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D&D and the rising pandemic

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Jeez, now I'm getting banned for getting banned for getting banned for getting banned for getting banned for getting banned.
I thought you said I'd only get banned if I disregarded the mod notes!
EDIT: For getting banned for getting banned for getting banned...
 

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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Jeez, now I'm getting banned for getting banned for getting banned for getting banned for getting banned for getting banned.
I thought you said I'd only get banned if I disregarded the mod notes!
EDIT: For getting banned for getting banned for getting banned...

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Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
So, our local district started off with either having: (a) 2 days on 3 virtual or (b) all 5 virtual. Beginning November 12th they're hoping to have some of the grades (including the one directly impacting our family) go back to 5-day a week live. This hinges on the state DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) having our county rated low at the board meeting on the 27th this month, and staying there until it starts.

Luckily, our state health folks seem to be not being coerced into doing anything with the numbers (the governor just ignores them if he wants to do something else, and has foisted most things onto the municipalities for decision making) and our state numbers aren't horrific (rt.live has had us sub-1 since late June, and our new cases have been pretty steady since mid August (a bit under 1k/day) with deaths treanding down since July. The 35k University in town is down to 46 active cases (doing about 3k tests per week) from a peak of around 1400.

So, if we were New Zealand we'd have all been on total lockdown for a while... but at least we don't seem to be Wisconsin. My son isn't particularly amused about going back - but I'm not sure how much of that is worry and how much is the comfort of being home. (He's enjoyed going to scouts live the last two weeks - outside, or heavily ventilated garage, everyone in masks, <10 people).

Anyway, the D&D with his friends is staying on-line.
Our FLGS has started opening three nights a week for MtG (limited seating, masks). I've been in to buy, but am playing that online too.
I am a Wisconsinite and this cut me deep. :p

Trying hard to keep my parents sticking to guidelines. I think the length of time is wearing on my father, not to mention more and more peer pressure to treating it like nothing too serious.

A big reason I left the rural part of my state.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
I am a Wisconsinite and this cut me deep. :p
It's not your fault. Y'all started spiking during our annual family vacation up there at end of July.
(Although the nine of us were masked when in town, had isolated pretty well before the trip, used curbside for groceries when we could, and were mostly in our cabins or the lake, maybe the virus took moral support from having some folks from higher infection areas? That was my cousin's theory anyway).
 
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Umbran

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Trying hard to keep my parents sticking to guidelines. I think the length of time is wearing on my father, not to mention more and more peer pressure to treating it like nothing too serious.

I don't envy you that.

"215,000 people are dead, Dad. It is the third biggest killer in the country this year - heart disease, cancer, then covid-19. Wear the damned mask."
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
It's just that getting a vaccine for the flu, the normal one, is a foolish decision.
Incorrect thousands of lives are saved and the flu is a heart traumatizer which has a significant impact on life spans. My brother died a month after having the flu of a heart attack he let the flu go on way to long without treatment and never had the vaccine but my anecdotes and others are bullshit. And the science stands.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
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Thank you and Good riddance they were spreading dangerous bull pucky.

Language, please.
 
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Dannyalcatraz

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Incorrect thousands of lives are saved and the flu is a heart traumatizer which has a significant impact on life spans. My brother died a month after having the flu of a heart attack he let the flu go on way to long without treatment and never had the vaccine but my anecdotes and others are bullshit. And the science stands.
One of my Dad’s patients- a 20-something derrick-worker in the Gulf of Mexico and all-around cool dude- got the seasonal flu. His flu became pneumonia. The virus then migrated to his heart, damaging it.

He died waiting for a heart transplant.

Edit: I should clarify, this happened in the 1980s, and I still miss this dude. He was one of the coolest adults I knew back then.
 
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MoonSong

Rules-lawyering drama queen but not a munchkin
Got mine on Friday. The reaction...was not fun. Aches, chills, and and nausea. I was actually playing D&D when it hit and had to excuse myself and log off. Twenty minutes later, I was throwing up. So far, everyone I've talked to has mentioned that the side effects this year were particularly rough. I was fairly useless the next day, but the day after that I was fine and went for a nice long walk.
I felt like I was getting sick, -weakness, low pressure, headache and need to sleep- it could be a reaction to the vaccine, or perhaps that I had just had very little sleep in the previous days. (Again, finding it this year was an odyssey that ended up disrupting my sleep schedule.)
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Got my flu shot in May during lockdown. Got it in the garage next door to the health clinic. They set up a drive through.

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One in at a time if they even allowed you through the door.

Played D&D tonight had the loudest and biggest group right beside me. Turnout was 30 over 5 groups. Owner said it's a better turn out than magic.

Bought this last week.

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He charges $5 a head, player gets $2 store credit DM gets $3. Everyone turned up 5 players.

Basically get the books half price/free now.

Noisy but had a battle on a ghost ship that sunk once they killed the wight captain.

Fighter and Paladin almost managed to drag a cannon off the front of the ship. Made 2/3 of the required DC 25 rolls and failed the third roll by 1.
 

I've never had a flu shot in my entire life. I have always relied on my immune system to deal with it on its own. Perhaps I should get a shot this year, but the idea of visiting a hospital for it (a place with a lot of potential covid carriers) frightens me.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I've never had a flu shot in my entire life. I have always relied on my immune system to deal with it on its own. Perhaps I should get a shot this year, but the idea of visiting a hospital for it (a place with a lot of potential covid carriers) frightens me.

I'm not sure if I've ever had the flu. I've had heavy colds but not other flu symptoms so idk.
 

Janx

Hero
I've never had a flu shot in my entire life. I have always relied on my immune system to deal with it on its own. Perhaps I should get a shot this year, but the idea of visiting a hospital for it (a place with a lot of potential covid carriers) frightens me.
They hand them out like candy at pharmacies and normal doctor's offices in Texas. Where do you live that only a hospital can administer a flu shot?
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I've never had a flu shot in my entire life. I have always relied on my immune system to deal with it on its own. Perhaps I should get a shot this year, but the idea of visiting a hospital for it (a place with a lot of potential covid carriers) frightens me.

In the US, you don't typically go to a hospital to get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is offered at major drug stores (like Walgreens, CVS, etc) and your local doctor's office.
 
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Janx

Hero
I waited 3 hours to vote yesterday. And of course the red shirt marine corp blowhard in front of us talked the whole time. And at one point he noted how everybody started spaced apart and by the end we much closer together, see how it's all a nothing.

That's the problem with stupid people. They see something and reach the wrong conclusion because they don't think deeper.

Humans are social creatures. Left to their own devices they will form communities and bunch up. The fool assumed he was seeing a sign that the virus was no big deal. Instead of knowing that the virus was a serious problem if humans got together in larger enough masses for long enough they'd bunch up and increase the chances of spreading.

So, hopefully we won't get it, but if I do, at least I negated that guy's vote.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
I've never had a flu shot in my entire life. I have always relied on my immune system to deal with it on its own. Perhaps I should get a shot this year, but the idea of visiting a hospital for it (a place with a lot of potential covid carriers) frightens me.
Got my shot outside a grocery store (they have a drug store)
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
I'm not sure if I've ever had the flu. I've had heavy colds but not other flu symptoms so idk.
In my 20s I thought I was literally going to die... it was horrific and not at all cold like. I usually get over things very quickly but sheesh., Most self diagnosed flu is actually mild food poisoning.
 

Eltab

Hero
I've never gotten a flu shot because I'm young and strong and indestructible - and other folks need it more than me. Not bragging, I just expect that the corner drug store, chicken soup, and good sleep will keep me functional.
As I get older I can see that it is going to take more ... potent ... measures to keep me going, when I catch something.
 

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