How are you faring in this worldwide crisis?

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  1. lelisa13p

    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    And effective today, Atlanta Police will no longer respond to car accidents if no one is injured, due to Coronavirus concerns.
     
  2. jigwashere

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    I have one word for this: kakistocracy.

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  3. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    I have another update on absent posters.

    Weegie is doing okay/well in New Zealand. At this point in time their only new cases are travelers from outside the country, and their cases are being caught during the 14-day quarrantine period. Regards to all.
     
  4. Tom LaPrise

    Tom LaPrise Absent-Minded Professor

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    I started back to work today after a 4-month furlough. That was my longest stretch of free time (no work or school) since before Kindergarten. My lower back is feeling it a little and I had a few laughs about how much I've forgotten, but I should be fine after a few days. It's good to be back to the grind, oddly.
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    no snarkiness added, not necessary, really:

    A Georgia second grader tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the first day of school, the school district told CNN.

    Sixes Elementary in the Cherokee County School district began in-person classes on Monday. But by Tuesday, a classroom was temporarily closed for deep cleaning and the teacher and 20 other students had been asked to quarantine for two weeks after the second grader tested positive.
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/05/us/second-grader-coronavirus-first-day-of-school/index.html
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    Back-to-school photo shows unmasked students crowding shoulder-to-shoulder in Georgia
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    Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

    In Cherokee County, dozens of seniors gathered at two of the district's six high schools to take traditional first-day-of-school senior photos, with students squeezing together in black outfits. No one in pictures at Sequoyah High School in Hickory Flat or Etowah High School in Woodstock wore a mask.

    In Paulding County, student pictures taken Monday and Tuesday show crowded hallways at North Paulding High School in Dallas. Fewer than half of the students shown are wearing masks.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...asks-no-social-distancing-georgia/3297372001/
     
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  6. lelisa13p

    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Ugh. :vbeek: Local stupidity on parade. :vbmad: Children are inherently sometimes neglectful and careless but their parents have no excuse! My personal observation is that the farther away you go from the Metro area where I live, the less awareness people display in their daily living WRT the Coronavirus threat. :vbfrown:

    Not all Southerners are this ridiculously cavalier. Honestly. I swear. :vbfrown:
     
  7. jigwashere

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    Georgia teens shared photos of maskless students in crowded hallways. Now they’re suspended.
    By Lateshia Beachum

    At least two North Paulding High School students have been suspended after sharing images of a school hallway jammed with their mostly maskless peers, and the principal has warned other students against doing the same.

    North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., about an hour’s drive from Atlanta, was thrust into the national spotlight this week when pictures and videos surfaced of its crowded interior on the first and second days of its first week back in session. The images, which showed a sea of teens clustered together with no face coverings, raised concerns among online commenters and parents over how the district is handling reopening schools during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
     
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    ‘We cannot stop people’: 250,000 are expected at a South Dakota motorcycle rally
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    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year. (Jim Holland/Rapid City Journal/AP)
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    Hannah Knowles
    August 6, 2020 at 9:05 p.m. CDT


    Health officials are still warning against even small gatherings, and states with relatively low spread of the coronavirus are ordering visitors from hot spots to self-quarantine.

    But come Friday, about 250,000 people from across the country are still expected to start descending on a roughly 7,000-person community in South Dakota for one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world, a 10-day extravaganza so deeply rooted that Sturgis calls itself the City of Riders.


    The mayor of Sturgis says there’s not much to do but encourage “personal responsibility,” set up sanitation stations and give out masks — though face coverings won’t be required.


    “We cannot stop people from coming,” Mayor Mark Carstensen said Thursday on CNN.

    Worried residents, however, say officials should have canceled the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in a state where Republican Gov. Kristi L. Noem resisted stay-at-home orders and mask rules — and last month welcomed another mass event, President Trump’s Fourth of July weekend speech at the foot of Mount Rushmore. A city survey found that more than 60 percent of Sturgis residents wanted the event postponed, the Associated Press reported.


    “This is a huge, foolish mistake to make to host the rally this year,” Sturgis resident Linda Chaplin warned city officials earlier this summer, as a debate raged, according to the AP. “The government of Sturgis needs to care most for its citizens.”


    “My grandma is absolutely terrified because she has diabetes and is in her 80s and has lupus,” another resident told CNN. “If she gets it, it’s a death sentence.”

    But the spectacle in South Dakota’s Black Hills is hugely important to the local economy, bringing in $1.3 million in city and state tax revenue last year, according to the Argus Leader. A mayor’s letter overviewing Sturgis describes how the city “comes alive” with a half-million visitors during a typical August rally, suddenly transformed into “the largest community in the state” with concerts and races.


    On June 15, city council members voted 8 to 1 to forge ahead with the 80-year tradition, local news outlet NewsCenter 1 reported, albeit without the usual seating in a plaza.


    Speaking Thursday to CNN, Carstensen said keeping the rally has been “a difficult decision.”

    He noted the city will be expanding a program to deliver supplies to the homes of those worried about the virus. But there are no quarantine recommendations for bikers from hot spot states, the mayor said, and leaders are just “hoping people make the right choices.” Visitors already have been flocking to the Black Hills during the pandemic, he said.

    Backing up local leaders’ decision is the governor, who has been disdainful of coronavirus restrictions throughout the pandemic. Noem said Wednesday on Fox News that her state has successfully held other large gatherings, including Trump’s event at Mount Rushmore.



    “We hope people come,” Noem said of the motorcycle rally. “Our economy benefits when people come and visit us.”

    As governor after governor — Democrat and Republican — turned to stay-at-home orders earlier this year, Noem denounced “herd mentality” and said such a move was not right for her rural state: “South Dakota is not New York City,” she said.

    A South Dakota pork-processing plant soon became one of the country’s biggest coronavirus clusters in the spring, but cases eventually dipped and the sparsely populated state did not shatter daily records this summer like many Southern and Western states.

    Average new daily cases reported in South Dakota have risen in recent weeks but remain under 100, and the state records an average of one or two deaths a day from covid-19, the disease the virus causes.



    The concern: What happens when tourists pour in from around a country where the virus is still spreading out of control?

    Benjamin Aaker, the president of the South Dakota State Medical Association, told CNN on Thursday that he’s worried, but he insisted that the rally can be held safely if people follow recommendations such as social distancing, hand-washing and wearing masks.

    Aaker stopped short of calling for those precautions to be mandated, though.

    “We’re the physicians to the state of South Dakota,” he said of his organization, “much like the physician is to the person that comes in to see him or her, and we make recommendations.”

    “It’s already here,” he said of the coronavirus, “but is it going to get worse with an event such as this? … If we don’t take those proper precautions, it will.”
     
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    WRT the 15 yr old student and 2 others who were suspended for 5 days, I say take the days and be happy to be unexposed during that time! No matter that it goes on your Permanent Record (with a nod to Sheldon Cooper :vbsmile: ), any consequences that these students encounter because of trying to get adults to help kids do the right thing will be understood by responsible parents everywhere. :thumbsup:

    WRT the motorcycle rally in South Dakota, let's hope that authorities set aside a substantial portion of that $1.3 million in city and state tax revenue (last year's number) to pay for all of the medical expenses that they're going to incur 4-6 weeks later. :vbfrown: And that goes for the residential locations of the visitors, too, upon their returns home, same time frame. :vbrolleyes:
     
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  10. raspabalsa

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    I wonder if that conpect should be added to the list of covid-19 symptoms. It does seem to be spreading widely and very quickly.

    Bolivia is a prime example of this. The covid crisis here is getting worse every day, but still political factions find the time and motivation to keep fighting over power. Remember that Evo Morales quit the presidency last november when he was caught trying to steal the elections? Well, he's been fighting to return to power ever since. The interim president declared very early on that her only goal was to call for new presidential elections as soon as possible, and that she wasn't going to run for president. But just a few weeks later she announced her candidacy. Elections were set for March this year. Then covid hit. The interim president said it was too risky to hold elections during the pandemia, and back then everyone hoped it would be controlled by May, so the elections were set for early June. Then covid got worse. After much debate, the elections were set for Septembert 6th. A lot of grumbles were heard countrywide, and all of Evo's followers denounced the president for delaying the elections, claiming she was trying to extend her illegitimate rule. Then covid got even worse, and the elections were yet again postponed, this time for October 18th. Then the country exploded. Or almost did. Or is about to. Evo's followers, called Masistas, after his party's name - Movimiento Al Socialismo (Movement Towards Socialism, not very good grammar, but that's the closest translation), with the largest syndicate organization and many comunity leaders, called for protests in the cities, and announced they were going to block roads all over the country. Now the main roads are blocked almost everywhere. On at least one place they used dynamite to bring down rocks and dirt from a hill and used that to block the road. On others they dug trenches across the road. Or burned tires, tree branches, etc. There's no way to travel to another city, and the Masistas are blocking even ambulances and trucks carrying medical supplies. There's a terrible crisis about to explode because the hospitals are running out of oxygen to treat covid patients in ICUs. You can't buy oxygen bottles anywhere. I guess some people are hoarding them in case they get sick. It's understandable, because there's real fear of getting infected. Still, it only makes matters worse. The government has been airlifting oxygen bottles to bypass the blockades, but there stimply isn't enough oxygen to be had in Bolivia. They're going to import it from Brazil and Argentina. Through all of this, the Masistas keep saying things are under control, they say they've ordered their people to let ambulances and supplies through, but the truth is that they have zero control over the rioters. There are endless lines of trucks held both sides of the blocked roads, and there's news that some of these trucks have been sacked by the rioters.

    There's already been at least one patient who died in La Paz when the hospital ran out of oxygen. Everyone fears there will be many more within a few days. Last night the chariman of the association of ICU doctors spoke on TV, calling for the blockade to be lifted or at least for ambulances and medical supplies to be let through. His voice sounded angry, but his eyes filled with tears several times.

    The goverment declared they will not send police or troops to open the roads, because last time this happened (during last Nomvember's riots) the Masistas apparently fired against their own people and then blamed the government for those deaths.

    This is a nightmare. It's also the worst time to get sick. A lot of people (myself included) carry small spray bottles of alcohol and spare face masks everywhere. We're going to do a new round of covid testing at the plant, because there are several workers with flu symptoms due to the cold winter we're having here. We're testing workers with a IR thermometer and a pulse oxymeter, and everyone has tested fine, but I asked for a batch of quick covid tests for everyone.

    There's very little news of this outside of Bolivia. I read a couple of major newspapers (The Guardian and The NY Times) and none show any news about this. Not even newspapers from Ecuador and Colombia show news about this crisis. There's so little info abroad that a few days ago my boss -who is in Ecuador- told me to go in a field trip to Santa Cruz (south-eastern Bolivia) and it took me quite some time to convince him that it's impossible to travel right now. I had to send him links of several news articles from local papers showing the extent of the blockade.

    Last night I talked with Mrs R about all of this. Maybe I shouldn't, because now she's very worried. So far, where I am the situation is almost normal, but there's now even less chance than before of airports and borders opening anytime soon. I'm starting to fear I'll greet the new year here.
     
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