount of verified information on this illness is super small.  By now I would have expected more information debunking that stuff, the fatality rate, etc...   The entire world knows it exists and that its its spreading and it kills.  Thats about it.

And yet, many governments are acting like it is the Black Death.

I am surprised there aren't more rumors.
 
2020-03-02 8:04:34 AM  

Chris Ween: Farkers are the safest population there is.  The only person they intereact with is their mom when she brings a Hit Pocket downstairs.

In six months we shall rule the world.


Dibs on Australia. Them extra armies per turn and perfect choke point...
 
2020-03-02 8:05:01 AM  

Chris Ween: Farkers are the safest population there is.  The only person they intereact with is their mom when she brings a Hit Pocket downstairs.

In six months we shall rule the world.


She's just supposed to leave them on the top of the stairs with a cold yoohoo!
 
2020-03-02 8:05:55 AM  
America!  Stay strong and remember that our workplace shootings have still killed more Mericans than any little bug can.
 
2020-03-02 8:07:29 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: America!  Stay strong and remember that our workplace shootings have still killed more Mericans than any little bug can.


Sure, but it is moving up the list.  It has already passed Hillary Clinton.
 
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