D&D and the rising pandemic

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
16 people for Thursday night modern (MtG) this week.

First in-store pre-release in ages this weekend. My son isn't hold enough to be vaccinated, but played at a side table in a mask with a fan blowing from behind him. He was ecstatic to be able to be there.
 

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Zardnaar

Legend
Outbreaks in various "safe" countries last month or so. Vietnam, Taiwan, Fiji, Singapore


Vietnam's variant hybrid of UK and Indian variants.



Still reasonably low in the grand scheme of things. Taiwan has gone from virtually no deaths up to 400+. Vietnam around 57 iirc.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
And, to help with that long tail of vaccinations, my state has gone into the vaccine lottery business.
Five fully vaccinated people ages 18+ will each win $1 million.
Five fully vaccinated people ages 12-17 will each win a college scholarship for $300,000.

You have to register and be able to provide proof of vaccination to win, of course. Registration opens July 1st.
 
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Horwath

Hero
And, to help with that long tail of vaccinations, my state has gone into the vaccine lottery business.
Five fully vaccinated people ages 18+ will win $5 million.
Five fully vaccinated people ages 12-17 will win a college scholarship.

You have to register and be able to provide proof of vaccination to win, of course. Registration opens July 1st.
Do not know really what to say about this.

Do we really have so little trust in science?

I had Covid and got 1st dose of Moderna, waiting 2 weeks for 2nd one.
In Croatia we also have, cannot find a nicer word; but some kind of collective stupidity about vaccination.
We have more than enough vaccines for everyone to get one shot at least, but we are at 40% one dose and about 17% both doses.

People here whining about clubs not working and bars and restaurants only working until 24h, but when you ask them about getting vaccinated, most say that they wont do it.
Well, how exactly do you thing this will end, you st%#$"# &$#$ ?!?!

Wish that government just puts in 1000€ fine for anyone refusing vaccination without valid medical reasons.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Do not know really what to say about this.

Do we really have so little trust in science?

I totally get where you are coming from with this, but in Massachusetts, that's not the issue. Our actual vaccine hesitance rates are ludicrously low - on the order of only 5%. About two-thirds of our population is at least partially vaccinated. And our rate for people completing the course and getting the second shot is over 95% as well.

Instead, we have two other basic problems about getting to that final third:

1) Folks who are elderly, don't have cars, have to work several jobs or long hours, etc, are hard to get to come in for vaccines. The state is working on this issue by slowly shutting down the big centralized mass-vaccination centers (that were very efficient, but you had to drive to), and putting the resources towards getting vaccines into local areas - into pharmacies, doctor's offices, running mobile vaccine clinics, and so on, to make it convenient, targeting those communities with lower vaccination rates.

2) Getting some of these people off their butts. Especially men, aged 20-40. They look at the world, see case rates plummeting, see restrictions lifting, think they are macho, and decide that they don't need to bother.

The lottery is mostly about the second issue - folks who just need that little bit more motivation. Apparently in Ohio, their lottery did a good job motivating just that demographic.
 

Janx

Hero
And, to help with that long tail of vaccinations, my state has gone into the vaccine lottery business.
Five fully vaccinated people ages 18+ will win $5 million.
Five fully vaccinated people ages 12-17 will win a college scholarship.

You have to register and be able to provide proof of vaccination to win, of course. Registration opens July 1st.
hmm, $5 million vs. college scholarship?

Give me the $5 million and I'll decide on my own education path.

if you truly got $5 mil (taxes on prizes or payout schedules are weird), that's a $100K salary for 50 years.

Surely outside of Harvard, one can go to college for less than that a year.

It's like they're screwing young people over on this prize. Adults can retire, you get to work hard.
 




Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Onset of parosmia- a disruption of the senses of smell and taste- has been linked to C19. The afflicted sense smells and flavors of things OTHER than what they are actually smelling or tasting. Imagine (as one interviewee related) all fruit tasted like soap.

And apparently, it is long lasting. The people interviewed for this article all suffered this as a symptom of Covid, and have experienced this disorder for over a year.

I think that of all the non-lethal effects of Covid infection, THIS is one that would hurt me most.
 


Mirtek

Hero
Yeah, Germany, in a part with very few doctors to boot.
Find that hard to believe. We're at >50% with 1st dose and ~26% already fully done.

If there's no doctor there should be a central vaccination centre within 100km

We entered unrestricted access last week because there not even enough group 3 left without that they justify to continue going by priorisation.

We had a slower start than we could have had but right now we catched up in terms of first and second doses to where only a very few countries are farther ahead (only 5 countries with more total doses and some of those have a much bigger population)
 
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Janx

Hero
Sorry, no. That was a typo. 5 people in $1 million each.

The scholarships are $300,000.
that's a bit better, but given that there's less testing on <18s, they ought to be due the $1mil and the grups can get $300K.

Ageism goes both ways. Young folks want the moolah!
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
that's a bit better, but given that there's less testing on <18s, they ought to be due the $1mil and the grups can get $300K.

Ageism goes both ways. Young folks want the moolah!
Would the parents actually control the young one's money if they got it right now? (I guess it could be put it in a time delayed account that would let them take it out for a short list of emergencies).
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
that's a bit better, but given that there's less testing on <18s, they ought to be due the $1mil and the grups can get $300K.

Ageism goes both ways. Young folks want the moolah!

I'm sorry, but your analysis seems to have suffered a mathematics failure.

The 12-17 year range is less than 10% of the population of the state. They thus present a smaller portion of the risk pool, but they are still getting about 23% of the funds in this plan.

Effectively, the young folks are already getting twice as much money as the older folks under this plan. So, you know, slow your judgement roll.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
I'm sorry, but your analysis seems to have suffered a mathematics failure.

The 12-17 year range is less than 10% of the population of the state. They thus present a smaller portion of the risk pool, but they are still getting about 23% of the funds in this plan.

Effectively, the young folks are already getting twice as much money as the older folks under this plan. So, you know, slow your judgement roll.

Motivational money is best targeted at those who need the most motivation, right? I'm guessing hesitant parents are really hard to motivate about their kids (or can the 12-15 yo get the jab without a parent?).
 

billd91

Not your screen monkey (he/him)
I'm sorry, but your analysis seems to have suffered a mathematics failure.

The 12-17 year range is less than 10% of the population of the state. They thus present a smaller portion of the risk pool, but they are still getting about 23% of the funds in this plan.

Effectively, the young folks are already getting twice as much money as the older folks under this plan. So, you know, slow your judgement roll.
That just gives each minor a higher chance of winning compared to the adult population. The individual winners are still getting shafted, by comparison. It’s still a nice benefit and worth pursuing, but I still think it’s a weirdly unbalanced offering.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
That just gives each minor a higher chance of winning compared to the adult population.

Each minor has about 8x the chance of winning and the program has over twice the funds per kid in the population than per adult. Proportionately speaking the overall pot for kids is twice the size of the pot for adults.

The individual winners are still getting shafted, by comparison.

In raw dollar amount, you might think so, but... it means the kid will likely enter the working population with a college education, and no debt to speak of. That is a huge benefit.

I will likely be paying off my student loans until I die. I have friends who got through school without debt, and they've already retired, because they could save far more than I could.
 

Horwath

Hero
Each minor has about 8x the chance of winning and the program has over twice the funds per kid in the population than per adult. Proportionately speaking the overall pot for kids is twice the size of the pot for adults.



In raw dollar amount, you might think so, but... it means the kid will likely enter the working population with a college education, and no debt to speak of. That is a huge benefit.

I will likely be paying off my student loans until I die. I have friends who got through school without debt, and they've already retired, because they could save far more than I could.
you can spin it any way you want, but 1.000.000 is 3 scholarships and lots of change.

That is free college degree, a house, so no rent money and very good car without credit line for it. And no worries for life expenses while you study. Talk about a head start.
 

billd91

Not your screen monkey (he/him)
you can spin it any way you want, but 1.000.000 is 3 scholarships and lots of change.

That is free college degree, a house, so no rent money and very good car without credit line for it. And no worries for life expenses while you study. Talk about a head start.
And what if the kid isn't planning on going to college? Do they get nothing? Do they get the $300,000 (substantially less than the $1 million).
 

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