D&D and the rising pandemic


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Umbran

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It would mean everyone born prior to the 80s and 90s would have a much higher chance of Heart Disease. It could be interesting to see if it decreases as the older generations die off.

Statistically, that would be hard to disentangle from all the other possible contributing factors that have been changing over that same time. For example, over that period you have a dramatic drop in the number of smokers, but then a rise of vaping. You have changes in diet, exercise levels, and goodness knows what other chemical exposures. You have changes in stress levels, alcohol consumption, and rate of being able to afford health care...
 

GreyLord

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Statistically, that would be hard to disentangle from all the other possible contributing factors that have been changing over that same time. For example, over that period you have a dramatic drop in the number of smokers, but then a rise of vaping. You have changes in diet, exercise levels, and goodness knows what other chemical exposures. You have changes in stress levels, alcohol consumption, and rate of being able to afford health care...

I'm not sure how they figured it out, but I imagine it's similar to how they also connected the rise of violent crime to lead in gasoline, and how it's reduction also led to a reduction in violent crime.

harvard health lead and heart disease

EHP lead and cardiovascular disease

Another article for those of us not so much into scientific papers, but addressing more modern issues, as gasoline wasn't and still isn't the only source of lead entering into our bodies

Desert Sun on lead study
 



Cadence

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Yellow and orange slowly creeping up in the US. The blotch in NY has spread out, upper midwest is sprouting some, and a few more here and there.

Graduation at my University was this weekend, and the K-12 will be out before the end of the month. Hoping we stay in the green until then.

Trying to figure out when I want my second booster (had a mild case in early February).


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Cadence

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Is that one county in the north-east holding out? Midwest is getting worse and scattered elsewhere.

Thankfully my university in the south-east is in the sparsely attended summer semester and the K-12 only have a couple more weeks.

Summer time in person gaming isn't nearly as sure as it was looking in the spring. Will be interesting to see what waive we're in a bit under three months when we're planning to go to DC for sight seeing.

Personally for me, yellow will mean masking and avoiding eating in. Orange will be using curbside pick-up.


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Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
That orange section in the lower right is Rockingham County, where my hospital is. Needless to say, we're back to all-day masking in the non-patient care areas too.
 

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Umbran

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A bit bigger again this week (albeit with a few places in the NE moving back to green).

Without measures to stop the spread, spreading is inevitable. The hope is, that like so far in New England, the level of immunity from previous infection or vaccination is sufficient to keep the hospitals from going under again.
 

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
Update on a side-thread:

I have been paying student loans even though they were in forebearance, wanting to take advantage of 0% interest so my money efficiently takes down principle and I get more "mileage" out of my payments.

I got a letter from my student loan lender.*

FINISHED !!!


* Contrary to some common chatter elsewhere, not a bank but a specialized student-loan-only finance firm.
 

South by Southwest

Incorrigible Daydreamer
Update on a side-thread:

I have been paying student loans even though they were in forebearance, wanting to take advantage of 0% interest so my money efficiently takes down principle and I get more "mileage" out of my payments.

I got a letter from my student loan lender.*

FINISHED !!!


* Contrary to some common chatter elsewhere, not a bank but a specialized student-loan-only finance firm.
Congratulations! That's a huge weight no longer to have around your neck.
 




Hussar

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Was a bit bored today so went back to the first post and started reading. Not the whole thread just some semi random samples.

Oh Hussar of 2020. You sweet summer child. Sheesh.
 


Umbran

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With the high availability of home tests, the case numbers are becoming less reliable. Many people around me are testing at home, self-isolating, and only become an officially counted case if they go to the doctor.

Our wastewater signal dropped by about a third this week, though. It may be the current surge in our area is on its way out.
 


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