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21 minutes ago, Toth said:

What is it with the yeast? I can't believe all Germans have turned into bakers all of a sudden just because there is a pandemic going on...

Apparently sth similar is hppening in Catalonia with the yeast. And I can confirm that on instagram people are showing their bakery creations all day! :)

 

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“Tiptoes in, on the lookout for freezers”

Well, we, the world, have crossed the million mark. I started using Worldometers when the number was 172,000, about March 16th.

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4 minutes ago, Fragile Bird said:

“Tiptoes in, on the lookout for freezers”

Well, we, the world, have crossed the million mark. I started using Worldometers when the number was 172,000, about March 16th.

:leaving:

Worldometers has been my goto site for a long time too now. 

On March 16th, the US had fewer than 5,000 confirmed cases.  We'll be over 250,000 tomorrow, an increase of over 50 times in less than 3 weeks.  It's crazy how fast this has spread, and it's not clear whether we've bent the curve yet.  The good news is that this rate can't continue forever.  Herd immunity will kick in soon if things continue as is for another month or so.  

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2 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

But the droplets can travel through the air. If this report is accurate, it sounds like you can spread this by simply wiping some spit off of you lip and then touching stuff before you wash your hands.

 

3 hours ago, Zorral said:

But it does go in the air via the droplets of sneezing and coughing -- and when full out using the respiratory system, as in singing and running.

 

My apologies. I wanted to sound sarcastic but now I see that wasn't conveyed in my little post.

Be as it may. Yes there is still scientific discussion whether the virus is indeed airborne. I tend to doubt it otherwise, the mess will be already orders of magnitude worse, but infection may happen that way in some cases. Nevertheless, the WHO assured the World that the virus IS NOT airborne, many outlets picked up the story and somehow deduced that wearing masks was unnecessary, creating unnecessary confusion in these very uncertain times and undermining containment efforts by several governments.

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2 hours ago, Buckwheat said:

Not as much fun, definitely not as tasty! Then I prefer to cook something else. And if I brought frozen pizza home instead of separate ingredients, my family would probably crucify me. :D 

You can make scone base pizza, no yeast required. Of course, last time I was in a store there was no flour either.

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there was a full shelf of flour...

I read you can make your own yeast with beer, sugar and some flour.

mix 150 ml beer, 1.5 teaspoon of sugar and 1.5 tablespoon of flour. Leave overnight in room temperature. Produces 70g of yeast.

I don’t know if it works though :p

Edited by Filippa Eilhart

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Interesting little story emerging in France. 
France ordered one billion masks in China. On the airfield (!) the delivery was intercepted by a group of US Americans and they bought at least a part of the delivery. In cash. For three times the original price. French politicians in one of the most hard regions (Grande Est) are outraged. Understandably. 
How does the saying go? In times of crisis, the true character of a man shines through. 

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27 minutes ago, Arakan said:

Interesting little story emerging in France. 
France ordered one billion masks in China. On the airfield (!) the delivery was intercepted by a group of US Americans and they bought at least a part of the delivery. In cash. For three times the original price. French politicians in one of the most hard regions (Grande Est) are outraged. Understandably. 
How does the saying go? In times of crisis, the true character of a man shines through. 

Already mentioned earlier, along with Czech and French examples of similar bad behavior.

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3 hours ago, Fragile Bird said:

I see that the vaccine has not been routinely given in western nations for 40 or 50 years. I think I was vaccinated as a child, but it only lasts for 20 years.

When I was a teenager we all got vaccinated at school. The Internet tells me that the UK stopped giving the BCG vaccine in 2005 (I hadn't realised until now they had stopped).

1 hour ago, Toth said:

What is it with the yeast? I can't believe all Germans have turned into bakers all of a sudden just because there is a pandemic going on...

I saw a graph a few days ago with an exponential curve where the axes were 'Days since lockdown' and 'Number of people starting their own bakery'.

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21 minutes ago, Ran said:

Already mentioned earlier, along with Czech and French examples of similar bad behavior.

Yeah I understand. Doesn’t change the fact that the French public is outraged. Especially on a day where 1355 French died. I do not agree that it’s similar bad behavior. One would expect the self-proclaimed (and for decades factual) leader of the „free world“ to be above such shenanigans. But let’s leave it at that. Agree to disagree. 

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I guess this is why preparing for the worst and hoping for the best is a good thing. The team is being broken in half and will alternate coming in every two weeks. On the off pay cycle we go into a pool that may randomly get called in to other sites. People have been in it for months, and nobody is getting called, but if you do you get full pay. If not you get half pay to stay home for two weeks, which is dope. Volunteered for the first cycle and am treating it as a two week vacation with half pay. But after eight weeks, nobody knows what will happen. The hospital won't fire anyone so we keep our benefits, which is the main reason to work there anyways, but this also leaves me unclear if I can get partial UI. All in all it's better than I expected, but I'm also sure it will get worse in two months if we see no progress with containing the outbreak.

The real shitty thing is that the hospital is going broke. Like all the hospitals in the state, and if we have to self-quarantine for a long time, idk how it will be sustainable. This is made worse by the fact that our region is only starting to see it being a problem. Detroit and Chicago are going to be hit badly, and there's a lot of travel between Chicago and Minneapolis (6-8 hour drive, very short flight). Not sure what happens if the Twin Cities is the next domino to fall. And with that, I'm now at home, drinking a tall glass of nice scotch then I'm off for a nice long dog walk. Need to clear my head and smoke a joint anyways.

One last thing though. I know many of you have heard me complain about my disaster of a boss. She really is the worst in so many ways. She's very much like Trump in that she wants only praise and criticism is seen as a true evil, even when it's 100% necessary. Well, as I expected, she made the two nice bosses deliver the news to the team. She completely skipped the meeting, even though she is the one who signed off on this idea, and has probably known about this for a while. 

What a fucking scumbag bitch.

Edited by Tywin et al.

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Just now, Arakan said:

Yeah I understand. Doesn’t change the fact that the French public is outraged. Especially on a day where 1355 French died. I do not agree that it’s similar bad behavior. One would expect the self-proclaimed (and for decades factual) leader of the „free world“ to be above such shenanigans. But let’s leave it at that. Agree to disagree. 

It's exactly the same. Countries seizing or redirecting of another country's needed supplies. The only difference with the story about the Americans is that they outpaid the French rather than outright trying to seize it. The US has lost 700-odd people the same day, so it's not like they just waltzed in with no reason to want to get as many supplies as they can as well.

It's all bad behavior and should be abjured. 

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WTF, how have France just had 1355 deaths with such low numbers of cases relatively? Are they doing something drastically different today I.e. recording in bulk, deaths that happened outside of hospitals in one day? 

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Fact checking required on that French fatalities data. Most of them seem to be unreported deaths from earlier.

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4 minutes ago, Paxter said:

Fact checking required on that French fatalities data. Most of them seem to be unreported deaths from earlier.

This is fairly common. Swedish data is the same, some things getting reported in at different times, sometimes new criteria being applied and reclassifying some causes of death. I'd expect it'd be even more the case in France, Italy, and Spain.

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Just now, Ran said:

This is fairly common. Swedish data is the same, some things getting reported in at different times, sometimes new criteria being applied and reclassifying some causes of death. I'd expect it'd be even more the case in France, Italy, and Spain.

Yes but this was a rather large re-classification of nursing home deaths - representing more than half of the reported fatalities. From what I’m reading anyway!

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Turns out we have 10000something people under mandatory home quarantine. What on this godforsaken earth does that even mean? Are they people we suspect to have coronavirus but lack the resources to test? Where does this data come from? Why are these people in a quarantine? Are they contacts of the infected? Did they come back from abroad? We had a previous number of 61 people in quarantine, so what in the world is the difference between them and the ten thousand people? Were they quarantined in a hospital? Why? Where did this information even come from? You can’t just publish things like that without an explanation about the origin of this number. What was the purpose of publishing this now? What was the purpose of not publishing this before? I don’t understand anything and I find that frustrating to say the least. 

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15 minutes ago, RhaenysBee said:

Turns out we have 10000something people under mandatory home quarantine. What on this godforsaken earth does that even mean? Are they people we suspect to have coronavirus but lack the resources to test? Where does this data come from? Why are these people in a quarantine? Are they contacts of the infected? Did they come back from abroad? We had a previous number of 61 people in quarantine, so what in the world is the difference between them and the ten thousand people? Were they quarantined in a hospital? Why? Where did this information even come from? You can’t just publish things like that without an explanation about the origin of this number. What was the purpose of publishing this now? What was the purpose of not publishing this before? I don’t understand anything and I find that frustrating to say the least. 

Is it not people who have rang your health service to report symptoms or contact with someone infected and then been told they must quarantine?

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Cloth / face masks going mandatory.

Here's link to an online video that show how to make a pretty damned effective face mask, that is very easy to do, if you have big rubber bands and bandanas, or fabric that is or can be cut to that size. 

It is so easy to do that even I could do it.  A very dear friend, who is aseamstress extraordinaire sent the link:

In the meantime the CDC was expected to announce as soon as today that the entire country is to wear cloth masks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/world/coronavirus-live-news-updates.html?

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... is expected to announce as soon as Thursday that all Americans should wear cloth masks or other face coverings if they go out in public, based on a forthcoming recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that would mark a shift in federal guidance amid new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms.

Until now, the C.D.C., like the World Health Organization, has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks, including N95 respirators, for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply....

But according to a federal official, the C.D.C. will now recommend that everyone wear face coverings in public settings, like pharmacies and grocery stores, to avoid unwittingly spreading the virus. Public health officials have stressed that N95 masks should be saved for front line doctors and nurses, who have been in dire need of protective gear.

Earlier this week, Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the C.D.C., confirmed in a radio interview that the agency was reviewing its guidelines on who should wear masks. Citing new data that shows high rates of transmission from people who are infected but show no symptoms, he said the guidance on mask wearing was “being critically re-reviewed, to see if there’s potential additional value for individuals that are infected or individuals that may be asymptomatically infected.”

On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles urged all of that city’s residents to wear homemade, nonmedical face coverings, or even bandannas, when food shopping or doing other essential errands. Health officials in Riverside County, Calif., made a similar recommendation on Tuesday.
The federal official said the C.D.C.’s revised guidance stemmed from a request by the White House and the task force.

 

 

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Why is COVID hitting younger people in the America South harder?  Possibly policy-driven underlying health conditions according to this piece (Atlantic's free COVID section).  

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