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  1. Why so negative about actual science being discussed? Especially when it's affecting cruising and vacations in general. One would think trying to ignore the science is a bad thing...
  2. Facebook and Instagram make up their own rules as to what they allow. No such thing as freedom of speech with them anyway.
  3. Agreed about free speech, but these are advertisements, which are somewhat less protected. if it's determined that these ads are "deceptive", then they should be banned.
  4. My suspicion is they will not sail at 100% capacity. At most it'll be 75%, but possibly as low as 60%. That way they can easily separate people in the dining room. No more large groups at tables though.
  5. That's extremely pessimistic. Granted, they may never return to pre-Covid levels even when it's under control and the majority of the people are vaccinated. (Yeah, a pipe dream.) People for the next few years, for most part, will probably quite reluctant to fly. Who knows? As far as the original question: I'm not giving up. I have a cruise booked for next October. My final payment is due on July 29th, so we should definitely know by then if there's a viable vaccine or not. If no vaccine, I cancel. It's that simple. I'll re-evaluate from there then.
  6. In all honesty, I doubt that cruise goes this year. IMO, cruising isn't happening until, at the earliest, March 2021. That's based on the assumption of the vaccine is out by late December (which is what many doctors, including Fauci, have guessed it to be). Either you cancel it on your own (if you can get a full refund right now) or wait it out to see what happens.
  7. Maybe I missed it, but I found this to be interesting: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/dr-fauci-says-heres-normality-111021867.html Especially this quote: "I feel cautiously optimistic… given the preliminary data we had in the early phase of the trial and some of the animal studies, that we will have a vaccine that is effective," Fauci told ITV News on Friday. "How effective it is going to be, is totally an open question but we believe we'll have some kind of an effective vaccine by November or December, we're hoping. "But we have to say for honesty and transparency that's not a guarantee, but I think it's a reasonable projection." I'll take that reasonable projection, especially since it's from Fauci.
  8. Yes it will be! Because by then things will be set in place to make sure it is.
  9. The last mortality rate percentage I saw was 2.95%.
  10. I have luggage tags for that. However, to get that info you need to pull out the name card to read it. It's not facing forward for all to see.
  11. I agree with so much of what you've said, but herd immunity will never occur with this virus. About 70% of the population needs to be infected for that to happen (opinions differ on that percentage, but it's generally held that 50-90% needs to be infected). Then we're talking approximately 6.8 million people dead in the US to achieve it. Not worth the cost, IMO. We desperately need a viable vaccine (or two or three...) to be used by the majority of the population. We need to keep wearing masks, maintain that distancing, act responsibly (not only for yourself, but for others you live with). I freakin' hate not being able to go anywhere, being able to go out to grab a bite to eat whenever I feel like it. I miss going on vacation. I miss seeing my friends. Hell, I even miss going into the office now. But, in order to get past all of this, this is the sacrifice that needs to be made. It's a shame that far too many other people do not feel this way. They decided to make the mask a political issue, when it's actually a health issue. SMH. I agree with you about prisoners getting priority over the general populace, they should be last, IMO. Those who work there, however, should be among the first.
  12. No, but it will help if you bite someone during a political argument.
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