Philc2001

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  1. I actually wish they would get all their boxes and packaging made in China, then they would at least look as professional as most NCs. I forgot to add; and they would probably cost less too.
  2. My wife and I never get the flu vaccine, but her mom gets vaccinated every year, religiously. And yet without fail, we never get the flu but her mother gets the flu every single winter, despite being vaccinated. We live in a tropical climate though, and her mom lives in the North East, so weather is probably a factor. There is no way of knowing what strain of flu she gets, or whether she was vaxxed against that strain or not. However, her symptoms are usually relatively mild and pass within a few days, so maybe the vax is doing something for her, I don't know. Her mom's husband works in r
  3. I anticipate companies will continue to build momentum towards vaccination... https://www.local10.com/news/2021/05/14/new-hires-in-airline-industry-may-face-strict-covid-19-vaccine-policies/ Delta Airlines is now requiring all new employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but that’s not the case for existing employees. The cruise line industry is also requiring vaccination, although they had several health related problems well before COVID; https://abc7ny.com/cdc-cruise-ships-cruises-covid-vaccine-curise-lines-2021/10559989/ The CDC clarified its existing return-t
  4. I think these are somewhat exaggerated urban legends. But, there are some rational reasons for treating every case that comes into the hospital as a covid infected victim. Until this pandemic is overcome, first responders and medical workers cannot take an chances, they have to assume every patient they see is infectious. They spend their entire shift in a bubble of PPE, and have to take every precaution possible including changing their PPE between every patient they visit. It's not a pleasant environment to be in, constantly behind a mask for 8-12 hours, and covered in PPE head to toe every
  5. The dilemma, it seems to me, is that getting vaccinated is as much a personal choice as it is a global security concern. Given the mortality rate, the infectious nature of the virus, and no known medical treatments for the disease, It is difficult to separate oneself from the big picture and look at it strictly as a personal choice. The disease is communicable through the air, it has reached every corner on earth, and it is fatal. The moment you come within breathing distance of anyone else, there is risk of transmission, and potentially hastening someone's death. So unless you can remai
  6. I think the tipping point will be driven by social and economic pressure. Some employers are already making it a condition of employment, and as the economy opens up and remote workers get recalled back, I think corporations will have to mandate it. My employer started opening up the office to vaxxed associates in late April. It is still voluntary to go back into the office, but for how long I cannot tell. I suspect there will be an end when it will be required to both be vaxxed and go back to the office. Schools are requiring it too, although it was already mandatory to be vaccinate
  7. I could be mistaken, but it seems you may be trying to extrapolate from one metric to justify a different metric. I don't think the percentages indicated really tell us how many of those people are actually carriers of the virus, which is what I think you are trying to get at. Additionally, I'm not sure that even if you have been vaccinated that you would want to let your guard down and let yourself be infected. Surely, you would have protection so you may not get terribly sick, but I personally would rather not tempt faith. Could be just me.
  8. breakthroughs are entirely asymptomatic, and there is no mandatory tracking of people after vaccination or follow-up testing, so the numbers cannot be precise. Neither are the numbers of those not vaccinated. Testing in the US has been spotty at best, even long before the vaccines were introduced. What we do know is the very vast majority of people vaccinated do not get serious symptoms, they do not show up in emergency rooms or require intubation, but we do know for a fact they could still be infected and could still transmit the disease. When it comes to masking, it's not just t
  9. I don't see anything wrong with some healthy skepticism about vaccination. I was hesitant, skeptical, and somewhat worried the vaccines were not adequately tested. For the record, I have never had a flu vaccine. Fortunately, I have access to numerous certified medical doctors at my work, so I was able to have some frank and detailed discussions with a few of them about the vaccines, and express my concerns (fears?). These are practicing doctors, some of which are senior medical directors at hospitals and clinics, and several have volunteered their services at local community hospitals to help
  10. Perhaps take a deep breath and take a little more time to digest before you unleash your temper. The reason I brought up plagues is because COVID-19 would easily have been deemed a plague in a different era if we weren't as advanced in DNA sequencing and medical diagnosis as we are today. Or flipping it around, plagues that killed many millions of people centuries ago would be far less lethal today with our current capabilities. Thus, COVID-19 is a relative cousin to a modern day plague in context of the global reach, the number of people it has infected and the number that have died. Th
  11. It is not like a flu, and it is not limited to the elderly. It's actually surprising to hear that analogy still, considering what we have learned over the past year. You may be underestimating its lethality, and we are still learning about the long-term health implications of people who were infected but haven't died from it. Although fewer people have died from COVID than in major historic plagues (at least so far) I believe that is largely because of our coordinated global reaction to it, as well as the immense healthcare heroics that saved millions of people from dying. Look at what i
  12. It is confusing and frustrating that some folks will make a stand and throw a fit in public against mask wearing in a crowded airplane, yet they abide by the seatbelt rule.
  13. It's intriguing how this topic has become such a politically divisive issue. I wonder if that sort of resistance existed in the 1300s when the Black Death was wiping out 1/3 of the human species (estimated 75 million to 200 million people died). If it were not for technological advancements, COVID and many other plagues throughout history would have decimated the world population by now. I got vaccinated against COVID not just because I fear for my own life or the long-term health impact of being infected, but because I care about mankind's survivability, and in my view we are in a war f
  14. Ball park: 1 box of MC#1, 2 boxes of MC#4, and a bottle or two of scotch Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 2001 Davidoff Millennium Lancero Smooth, but lost some kick, maybe a tad past it’s prime. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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