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elwood_98034

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  1. It sounds like the Port of Seattle is sitting it out entirely this year.
  2. I don't mean to be unkind, but this is sounding a lot like bait and switch. JMO.
  3. I think the CDC has more important things to worry about than cruise ships. I hope so, anyway.
  4. Things aren't exactly fabulous in Seattle at the moment. I would be quite surprised to see an Alaskan season at all this year. Just look what is going on in Sydney and Perth. No bueno.
  5. I'm at work now, and just about every patient in the ER is a rule out COVID. Most will come back negative, but it only takes one person who is positive to get on a ship to start infecting people all over again. They may lift the cruising ban, but I wonder how many people will want to take the risk of handing over a lot of money, or getting stuck in quarantine somewhere for weeks with people getting sick around them.
  6. He is making the announcement at 5.30pm PST today.
  7. Come back in a month, and repeat that.
  8. The thing with any industry geared for discretionary expenditure like Disney, Universal Studios, or NCL, etc., is their value is totally dependent on their market, and the willingness of their consumers to pay. Would I want to get on a cruise ship any time in the next year? No.
  9. We were considering a few different options. New Zealand and Australia, A East coast/Panama Canal to LA, a Viking Switzerland to Amsterdam type thing this Christmas, a UK or Norway cruise, Alaska again, or maybe just a land trip to London - Scotland, or maybe even Singapore. Too many options, and we were just beginning to start to discuss it with tech support (the kids). One wanted Hawaii, one wants Singapore. Either would get on any ship if the day of the week had a 'y' in it, and there was water involved. Me too. Realistically, I think we are going to see the industry shut down for an extended period of time. There will be a severe cull of the smaller, more marginal operators, and maybe even some of the niche operators disappearing. I see major mergers. NCL-Carnival, Princess-Holland America, type of mergers. Maybe someone like Bezos stepping in and buying a couple of operators and calling it Amazon Lines. Who knows. He seems to have a monopoly on everything else. I think the world is about to take a step backwards in time by about twenty years. Not technologically, but financially, and in our ability to travel like we have become used to. I see this situation as just getting started, and we will all be deeply changed at the end of it. What really saddens me is countries with large and dense populations like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Even some of the South American mega-cities like Mexico City and Sao Paulo. I fear the death toll there is going to be biblical. Africa. Maybe even Russia. At the end of the day we on here will still be able to travel if we want to. But I suspect that in a year or two the world will have changed, and so will have we. I expect that nearly all of us will have lost someone, and will have suffered in some way, and we will be busy getting back on our feet, and carrying on. Cruising is for the good times. I don't think we are going to see many good times for a while. I hope I'm wrong.
  10. No. Once care passes I am essentially forbidden to go into someone's chart unless I have a direct reason. HIPAA. Big fines, and unemployment for offenders.
  11. No biggy Ziggy. Life is a rollercoaster. -Ronan Keating, 2000. I have been buying my own PPE. I have probably spent close to $800 so far. If you have enough money you can still get masks and gloves. You just have to think outside the box. You order industrial N95's, and gloves from hardware suppliers, that are actually better quality than what we get at work, and you can wash them without taking them off. EMT's use them. What is bothering me though, is people are becoming risk adverse where I work. They are backing away from COVID patients. I'm talking dudes with young kids, who are trying very, very, hard to dodge dealing with them. It is understandable, but if you accept the paycheck, you need to be prepared to step up and share the burden. There were incidents on the weekend, and another that I was involved in last night.
  12. I was reading a study in the Lancet today. 97% of patients that went onto a ventilator didn't survive. Another study had said 86%. This clearly isn't just the flu, and just because you aren't 80 doesn't mean you should be out licking door knobs. I fear that China may not have been entirely truthful with what they have been telling people.
  13. The nursing home in Kirkland has reported people going from walking around, to being in hospital in a very bad way in just over an hour. We have seen quite a few others who were much the same, but that was before they started testing, so they could have had anything. It is nothing to take lightly though. He was 50, not an 80yo.
  14. Just had a 50yo man come into work. At 3.00pm he was sitting up talking. At 5.00pm he was intubated with his eyes rolled back in his head. Sedated. On his way to the ICU now. Doesn't look good. You can still buy N95's on Amazon. My wife ordered 20 friday for $180. Arrived yesterday.
  15. Thanks dude. I still get to go to work unless I spike a temp or start trying to hack up a lung. I started wearing a mask a couple of weeks ago, and my own N95's last week, so I'm hoping I'm OK, unless one of the window lickers that I work with have been licking door knobs. I actually had two days off sick last week, as a staph infection that I picked up in a London hotel bathroom two years ago is back and trying to kill me again. Winning!
  16. The governments impose quarantines because people are too stupid or ignorant to figure it out for themselves. There's a pandemic? Road trip! -Darwin Award time.
  17. Churches in Seattle are closed. Most closed a couple of weeks ago. Bars, and restaurants are all closed. Schools are all closed. People are working from home. They ARE quarantining themselves. Seattle is like a ghost town. Don't you understand this, or are you in denial? The thing is, travellers have an excellent chance of catching it, as you are deliberately exposing yourself.
  18. Florida will probably get hit very hard with their elderly population. It is surprising that they aren't being more proactive.
  19. Experience from the Kirkland nursing home has seen people going from being asymptomatic to gravely ill within an hour. The level of medical care on a ship isn't up to any sort of real supportive measures, so if you get really sick on a ship you have a good chance of dying. I don't think any cruise line wants a film crew on the dock when body bags are being offloaded, and wailing relatives are being led away to quarantine in hazmat suits.
  20. I just think it is really irresponsible to be travelling around all over the place these days. I guess for some people it is always about them.
  21. I just got the call from my boss at work. I was exposed last Tuesday night. Didn't feel a thing. I'm really careful, but there is an idiot that I have to work with that seems intent on spreading it all around the hospital. Might have to shank her...
  22. Just cough, and mutter 'China'. You will have the pool deck to yourself.
  23. This is all a joke. The airlines are flying around all over the place even now. Unless they shut them down it is all a waste of time. Don't even give the big speeches with a bunch of people standing behind the speaker looking serious and angsty. It is just an insult to our intelligence. The people in charge are safe. As usual. That is all that matters to them.
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