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On 6/28/2020 at 3:49 PM, DigDug said:

Speaking of that area, I was doing some running around yesterday in Dallas and Collin counties, everywhere in Dallas you cannot enter without a mask, as it should be.

I popped into a QuickTrip in Collin county and I was the only one who had a mask on.  This included two police officers who happened to be there and all 3 employees working.  Nobody had one on.

As far as I can tell, Collin County has been a shit show from the get go.  Patriot Eagle Freedom Gun.

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29 minutes ago, jimmyjazz said:

Do you realize when you get on these benders almost nothing you write makes any sense?  I know I'm setting myself up to be insulted about my lack of intellect and reading comprehension, but you are quite literally one of the few people on this planet who don't grunt but whom I struggle to understand -- here, in literature or major media.

Try the English?  You remind me of Raoul Hernandez, The Austin Chronicle's music editor, who thinks he's far more clever than he is.  I think you're plenty smart, but suspect you spend a lot of time on whacked out "libertarian" sites where the rubes are led about by a few self-anointed big thinkers, and you bring that shit here.  Hey, maybe I'm wrong.  Maybe you're just a lousy writer.

 

I am not sure where the break down is, to be honest.  I know that some of you guys love your straw men, but about the most whacked out libertarian leaning site I frequent consistently is reason.com. Maybe that is far out to you, but I think it pretty run of the mill myself. 

MC seems to get the point, Brad seems to get the point, I bet Fondren gets the point, and despite what I assume to be a different political perspective probably, I would wager that he agrees with the point.  

Sorry if you feel that the words on the message board fly past you while they land with others.  I can appreciate that that is probably frustrating. In fact, I figure if you could get past whatever your hang up is, you would probably agree with the point that was made.  

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Huh. He’s right. So why does this feel weird?
 
But do you have to wear a mask if you're burying your head in the sand?

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30 minutes ago, Anastasis said:

 

I am not sure where the break down is, to be honest.  I know that some of you guys love your straw men, but about the most whacked out libertarian leaning site I frequent consistently is reason.com. Maybe that is far out to you, but I think it pretty run of the mill myself. 

  

This is the absolute perfect website name for pseudo intellectual, middle aged, white guy, libertarian bull shit. Bravo

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15 minutes ago, Reynolds Woodcock said:

This is the absolute perfect website name for pseudo intellectual, middle aged, white guy, libertarian bull shit. Bravo

First line in their "About" page:

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Founded in 1968, Reason is the nation's leading libertarian magazine.

 

Then it goes on, espousing what to me seems like a mighty familiar self-aggrandizing point of view:

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We produce hard-hitting independent journalism on civil liberties, politics, technology, culture, policy, and commerce. As the magazine of free minds and free markets, Reason exists outside of the left/right echo chamber. Our goal is to deliver fresh, unbiased information and insights to our readers, viewers, and listeners every day.

I know, take it to the vanity thread.

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LMAO.  I bet you will.  I'll be reading "The Fountainhead" by the end of the week.

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3 minutes ago, jimmyjazz said:

LMAO.  I bet you will.  I'll be reading "The Fountainhead" by the end of the week.

You can respond to all of them with posts about how don’t understand the words. 

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Just now, Anastasis said:

You can respond to all of them with posts about how don’t understand the words. 

I not understand the words?

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1 minute ago, Anastasis said:

You can respond to all of them with posts about how don’t understand the words. 

And maybe leave a word or two out just to confuse.

 

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1 hour ago, Horn Under a Bad Sign said:

Lovely.  There's another potential pandemic afoot in China. Swine flu redux, with this one transmitting the flu directly from pigs to humans:

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53218704

Can't wait for the DT thread to get all self righteous and pissed at the Chinese for eating...checks notes...pigs

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Can't wait for the DT thread to get all self righteous and pissed at the Chinese for eating...checks notes...pigs

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2 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

As far as I can tell, Collin County has been a shit show from the get go.  Patriot Eagle Freedom Gun.

It hasn’t been, but it may turn into one quick since youth sports and going out returned with the soft reopening of the state weeks ago.

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2 hours ago, Hugo Stiglitz said:

Now really is the best time for another pandemic.  

Mother Earth liked the return of clean air with the beginning of the current one. She is going to keep them coming. 

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Well sadly we as a state have shit the fucking bed.  And I don't mean a little surprise shart after a 4 day drinking binge at the beach with the only food being convenience store breakfast tacos.  

Texas has fully adopted the Trump plan.  Don't anticipate a fucking thing, and hope for the best.  So the initial squirt that surprised you in bed, now leaves us in bed with the only comparison being a the red liquid that Don Corleone left a Hollywood producer laying in.  

We simply do not have the supplies to test. We do not have the staffing to test.  And worst and most importantly we simply do not have the  WILL and MORAL AUTHORITY to test to protect our citizenry.  A good example is Nueces County. Where Covid 19 hospitalizations saw a 50% increase in a single day. Positive tests were 205 in a day, to raise the total to 2120, or 9% increase of the total in a single day. But the bonus of all bonuses is that they are shutting down Tuesday (tomorrow's) testing for people that had appointments at the downtown location because of.... a lack of supplies.  

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"If you have already scheduled for a test with the Corpus Christi/Nueces County health district at Concrete Street amphitheater that is going to change," Zanoni said.  "You'll be getting a notice, but hopefully (testing will) be this week."

Zanoni said the city and county have requested additional materials from the state.

"Until they come in, we're down to a certain number of materials," Zanoni said. "We want to reserve that for some of these senior nursing homes and the state living center where significant outbreaks are going on right now."

All this if front page info on caller.com.  

And let me be very, very clear here.  We are seeing the tip of the iceberg.  The reality is much worse than the reported numbers. But the rural folks have not seen enough friend and neighbors fall ill yet.  So they will laugh at the stupidity of masks and wave their flags and proclaim their superior patriotism all weekend.  The spread is going to be exponential, in small town Texas.  Now it won't happen overnight but it will take a few weeks.  And of course the State of Texas is not at all prepared... Simply because of politics.

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So my hospital woes have been well documented by me here because this is my only real “safe space” I can vent anonymously because my other social media is relatively public and under my real name. This isn’t a big city and everyone knows where I work.

Just got the daily update.

We now currently have 48 CV-19 inpatients (they’ve stopped breaking out how many are in ICU and how many are “just” hospitalized), 32 PUIs, and EIGHTY ONE tests administered just today sitting in our lab to be processed.

The PUIs are almost certainly positive cases, so doing the math, that’s 80 patients (already hospitalized + PUIs).

We’re currently clipping along at a positive rate of 9.3%., so those 80 pending lab tests should result in approximately 10 positive cases.

Taking us up to ~90 Covid patients.

I won’t post specific population numbers for my county (don’t feel like courting a doxxing) but we are a Level III community hospital with ~260 beds. And 24 of those beds a L&D.

So we could be looking at 38% of our non L&D beds occupied by CB-19 inpatients.
I’ve felt a lot of emotions over the last few months. Today was the first time I felt truly frightened.

Sorry if this is a rambling mess and full of typos. I’m exhausted and I don’t claim to be any good at math and shit but our situation is terrifying.

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1 hour ago, Bama Chick said:

So my hospital woes have been well documented by me here because this is my only real “safe space” I can vent anonymously because my other social media is relatively public and under my real name. This isn’t a big city and everyone knows where I work.

Just got the daily update.

We now currently have 48 CV-19 inpatients (they’ve stopped breaking out how many are in ICU and how many are “just” hospitalized), 32 PUIs, and EIGHTY ONE tests administered just today sitting in our lab to be processed.

The PUIs are almost certainly positive cases, so doing the math, that’s 80 patients (already hospitalized + PUIs).

We’re currently clipping along at a positive rate of 9.3%., so those 80 pending lab tests should result in approximately 10 positive cases.

Taking us up to ~90 Covid patients.

I won’t post specific population numbers for my county (don’t feel like courting a doxxing) but we are a Level III community hospital with ~260 beds. And 24 of those beds a L&D.

So we could be looking at 38% of our non L&D beds occupied by CB-19 inpatients.
I’ve felt a lot of emotions over the last few months. Today was the first time I felt truly frightened.

Sorry if this is a rambling mess and full of typos. I’m exhausted and I don’t claim to be any good at math and shit but our situation is terrifying.

9.3%? You should get a gold star. We are approaching 25% where I am -see the ^^^ post right before yours.  And we aren’t alone. Travis county (Austin) isn’t far behind. And more here.

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9 hours ago, Hugo Stiglitz said:

Now really is the best time for another pandemic.  

Kung Flu: the legend continues

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7 hours ago, horn4life said:

Well sadly we as a state have shit the fucking bed.  And I don't mean a little surprise shart after a 4 day drinking binge at the beach with the only food being convenience store breakfast tacos.  

Texas has fully adopted the Trump plan.  Don't anticipate a fucking thing, and hope for the best.  So the initial squirt that surprised you in bed, now leaves us in bed with the only comparison being a the red liquid that Don Corleone left a Hollywood producer laying in.  

We simply do not have the supplies to test. We do not have the staffing to test.  And worst and most importantly we simply do not have the  WILL and MORAL AUTHORITY to test to protect our citizenry.  A good example is Nueces County. Where Covid 19 hospitalizations saw a 50% increase in a single day. Positive tests were 205 in a day, to raise the total to 2120, or 9% increase of the total in a single day. But the bonus of all bonuses is that they are shutting down Tuesday (tomorrow's) testing for people that had appointments at the downtown location because of.... a lack of supplies.  

All this if front page info on caller.com.  

And let me be very, very clear here.  We are seeing the tip of the iceberg.  The reality is much worse than the reported numbers. But the rural folks have not seen enough friend and neighbors fall ill yet.  So they will laugh at the stupidity of masks and wave their flags and proclaim their superior patriotism all weekend.  The spread is going to be exponential, in small town Texas.  Now it won't happen overnight but it will take a few weeks.  And of course the State of Texas is not at all prepared... Simply because of politics.

Agree with most of that but hospitalizations went from 80 to 93. ICU is what jumped over 50%, from 18 to 29. New case count in Nueces jumped 186% over the last 7 days. When the Texas DT thread first started 9 days ago, the 7 day increase was 35%.

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Can't wait to see MAGA COVID masks.  Those would absolutely be an artistic statement--irony and self ownership, and they wouldn't get it.  I bet you could absolutely sell the f'k out of them in MAGA country and get them to finally wear masks.     

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https://reason.com/2020/06/28/cdc-antibody-studies-confirm-huge-gap-between-covid-19-infections-and-known-cases/

CDC Antibody Studies Confirm Huge Gap Between COVID-19 Infections and Known Cases

The difference implies that the virus is much less deadly than it looks, but it also makes contact tracing a daunting challenge.

Newly published antibody test results from half a dozen parts of the country confirm that COVID-19 infections in the United States far outnumber confirmed cases. The ratio of estimated infections to known cases in these studies, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Friday, range from 6 to 1 in Connecticut as of early May to 24 to 1 in Missouri as of late April.

These results confirm something we already knew: The COVID-19 infection fatality rate—deaths as a share of all infections—is much lower than the crude case fatality rate—deaths as a share of known cases. That is bound to be true when testing is limited and a virus typically produces mild or no symptoms. At the same time, the CDC's antibody studies imply that efforts to control the epidemic through testing, isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing will not be very effective, since they reach only a small percentage of virus carriers.

The CDC analyzed blood samples drawn for routine tests unrelated to COVID-19 from patients in New York City, Connecticut, South Florida, Missouri, Utah, and western Washington state. Although these samples may not be representative of the general population, they provide a clearer picture of virus prevalence than screening limited to people who sought virus tests because they had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or because they were in close contact with known carriers.

In New York City, where the samples were drawn from March 23 through April 1, nearly 7 percent tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, implying that infections outnumbered reported cases during that period by 12 to 1. The prevalence estimated by a state-sponsored antibody study conducted from April 19 to April 28 was three times as high, although the ratio of estimated infections to known cases (about 11 to 1), was similar. The difference in estimated prevalence can be at least partly explained by the spread of the virus between early and late April.

The gap between the two estimates may also be partly due to differences between the samples used in the studies. The CDC study was based on patients whose doctors ordered routine blood tests, while the New York State Department of Health study used blood drawn from randomly selected shoppers. Infections might have been unusually common among people who ventured out to stores during the study period, either because they were more likely to encounter carriers or because they had already recovered from COVID-19 and therefore felt safe leaving their homes. (Then again, the health department study would have missed people who were self-isolating because they had symptoms or because they had close contact with people who had COVID-19.)

In South Florida, where the samples analyzed by the CDC were collected from April 6 through April 19, almost 2 percent tested positive. That is just one-third the antibody prevalence that University of Miami researchers found in a random sample of Miami-Dade County residents about a week later. As with New York City, some of the difference might be due to rising infections, and some of it might be due to differences in sampling methods. The CDC study did not use a random sample of the local population, and it included patients from Broward, Martin, and Palm Beach counties as well as Miami-Dade. It is also possible that the antibody test used by the University of Miami researchers, which has relatively low specificity, generated more false positives than the test used by the CDC.

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The CDC put the ratio of infections to confirmed cases in South Florida at 11 to 1, which is the same as the ratio it estimated in Utah, where the samples were collected from April 20 through May 3, and in western Washington, where the samples were collected from March 23 through April 1. Connecticut, where the blood was drawn from April 26 through May 3, had the lowest ratio of estimated infections to confirmed cases: 6 to 1. Missouri, where samples were collected from April 20 through April 26, had the highest ratio: 24 to 1.

What do these findings imply about the infection fatality rate (IFR) in these places? New York City had recorded 2,580 COVID-19 deaths as of April 1, when the CDC estimates 641,800 residents had been infected, which implies an IFR of 0.4 percent. (The IFR implied by the state health department's study, by contrast, was around 0.6 percent.) The COVID-19 death toll in Connecticut was 2,495 as of May 3, when the CDC estimates the state had 176,700 infections. That implies a much higher IFR: 1.4 percent.

Utah had recorded 57 COVID-19 deaths as of May 3, when the CDC estimates the state had 47,400 infections, implying an IFR of just 0.1 percent. Missouri's death toll was 388 as of April 26, when the state had an estimated 161,900 infections. That implies an IFR of about 0.2 percent.

These are just snapshots, and the IFRs in Utah and Missouri may have risen as the epidemic progressed in those states, especially if people infected in May were more vulnerable to the disease. But even now, there is a striking gap between the crude case fatality rates in New York City and Connecticut (8.4 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively) and the crude CFRs in Utah and Missouri (0.8 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively). That suggests COVID-19 patients have fared worse in New York City and Connecticut than they have in Utah and Missouri, for reasons that may include the prevalence of preexisting medical conditions, the stress that the epidemic put on local health care systems, and policies regarding high-risk people such as nursing home residents.

It is plausible that the IFR for COVID-19, as well as the crude CFR, would vary from one part of the country to another, depending on local conditions. Based on the CDC's "best estimates" of the death rate among all Americans who develop COVID-19 symptoms (whether or not they are tested for the virus) and the percentage of infections that are asymptomatic, the nationwide IFR is something like 0.26 percent.

Virus testing in the United States has expanded considerably since early May, which helps explain why the nationwide crude CFR has been falling, from more than 6 percent on May 16 to less than 5 percent today. As more people with mild or no symptoms get tested, the denominator includes more low-risk cases, driving down the apparent death rate. The gap between confirmed cases and total infections also could shrink as testing is expanded, but that depends on the pace of new infections, which have been rising at a fast clip in several states.

In Texas, where newly confirmed cases rose 10-fold between May 26 and June 25 before falling slightly, the share of virus tests that were positive rose from 4.3 percent on May 26 to 13.2 percent on June 26, which indicates that expanded testing is not keeping pace with rising infections. It looks like the gap between confirmed cases and infections is growing in places like Texas, while it is shrinking in places like New York City, where the test positivity rate (based on a three-day average) plummeted from 70 percent on March 30 to 2 percent on June 25.

When the ratio of infections to confirmed cases is high, there is little hope of containing transmission by identifying and quarantining carriers and their contacts, even if a state has the capacity to do contact tracing. The CDC's antibody research "underscores that there are probably a lot of people infected without knowing it, likely because they have mild or asymptomatic infection," CDC scientist Fiona Havers told The New York Times. "But those people could still spread it to others."

The light gray lining of this dark cloud is that newly infected people in states such as Texas, Florida, Arizona, and California are substantially younger now than they were earlier in the epidemic, which means the death rate in those places should be falling. The seven-day average of newly reported COVID-19 deaths in Texas fell from 58 on April 30, when the statewide lockdown was lifted, to 20 on June 13. It has since risen to 29 and probably will climb more as recently contracted cases progress. But the outcome would be far worse if new COVID-19 patients in Texas were older.

Since neither contact tracing nor a vaccine is likely to save high-risk Texans, the ultimate death toll will depend largely on precautions aimed at protecting them. Gov. Greg Abbott has responded to the new wave of infections, which he says is driven largely by young people who have been getting together for drinks in close proximity, by closing bars. But if young Texans are increasingly disinclined to follow social distancing rules, that step may not accomplish much. They can still get together in private, and their risk of exposure will in any case be higher as they return to work. Nor can those people, whose own risk of dying from COVID-19 is very low, necessarily be counted on to avoid contact with Texans who are much more vulnerable to the disease.

The onus for preventing contact between potential carriers and high-risk individuals seems to be shifting, fairly or not, from the first group to the second. Minimizing COVID-19 deaths will require adapting to that reality.

 

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My daughter, in typically retributive Gen-Z fashion, said "maybe this is the boomer plague we've been waiting for." 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Bozo_Casanova said:

My daughter, in typically retributive Gen-Z fashion, said "maybe this is the boomer plague we've been waiting for." 

Mine just doesn't want one of her grandparents to die alone in an ICU on a vent. 

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1 minute ago, Anastasis said:

Mine just don't want one of her grandparents to die alone in an ICU on a vent. 

Mine is modifying her research and working with NIH. Pissed since she cannot travel to DC to work in the lab. Kids these days. 

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Fuck Abbott. Fuck Trump. Fuck every single fucking asshole that downplayed how serious this is.

Fuck you, fuck me, stigmata, stigmata, stigmata......

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On 6/28/2020 at 12:36 AM, Bama Chick said:

Welp, it finally happened.

I snapped in public today.

I went into work for a bit this morning because I’m trying to figure out the safest way to host physicians we are recruiting given our CV-19 situation.

(Normally we have 18 ICU beds. We currently have 37 CV-19 inpatients with another 17 PUI [positives under investigation, IE symptomatic patients who our pulmonologist has clinically DXed but we don’t have their test back.)

So in Surly terms, a utter terrifying shitshow.

Anyway, on my way home I stopped at a gas station to fill up and get a Whatchamacallit (shut up, I had a craving).

I was wearing my mask and had on my hospital badge because I had been in the hospital.

I go inside and this white dude, probably in his 60s, sidles up to me. He was to close even by pre-pandemic standards much less in These Times.

I scooted back and he says “Aw, you’re too purty to cover your face! You should take that dumb thing off, the whole things a media creation to hurt Trump.”

I normally would just give a fake smile and walk away because I was raised a good southern polite girl. Well, I felt a red hot rage wash over me; thinking about my friend that died, thinking about the daughters I heard wailing when their 45 year old mother died, thinking about my coworkers at the end of their ropes, thinking about the chaos of our ED and our ICU.

And reader, I snapped.

I took a giant step closer and yanked down my mask.

I pointed at my hospital badge and said “See this? I work at the hospital. Our numbers are so high we’ve tripled our ICU beds and taken over a whole other floor. You think this is fake? The how about I lick your face and you put your theory to the test?”.

The four other people in the gas station were staring at us like I was Typhoid Mary and Mr. Big Mouth about tripped over himself to get the fuck out.

I pulled my mask up, paid for my well earned candy bar and walked out with a hearty “Have a nice day y’all and wear your mask!”.

I have no idea if anyone pulled out their phone and recorded me and if they did, I’m probably gonna get in trouble for spouting off about my hospital badge and threatening to lick his face but I don’t care.

We are in SERIOUS trouble here and the general public doesn’t know or doesn’t care. I’m beginning to think we need to let media in to film the nightmare and let these fools see it with their own stupid eyes.

I drove home in a great mood for the first time in months.

Rep, of course. A thank you not actually for what you do, although that is deserved by you and everyone who keeps showing up in the battle zone, but for letting us see a little of what is going on.

People like the yokel in the store can maintain their belief it is a hoax until confronted with a taste of reality. I harp on this, but I'll repeat it. We are being let down by the best news media for presenting the reality of this disease beyond statistics, charts, and talking heads. National TV news.

Where is the video of the person in their 40s discharged in a wheel chair with lung damage? Where is video of a patient coding in ICU? Where are testimonials from actual survivors and survivors of the deceased?

A non-jounalist might respond that it's difficult to report on this. Reporters have covered actual battlefields. They've been present at riots, revolutions, and hurricanes. If medical professionals can go to the ICU or ER, reporters can find a way to gear up, get releases from their subjects, and return with minimal risk.

Where is the coverage? Where are the imbedded reporters? Why not set up a permanent camera or two in a hospital and edit the video to protect identities and privacy?

This is a failure of initiative, imagination, and purpose of news reporting by the TV news media. They wait to repeat what the print journalists uncover and then just sit around talking about it. 

Persons on TV who call themselves journalists and don't go get stories should do some self analysis while they're sitting in the make-up chair. Are you vainly referring to yourself as a journalist? If you are one, you're lazy, incompetent, and seemingly hostile to actual news that is unpredictable and waiting for illumination. Your job wasn't supposed to be to explain the news to poor dumb me; you're supposed to find and publish it as free of analysis as possible.

The republic is ill-served in many ways, my friends.

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9 minutes ago, RomaVicta said:

Rep, of course. A thank you not actually for what you do, although that is deserved by you and everyone who keeps showing up in the battle zone, but for letting us see a little of what is going on.

People like the yokel in the store can maintain their belief it is a hoax until confronted with a taste of reality. I harp on this, but I'll repeat it. We are being let down by the best news media for presenting the reality of this disease beyond statistics, charts, and talking heads. National TV news.

Where is the video of the person in their 40s discharged in a wheel chair with lung damage? Where is video of a patient coding in ICU? Where are testimonials from actual survivors and survivors of the deceased?

A non-jounalist might respond that it's difficult to report on this. Reporters have covered actual battlefields. They've been present at riots, revolutions, and hurricanes. If medical professionals can go to the ICU or ER, reporters can find a way to gear up, get releases from their subjects, and return with minimal risk.

Where is the coverage? Where are the imbedded reporters? Why not set up a permanent camera or two in a hospital and edit the video to protect identities and privacy?

This is a failure of initiative, imagination, and purpose of news reporting by the TV news media. They wait to repeat what the print journalists uncover and then just sit around talking about it. 

Persons on TV who call themselves journalists and don't go get stories should do some self analysis while they're sitting in the make-up chair. Are you vainly referring to yourself as a journalist? If you are one, you're lazy, incompetent, and seemingly hostile to actual news that is unpredictable and waiting for illumination. Your job wasn't supposed to be to explain the news to poor dumb me; you're supposed to find and publish it as free of analysis as possible.

The republic is ill-served in many ways, my friends.

Its actually a failure of people on social media as well.  I know a few normally prolific "always happy times" social media posters who were hospitalized for covid while their significant other continued to post photos of lunch. 

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9 hours ago, Bama Chick said:

So my hospital woes have been well documented by me here because this is my only real “safe space” I can vent anonymously because my other social media is relatively public and under my real name. This isn’t a big city and everyone knows where I work.

Just got the daily update.

We now currently have 48 CV-19 inpatients (they’ve stopped breaking out how many are in ICU and how many are “just” hospitalized), 32 PUIs, and EIGHTY ONE tests administered just today sitting in our lab to be processed.

The PUIs are almost certainly positive cases, so doing the math, that’s 80 patients (already hospitalized + PUIs).

We’re currently clipping along at a positive rate of 9.3%., so those 80 pending lab tests should result in approximately 10 positive cases.

Taking us up to ~90 Covid patients.

I won’t post specific population numbers for my county (don’t feel like courting a doxxing) but we are a Level III community hospital with ~260 beds. And 24 of those beds a L&D.

So we could be looking at 38% of our non L&D beds occupied by CB-19 inpatients.
I’ve felt a lot of emotions over the last few months. Today was the first time I felt truly frightened.

Sorry if this is a rambling mess and full of typos. I’m exhausted and I don’t claim to be any good at math and shit but our situation is terrifying.

Wait...Bama Chck is not your real name?

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23 hours ago, Horn Under a Bad Sign said:

 

To belabor a point, look who reports news! The Houston Chronicle. Standby for TV news to quote this actual reporter and then call in a panel of experts to talk about it. Maybe the political shows can discuss how it may impact the election that's months off!

Or maybe the TV guys haven't beaten some other story enough to death to make time for something new.

Can they handle more stories than Covid and bounties on American soldiers? Hard to say. Somebody comb Blitzer's beard! And more hairspray!

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I guess it's only fair that the EU bans travel from the United States.  What amazes me is this information, the stock market... Rises!

Bama Chick- thanks for sharing, some personal observations.  Imagine what the levels of alarm would be if we were actually trying to figure out how many people were positive, rather than trying to figure out how to mute the real number.  I need to go back a month or two and repost my assertion that we would be exactly here, because of a determination so simply do out best NOT to do widespread testing.  Biting us in the ass and will be even worse in August, September, October.... as the problem and solution are still largely the same.

Without smart UNIVERSAL wearing of masks, combined with a massive boost in testing capability AND CONTACT TRACING (which is basically non-existent now) beating this virus will be about a likely as thinking that low tides never rise.

 

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40 minutes ago, henrygandorf said:

did cnn death toll just go up 5k this morning?!

Don't think so -- they've been a bit higher than other measures for a while now, I think I saw 129.5K or something like that on CNN today?

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7 minutes ago, hobbes2702 said:

Didn’t know where else to post this. Fucking horrible. 

 

That audio sounds terrible, but there has to be more context to this story. 

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