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Unread 02-10-2021, 11:53 AM   #136
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Do you think that opening them up to 25% capacity will make much difference as far as Covid? I am mainly around rural communities in another state but it seems to me that with a few changes, in person worship can be as safe or safer than many activities that are allowed.

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Unread 02-23-2021, 01:38 PM   #137
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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/0...th-toll-470973

We officially hit a half million deaths from COVID-19 (in the USA).

I'm optimistic, though. I got my first shot of the vaccine a little over a week ago and while I was there it looked like people were eagerly lining up to get vaccinated. Here's to hoping that sooner than later we can get things under more control and we can enter into some sort of sense of normalcy.
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Unread 02-23-2021, 02:50 PM   #138
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We officially hit a half million deaths from COVID-19.

I'm optimistic, though. I got my first shot of the vaccine a little over a week ago and while I was there it looked like people were eagerly lining up to get vaccinated. Here's to hoping that sooner than later we can get things under more control and we can enter into some sort of sense of normalcy.
I got my second shot yesterday. I still know a lot of people who are adamantly against the COVID vaccine for whatever reason. While I acknowledge it's a personal decision and I'm not going to judge for it, I can't help but wonder why so many people are so vehemently against it. I understand the measure of distrust for the quick process, but so many people would much prefer to roll the dice. *Shrug* To each his own. Here's to hoping for some sense of normalcy soon.
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Unread 02-23-2021, 04:18 PM   #139
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normalcy? I'll drink to that.
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Unread 02-24-2021, 03:13 AM   #140
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Highest confirmed COVID deaths per million people (and over 100 deaths):
1. Belgium
2. Czechia
3. Slovenia
4. UK
5. Italy
6. Portugal
7. USA
8. Montenegro
9. Bosnia and Herzegovina
10. Hungary

Highest number of COVID tests per million (and over 1 million tests):
1. Luxembourg
2. UAE
3. Denmark
4. Bahrain
5. Cyprus
6. Israel
7. UK
8. Singapore
9. Hong Kong
10. USA

Most vaccine doses given per 100 residents (and over 100k doses):
1. Israel
2. UAE
3. UK
4. USA
5. Bahrain
6. Chile
7. Puerto Rico
8. Serbia
9. Denmark
10. Turkey
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I got my second shot yesterday. I still know a lot of people who are adamantly against the COVID vaccine for whatever reason. While I acknowledge it's a personal decision and I'm not going to judge for it, I can't help but wonder why so many people are so vehemently against it. I understand the measure of distrust for the quick process, but so many people would much prefer to roll the dice. *Shrug* To each his own. Here's to hoping for some sense of normalcy soon.
I get the hesitancy with the new technology ones. They're basically in human trials right now and that's kind of terrifying. I understand why high risk groups would roll the dice but I have to say that I wouldn't right now...

It's kind of interesting to me that the reason for or against is the same - unknown long term effects. So you could mainline your diceroll, or not spend time in poorly ventilated areas with strangers for awhile longer

But from what I understand the Oxford one is more of a textbook vaccine. I'd be a lot more willing with that one or something like it. The new tech is scary though, and I totally get that part of it!
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What? Luxembourg has at least a million people? I thought their population was like 50 lol
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Million tests

They have 600k population, but have done over 2 million tests.So every person has on average been tested 3+ times.

Here the average person has been tested 2.8 times. And it will get much higher. Students are required to get tested every week. Workers that are back at work are required to get tested every week. Entry to cultural stuff requires a recent negative test. The government is aiming to test everyone who goes back to "normal life" twice per week apparently. Hopefully this can change in the opposite direction by the time most of us are vaccinated.
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Ah! Duh. I should have remembered that people get teseted many times. Since I am mostly at home, I forget these things
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my wife and I got tested once. my daughter, who attends on-campus? tons of testing. my son, who is in college online (campus shut down due to Covid) - tested once, after he went to a party with some friends, no mask, and the next day had come down with a bug. an 8:00 am test, just to make it painful for him.



so reading those stats on multiple tests = encouraging. someone somewhere is doing it right.
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The thing to remember about these vaccines is they're not new, strictly speaking. The SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine builds upon previous work on vaccines for SARS-CoV-1 (Toronto SARS) in 2003 and MERS-V (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Virus) in 2012 (another Coronavirus) similar to SARS-COV-1.

It's helpful to think of this vaccine as having been in development for 13 years - because that's the reality of the situation.
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