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  1. I would pick the angled that has cabins above and below. Being under the garden is a bad idea as you would hear every fork that was dropped and every cart that staff wheeled over your room. The location you are in now isn't a very bad one. But, while on your balcony you will hear people playing shuffleboard, talking, etc. That's bad for napping. The angled balconies are great because you can fit a lounge chair on them. Just ask your room steward for one. Our last room steward actually brought us two loungers. They did fit (it was kind of like having a queen size lounger) but we had to crawl over them to get to the rest of the balcony.
  2. Haven't been on Escape, but La Cucina closes before tenish. I don't know if the wine bar has music at night. In general while it is best to book a cabin on a deck between cabins not public areas, being above a venue usually is not a noise concern (unless it's the theater where you will notice thumping from the bass during rehearsals and shows).
  3. You should be able to fit a lounge chair on the angled balcony. Just ask the room steward.
  4. They pulled cruises that were going to sail from the Dominical Republic and Caribbean and are planning New York departures again due to CDC rule changes and current positive news regarding vaccinations and case numbers. Read this in some cruise news site yesterday. Sorry I can't site it, don't remember where it was.
  5. The reason to vaccinate as many as possible is not only to help stop the spread of the virus, but also to help stop the virus from mutating. If a virus is spreading, it is mutating. The early mutations in the first couple of months were harmless. The mutations we are seeing now are enabling the virus to spread easier and to be more lethal. Also, each new mutation means a closer chance to the virus being able to evade current and future vaccines. The common cold has so many mutations leading to so many strains that we cannot vaccinate against it. But, the common cold is just an inconvenience. Covid at worst is deadly and in many cases causes long term issues even when the person may have had a slight infection. Guess it all depends on what your definition of control is...
  6. I think you are confused about what masks do. The only masks that have been proven to give a high rate of personal protection are N95 masks (or similar non-counterfeit foreign masks). The cloth and paper masks most people are wearing protect the other people, not so much the person wearing it. Masks are not like seatbelts. Seatbelts protect me. Me wearing a mask protects you. Wearing a regular mask offers little personal protection due to how breathing works and how mask filtration works. Exhaling is more forceful, therefore spewing lots of virus particles in droplets into the air. Wearing a mask catches those droplets before they get into the air and infect those around you. They catch the droplets at the source. But they don't do such a great job at filtering out virus particles which are much smaller than the droplets, coming into the mask you are wearing from someone else. So it's not like anyone can take personal responsibility for protecting themselves by wearing a mask unless they have access to true N95 masks (which is a whole other ethical argument ; ) Since the paper masks we are buying on line or the homemade cloth masks are not regulated, there is no guarantee as to how much filtering of other peoples virus particles wearing one, two or ten of these masks can do. Since the most contagious period in covid infection is the two days BEFORE symptoms, the people spreading it cannot put on a mask when they become concerned they may be contagious as they have no idea they are. So the responsible thing to do is to wear a mask in case you are contagious and don't know it, since you wearing the mask protects me, but me wearing the mask hardly protects me. Asking you to wear a mask to protect me is like asking you not to drive drunk to protect me.
  7. The wording is something to the effect of if you are "fully vaccinated" within 90 days of your travel, you are exempt from the restrictions. There is no mention of waiting the 2 weeks after last dose to be "fully" immune. So once the 90 days expire, you have to follow the restrictions. The 90 day thing is likely to change, and at this point I think few if anyone would even be at that point yet.
  8. Just to clarify, the NY changes are for domestic travel only, not international. Also, the lessened restriction applies only for 90 days after being fully vaccinated. If one was vaccinated longer than 90 days ago, the quarantine, testing out restrictions still apply. The 90 day thing will likely change once more is known about how long immunity lasts.
  9. No, the reason the UK is not following the recommended dosing schedule is to get more first shots into arms. Their rational was that early studies show a good immune response to one shot and that means its okay to ignore the recommendations of the pharma companies and use shots that are supposed to be reserved as second doses for first doses. While a single shot of Moderna or Pfizer may give acceptable antibody levels, there is no data indicating how long they will last and if not completing the studied dose schedule may cause other problems (eg how not completing a full dose schedule of antibiotics causes increases in resistant "bugs.")
  10. Not dieing is not the same as recovering. Many survive covid but have long lasting effects to multiple organ systems. Also, please provide a link to the statistic you site because I believe that high number has been proven wrong.
  11. The "draconian" lockdowns in NY and CA were enacted due to covid rates surging. They were put in place after the massive case numbers (not before them) and prevented further spread and death. Remember the lag of about two weeks from spreading events to jump in case number and then the next two week lag for increase in death numbers. This is science. Limiting contact with others (by limiting the crowds in businesses and other spaces) prevents spread of Covid. Look further at the data from NY. You will find that once the lockdowns and mask mandates were in place long enough to stop the surge at the time when NY was the epicenter, NY went to having some of the lowest case and death numbers. So yes, with decreases in laws that mitigate the virus such as allowing crowds and/or dropping mask mandates, people WILL get and die from covid. You also need to look at current cases. The world and the US is actually seeing a slight uptick in cases again. Super bowl gatherings may have had a small bit to do with that, as well as "covid fatique." But, the new variants of the virus that are more contagious and becoming the predominant strains probably have a lot to do with that. There are not enough vaccinated people in the US yet to do much mitigation just yet.
  12. Closing hair salons and banning singing inside buildings WAS a science based decision. You can't wear a mask when getting your hair washed. Masks are not 100% effective at reducing droplet spread, and most salons are so small that social distancing is not easy. Ventilation in salons is also an issue, and blow drying hair spreads the virus all over the place. Singing is one of the easiest ways to spread the virus. Remember one of the first documented super spreader events which was an innocent choir rehearsal. Closing those places and keeping liquor stores open was not a nefarious or punitive rule. It is nearly impossible to have a "contact" with a covid infected person at a liquor store since the definition of a "contact" is being within 6 feet without a mask for 15 minutes. Most people do not linger in the liquor store, and social distancing is possible there.
  13. No safety parts of the studies were rushed or skipped before the FDA gave its emergency authorization. Things that take time to find out about are obviously the parts of the studies that are ongoing, such as how long the vaccinations last and if the vaccines prevent transmission in addition to disease. I would also guess they are continuing to study different dose sizes, different time periods between doses, etc. Also, now that so many more people are getting the vaccines as compared to the trials, there is that much more data available that needs to be reviewed.
  14. People who get a measles shot do not contract measles. People who get a mumps shot do not contract mumps. People who get the polio vaccine do not contract polio, etc,. In all those cases and any other cases of virus vaccine that I can think of, getting the shot prevents getting the disease and being able to be a "carrier" of the disease. The one different situation I can think of is in cases of flu vaccine where a person still gets the flu, but gets a less severe case. And even with that, I don't know if there are cases of people who get a flu shot, get a non symptomatic case of the flu and can transmit the flu to others. Science does not yet know if the Covid vaccine is going to protect against non symptomatic vaccinated people being able to carry and transmit the virus.
  15. This is still not known regarding the Covid vaccines. And it is generally false with regards to the vaccines for all the other viruses out there. The Covid vaccines are 95% and 94% effective at preventing disease. It is unknown at this point how effective they are at preventing infection. Since there is not enough data yet to show if the Covid vaccines actually prevent infection, the scientists are erring on the side of caution with regards to continuing social distancing, masking, etc., even after vaccinations are received and have had enough time to take effect.
  16. Checking temps to rule out Covid is like taking your shoes off at the airport. It gives a false sense of security but proves little. Not only do many never have a fever with Covid, but people are most infectious about two days before they have any symptoms at all. A temp check is not going to find those people.
  17. I believe you are confusing the antibody test with the actual Covid test. Antibodies will be positive during and following having been infected with Covid (whether symptomatic or not) for some time. (The amount of time is not yet known.) The actual covid test will be positive as long as you have enough viral load for it to register. In some cases, positives continue after the more common 14 possible days of infectiousness due to the test picking up fragments of Covid RNA. In those cases, which are not the norm, the person is no longer infective.
  18. As long as they have the ingredients and enough notice, the Haven chef will accommodate special requests. The MDR also has nightly vegetarian options which the Haven staff will bring to the Haven restaurant. Also, many of the chefs in the cruise industry are from India, and make delicious, often vegetarian, Indian food. So, the vegetarian may be in luck if they enjoy Indian food. The buffet always has a section of Indian food as well.
  19. If the specialty dining is one of the chosen free perks, that perk is per person. (For instance, free internet is per cabin.) You really should read the fine print about what the perk includes since there may be some things at some restaurants not included and some restaurants that may not included or are not totally free but are a percentage off. That being said, Cagney's has always been one of the included restaurants. For those paying, Teppanyaki is a fixed price restaurant while Cagney's is a la cart.
  20. The Pfizer vaccine cannot yet make the claim that it prevents asymptomatic cases of Covid-19. Also, we need to remember both vaccines require 2 doses. Mitigating behavior will need to continue during the period that people are waiting for their second doses. And we also need to remember that the majority of American won't be vaccinated until later next year.
  21. Since there is no evidence for or against whether the vaccine prevents someone from being a "carrier" of the virus while still being protected, these preventative behaviors will be in place for some time after the vaccine really rolls out.
  22. The tests that take time for results (not the quick result tests) are pretty accurate. In fact the fast result tests are accurate as well, when used as they are supposed to be (meaning testing people who have days of symptoms). People are urged to get tested even when they feel well BECAUSE of the surge. Some are pre-symptomatic at testing time, and others are asymptomatic and will remain asymptomatic. Since one is spreading covid two days before they have symptoms, if there is wide spread testing and tracing, more people who are spreading the virus but are pre or non symptomatic can stay away from others and not spread it. Wide spread testing isn't to help the people with covid. If you are sick with covid and need medical attention, you really don't need a test to tell you that. Wide spread testing is to help Grandma, the teachers, the grocery checker, your friends, family, etc. Kind of like wearing a mask. I wear mine to protect you, and you wear yours to protect me. If I may have contacted covid, I get my test, so I know to protect you and vice versa.
  23. On paper it sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately no one knows for sure yet how long the immunity would last and how often (if at all) people would need boosters.
  24. In the past, I have made a list for myself of the things I wanted to request from the butler when he introduced himself the first day (M & M's, cream for coffee, etc.,) and they have always just asked for me to just give them my list so they would remember everything. I have also found that if I need something from the room steward or butler and they are not around as I am leaving the room, a simple polite note with the request left where they will see it has been quite effective and well received.
  25. While they may be at low risk of death, you are ignoring the fact that they are not at "VERY" low risk for a difficult illness, possibly requiring hospitalization, not to mention the fact that many have long term issues/organ damage due to an infection of Covid, even if they had an "easy" case.
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