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Everything posted by K.T.B.

  1. Unfortunately, there are far too many of them.
  2. Very true. As I said, it's only a suspicion on our part. And according to our family physician, she's expecting a vaccine to be available late November/early December. I'd be curious to know what others' doctors are saying...
  3. My wife and I strongly suspect we were infected in early March after attending C2E2. We both were feeling ill a couple of weeks later, but nothing serious. Are we 100% sure? No, but the timing was suspect. We'll know soon enough though when my wife is sure to be tested prior to upcoming surgery.
  4. To follow up what up what you just mentioned: Celebrity and the other cruise lines that operate out the of US have all stated they'll follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC to ensure safe cruising for the passengers and crew. As of right now, we do not know what those guidelines might be, but it's reasonable to expect that passengers being vaccinated and masks being used as a requirement to sail.
  5. My wife and I have a cruise booked for October of 2021and we both fully intend to be vaccinated. Period. What other people do is on them.
  6. The OP only mentioned Covid-19, no other disease or ailment. And that's the vaccine being discussed. Bringing up the flu or anything else is not taking the pandemic seriously.
  7. Wearing a helmet protects you, as does wearing a mask.
  8. You most certainly were comparing, otherwise why even mention then flu? Especially in a thread where the discussion is about a vaccine for Covid-19.
  9. If you want to take the risk, fine, but by not wearing a mask is potentially risking the lives of others. Something I'll never do. I'll wear a mask to not only protect me but others as well. That's the responsible thing to do. Just like getting vaccinated for childhood diseases, or wearing a seatbelt, or attending a muster drill, or even wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle.
  10. Illinois is up because Gov. Pritzker is making establishments enforce it. To the tune of a $2,500 fine if they allow people in without a mask. That was the problem with bars and restaurants was allowing larger groups of people than was mandated, so Pritzker is no longer playing games. Good for him.
  11. Smoking is a choice, catching Covid is not. 1.35 million people are killed on roadways worldwide. 800,000 people die from suicide every year. I could go on and on and on, but so what? Smoking, driving, committing suicide.... you cannot "catch" those by being breathed on by someone. You cannot spread those unknowingly to someone else. Trying to use the deaths of something else does NOT lessen the danger of Covid-19. So people really need to just stop by saying, "Yeah, but..." By the way, IQR is 67–87 years. My wife is 73 and I'm 57. So, yeah, I take this stuff seriously.
  12. Just like wearing a seat belt when flying infers a risk? Just like getting a shot from polio or chicken pox infers a risk? Just like going to a muster drill infers a risk? Shall I continue...?
  13. This is NOTHING at all like the flu. And I wish people would stop comparing it to the flu. This year 39,000,000 – 56,000,000 people caught the flu resulting in 24,000 – 62,000 deaths (figures taken directly from CDC's site). Whereas there has been approximately 5.1 million people who have caught Covid in the US with 164,000+ dying. Comparing Covid-19 with the flu is dangerous and ignorant. By the way, global deaths from influenza for 2019 were approximated at 389,000 (uncertainty range 294 000-518 000). In 2017 the upper range was your figure, with the lower range being 290,000,
  14. Why not? This is a pandemic. Keeping people healthy and safe and alive is what matters. 725,000 dead worldwide is no joke. Getting a polio shot is required before going to school, it should be the same with any covid vaccine.
  15. Simply put, yes I would wear a mask. Why? Because I care about my health and the health of others. Period. And I'd wear one even after I've been vaccinated, too. Why? Because I care about my health and the health of others. Period.
  16. Very true. One way or the other, I personally feel that only people who been vaccinated should be allowed on a cruise or out of the country. And they need to provide proof.
  17. It will be very easy to monitor. For those who get vaccinated, they get their passport stamped. I your passport doesn't have one, sorry, you go nowhere! The thing is, people will rail against ANY supposed "attack on their rights!" Even if it's for the greater good.
  18. Unfortunately, where masks or anything that is for the public good are concerned, Americans as a whole are staggeringly selfish. Not just like your pizza "I don't want to share" selfish, but apocalyptic "I will let you die rather than inconvenience myself" selfish. So even when a vaccine is developed and ready to be distributed, many will find an excuse to not vaccinate. People want to be past this, but refuse to be the one to sacrifice a tiny bit. "Let them do it, I won't!" And if anyone finds that offensive on here, guess what camp you fall into...? Th
  19. Anyone who thinks things will be back to normal before the end of the year is in a fantasy world. AT BEST, we're looking at this time next year to be somewhat "normal-ish" IF the vaccines work.
  20. I'll go with what Dr. Fauci has said about the vaccines and not some random article that just merely mentions him in passing. But any viable vaccine will be a good thing and should not be summarily dismissed.
  21. By the way, people will really have no excuses for not getting a vaccine. Its cost? $0. LINK
  22. In order, and this is without reading the article and it's only MY opinion, healthcare personnel (including EMTs and paramedics), people who are in the "at risk group", teachers, police & firemen, everyone else.
  23. I'm in the Chicago area, so yes. I'd have no choice....
  24. I just joined you. The "I" in their IQ definitely is the opposite of "intelligence".
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