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D&D and the rising pandemic

Zardnaar

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As I understand, the Pfizer vaccine requires super-cold refrigeration, Moderna’s can be stored in medical refrigerator temps, but AstraZenica’s can be kept in standard refrigeration systems. Possibly even a run of the mill ice chest.

If hat gives AZ’s vaccine a significant advantage in portability to rural areas. Some counties here in Texas don’t have a single MD, and the nearest medical facilities are over 250 miles away.

Now imagine trying to vaccinate people outside of first-world nations.

Ultimately, that could make it the most important of the three for fighting the pandemic globally.

There's a town in Texas up near Oklahoma and it's 800 miles from anywhere iirc. Saw a video about vaccine logistics. Might be 800 miles from Houston or Dallas.
 

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I dearly miss going to cons, but figure that all the cons in the first half of next year are right out. Gen Con is a possibility, but still a slim one. Too many people are too invested in not following safety measures and science, alas.

Obviously I hope the vaccine is effective and saves many lives. But from just a gamer's view (which is very small in perspective in the scheme of people's lives), I hope it allows Gen Con to happen this year.
 

MarkB

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I dearly miss going to cons, but figure that all the cons in the first half of next year are right out. Gen Con is a possibility, but still a slim one. Too many people are too invested in not following safety measures and science, alas.
Plus, gaming conventions couldn't be a much more ideal environment for the proliferation and spreading of a cold/flu-like virus if they had been scientifically designed for that purpose.
 



Umbran

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Yeah may have been kilometres. It's right up near the oklahoma panhandle.

Article was about vaccine distribution.

And yes, there are remote places in Texas. But it isn't like Houston and Dallas are the only cities in the state. You've got Amarillo and Lubbock up in the panhandle, and they're both 200K and more in population. Sure, they aren't NYC or Chicago, but they aren't chopped liver, either.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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#4071
Looks like the D/FW Metroplex is slated to get @250,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by mid-December. That’s enough to vaccinate about 1/60th of the area’s population. Right now, they’re hammering out who will be first in line.
 

Zardnaar

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And yes, there are remote places in Texas. But it isn't like Houston and Dallas are the only cities in the state. You've got Amarillo and Lubbock up in the panhandle, and they're both 200K and more in population. Sure, they aren't NYC or Chicago, but they aren't chopped liver, either.

Bigger than where I live it's only 120k.

I like small places as well always worth a look.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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A survey of epidemiologists had some interesting answers.

 

Umbran

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#4071
Looks like the D/FW Metroplex is slated to get @250,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by mid-December. That’s enough to vaccinate about 1/60th of the area’s population. Right now, they’re hammering out who will be first in line.

As of Dec. 1, the CDC recommendation is: "When a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by FDA and recommended by ACIP, vaccination in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a) should be offered to both 1) healthcare personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities."
 

Dannyalcatraz

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As of Dec. 1, the CDC recommendation is: "When a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by FDA and recommended by ACIP, vaccination in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a) should be offered to both 1) healthcare personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities."
Right, but they also have to sort out WHICH personnel & residents will be first. After all, as someone on another board pointed out, he is a healthcare professional who already had COVID-19.

OTOH, people have reportedly gotten it twice, and we still don’t know how long post-infection immunity lasts.

Given all that, he was questioning whether he even needed a vaccination at this point. Does he need to be among the first?

Plus, we might have over 125k people who are healthcare workers or in long-term care.
 


NotAYakk

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Canada's vaccine priority rules (advice, as healthcare is provincial).

It is amusing to hear people talk about how small Texas is. And "remote" is also funny. I bet those remote communities have roads that reach most of the way to them that can be driven most of the year!

So Canada is going to boost the priority of remote communities for vaccination, because remote means remote up here. ;)
 

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Hussar

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Here in Japan, they just announced that all vaccinations will be 100% free. But, yeah, they're still working out the order of battle, same as everywhere else.

Makes sense. Long term care workers and the highest at risk are first in line. I mean, to be honest, I can wait. It's not like the world will end if I don't teach English tomorrow. :D
 

Eltab

Is this a moon, or is it a space station?
Obviously I hope the vaccine is effective and saves many lives. But from just a gamer's view (which is very small in perspective in the scheme of people's lives), I hope it allows Gen Con to happen this year.
And all the other Cons !

In no small part, because people no longer fear being around each other.
 


Eltab

Is this a moon, or is it a space station?
Here in Japan, they just announced that all vaccinations will be 100% free. But, yeah, they're still working out the order of battle, same as everywhere else.

Makes sense. Long term care workers and the highest at risk are first in line. I mean, to be honest, I can wait. It's not like the world will end if I don't teach English tomorrow. :D
I can "go second" (or third or hundredth or ...) because I already had it and so expect to fight off other encounters with Virus before reaching 'contagious' stage. And because I am middle aged so other people are more fragile than me; they can step ahead In line.
 


Luminous

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"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."
I absolutely care about people's lives. And since this obviously isn't working, we should be looking for a different solution than wearing the damned mask.
 

Luminous

Legend
Can I tell a secret?
I have never worn a mask, this entire time, this entire pandemic. I've gone about my daily life. And nobody's told me not to. I can walk into a restaurant, into a doctor's office, into the theater, into the park. And I'm fine, just like everyone else I brush past.
Once, I had it. And I have never had it since.
 
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