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  1. The only mention of 7 days in the order is: The cruise ship operator must not sail or offer to sail on an itinerary longer than 7 days. There is nothing suggesting the reasoning behind 7 days versus 5, 6, 8, or 9. I think it's a bit of a leap to say that there is a limitation on what the passengers do after disembarking and whether they can embark on another itinerary with the same or different cruise operator.
  2. Getting a bit off topic, but given the extent to which the response to covid has been politicized on national, state, and stave vs national levels, it's not unreasonable to suggest that the opinions/perception of the current federal administration could have been different on Nov 3rd based on the release date of positive vaccine information. Granted, neither state nor federal administrations had squat to do with vaccine development, but that hardly matters in the "they couldn't but, I will" vs "I will and they won't" political environment.
  3. You disembark a cruise and quarantine where exactly? At home 1500 miles away from the port?
  4. Relevance perhaps? The CDC doesn't exactly have a good reputation with a lot of people for how covid was handled early on. Not to mention that they don't really have authority over what states are doing to combat the disease. Without international travel , with the borders generally quiet, and with a guy not in the CDC getting all of the publicity, I wouldn't be surprised if it actually was the result of the CDC looking for headlines for themselves.
  5. South Dakota says they're 14.5% over the past 7 days https://doh.sd.gov/news/coronavirus.aspx
  6. Maybe it's the decimal point and the x100 that's tripping them up?? 🙂 I think counting has been very sloppy. Michigan was (maybe still is) counting PCR and antibody tests as separate positives. If you test positive in both, or twice otherwise, you're 2 data points.
  7. So long as vaccines are optional, I don't see how insurance companies can deny coverage (and I don't see a route to make them compulsory). I could see a point where the cost of insurance could be based on vaccinations, but we certainly haven't seen that with any other vaccination. Insurance still covers getting the measles even if you're dumb enough to deny that vaccines for it work.
  8. I could see that in other countries perhaps, but it's likely that any attempt to do that level of constraint in the US would be met with a load of lawsuits at both the state and federal level challenging the constitutionality of such measures. Plus, you can't shut down the businesses of prime political donors. That'd be bad for the get-rich side of the business of politics. 😉
  9. Something is seriously amiss with the data one way or the other. Ignoring Puerto Rico at 100% positive tests, I picked a handful of others and none of the state reports are anywhere close to the positivity rate at that link. For example: JHU has Pennsylvania at ~25% while PA says 11.1% for the past 7 days.
  10. I think 70% is out of reach in the US. There are a lot of people that voluntarily elect to be stupid and ignore facts and reason in favor of whatever nonsense they read online. Combine that with the ever increasing number of anti-vaxxers and the "this is the fastest vaccine ever so it can't be safe" crowd, I'm thinking 50% will be a success. Plus, 70% is just a guess. There have been reports that the threshold for practical herd immunity may be in the 20-30% range. The question really is what does your own herd look like? We'll probably have some sub-populations with >80%
  11. While I get the perception of the Edge IV being a premium, it's more like a standard offering than an upgrade on that class of ship. It's simply the kind of balcony that they have unless you're in one of the small handful of normal balconies with the porthole shaped balcony opening. The last time I tried to book one of those non-IVs, it was a higher price than an IV.
  12. You mean go on TV and get a chip-free saline shot? (because you know that's what people will say in order to uphold their anti-vaxx position). Acceptance rate will be interesting given the number of seemingly normal people who suddenly turn anti-vaxx when it comes to annual flu shots.
  13. Test positivity rates are generally in the ~10% or less rate in the US. So for every 100 people being tested, ~90 of them are negative. My takeaway is that nearly a year into this virus, we're still absolutely horrible at figuring out who needs to get tested based on being a probable positive. It also shows that the vast majority of testing is being done on a "just in case" or an "abundance of caution" basis. These are the "my cousin's brother-in-law has covid and I saw my cousin in passing last week, I better get tested" cases, along with the precautionary pre-procedure te
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