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  1. As discussed in the main Covid thread, it’s a strange disease that we are far from fully understanding, and can have unusual long term consequences, even in kids. I don’t want my 15 year old getting this, so she got shot #1 today.
  2. 3 months ago I would have gladly taken whatever vaccine I could get soonest - Pfizer, Moderna or J&J. Ended up with Pfizer. Looking back, whether right or wrong, if I had gotten J&J I'd feel like I got the Toyota Corolla when I could have gotten the Tesla.
  3. My 17 year old just had Pfizer #2 yesterday, went to school today and said he feels totally fine other than a little arm soreness and feeling a little tired and a slight headache. Didn't stop him from going outside and hitting a tennis ball against the garage door right after I asked him. He's feeling it a lot less than my wife and I did when we had ours a couple of weeks ago. (2 weeks ago today in fact, yay!)
  4. Media attention does seem to be increasing a bit, finally - right after posting this, I came across a Business Insider article talking about how Fauci says the Biden admin will "actively consider" this. So it's getting a bit more attention, but still going way too slow. Many people dying while they actively consider it. Same article says we have committed to buying 300M doses - we should commit to sending all of them to India, Africa, South America, anyplace with shortages, for free.
  5. My understanding is that we (the US) are sitting on tens of millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. We'll never use them, ever. Even if the FDA approves it someday, we have no need for them any longer. They should be sent immediately to India. I wish the press would talk about this more.
  6. A few weeks ago, seeing the trajectory of vaccinations being given, I was sure hospitalizations and deaths would be plummeting by now - disappointed to see it's plateaued, or risen a bit in some places. However, it seems like in most places you need to put in at least some effort to get scheduled, and some places need a lot of effort. The people willing to put in that effort likely have high overlap with people taking the virus seriously, masking, distancing, and being careful not to get it. So it's likely we're still vaccinating the people who are least likely to catch the virus. Un
  7. For mine, the RSU taxes are taken care of by not giving me some of the shares - those shares go to pay taxes on them. So the tax implications when I file are minimal, as the taxes were withheld when the shares vested - it's just paid by not receiving all the vesting shares, instead of paycheck withholdings or something like that. They are reported on my taxes, but the implications at tax time are minimal if I sell right away. If I hold the shares, then I pay taxes on any gains beyond the price I received them at when they vested.
  8. The way RSUs have always worked for me that a certain number of shares are withheld to pay taxes. So if I have 100 RSUs vesting, I may only get 65 deposited into my account, with the other 35 held back for taxes. I always sell them right away, but do not have to.
  9. If you had a BMI right at 30, but wouldn’t consider yourself severely overweight and are generally pretty healthy, would you sign up for a vaccine when BMI 30+ is eligible alongside other pre-existing health conditions? Or would you wait?
  10. Just saw this stat, really remarkable. Vaccination logistics started off rough over the holidays, but we've made so much progress. Should result in hospitalizations and deaths continuing to plummet, even in the face of new variants.
  11. I agree that summer SHOULD be close to normal, at least for the US, when you look at the total number of people, and high percentage of elderly and at risk, who should be vaccinated by then. But I fear it won't be, because we don't have a clear goal. When this all first started, there was a lot of talk about "flattening the curve" - the virus will likely be with us for the long term, and the goal was to make sure the health care system wasn't overwhelmed. But what's the goal now? Among some it seems to be "not a single person should ever catch the virus", and that's not realistic. Without a
  12. Scott Gottlieb is predicting by April we'll have enough vaccines in the US for anyone to be able to get one. Would be pretty amazing. https://twitter.com/SquawkCNBC/status/1358766421531111427
  13. Yes, this is where I am as well. During this current time period we must be careful. But once everyone who wants a vaccine has gotten one, and we're sitting on stockpiles just waiting for arms to go into, then society should go fully back to normal. No special protections for those who choose not to get one.
  14. From a Bloomberg article on the J&J vaccine: March?? I'm sure there's a lot of data analysis that needs to be done to validate safety and effectiveness for emergency use authorization. Is it not possible to work nights and weekends and get this done in 2 weeks? Every day matters here.
  15. And 100% effective against hospitalization and death, and seems to be effective against the new strains. Fantastic news!
  16. Switched to a high deductible health plan with HSA option instead of a PPO - calendar year 2020 was our first year in the new plan. Work has offered 2 different high deductible plans for several years now, but I was gun-shy about making the switch. But during open enrollment just over a year ago, I finally did the math to account for the extra out of pocket costs up to the deductible, factoring in the lower monthly costs and employer contribution to an HSA, and decided it made sense. Also learned about the wonders of HSAs for the first time, and decided to max our contributions. We absolu
  17. A detailed post on the efficacy of various COVID treatments. Full disclosure, I do not know if this guy is credible or not other than his claim he is "the Executive Director for the COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF)". Interesting quote: "If everyone in the world took just the fluvoxamine for 14 days after they learned they were COVID positive, our hospitals and ICUs would be nearly empty today."
  18. As vaccines start to be produced in large quantities (which will take several months), I wonder in what cases they will be required. Will companies require employees to get vaccinated before going back to the office? Countries require proof of vaccination before traveling? Colleges require vaccination before students come back to campus in Fall 2021?
  19. I'm a bit surprised by this. I assumed more people would tune in to Trump to see what crazy / off the wall things he would say, and Biden just kind of is who he is, no expectations of any drama there. So maybe this is an indication that people are just tired of Trump, just done with it. For myself, I left the original debate a lot more sickened and disheartened than I expected to. Even though I pay more attention to politics than the average person, I had no desire to watch either Trump or Biden last night - Trump because I just can't stand hearing him talk any more, and Biden because I a
  20. A mute button controlled by Chris Wallace is the only thing that could have helped last night. Biden should insist on one for any other debates. At the control of the moderator, if a candidate is excessively interrupting during the other candidate's 2 minutes. Trump would refuse to allow that, there would be no further debates, and Biden could paint Trump as the one who is too scared for a real debate.
  21. Sounds like it's possibly being blown out of proportion. Twitter thread
  22. Our county has had a big spike in cases in the past 2 weeks. Major university here is almost certainly the cause. New case numbers for each of the past 2 days have each been more than 2x higher than any other day since this all started. Very low baseline though - it has not been bad here at all, strict mask guidelines since April with high compliance. So even 2x higher is still not a lot. But hospitalizations are low and flat, no spike at all, at least not yet. Currently less than 1/3 the number hospitalized in April. Will be interesting to see the local reaction, if any. School
  23. Totally agree, I think that will be part of it. Coordinating among various groups (finance comes in Mon and Wed, marketing comes in Tue and Thu, etc), shared desks, less real estate.
  24. I think over the next few months, we'll see many more stories about the remote working backlash, with companies and some employees wanting to get back into the office and missing face to face conversations. It already started a bit with recent stories about Reed Hastings from Netflix. Netflix boss: Remote working has negative effects There will always be companies on both extremes - some that will go mostly or entirely virtual, and others that want people back in the office 5 days a week as soon as it's safe. But I think many companies will wind up in the middle - people who used to g
  25. Thank you, appreciate the input! He applied to his first school 2 weeks ago, heard back one week later, accepted! We're visiting in early October unless they shut things down. The only thing holding him back on getting other applications in is his essay, he's having a hard time getting started on it. I came across a website and YouTube channel from College Essay Guy, hopefully that will give him some inspiration.
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