D&D and the rising pandemic

ssvegeta555

Explorer
Choose your international travel locations carefully. Things are still ugly out there:

They note that non-pharmaceutical measures seem to be less effective with this one because of its virulence and increased rate of reproduction. Translation: it is easier to catch, and needs a lower viral load to successfully infect someone,
I was hoping to fly out there perhaps October or something. Vietnam was in talks a month and a half ago to slowly open up allowing fully vaccinated individuals to visit. I haven't been able to see my fiance since her country closed down in March of last year. We're planning to get married but looks like it'll be delayed again perhaps to next year if this keeps up. We can always wait. I'm just more concerned about her.

My fiance lives in Ho Chi Minh City and she's telling me the whole city will in lockdown starting midnight. Essential travel only. Her building might be disinfected because there's someone rumored to have covid was in her building recently. But if someone with covid was there, I'd think it'll be fully locked down instead. Her sister's entire district was quarantined today, no one can come out. This all happened within 24 hours.
 

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Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
They note that non-pharmaceutical measures seem to be less effective with this one because of its virulence and increased rate of reproduction. Translation: it is easier to catch, and needs a lower viral load to successfully infect someone,

Yeah, this is how contagions generally develop/evolve - they tend to increase in virulence, but decrease in leathality.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I think a lot of folks in the US are going to freak out when cold/flu/COVID season rolls around, these variants migrate north, much like seasonal influenza, and at least partial restrictions come back.

Yeah, well, freak-out bars are low these days.

I'm kind of expecting that booster shots and periodic restrictions and masking will be required for a long time.
 

Wyldekarde

Villager
I miss playing face-to-face games but here, we personally still have it suspended. It doesn't help that the country where I'm at has not totally lifted quarantine procedures and I predict will still be ongoing for the rest of the year at the minimum. Quarantine has not been lifted at all since it started last year so we're now over 1 year in a quarantine state. Even though we can go out, I still keep to strict mask always (and face shields) as they are required here and I definitely keep social distancing strictly.

On a good note though, finding games now for me as a GM who never gets to play has been improving. I can now join pickup games from many international groups active on discord while using VTTs as a medium. I normally use Astral Tabletop but I've also started using Talespire which is pretty fun.
 

ssvegeta555

Explorer
As we find more and more that transmissions from surfaces isn't really a thing, disinfecting the building becomes less and less of an issue.
Yeah, it was just a rumor she overheard. No one came by to disinfect anything. But a person living in the room below hers could've been exposed from a co-worker and if the test results are positive, I wouldn't be surprised if they quarantined the whole building. So that's fun...
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Our LGS has been open two days a week with pretty small groups for a while (not me). They were open for FNM for MtG this Friday for the first time since early 2020 and apparently had quite a turn out.

I couldn't make it, too busy cleaning house to have three friends over for a cookout and some EDH tonight. (Last one to have second shot had it kick in a few weeks ago).
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
So, having been largely isolated and anxious about human contact for a year and more takes its toll.

I have a player for whom the thought of being around people again has generated so much stress that he can't come to the table yet. He's having problems just leaving his house.

And this is a guy I've known for years - he's not typically fragile. I feel so bad for him.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
So, having been largely isolated and anxious about human contact for a year and more takes its toll.

I have a player for whom the thought of being around people again has generated so much stress that he can't come to the table yet. He's having problems just leaving his house.

And this is a guy I've known for years - he's not typically fragile. I feel so bad for him.
I may have mentioned my extreme introversion paying dividends before...

But Mom is my polar opposite, and would eat out almost daily. She’s been vaccinated since early March, but still hasn’t managed to muster the courage to go anyplace besides MD appointments and other necessary errands. No in-restaurant dining. Sometimes, I drive her around town a bit instead of returning directly home.

But she seems to be coming around. She actually dropped her mask around her neck at the other day. (Everyone was vaccinated and we were there to get her watch repaired and get some links removed.)
 

MarkB

Legend
Yeah, well, freak-out bars are low these days.

I'm kind of expecting that booster shots and periodic restrictions and masking will be required for a long time.
The next several months will be the first real test. Until now, variants of the virus have developed based upon whether they can out-compete the original for infection rates. But now that multiple countries have significant immunised populations, this is when we may start seeing variants cropping up on the basis of their resistance to the vaccines.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I was reading an article about the pandemic in which the people crunching the numbers said they tell a tale of 2 Americas. Among the vaccinated, numbers are dropping greatly, Among the unvaccinated, numbers have remained stagnant.

The first is to be expected- effective vaccines are effective. But it’s interesting that the vaccinated are acting as something of a firebreak, in that the numbers for the unvaccinated aren’t getting worse. (Or, possibly, the virus has reached some kind of critical point in its spread in which it is operating at peak efficiency in regards to its life cycle.)

They did note that the nastier variants could change all of that.
 

BookTenTiger

He / Him
I had (vaccinated) friends over for the first time last night for dinner and a movie! This summer I should be able to put together an in-person gaming group again.

Here in San Francisco, we only have four COVID cases in the hospital, and they are all old cases- in other words, no new transmissions. There is light at the end of the tunnel!!!
 



Zardnaar

Legend
Argentina online aquintence following news in South America mentioned this.


Peru basically doubled it's official death toll and then some due to undercounting. Now has highest per capita death toll in the world.

Locally not much has changed. Outbreaks in parts of Australia have had officials chasing down arrivals from Australia that didn't need to qurantine and travel bubble to Victoria (Australian state) has closed.

Still can't get a vaccine not in priority group but more of the in laws have got one due to age. No hurry I suppose.

Capital with no social distancing filmed by Canadians "stuck" here pre Covid. They just roll over the visas for anyone who got here pre Covid.

 
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Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
Been very strange. mask mandate for the county lifted this week. Though businesses are still free to require it if they choose.

While most people where I work, that are expected to be onsite are vaccinated, it still just... feels odd to not walk about these halls without one. I know some people are really looking forward to this Summer, but I have mixed feelings. For other reasons, the summer seems like it is going to be pretty hollow.

But I am a pessimist. :p
 

Dannyalcatraz

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