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  1. I guess I am curious as to what the best strategy for society as a whole is. I admit to not understanding a lot of the policy behind this. Why are we talking about grouping in terms of personal risk factors - such as age, obesity, etc? Why can’t you group in terms of how likely people are to be spreaders of Covid? So vaccinate those with jobs, or packed tightly in cities, who come in contact with the most people? So focus on reducing spread to protect those who would be most at risk? Or would that be a losing strategy?
  2. We were supposed to head out on Century the upcoming weekend ( I think Saturday the 15th). My wife was stuck on the other side of the country on a business trip. Celebrity rebooked us to January, 2002. Small problems compared to what many others endured over that week.
  3. That is a big number for sure. But you need to put it in perspective. 7 million people worldwide die of tobacco-related causes every year. Those deaths are 100% preventable. Where is the outrage over that? As of July, the CDC reported that the median age of people who died from COVID was 78. Current life expectancy in the US? 78.54. Of course I don’t want people to get this and die. Or get this and go through the misery of dealing with it for a few weeks. But I look at the numbers, and I value being able to work, be with family, and live life as being a huge
  4. Because it is not the drug companies’ money, the government is funding the research. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/22/health/us-coronavirus-vaccine-funding/index.html I am just being realistic here, based on what I’ve read about the virus and reports of mutations and people getting infected multiple times. Regardless, every day Celebrity sits around waiting for a vaccine the company loses money. They need to figure out a way to operate in some way that enough people feel safe enough to buy their product.
  5. The problem I see is that a lot of people seem to think we can wait this out until there is a vaccine. If you asked me to make a wager, I believe it is more likely that an effective vaccine for this will never be developed. How long are people willing to wait for the vaccine? I guess that’s the ultimate question.
  6. That’s interesting. I wonder how much money cruise ships bring in. I also wonder if the government will lose more than local businesses, considering loss of taxes and fees associated with ship visits. i didn’t really like Key West the couple of times I’ve stopped there. I think I’d enjoy it more staying for several days.
  7. I am deleting what I wrote as it is way off the topic of this. Hopefully we will all be able to cruise some day soon.
  8. That’s true. But apply some logic here. At the start, the only people who were tested were those with the most severe symptoms. Now, not only are more people being tested but also people with less severe symptoms since the requirements to get tested have been relaxed. On top of that, more positive tests from people with mild symptoms means the mortality rate decreases. In both cases the story is that the virus is less severe/deadly than originally thought.
  9. There are currently 1.52 million confirmed cases in the US. The US population is approximately 328 million. That’s about 0.46% of the population. There are some actual numbers to think about.
  10. The guy probably headed to the elevator after eating. Likely touched the buttons. They better remove the elevators, too.
  11. So this is pretty much the same as everyday life pre-virus. Companies and individuals who figure out how to navigate the situation will be successful and survive. Those who sit around and wait for someone else to solve their problems will not. This is why you see small local distilleries making hand sanitizer. And restaurants selling things like toilet paper and other supplies they don’t need right now. And wholesale restaurant suppliers selling and delivering meat and eggs to consumers. I doubt cruise lines are going to sit around and wait for a vaccine. Seems like a s
  12. This points to the uneasiness I feel with the current situation. We as a country have no problem sending our younger generations off to fight in armed conflict while the rest of us stay safe at home. Yet now we ask for more sacrifice from that same group, as they are faced with the prospect of lost jobs and a higher debt to deal with in the future. All the while nobody in the press, or positions of leadership, has the maturity to ask if there is a better way to handle this than a near total lockdown.
  13. The Harvard study. The conclusion can be summarized in the following manner: "this depends on this which depends on this which depends on this." Everything being written at this moment on the virus is based on approximately four months of data, which I would classify as incomplete and unreliable. I basically approach everything on this topic as being written by an entity that has an agenda. Sometimes the agenda is political, sometimes it is as simple as a cruise line wanting you to have enough faith in their product to continue booking future cruises. As for the Harvard study. There probabl
  14. Thank you - really enjoyed reading this! Alaska has been our favorite cruise so far. We treated it as a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but I’m feeling like that might not actually be the case and we’ll be back some time. I appreciate your attitude, which seems to be you’re going to have a good time and enjoy things no matter what happens. Maybe we’ll be lucky and wind up traveling with you one day. Congrats on the wedding, and enjoy your future together!
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