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  1. Well, maybe not back to pre Covid days, but they definitely can improve their plight. After all, money is not the most important thing, but not the least imprtant thing either (Maslow) I have put the challenge to my family to emerge out of this better than we started. Maybe not financially, but of sounder mind and body and spirit. So far it is not going great, but I am seeing improvement. My oldest son is a jazz musician in New Orleans and he has really been hit hard. He just bought a house last year and then was feeling so good about himself and the fact that he was able to get a tenant for the other side of his old shotgun home (that actually pays for his whole mortgage and escrow) that he lived it up and got into some what I would call mild credit card debt. He was fortunate in that while he was saving for his down payment for his house, he made some extra cash doing the Uber thing. Right now he is doing Uber Eats and he is keeping afloat. Fortunately his tenants are a husband/wife that work at Tulane and they have kept paying the rent. I put my challenge to him, and he does not seems too phased. Of course, this is assuming no medical implications from the virus, and some sort of phase back to normal life within a reasonable period of time, of which I have seen no indication of happening.
  2. One thing I have not heard from anyone at a state or national level on the mitigation front is reduction of co morbidity factors. Since it looks like we will have many months at this, there are a lot of people that can lose weight, drop blood pressure through good habits and less al-kee-hol, improve lung strength, reduce stress etc. Many cases of type II diabetes can also be lessened if not actually be cured with the right combination of diet and exercise. Of course this is going to have to come from a lifer, no politician (no cr) would dare even suggest this kiss of death.
  3. RIP. Hope they say high to lunch lady #1.
  4. I get all of that. I just don't see this stopping at 60,000 + unless we are willing to keep doing everything we are doing now for 12-18 months (vaccine) or some awesome mitigating treatment. I think that report is doing disservice or its writers have made some assumptions on death rates that are not public knowledge.
  5. But still, I get that by having avoiding a spike we rid ourselves of unnecessary and preventable deaths to due inadequate medical care rationing, but absent a viable treatment and/or vaccine are we not still looking at the same number of unavoidable deaths, albeit over a longer period of time? I just don't get that the number of deaths just magically caps at 60,000 unless we get herd immunity or the ultimate number of infections is much greater than what we think it is.
  6. So at the end of May we go back to normal life and this does not spike? Not buying it.
  7. So I guess this assumes we keep doing what we are doing well past August absent any effective treatment or vaccine?
  8. Do you even Diagnosis: Murder, bro?
  9. I say yes on the masks for obvious reasons. Not N95s or respirators or even anything you can buy. Bandanna, homemade, whatever. The problem if mask wearing is mandatory then some of these medically necessary masks are going to be consumed by the general public at the short term peril of where they are actually needed. A problem we have here in the US and A is that we think we can buy our way out of anything. Case in point: Let's say you are a middle aged dude that needs to shed about 40lbs. Sure you could do that by changing your diet and doing a few body weight exercises and walking every day. Nothing extreme, but if done correctly a steady 1-2 lbs per week and in less than 6 months you have changed your health trajectory for the rest of your life. Nothing to buy, multiple ways of of getting there, minimal time and effort ...nothing is required but consistent application of tried and true methods available to anyone over a very minimal period of time. But no, you go and get a gym membership and buy some some new workout clothes and keep at it for a couple of weeks, maybe even start coloring your hair or hitting a tanning salon at the gym. Literally almost everything but what you actually need to be doing, but hey at least you spent some money, you need a reward so go ahead and hit that buffet at the Golden C.
  10. Also, I gotta say, if I were President, I would not be wearing a flag lapel pin at all... but if I were to wear one, it would like Barry's.
  11. I don't see that(fat) as one of the underlying conditions. It has been mentioned as a factor in other countries though. Possibly (definitely) some overlap with the diabetes.
  12. Looks like a chink in the armor ......literally. I'll see myself out.
  13. ...but using total passengers, the Diamond Princess had an actual infection rate of 696/3618=19.23% of its population. I think we (USA) are looking at a long term (18 month) infection rate of 2 to 3 times that of DP's 19.23% which of course would include all of the asymptomatic cases etc., which if true would dampen the effect from the assumed skewed DP cruiser demographic. I have been following the Michael Osterholm podcast interviews on various pod casts sites and from the CIDRAP website and he has been pretty consistent in believing the long term infection rate will be 60-70%. Which is why I believe the upper end of the numbers given yesterday (240,000 dead/USA) are shorter term numbers with longer term dead numbers moving more toward 400-600 thousand in the USA, absent some kind of effective treatment or vaccine.
  14. I guess the boredom has set in.
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