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(Medical Xpress)   "The US is not yet in a second wave (rather), a constant first wave that just continues to crest. The political willpower necessary to limit transmission through robust, ongoing lockdown measures seems, unfortunately, to have been snuffed out"   (medicalxpress.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Influenza, Pandemic, second wave of coronavirus cases, Infectious disease, first wave of cases, Infectious Diseases, daily increases, countries' current COVID-19 outbreaks  
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2020-07-07 2:49:42 PM  
Most of my friends in Europe are free to go about normally again.
 
2020-07-07 3:41:47 PM  
Four farking months, sequestered & masked, only to know that I'm going to have to do it for at least six more?

Yeah, I'm a little pissed.
 
2020-07-07 3:42:20 PM  
Obvious tag is obvious to anyone who understands science.

/which precludes most Republicans
 
2020-07-07 3:47:11 PM  
Myopic.
 
2020-07-07 3:54:49 PM  

FormlessOne: Four farking months, sequestered & masked, only to know that I'm going to have to do it for at least six more?

Yeah, I'm a little pissed.


During the second week of March, I took delivery of a full-size freezer and a metric farkton of foodstuffs, N95 masks, surgical gloves, alcohol wipes, and about 50, 2 1/2 gallon containers of Deer Park water (the last just in case).  Mrs. Knife exclaimed, "You've bought enough shiat to last us a year."  That was my intent, because I knew the American people lack the mental fortitude to do what was going to be asked of them - and that COVID coupled with their stupidity would render me safe only and solely within the confines of my own home for the duration.

I'm pleased to report that, four months in, I've yet to seriously tap my supplies.  I've been out to a point of public exposure a grand total of twice, both times out of medical necessity.  Both times, I saw enough to make me feel like I was farking Nostradamus.
 
2020-07-07 3:57:13 PM  

FormlessOne: Four farking months, sequestered & masked, only to know that I'm going to have to do it for at least six more?

Yeah, I'm a little pissed.


I don't know if you'll have to do it for at least six more months. At the current pace of new daily cases, we'll infect enough Americans to hit the downslope of the logistic growth curve by the end of August.
 
2020-07-07 4:13:56 PM  
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DON'T SAY SNUFF TO AN OLD LADY!
 
2020-07-07 4:30:43 PM  

mactheknife: FormlessOne: Four farking months, sequestered & masked, only to know that I'm going to have to do it for at least six more?

Yeah, I'm a little pissed.

During the second week of March, I took delivery of a full-size freezer and a metric farkton of foodstuffs, N95 masks, surgical gloves, alcohol wipes, and about 50, 2 1/2 gallon containers of Deer Park water (the last just in case).  Mrs. Knife exclaimed, "You've bought enough shiat to last us a year."  That was my intent, because I knew the American people lack the mental fortitude to do what was going to be asked of them - and that COVID coupled with their stupidity would render me safe only and solely within the confines of my own home for the duration.

I'm pleased to report that, four months in, I've yet to seriously tap my supplies.  I've been out to a point of public exposure a grand total of twice, both times out of medical necessity.  Both times, I saw enough to make me feel like I was farking Nostradamus.


Lucky you. I haven't the resources to do that and I'm forced to work. Granted in open air buildings and outside by and large. I warned everyone about what was going to happen and I've been semi-ostracized by my small town community for my trouble. The naysayers have been very quiet as of late, at least to me. At least the side benefit is no one wants to talk to me so they stay pretty far away.
 
2020-07-07 4:52:10 PM  
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2020-07-07 5:02:12 PM  
"Political willpower" is just code for "don't wanna do my job"
 
2020-07-07 6:32:23 PM  
It could perhaps well be possibly the case (hypothetically speaking) that what we're witnessing is the government's application of a long-term strategy based on the knowledge of other coronaviruses which will likely be released or escape within the next year, one which will bring populations currently reasonably healthy to their knees, while leaving the US nigh-unscathed as its surviving population will have strong, active, ready-to-fight coronavirus immune systems. If we don't see a Covid-20 or -21, that means that the strategy has worked as whatever bad foreign actor or contagious small mammal will hold on to their newly novel virus, as they know that the US won't be effectively harmed.
 
2020-07-07 6:35:05 PM  

dragonchild: "Political willpower" is just code for "don't wanna do my job"


He's isn't capable of doing his job ..
 
2020-07-07 7:44:14 PM  

Serious Black: FormlessOne: Four farking months, sequestered & masked, only to know that I'm going to have to do it for at least six more?

Yeah, I'm a little pissed.

I don't know if you'll have to do it for at least six more months. At the current pace of new daily cases, we'll infect enough Americans to hit the downslope of the logistic growth curve by the end of August.


First, that's grim, and thank you for that.

Second, the downslope still means COVID-19 infection is possible - if the downslope matches the upslope, we're still looking at four months or so after the halfway point before it's safe for me to resume a normal life without a high risk of bringing COVID-19 home to the missus. She's older, and in a high-risk group - she's why I'm taking the extreme precautions. If the halfway point is the end of August, you're talking the end of December (or longer) before the risk becomes minimal. Even if the downslope nosedives due to improved mitigation, it could be a month or two after the peak before the risk drops to acceptable levels.

Honestly, I see five to six months as being fairly realistic, and we've planned for January 2021 as our target date. I work at home, my contract's good until October, and I'm happy to wait out the holiday season & pick things back up in January. I have the luxury of doing so, and for once I'm going to luxuriate.
 
2020-07-07 8:56:23 PM  
At this point I figure anyone who has a high degree of risk of this thing should either hide in a cave for a year or consign themselves to death because a substantial part of the people love their beliefs too much to do even the most basic precautions.  For the people who think the tree of liberty is best watered by the blood of schoolchildren and churchgoers, a couple hundred thousand deaths is chump change to spite the libs.
 
2020-07-07 9:47:17 PM  

FormlessOne: Four farking months, sequestered & masked, only to know that I'm going to have to do it for at least six more?

Yeah, I'm a little pissed.


Be pissed at Karen & Cletus for refusing to the barest of minimums to help contain this shiat by wearing a damn mask.
 
2020-07-08 11:49:05 AM  
This is a group project.  And like every other group project most of the group farks off and screws things up for the responsible one(s)
 
2020-07-08 2:24:04 PM  

006andahalf: At this point I figure anyone who has a high degree of risk of this thing should either hide in a cave for a year or consign themselves to death because a substantial part of the people love their beliefs too much to do even the most basic precautions.  For the people who think the tree of liberty is best watered by the blood of schoolchildren and churchgoers, a couple hundred thousand deaths is chump change to spite the libs.


The thing is, most Americans are higher risk than they want to admit.

One of the biggest risk factors turns out not to be asthma (which appears to have 0% correlation) but being overweight, which something like 70% of the US qualifies for. Same for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc. Close to 80%+ of the country has one or more of those conditions. And people say "the young" are less at risk but don't realize the cutoff for "young" under that definition is like... 40. A 58 year old Gen-Xer is not "young" in this scenario, but will still scream at you angrily for suggesting they aren't.

Everyone wants to think they're much younger and healthier than they really are, and all those "risk factors" belong to other people, who are the ones who should have to be inconvenienced. Not them.
 
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