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D&D and the rising pandemic


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ad_hoc

Hero
Yeah. And, Canada has done a pretty good job at handling the pandemic, and then this person came along and decided to screw everyone over.
Yes and no.

Quebec is a mess.

Ontario dropped the ball on testing which is why the national per capita testing is now lagging behind many other countries.

Both provinces are opening up too early. Here is a disgraceful picture of a park in Toronto after park restrictions were lifted. Even the mayor was there and had his mask off. This after months of him scolding people for not following guidelines.

The biggest problem of them all is how hard long term care homes have been hit. 80% of deaths in Canada come from those homes. That is why the death rate is so high compared to the number of cases.

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ad_hoc

Hero
California, Texas, and Florida seem to be the states that are picking up steam in number of cases.

California was doing quite well as a well populated state that was hit early. They have a similar population to Canada but had fewer cases until now.

Texas and Florida were both pretty quiet for a long time.

I think we're beginning to see the effects of reopening. Warmer states might have more of an issue as people have been gathering in the nice weather for longer.
 

And, we should remember that there's a lag between changes in behavior, and results. So, Memorial Day weekend? If there are results from that, we'll start seeing it in a week or two...

I think we have the results...

 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Ate in a restaurant for the first time since February, partly out of necessity. We’re still in partial lockdown here in Tx, so it wasn’t a decision I made on a whim. I was running some errands when my BP meds kicked in harder than usual, so I needed to find a bathroom AND a meal so I wouldn’t pass out and/or piss myself. So I hit a little vietnamese chain place on my route.

It was a little odd, being told where to sit and seeing the plastic shielding and all the staff in masks, but also strangely comforting. These people were taking things seriously and doing what they could. It wasn’t my favorite pho, but I tipped like it was.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Finally got all the stuff for making reusable cloth masks assembled and ready to go, including some flexible plastic covered metal nose bands...and an additional idea I had.

I went to Joann’s Fabrics and got some Dritz Cord stops like these:

They’re not the ones I was hoping to get- I wanted a double cord design- but that’s what they had in store, so I bought them. They’re just big enough for our plan.

The idea is that, instead of an over the ear design, we’re doing a single cord mask design that uses paracord, tied in back of your head. But since my Mom is having some shoulder and arm issues, she might have trouble tying a good knot behind her head. With the cord stops, however, she can pinch, pull, and release for a perfect fit in seconds.
 
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Zardnaar

Legend
If anyone wants disposable masks they are available in New Zealand. There were some N95 ones as well.

A 50 pack was around $80 USD plus postage so idk how that compares or if you can even buy locally. N95s (made in NZ) cost more.

IDK if shortages are still a thing. I can post them and can trade for D&D books.

Applies to anything in short supply for ENworlders. I'll do it at cost plus postage.

American dollar has gone down, 1 NZD is 0.68 USD I can look locally or you can go to mightyape.co.nz or trademe.co.nz.

Quick and dirty conversion is take 1/3rd off for an approximate price.
 
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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Finally got all the stuff for making reusable cloth masks assembled and ready to go, including some flexible plastic covered metal nose bands...
Where'd you find those? I need to upgrade my masks, as my glasses get fogged something fierce...
 

Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
I think we have the results...

Probably my natural pessimism but, I have this lingering suspicion that this will all sneak back in a big way as the 'old news COVID' tries to work its way back into the American news cycle.

Not saying the other stuff dominating the news isn't important by any means. It is. Just, I worry about stuff sometimes is all.

I think the 24-hour news cycle was a big mistake.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Where'd you find those? I need to upgrade my masks, as my glasses get fogged something fierce...
 

Probably my natural pessimism but, I have this lingering suspicion that this will all sneak back in a big way as the 'old news COVID' tries to work its way back into the American news cycle.

Not saying the other stuff dominating the news isn't important by any means. It is. Just, I worry about stuff sometimes is all.
I'm more worried that people will misrepresent the time delay and blame all the new cases on protests and not on reduced restrictions.
 


I'm more worried that people will misrepresent the time delay and blame all the new cases on protests and not on reduced restrictions.
I went to a protest yesterday in my town to support BLM, and I was surprised to see that everyone was wearing a mask, in a town where masks aren't required, and less than half of the population of my city has said that they wear masks.

Protests can and will spread Covid-19 if they're not properly protected with masks and social distancing.
 


Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Caveat: since I just got these nose pieces a day or so ago, I obviously haven’t tried them out yet. But they seem firmer than the ones in the cheapo generic disposable masks we bought to supplement our small stash of noticeably better name-brand disposable masks. The generics almost refuse to stay in place, but the name-brand ones sit like a well-trained dog.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Protests can and will spread Covid-19 if they're not properly protected with masks and social distancing.
Yeah. If you have a week with thousands of people gathering, and they aren't protected...

...And they are getting hit with tear gas and such so they are crying coughing, and spewing mucus...

You are apt to get a spike out of that, too. Spikes in cases for EVERYONE!
 
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