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Coronavirus

 
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2021 10:01 am
After weeks of high infection rates, the Netherlands is now registering a clear turnaround. On Wednesday, 3513 new infections were reported within one day, almost 500 less than the previous day and the lowest value in three weeks.

In the past seven days, the number of positive test results decreased by almost 50 percent compared to the previous week. The authorities cite the tightening of measures such as the temporary end to nightlife as the reason for the downward trend.

In contrast, however, the number of covid patients in hospitals increased. This had also been expected by experts.

Source: RIVM: Meer ziekenhuisopnames, daling aantal positieve coronatesten (The Netherlands' Institute for Health and Environment, in Dutch)
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2021 11:20 am
Well, this is good news:

"Canada continues to be a world leader in vaccination rates, with over 80 per cent of eligible people in the country vaccinated with their first dose and approximately 64 per cent fully vaccinated."

We got off to a slow start but apparently caught up.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 03:44 am

bad news...

CDC warns Delta variant appears to spread as easily as chickenpox and cause more severe infection
(cnn)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 06:45 am
I had stopped wearing a mask because I have had the two shots and because everybody relaxed at the same time. But now I wear it again.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 06:54 am
@edgarblythe,

we're going back to masking indoors, and also hitting the pause button on restaurant meals.

better safe than sorry...
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hightor
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 10:40 am
They Spurned the Vaccine. Now They Want You to Know They Regret It.
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Mame
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 01:02 pm
Yes, I read those articles in the NYT this morning. There are some mighty stubborn people out there.
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 02:57 pm
Back again for us to do our own home cooking and food prep. If COVID germs and/or my home cooking hasn’t killed us, we’re impervious.
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BillRM
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 03:15 pm
@Mame,
Mame wrote:

Yes, I read those articles in the NYT this morning. There are some mighty stubborn people out there.


I can not hardly wait until studies dealing with such people come out.
Mame
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2021 04:50 pm
@BillRM,
Well, since the very first vaccines or health initiatives came out, there have always been anti-vaxxers and people resistant to beliefs in hygiene, sanitation, etc. I've been reading quite a lot about it over the last weeks, thinking it was a new phenomenon, but it's not. I'm sure the results of any studies done today won't be any different than any done before. People, being people, haven't changed that much.
BillRM
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 06:27 am
@Mame,
I do not know if you are correct as while I was very very young indeed when the polio vaccine came out I can still remember the joy that the adults was showing over having it around me,

Of course this was way before the internet that would have given a greater voice to the anti vaxxers and we trusted the government far more then now days.

Hell I can remember how shock I was when it came out that president Eisenhower had lied over the U2 plane that had been shot down over Russia.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 07:38 am
@Mame,
https://i.imgur.com/vrZjFWhl.jpg
Photo: Medical Library. Coll. of Physicians, Philadelphia (1869)
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Mame
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 06:16 pm
https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/history-anti-vaccination-movements

Really an interesting read.

and here's their timeline of vaccines

https://www.historyofvaccines.org/multilanguage/timeline
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 1 Aug, 2021 03:59 am
Going forward due to the public health hazard, the unvaccinated will have a choice of either a letter ‘L’ or a zero emblazoned on their forehead. This mark will light up in the dark so we can see them coming.
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2021 07:42 am
Senator Graham gets Covid ... and issues very responsible tweet.

Quote:
I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated.

I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning.

I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms.

I will be quarantining for ten days.

I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now.

My symptoms would be far worse.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2021 08:52 am
The lambda variant of the coronavirus may be resistant to antibodies. In addition, the variant, which is currently spreading mainly in South America, could be more contagious than the original type of Sars-CoV-2. This is the conclusion reached by a group of Japanese researchers in a new study.

The results of the study have so far been published as a pre-print and have not yet been reviewed by independent experts.

SARS-CoV-2 Lambda variant exhibits higher infectivity and immune resistance
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hightor
 
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Reply Thu 5 Aug, 2021 03:34 am
Texas GOP Official Mocked COVID Five Days Before He Died of Virus

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A GOP official from Texas who regularly espoused anti-vaccine and anti-mask views online has died from COVID-19, five days after posting a meme on Facebook questioning the wisdom of getting inoculated against COVID.

Dickinson City Council member and State Republican Executive Committee member H. Scott Apley, 45, died in a local hospital around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help Apley’s family with expenses. He was admitted to the facility in Galveston on Sunday with “pneumonia-like symptoms,” and was hooked up to a ventilator as his condition worsened. His wife was also infected, the family said.

“He leaves behind his wife, Melissa, who is COVID positive, as well as their infant son Reid,” according to the fundraiser, which has so far raised almost $15,000 of its $30,000 goal. “Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help the family as they get through this difficult period.”

“My heart is beyond broken for his family,” Dickinson Mayor Sean Skipworth wrote in a Facebook post. “Scott was a new father and that makes this loss especially tragic.”

Texas Republican Party Chairman Matt Rinaldi said in a statement, “Please join me in lifting the Apley family up in prayer. We will miss Scott deeply but find comfort knowing he is at peace in the arms of our Savior.” The announcement did not mention the fact that Apley’s death was COVID-related.

Apley is a staunch conservative and devout Christian. But based on his social media activity, Apley didn’t believe COVID was going to affect him or his family.

In May, Apley posted an invitation for a “mask burning” being held at a bar in Cincinnati, commenting, “I wish I lived in the area!” A couple of weeks earlier, he posted a news article about giveaways and incentives meant to encourage people to get vaccinated, writing, “Disgusting.” Apley also railed against so-called vaccine passports, which restrict high-risk activities, such as indoor dining, to the fully vaccinated.

Recently, he suggested that mask mandates in Germany were akin to Nazism. And when former Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen celebrated good news this spring about the Pfizer vaccine’s efficacy, a seemingly outraged Apley called her “an absolute enemy of a free people.”

In one of numerous Facebook posts on the subject, Apley wrote, “Question: If businesses start allowing customers and employees go mask free only with VOLUNTARILY providing their vaccination record (presumably not a HIPPA [sic] violation), wouldn't that basically INVOLUNTARILY identify people who have chosen not to get vaccinated (Which might be indirectly creating a HIPPA [sic] violation)?”

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and prohibits healthcare providers from improperly divulging a person’s private medical information without their consent. It does not apply to private businesses—a bartender asking if a customer is vaccinated, for example, does not constitute a HIPAA violation.

On July 30, less than a week before his death, Apley reposted a meme on his Facebook page that said: “In 6 months, we’ve gone from the vax ending the pandemic—to you can still get covid even if vaxxed—to you can pass covid onto others even if vaxxed—to you can still die of covid even if vaxxed—to the unvaxxed are killing the vaxxed.”

In an interview Wednesday with the Galveston County Daily News, Mayor Sean Skipworth said he didn’t know if Apley had been vaccinated against COVID.

Apley’s untimely passing comes as COVID skeptics across the country have died or become extraordinarily sick after rejecting the constant calls by public health officials to get vaccinated and mask up. In Nashville, a right-wing radio host who repeatedly spread misinformation about the virus and mocked the vaccine, is now hospitalized as he fights for his life. A Brooklyn woman who called COVID a “fraud” died after rejecting the vaccine in favor of natural supplements like zinc and Vitamin D.

The family of a Florida woman who refused the COVID vaccine and died in June still refuses to get the jab. A Florida track coach who had resisted calls by friends and colleagues to get vaccinated finally agreed to make an appointment for his shots. However, he contracted COVID a day or two before getting his first dose and died in the hospital after slipping into a coma, leaving behind a wife and four children.

db
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 5 Aug, 2021 07:14 am
Rise of the Alien Queen
@rise_alien
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My son works at Lowes in MO. Their new Covid policy:

1. If you are vaccinated and get Covid, you will be paid during sick leave
2. If you aren't vaccinated and get Covid, you will be fired.

My son said that the rest of the unvaccinated are finally getting vaccinated.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 5 Aug, 2021 08:28 am
@edgarblythe,
Vaccinated or not: you get full paid during sick leave for six weeks (by your employer) and afterwords by your health insurance 70%. (For the same illness 546 days within three days).
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 5 Aug, 2021 09:19 am
@Walter Hinteler,
What experts say and what is on the ground doesn't always dovetail.
 

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