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Re: Coronavirus preparedness
« Reply #1000 on: July 26, 2021, 01:23:53 PM »
As someone living with auto-immune disease, I didn't wear a mask pre-pandemic, but I've always been very careful. I stay away from people with symptoms, I ask my friends ahead of time whether any of their kids has a virus, I work from home when my coworkers come into work with symptoms. I take hand sanitizer with me when I go to large events, wash my hands all the time, am careful with food. Anytime someone asks me the "rhetorical" question whether I masked to prevent the flu, I just think "man, you have noooo idea what chronically ill people do just to try to stay alive and well". By the way, flu spreads differently than Covid, so masking isn't really necessary for flu. Governments had prepared for flu pandemics, which is why they didn't have enough masks in stock.

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« Reply #1001 on: July 26, 2021, 01:25:23 PM »
I didn’t mask my kids during flu season, but I sure got them a flu shot and made them wash their hands every time we walked into the house during flu season.

Parents who have kids aged 12 and older have no logical excuse for not vaccinating their kids against COVID (other than allergy to a vaccine component or other compromising medical issue—a minority of the population).

People around here have largely given up any sort of masking. Full vaccination rate in my county is just over 50%, so I know that a good percentage of the unmasked are also unvaccinated. None of the little kids wandering unmasked through crowded stores are vaccinated, and most of them will be in unmasked classrooms next month. September and October may be ugly. Look for school shutdowns due to lack of staff, despite vaccination. My fully vaccinated friends who picked up Delta variant earlier this month while unmasked in their hotel room were sick with a moderate flu-like illness for a week. The vaccination probably kept them out of the hospital.

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« Reply #1002 on: July 26, 2021, 07:55:27 PM »
School starts in 3 weeks here. If they go with a no masking policy, seems like this Delta variant will just run through entire elementary schools.

Texas has state-mandated no-masking for schools.

Our neighborhood has an extremely high vaccination rate, so hopefully will be spared. The others in Houston…we will see what happens. I hope the teachers are vaccinated for their sakes. My neighbor’s son has covid and had flu-like symptoms for the last week. So children who get sick can have significant symptoms. The likelihood of hospitalization for children is low, but the person who said the risk of complications is higher with vaccines is demonstrably wrong:

Rate of hospitalization for children with covid-19: 0.1-1.9% https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/

Rate of the most serious complication from the vaccines (inflammation of the heart): 0.007% https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-information-for-parents-on-myocarditis-and-covid-19-vaccines-202107012523

I was initially skeptical of vaccinating our kid though my wife and I are both vaccinated (and exposed to covid more than most). However I believe the safety is well proven for the vaccines at this point (as does the FDA, which will be approving full authorization in the next few months).

One of the newer vaccines (novovax) is a traditional protein-based vaccine and appears as effective as the mRNA ones. However it is a few months behind in terms of trials for adolescents, and I would not wait for it.

There’ll be the standard conspiracy-mongers saying they don’t trust the above sources, but if they have children and aren’t totally anti-vax goofballs, probably rely on the AAP for most of their child’s healthcare guidance.
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« Reply #1003 on: July 26, 2021, 09:14:14 PM »
School starts in 3 weeks here. If they go with a no masking policy, seems like this Delta variant will just run through entire elementary schools.

Texas has state-mandated no-masking for schools.

Our neighborhood has an extremely high vaccination rate, so hopefully will be spared. The others in Houston…we will see what happens. I hope the teachers are vaccinated for their sakes. My neighbor’s son has covid and had flu-like symptoms for the last week. So children who get sick can have significant symptoms. The likelihood of hospitalization for children is low, but the person who said the risk of complications is higher with vaccines is demonstrably wrong:

Rate of hospitalization for children with covid-19: 0.1-1.9% https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/

Rate of the most serious complication from the vaccines (inflammation of the heart): 0.007% https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-information-for-parents-on-myocarditis-and-covid-19-vaccines-202107012523

I was initially skeptical of vaccinating our kid though my wife and I are both vaccinated (and exposed to covid more than most). However I believe the safety is well proven for the vaccines at this point (as does the FDA, which will be approving full authorization in the next few months).

One of the newer vaccines (novovax) is a traditional protein-based vaccine and appears as effective as the mRNA ones. However it is a few months behind in terms of trials for adolescents, and I would not wait for it.

There’ll be the standard conspiracy-mongers saying they don’t trust the above sources, but if they have children and aren’t totally anti-vax goofballs, probably rely on the AAP for most of their child’s healthcare guidance.
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General Limitations
• Format, content, and metrics of reported COVID-19 data differed substantially by state
• Definition of “child”: Age ranges reported for children varied by state
(0-14, 0-17, 0-18, 0-19, and 0-20 years; see Fig 1B)
• Unknown: Number of children infected but not tested and confirmed

States' definitions of a 'child' in that study were all over the place. Our fully vaccinated twelve year old daughter is physically much closer to an adult than a child, i.e., she could reproduce. It makes little sense to lump babies, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary age kids, all together in the same group as those 17, 18, 19, and even 20 years old, and call them all 'children'. Have yet to see any study that looks only at children 0-11, which is the only age group not yet eligible for vaccination. Also, there's no way of knowing the rate of hospitalization for children with covid, without knowing how many kids have been infected. Dividing the number of 'children' hospitalized by the number of 'kids' who have had lab confirmed positive test results doesn't make much sense, as the majority of young children in the 0-11 age range who had covid may never have been tested, because they never showed any signs of serious illness. It's also impossible to know the future effects of vaccinating millions of children 0-11 years old, since we haven't done it yet. I didn't hesitate to take my 12 year old daughter in to our local pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as she became eligible, as it seemed to me like the risk of her getting covid was worse than any possible risks from the vaccine, but I don't know if I would've been as eager to get an infant or toddler vaccinated for covid. It's completely unclear to me that any possible benefits of vaccinating an infant, or very young child, would outweigh the risks. Too many unknowns.

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Re: Coronavirus preparedness
« Reply #1004 on: July 27, 2021, 01:21:08 PM »
School starts in 3 weeks here. If they go with a no masking policy, seems like this Delta variant will just run through entire elementary schools.

Texas has state-mandated no-masking for schools.

Our neighborhood has an extremely high vaccination rate, so hopefully will be spared. The others in Houston…we will see what happens. I hope the teachers are vaccinated for their sakes. My neighbor’s son has covid and had flu-like symptoms for the last week. So children who get sick can have significant symptoms. The likelihood of hospitalization for children is low, but the person who said the risk of complications is higher with vaccines is demonstrably wrong:

Rate of hospitalization for children with covid-19: 0.1-1.9% https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/

Rate of the most serious complication from the vaccines (inflammation of the heart): 0.007% https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-information-for-parents-on-myocarditis-and-covid-19-vaccines-202107012523

I was initially skeptical of vaccinating our kid though my wife and I are both vaccinated (and exposed to covid more than most). However I believe the safety is well proven for the vaccines at this point (as does the FDA, which will be approving full authorization in the next few months).

One of the newer vaccines (novovax) is a traditional protein-based vaccine and appears as effective as the mRNA ones. However it is a few months behind in terms of trials for adolescents, and I would not wait for it.

There’ll be the standard conspiracy-mongers saying they don’t trust the above sources, but if they have children and aren’t totally anti-vax goofballs, probably rely on the AAP for most of their child’s healthcare guidance.
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General Limitations
• Format, content, and metrics of reported COVID-19 data differed substantially by state
• Definition of “child”: Age ranges reported for children varied by state
(0-14, 0-17, 0-18, 0-19, and 0-20 years; see Fig 1B)
• Unknown: Number of children infected but not tested and confirmed

States' definitions of a 'child' in that study were all over the place. Our fully vaccinated twelve year old daughter is physically much closer to an adult than a child, i.e., she could reproduce. It makes little sense to lump babies, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary age kids, all together in the same group as those 17, 18, 19, and even 20 years old, and call them all 'children'. Have yet to see any study that looks only at children 0-11, which is the only age group not yet eligible for vaccination. Also, there's no way of knowing the rate of hospitalization for children with covid, without knowing how many kids have been infected. Dividing the number of 'children' hospitalized by the number of 'kids' who have had lab confirmed positive test results doesn't make much sense, as the majority of young children in the 0-11 age range who had covid may never have been tested, because they never showed any signs of serious illness. It's also impossible to know the future effects of vaccinating millions of children 0-11 years old, since we haven't done it yet. I didn't hesitate to take my 12 year old daughter in to our local pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as she became eligible, as it seemed to me like the risk of her getting covid was worse than any possible risks from the vaccine, but I don't know if I would've been as eager to get an infant or toddler vaccinated for covid. It's completely unclear to me that any possible benefits of vaccinating an infant, or very young child, would outweigh the risks. Too many unknowns.

Recent data suggests that long term problems from covid aren't uncommon in young children.  This study is saying it runs about 5% of cases:  https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210607/Around-525-of-children-develop-long-COVID-19-symptoms-suggests-new-study.aspx

If one in twenty kids who get covid survive just fine but have long term health problems that may tip the scales a bit.

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« Reply #1005 on: July 27, 2021, 05:41:02 PM »
School starts in 3 weeks here. If they go with a no masking policy, seems like this Delta variant will just run through entire elementary schools.

Texas has state-mandated no-masking for schools.

Our neighborhood has an extremely high vaccination rate, so hopefully will be spared. The others in Houston…we will see what happens. I hope the teachers are vaccinated for their sakes. My neighbor’s son has covid and had flu-like symptoms for the last week. So children who get sick can have significant symptoms. The likelihood of hospitalization for children is low, but the person who said the risk of complications is higher with vaccines is demonstrably wrong:

Rate of hospitalization for children with covid-19: 0.1-1.9% https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/

Rate of the most serious complication from the vaccines (inflammation of the heart): 0.007% https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-information-for-parents-on-myocarditis-and-covid-19-vaccines-202107012523

I was initially skeptical of vaccinating our kid though my wife and I are both vaccinated (and exposed to covid more than most). However I believe the safety is well proven for the vaccines at this point (as does the FDA, which will be approving full authorization in the next few months).

One of the newer vaccines (novovax) is a traditional protein-based vaccine and appears as effective as the mRNA ones. However it is a few months behind in terms of trials for adolescents, and I would not wait for it.

There’ll be the standard conspiracy-mongers saying they don’t trust the above sources, but if they have children and aren’t totally anti-vax goofballs, probably rely on the AAP for most of their child’s healthcare guidance.
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• Format, content, and metrics of reported COVID-19 data differed substantially by state
• Definition of “child”: Age ranges reported for children varied by state
(0-14, 0-17, 0-18, 0-19, and 0-20 years; see Fig 1B)
• Unknown: Number of children infected but not tested and confirmed

States' definitions of a 'child' in that study were all over the place. Our fully vaccinated twelve year old daughter is physically much closer to an adult than a child, i.e., she could reproduce. It makes little sense to lump babies, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary age kids, all together in the same group as those 17, 18, 19, and even 20 years old, and call them all 'children'. Have yet to see any study that looks only at children 0-11, which is the only age group not yet eligible for vaccination. Also, there's no way of knowing the rate of hospitalization for children with covid, without knowing how many kids have been infected. Dividing the number of 'children' hospitalized by the number of 'kids' who have had lab confirmed positive test results doesn't make much sense, as the majority of young children in the 0-11 age range who had covid may never have been tested, because they never showed any signs of serious illness. It's also impossible to know the future effects of vaccinating millions of children 0-11 years old, since we haven't done it yet. I didn't hesitate to take my 12 year old daughter in to our local pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as she became eligible, as it seemed to me like the risk of her getting covid was worse than any possible risks from the vaccine, but I don't know if I would've been as eager to get an infant or toddler vaccinated for covid. It's completely unclear to me that any possible benefits of vaccinating an infant, or very young child, would outweigh the risks. Too many unknowns.

Recent data suggests that long term problems from covid aren't uncommon in young children.  This study is saying it runs about 5% of cases:  https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210607/Around-525-of-children-develop-long-COVID-19-symptoms-suggests-new-study.aspx

If one in twenty kids who get covid survive just fine but have long term health problems that may tip the scales a bit.

Sure, if long-term health problems were severe, that would make sense, but the study you linked showed that the most common persistent symptom was "fatigue." Kids felt tired, some for several weeks, others for several months, after having been sick with covid, but they all eventually recovered. The study also found that, "Older children and those with other chronic medical conditions had approximately three times higher odds of long-term symptoms." It seems like this study is confirming what I've read elsewhere, that kids in the 0-11 age group are at, while not zero, VERY LITTLE risk from covid. Maybe it'll make sense to vaccinate kids in the 5-11 age range, first, but then hold off on vaccinating 0-4 year olds, since most aren't in school yet, anyway. No vaccine is without risk. It just seems to me that since covid is much less dangerous for younger children than for teens and adults, it makes sense to proceed cautiously with vaccinating the littlest kids. Since young children are unlikely to get sick with covid, and those who do are unlikely to have any serious acute or long-term effects from it, maybe it won't make any sense to vaccinate the youngest children, since the risk of vaccination also isn't zero, and some of the more serious side effects for little kids may not become apparent, until after mass vaccinations of young children have already begun, just like happened with the AZ and J&J vaccines in adults.

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« Reply #1006 on: July 27, 2021, 06:37:22 PM »
We should have trial results for the 5-11 group by October for the mRNA vaccines. Also, even the lowest end of the range of complications is higher than the complication rate of vaccinations, so the heterogeneity of the cohort doesn’t affect the conclusion (that is accounted for in the range). This cohort was expanded by the FDA to evaluate risk of cardiac complications from the vaccine since covid itself can cause that. There aren’t any other long-term complications identified to date from the mRNA vaccines (one year from initial testing and 8 months from the large-scale trial reports). What specifically do you think differs between young children’s immune systems and older children? I initially shared your concerns but there’s not good rationale at this point compared to the risks of cardiac complications for children. I would say at least ones that that medical conditions should be vaccinated. Completely healthy ones I would leave up to the parents. It would then make sens that those children should stay in remote school until vaccinated or the pandemic ends.
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« Reply #1007 on: July 27, 2021, 06:59:35 PM »
We should have trial results for the 5-11 group by October for the mRNA vaccines. Also, even the lowest end of the range of complications is higher than the complication rate of vaccinations, so the heterogeneity of the cohort doesn’t affect the conclusion (that is accounted for in the range). This cohort was expanded by the FDA to evaluate risk of cardiac complications from the vaccine since covid itself can cause that. There aren’t any other long-term complications identified to date from the mRNA vaccines (one year from initial testing and 8 months from the large-scale trial reports). What specifically do you think differs between young children’s immune systems and older children? I initially shared your concerns but there’s not good rationale at this point compared to the risks of cardiac complications for children. I would say at least ones that that medical conditions should be vaccinated. Completely healthy ones I would leave up to the parents. It would then make sens that those children should stay in remote school until vaccinated or the pandemic ends.

Not claiming any differences between younger/older children's immune systems, just vastly different levels of risk from the virus, depending on age. Older children appear to be at multiple times more risk from covid than are younger kids. Do you really have no concerns, at all, about vaccinating children of any age? How about infants? Would you be okay having your 2 or 3 month old infant vaccinated for covid?

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« Reply #1008 on: July 27, 2021, 07:02:53 PM »
We should have trial results for the 5-11 group by October for the mRNA vaccines. Also, even the lowest end of the range of complications is higher than the complication rate of vaccinations, so the heterogeneity of the cohort doesn’t affect the conclusion (that is accounted for in the range). This cohort was expanded by the FDA to evaluate risk of cardiac complications from the vaccine since covid itself can cause that. There aren’t any other long-term complications identified to date from the mRNA vaccines (one year from initial testing and 8 months from the large-scale trial reports). What specifically do you think differs between young children’s immune systems and older children? I initially shared your concerns but there’s not good rationale at this point compared to the risks of cardiac complications for children. I would say at least ones that that medical conditions should be vaccinated. Completely healthy ones I would leave up to the parents. It would then make sens that those children should stay in remote school until vaccinated or the pandemic ends.

Not claiming any differences between younger/older children's immune systems, just vastly different levels of risk from the virus, depending on age. Older children appear to be at multiple times more risk from covid than are younger kids. Do you really have no concerns, at all, about vaccinating children of any age? How about infants? Would you be okay having your 2 or 3 month old infant vaccinated for covid?

Probably not at that age since most vaccines are not effective, but once they are the standard age for getting immunizations (depending on the vaccine, 18 months to 3 years), yes. Especially if they have any health conditions.

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« Reply #1009 on: July 27, 2021, 07:24:36 PM »
In the counties surrounding Houston, 60%+ of people 12 years and older are vaccinated, yet we are still having a surge of hospitalizations. Anecdotally, several of my colleagues who are fully vaccinated (we received them in December) have developed symptomatic COVID in the last few weeks, along with their children. The vaccination rate at our hospital is >95%, and in the neighborhood we live in >90%. Ugh.

About 1/5 of ICU patients in the county are hospitalized for COVID-19 (better than the 50% in February). We were down to ~250 inpatients in June, but now back to ~1000. Since start of the pandemic, about 8% of inpatients die.
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« Reply #1010 on: July 27, 2021, 10:40:12 PM »
I feel like a lot of the debate about whether to vaccinate or not revolves around flawed math.

People see vaccinating as a very, very small chance of significant negative side effects (0.007%) times 100% chance of getting the vaccine if they choose it, or 0% chance if they don’t choose it.  So they’re choosing either 0.007% or 0.000%. So they choose 0.000% and think they’re being smart.

That’s flawed logic. The real math (for children) is 0.1% to 1.9% chance of hospitalization times a non-zero chance of infection. What is the actual chance of infection?  It depends on the time period. Extend the time period out let’s say 12 months, and I would bet the chance of infection is 50%. So, the math is 0.1% to 1.9% times 50%, which is 0.05% to 0.95%.

So, by choosing to get vaccinated, you’re choosing a 0.007% change of significant negative side effects. If you choose not to get vaccinated, you’re choosing 0.05% to 0.95% change of significant negative impacts. That’s 7 to 135 times as risky to not get your kids vaccinated.

We will be vaccinating our kids as soon as they are eligible.

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« Reply #1011 on: July 31, 2021, 05:44:11 PM »
I knew the math assessing risks between covid and vaccines had to be done this way - but am not smart enough to figure it out. So thanks @Taran Wanderer !

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« Reply #1012 on: July 31, 2021, 06:50:41 PM »
I didn't hesitate to take my 12 year old daughter in to our local pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as she became eligible, as it seemed to me like the risk of her getting covid was worse than any possible risks from the vaccine, but I don't know if I would've been as eager to get an infant or toddler vaccinated for covid. It's completely unclear to me that any possible benefits of vaccinating an infant, or very young child, would outweigh the risks. Too many unknowns.

@Shane It's important to remember that the normal time to be vaccinated for most diseases is when one is an infant or young child. Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, etc.: the vast majority of us received those vaccines before we get to elementary school age. Those diseases are terrible. For example, my grandmother caught Rubella when pregnant, which caused a serious birth defect in my uncle who was a fetus at the time. My Mom caught Polio as a child right before the vaccine and has post-polio paralysis symptoms to this day. Infants still die of whooping cough in the US . . . usually they catch it from unvaccinated relatives.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is: do you vaccinate your young children for those diseases? Having seen the effects of those diseases on my family, I really hope you do. And, as an extension, I hope that you will trust our amazing scientists and medical professionals when they finally decide to tell you that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for your young kids. Those professionals really do care about you and your family, believe it or not, because people who don't care about other people don't generally become health care workers or virologists. Peace, out.
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« Reply #1013 on: July 31, 2021, 07:40:00 PM »
Since the subject has turned to COVID and kids, I found this article interesting:

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/the-kids-were-safe-from-covid-the-whole-time.html

Kids have gotten infected at lower rates, and their symptoms have been less severe than other age groups pretty universally during the pandemic. The risks that COVID poses for those under 18, and especially those younger than 12 are less than or equal to the flu for the same age group. If you weren't masking up your little one 2 years ago to reduce their risk of getting the flu or pneumonia, then I'm not sure it's logical to mask them up now. For the same reasons, if you weren't personally masking up to reduce their risk of catching those things then, then it seems inconsistent to do so now. The risks are the same in both scenarios, we're just more sensitive to the risk now.

My kid has gotten the flu vaccine every year, and all other recommended vaccines - including pneumonia. They are too young for the COVID vaccine. See the difference? If a vaccine is unavailable, masking is a reasonable mitigation method rather than throwing up your hands and doing nothing.

Masking when feeling even mildly sick or during flu season is common in other countries, and would be a very responsible thing to do here. We avoided something like 40,000 flu deaths in the USA last season due to COVID precautions. Roughly the same number as deaths from auto crashes.

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« Reply #1014 on: July 31, 2021, 08:03:11 PM »
I didn't hesitate to take my 12 year old daughter in to our local pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as she became eligible, as it seemed to me like the risk of her getting covid was worse than any possible risks from the vaccine, but I don't know if I would've been as eager to get an infant or toddler vaccinated for covid. It's completely unclear to me that any possible benefits of vaccinating an infant, or very young child, would outweigh the risks. Too many unknowns.

@Shane It's important to remember that the normal time to be vaccinated for most diseases is when one is an infant or young child. Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, etc.: the vast majority of us received those vaccines before we get to elementary school age. Those diseases are terrible. For example, my grandmother caught Rubella when pregnant, which caused a serious birth defect in my uncle who was a fetus at the time. My Mom caught Polio as a child right before the vaccine and has post-polio paralysis symptoms to this day. Infants still die of whooping cough in the US . . . usually they catch it from unvaccinated relatives.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is: do you vaccinate your young children for those diseases? Having seen the effects of those diseases on my family, I really hope you do. And, as an extension, I hope that you will trust our amazing scientists and medical professionals when they finally decide to tell you that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for your young kids. Those professionals really do care about you and your family, believe it or not, because people who don't care about other people don't generally become health care workers or virologists. Peace, out.

Yes, of course, our daughter has gotten all of the normal, recommended vaccines like MMR, polio, whooping cough, chicken pox, hepatitis, pneumonia, etc. Those vaccines have all been around for a while, so have been proven to be effective and relatively safe. The covid vaccines, otoh, have only been in existence for a very short time. They're not even fully approved, yet, by the FDA. So, while my wife, daughter and I all got vaccinated, as soon as we became eligible, since the risk of covid seemed greater than the unknown risk of the vaccines, if we had younger children, who were completely healthy and, therefore, at almost zero risk from covid, my preference would probably be to wait, at least some months, maybe longer, to allow more data to be collected and more studies to be completed, before rushing out to get my very young child vaccinated. ymmv.

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« Reply #1015 on: July 31, 2021, 08:29:25 PM »
Since the subject has turned to COVID and kids, I found this article interesting:

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/the-kids-were-safe-from-covid-the-whole-time.html

Kids have gotten infected at lower rates, and their symptoms have been less severe than other age groups pretty universally during the pandemic. The risks that COVID poses for those under 18, and especially those younger than 12 are less than or equal to the flu for the same age group. If you weren't masking up your little one 2 years ago to reduce their risk of getting the flu or pneumonia, then I'm not sure it's logical to mask them up now. For the same reasons, if you weren't personally masking up to reduce their risk of catching those things then, then it seems inconsistent to do so now. The risks are the same in both scenarios, we're just more sensitive to the risk now.

My kid has gotten the flu vaccine every year, and all other recommended vaccines - including pneumonia. They are too young for the COVID vaccine. See the difference? If a vaccine is unavailable, masking is a reasonable mitigation method rather than throwing up your hands and doing nothing.

Masking when feeling even mildly sick or during flu season is common in other countries, and would be a very responsible thing to do here. We avoided something like 40,000 flu deaths in the USA last season due to COVID precautions. Roughly the same number as deaths from auto crashes.

Sorry, but I completely disagree. Wearing masks is horrible for our country and the world. Not just because masks are uncomfortable, but because they separate people from each other. Humans are social creatures. Facial expressions often convey more meaning than the words people speak. In the US, even before covid, loneliness and social isolation were huge problems. Everyone wearing masks for the past year and a half has only made things worse. Because covid was an emergency, my family and I all wore masks, wherever we were required to do so, all throughout the pandemic. We've also spent several years living in Asia, where, as you mentioned, some people routinely wear masks when they have a cold or if they are concerned about catching the flu. I hated dealing with masked people in Asia in the 90s, when we lived there, and I hated wearing masks and trying to communicate with people wearing masks, all during covid. If you work in a hospital, or in an emergency situation, where there's a novel virus that nobody knows for sure how many people are going to die from it, and there are valid concerns about hospitals being over run with really sick patients, then, yeah, maybe masks make sense, but not for the longer term. A big part of why fewer people contracted the flu during covid was because of social distancing. People who were at high risk of dying from covid and the flu stayed home, avoided visiting with friends, children and grandchildren. Were some people prevented from getting the flu last winter, because they wore masks? Probably a few, but I'm guessing the much bigger factor was the social distancing, and that definitely wasn't without costs. The sooner we can all throw our masks into the rubbish can, the better, afaic.

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« Reply #1016 on: August 01, 2021, 08:11:39 AM »
Sounds like a lot of attempts at self-justifying that you don't like masks.

I'm not fond of masks either - but they're really NBD compared to the P100 respirator I would wear for a full work day.

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« Reply #1017 on: August 01, 2021, 11:13:11 AM »
Since the subject has turned to COVID and kids, I found this article interesting:

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/the-kids-were-safe-from-covid-the-whole-time.html

Kids have gotten infected at lower rates, and their symptoms have been less severe than other age groups pretty universally during the pandemic. The risks that COVID poses for those under 18, and especially those younger than 12 are less than or equal to the flu for the same age group. If you weren't masking up your little one 2 years ago to reduce their risk of getting the flu or pneumonia, then I'm not sure it's logical to mask them up now. For the same reasons, if you weren't personally masking up to reduce their risk of catching those things then, then it seems inconsistent to do so now. The risks are the same in both scenarios, we're just more sensitive to the risk now.

My kid has gotten the flu vaccine every year, and all other recommended vaccines - including pneumonia. They are too young for the COVID vaccine. See the difference? If a vaccine is unavailable, masking is a reasonable mitigation method rather than throwing up your hands and doing nothing.

Masking when feeling even mildly sick or during flu season is common in other countries, and would be a very responsible thing to do here. We avoided something like 40,000 flu deaths in the USA last season due to COVID precautions. Roughly the same number as deaths from auto crashes.

Sorry, but I completely disagree. Wearing masks is horrible for our country and the world. Not just because masks are uncomfortable, but because they separate people from each other. Humans are social creatures. Facial expressions often convey more meaning than the words people speak. In the US, even before covid, loneliness and social isolation were huge problems. Everyone wearing masks for the past year and a half has only made things worse. Because covid was an emergency, my family and I all wore masks, wherever we were required to do so, all throughout the pandemic. We've also spent several years living in Asia, where, as you mentioned, some people routinely wear masks when they have a cold or if they are concerned about catching the flu. I hated dealing with masked people in Asia in the 90s, when we lived there, and I hated wearing masks and trying to communicate with people wearing masks, all during covid. If you work in a hospital, or in an emergency situation, where there's a novel virus that nobody knows for sure how many people are going to die from it, and there are valid concerns about hospitals being over run with really sick patients, then, yeah, maybe masks make sense, but not for the longer term. A big part of why fewer people contracted the flu during covid was because of social distancing. People who were at high risk of dying from covid and the flu stayed home, avoided visiting with friends, children and grandchildren. Were some people prevented from getting the flu last winter, because they wore masks? Probably a few, but I'm guessing the much bigger factor was the social distancing, and that definitely wasn't without costs. The sooner we can all throw our masks into the rubbish can, the better, afaic.

This sounds like more of a personal issue you have, which you are broadly projecting onto the population at large. Neither I nor any of my circle have felt this level of social discomfort from masking (though it is occasionally physically annoying).  I can see where it might be an issue for little kids still developing social skills, but I don't relate to any of your other issues at all.  In fact overall, I have the opposite impression...social distancing is the potentially damaging thing for some peoples' psychological health (not mine or my husbands or most of my family...in fact we've been thriving, but I can see why it would be a problem for some or even most people); whereas, the masks strike me as the thing that would allow us (society) to somewhat overcome the need for damaging social distancing.   

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« Reply #1018 on: August 01, 2021, 12:37:32 PM »
I disagree.  I'd be happy to wear masks in public forever if it meant not getting sick with colds and flu.  I wish we would do like they do in Asia and wear them whenever we are sick.

The part I don't like is my glasses fogging up, but I could probably find a better mask if I tried.

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« Reply #1019 on: August 01, 2021, 12:51:52 PM »

Sorry, but I completely disagree. Wearing masks is horrible for our country and the world. Not just because masks are uncomfortable, but because they separate people from each other. Humans are social creatures. Facial expressions often convey more meaning than the words people speak. In the US, even before covid, loneliness and social isolation were huge problems.

It's not an either-or situation, where you mask all the time or not at all. When it comes to wearing a mask for seasonal flu/colds, it's just for a couple of days, not for 18+ months. Just those few days when you feel well enough to get back out and about but aren't quite over the sniffles sort of thing.

Further, one of the major issues that has lead to loneliness and social isolation is an individualistic culture that we have now seen, judging by how so many have behaved during the pandemic, has erred all the way into pure selfishness. More communal behavior would see people caring about each other up to and including wearing a mask for a few days when they have a cold. As a communal culture, we would also likely experience much less loneliness and isolation as a whole.

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« Reply #1020 on: August 01, 2021, 02:18:14 PM »
Add me to the cohort that have felt zero social impact from masking. I've been plenty of places, conversing with plenty of people. Emotions can just as easily be derived from voice tone as facial expressions. Masks don't have to be isolating at all, unless you let them stop you from going places.

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« Reply #1021 on: August 02, 2021, 04:41:25 AM »
Obviously, masking a few days a year when one has a cold wouldn't be a big imposition on anyone. My objection was to the myth that masking alone will make much of a difference. The social distancing part of our response to covid was the main reason flu deaths were down in 2020, not masks. In the US, paid sick leave, so people could stay home when they didn't feel well, would have a much bigger positive impact on public health than continuing to go to work while sick, but just wearing a cloth mask, as if that makes any difference. It doesn't. The social distancing part of our national response to covid is what I'm saying is unhealthy for the country. It was necessary, for a time, to prevent our healthcare system from being overrun, but it needs to stop eventually.

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« Reply #1022 on: August 02, 2021, 04:55:12 AM »
Cloth masks make some difference but not a lot. A proper FFP2 or FFP3 mask is not expensive, no more difficult to wear than a cloth mask, and worn properly can be 100% effective against transmission.

Outside I practise social distancing but don't wear a mask.  Inside except in my own home I wear a mask.  That might change if infection rates get low but I'll want to see what happens this autumn first.

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« Reply #1023 on: August 02, 2021, 05:52:27 AM »
Obviously, masking a few days a year when one has a cold wouldn't be a big imposition on anyone. My objection was to the myth that masking alone will make much of a difference. The social distancing part of our response to covid was the main reason flu deaths were down in 2020, not masks. In the US, paid sick leave, so people could stay home when they didn't feel well, would have a much bigger positive impact on public health than continuing to go to work while sick, but just wearing a cloth mask, as if that makes any difference. It doesn't. The social distancing part of our national response to covid is what I'm saying is unhealthy for the country. It was necessary, for a time, to prevent our healthcare system from being overrun, but it needs to stop eventually.

Florida has become a Delta epicenter - I will wear a mask again, sigh or grrr..., despite our governor's campaign of selling T-shirts disparaging Fauci.
This pandemic isn't over, there seems to be a new super strain in Peru. Florida welcomes the world with open arms and it is bringing us gifts.
We all have pandemic fatigue and we all know people who refuse to become vaccinated.

I have no sympathy for anyone who gets severely ill because they chose not to get vaccinated. They contributed to the continued spread and aided the virus by giving it more time to develop killer variants.
They might be nice people like my yard guy who thinks he is invincible and speaks of secret gov't chip implants ...

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« Reply #1024 on: August 02, 2021, 06:52:59 AM »
Obviously, masking a few days a year when one has a cold wouldn't be a big imposition on anyone. My objection was to the myth that masking alone will make much of a difference. The social distancing part of our response to covid was the main reason flu deaths were down in 2020, not masks. In the US, paid sick leave, so people could stay home when they didn't feel well, would have a much bigger positive impact on public health than continuing to go to work while sick, but just wearing a cloth mask, as if that makes any difference. It doesn't. The social distancing part of our national response to covid is what I'm saying is unhealthy for the country. It was necessary, for a time, to prevent our healthcare system from being overrun, but it needs to stop eventually.

Florida has become a Delta epicenter - I will wear a mask again, sigh or grrr..., despite our governor's campaign of selling T-shirts disparaging Fauci.
This pandemic isn't over, there seems to be a new super strain in Peru. Florida welcomes the world with open arms and it is bringing us gifts.
We all have pandemic fatigue and we all know people who refuse to become vaccinated.

I have no sympathy for anyone who gets severely ill because they chose not to get vaccinated. They contributed to the continued spread and aided the virus by giving it more time to develop killer variants.
They might be nice people like my yard guy who thinks he is invincible and speaks of secret gov't chip implants ...

He must think it’s the mark of the beast. During my dad’s fundie phase (when I was a teenager in the 90s), I heard over and over from televangelists, Dad, and even one of those garbage Left Behind books that the One World Order was going to forcibly implant microchips in us, and anyone who refused would be persecuted, etc., before God raptured them and destroyed everyone else. Some believe that vaccines are the delivery vehicle for these New World Order microchips. (One hilarious aside is that the insane one-world dictator in the Left Behind books resembled Putin, the right-wing darling, if I’m remembering correctly.)

This is the result of 40 years of end-times rapture evangelical brainwashing. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to suffer for their delusions.

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« Reply #1025 on: August 02, 2021, 11:02:19 AM »
Obviously, masking a few days a year when one has a cold wouldn't be a big imposition on anyone. My objection was to the myth that masking alone will make much of a difference. The social distancing part of our response to covid was the main reason flu deaths were down in 2020, not masks. In the US, paid sick leave, so people could stay home when they didn't feel well, would have a much bigger positive impact on public health than continuing to go to work while sick, but just wearing a cloth mask, as if that makes any difference. It doesn't. The social distancing part of our national response to covid is what I'm saying is unhealthy for the country. It was necessary, for a time, to prevent our healthcare system from being overrun, but it needs to stop eventually.

Florida has become a Delta epicenter - I will wear a mask again, sigh or grrr..., despite our governor's campaign of selling T-shirts disparaging Fauci.
This pandemic isn't over, there seems to be a new super strain in Peru. Florida welcomes the world with open arms and it is bringing us gifts.
We all have pandemic fatigue and we all know people who refuse to become vaccinated.

I have no sympathy for anyone who gets severely ill because they chose not to get vaccinated. They contributed to the continued spread and aided the virus by giving it more time to develop killer variants.
They might be nice people like my yard guy who thinks he is invincible and speaks of secret gov't chip implants ...

He must think it’s the mark of the beast. During my dad’s fundie phase (when I was a teenager in the 90s), I heard over and over from televangelists, Dad, and even one of those garbage Left Behind books that the One World Order was going to forcibly implant microchips in us, and anyone who refused would be persecuted, etc., before God raptured them and destroyed everyone else. Some believe that vaccines are the delivery vehicle for these New World Order microchips. (One hilarious aside is that the insane one-world dictator in the Left Behind books resembled Putin, the right-wing darling, if I’m remembering correctly.)

This is the result of 40 years of end-times rapture evangelical brainwashing. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to suffer for their delusions.


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« Reply #1026 on: August 09, 2021, 01:18:27 AM »
Masking is truly a bummer if you are hearing impaired and rely on lip reading. If that is your situation, then you have my sympathy. Please just let me know you'd like me to pull my mask down so you can see me speak and I will oblige with proper distance, of course.

For everyone else: you wear your mask and I'll wear mine. It's just not that hard. Stop being a complainypants about something so trivial.

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« Reply #1027 on: August 09, 2021, 08:19:48 AM »
Masking is truly a bummer if you are hearing impaired and rely on lip reading. If that is your situation, then you have my sympathy. Please just let me know you'd like me to pull my mask down so you can see me speak and I will oblige with proper distance, of course.

For everyone else: you wear your mask and I'll wear mine. It's just not that hard. Stop being a complainypants about something so trivial.

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« Reply #1028 on: August 09, 2021, 08:54:25 AM »
Masking is truly a bummer if you are hearing impaired and rely on lip reading. If that is your situation, then you have my sympathy. Please just let me know you'd like me to pull my mask down so you can see me speak and I will oblige with proper distance, of course.

For everyone else: you wear your mask and I'll wear mine. It's just not that hard. Stop being a complainypants about something so trivial.

I disagree.  For everyone else, wear a P95 or N95 if you don't want to contract covid, then you don't have to worry about what anyone else is doing.  The supply does not need to be protected and they are readily available.  The "I wear to protect you, you wear to protect me" is a phrase that on should have existed for the cloth masking stage.  At this stage, I will be a complainy pants if you tell me (a fully vaccinated person) to wear a mask.

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« Reply #1029 on: August 09, 2021, 09:19:34 AM »
IMHO we've crossed the finish line and we're overdue to resume normal life. How many times were we told "a vaccine is coming, then life can be normal again"? Well we've waited over a year and finally gotten to that point. We have multiple vaccines which EVERY adult in first world countries have easy access to, proven to reduce death by 99%! Shame that people are still going to ICU and dying right now but it's no longer our public liability.

Myself, my family, and my friends are all vaxxed. We follow mask mandates when required. But what's the goal for normality? Eradicating COVID completely? Never going to happen and we can't keep moving the finish line further and further.

I understand this viewpoint is very unpopular here, but seriously, it's time to wake up and be real.

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« Reply #1030 on: August 09, 2021, 09:29:47 AM »
IMHO we've crossed the finish line and we're overdue to resume normal life. How many times were we told "a vaccine is coming, then life can be normal again"? Well we've waited over a year and finally gotten to that point. We have multiple vaccines which EVERY adult in first world countries have easy access to, proven to reduce death by 99%! Shame on people going to ICU and dying right now but it's no longer our public liability.

Myself, my family, and my friends are all vaxxed. We follow mask mandates when required. But what's the goal for normality? Eradicating COVID completely? Never going to happen and we can't keep moving the finish line further and further.

I understand this viewpoint is very unpopular here, but seriously, it's time to wake up and be real.

I think that many adults in Austrialia, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland would disagree with your assessment of ease of getting vaccine in first world countries.

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« Reply #1031 on: August 09, 2021, 10:26:25 AM »
IMHO we've crossed the finish line and we're overdue to resume normal life. How many times were we told "a vaccine is coming, then life can be normal again"? Well we've waited over a year and finally gotten to that point. We have multiple vaccines which EVERY adult in first world countries have easy access to, proven to reduce death by 99%! Shame on people going to ICU and dying right now but it's no longer our public liability.

Myself, my family, and my friends are all vaxxed. We follow mask mandates when required. But what's the goal for normality? Eradicating COVID completely? Never going to happen and we can't keep moving the finish line further and further.

I understand this viewpoint is very unpopular here, but seriously, it's time to wake up and be real.

I think that many adults in Austrialia, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland would disagree with your assessment of ease of getting vaccine in first world countries.

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Good point, my focus was overly emphasized on US/Canada/EU.

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« Reply #1032 on: August 09, 2021, 11:42:30 AM »
Good point, my focus was overly emphasized on US/Canada/EU.

We get vaccines via the EU purchase programme and so far 48% of the adult population is fully vaxxed (88% one dose). Our CDC expects to be done probably mid/end september or so and aim for a rate around 90% of adults. So its getting there but it's not like you can just choose to get your final shot. We have a queue and Im currently on track for late august for my 2nd jab and there is no way I can get it earlier as I just have to wait until Im summoned. Not that I worry personally, but still limited supply is an issue, otherwise they would have done it faster.

But I do agree the goalposts have been moved. By a lot.

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« Reply #1033 on: August 09, 2021, 02:23:06 PM »
My goal is to have as normal a school year as possible, and if masks will help that, I’m on board.

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« Reply #1034 on: August 09, 2021, 04:34:14 PM »
I'm the same.  In principle I'm ready to move on as soon as everyone in the UK has had a chance to get their second shot + 2 weeks (should be by early September for 18+s I think).  Logically I can see that there is no reason at that point to keep infinitely kicking the can of opening down the road, barring a new far worse variant (and the prospect of new vaccines for that), or risk of the health sector being overwhelmed for some other reason.

In practice I'm still very aware that my kids are likely to catch the damn thing this autumn/winter which means (a) at least 10 days of no childcare and somehow still trying to hit (court-mandated) work deadlines through that period and (b) I may well catch it (despite vaccine) and potentially even pass it on - and really I would prefer none of these things happen because from a work/life perspective it will be a PITA, and of course we still don't really understand what's going on with long covid (including for kids).

But then, you might fairly ask, when will things get sufficiently better that I will say it's OK for life to go back to "normal"?  And I really have no answer to that.  So I think from September I am going to have to accept that this is really my own problem and as a family we'll just have to manage as best we can.

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« Reply #1035 on: August 09, 2021, 05:33:06 PM »
Regarding the moving goalposts comment, we basically declared victory and moved on this spring/early summer. Then the Delta variant gained a foothold and rapidly became the dominant strain. Delta moved the goalposts, not the CDC or politicians.

I want this to be over, too. I’ve had it and have also been fully vaccinated.  However, when I am frustrated, I remind myself that this is a “novel” virus - we don’t know everything about it. We can be oblivious and reckless, or we can be cautious while our experts examine new variants and their impacts. I prefer the cautious approach.

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« Reply #1036 on: August 09, 2021, 05:44:45 PM »
My friends researching the lambda variant (dominant in Peru right now) say the spike protein mutation will likely mean the existing vaccines being administered worldwide won't work as well. Estimates are that the antibodies you currently have it you are fully vaccinated will be about 50% effective in terms of an immune response. Still better than not having been vaccinated at all, of course, and they will keep working on booster vaccines tailored to elicit stronger immune response to the newer variants.

It's far from over, folks. Sorry to say.

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« Reply #1037 on: August 09, 2021, 05:57:28 PM »
There you go, moving the goalposts again…

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« Reply #1038 on: August 09, 2021, 06:03:04 PM »
Right, understood with the variants and whatnot, but at this rate we'll just perpetually stay in this phase of vaccine whack-a-mole for approximately... the rest of our lives? It's not sustainable.

I'm all for common sense measures like masking in high transmission situations. But the pointless travel bans need to end -- especially when showing vaccination status / pre-travel COVID testing are easy precautions.

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« Reply #1039 on: August 09, 2021, 06:05:58 PM »
I completely agree that many of the travel bans are pointless. My favs for pointlessness are the ones where you have to test negative to get back into the US. Lol, that's darkly hilarious.

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« Reply #1040 on: August 09, 2021, 06:19:11 PM »
Here in Alberta we have been told that Covid isn't going away, so we need to learn to live with it. So, in their infinite wisdom, the government is doing away with testing, contract tracing and isolating for all but the most severe cases (hospitalized I reckon) at the end of this month. Yup, you read that right. Even if you have covid there is no legal requirement to isolate. Which is almost a moot point, because the will be no testing available, so if you have symptoms you won't know if you have covid. Asinine.

We are only at about 66% of those eligible (over 12) fully vaccinated. There are plenty of rural areas that are at about 30-40%.

All restrictions on masking, social gatherings, distancing, etc were lifted on July 1. Since then, our numbers have been steadily rising.

Batten down the hatches, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

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« Reply #1041 on: August 09, 2021, 07:23:49 PM »
Now that everyone in North America has had access to free covid vaccines for months, people choosing to not get vaccinated are totally on their own, afaic. For the past year and a half, my family and I have sacrificed to keep others safe, while our anti-vaxx neighbors continued living their lives as usual. Now, I'm supposed to keep social distancing and wearing masks in order to keep them safe? Fuck that bullshit! Ain't happening.

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« Reply #1042 on: August 09, 2021, 09:11:22 PM »
Here in Alberta we have been told that Covid isn't going away, so we need to learn to live with it. So, in their infinite wisdom, the government is doing away with testing, contract tracing and isolating for all but the most severe cases (hospitalized I reckon) at the end of this month. Yup, you read that right. Even if you have covid there is no legal requirement to isolate. Which is almost a moot point, because the will be no testing available, so if you have symptoms you won't know if you have covid. Asinine.

We are only at about 66% of those eligible (over 12) fully vaccinated. There are plenty of rural areas that are at about 30-40%.

All restrictions on masking, social gatherings, distancing, etc were lifted on July 1. Since then, our numbers have been steadily rising.

Batten down the hatches, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Ouch. No easy access to testing either? That's just crazy.

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« Reply #1043 on: August 09, 2021, 11:10:56 PM »
Here in Alberta we have been told that Covid isn't going away, so we need to learn to live with it. So, in their infinite wisdom, the government is doing away with testing, contract tracing and isolating for all but the most severe cases (hospitalized I reckon) at the end of this month. Yup, you read that right. Even if you have covid there is no legal requirement to isolate. Which is almost a moot point, because the will be no testing available, so if you have symptoms you won't know if you have covid. Asinine.

We are only at about 66% of those eligible (over 12) fully vaccinated. There are plenty of rural areas that are at about 30-40%.

All restrictions on masking, social gatherings, distancing, etc were lifted on July 1. Since then, our numbers have been steadily rising.

Batten down the hatches, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

We've all gotta get to that point eventually, what better time than when you're fully vaxxed and 99.99% protected against hospitalization and death?

If the 0.01% chance is still too risky, I'm sure you can hop across the border to British Columbia and have your lockdowns and restrictions back. :P

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« Reply #1044 on: August 10, 2021, 01:55:00 AM »
I work under the assumption that I will get exposed at some time, but then hope the vaccination will do its magic. For all I know I already had it, albeit not extreme likely given the rather low infection numbers where I live - around 5-6% of pop confirmed so real maybe say 10% and I've not really socialized a lot and been working a lot form home. The kids will go back to school and people will start travelling more are there ain't much I can do about that.

Someone talked about kids wearing face masks in school here some month back but that idea was effectively shot down by pretty much everyone and it's not been on the table since. We currently have no mask mandate and usage has declined significantly. Think you still kind of supposed to wear one at crowded public transport but not sure as I have barely used public in 15 months and when I did it was pretty much empty.

Luckily the population appears tad saner so the vaxx rate will end up very high which should help everyone. I have no influence over what people in other places on the planet do or will be able to do on that front so what happens will happen.


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« Reply #1045 on: August 10, 2021, 02:52:59 AM »
It’s so different here. We had a few outbreaks in other cities, and one locally transmitted case here in Shanghai, and everyone freaked out. Temperature checks at all malls and restaurants, mandatory masks in public places, and our work is forbidding us from leaving the city for nonessential reasons.

On the other hand, all our restaurants are open, all our malls are open, and it’s pretty much business as usual except everyone’s wearing masks.

Our vaccination rate is decent, but uses old vaccine technology. We are being told it’s more effective for the delta variant than the mRNA vaccines. Who knows if it’s true, but for the most part, everyone tries to social distance and/or wear masks if social distancing is not achievable. Our new reality is to grab your wallet, your phone, your keys, and your mask before heading out the door. And to wash your hands as soon as you return home.

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Re: Coronavirus preparedness
« Reply #1046 on: August 10, 2021, 10:01:39 AM »
Now that everyone in North America has had access to free covid vaccines for months, people choosing to not get vaccinated are totally on their own, afaic. For the past year and a half, my family and I have sacrificed to keep others safe, while our anti-vaxx neighbors continued living their lives as usual. Now, I'm supposed to keep social distancing and wearing masks in order to keep them safe? Fuck that bullshit! Ain't happening.

I can't argue with that sentiment; I don't care about the willingly unvaxxed either.  But, I will still continue to wear a mask for my own benefit, because even if Covid won't kill or even hospitalize me, I have no desire to be sick from it to any degree.  It's a no big deal thing to me.

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« Reply #1047 on: August 10, 2021, 11:35:36 AM »
Now that everyone in North America has had access to free covid vaccines for months, people choosing to not get vaccinated are totally on their own, afaic. For the past year and a half, my family and I have sacrificed to keep others safe, while our anti-vaxx neighbors continued living their lives as usual. Now, I'm supposed to keep social distancing and wearing masks in order to keep them safe? Fuck that bullshit! Ain't happening.

I can't argue with that sentiment; I don't care about the willingly unvaxxed either.  But, I will still continue to wear a mask for my own benefit, because even if Covid won't kill or even hospitalize me, I have no desire to be sick from it to any degree.  It's a no big deal thing to me.

I'll continue to mask religiously because young children are still vulnerable and vaxxed can easily catch and spread without symptoms

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« Reply #1048 on: August 10, 2021, 12:40:55 PM »
Now that everyone in North America has had access to free covid vaccines for months, people choosing to not get vaccinated are totally on their own, afaic. For the past year and a half, my family and I have sacrificed to keep others safe, while our anti-vaxx neighbors continued living their lives as usual. Now, I'm supposed to keep social distancing and wearing masks in order to keep them safe? Fuck that bullshit! Ain't happening.

I can't argue with that sentiment; I don't care about the willingly unvaxxed either.  But, I will still continue to wear a mask for my own benefit, because even if Covid won't kill or even hospitalize me, I have no desire to be sick from it to any degree.  It's a no big deal thing to me.

I'll continue to mask religiously because young children are still vulnerable and vaxxed can easily catch and spread without symptoms

I certainly understand the sentiment of being cautious when possible, but according to the data we have COVID is fatal in only 0.00% to 0.03% of cases in children.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/08/10/1026375608/nearly-94-000-kids-got-covid-19-last-week-they-were-15-of-all-new-infections

Any death is terrible, but with a 0.00% to 0.03% fatality rate in children I think there's many riskier things out there.

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« Reply #1049 on: August 10, 2021, 12:44:54 PM »
Now that everyone in North America has had access to free covid vaccines for months, people choosing to not get vaccinated are totally on their own, afaic. For the past year and a half, my family and I have sacrificed to keep others safe, while our anti-vaxx neighbors continued living their lives as usual. Now, I'm supposed to keep social distancing and wearing masks in order to keep them safe? Fuck that bullshit! Ain't happening.

I can't argue with that sentiment; I don't care about the willingly unvaxxed either.  But, I will still continue to wear a mask for my own benefit, because even if Covid won't kill or even hospitalize me, I have no desire to be sick from it to any degree.  It's a no big deal thing to me.

I'll continue to mask religiously because young children are still vulnerable and vaxxed can easily catch and spread without symptoms

I certainly understand the sentiment of being cautious when possible, but according to the data we have COVID is fatal in only 0.00% to 0.03% of cases in children.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/08/10/1026375608/nearly-94-000-kids-got-covid-19-last-week-they-were-15-of-all-new-infections

Any death is terrible, but with a 0.00% to 0.03% rate in children I think there's many riskier things out there.

I'm with you on this.  But, I predict that there will be people wearing masks for a very long time.  Covid scared the shit out of a lot of folks, and no amount of data is ever going to convince some that it's "safe" again.  To each their own, but yeah... much more dangerous things to worry about for kids and vaccinated folks IMHO.