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Pandemic updates 2.0

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  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 3,255
    When you've lost Jim Brewer....
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  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 3,255
    Also, why does Tuck-nut always look like he's questioning whether he just farted or sharted?
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  • dmchicago said:
    Also, why does Tuck-nut always look like he's questioning whether he just farted or sharted?
    I think that is just the default look for anyone who is an heir to the Swanson family fortune.  It says "millions of dollars for TV dinners, really?"  
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    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 39,089

    Then the guy starts a go-fund-me for his dead wife.  Shortly after, someone else chimes in that he passed away from Covid. It's one thing to express your free-dumb by making your own choices, but who knows how much he contributed in his crusade to his many followers that it's a bad idea to get the vaccine and subsequently also died from it.  Darwinism triumphs again, I guess.
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    Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.  --George Orwell
    Cancel culture is bad, m'kay!....cancel NOLA because he is mean to me! --Bob B !!!
    Oh yeah?! Well you're a (duuhhh durp) HIPPY CHIC (sic) --Lit


  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 3,255

    Philly - Kansas City - Houston - Cincinnati - Dallas - Houston - Memphis - Austin - Chicago - Austin

    Large BGE.

    "If I wanted my balls washed, I'd go to the golf course!"
    Dennis - Austin,TX
  • BotchBotch Posts: 12,294
    ^^^ He started it.
     

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 39,089
    edited September 2021

    It doesn't make sense to me that trying to get people vaccinated and saving lives (and money and long term health) is somehow a political attack from democrats.  Seems to me that the GOP party seemed to jump on board popular sentiment from the constant pounding they're getting from their media sources. They have doubled down on it enough making it political is some kind of "deflection" on their collective poor decision that's built up inside the far right bubble.  It's f*ckin health care, seems obvious, given the single statistic of unvaccinated people have 8-10 time higher (800-1000%) chance of getting seriously ill and dying or having long term syndrome that can be life-changing.  Not to mention the vaccine is free and zero people have died from it.  Or the money it costs, or lost work, or orphaned kids, or perpetuating mutations and furthering the length of the pandemic.  How is doing the logical thing somehow a political attack?   WTF people.

    I read this today and I it reads like an article from The Onion.  My lerd, the world we live in:



    The denial of reality is breathtaking.  This is nothing new, anthropomorphic climate change has been white washed as bad weather from natural causes.  We should be in a cooling global climate, that's the natural cycle. 

    I guess they're right about he natural causes if you consider homo sapiens just another organism on the planet and the changes we make are totally natural.  We're just not smart enough to control ourselves, like other natural organisms.


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    The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those that speak it.
    Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.  --George Orwell
    Cancel culture is bad, m'kay!....cancel NOLA because he is mean to me! --Bob B !!!
    Oh yeah?! Well you're a (duuhhh durp) HIPPY CHIC (sic) --Lit


  • "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

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  • BotchBotch Posts: 12,294
    They said on the news today that most of the health insurance companies will not be paying for COVID hospitalizations anymore (with an average cost of $50K) for unvaccinated folks.  
    While I’m glad about this, this is gonna bankrupt a lot of people.  Not quite sure what to think…
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,586
    Botch said:
    They said on the news today that most of the health insurance companies will not be paying for COVID hospitalizations anymore (with an average cost of $50K) for unvaccinated folks.  
    While I’m glad about this, this is gonna bankrupt a lot of people.  Not quite sure what to think…

    they seem to be looking at every option not to pony up, not just covid. im seeing them cancel operations that were approved after the operation was done and actually going back seeking reimbursements for operations already paid for. simple meds doubling, tripling and more.
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • Botch said:
    They said on the news today that most of the health insurance companies will not be paying for COVID hospitalizations anymore (with an average cost of $50K) for unvaccinated folks.  
    While I’m glad about this, this is gonna bankrupt a lot of people.  Not quite sure what to think…
    If only there was a way to get around that sticky vaccination wicket...

    Having said that, there are some people (small though it may be) who should be excluded from vaccine requirements. I think it's also worth noting that many of the anti-vaccine folks are the same ones who supported GOP efforts to repeal the ACA and/or allow insurance companies to deny coverage for preexisting conditions. I think it's abhorrent in this country that people can lose their homes due to medical bills.
    Stillwater, MN
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 39,089
    Botch said:
    They said on the news today that most of the health insurance companies will not be paying for COVID hospitalizations anymore (with an average cost of $50K) for unvaccinated folks.  
    While I’m glad about this, this is gonna bankrupt a lot of people.  Not quite sure what to think…
    I think you must have read that wrong.

    They initially waived the co-payments for covid care because there was so much money in the pot (so little going out for other treatment).  Now they are stopping that, maybe in some cases for unvaccinated people.  The talk now is to add a surcharge for the unvaccinated's insurance premium of some amount - like $100-200/month.  That will be very effective. 

    Insurance is all about risk, and not being vaccinated dramatically increases risk.  It's not preexisting anything (except maybe stupidity). 

    That said, I agree with @StillH2OEgger

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    The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those that speak it.
    Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.  --George Orwell
    Cancel culture is bad, m'kay!....cancel NOLA because he is mean to me! --Bob B !!!
    Oh yeah?! Well you're a (duuhhh durp) HIPPY CHIC (sic) --Lit


  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 39,089
    There's a lot of chatter in the medical community about refusing treatment of the electively unvaccinated.   Not for emergency care, but independent doctors or clinics doing elective stuff. 

    Now that we've seen emergency protocols actually used in hospitals, I'm not sure how that figures, but I would guess being vaccinated or not won't have any impact.  What will is the criteria for survival and QoL.
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    The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those that speak it.
    Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.  --George Orwell
    Cancel culture is bad, m'kay!....cancel NOLA because he is mean to me! --Bob B !!!
    Oh yeah?! Well you're a (duuhhh durp) HIPPY CHIC (sic) --Lit


  • Botch said:
    They said on the news today that most of the health insurance companies will not be paying for COVID hospitalizations anymore (with an average cost of $50K) for unvaccinated folks.  
    While I’m glad about this, this is gonna bankrupt a lot of people.  Not quite sure what to think…
    What I had read earlier was that they were going back to their standard deductibles, copays etc. in other words there is  deductible before they pay squat, then they pay 80%, when you reach a yearly max out of pocket they pay 100%. Of course if you are out of network you are screwed. 
    If they imposed this on the unvaccinated I would be fine. I would also be fine if they enacted a $200 or so charge per month for each unvaccinated person on each policy. 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,988
    Here's the surcharge Delta Airlines has put in place:
    https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/delta-air-lines-charges-unvaccinated-workers-premium-surcharge.aspx  
    Makes sense to me.  I can't get past my simple assessment:  Roulette:  Issues with the vaccine due to potential side effects or play with hospitalization and possible death.  Too easy...
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 1,158
    Interesting article about the many people and discoveries that brought us the mRNA vaccines...

    The tangled history of mRNA vaccines

    Hundreds of scientists had worked on mRNA vaccines for decades before the coronavirus pandemic brought a breakthrough.



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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,586
    lousubcap said:
    Here's the surcharge Delta Airlines has put in place:
    https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/delta-air-lines-charges-unvaccinated-workers-premium-surcharge.aspx  
    Makes sense to me.  I can't get past my simple assessment:  Roulette:  Issues with the vaccine due to potential side effects or play with hospitalization and possible death.  Too easy...

    not sure i like this booster shot idea floating around now.  the dvt in my leg started a few weeks after the first shot, it doubled down on me a few weeks after the second shot. coming up on 5 months now and talking with several doctors none are sure it was or wasnt a side effect from the vaccine. another ultrasound tomorrow, then more blood work and another visit to a hematologist. just now able to wear boots again.  not thrilled with the idea of a booster shot down the road. google says im good to go but not the doctors so far
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    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,988
    Trust your sound medical white coats.  Sorry to read that @fishlessman.  Clearly individual situations are not addressed in the broad brush approach.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,586
    lousubcap said:
    Trust your sound medical white coats.  Sorry to read that @fishlessman.  Clearly individual situations are not addressed in the broad brush approach.  

    thats the thing though, they dont really seem to know. i took the moderna shot and it looks to be holding up better than the others, it might not be a decision that i have to make down the road. we shall wait and see. my doctor is out on maternity leave right now, didnt get the vaccine, sure she has better answers for when she gets back. she still has the decision to make for herself. ill start pestering her in another month or two, doctors must hate patient portals online
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • BotchBotch Posts: 12,294
    dbCooper said:
    Interesting article about the many people and discoveries that brought us the mRNA vaccines...

    The tangled history of mRNA vaccines

    Hundreds of scientists had worked on mRNA vaccines for decades before the coronavirus pandemic brought a breakthrough.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02483-w
     
     
    Thanks for posting that.  @Ryantt mentioned the long history during our last zoom call, I never did follow up on it.
    Question (and I'm weak in biology/chemistry): is the "protein" that a cell develops once the mRNA gets in, equivalent to the "antibodies" that I hear about in such discussions?  
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  • "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

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  • "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 39,089
    "i took all the other vaccines...."  (which were mandated). 

    Buh bye, Felicia.

    ______________________________________________
    The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those that speak it.
    Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.  --George Orwell
    Cancel culture is bad, m'kay!....cancel NOLA because he is mean to me! --Bob B !!!
    Oh yeah?! Well you're a (duuhhh durp) HIPPY CHIC (sic) --Lit


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,988
    Took advantage of access to some inside info and just got the Pfizer booster.  Never met a shot I didn't like.  The euphoria was great but an order of magnitude below watching the first shot of juice go in.
    When you can get it...DO!

    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 39,089
    lousubcap said:
    Took advantage of access to some inside info and just got the Pfizer booster.  Never met a shot I didn't like.  The euphoria was great but an order of magnitude below watching the first shot of juice go in.
    When you can get it...DO!

    Short of pulling a "Drugstore Cowboy" move and breaking into a pharmacy to get a booster, I'll be first in line when my time comes.

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    The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those that speak it.
    Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.  --George Orwell
    Cancel culture is bad, m'kay!....cancel NOLA because he is mean to me! --Bob B !!!
    Oh yeah?! Well you're a (duuhhh durp) HIPPY CHIC (sic) --Lit


  • We’ll see. I had Moderna back in April and Moderna seems to be lasting better than Pfizer. I might wait until I see if they are going to have a booster modified for the new variants. Moderna’s booster hasn’t been approved yet and the fed docs want us to stick to the same make as our first one.
  • "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

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