Page 21 of 39 FirstFirst ... 11192021222331 ... LastLast
Results 601 to 630 of 1156

Thread: The COVID-19 Discussion Thread (OTB)

  1. #601
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    14,563
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    I got my library card renewed for which I had to show up in person with picture ID, but I wasn't asked to remove my mask. How do I know that I wasn't someone else?
    Did they make you draw a mask on the photo ID?
    As above, so below

  2. #602
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    740
    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I don't quite understand, and would want to ask a question in return. What do you mean when you say "Japan is reporting"? Do you mean the Japanese government? In that case, the figures for all the cases in different prefectures are reported (publicly and to the WHO, for example). Do you mean, "why does the media often just report the cases from Tokyo?" In that case, I wasn't really aware I think they may do it for other places as well when the place is well known, like "cases in NYC" or "record number of cases in Los Angeles." But in my case, it's more simple, it's just the fact that I live in Tokyo so, like other people reporting the cases in their counties, I obviously pay more attention to that.

    And actually, if you look at the figures here for example: https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00657/, Tokyo does have the highest number of cases (though not per capita), it is by no means the only prefecture where there are significant numbers.
    Yeah, I actually meant the media. Most headlines I see are something like, "Tokyo reports 200 new cases." It's not always obvious whether this is referring to Tokyo proper or Japan as a whole, but it usually tends to be the former from what I've seen.
    “Of all the sciences cultivated by mankind, Astronomy is acknowledged to be, and undoubtedly is, the most sublime, the most interesting, and the most useful. For, by knowledge derived from this science, not only the bulk of the Earth is discovered, but our very faculties are enlarged with the grandeur of the ideas it conveys, our minds exalted above their low contracted prejudices.” - James Ferguson

  3. #603
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Posts
    257
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    How do I know that I wasn't someone else?
    I often wonder that, whether I'm wearing a mask or not.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

  4. #604
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,486
    Tomorrow, after seven months of our state border with the rest of Australia being closed to all arrivals, except for those with official approval, they will re-open to most states and territories. Persons arriving from the two most populous states of New South Wales and Victoria will however still need to self isolate for 14 days.

    The national border is still closed to non-residents except for arrivals from New Zealand.

  5. #605
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    20,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    I got my library card renewed for which I had to show up in person with picture ID, but I wasn't asked to remove my mask. How do I know that I wasn't someone else?
    The other day, I was struck by how people who routinely work in operating theatres are easily able to identify each other, even when masked. I'd gone into the hospital accompanying my mother, and was walking out through the concourse, a little preoccupied and wearing the required mask, when I was hailed by an ex-colleague who hadn't seen me in four-and-a-half years.

    Grant Hutchison

  6. #606
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Depew, NY
    Posts
    12,360
    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    The other day, I was struck by how people who routinely work in operating theatres are easily able to identify each other, even when masked. I'd gone into the hospital accompanying my mother, and was walking out through the concourse, a little preoccupied and wearing the required mask, when I was hailed by an ex-colleague who hadn't seen me in four-and-a-half years.

    Grant Hutchison
    One of my students doesn't like people with stuff on their faces. She rips whatever it is off, if given chance. It cute, but not really cute.

    She tore off my glasses and when she realized it was me, she crushed the glasses so I wouldn't vanish again. The behavior tech in the room was shocked by the level of aggression used to get the glasses off and my unconcern at having them crushed. I asked her to play hide and seek with me and the student. As the student counted, instead of hiding, I turned around and bowed my head. It took her several tries to find me, even when I called her by name. The tech was also astonished at that.

    Remember how I complained about the hazard of wearing facemasks? I was totally wrong. The first day of masks required eight staff to corral her and we were all covered with poop. We rarely have to shower and change students, but we all needed showers and changes. The same thing happened on day two. Day three her staff refused to send her back. When she was calm enough to return to school, we invented a new protocol based on the hide and seek game. We approach the bus unmasked, wave and once she acknowledges us, we put on the mask in full view of her. She still rips our masks off and pulls hair, but that is so much more agreeable than poop throwing.
    Solfe

  7. #607
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    14,563
    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery Phoenix View Post
    Yeah, I actually meant the media. Most headlines I see are something like, "Tokyo reports 200 new cases." It's not always obvious whether this is referring to Tokyo proper or Japan as a whole, but it usually tends to be the former from what I've seen.
    I see. I'm not really sure why that happens. You don't really see it so much in other places. I do remember that when Wuhan was still the epicenter, there was news about Beijing cases, but that's kind of special because it was still confined to China pretty much. I wonder if people are more interested in Tokyo than in Japan as a whole... Actually, I think that on the evening news a couple of days ago, the news was that Hokkaido had nearly equaled Tokyo (despite having a third of the population). So there may be a sense where Tokyo is taken as the bellwether.
    As above, so below

  8. #608
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Depew, NY
    Posts
    12,360
    These lockdowns and restrictions are killing me. At this rate, I will never be skinny enough to wear the rest of the ninja costume.
    Solfe

  9. #609
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    The Great NorthWet
    Posts
    16,349
    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery Phoenix View Post
    Yeah, I actually meant the media. Most headlines I see are something like, "Tokyo reports 200 new cases." It's not always obvious whether this is referring to Tokyo proper or Japan as a whole, but it usually tends to be the former from what I've seen.
    Since Tokyo is the capital of Japan, I suspect it's along the lines of "Moscow threatens neighbors again" or "Berlin announces new Covid plan".

    More than 160,000 new cases in the USA yesterday, a new record by about 40,000. What an awful year.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

  10. #610
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    NEOTP Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    3,355
    And apparently Elon Musk needs to self-quarantine after testing both positive and negative for COVID in four separate tests.

    https://www.space.com/elon-musk-spac...-crew-1-launch

    With SpaceX on the eve of launching four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA in a historic flight, CEO Elon Musk has announced that he has received mixed results from recent tests for the novel coronavirus..

    Musk made the announcement on Twitter early today (Nov. 13). It's not yet clear what, if anything, those results might mean for SpaceX's Crew-1 launch with NASA, currently scheduled to lift off from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida tomorrow night at 7:49 p.m. EST (0049 GMT on Nov. 15). NASA has been cautious about crew health since long before COVID-19 burst on the scene and has directed agency employees to work remotely as much as possible to slow the disease's spread.

    "When somebody tests positive for COVID here at the Kennedy Space Center and across NASA, it is our policy for that person to quarantine and self-isolate, so we anticipate that that will be taking place," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a news conference today when asked about tweets in which Musk said he had received both positive and negative tests. Bridenstine said he had talked to Musk two days ago, before the testing issue arose.
    Last edited by schlaugh; 2020-Nov-13 at 07:02 PM. Reason: clarity

  11. #611
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    20,009
    Musk clearly needs to do some reading on the limitations of rapid antigen testing, in particular its detection limits and its false negative rate. Or he could just go on calling it "bogus", I suppose.

    Grant Hutchison

  12. #612
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Central Virginia
    Posts
    2,229
    Our Governor just tightened up restrictions here to go into effect on Monday. Masks are required outside the home now by anyone over the age of 3 and indoor/outdoor gatherings are restricted to 25 max, among other asst tweekings. As hospitals reach their limitations there will be more to come.

  13. #613
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    The Great NorthWet
    Posts
    16,349
    20 new cases in my small county last week, all associated with a Halloween party. Stupid.

    Meanwhile, Worldometer says the USA death toll has passed 250,000 and new case records are being set every day. Over 180,000 yesterday.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

  14. #614
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    673
    Apparently, in some parts of the US, nursing students are being recruited to fill the gaps even as veteran nurses quit because they feel vulnerable, expendable or just burnt-out. "We're not cannon fodder, we're human beings" explained one resigning nurse in Washington, D.C.

    Meanwhile, a hotline created by physicians in New York City to help doctors deal with the mental anxiety of combating the crisis said it averages up to 20 calls a day.

    Grim times.

  15. #615
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Olympia, WA
    Posts
    31,596
    Our county had a hundred-case day this week followed by two zero-case days. I haven't checked today's stats yet. But I did have a long talk with Simon yesterday about how they'd roll out a vaccine and why, frankly, their dad is probably going to be higher priority than we are.
    _____________________________________________
    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

  16. #616
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    14,563
    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Our county had a hundred-case day this week followed by two zero-case days. I haven't checked today's stats yet. But I did have a long talk with Simon yesterday about how they'd roll out a vaccine and why, frankly, their dad is probably going to be higher priority than we are.
    That's interesting. I guess it's possible that there was a cluster somewhere, so they did a bunch of tests, and the results came out on the same day so you got that spike.
    As above, so below

  17. #617
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    19,587
    I’m hearing stores are putting limits on toilet paper purchases because people are hoarding again. If you’re low, might be time to get a package or two.

    "The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity." — Abraham Lincoln

    I say there is an invisible elf in my backyard. How do you prove that I am wrong?

    The Leif Ericson Cruiser

  18. #618
    The Covid virus doesn't attack trees.
    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
    You can not be afraid of the wind, Enterprise: Broken Bow.
    https://davidsuniverse.wordpress.com/

  19. #619
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    12,069
    Give it time...

  20. #620
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    The Great NorthWet
    Posts
    16,349
    Canada has closed access to Peace Arch Park, which straddles the BC/Washington border. Apparently couples separated by the closed border have been setting up tents to have sex there.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

  21. #621
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Depew, NY
    Posts
    12,360
    The toilet paper thing annoys me to no end. Fact: It's light, cheap and bulky, therefore not really efficient to ship. If you have or are a distributor that wants the most bang for their buck, then you don't ship toilet paper. Pretty much anything else gives a better return.

    I hate the whole "it's a covid bottleneck." No, not really. It's a nice excuse not to ship a product with a high shipping cost and relatively low price.
    Solfe

  22. #622
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    673
    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Apparently couples separated by the closed border have been setting up tents to have sex there.
    Every law has a loophole.

  23. #623
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Olympia, WA
    Posts
    31,596
    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    That's interesting. I guess it's possible that there was a cluster somewhere, so they did a bunch of tests, and the results came out on the same day so you got that spike.
    We had a 183-case day the day before yesterday (I check that after I'm done here); some friends last night suggested it's Halloween issues. Because three of the highest case levels we've had have been in about the last ten days. It's only been in the last six weeks or so that we routinely had more than ten cases in a day.
    _____________________________________________
    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

  24. #624
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    12,069
    Quote Originally Posted by Selenite View Post

    Meanwhile, a hotline created by physicians in New York City to help doctors deal with the mental anxiety of combating the crisis said it averages up to 20 calls a day.

    Grim times.
    Security professionals too.
    You have to treat your fellow humans as if contaminated—and the body English of putting these gun shaped thermometers against someone’s forehead—-and pull the trigger? Not pleasant at all. Where I am now, many of the trees were cut down ostensibly for safety reasons. It looks like a prison now, though it is just a business.

    There is Dr. Who adventure for you. After visiting ancient Egypt, the Seventh Doctor sees a line of people, and a person with what looks like a las-gun.

    He chided the poor badge, before seeing it was a thermometer.

    “Why couldn’t it look like my sonic screwdriver?”
    Last edited by publiusr; 2020-Nov-16 at 05:53 AM.

  25. #625
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Olympia, WA
    Posts
    31,596
    Our governor has issued tighter lockdown requirements again as our cases continue to skyrocket. 95 cases day before yesterday, which only a week ago would've been a record.
    _____________________________________________
    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

  26. #626
    One of the biggest donors for a vaccine was Dolly Parton giving a million dollars to the fund to find a vaccine.
    https://graziadaily.co.uk/celebrity/...virus-vaccine/
    From the wilderness into the cosmos.
    You can not be afraid of the wind, Enterprise: Broken Bow.
    https://davidsuniverse.wordpress.com/

  27. #627
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Olympia, WA
    Posts
    31,596
    Tom Hanks gave his blood!
    _____________________________________________
    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

  28. #628
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    14,563
    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Tom Hanks gave his blood!
    I hope he didn’t give all of it.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    As above, so below

  29. #629
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    The Valley of the Sun
    Posts
    9,900
    So far I've given away three disposable masks. That's 36˘ worth

  30. #630
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Depew, NY
    Posts
    12,360
    I'm really hating this pandemic. At the moment, I have 20 days until my new job starts. I gave several weeks notice at the school where I work, but they shut down last Friday and went to remote learning. Since I am the sub and no one is sick, I have nothing to do. It took this job because it was a solid 40 hours a week, even if I wasn't a substitute teacher. On days when no one was absent, I would be the fifth person in a room or do lunch coverage. Now that they are doing remote learning, there isn't anything for me to do. I am still paid (which for some odd reason bothers me, even though it was part of the deal from the start).

    If I can't amuse myself, there really isn't much to do. I've been drawing a lot, which is something. I was taking the dog for walks, but she has asthma and the cool weather isn't so great for her. Today, I went to work and checked my email. The building was empty, so I collected up the recycling and mopped the stairs. The last two items aren't my job at all. My boss thinks I am nuts and I suspect he's right.
    Solfe

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •