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(Guardian)   Get your carousing and debauchery in now. Then start thinking about stocking up on N95s and latex gloves again   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2021-11-25 9:05:42 PM  
We are living in interesting times.

/sucks, doesn't it?
 
2021-11-25 9:15:37 PM  
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2021-11-25 9:24:59 PM  
i found a bunch of N95 masks in my dad's painting equipment. Probably at least 10 years old. Are they still good?
 
2021-11-25 9:25:43 PM  
What if latex gloves and N95s are part of my debauchery?
 
2021-11-25 9:30:06 PM  
Yeah, delta was supposed to destroy us.  I heard nothing but dire chicken littles screeching about lambda and it burned out like a cheap prelim Christmas tree.

Maybe it's bad.  Maybe it's not.  I'm not worrying about it now. about 15 years ago, I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox, because I thought an oil shortage was going to destroy everything and we would be in a Mad Max within 5 years.  I never would have guessed that gas would be... pretty much the same today.

Life doesn't have assurances.  Take the precautions you need to, not just with COVID, but with everything: your fitness, your finances, your relationships.  But don't let this fear of the sky falling keep you from taking joy in today.

/yes, I realize that a huge part of the doomer outlook is people wanting their enhanced unemployment insurance, telework arrangement, and eviction moratorium and hoping for another wave.
 
2021-11-25 9:30:49 PM  

Izunbacol: Yeah, delta was supposed to destroy us.  I heard nothing but dire chicken littles screeching about lambda and it burned out like a cheap prelim Christmas tree.

Maybe it's bad.  Maybe it's not.  I'm not worrying about it now. about 15 years ago, I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox, because I thought an oil shortage was going to destroy everything and we would be in a Mad Max within 5 years.  I never would have guessed that gas would be... pretty much the same today.

Life doesn't have assurances.  Take the precautions you need to, not just with COVID, but with everything: your fitness, your finances, your relationships.  But don't let this fear of the sky falling keep you from taking joy in today.

/yes, I realize that a huge part of the doomer outlook is people wanting their enhanced unemployment insurance, telework arrangement, and eviction moratorium and hoping for another wave.


*pre-lit

After a day of thanksgiving drinking, I'm absolutely post-lit
 
2021-11-25 9:36:07 PM  

Izunbacol: Yeah, delta was supposed to destroy us.  I heard nothing but dire chicken littles screeching about lambda and it burned out like a cheap prelim Christmas tree.

Maybe it's bad.  Maybe it's not.  I'm not worrying about it now. about 15 years ago, I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox, because I thought an oil shortage was going to destroy everything and we would be in a Mad Max within 5 years.  I never would have guessed that gas would be... pretty much the same today.

Life doesn't have assurances.  Take the precautions you need to, not just with COVID, but with everything: your fitness, your finances, your relationships.  But don't let this fear of the sky falling keep you from taking joy in today.

/yes, I realize that a huge part of the doomer outlook is people wanting their enhanced unemployment insurance, telework arrangement, and eviction moratorium and hoping for another wave.


Are you under the impression that Delta isn't kicking the shiat out of us?  The rate of death in my county is higher than it has ever been.
 
2021-11-25 9:37:32 PM  
This is either the next big thing, or the next bird flu.

I'm waiting for more info
 
2021-11-25 9:46:37 PM  
People have gotten really lazy about mask wearing in my area with many in "chin diaper" mode to "comply" with local indoor requirements. The shiatty cotton and disposable masks I've been using don't seem like they will do well against those odds if we have another serious outbreak so I for one am going to take Subby's suggestion and Upgrayedd before the panic buying begins anew.
 
2021-11-25 10:14:17 PM  

demonfaerie: i found a bunch of N95 masks in my dad's painting equipment. Probably at least 10 years old. Are they still good?


"N95 masks really don't expire in terms of their functionality. The only part that is subject to damage over time, usually past 5 years, are the elastic bands that attach the mask to the user's face, which can be damaged by sunlight," according to Dr. John Balmes, Professor of Environmental Health Science at Berkeley Public Health."

https://bonafidemasks.com/insights/how-do-i-know-if-my-respirator-mask-is-expired/
 
2021-11-25 10:40:44 PM  
I just hope we can keep our eyes on the ball and continue blaming everyone that we don't like.  Just keep in mind, no matter what happens: find a culture war angle and ride it to the ground, baby.
 
2021-11-25 10:46:53 PM  

Znuh: demonfaerie: i found a bunch of N95 masks in my dad's painting equipment. Probably at least 10 years old. Are they still good?

"N95 masks really don't expire in terms of their functionality. The only part that is subject to damage over time, usually past 5 years, are the elastic bands that attach the mask to the user's face, which can be damaged by sunlight," according to Dr. John Balmes, Professor of Environmental Health Science at Berkeley Public Health."

https://bonafidemasks.com/insights/how-do-i-know-if-my-respirator-mask-is-expired/


Good to know and thanks. They have been in a garage for years. The straps seem to be ok.
 
2021-11-25 10:47:04 PM  
Also: If you can, order directly from 3M.com. All the suppliers are vetted by 3M, and you'll get for-real N95s or P100s.
 
2021-11-25 11:16:11 PM  

demonfaerie: i found a bunch of N95 masks in my dad's painting equipment. Probably at least 10 years old. Are they still good?


probably not, even if you replace the filters, you might not be able to get a good mask seal

also respirators are horrible about protecting others from your infection
 
2021-11-25 11:17:02 PM  
Millions dead and we have learned nothing.
 
2021-11-25 11:23:03 PM  
A week ago:

Scientists mystified, wary, as Africa avoids COVID disaster

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/scientists-mystified-wary-africa-avoids-covid-disaster-81271647

Jinxed by ABC News.
 
2021-11-26 12:02:35 AM  
If it's determined to be of special interest or concern, it's likely to be named "Nu,"

Great, just great. Another year of pandemic only now with stupid memes and word plays on the "Nu variant". Just what I wanted for Festivus.
 
2021-11-26 1:46:01 AM  
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2021-11-26 1:55:14 AM  
[40 years from now] "The pandemic is finally nearly over!"
 
2021-11-26 1:58:58 AM  

Izunbacol: Yeah, delta was supposed to destroy us.  I heard nothing but dire chicken littles screeching about lambda and it burned out like a cheap prelim Christmas tree.

Maybe it's bad.  Maybe it's not.  I'm not worrying about it now. about 15 years ago, I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox, because I thought an oil shortage was going to destroy everything and we would be in a Mad Max within 5 years.  I never would have guessed that gas would be... pretty much the same today.

Life doesn't have assurances.  Take the precautions you need to, not just with COVID, but with everything: your fitness, your finances, your relationships.  But don't let this fear of the sky falling keep you from taking joy in today.

/yes, I realize that a huge part of the doomer outlook is people wanting their enhanced unemployment insurance, telework arrangement, and eviction moratorium and hoping for another wave.


Few can successfully time the market.
 
2021-11-26 2:04:03 AM  

a far candle: If it's determined to be of special interest or concern, it's likely to be named "Nu,"

Great, just great. Another year of pandemic only now with stupid memes and word plays on the "Nu variant". Just what I wanted for Festivus.


Hopefully this variant will be about as successful as Nu Coke.
 
2021-11-26 2:07:38 AM  

scalpod: [40 years from now] "The pandemic is finally nearly over!"


I see someone else watched the new South Park.
 
2021-11-26 2:19:43 AM  

Izunbacol: I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox,


When I saw the Honda Navi I was tempted to buy it because it's so cheap.

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I'm sure I could figure out how to haul groceries back from the store, but it can't replace a car when it gets cold and there's snow and ice everywhere - at least not for a non-motorcycle rider like me.

OTOH, I can't afford a Tesla right now either.

I can afford this too:

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Top speed 14 MPH!
 
2021-11-26 2:26:30 AM  

a far candle: If it's determined to be of special interest or concern, it's likely to be named "Nu,"

Great, just great. Another year of pandemic only now with stupid memes and word plays on the "Nu variant". Just what I wanted for Festivus.


Please save your grievance for the designated event.
 
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2021-11-26 2:28:48 AM  
Every single hair on my ass just stood up
 
2021-11-26 2:42:13 AM  
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2021-11-26 2:50:53 AM  

Znuh: Also: If you can, order directly from 3M.com. All the suppliers are vetted by 3M, and you'll get for-real N95s or P100s.


3M also puts a one-time password on each box, you can go to this page at 3m and verify the lot and password are valid. Once used the password will not validate again so the pirates can't just copy the code a bunch of times. I used it to verify a couple of boxes I got from Amazon for $.89 each vs the $1.60 Home Depot and most retailers were charging.
 
2021-11-26 2:54:08 AM  

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Yes, they were coordinated by scientists holding a press conference and releasing statements to the news media, that's how public health works...
 
2021-11-26 2:54:15 AM  
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2021-11-26 2:56:03 AM  

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Wow. I'ts almost like someone made an announcement and a bunch of news agencies all heard it and did stories. Totally a conspiracy.
 
2021-11-26 2:59:06 AM  

Izunbacol: Yeah, delta was supposed to destroy us.  I heard nothing but dire chicken littles screeching about lambda and it burned out like a cheap prelim Christmas tree.

Maybe it's bad.  Maybe it's not.  I'm not worrying about it now. about 15 years ago, I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox, because I thought an oil shortage was going to destroy everything and we would be in a Mad Max within 5 years.  I never would have guessed that gas would be... pretty much the same today.

Life doesn't have assurances.  Take the precautions you need to, not just with COVID, but with everything: your fitness, your finances, your relationships.  But don't let this fear of the sky falling keep you from taking joy in today.

/yes, I realize that a huge part of the doomer outlook is people wanting their enhanced unemployment insurance, telework arrangement, and eviction moratorium and hoping for another wave.


Wow. Found Bill Maher's account.
 
2021-11-26 3:03:10 AM  
This is inevitable. We will need new vaccines for new mutations for a long time and more compliance on vaccination in order to go back to some new normal that looks like our older normal.

Unfortunately farkups will fark it up longer.
 
2021-11-26 3:05:32 AM  

Naido: I just hope we can keep our eyes on the ball and continue blaming everyone that we don't like.  Just keep in mind, no matter what happens: find a culture war angle and ride it to the ground, baby.


Or mask up. Distance.  And only do what is absolutely necessary.
Why is that a ask too high? JFC !
 
2021-11-26 3:15:11 AM  
Will we learn to atop plane travel to and from hot zones?  Maybe they should update the vaccine spike configs now 10+ generations behind?  Naw, gotta fly to green conferences and while there keep pushing the batches of already made and useless VAX to third worlders at a mark up.
 
2021-11-26 3:19:37 AM  
All I can say is it's a good thing there is no Greek letter 'Q' or people would start acting crazy.

/we can't have that, now, can we?
 
2021-11-26 3:24:52 AM  
Between the red kudzu, the sea sludge and mana plants it makes me wonder what's going to come next.
 
2021-11-26 3:45:10 AM  
Looks like I'll have to stop leaving the house once a week.
 
2021-11-26 3:54:47 AM  

a far candle: If it's determined to be of special interest or concern, it's likely to be named "Nu,"

Great, just great. Another year of pandemic only now with stupid memes and word plays on the "Nu variant". Just what I wanted for Festivus.


Happy Nu Year!
 
2021-11-26 3:59:08 AM  
Ban international travel.  Problem solved.
 
2021-11-26 4:16:26 AM  

wxboy: a far candle: If it's determined to be of special interest or concern, it's likely to be named "Nu,"

Great, just great. Another year of pandemic only now with stupid memes and word plays on the "Nu variant". Just what I wanted for Festivus.

Hopefully this variant will be about as successful as Nu Coke.


If this hits Nebraska, it's gonna be Husker Nu.
 
2021-11-26 4:22:51 AM  

a far candle: If it's determined to be of special interest or concern, it's likely to be named "Nu,"

Great, just great. Another year of pandemic only now with stupid memes and word plays on the "Nu variant". Just what I wanted for Festivus.


Roger the Shrubber
Youtube Z621WexHihw
 
2021-11-26 4:23:20 AM  
They should be. The straps can be replaced with regular rubber bands looped together and then I spaed them to the side of the mask.

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2021-11-26 4:24:43 AM  
Stapled. farking phone.
 
2021-11-26 4:31:26 AM  

FarkQued: Will we learn to atop plane travel to and from hot zones?  Maybe they should update the vaccine spike configs now 10+ generations behind?  Naw, gotta fly to green conferences and while there keep pushing the batches of already made and useless VAX to third worlders at a mark up.


"Green conferences" are well under 1% of total air travel...good to see you focused on the important issue here...
 
2021-11-26 4:33:31 AM  

Naido: I just hope we can keep our eyes on the ball and continue blaming everyone that we don't like.  Just keep in mind, no matter what happens: find a culture war angle and ride it to the ground, baby.


Personally, I have no problem disliking people on Team Virus.
 
2021-11-26 4:35:12 AM  

Naido: A week ago:

Scientists mystified, wary, as Africa avoids COVID disaster

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/scientists-mystified-wary-africa-avoids-covid-disaster-81271647

Jinxed by ABC News.


Iirc, Africa's average age is something l8ke half that here in the US, so...not a huge surprise.
 
2021-11-26 5:58:00 AM  

Izunbacol: Yeah, delta was supposed to destroy us.  I heard nothing but dire chicken littles screeching about lambda and it burned out like a cheap prelim Christmas tree.

Maybe it's bad.  Maybe it's not.  I'm not worrying about it now. about 15 years ago, I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox, because I thought an oil shortage was going to destroy everything and we would be in a Mad Max within 5 years.  I never would have guessed that gas would be... pretty much the same today.

Life doesn't have assurances.  Take the precautions you need to, not just with COVID, but with everything: your fitness, your finances, your relationships.  But don't let this fear of the sky falling keep you from taking joy in today.

/yes, I realize that a huge part of the doomer outlook is people wanting their enhanced unemployment insurance, telework arrangement, and eviction moratorium and hoping for another wave.


2/10
Pretty weak
 
2021-11-26 6:24:53 AM  
I have hoarded two pallets of Costco's finest Kirkland brand butt wipe so I'm pretty sure I'm already immune.
 
2021-11-26 6:48:36 AM  

Izunbacol: Yeah, delta was supposed to destroy us.  I heard nothing but dire chicken littles screeching about lambda and it burned out like a cheap prelim Christmas tree.

Maybe it's bad.  Maybe it's not.  I'm not worrying about it now. about 15 years ago, I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox, because I thought an oil shortage was going to destroy everything and we would be in a Mad Max within 5 years.  I never would have guessed that gas would be... pretty much the same today.

Life doesn't have assurances.  Take the precautions you need to, not just with COVID, but with everything: your fitness, your finances, your relationships.  But don't let this fear of the sky falling keep you from taking joy in today.

/yes, I realize that a huge part of the doomer outlook is people wanting their enhanced unemployment insurance, telework arrangement, and eviction moratorium and hoping for another wave.


"I misunderstood folks back in the day about a topic once, so no one knows about covid now"

OK champ.
 
2021-11-26 6:56:28 AM  

Rattlesnake Rattles Me: Izunbacol: Yeah, delta was supposed to destroy us.  I heard nothing but dire chicken littles screeching about lambda and it burned out like a cheap prelim Christmas tree.

Maybe it's bad.  Maybe it's not.  I'm not worrying about it now. about 15 years ago, I got sucked into the peak oil alarmism.  I bought a motorcycle, supplemented by a tiny econobox, because I thought an oil shortage was going to destroy everything and we would be in a Mad Max within 5 years.  I never would have guessed that gas would be... pretty much the same today.

Life doesn't have assurances.  Take the precautions you need to, not just with COVID, but with everything: your fitness, your finances, your relationships.  But don't let this fear of the sky falling keep you from taking joy in today.

/yes, I realize that a huge part of the doomer outlook is people wanting their enhanced unemployment insurance, telework arrangement, and eviction moratorium and hoping for another wave.

"I misunderstood folks back in the day about a topic once, so no one knows about covid now"

OK champ.


He's not wrong that there exists entire industries predicated on panic and a whole world of people who gave found this new normal a better deal than the old normal, right?

I 'll wait for more real information before chicken littling
 
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