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  1. In my view, something being approved for use does not make it "specifically for" a particular problem. YMMV, but I prescribe drugs as part of my job, and to me the difference is significant. Approved for use means it's been shown to usually have a positive effect and at least not to usually have a negative effect......and it's legal to use it for that application. That can mean it's just a secondary effect of a drug that was actually developed for something else, or a broad spectrum effect of a drug that was developed for an entire class of microbes. If a drug is "specifically for" a microbe, that means its target is narrow and specific.
  2. Oh, one more thing about the social distancing thing........if it goes well, it will seem like it wasn't necessary. That's an unfortunate paradox that we must be prepared for.
  3. It's not hysteria to have a month's worth of items in your pantry -- an illness could keep a family inside for 3 weeks easily (and home deliveries might not be available to everyone), and even contact with an infected person alone (i.e. not even being sick) could have a family inside for 2 weeks. Statistics are pretty clear: this does spread faster than the flu, and it does have a higher mortality rate (although, honestly, I think the mortality rate is a red herring -- the biggest negative impact of this virus will not be about its fatality rate). More importantly, its asymptomatic infection rate is pretty bloody big (thanks to Korea for testing everyone, not just those with symptoms), and that's why social distancing is so important. There are no specific medications for influenza. There are general anti-viral drugs that fight viruses, and are approved in cases of influenza, but they are not specific to influenza.
  4. But that's just not borne out by the numbers: The UK has just 20% the population of the US, but has 35% the number of infections. Ireland has less than 2% of the population of the US, but 30% then number of Covid-19 cases. In other words, those places have a higher concentration of the disease than the US but aren't on the restricted. Same for Romania and Croatia.
  5. It's not just those 2 countries exempted.....so are a handful of others, including Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Croatia. The exceptions are those that are not part of the Schengen zone. That makes me think the reasons have to do with the visa-free open borders between those countries. The exempted countries stated in the speech were wrong, and had to be corrected after the fact.
  6. Well......no. Even the Japanese government says that they did a lot wrong. The perception of "failure" was perpetrated by a lot of people with empathy and sympathy who recognize that making people sick (potentially fatally sick) should not be the result of any acceptable goal in public health.
  7. Even further clarification......it's not all of Europe (except the UK) as claimed, but only the parts of Europe that are part of the Schengen travel-free zone. It's hard to stockpile enough fresh meat, fish, fruit, and veg that will last you for longer than a week or 2 if you're stuck at home. At least toilet paper and kleenex stores well. After a week or so of home quarantine, you'll probably be running on frozen fruit and veg, and meat and fish (if you have an extra freezer), dried rice and pasta, canned fish, sauces, and beans. You can still eat with flavour and health, but it gets pretty boring.
  8. Wow -- that's a pretty common drink, too. It should be a part of a standard waitstaff repertoire. At least my request was unusual. I had to ask a couple of times about whether I could get a "shrub", which is a cocktail (or mocktail) based on a sweetened vinegar........I know that shrubs are unusual, so I wasn't surprised the it took a few people to get an answer. Unfortunately the final answer was yes, the bartender knew what it was but no, he didn't have the right ingredients.
  9. No.....there are certainly "little things" that aren't covered. They can't be, because everyone's "little things" are different; likewise, all the negatives associated with mainstream lines will also be different for everyone. Ultimately, only an individual can decide if the pros outweigh the cons. That's very possible -- there absolutely can be individual luxurious experiences that pop up in unexpected places. Dining is a perfect example: I find nothing luxurious about dining in the main dining room of a cruise ship, even on a luxury line and even with excellent food. I think those locations are simply too big to allow for a luxurious experience (by my definition of luxury), but others don't agree......lots of different opinions.
  10. That's an excellent summary of what it means to me as well; I know it varies from person to person. With respect to cruising, here's why I sail on a luxury line: All inclusive: To me, that's a huge part of "comfort" -- not needing to ever even think about money for those X number of days. Not signing a chit, not swiping my card, not even having to think about value or budget. To me, the escape from the commercial world while still enjoying the comforts of a lovely "hotel" is wonderful. Less crowded: I don't refer to number of passengers but the proportion of passengers to public space. I actually don't want a ship with a small number of passengers (my sweet spot seems to be about 800 or so), but I do want lots of available seats in the lounges, no line ups for anything from dining to customer service, and lots of available outdoor places to sit without being in the middle of some activity or musical event. Great food: I don't always want fancy food or service, but I do want the food I choose to be very good, whether it's a sandwich on the Lido deck, a bowl of soup in the coffee shop, or a Japanese meal in a specialty restaurant. Good service: This is harder to explain, but is still important - Yes, it's nice to be recognized by staff and have my service requests fulfilled (whether it's how I like my Arnold Palmer with just a splash of lemonade, or that I want an extra napkin with lunch), but it's really about how those things are done. In my experience, service many mainstream lines is so often obsequious and fawning, but on Crystal (my luxury line of choice), I find it seems much more sincere -- eye contact, a smile, and a few words. Either they are truly happier in their jobs and so behave less desperate, or they're better actors. Little personal things: there will always be little personal touches that an individual will value more than others do. For me, which I recognized on my last cruise, I loved the fact that I could go into a public bathroom on the ship and dry my hands with a "towel" (actually a washcloth) rather than paper towels. And that they offered a tissue dispenser beside the door so I could use one to open the door without actually touching the handle. That was so appreciated.
  11. I'm so thankful I have your approval to have a personal opinion! My opinion doesn't change just because others don't agree with me. Isn't that what makes it a personal opinion?
  12. It is. And I think it's pretty insulting. I have paid in in the past, but never without recognizing that it's an indication of how they value my business. What if the ship is full of overweight happy couples? (What an odd statement you've made.)
  13. That's like saying "why would the price of that car/hotel room/bottle of wine influence a buying decision"? Why wouldn't it influence it? A dramatically increased solo supplement dramatically increases the price of the cruise trip. On top of that, I look at it as a reflection of how they think of and respect solo travellers. A supplement makes perfect sense. A supplement of 100% does not -- from my perspective -- and tells me the cruise line is more worried about filling their bunks than disrespecting their passengers. They can join the list of all the other cruise lines who don't respect the value of a solo passenger, as is their right, and I'll exercise my right to shop around.
  14. LOL! All travel is bad, but for the love of all that is holy, don't get on a cruise ship! (I'm not saying he's wrong, just that the phrasing is funny)
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