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Everything posted by elwood_98034

  1. We were in San Francisco a couple of years ago. It seemed like another planet. It might qualify under the Alternate Reality provision. You never know.
  2. Things are getting pretty real in Seattle. I don't think anyone wants to have to deal with a ship load of sick people, or a bunch of people from somewhere else walking around licking door knobs.
  3. There are some pretty fun little pubs there, and the fudge place is the bomb, but I don't know if they would be accepting guests. Especially if you have a bit of a cough and a sore throat.
  4. This won't just stop dead on any particular date. So, get a bad cough on the cruise. The ship boots you off in say, Juneau. If the hospital is triaging, and won't let you in, and Alaskan Airlines won't let you on board, what are you going to do?
  5. I really don't think so. I wish it was so, but I really don't think so. Google this. A coronavirus cautionary tale from Italy: Don’t do what we did Many of us were too selfish to follow suggestions to change our behavior. Now we’re in lockdown and people are needlessly dying.
  6. Wow. I didn't hear that. It sounds like they are spooked. I'm calling it for Alaska 2020. How about you? Drop the mic, we out?
  7. Summer 2020? Is this a troll post? Haven't you been watching the news? OK, you got me. Nice one. ROFL...
  8. I don't know about Vancouver BC, but I have a funny feeling that the Port of Seattle is going to be closed to cruise ships for an extended period of time. In the current situation I would be surprised if there are many departures at all this year. Maybe the odd late one if things recover, but otherwise I don't think there will be much of anything. JMHO.
  9. There isn't going to be a cruise season out of Seattle this year. Maybe the odd ship in late September, but otherwise it is done. Sorry kids.
  10. Thank you for your kind thoughts. It's OK. You can only try to guide people, you can't change them. I am fully resigned that this epidemic will take me. My wife knows it as well. We don't have good equipment at work, and the entire situation is chaotic. It is what it is.
  11. US population 327.2 million (2018) Infection rate per Merkel 60%+ Fatality rate WHO v's Italy = 5% (est) 330,000,000x0.6x.05= 9,900,000
  12. I work in an ER in Seattle. I can look out the window, and except for a couple of trees and a small hill, see the hospital where 30 people died. My manager described where we work as Ground Zero for COVID-19 in the USA. Have you had a suspected COVID-19 patient huff in your face? I did. Last night.
  13. This is real life. No disinformation. No fake news. I work with another younger guy. He has a girlfriend with two kids at home, 13 and 15. I have a wife and two older kids, 13 and 20. When we get a suspect COVID-19 patient one of us will suit up, and leave the other one outside. We say, 'I will be dirty, you be clean.' It is our agreement. He has younger kids, and if it is a bad one I will usually take it because I am older. Both of our SO's are very senior RN's, and not front line ER like us. They know the deal. Our life insurance and Wills are all sorted out. My wife has said that the chance of me surviving it is zero due to a couple of health problems. She has already checked out my life insurance situation. It's cool. I'm resigned to it.
  14. Dude, I could just say far kit, and walk away. I do what I do because I am really good at it, and I think I make a difference to my community. Even the a holes. Call me an idealist (Jack Reacher quote.). Do you think I enjoy walking into work every day thinking that I might become infected, die a horrible death, and leave my wife and kids without a father and pay check? No, I don't. But it is the right thing to do. Please tell us what contribution you make to the community. What blessing do you bestow upon the rest of us? Waiting.
  15. "The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic." – Josef Stalin
  16. 60% (per Merkel) of 330 million, and split the diff between the WHO 3.4%, and Italy running at about 7% last time I checked. Oh, you're right. It is only 10 million. My bad. I missed by 10 million.
  17. We are special. I get it. We have Costco hotdogs, and big trucks. Trump and Biden will save us. Sorry dude. I think we might have just trodden in it with both feet on this one. Speeches and happy thoughts aren't going to swing it this time.
  18. If we go short on the Italian death and infection rate the USA is looking at around 20 million deaths. About the same as WW2 total. 40x US losses in Vietnam. This year. Washington and Oregon combined. +. Plus a few more added in for giggles. One third of Cali. Manhattan x2. Like that. Have fun kids.
  19. I am not taking a plane, going to the movies, riding on buses, and when I got to the store I am extremely careful, and practicing almost the same infection control measures that I do at work. Are we existing in different realities?
  20. She says that some staff are too casual, and others are going overboard. That is what I am seeing where I work. Most of us were not prepared.
  21. What people don't understand is that there is limited medical care capacity. Where I work we normally run at 101% productivity. I fear that there are already patients not getting the care that they would normally get. People assume that if they get sick and go to a hospital they will get looked after as per normal. That is changing very quickly. During Katrina some workers just gave up, and went home to save their own lives, and look after their families. Drop a few cruise ships full of suspected infected into the middle of somewhere like Seattle where the healthcare systems are already overloaded, and workers are vanishing, and hard, and even brutal decisions are going to be made. I just got a text from a friend who works at an even bigger hospital to mine where I used to work. She describes it as a 'Sh it storm.'
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