May 22, 2020 at 8:22 pm #886451Ange1Participant
I’m so glad it’s Mr Sass! I wonder if it’s help for him to have a safe bolthole near the house if he’s coming to hang out. Something with a door only big enough for himMay 23, 2020 at 12:12 am #886457CanadaGooseGuest
@Cleopatra_30. Yep, I’m in BC too. So sad about the dentist. I have felt too guilty about how Americans have been suffering to comment much here. It’s heartbreaking. And mindboggling. I am so grateful for Dr Henry and a government that has pulled together to help people during crisis. Adrian Dix (our health minister) thanking his counterparts in the other parties for their collaboration warms my heart. Cuomo has a similar outlook. Wish he ran things instead of the Cheeto.May 23, 2020 at 12:33 am #886458CanadaGooseGuest
Mark, why can’t you join the union?
Yay that your bunny is ok!
You’re not a loser. Please stop that. People move through life in different ways at different paces. It’s all ok. As grumpy as you can get, you have a kind heart. Rescue a pet if you can. People who love animals the way you do are terrific.May 23, 2020 at 10:09 am #886470HelenGuest
I’m so glad it wasn’t Mr Sass!!
I just read about a hairdresser who worked for a week, with symptoms, before testing positive. Over 90 people directly exposed. Surprisingly, people with no paid sick leave, work sick. Who could’ve seen that coming??May 23, 2020 at 11:40 am #886477Dear WendyKeymaster
That happened in Springfield, Missouri, where my high-risk parents live (and where, I’m sure, people have been resistant to wearing masks and socially distancing. It’s trump country, buckle of the Bible Belt there).May 23, 2020 at 12:14 pm #886478HelenGuest
You’re right Wendy, I was talking about Missouri! I’m so sorry it hits close to home for you. I also live in the Bible belt (deep south) and I can’t get over the resistance to mask wearing. Its easy and effective but Trump won’t wear one so neither will they.May 23, 2020 at 12:15 pm #886479FyodorGuest
This is probably a crass thing to say, but hopefully we’ll get some data out of it about whether mask wearing and social distancing are actually preventing spread in the workplace.May 25, 2020 at 7:26 am #886614hfantodsParticipant
Re the curling bonspiel. I think it was a borderline weekend before we all really shut down. As medical professional maybe “they should have known better” but I guess it was a wake up call that medical professionals are not invisible.
I also know friend of a friends who went to that mining conference in Ontario. These conferences seem like another lifetime.
I am glad it wasn’t Mr. Sass!
I do feel weird wearing masks in public but I think of it more like I am preventing the spread to other people, which I think is mostly how these masks work.May 25, 2020 at 7:27 am #886615
We went to visit my wife’s parents in New Jersey. We were in masks outdoors and distanced. I am glad we did it, but the whole experience was creepy and dystopian.May 25, 2020 at 8:18 am #886620LisforLeslieGuest
Glad Mr.Sass was not eaten.
@Fyodor, I had a similar get together With my aunt and uncle. Later in the week my mom and I took the golf cart to see a neighbor. We stood outside their screened in porch while they were inside. It was a little like being at the zoo.May 25, 2020 at 8:24 am #886623
@Hfantods I think that there’s good reason to think that the masks provide protection to the wearer, particularly the surgical style masks and masks with filters. But health authorities are (a) more likely to be conservative about claims that something will protect the user (b) are trying to foreclose people saying that it’s their business whether they wear a mask and can assume the risk.May 25, 2020 at 8:50 am #886626
Part of the problem is that we are very reluctant to make public health recommendations without randomized control studies. And there’s good reason for that generally. But during a health emergency it deters them from making low downside/high upside recommendations that might make a big difference in the interim.
At this stage we know from a fair number of studies that vitamin-D insufficiency is heavily correlated with Covid severity. And we have good theoretical reasons why it would make a difference. But absent formal trials we don’t get official recommendations* to supplement vitamin D, even though there is no real downside and potentially strong upsides.
*Some countries have but not ours.