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  1. And perhaps you should crawl out from the rock under which you've been living.
  2. Just because they don't provide it, doesn't mean they don't have it (also doesn't mean the media doesn't already have it, and just isn't reporting it). Isn't that what journalists DO? They dig, they call and ask questions - and yes - they have MANY secret sources. That's how journalism works.
  3. If not, then they need to ask for it or start compiling it on their own.
  4. For me, as I process the information and decide whether I am going to flee to an underground bunker or go to the grocery store (in my mask) to get food, it IS related. I don't think very many people would argue with you that the virus spreads quickly and it has killed a lot of people and that we can slow the spread with mask-wearing/social distancing - BUT even with those measures in place, it will still spread. Short of all of us going into underground bunkers while we wait for a vaccine that everyone can get, it will continue to spread. Those with weaker immune system DO need to take extra precautions. But there is another side to the story, where far more of the positive result folks have fully recovered (or never had symptoms). And a side to the story where (sadly) some the people who have passed had other factors that contributed and may have even passed due to those other factors, but are counted as a Covid death because they had a positive test. I just think we are owed the full picture and not a 10-second sound bite of doom.
  5. The media likes to whip everyone up into a frenzy with their 10-second sound bites on daily positive test totals. What they don't include in their info is how many of those who test positive are asymptomatic, how many have minor symptoms, how many have more aggressive symptoms but are recovering at home, how many had to visit an ER because of symptoms, how many were hospitalized and how many are in an ICU on a ventilator (& also, how many had pre-existing conditions). My 25 y.o. daughter and 9 of her friends tested positive 3 weeks ago after a girls trip weekend in a neighboring state. One was asymptomatic and the other 8 had minor, unremarkable symptoms (all of them self-isolated after suspecting that they may have been exposed in a crowded restaurant with no social distancing requirements). Thankfully, all have recovered. As someone who is concerned about the virus, I feel much better about the daily number of positive tests when I am also given the information on the number of positives who are asymptomatic or who have symptoms and recover. The media seems intent on riling everyone up with the bad news, without providing all the information. Thank God they got rid of the "Covid Ticker" that used to run along the bottom of my TV screen!
  6. Yes the ability to get a test and how long it takes to get the results seems to vary from state to state (and even town to town). I suppose cruise port states could open quick-test centers for cruise passengers (and likely generate a nice revenue). I can see the billboards on 95 now "UNCLE FRED'S QUICK TEST - NEXT EXIT! HAVE YOUR RESULTS VIA EMAIL BY THE TIME YOU PULL INTO PORT CANAVERAL!"
  7. Very difficult for the many, many dual-working (& single working) parent households to shift to homeschooling - or to even shift to supervising their kids for virtual learning. I applaud the school systems that are working diligently to come up with plans to safely get kids back into the classroom - even though it won't be in the same fashion as last Fall. I have a rising senior - she doesn't need me to to teach her classroom material (and I've actually loved having her home) but I have seen the affect on her and her peers from the learning isolation. Since the quarantine, way too many kids have simply dropped out of the system - no way to check on them on daily basis. Virtual learning was an acceptable stop-gap measure, but not a viable long term solution. Wait - isn't this a cruise website? 😄
  8. Wow, that’s a long post 😆. Like I said, we have to proceed cautiously, using masking, disinfecting and social distancing guidelines. Schools can and should require masking by both teachers and students ( teachers can also wear gloves and face shields if it makes them feel more protected - our high school makes their own face shields ). We are being fed a constant stream of messaging by the CDC, state & local government, celebrities and various medical & epidemiology experts that if everyone wears masks The chance of transmission between mask-wearers is 1.5%. Considering we’ll never get to 0% without everyone being vaccinated, 1.5% isn’t horrible. Social distancing: many schools are considering hybrid programs in order to lessen the number of students in school buildings and classrooms on a given day. Kids will alternate in-person learning with virtual learning. Not 100% ideal for kids who thrive on in-person learning but at least it’s an attempt to get kids back in the classroom part time. Kids who are not comfortable with being back in the classroom because of Covid concerns, can engage in virtual learning exclusively. Strict & consistent disinfecting of classrooms: lots of schools already have a protocol in place for this because of the annual flu season - they just need to expand on it and be diligent about doing it. I don’t doubt that there will be a “spike”, but again I believe most will be a-symptomatic and minor symptom cases. Adults who are high risk and live in homes with school children will have to continue to quarantine. Where I live, kids have mostly gone back to hanging out in small groups and there’s been no spread among them. There doesn’t seem to be much of a rhyme or reason the which groups of kids transmit the virus. If everyone wears masks, the chances will diminish. I believe we owe it to the kids to at least try and make it work. No one is taking their mental health into consideration. We simply can’t expect them to be in isolation for an undetermined period of time until (and if) a vaccine is developed, tested and put into wide circulation. Also, many working parents are finding themselves in the position of not being able to both work and homeschool their children.
  9. 100% agree. Also the kids not being at school, playing sports, etc. - who's advocating for them? What about the long term effects from isolation and lost-learning? We're kidding ourselves if we don't think this virus (or a mutation thereof) is going to be a part of our lives for a while. MAYBE there will be a vaccine available at some point in the next year or two (not months away) and likely the pharm companies will play their game of controlling the quantities and driving up the prices to get it - so we have that to look forward to. We need to cautiously continue to allow businesses & schools to open, with mask & social distance guidelines with the realization that some people will continue to get the virus (with most recovering). If we choose to leave our homes and go anywhere there are other people, we are accepting the risk that we may get the virus. If we accept people into our homes that have been places where there are other people, we are accepting the risk that we may get the virus. I wish that the U.S. implemented the mask mandate back in March - then maybe we wouldn't have had to "Lift & Switch" my daughter's fall wedding to late 2021, but unfortunately that didn't happen - and 200+ years of personal freedoms in the U.S. have resulted in large contingencies of citizens now refusing to comply because it infringes on their personal freedom. The U.S. is its own worst enemy in any attempts to control the pandemic.
  10. Yeah - I’m sure there’s a large margin of error with any kind of a home test. My future son-law had to do his own swab at CVS 😳 Definitely a lot to consider before traveling outside the country.
  11. Jamaica must have a quick turnaround on the test results. Here in the U.S. my daughter waited 3 days for hers (done by her primary care facility) and my future son-in-law is on day 4 waiting for his (CVS pharmacy). Wonder if they let you go about your vacation while you wait for results, or if the results are immediate? I understand other countries wanting proof of negative test results within a certain # of days before travel but I have two thoughts: 1. A negative test 7 days prior - you could still be exposed on days 6-travel day. 2. Timing of test result - I'm not aware of any widely used facilities here in the U.S. where you can get an immediate test result (although I'm sure they exist since celebrities and professional sports people seem to get test results back much faster than regular people - and I'm sure there's a premium for expedited results) so in theory, you'd have to have the actual test prior to seven days before leaving and hope for the result on day 7. That would give me too much travel anxiety.
  12. Brilliance is a great ship but may be a little boring for your kids, depending on their personalities. If they need action all the time, they may be disappointed but if they're happy going to the kids club and meeting other kids or going to the pool, playing cards and board games, then they'll be fine. If they're too young to remember sailings on larger ships, then they won't know what they're missing.
  13. The timing will be difficult in taking and getting a test result back 3 days before travel. Some test results are coming back within 24-48 hours, some are taking longer. Imagine making all the travel arrangements and pacing the airport, waiting for test results. No test results - money wasted. A week seems more doable. That said, a negative test result in hand from 10 days earlier (even 3 days earlier) is really a false sense of security. No way to tell if a traveler has been infected with the virus since the test, and is otherwise asymptomatic. Strict in-public mask-wearing requirements will help mitigate a possible spread but the Bahamian tourism industry and government would have to be willing to police & enforce it.
  14. We were in JS 1542 on Brilliance in December. The only time we heard noise above was on the first night, in extremely rough seas from Tampa to Key West. Everything was sliding around but I was busy concentrating on staying bed as I could feel the ship riding up and down each swell. We were, however, across the hall from the ice maker that the crew used to fill the cabin ice buckets. Didn't keep us up at night but the "scooping" would begin by 10am each morning. I'm an early riser so not a big deal. I enjoyed the cruise overall but would not choose that small of a ship again unless it was a port-heavy itinerary where I was just using it as a floating hotel. I think Freedom class is my sweet spot.
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