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  1. So no children on cruise ships anymore? I know they aren’t a big part of Crystal or Regent’s business model, but what happens to Disney, Carnival, etc?
  2. “Beyond the Sea” is a personal favorite of ours, so it got our vote too!
  3. The observation period of this phase of the study was seven months. It’s an ongoing study. But the data does not support your contention that duration of natural immunity “is not necessarily very long”. Immunity from infection is similarly protective to that provided by the vaccine. Could we find out additional data in the future that changes that assessment? Yes. But that’s true of the vaccines as well. We don’t know how long vaccine induced immunity will last. But up until now, both natural immunity and vaccine induced immunity are preventing all but very rare reinfection/infection.
  4. Happy to. Large study from the U.K. in the Lancet. I’m screenshottimg the relevant (to this discussion) conclusion and here’s the link. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00675-9/fulltext I find it baffling that so many are so resistant to the scientific reality that natural infection confers protection.
  5. We’ve had 150 million infections worldwide over the last 16 months. If reinfection was a common occurrence, we would know it. And there have been actual studies done, and they all have the same outcome - re-infections are rare. Then they usually throw in the caveat of but it’s just too soon to tell how long natural immunity will last. Well, that’s true of the immunity from the vaccines too. The CDC and public health officials are making a huge mistake (among many) of not addressing this head on, especially with the millions of healthy younger people who already have natural immunity
  6. Hospitals, nursing homes, and LTC facilities in the US are not requiring the COVID vaccination as a condition of employment at this time. I think the EUA is partly the reason for not mandating it as a condition of employment. Very underreported in the media, but there is a lot of vaccine hesitancy among large segments of healthcare workers. It’s doubtful that patriotism and political party are to blame. https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/washington-post-kff-frontline-health-care-workers-survey-feb-11-march-7-2021/ba15a233-9495-47a9-9cdd-e7fa1578b1ca/
  7. It’s more than “several countries”, it is 80% of the world. And that 80% is not “some type of level”. It the highest level. We are probably at an inflection point, as far as vaccine demand. All the data points to it. To chose to emphasize these warnings now is going to be very counter productive.
  8. I think we had a similar approach - we are a tiny bit younger and have no risk factors for COVID. We didn’t do any international traveling and we couldn’t do a lot of the things we normally do, but we didn’t stay home. When restaurants reopened last May, I think we went out to dinner every night for a couple of weeks! We’ve also always been mindful of not wanting to expose more vulnerable friends/family and respectful of (and helpful to) those who choose to be isolated. We did a few quarantines based on having direct exposures to positive cases. I donated blood in January, hoping maybe I had
  9. Most of my friends and acquaintances who have been vaccinated had few side effects, but the ones who have had the most are those who already had the virus. Anecdotal, I know. And thankfully, nothing serious for anyone. i do think it makes zero sense for prior infection with resulting antibodies not to “count” as immunity for the purpose of cruising. It would make an interesting legal challenge as well.
  10. dangerous to take the vaccine, on top of acquired immunity?
  11. Hmmm, I seem to have totally messed up trying to quote bitob. Sorry!
  12. It’s been bizarre to see our public health officials greatly downplay acquired immunity, to the point of prioritizing vaccines for those with acquired immunity over those without any immunity.
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