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Everything posted by elwood_98034

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Florida will probably get hit very hard with their elderly population. It is surprising that they aren't being more proactive.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. Just cough, and mutter 'China'. You will have the pool deck to yourself.
  8. 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.
  9. I don't ask people to put a mask on. I tell them. If they object I say, 'I'm not worried if you have something, I do this every day, and worry that I might have something that could kill you.' They always put one on.
  10. We have been on the Jewel. Lovely little ship, but that experience would be incredibly stressful. That's insane.
  11. The healthcare situation is being reported in the local Seattle Press as becoming somewhat problematic. I would suggest that the Port of Seattle would not exactly be welcoming to large numbers of people arriving from another hot spot (LA), and could deny the ship entry. The same could also happen if the virus gets a foothold in some of the small Alaskan towns, where they have little to no healthcare at the best of times. They will self isolate.
  12. Three major cruise ports, LA, NYC, and Seattle are heavily involved in this. I don't think any of them are going to want a repeat of the Carnival Princess adding to their problems. The industry shutdown is currently voluntary (except for the Canadian problem), but with DeBlasio talking about a lockdown, and saying this could go on into the Fall, the shutdown might not be voluntary for much longer. Nor of short duration. We could be seeing the end of the US 2020 season entirely.
  13. Every airport in the US will be open? That's great news. Like the Canadian cruise ports? Oh, that's right. They just closed. Oh, so did the US ones. Well, that's awkward.
  14. I don't know where this 0.7% mortality rate is coming from. "3.4% Mortality Rate estimate by the World Health Organization (WHO) as of March 3 In his opening remarks at the March 3 media briefing on Covid-19, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated: “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.”" And that won't include the people who die of renal failure after their 'recovery', or suffer permanent long term lung damage. Another thing that isn't getting much traction, is that because the testes form with the kidneys embryonically, there has been a little bit of research coming out of China where high virus loads have been found in the seminiferous tubules, and that the infection may cause infertility, but that won't be known unless people go out and get tested. So, 'asymptomatic' doesn't mean you have got away with it. Your renal function may have been permanently reduced, or you may have become infertile and don't even know it.
  15. I work in a big ER in Seattle. I will give you a big tip, at a certain point a certain number of people like me are going to decide they don't need a job at the moment, or it is time for a career change, or maybe even retirement. We are running short of gloves and masks as well. If they run out I would suggest that a good number of my co-workers will walk out the door and not look back. That is the day you don't want to get carried into an ER. And don't forget, EMT's have families too. They can always go get a job somewhere else as well. No one forces us to go to work, we do it voluntarily.
  16. LAX will be operational in April? Where did you read that?
  17. www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/13/opinion/coronavirus-cautionary-tale-italy-dont-do-what-we-did/?p1=Article_Feed_ContentQuery 'Many of us were too selfish to follow suggestions to change our behavior. Now we’re in lockdown and people are needlessly dying.' Perhaps it is time to stay home for a while.
  18. I got sent into one of the first HIV negative pressure capsules in about 1984 as a student, as the regular workers had refused to go in. A couple of years later I saw Leprosy, and then separately, Tertiary Syphilis in a hot chick. OMG, she was lovely. Adorable. Which probably explains why she was covered in syphilis. Since then I have zero trust.
  19. American jobs? I didn't see too many American workers the last time I was on a cruise. Nah. No Americans. The cruise lines have outsmarted themselves on this one.
  20. This has at least a year to run. The world has changed.
  21. A week ago there were 150 different strains of this virus. It seems to mutate every 6 to 12 days. Finding a vaccine is going to be challenging. Just like the flu vax seems to be pretty useless half the time. This thing is going to be with us for a long time. The giveaway for me was when Bill gates announced that he was stepping away from the Microsoft Board to direct his time and energy against this. Bill is smart. When Bill talks, I shut up and listen. If Bill is worried? I'm am sheeting my pants.
  22. I figured you guys would be ahead. We still seem to have senior officials touching faces and shaking hands while cramming into the camera frame at press conferences here.But the WHO honcho's do the same thing.
  23. I don't think too many ships will be coming into Seattle this year. I might be wrong, but I have my doubts.
  24. BC has a significantly different demographic from Seattle, while I can't say for sure, I have the feeling that BC has been somewhat less stringent in their travel restrictions. Please correct me if I'm wrong. If that is the case, and depending on what strains of the virus they have, they could either be in for a good time, or an extremely bad (Italy) time. There is so much we don't know.
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