Coronavirus prep

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  • GaleHawkins
    GaleHawkins Posts: 8,159 Member
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    https://www.wkyt.com/2021/09/30/kentucky-prioritizing-people-need-monoclonal-antibody-treatment/

    Locally the monoclonal antibody treatment has helped several unvaccinated with serious health issues recover from Covid-19. They're several new antiviral new meds in testing that may be helpful as we move from the pandemic mindset world wide. Locally schools are the super spreaders leading to natural immunity in the large unvaccinated population.
  • Theoldguy1
    Theoldguy1 Posts: 2,478 Member
    edited October 2021
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    kshama2001 wrote: »
    ythannah wrote: »
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    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    The transition to endemic COVID-19 is also a psychological one. When everyone has some immunity, a COVID-19 diagnosis becomes as routine as diagnosis of strep or flu—not good news, but not a reason for particular fear or worry or embarrassment either. That means unlearning a year of messaging that said COVID-19 was not just a flu. If the confusion around the CDC dropping mask recommendations for the vaccinated earlier this summer is any indication, this transition to endemicity might be psychologically rocky. Reopening felt too fast for some, too slow for others. “People are having a hard time understanding one another’s risk tolerance,” says Julie Downs, a psychologist who studies health decisions at Carnegie Mellon University."

    It will be interesting to see how that all plays out. It's been difficult enough for health authorities to convince some folks that Covid needed to be taken seriously but for others it has instilled genuine terror. I think that will be a difficult switch to flip.

    One of the grocery stores where I shop frequently is still disinfecting the checkout belt between customers, despite the change in messaging about surface contamination quite a while back.

    On the other hand, we've all learned some useful practices about disease prevention that will hopefully serve to reduce germ transmission going forward. One of my coworkers who goes into child care facilities frequently caught every passing bug and was constantly sick, in one year she had strep twice and pneumonia once. She says she will continue mask-wearing indefinitely.

    This actually seems like a best practice without regard to COVID. One customer may put packed raw meat and poultry on the belt, with no knowledge of whether it might have rested in liquid from a leaking adjacent pack or be leaking itself, and the next person might put foods that will be eaten raw on the belt.

    It does create a helluva long queue at the checkouts though. And I'm not wild about my foods-that-will-be-eaten-raw coming into contact with chemical disinfectants (I've put purchases down on a wet belt several times) that probably aren't safe for consumption.

    While I'm conscious of my plastic consumption, I do put produce* in plastic bags because I don't want it to touch the belt and come in contact with raw meat liquid OR chemical disinfectants.

    * The exception would be produce like bananas with a thick peel. I'd bag thin peel foods like potatoes because using a peeler would spread any contamination around.

    Yeah you don't know what has been on that belt. Friend just told me about this. He was in line at a grocery store, guy in front of him was sagging and leaning up against the checkout. When the guy turned a bit my friend saw a brown streak on the exposed tidy whities the guy with the sagging jeans was wearing.

    Friend went to a different register and hasn't been back to rhat store.
  • tiptoethruthetulips
    tiptoethruthetulips Posts: 3,365 Member
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    In Australia, $1million up for grabs, milliondollarvax campaign with the funds being donated by philanthropists. I'd be interested to know if the rate of vaccinations has a sharp increase in October.
  • Theoldguy1
    Theoldguy1 Posts: 2,478 Member
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    Have seen some interesting questions regarding why US vax/testing mandates while impacting federal workers, workers with over 100 employees they do not cover welfare or SNAP recipients. Have not really found any good reason why this isn't on the table.

    It's a shame, since in the US the lower income population makes up a large unvaxed demographic.