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D&D and the rising pandemic

Cadence

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Felt good enough to come in yesterday to make up for my missed class Tuesday (thought it was just change of weather allergies late Monday but more aches than usual), but took the COVID test Wednesday AM and hadn't heard back yet. Results came back this AM, all good, and I'm back in to catch up on work.
 
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Zardnaar

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Exactly, so why do we need yet another party just to announce the baby's sex? We already celebrate when people are expecting a baby, and when a baby is born. Why do we need a third, especially if so many stupid (and deadly) things are being done for the occasion?

People like them, personally I'm very bah humbug.

"Congratulations you achieved something pretty much every mammal can do".

I mean coming up to 8 billion humans.

Followed by once it's older.

"Get back to me once you can talk".

Babies pretty much are self propelled poo factories that cry.

Kids seem to like me though as I'll keep them entertained either via old toys I kept or old school activities such as "the great outdoors". Nieces and nephews love it.
 

Zardnaar

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Posted in r/Australia and reposted in r/NewZealand.

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Outside of Victoria/Melbourne they're almost as good as us;)

ANZACS since 1915.

I liked it anyway.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
Meanwhile, in Florida...


Ours got their clearance on Monday to run at 100%. Before that limited to 100.

Local place tonight bar was essentially deserted. Had 2 people in it while the restaurant part was 75% or so full.

Often they're hanging off the rafters.
 

Umbran

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Ours got their clearance on Monday to run at 100%. Before that limited to 100.

The difference is that you have very little going on, and in Florida that announcement came a day after Florida set a record for daily deaths in the state.

As you repeatedly remind folks that you're basically safe and happy, the Americans are looking at 200K dead, and the Europeans are looking at rising case numbers. You want to keep that in mind, as you are at risk of looking... inappropriately smug.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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I’d say appropriately smug. He’s in one of the countries where leadership and general populace are working (largely) together.

We, OTOH, have a 3-Ringed Cat Circus overseen by a mix of Border Collies and drunken monkeys.
 

Meanwhile in the Netherlands, we've been unable to do enough testing for a long time, because the people in charge have close financial ties to local hospital labs, and didn't want to hire German robot labs (that are much better equiped for mass testing).

For your entertainment, check out this wonderful summary of this circus of incompetence, by Dutch comedy show Zondag met Lubach (with subtitles).


(In short: The Dutch Outbreak Management Team (OMT) and our minister of health have severely let us down, and their incompetence has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives.)
 
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Zardnaar

Legend
The difference is that you have very little going on, and in Florida that announcement came a day after Florida set a record for daily deaths in the state.

As you repeatedly remind folks that you're basically safe and happy, the Americans are looking at 200K dead, and the Europeans are looking at rising case numbers. You want to keep that in mind, as you are at risk of looking... inappropriately smug.

It's why I don't put daily updates only when something new happens.
 

Retreater

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Just curious if any mainland, continental country is really "out of it" yet? (Comparing isolated nations doesn't seem fair.) It seems like nations that handled it well at the beginning are all slipping back into the dangerous territory. My state here in the US was commended for doing excellent at the start, we eased the restrictions eventually, and we're breaking records for deaths and infections nearly every day now. And I don't know if it's because of bad leadership, people not wanting to follow the mandates, or just that this virus is going to spread to everyone eventually anyway.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Meanwhile in the Netherlands, we've been unable to do enough testing for a long time, because the people in charge have close financial ties to local hospital labs, and didn't want to hire German robot labs (that are much better equiped for mass testing).

For your entertainment, check out this wonderful summary of this circus of incompetence, by Dutch comedy show Zondag met Lubach (with subtitles).


(In short: The Dutch Outbreak Management Team (OMT) and our minister of health have severely let us down, and their incompetence has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives.)
That’s some serious Conan O’Brien hair!

Nice clip, too- sad AND funny.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Just curious if any mainland, continental country is really "out of it" yet? (Comparing isolated nations doesn't seem fair.) It seems like nations that handled it well at the beginning are all slipping back into the dangerous territory. My state here in the US was commended for doing excellent at the start, we eased the restrictions eventually, and we're breaking records for deaths and infections nearly every day now. And I don't know if it's because of bad leadership, people not wanting to follow the mandates, or just that this virus is going to spread to everyone eventually anyway.
AFAIK, no. All the countries that share borders with others have some kind of ongoing issues. But you can see marked differences between them based on policy & population compliance, like Sweden vs its neighbors.

Truth is, though, unless & until scientists give us some solid treatments and/or an actual vaccine, public health measures- masks, hand washing, distancing and (if needed) quarantines & lockdowns- are the only real weapons we have in this fight.
 

Zardnaar

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AFAIK, no. All the countries that share borders with others have some kind of ongoing issues. But you can see marked differences between them based on policy & population compliance, like Sweden vs its neighbors.

Truth is, though, unless & until scientists give us some solid treatments and/or an actual vaccine, public health measures- masks, hand washing, distancing and (if needed) quarantines & lockdowns- are the only real weapons we have in this fight.

Last I looked Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia were doing well.

Latin America hot mess, USA not the worst per capita.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Last I looked Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia were doing well.

Latin America hot mess, USA not the worst per capita.
“Well“, yes. But they’re not quite as good as places like your home. And because they’re not islands, they’re going to have more issues controlling the entry of infected travelers.
 

Zardnaar

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“Well“, yes. But they’re not quite as good as places like your home. And because they’re not islands, they’re going to have more issues controlling the entry of infected travelers.

They never really closed the international airports.

USA could have restricted entry and send troops and drones to the border.

Almost 800 billion a year on military may as well use it.
 

Cadence

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UofSC continues down, from the high of 1400 earlier in the semester...
Some is probably due to those with mild symptoms avoiding testing, but the positive percent seems good.
 

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Zardnaar

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“Well“, yes. But they’re not quite as good as places like your home. And because they’re not islands, they’re going to have more issues controlling the entry of infected travelers.

I think some might be better. IDK how good the testing is but yeah very few deaths.

Haven't looked for a few weeks though.

Vietnam.


Fewer cases than NZ, slightly more deaths vastly bigger population.

97 million people 0.4 deaths per million (NZ is 5).

1 million tests done.

Cambodia 15 million people 0 deaths from the look of it.

Vietnam also kept a British expat on life support linger than they would in the UK, he would have died back home.

Seems to fit the criteria of large mainland population and very few cases/deaths.
 
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Dannyalcatraz

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There's an appropriate level of smug in the face of 200,000 dead? Would Miss Manners agree with that?
To be fair, Miss Manners would probably frown on ANY level of smug. Best to keep that private.

OTOH, she’s human, soooooo...

And, TBF, our body count is largely due to purely avoidable reasons, so those who are doing it right have some justification in looking down their noses at us. Especially considering the smugness we usually project on the world stage.

As was once written:
 

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