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5 minutes ago, The Dude said:

Interesting,  I think MI is struck with a variant.  Those other areas doing poorly are associated with colder weather and the ones improving with warmer weather - shows we still need to learn a lot

That's BS. NY and NJ look bad still and have had beautiful weather for weeks now. It's spring. EVERYONE is outside. No need to be indoors.

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The fact that well over a year later masks wearing is still political is mind numbingly stupid.

I get what you're saying, but CT is way ahead of most on this, is a small state that tracked and traced pretty effectively, and is indeed keeping restrictions and requirements intact. I have a ha

It is absolutely amazing to me how the American narrative on covid, opening up, masks and other safety precautions is the exact opposite of most every other western democratic society.  It is not surp

13 hours ago, jobarules said:

That's BS. NY and NJ look bad still and have had beautiful weather for weeks now. It's spring. EVERYONE is outside. No need to be indoors.

The question is what to do about this surge?  If people are "over it" and disregarding social distancing advice, what can be done?  Throw up our hands or lock down harder?

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27 minutes ago, The Z Machine said:

The question is what to do about this surge?  If people are "over it" and disregarding social distancing advice, what can be done?  Throw up our hands or lock down harder?

Its not a surge. Hospitals are fine (NYC hospitalizations are plummeting). Young people are getting sick. The vulnerable are vaccinated.

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29 minutes ago, The Z Machine said:

The question is what to do about this surge?  If people are "over it" and disregarding social distancing advice, what can be done?  Throw up our hands or lock down harder?

Continue with vaccinations and move on.

There's no longer any good argument for lock-downs.  Those made sense, and I supported them, when huge swaths of high-risk people were walking around with zero immunity to this virus.  That's no longer the case.  High-risk people have been vaccinated for some time now, and we're currently giving shots to young and healthy people for whom covid was never a serious threat to start with.  Circumstances changed thankfully, and it's time for policy to change with them.

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I mean, lockdowns really were a massive violation of basic civil rights.  And that's okay.  In extreme circumstances, this sort of civil rights violation might be justified.  We literally enslaved people in the 1940s and forced them to go liberate Europe and conquer Japan, and nobody thinks that was unwarranted.  That was a totally fine policy response to a genuine national emergency, but we would not be justified in enslaving people in peacetime.

Likewise, covid-19 was a real life national emergency.  Lockdowns, social distancing, masks mandates, etc. were all good policy choices to slow down the virus and stop hospitals from being overwhelmed.  That threat has since passed.  We're at most a few weeks from the covid equivalent of VE/VJ day, and arguably we're already there.  It's time for policy to reflect that and for us to go back to letting people live their lives.

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12 minutes ago, IvanKaramazov said:

Continue with vaccinations and move on.

There's no longer any good argument for lock-downs.  Those made sense, and I supported them, when huge swaths of high-risk people were walking around with zero immunity to this virus.  That's no longer the case.  High-risk people have been vaccinated for some time now, and we're currently giving shots to young and healthy people for whom covid was never a serious threat to start with.  Circumstances changed thankfully, and it's time for policy to change with them.

There were about 1000 deaths from Covid in the U.S. yesterday.  That seems kinda high if it were true that all the high risk people have already been vaccinated and the only unvaccinated people are those for whom it was never a serious threat.  Who are the people that are dying?

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37 minutes ago, fatguyinalittlecoat said:

There were about 1000 deaths from Covid in the U.S. yesterday.  That seems kinda high if it were true that all the high risk people have already been vaccinated and the only unvaccinated people are those for whom it was never a serious threat.  Who are the people that are dying?

He never said all. Plus it takes weeks to die sometimes. Those people got sick in Feb/March.

This is a month old but shows you what % were vaccinated when the people who died got sick.

https://www.axios.com/vulnerable-americans-seniors-coronavirus-vaccine-13fdf11d-3a79-424c-bbb0-14ac9f41e4fa.html

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43 minutes ago, fatguyinalittlecoat said:

There were about 1000 deaths from Covid in the U.S. yesterday.  That seems kinda high if it were true that all the high risk people have already been vaccinated and the only unvaccinated people are those for whom it was never a serious threat.  Who are the people that are dying?

Well, some high-risk people have opted against vaccination.  I support their right to do so at their own risk.  They're on their own as far as I'm concerned -- giving people access to schools, churches, restaurants, movie theaters, etc. takes precedence over the health of people who declined vaccination.

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1 minute ago, IvanKaramazov said:

Well, some high-risk people have opted against vaccination.  I support their right to do so at their own risk.  

Do you think these people have made this risk calculus with full knowledge of relevant considerations and using accurate information?  Does that make a difference to you?

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2 minutes ago, fatguyinalittlecoat said:

Do you think these people have made this risk calculus with full knowledge of relevant considerations and using accurate information?  Does that make a difference to you?

To be honest, I don't personally know any anti-vaxxers, at least to my knowledge.  My guess -- and I feel pretty good about this -- is that most people who are opting against vaccination are doing so for extremely ill-conceived reasons.  The regular media hasn't done a good job on this topic, and I assume that places like Facebook and Gateway Pundit or whatever are cesspools of misinformation. 

That doesn't make a difference to me.  This time last year, I felt bad for local business owners who were forced to shut down, but it was the right call.  The circumstances we faced were really that dire that if some people lost their businesses, that was just something that we were collectively going to have to put up with.  I didn't complain about that, and I also didn't complain about the massive bailouts and stimulus payments that went out.  I'm not at all comfortable telling a vaccinated restaurant owner that he has to keep his establishment shuttered because Aunt Tudy read that vaccines contain microchips on the Facebook.  That's Aunt Tudy's problem.  

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To be honest, I don't personally know any anti-vaxxers, at least to my knowledge.  My guess -- and I feel pretty good about this -- is that most people who are opting against vaccination are doing so for extremely ill-conceived reasons.  The regular media hasn't done a good job on this topic, and I assume that places like Facebook and Gateway Pundit or whatever are cesspools of misinformation. 

That doesn't make a difference to me.  This time last year, I felt bad for local business owners who were forced to shut down, but it was the right call.  The circumstances we faced were really that dire that if some people lost their businesses, that was just something that we were collectively going to have to put up with.  I didn't complain about that, and I also didn't complain about the massive bailouts and stimulus payments that went out.  I'm not at all comfortable telling a vaccinated restaurant owner that he has to keep his establishment shuttered because Aunt Tudy read that vaccines contain microchips on the Facebook.  That's Aunt Tudy's problem.  

I know a few people who have said that they want to wait a while before getting it, but I only know one who I would consider an anti-vaxxer & she is absolute bat guano crazy, I mean talks about end times, fluoride in contrails, Covid vaccines will kill half the population in 6-8 months and you need to take some silver hokum instead crazy. Yesterday she sent my wife some nonsense about the Paramount logo carrying subliminal messages.

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8 minutes ago, IvanKaramazov said:

  I'm not at all comfortable telling a vaccinated restaurant owner that he has to keep his establishment shuttered because Aunt Tudy read that vaccines contain microchips on the Facebook.  That's Aunt Tudy's problem.  

Right now I'm not advocating for a particular policy. I probably agree that the time for lockdowns has passed. 

But I think this is an example where the government needs to be doing more to nudge people to do the right thing.  We still have a public health emergency happening, I think it's wrong for us to ignore it just because the people that will suffer have made a bad decision.

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4 minutes ago, fatguyinalittlecoat said:

Right now I'm not advocating for a particular policy. I probably agree that the time for lockdowns has passed. 

But I think this is an example where the government needs to be doing more to nudge people to do the right thing.  We still have a public health emergency happening, I think it's wrong for us to ignore it just because the people that will suffer have made a bad decision.

I agree.  I think you and I are more or less on the same page, or at least in the same general ballpark.  I don't have any brilliant ideas for how to convince vaccine-hesitant people to get vaccinated, but I support strong nudges in that direction.  And I'm completely fine with schools (for example) requiring them.

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Speaking of the vaccines, just saw a friend post that her 43 year old cousin suffered a stroke just a few hours after getting the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 😔

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9 hours ago, IvanKaramazov said:

I mean, lockdowns really were a massive violation of basic civil rights.  And that's okay.  In extreme circumstances, this sort of civil rights violation might be justified.  We literally enslaved people in the 1940s and forced them to go liberate Europe and conquer Japan, and nobody thinks that was unwarranted.  That was a totally fine policy response to a genuine national emergency, but we would not be justified in enslaving people in peacetime.

Likewise, covid-19 was a real life national emergency.  Lockdowns, social distancing, masks mandates, etc. were all good policy choices to slow down the virus and stop hospitals from being overwhelmed.  That threat has since passed.  We're at most a few weeks from the covid equivalent of VE/VJ day, and arguably we're already there.  It's time for policy to reflect that and for us to go back to letting people live their lives.

Great post.  I just got back from seeing my son fulfill his dream by running in a D1 track meet at University of Tennessee.  I spent $2,000 on a 2 day trip, knowing that this may be his first and last race.  It’s a picture perfect Spring night.  I get to the OUTDOOR track stadium and find out that NO FANS ARE ALLOWED IN.  You’re kidding, right?  There’s enough seating in the stadium that every fan could socially distance by at least 20 feet.  There’s more security at the event than you could ever imagine.  At one point I literally started begging people to let me in.  I had an N95 mask on and I was vaccinated a month ago.  No entry.  No exceptions.  Fortunately I was able to watch the event from outside the stadium though the view was terrible.

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23 hours ago, fatguyinalittlecoat said:

Do you think these people have made this risk calculus with full knowledge of relevant considerations and using accurate information?  Does that make a difference to you?

They don't care.  There are still people out there who still think its a flu or a government control mechanism.  I dealt with one today.

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On 4/9/2021 at 11:58 AM, The Z Machine said:

The question is what to do about this surge?  If people are "over it" and disregarding social distancing advice, what can be done?  Throw up our hands or lock down harder?

Ventilation and purification.

Eta:and vaccination. 

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