How is The Coronavirus affecting your life?

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  1. Standingstones

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    I am betting that many people are taking a wait and see attitude towards any vaccine. From what I read it will take a long period of time to produce sufficient doses for billions of people. I for one do not wish to be one of the first trial guinea pigs to test these vaccines.
     
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  2. August

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    Coronavirus vaccines made from Chimpanzee blood and human baby fetus's , count me out.
     
  3. AD1184

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    The Pfizer vaccine is purported to be 90% effective. However, in other vaccines, the effectiveness depends upon the age of the population vaccinated, so I would expect this new vaccine to be similar. In older, more vulnerable, populations, the vaccine is likely not as effective.

    In Britain, the best the NHS can manage is to inoculate about 75% of at-risk people against influenza. In such people the vaccine is about 75% effective. So that gives only about 56% coverage (0.75 x 0.75). They would do even worse for those who are not at-risk. Achieving herd immunity through vaccination to Covid-19 would therefore be difficult, as it is thought that you need 60-80% coverage of the whole population, not just those who are at-risk. Natural immunity might currently be at less than 10% of population at the moment.

    This is a two-dose vaccine, as well. So divide the dose figures by two to get the number of people who can be vaccinated by any amount of vaccine.
     
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  4. August

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    Pfizer was paid $1.95 Billion for 100 million doses of their vaccines when approved. There is big money to be made by the pharmaceutical companies, no wonder they are all clamoring for the top spot vaccine wise. I say promises promises.
     
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  5. Sheltie

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    Will Richmonders want to eat outside in the winter? Some restaurants are banking on it - Richmond BizSense

    Now that the weather is getting colder, many restaurants here have begun adding tents for dining so they can increase their square footage in order to satisfy social distancing requirements. There is a big debate going on about this. Many people, myself included, believe dining in tents will actually increase the likelihood of spreading the virus. Tents are notorious for their poor air circulation.
     
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  6. pigfarmer

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    If you know how to play 'sad piano' or have a party rental company then you have had plenty of work during the pandemic. Big open tents worked well enough since they were allowed to open this summer but whether anyone wants to sit out in one once the cold weather sets in is debatable.
     
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  7. pepe

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    Yes, unless it's fish and chips by the coast in a force ten with only those in your bio bubble there is always an increase in risk when you throw a blanket over it.

    Gazebos offer an Asian style alfresco.
     
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  8. nivek

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    I just found out tonight that my youngest brother has covid, he got it at work a few days ago and he's isolated at home in bed with 101 degree fever...He lives a couple hours away from me in eastern North Carolina...

    Also my neighbor's sister who's in Florida has covid, she also has a high fever and she's going to be admitted in the hospital, she's having other complications now too as a result...

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  9. 1963

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    I am very sorry to hear that...My thoughts are with you and your family at this time Nivek. :heart:

    Cheers Buddy.
     
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  10. pigfarmer

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    Very sorry to hear that.
     
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  11. nivek

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    Doctor who caught mild coronavirus 'gets so dizzy he cannot write a letter' due to Long COVID

    A doctor has opened up about living with long COVID.

    Early research suggests the coronavirus is mild in four out of five cases, however, even people who have a relatively moderate bout of the infection itself can go on to endure complications.

    Dr Jeffrey Siegelman, an emergency physician at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, knew he had caught the coronavirus when his breakfast blueberry yoghurt “tasted of nothing” three months ago.

    Anxious not to infect his wife or children, the medic isolated in his home’s basement for 40 days, communicating with his family via walkie-talkies.

    Despite now testing negative for the coronavirus, 40-year-old Dr Siegelman often finds himself “couch bound” and too dizzy to even write a letter.

    What is long COVID?



    Writing in the journal JAMA, Dr Siegelman describes how he woke one Monday with a headache, despite not being “a headache person”. “Fever followed and the next morning my blueberry yoghurt tasted of nothing,” he wrote.

    “Thick emptiness. I knew I had it.”

    Dr Siegelman, who has no underlying health issues, endured just “minimal respiratory symptoms” and never required hospital care. “Yet living with this has been anything but mild,” he wrote.

    According to the NHS, anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus or develops its tell-tale symptoms – a fever, cough, or loss of taste or smell – usually has to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

    With his fever lingering and feeling the US advice was unclear, Dr Siegelman stayed in his basement for 40 days. “I talked to my children only through FaceTime or walkie-talkies and saw my wife only by looking up between the balusters of the stairwell,” he wrote.

    “Embraces were out of the question when what I needed most was human connection.” The ordeal also left Dr Siegelman’s parents, who live 600 miles (965.6km) away, feeling helpless and anxious.

    “These were but a few of the severe effects of a mild disease,” he wrote.

    With long COVID having no set diagnostic test, many patients have expressed frustration when numerous assessments come back normal. “I did not feel fine and still do not,” wrote Dr Siegelman.

    “I have had a rotating constellation of symptoms, different each day and worse each evening – fever, headache, dizziness, palpitations, tachycardia [when the heart beats more than 100 times a minute] and others.” With every medical test that came back clear, Dr Siegelman initially became anxious he would be pressured to return to work.

    “I doubted myself multiple times, thinking if I just pushed myself harder maybe I could go back to work and to my regular life, to move on,” he wrote.

    “Then I would eat something without taste, would feel my heart pounding uncontrollably for hours or would get so dizzy I could not even write a simple letter. “Each evening as my symptoms peaked, I was reminded my diagnosis was not in question.”

    Luckily, Dr Siegelman’s boss sympathised with what he was going through. “My employer clearly understood the inaccuracies of current testing, focusing on symptoms instead,” wrote Dr Siegelman.

    “This validation was critical, allowing me to find peace and focus on healing.”

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  12. nivek

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    I never eat fish unless I'm near a coast and it's fresh and local caught lol, not much of a seafood eater myself...

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  13. pigfarmer

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    I was a dishwasher in a seafood restaurant one summer when I was a kid. Totally ruined me. Can't touch the stuff or even stand the smell. Tuna fish is about all I can handle.
     
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  14. nivek

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    I was never keen on eating seafood, it was a once in a while thing, I don't even eat tuna at home, will give some to kobi though, he likes tuna lol...

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  15. nivek

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    I read somewhere online recently, someone was blaming the spike and spread of the virus to changing the time recently...He said the time change is causing people to be out in the sunlight less than before the time change, lowering the amount of vitamin D and opening a pathway for the virus lol...

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  16. Standingstones

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    After graduating high school I took a summer job working at a foundry. Next door was the Dad’s dog food and cat food plant. You can’t imagine how vile this stuff smells like at 6:30am.

    I once lived a few blocks from a plant that made York peppermint patties and Twizzler licorice. The scent of these two were possibly worse than the dog and cat food.
     
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  17. nivek

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    Drove in town earlier to the grocery store, about half of the customers in that shop were maskless, yet the country had 161,000 new cases yesterday...No thanksgiving dinner this year for my family, mg mother agrees it's just too risky right now...My brother isn't any worse today, his fever when checked earlier today is just over a 100 degrees...

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  18. The shadow

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  19. michael59

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    I don't know where I got the impression that you were an only child.
     
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  20. pigfarmer

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    I used to have to do service calls at a sugar refinery in Yonkers right on the Hudson River. Next to it was a place that made candy pieces for Ben & Jerry's. The funk is epic and indescribable, especially on a hot day. I don't eat Ben & Jerry's.
     
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