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I know people are tired of being locked down and TOLD what to do.  And there's something about spring coming that makes people want to get out and DO things.  I can understand that totally.  There are a lot of reasons I can think of for the PTB to be backing off on 'mandates'.  I just hope people are also responsible enough to realize it's still out there and some of us are more at risk than others and could still use their help at avoiding it.  

 

On a side note, in looking up the numbers from the 1918 pandemic it appears (according to the CDC) it's numbers were still much worse than this one.  It was estimated that over 500 million world wide became infected with the number of deaths estimated at 50 million worldwide. About 675 thousand of those deaths occurred in the US.  Compare that with 115,420,464 cases worldwide as of today and 2,562,917 deaths world wide with approximately 530,000 of those deaths occurring in the US.  Interesting. 

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He's opening the state, dropping the mask rules, and announcing that the Covid rates are fixing to explode because of federal immigration policies--when Mexico has never had anywhere near the infection rate Texas has.

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He's opening the state, dropping the mask rules, and announcing that the Covid rates are fixing to explode because of federal immigration policies--when Mexico has never had anywhere near the infection rate Texas has.

 

Lets be fair here. The "immigrants" are NOT Mexicans. And the ones that are coming to our borders are only passing through Mexico on their way here.

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The trek is over 1100 miles through Mexico alone, meaning well over two weeks of walking for a healthy person.  In a recent testing binge for a caravan, less than I think thirty out of over 2000 or 3000 were found to test positive for Covid.  Remember hearing how "the cowards never started, and the weak died on the way?"  Well, the sick don't get far.

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According to the CDC report released today, almost 80% of those who were hospitlized, on ventilators, or died from covid were either overweight or obese. The obese number was over 50%. News came through

CNBC.com.  There are a lot more reasons to stay healthy that we only discovering.  :happy0203:

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Per the Business Insider, the tests are still showing available vaccines, this one focusing on Moderna, are significantly less effective against the South African variant.  Details here: https://www.businessinsider.com/south-africa-variant-vaccines-pfizer-moderna-covid-vaccine-study-mutation-2021-3 

Only 21 countries are at the peak of their infection cycle. These include Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Finland, Hungary, and Mongolia. 

I'll get to the charts later today.

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12 hours ago, Homesteader said:

According to the CDC report released today, almost 80% of those who were hospitlized, on ventilators, or died from covid were either overweight or obese. The obese number was over 50%.

I might be in trouble. :scratchhead:  More reason to stick closer to my eating plan.... 

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Countries reporting the most deaths each day, averaging 7 days' reports
USA 1,597  

BRAZIL 1,525 

MEXICO 682

RUSSIA 416 

ITALY 308

US deaths last week: 11,800 down 18.0% from the prior week

deaths in the last week in order of number of deaths

For the week ending Sunday, March 7, 2021

  DEATHS TO DATE ONE-WEEK TOTAL
State Total deaths Per 100K New deaths Per 100K 1-wk chg.
         
 
California 54,225
 
137 2,010 5.1
–30.1%
Texas 45,527
 
157 1,496 5.2
–8.5%
Virginia 9,596
 
112 1,044 12.2
–14.5%
Florida 32,266
 
150 860 4.0
–11.5%
New York State 48,051
 
247 716 3.7
–10.5%
Georgia 17,906
 
169 611 5.8
+10.9%
Arizona 16,328
 
224 348 4.8
–26.7%
Pennsylvania 24,394
 
191 338 2.6
–18.8%
New Jersey 23,574
 
265 322 3.6
–18.3%
Massachusetts 16,417
 
238 299 4.3
+2.4%
North Carolina 11,502
 
110 290 2.8
+1.4%
Illinois 23,014
 
182 279 2.2
+3.7%
Missouri 8,471
 
138 243 4.0
+6.1%
South Carolina 8,754
 
170 224 4.4
+8.7%
Alabama 10,148
 
207 219 4.5
–35.0%
Ohio 17,502
 
150 205 1.8
–57.4%
Kentucky 4,819
 
108 182 4.1
–4.2%
Indiana 12,737
 
189 164 2.4
–18.4%
Michigan 16,658
 
167 150 1.5
–9.6%
Louisiana 9,748
 
210 140 3.0
–1.4%
Tennessee 11,547
 
169 136 2.0
–51.1%
Mississippi 6,808
 
229 127 4.3
–0.8%
Oklahoma 4,534
 
115 106 2.7
–57.1%
New Mexico 3,808
 
182 92 4.4
+0%
Wisconsin 7,106
 
122 92 1.6
–35.7%
Oregon 2,296
 
54 88 2.1
+66.0%
Iowa 5,558
 
176 87 2.8
–35.6%
Maryland 7,955
 
132 86 1.4
–44.2%
Washington 5,041
 
66 85 1.1
–36.6%
Connecticut 7,704
 
216 82 2.3
–17.2%
Nevada 5,037
 
164 80 2.6
–5.9%
Kansas 4,812
 
165 77 2.6
–36.4%
Arkansas 5,319
 
176 76 2.5
–166.7%
Minnesota 6,550
 
116 67 1.2
+31.4%
Delaware 1,473
 
151 51 5.2
–7.3%
Utah 1,976
 
62 41 1.3
–50.6%
Rhode Island 2,541
 
240 39 3.7
–69.0%
Colorado 5,989
 
104 38 0.7
–35.6%
Nebraska 2,113
 
109 31 1.6
–11.4%
Puerto Rico 2,062
 
65 26 0.8
–54.4%
West Virginia 2,325
 
130 25 1.4
–35.9%
Montana 1,381
 
129 24 2.2
+60.0%
Idaho 1,879
 
105 19 1.1
–44.1%
Alaska 305
 
42 15 2.1
+1400.0%
New Hampshire 1,184
 
87 14 1.0
–12.5%
Washington, D.C. 1,030
 
146 13 1.8
–40.9%
South Dakota 1,900
 
215 12 1.4
–52.0%
Wyoming 682
 
118 11 1.9
+22.2%
Hawaii 445
 
31 6 0.4
–33.3%
Vermont 208
 
33 4 0.6
–42.9%
North Dakota 1,449
 
190 4 0.5
–42.9%
Maine 706
 
53 3 0.2
–93.3%

 

deaths in the last week ordered by how hard they hit their state

For the week ending Sunday, March 7, 2021

  DEATHS TO DATE ONE-WEEK TOTAL
State Total deaths Per 100K New deaths Per 100K 1-wk chg.
           
Virginia 9,596
 
112 1,044 12.2
–14.5%
Georgia 17,906
 
169 611 5.8
+10.9%
Texas 45,527
 
157 1,496 5.2
–8.5%
Delaware 1,473
 
151 51 5.2
–7.3%
California 54,225
 
137 2,010 5.1
–30.1%
Arizona 16,328
 
224 348 4.8
–26.7%
Alabama 10,148
 
207 219 4.5
–35.0%
South Carolina 8,754
 
170 224 4.4
+8.7%
New Mexico 3,808
 
182 92 4.4
+0%
Massachusetts 16,417
 
238 299 4.3
+2.4%
Mississippi 6,808
 
229 127 4.3
–0.8%
Kentucky 4,819
 
108 182 4.1
–4.2%
Florida 32,266
 
150 860 4.0
–11.5%
Missouri 8,471
 
138 243 4.0
+6.1%
New York State 48,051
 
247 716 3.7
–10.5%
Rhode Island 2,541
 
240 39 3.7
–69.0%
New Jersey 23,574
 
265 322 3.6
–18.3%
Louisiana 9,748
 
210 140 3.0
–1.4%
North Carolina 11,502
 
110 290 2.8
+1.4%
Iowa 5,558
 
176 87 2.8
–35.6%
Oklahoma 4,534
 
115 106 2.7
–57.1%
Pennsylvania 24,394
 
191 338 2.6
–18.8%
Nevada 5,037
 
164 80 2.6
–5.9%
Kansas 4,812
 
165 77 2.6
–36.4%
Arkansas 5,319
 
176 76 2.5
–166.7%
Indiana 12,737
 
189 164 2.4
–18.4%
Connecticut 7,704
 
216 82 2.3
–17.2%
Illinois 23,014
 
182 279 2.2
+3.7%
Montana 1,381
 
129 24 2.2
+60.0%
Oregon 2,296
 
54 88 2.1
+66.0%
Alaska 305
 
42 15 2.1
+1400.0%
Tennessee 11,547
 
169 136 2.0
–51.1%
Wyoming 682
 
118 11 1.9
+22.2%
Ohio 17,502
 
150 205 1.8
–57.4%
Washington, D.C. 1,030
 
146 13 1.8
–40.9%
Wisconsin 7,106
 
122 92 1.6
–35.7%
Nebraska 2,113
 
109 31 1.6
–11.4%
Michigan 16,658
 
167 150 1.5
–9.6%
Maryland 7,955
 
132 86 1.4
–44.2%
West Virginia 2,325
 
130 25 1.4
–35.9%
South Dakota 1,900
 
215 12 1.4
–52.0%
Utah 1,976
 
62 41 1.3
–50.6%
Minnesota 6,550
 
116 67 1.2
+31.4%
Washington 5,041
 
66 85 1.1
–36.6%
Idaho 1,879
 
105 19 1.1
–44.1%
New Hampshire 1,184
 
87 14 1.0
–12.5%
Puerto Rico 2,062
 
65 26 0.8
–54.4%
Colorado 5,989
 
104 38 0.7
–35.6%
Vermont 208
 
33 4 0.6
–42.9%
North Dakota 1,449
 
190 4 0.5
–42.9%
Hawaii 445
 
31 6 0.4
–33.3%
Maine 706
 
53 3 0.2
–93.3%

 

I'm not going to repeat the chart to show the order of the 14 states that showed a positive instead of a negative change.  In each case, the change was a minimal number of cases: fifteen or less, usually.  That's tragedy, not catastrophe.

number of people in hospitals (short version: it went down everywhere but Michigan and Wyoming, and stayed even in Wyoming) 

For the week ending Sunday, March 7, 2021

  CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED
State Avg. this week Per 100K 1-wk chg.
United States 43,675
 
13
–15.7%
Texas 5,248
 
18
–19.1%
New York State 5,136
 
26
–9.4%
California 4,901
 
12
–23.9%
Florida 3,512
 
16
–11.2%
Georgia 2,195
 
21
–14.2%
New Jersey 1,877
 
21
–5.8%
Pennsylvania 1,621
 
13
–14.4%
Virginia 1,269
 
15
–14.5%
North Carolina 1,261
 
12
–15.5%
Illinois 1,214
 
10
–14.8%
Arizona 1,093
 
15
–22.4%
Ohio 1,009
 
9
–20.8%
Missouri 1,008
 
16
–15.4%
Michigan 873
 
9
+5.1%
Maryland 859
 
14
–8.6%
Tennessee 837
 
12
–12.7%
Massachusetts 732
 
11
–12.3%
Indiana 714
 
11
–10.3%
South Carolina 683
 
13
–25.6%
Kentucky 640
 
14
–22.8%
Louisiana 573
 
12
–15.7%
Alabama 562
 
12
–22.8%
Mississippi 442
 
15
–16.8%
Connecticut 433
 
12
–12.3%
Washington 424
 
6
–5.6%
Nevada 420
 
14
–21.0%
Oklahoma 420
 
11
–26.8%
Arkansas 386
 
13
–25.6%
Colorado 368
 
6
–12.1%
Wisconsin 267
 
5
–20.7%
Utah 240
 
8
–6.9%
Minnesota 233
 
4
–11.8%
Kansas 206
 
7
–11.6%
West Virginia 200
 
11
–26.6%
Iowa 181
 
6
–13.0%
New Mexico 180
 
9
–23.8%
Washington, D.C. 165
 
23
–14.5%
Puerto Rico 152
 
5
–22.7%
Rhode Island 148
 
14
–14.1%
Nebraska 147
 
8
–9.4%
Oregon 138
 
3
–20.4%
Idaho 136
 
8
–4.0%
Delaware 130
 
13
–21.8%
New Hampshire 87
 
6
–12.8%
South Dakota 84
 
10
–10.9%
Montana 69
 
7
–11.5%
Maine 69
 
5
–14.7%
Alaska 29
 
4
–32.3%
Hawaii 28
 
2
–20.0%
Vermont 25
 
4
–14.9%
Wyoming 23
 
4
+0%
North Dakota 22
 
3
–17.5%

 

 

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This is a chart of daily reports of new cases in the US, last updated March 3, with the red line being a running seven-day average:

Chart showing Daily Trends in COVID-19 Cases in the United States Reported to CDC

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The view of the forest, not just the tree of the week, is important because even though we have had an up here and there, the overall trend  is still down.   I don't think the ninety three, ninety four thousand people a month we had dying in December and January is coming back unless we have a massive mutation or civil unrest.  March's numbers are only a little worse than the end of February's when they are bad, and are better when they are good.

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The Lockdown Across Europe
Ross McGuinness
Mon, March 15, 2021, 10:00 AM

ITALY
Italy's lockdown comes as a number of countries suspend the rollouts of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine over fears the jab is linked to blood clots.  Infections in Italy increased by 10% last week, leading the country back into lockdown from Monday. Schools and shops are closed in more than half of the country, including Rome and Milan, while there will be a national shutdown over Easter from 3 to 5 April. Prime minister Mario Draghi announced on Friday that Italy would return to lockdown, meaning people must stay at home except for work, health or essential reasons.  Coronavirus cases have been rising for the past six weeks, reaching more than 25,000 a day.  Seven of the country’s 20 regions have been moved to its most severe tier of restrictions – red – including Lombardy and Lazio comprising Milan and Rome.

Three-quarters of Italians entered a strict lockdown as the government put in place restrictive measures to fight the rise of COVID-19 infections.  Italy went back into lockdown on Monday as Europe battles a third wave of coronavirus infections. It is one of the European countries that has been worst hit by coronavirus, with more than 100,000 deaths, a figure second only to the UK. 

GERMANY

At the start of this month, Angela Merkel announced plans to extend lockdown until 28 March at the earliest while, crucially, easing some restrictions at the same time.  As a result, some schools as well as businesses such as florists and hairdressers have been allowed to reopen. It was also announced that regions with low infection rates could unlock more quickly.  However, since then, infections have climbed with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases now warning that the number of daily reported cases could exceed 30,000 in the 14th week of the year starting April 12.  The death toll from the virus in Germany stands at 73,301, with a reported 2,558,455 infections. Frustration about the ongoing lockdown and the slow pace of vaccinations has also been denting support for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Leaders are due to meet again on March 22 to discuss whether any further relaxation of the rules is possible.

PORTUGAL

At the other end of the scale, Portugal has slowly emerged from a two-month lockdown that saw it, at one point, have the highest death rate on the continent. From today, nurseries, pre-schools and primary schools will reopen, as well as hair salons and book shops. Restaurants will only be allowed to open their doors in May. The measures to ease the lockdown will be revaluated every 15 days,

CZECH REPUBLIC

According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 1.4 million coronavirus cases and more than 23,300 deaths in the Czech Republic.  Last month, prime minister Andrej Babis warned of "hellish days ahead".  At the beginning of this month, its government announced a three-week lockdown until 21 March.  Residents have been told to remain at home except for essential travel and are banned from moving between districts, apart from for work.  The only shops that can open are supermarkets, pharmacies, opticians and florists.  The restrictions follow a state of emergency that has been declared for 30 days between 27 February and 28 March.

FRANCE

At the beginning of this month, French president Emmanuel Macron said a current nationwide curfew would remain in place for another four to six weeks.  Under the restriction, people in France must stay at home from 6pm to 6am. An 8pm curfew was brought in across the country on 15 December but was brought forward to 6pm a month later. An end date for the measure has not yet been set.   On Sunday, France reported more than 26,000 new daily cases of coronavirus, while the country has had more than 90,000 deaths. Prime minister Jean Castex said on Sunday the country must do everything it can to avoid another nationwide lockdown.

GREECE

On Friday, the government announced that all schools would close nationwide. It also placed three more regions in Greece in its top red tier for COVID-19 restrictions.

Greece has a current average of about 2,100 new daily cases of coronavirus. A lockdown in Athens has been extended until 22 March. Non-essential shops are also closed and curfews have been in force in Athens and other red zones since February. Greece has had more than 221,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 7,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.  However, it has already started inviting Britons to book their summer holidays there.

SPAIN

A six-month state of alarm is currently in place and is set to run until 9 May.  It allows Spain’s regional governments to introduce their own restrictions, including curfews.

However, Spain’s health minister Carolina Darias said last Friday that the state of alarm could be extended. The state of alarm imposed a nationwide curfew between 11pm and 6am, although regions can alter these times by one hour.  Last week, Spain announced strict measures on travelling between regions over the Easter period from 26 March to 9 April.

 

 

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Did anyone blink and wonder if these paragraphs were taken out of a 2020 article?  But no, this is 2021.  

This is bad news, because the health information in Europe is generally better than the health information in the US.  That said, the information has to be considered in the understanding that health care is a political tool there, a tool to obtain power (and thereby indirectly obtain profit) where here it is a tool to obtain profit very directly.  So.  You have to keep the masses of the patients alive to wring money out of them either way.  They don't like this vaccine, and would rather shut down their countries than use it.  The US would rather use it than shut down.  Take from that what you will.

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Thanks for the report. I've been too busy with other things to notice what is going on in other parts of the world. It seems like we, as a whole, haven't progressed very much in a year. One step forward and two steps back. Nice to see we aren't the only ones leery of the vax.

 

I am wondering why florist shops and book shops are considered necessary to be open.

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Ambergris, thank you so much for your continued updates.  I'm not sure how you always manage to pull all this information together for us but I am grateful that you can.  Being able to look at this from a world wide view will give us all a chance to see the bigger picture and perhaps make better informed decisions for ourselves and our families.  

 

Jeepers, I'm wondering if perhaps the florist shops are opened because they are lumped together with nurseries and greenhouses and the governments believe people are going to need to garden because of the worsening economy.  And the book shops and libraries could serve the same purpose as education.  And truthfully, flowers and books are known soothers and could be considered part of the emotional and mental health treatments? :shrug:

 

This article (and many other similar ones I've read and seen) has me reassessing our preps and our actions once again. 

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I'm wondering if perhaps the florist shops are opened because they are lumped together with nurseries and greenhouses and the governments believe people are going to need to garden because of the worsening economy. 

 

People also need the florist shops for funerals. I know it's dreadful, but when we can't have funerals, at least the family can receive flowers in time for the church services. 

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Good an answer as any ladies.

 

I watch funerals online from my hometown funeral home.  :sEm_blush:  I have noticed a few flowers or potted plants but they are usually purchased through the funeral home in the 'gift' shop area. And there has always been a spray. That funeral home always held funerals. They really space people out, except on the front row, and everyone wears a mask except the ones talking at the podium. Could be they are lumped florists with nurseries. 

 

I don't know about book stores. Libraries closed so maybe that is why. Libraries are free though. I really really miss Borders.

 

 

One other little tidbit I noticed is nearly all of the hymns played are by Alan Jackson. 

 

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Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, and West Virginia are reporting at least a 10% average increase in infection rates over the past month.  Of those, Delaware, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and West Virginia report an increase of at least 25% over seven days.

Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming report about the same level of infection.

The other roughly one-third of states report falling infection rates.

 

New York City now has its own variant.  B.1.526 began showing up in samples collected in New York City in November (!) and is now also found in California.

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2/3 the same or higher, 1/3 falling infections.  So what are those states doing or not doing that has them with lower rates?  Perhaps we need to find out.  

 

Illinois is starting to open a little at a time with some schools beginning to open. Masks are still required in public places and at gatherings.  I follow the county infection rate and some are a lot lower than others.  Iowa just opened almost totally and parents are given choices about school.  Masks are not mandated but individual cities or localities, stores, and businesses can still require them. 

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Paris just changed course, will be in Lockdown as of Friday Midnight

article by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Richard Lough
Thu, March 18, 2021, 1:12 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - France imposed a month-long lockdown on Paris and parts of the north after a faltering vaccine rollout and spread of highly contagious coronavirus variants forced President Emmanuel Macron to shift course.

Since late January, when he defied the calls of scientists and some in his government to lock the country down, Macron has said he would do whatever it took to keep the euro zone's second largest economy as open as possible.  However, this week he ran out of options just as France and other European countries briefly suspended use of the AstraZenca vaccine.

His prime minister, Jean Castex, said France was in the grip of a third wave, with the virulent variant first detected in Britain now accounting for some 75% of cases. Intensive care wards are under severe strain, notably in Paris where the incidence rate surpasses 400 infections in every 100,000 inhabitants.  "The epidemic is getting worse. Our responsibility now is to not let it escape our control," Castex told a news conference.

France reported 35,000 new cases on Thursday and there were more COVID patients in intensive care in Paris than at the peak of the second wave,

Now was the time to tighten restrictions, Castex said.  "Four weeks, the time required for the measures to generate a sufficient impact. (It is) the time we need to reach a threshold in the vaccination of the most vulnerable."

The lockdowns will kick in from Friday at midnight in France' 16 hardest-hit departments that, with the exception of one on the Mediterranean, form a corridor from the northern Channel port city of Calais to the capital.

Barbers, clothing stores and furniture shops will have to close, though bookstores and others selling essential goods can stay open. Schools will stay open and people will be allowed to exercise outdoors within a 10 km (6.2 miles) radius of their homes. Travel out of the worst-hit areas will not permitted without a compelling reason.

"Go outdoors, but not to party with friends," the prime minister said.

TOO LATE?

Castex said France would resume inoculations with the AstraZeneca vaccine now that the European Medicines Agency had confirmed it was safe.  (Emphasis by Ambergris... this is a 180 degree change in the course of a couple of days--and is one reason we write things down.) 

Seeking to shore up public confidence in the Anglo-Swedish vaccine, critical if France is to hit its targets, Castex said he would get the shot on Friday.  "I am confident public trust in the vaccine will be restored," he said, though he acknowledged it might take time.

Although Macron stopped short of ordering a nationwide lockdown, the lockdowns may be extended to other regions if needed and may yet slow the country's economic recovery.  The Paris region is home to nearly one fifth of the population and accounts for 30% of economic activity.  A nationwide nightly curfew in place since mid-December remains in place, though it will start an hour later, at 7 p.m.  The government had no regrets about not locking down earlier, Castex said.

"It was the right decision in January. We would have had an unbearable three-month lockdown. We did well not to do so."

Not everyone agrees. In the intensive care unit of a private hospital on the edge of Paris, doctors expressed resignation at having once again to deal with overloaded wards. "We're back here again," said ward chief Abdid Widad.  Health Minister Olivier Veran said some hospitals would start using monoclonal antibodies which are synthetically manufactured copies of infection-fighting proteins, on certain patients at high risk of progressing to severe illness.

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Am I understanding correctly?  Some countries are going into lock-down BECAUSE of poor turnout of vaxx?

 

:unsure:  

 

Is this a "Vaxx or we'll torture you with lockdown?"

 

MtRider  :shrug:   

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7 hours ago, Mt_Rider said:

Is this a "Vaxx or we'll torture you with lockdown

I don’t recall where exactly I heard this.... ‘...they will be issuing passports, ID’s, etc. for people who get the vaccine, in order to travel and meet together...’. 
 

MIL’s CoC are going to resume their, in-person meetings, with only vaccinated members.  I overheard her asking if she would not be allowed to go, because she can not take it.  IDK how they responded.  She said the members who have received it, have gotten really sick, and still haven’t completely recovered.

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The US, Britain, Israel, and I think one or two other countries I would need to look up are down by more than 80% on reported infections (note I am using the phrase reported, because that means these are soft statistics) from the mid-January peak.  While these countries continue to do well, overall, the rest of the world has hit what they call the fourth wave.  India is reporting more than twice the cases it reported in mid-February, when the overall worldwide downturn ended --so far.  Italy is reporting almost twice the cases this week that it reported in mid-February (which is still less than mid-January).

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13 hours ago, Mt_Rider said:

Am I understanding correctly?  Some countries are going into lock-down BECAUSE of poor turnout of vaxx?

 

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Is this a "Vaxx or we'll torture you with lockdown?"

 

MtRider  :shrug:   

That's what it sounds like.

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Israeli lawmakers have passed legislation that could see the government make it mandatory for all citizens entering the country to wear a tracking device.

The law says that Israelis returning to the country who have not had a vaccine can isolate at home so long as they accept a ‘freedom bracelet’, a GPS device that will track their every movement to ensure they do not break quarantine rules.

Anyone who hasn’t had a shot, or already had coronavirus and subsequently twice tested negative, and does not accept the tracking bracelet will be forced to undergo quarantine in a military manned facility.

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https://summit.news/2021/03/18/israel-passes-law-to-mandate-freedom-tracking-bracelets/

 

 

So....what are opinions on this?  Just during COVID quarantine upon reentering Israel......??

 

MtRider  :unsure:  

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On 3/18/2021 at 2:48 PM, Ambergris said:

Health Minister Olivier Veran said some hospitals would start using monoclonal antibodies which are synthetically manufactured copies of infection-fighting proteins, on certain patients at high risk of progressing to severe illness.

Why isn't anybody using the antibodies found in the blood of those who have had this disease - and recovered from it - to create a vaccine??? That is one that I could probably trust enough to take.

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