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  1. The last mortality rate percentage I saw was 2.95%.
  2. I have luggage tags for that. However, to get that info you need to pull out the name card to read it. It's not facing forward for all to see.
  3. I agree with so much of what you've said, but herd immunity will never occur with this virus. About 70% of the population needs to be infected for that to happen (opinions differ on that percentage, but it's generally held that 50-90% needs to be infected). Then we're talking approximately 6.8 million people dead in the US to achieve it. Not worth the cost, IMO. We desperately need a viable vaccine (or two or three...) to be used by the majority of the population. We need to keep wearing masks, maintain that distancing, act responsibly (not only for yourself, but for others you live with). I freakin' hate not being able to go anywhere, being able to go out to grab a bite to eat whenever I feel like it. I miss going on vacation. I miss seeing my friends. Hell, I even miss going into the office now. But, in order to get past all of this, this is the sacrifice that needs to be made. It's a shame that far too many other people do not feel this way. They decided to make the mask a political issue, when it's actually a health issue. SMH. I agree with you about prisoners getting priority over the general populace, they should be last, IMO. Those who work there, however, should be among the first.
  4. No, but it will help if you bite someone during a political argument.
  5. Then you might as well cancel now. IMO, it'll be a guarantee that you'll be required to wear a mask part of the time at bare minimum. And you really should be concerned about catching it if you refuse to wear a mask. Ask Herman Cain how that went for him...
  6. No idea if anyone saw this article, but it's quite interesting: https://stm.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/09/21/scitranslmed.abd5487 The "dumbed down" version (which I found quite helpful! ): https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/kids-better-immune-response-covid19-compared-adults-study-173710433.html
  7. In answer to your questions: 1. Yes. BUT I'd have myself checked out prior to leaving for my cruise to make sure. As everyone should do nowadays, for your safety and others'. To not do so would be inconsiderate and possibly dangerous. (Odds are, though, you'd be fine.) 2. Nope. Nor could they without your permission. Because in doing so, that could put you at greater risk. IF they forced it, I'd want all sorts of assurances that me and my wife would be safe wherever they moved us and that we'd be WELL compensated for the inconvenience. 3. They're going to charge double. Please provide proof (legitimate proof, not hearsay) that this has happened. Besides, I already only book excursions through the ship when I do take them. 4. As always, I'd book a cruise I could handle financially. If they increase the prices, so be it. They're like any other business and have the right to charge what they feel they can get from the consumer. Finally, if people don't want to wear a mask, then don't cruise. Don't be selfish. This isn't about you, it's to make sure everyone is protected. (Even IF it may not be needed eventually, why take the chance?)
  8. Ok, but why? Especially if it helps to ensure people are safe.
  9. There is no medical condition (I have a caveat that follows) that creates a breathing issue when one wears a mask. It's all in their head. My neurosurgeon is asthmatic and he has zero issues in wearing a mask when he operates. A friend of mine has COPD, they have zero issues in wearing a mask. And if there IS some magical medical condition that supposedly prevents that person from wearing a mask, they better have proof of it from a doctor before boarding a ship. The only legitimate reasons for someone not wearing a mask is that they're under 2 years old and someone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. People with chronic pulmonary diseases shouldn't avoid wearing a mask, if anything that's more of a reason to wear one! Now then, for that caveat, there are people with autism who could find that wearing a mask intolerable, even for a short period of time. But that's not a breathing issue. There is medical proof that wearing a mask does absolutely nothing to impede one's breathing and oxygenation of the blood.
  10. It's simple math. The current number of deaths stands at 204,115 out of 7,000,612 cases. That's 2.92%. It's 204115/7000612 = X/100. You need to figure out what the X is. To get get X you multiply 204115 by 100. Giving you 20411500. Then you divide 20411500 by 7000612. The full percentage is actually 2.915673658245879%, but I rounded up.
  11. That bolded part really bothers me as a future cruiser. I'd rather they require vaccinations in order for people to cruise, if only for people's saftety.
  12. This is not a political post, though some might think it is. With that said, tonight on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, there was a great Dr. Fauci interview. A lot of positivity, especially for things to most likely be back to semi-normal by 3rd quarter of next year. This is based on when he expects a vaccine to be ready. I'm sure the interview will be up on MSNBC's website of Friday, though there might be some snippets on there right now.
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