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Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 3:46 pm
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JoFrance,

I’ve heard perhaps around six states have already hit their peak! wink

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Depends on who you ask. 

Even here in Georgia, there’s no agreement on this. Governor Kemp says we’ve already peaked (based on his models) and that we can start to reopen. 

But the local hospital system here in north Georgia says that according to THEIR models, we will not hit our peak until early June. Staff capacity is expected to peak in early May. Hospital staff are sterilizing and reusing face shields and masks, and wearing plastic jumpsuits to save gowns. I saw the video. At least one unit was converted from med-surg to COVID ICU. 

Our numbers are still rising. But tomorrow the hair salons, nail salons, tattoo shops, bowling alleys, spas, gyms will be allowed to reopen. A lot of shop owners are understandably hesitant to open their doors back up, and many have decided not to yet–they say it’s too soon. These are close contact types of businesses, where social distancing usually cannot happen. 

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Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 3:49 pm
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NotMyCircus,

yeah people want answers fast. Which would partly explain the differing numbers and opinions!

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Yep, and now the confusion is getting to everyone! So many people in my area are fed up with the shelter in place, the masks, the social distancing. I think most people have decided not to bother at this point. I’m getting tempted not to bother, either, since no one else does! 

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 I think most people have decided not to bother at this point. I’m getting tempted not to bother, either, since no one else does! 

I have a strong Saturn flavor in my chart. I have a strange fear that I’ll get hit by lightning, or something, if I don’t do ‘the right thing!’ blackeye_gif

I do need fresh air, though…..

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Also, have you noticed that people are tired of waiting around for widespread testing and contact tracing? So now everyone’s an armchair epidemiologist and spouting percentages and telling each other what’s what about this virus? Declaring that omigosh, we have nothing to worry about because the death rate is (some figure in the 98-99% range that they pulled out of their butts). 

Last year we were armchair psychologists. Guess that fell out of fashion. 🙂

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Good news: my brother was finally able to get tested and his results came back negative. Yay!! 

Bad news: His wife will be going back to work tomorrow and that will put him at risk. Sad 🙁

But reality is, there is no safe bubble, amd people can’t live in a bubble forever, I know that. It’s just that he’s all I’ve got left. So I’m extra sensitive where he’s concerned.

Oh well. Que sera sera, for each and every one of us.

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All his wife can do is be cautious at work. I work 6 days a week, so I wear a mask, wash my hands a lot, and disinfect surfaces when I can. Outside of work I try to stay out of stores and wear a mask if I have to go in one. 

Glad to hear your brother got a good result!

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So much of how we have handled the virus in our country makes no sense.  Instead of taking children out of school we should have let them stay in since the death rate among young children is practically non-existent.

 

Without a vaccine, the best course is to allow the virus to move throughout the country while heavily protecting those most vulnerable  i.e. folks over 65 with 1 or more co-morbiities. This builds up a herd mutiny.

 

Sweden comes to mind as a country that is doing this right.  They didn’t shut down the economy.  They trust people to take responsible action according their personal situation.

 

I believe in letting anyone who wants to work, work.  i don’t believe in allowing a medical “experts” who have been proven to have faulty models call all the shots.

If no vaccine is feasible in 18 months does that mean we keep a lockdown for 18 months?  Ridiculous!   

 

What good is saving lives if there is no viable life or economy to go back to?  

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This was my initial thinking. Keep them quarantined , have the government hire someone to shop and do well checks for them. Then I found out that 100 million people is in a vulnerable category. How could the rest of the country take care of the 100 million? 

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Oh also Sweden has a higher death rate per million than the United states has right now.

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germany is doing really well, considering they have a large amount of people living there, and it’s a big country. but they have been doing a lot of tests.

my friends in the united kingdom are complaining that the rest of western Europe has their stores open, (clothing stores as an example, even bike shops, car repairs, ect) except for salons, and casinos, hotels, restaurants (unless they do take out and delivery) because their lockdown started again for another 3 weeks. they still have 2 more weeks, and their numbers are pretty high, average over 500 per day. I think Italy and spain has the most strict lockdown because of they were the first to get hit so badly.

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A friend of mine has lost a toe. It was amputated Tuesday morning. 
What does this have to do with Covid-19? Plenty. She refused to see a doctor for an infection because she didn’t want to catch Covid-19 in a medical facility. Her area of our state is a hot spot. It is from a church meeting with an out of state visiting preacher.

Our state, Kentucky, has “healthy at home”. It has started “healthy at work.”  Business associations, unions, etc. are to submit plans for reopening. 

Kentucky will start phasing the opening of non-urgent medical facilities next Monday, April 27th. The state hospital association submitted their reopening plan.  It has been noticed people going to emergency departments are waiting too long to seek treatment. Like my friend. More importantly, who is better trained than medical staff on disinfection? Dental offices are next, after additional safeguards are instituted. 

My nephew has recovered. He spent his two weeks quarantined in his basement. His family did not catch it. I am relieved. He has returned to work.  It leaves me with two thoughts. He was never tested, due lack of kits. He is not part of the official count of infected people. Second, why is cooperage an essential business? This is Kentucky. We make bourbon. 

Toyota manufacturing reopens May 5th. 

Kentucky’s infection numbers show a plateau. However, testing is ramping up, so an increase in positives may show.

According to yesterday’s numbers, 46% of the Covid-19 deaths are in nursing homes. It spreads like fire. The worst numbers are from homes which have been cited in the past for sanitation violations.  Volunteer medical students have been sent to some of these facilities.

The public schools will close for the year without any more in class time. Most will finish their schooling-at-home early next month. Some are planning drive-through high school graduations. 

Religious services were requested early on to not have mass gatherings. Drive-in services are allowed. Many went to on-line services. 

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I’ve tried all morning to get my mom’s medications. It’s tragic that hundreds of meds are unavailable or in shortage, due to hoarding. The selfish “I’m alright Jack”, mentality causes so much wide spread harm. 

Even though isolation/social distancing (within reason), are necessary to control the number of cases, I am concerned about the implication on people’s mental health and well being. Online gambling, domestic violence & alcoholism have all increased. Even when restrictions are eased, some of these issues will remain. You can’t cure gambling and addiction overnight. Yes, covid can kill, but so can mental health struggles.

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I feels strangely ecstatic and blissfully happy today! Is this my intuition tell me that the Coronavirus (at least the first wave) is past its peak!??

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