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Speaking as a foreigner, I have long thought that comfort and convenience are cornerstones of American culture. Yes, you guys are hard-working (more hours per week than other industrial countries, IIRC). But you won't find teenagers packing your shopping for you at supermarket checkouts, a garbage disposal right in the kitchen sink because the trash can is apparently too far or a garage door leading directly to the living room here in Europe (at least not as the norm)

Yeah, it seems like convenience and limiting physical discomfort is a huge priority here, much to our detriment in terms of longterm health (all these conveniences just make us lazy/inactive, & bodies are meant to move... instant gratification junkfood everywhere... list goes on). Work hard in some respects while killing ourselves in others.

and the German language doesn't even have a word for drive-thru.

:laugh:

That being said, sadly mask-refusers are a problem in other countries as well as are antivaxxers. The difference is that in most places (except for some far-right populist regimes) masks and social distancing are legally required. As far as I know that's the case over most of the EU (Sweden is an exception and payed a high price and the UK is a mixed bag but no longer part of the club).

I remember hearing about the anti-mask protests in Germany awhile back.. disheartening but at the same time part of me was like, “well... at least we’re not the only ones with this embarrassing nonsense, I guess...” I’m glad for everyone’s sake that it’s mandated by law there.

I sincerely hope that you stay save and won't have to withdraw too much where you live. If this isn't being too nosy, have you been vaccinated yet or are there medical issues with that?

Oh, I got the Pfizer vaccine in March/April, so I’m fully vaccinated. I just take abundant precautions because my roommate has a kid too young to be vaccinated, and as much as I don’t want Covid at all (even if the vaccine decreases mortality risk), I’d never forgive myself if I brought it home to someone who has no defense for it. For my hip issues, I occasionally have to go to a regional children’s hospital to see a specialist (weird since I’m 36, but that’s where they are, ha) and, again, I don’t want to get someone’s unvaccinated kid sick by being reckless.


Really as far as withdrawal goes, not much changed for me during the pandemic, and I suppose I’m lucky in that regard. I’ve always kept largely to myself. Now, I just limit grocery store trips to once a month and early morning (vs whenever I feel like it). I see my vaccinated best friend sporadically. I check on/visit my vaccinated grandmother once a week. Same as before. I really miss live music events, but, they can wait.
 

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Speaking as a foreigner, I have long thought that comfort and convenience are cornerstones of American culture. Yes, you guys are hard-working (more hours per week than other industrial countries, IIRC). But you won't find teenagers packing your shopping for you at supermarket checkouts, a garbage disposal right in the kitchen sink because the trash can is apparently too far or a garage door leading directly to the living room here in Europe (at least not as the norm) and the German language doesn't even have a word for drive-thru.

That being said, sadly mask-refusers are a problem in other countries as well as are antivaxxers. The difference is that in most places (except for some far-right populist regimes) masks and social distancing are legally required. As far as I know that's the case over most of the EU (Sweden is an exception and payed a high price and the UK is a mixed bag but no longer part of the club).

I sincerely hope that you stay save and won't have to withdraw too much where you live. If this isn't being too nosy, have you been vaccinated yet or are there medical issues with that?



That seems to depend on what level you are looking at. If it is personal/private one then this evidently is the case. However if you watch wider picture this becomes questionable.

You have whole neighborhoods that are nothing but houses and you have to drive across half of city to buy food or something basic.
Pay to play healthcare.
Very little of quality public spaces.
Plenty of street crime and guns all over the place.
"Problematic" labor laws.
Etc.


Therefore everyone seem to be seeking convenience exactly because there is little of it in the big picture. So everyone builds some kind of a personal bunker.
And yes, teens should be in school or doing homework instead of packing groceries.











Anyway, I was right in forecast.
Yesterday was the worst day in the new infections globally after a while (the worst since mid May and spike in India).
Delta is spreading everywhere and South America has problem with Lambda.



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Coronavirus lambda variant spreads across Latin America
 

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Btw we also don't have our word for "drive through". So we just use the original term.
Especially since we don't have many of them and something like 90% of them are the ones in McDonald's (which aren't too common either).
 

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They are saying that breakthrough cases are rare, which I get, but this story is strange because five vaccinated people at this party all got COVID-19, although none were severely sick. Because five at the same location got it, I think it is a likely mutation that more successfully breaks the vaccine barrier. It is important to remember that they only catalogue the mutations that successfully catch on to become dominant strains, but there are hundreds of thousands of small mutations happening all the time, and even the categorized ones include a cluster of variations, but share certain prominent traits. I think this is on schedule for the virus moving towards breaking the vaccine barrier.

Also, the NYTimes briefing this morning went on about the covid mysteries and that it isn't behaving as expected, but their list of mysteries all struck me as simply a lack of data on the number of infections. If you assume a far greater number of undocumented infections, tending towards being mild in the developed countries because hospital data is more complete, but including the entire range in the third world countries where there is a lack of even hospital data, then the behavior doesn't seem so mysterious. I suspect herd immunity is happening sooner than assumed because the number of infections is greater. IDK. I also suspect it spreads on surfaces as well as through the air because early research point to that - especially the particles falling to the floor and getting on shoes, yet no one talks about spraying bleach on the soles of shoes. I do and have every time I come in my door for over a year now.

 

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First, CNN et al. It is by now notorious that its producers were caught on tape admitting that its infamous death ticker was a cynical ploy to boost ratings.
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Second, the CDC, the putative “science,” has established that anxiety was linked to Covid-19 infection and death. In a study released on 1 July and titled “Underlying Medical Conditions and Severe Illness Among 540,667 Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19, March 2020-March 2021,” a score of Ph.D. and M.D. researchers show that “the strongest risk factors for death were [1] obesity … [and 2] anxiety and fear-related disorders.”

Specifically, obese people were 30 percent more likely to die if they contracted Covid, while people suffering anxiety were 28 percent more likely to pass away. In other words, being anxious was almost as deadly as being fat.

The authors point out, however, that the exact causal connections between anxiety and death by/with Covid-19 remains unclear and “may include a reduced ability to prevent infection among patients with anxiety disorders, the immunomodulatory and/or cardiovascular effects of medications used to treat these disorders, or severe COVID-19 illness exacerbating anxiety disorders.”

CNN’s Death Toll – AIER
 

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I’ve had to be in south Florida since yesterday. Floridians are especially moronic about COVID. I got dirty looks from some bubba looking muthafucka for walking into a Publix with my mask on

I don’t know if the human race deserves to live
 

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Teeing up the violence for the imaginary tyranny.

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I’ve had to be in south Florida since yesterday. Floridians are especially moronic about COVID. I got dirty looks from some bubba looking muthafucka for walking into a Publix with my mask on

I don’t know if the human race deserves to live

They're going for Olympic gold, baby!

Florida Reports A Record Number Of COVID-19 Cases : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the state's highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Over the last week, Florida saw a 50% increase weekly in new cases, as the state reported 110,477 cases from July 23 to July 29, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health.

Florida also reported 409 deaths this week, which brings the state's total to more than 39,000 since the pandemic began in March 2020. The peak for deaths in the state happened in mid-August 2020 when 1,266 people died over the span of seven days.

The state has become a new epicenter for the virus, as CDC data shows that new case numbers in Florida make up nearly a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread.
 

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Ron Desantis, A true Florida man.
DeSantis and Abbott are the large-market franchises of the NGA (Nutty Governors' Association) eternally locked in a worst of 7 series. Smaller market teams include Kristi Noem.
 

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Lasting immunity found after recovery from COVID-19 | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The researchers found durable immune responses in the majority of people studied. Antibodies against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, which the virus uses to get inside cells, were found in 98% of participants one month after symptom onset. As seen in previous studies, the number of antibodies ranged widely between individuals. But, promisingly, their levels remained fairly stable over time, declining only modestly at 6 to 8 months after infection.

Virus-specific B cells increased over time. People had more memory B cells six months after symptom onset than at one month afterwards. Although the number of these cells appeared to reach a plateau after a few months, levels didn’t decline over the period studied.

Levels of T cells for the virus also remained high after infection. Six months after symptom onset, 92% of participants had CD4+ T cells that recognized the virus. These cells help coordinate the immune response. About half the participants had CD8+ T cells, which kill cells that are infected by the virus.

As with antibodies, the numbers of different immune cell types varied substantially between individuals. Neither gender nor differences in disease severity could account for this variability. However, 95% of the people had at least 3 out of 5 immune-system components that could recognize SARS-CoV-2 up to 8 months after infection.
 

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I've said it before and I'll say it again - slow moving suicide bombers, absolutely no difference in ideology or intent.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again - slow moving suicide bombers, absolutely no difference in ideology or intent.
Falcarius think this must have been what Colin Powell was on about when he talked of the " ****ing crazies ".:ninja:
 

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Worldomter has just passed 200 million detected cases globally (since the start).
If we don't count all those undetected cases in the 3rd world.
 

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Obama cancels 60th birthday party with hundreds of guests after concern that it could spread COVID-19

Loser. He should have held it anyway to show the virus he wasn't afraid like a strong leader does. Everyone knows that if you pretend things are normal, they become normal. This is what the conservative love of accepting objective truth and reality tells us.

Look, I have my fair share of criticisms of this man, but I think this illustrates pretty well why I voted for his VP in November, for anyone (particularly [mention]Khalil[/mention] wondering why I still voted for Biden despite my issues with him.

Trump really fucked this up. He didn't really have to perform miracles or even prevent more deaths or anything, he just had to show he was taking it seriously and he probably could have coasted to reelection like Dubya. As dumb as it is people want a sort of parental leader making them feel like everything will be ok in times like this, and that's all Trump really needed to do. We don't actually expect presidents to do anything to solve problems, we just want them to be a good high priest of America. Pretending as though it isn't happening or people just made it up to make you look bad or that it's a Democrat problem because it affects Democrat places is not how you do that.
 

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Obama cancels 60th birthday party with hundreds of guests after concern that it could spread COVID-19

Loser. He should have held it anyway to show the virus he wasn't afraid like a strong leader does. Everyone knows that if you pretend things are normal, they become normal. This is what the conservative love of accepting objective truth and reality tells us.

Look, I have my fair share of criticisms of this man, but I think this illustrates pretty well why I voted for his VP in November, for anyone (particularly [mention]Khalil[/mention] wondering why I still voted for Biden despite my issues with him.

Trump really fucked this up. He didn't really have to perform miracles or even prevent more deaths or anything, he just had to show he was taking it seriously and he probably could have coasted to reelection like Dubya. As dumb as it is people want a sort of parental leader making them feel like everything will be ok in times like this, and that's all Trump really needed to do. We don't actually expect presidents to do anything to solve problems, we just want them to be a good high priest of America. Pretending as though it isn't happening or people just made it up to make you look bad or that it's a Democrat problem because it affects Democrat places is not how you do that.



To be honest this is where I see Trump's complete stupidity in plain sight. The pandemic was basically God given opportunity to leave his opponents without arguments and that they look as drama queens (try to replay those 4 years but with serious pandemic response in the end). In the case that he took the virus in ultra serious fashion the 2020 would have been a complete red landslide. Since all races would probably end about 10 to 15 points to the right in the case he took this seriously and made sure that the party does the same. He would be the president that made the stand during what is deep and objective crisis, what would surely bring plenty of votes. It would be a completely different timeline at this point.
 
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