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Judy

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Just a few news bits:

1) Ontario reported 328 new cases with 4 new deaths which is down from yesterday
2) 83% of those eligible have been fully vaccinated and 87% has at least one dose
3) Ontario will take a dozen critically ill CV patients from Saskatchewan
4) Pfizer has asked for approval for kids 5-12 years old
5) Noticed the cinemas here has a lot of single seats for sale. LOL
6) Ontario now has a QR code available for download and I have mine!
7) Our positivity rate is now 1.5%
8) Canadians with mixed dose vaccine will be able to enter the US
9) Toronto Zoo requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated
10) Over 50,000 people are overdue for their second dose.
11) The province is considering leaving stage 3 sooner rather than later
I just got my hair done and my hairdresser's other client has a friend who is involved with the reopening in the govt.

The goal is vaccines for kids target date is around Nov 8.
In January no more masks
 

Dobre

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Alaska and Texas have now given enough doses to cover 60% of the total population. (70.7% of Texans have at least 1 dose. 52.6% are fully vaccinated. 58.6% of Alaskans have at least 1 dose. 52.0% of Alaskans are fully vaccinated. This is possible due to 3rd doses).

Mississippi has now given enough doses to cover 50% of the total population. (51.4% of people from Mississippi have at least 1 dose and 45% are fully vaccinated).

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Oregon has 41 deaths today:(; 1,366 new cases, 562 hospitalizations. (Umatilla County's weekend numbers were not too bad. Think they might stay "angry orange" and out of red).
 

YukiNieve

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A study found that Cxxxx survivors' telomere are much shorter than those who have not got Cxxxx, especially in younger generation (under 60 years old) regardless of the severity of Cxxxx symptoms. :eek:


Telomere length is a marker of aging: progressive telomere shortening is a well-characterized phenomenon observed in older adults and attributed to the so-called telomere attrition.(snip) ...the chronological ages of the two cohorts were approximately comparable. (snip) ...indicating that the SARS-CoV-2 infection might directly contribute to telomere erosion in the blood cellular component..(snip) it was shown here that individuals belonging to a group of *********-19 survivors exhibited a significant acceleration of their biological age, occurring mainly in the younger individuals.
 

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My stupid anti-vax, anti-mask county is still doing super badly - seven deaths yesterday and eight today. Monday was the big anti-vax rally and school walk-out. School officials said about 50% of kids were out, along with some staff. Of course, most of the kids were seen at the mall, gadding about happily. :p
 

MacMadame

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I had my yearly physical today and it was a bit shocking how different things were compare to the last time I went to my medical group (2 months ago?).

(1) They had closed off the underground parking before but today they were open
(2) They used to have manned screening stations at the entrances but those were gone. There were signs and masks and hand sanitizer but it was all self-serve and no screening stickers
(3) Supposedly they are screening everyone for CV with a questionnaire, but I never got asked anything

But masks were still required and everyone was wearing one and mostly correctly. Social distancing was still encouraged though I remembered marks on the floor and there were none today. (But maybe there never was any.) They still had a bunch of the chairs roped off to spread us out more. The doctor put on a faceguard when she was working on me.

When I got my labs done, that was more like last time. You had to have an appointment and they gave everyone a number and called us up by numbers and there were social distancing stickers on the floor. But no seats roped off. (We all spaced ourselves out anyway.)
 

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Both DH and I had experiences that were different than previous visits. My doctor visit, which previously had done the vaccinated did not have to mask, to everyone wearing masks again.

Both eyeglass places the same, everyone must wear masks.

A couple of other places requested you wear masks, but because Ricketts never mandated masks at anytime there is little the businesses can do.
 

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I have to wear a mask to get a mammogram today. I was already thinking how funny and strange that is (because of what's covered up and what's not covered up). I'm sure everyone who works there will have them on. I have to walk through the hospital lobby to the doctors' building and they are still requiring masks too. Which is fine. I'm fully vaccinated and still wear my mask everywhere. Last summer when I had a CT scan of my head, they had me take my mask off after I laid down and put it back on when I got up.
 

Judy

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My stupid anti-vax, anti-mask county is still doing super badly - seven deaths yesterday and eight today. Monday was the big anti-vax rally and school walk-out. School officials said about 50% of kids were out, along with some staff. Of course, most of the kids were seen at the mall, gadding about happily. :p
Hugs. For me that would be really difficult to witness.
 

MacMadame

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My doctor visit, which previously had done the vaccinated did not have to mask, to everyone wearing masks again.
I'm surprised they stoped with masks because that's against the CDC recommendations and you'd think a doctor's office would follow those.
 

once_upon

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I'm surprised they stoped with masks because that's against the CDC recommendations and you'd think a doctor's office would follow those.
Well, before you wore a mask in the waiting room, but during your actual face to face visit, she didn't require masks in her office.

This time there were plexiglass around all the reception/business offices areas. Masks at all times.
 

Susan1

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Well, before you wore a mask in the waiting room, but during your actual face to face visit, she didn't require masks in her office.

This time there were plexiglass around all the reception/business offices areas. Masks at all times.
They are still stopping people in the hospital lobby and asking if you'd been around anyone who was positive. Then you get a preprinted bright green sticker with the date written on it. And told to keep your mask on. Same as when I had blood tests a couple months ago. There was a person getting on the elevator right before me, which there usually is (after a 5 minute drive and having to park in the second to last parking place left. People were driving up and down the aisles looking. I won't be making any appointments for 11:30 a.m. again). I waited till their door closed and got in the other empty one. Everybody in the office was masked. Two patients were together and one kept taking her mask down to her chin to talk.

They had little pink ribbons for $1. Different patterned and pink shades with different sparkly embellishments in the middle. The size of my thumb. I had to get one. Anyway, I'm not going through the whole appointment (obviously). That is just to say that when I went to sit down, I looked down and my green label was gone. I saw it on the floor over by the bowl of ribbons!

They now have lockers to put your clothes in with the key on a stretchy wrist thingie. That was new. Places really aren't doing the sanitizing surfaces anymore, are they? Door knobs, lockers, locker keys, the big scary machine - all things you touch. I didn't see anybody wipe anything down. Or smell it. I assume they still clean the room normally. She asked me about my vaccine status. And I said I had previously had this appointment scheduled for September, but then I read about (on here, I think) how you were supposed to wait 4-6 weeks to get a mammogram. And it would have hit too close after the second shot, so I had to move it. They are always booked for at least a month ahead so that worked out o.k.
 
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A proposed law would ensure couriers, truck drivers etc can use the restrooms in businesses they are picking up and delivering too. Restrooms were closed to the public during the start of the curd unfortunately sometimes that included drivers.
 

Dobre

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The doctor's office where I got my flu shot is still having people wait in their cars, call the front desk, and then fill out paperwork in the car prior to being invited in. I was a little surprised by this, actually; and I'll hypothesize that they probably loosened things up & then had problems & then went back to this to keep people more separate. (The previous time I was there, the nurse had a bandana; but there was a different nurse with a real mask on this time).
 

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A proposed law would ensure couriers, truck drivers etc can use the restrooms in businesses they are picking up and delivering too. Restrooms were closed to the public during the start of the curd unfortunately sometimes that included drivers.
Excellent.
 

Dobre

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CDC Expands Eligibility for *********-19 Booster Shots​



If I'm reading this correctly, Johnson & Johnson booster shots are now recommended for everyone over age 18 who had their first shot two or more months ago.

Moderna booster shots are now recommended for the same populations as Pfizer:
-Anyone 65 & older
-Anyone 18 or older that lives in a long-term care facility, has an underlying medical condition (there is a link with a list), or who works or lives in a high-risk setting.

Some of the high risk jobs included are:
  • First responders (e.g., healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (e.g., teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers

Naturally I got my flu shot this week;). No worries. I will go back.
 

Theatregirl1122

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I was a little confused on if Moderna was actually going to be recommended for teachers or not because the initial reports were that the FDA wanted to be more conservative on Moderna recommendations. However it looks like they have gone with exactly the same populations.
 

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I was on a school board for a rural Idaho school district until we moved in 2017. I had lunch with the guy that was the superintendent back then and he said the board meetings are a $#*! show now. Lots of angry parents, people even without school kids still showing up, everyone screaming and holding signs. Meetings go on for 4+ hours. Anti-masking, various supremacists, Q people, end of the world religious types, all kinds of anti-government-but-give-me-money people, etc. are very strong there. I'm so glad to not be a part of that board now.

I talked to a former neighbor from up there and she & her husband are moving because of the supremacists taking over the neighborhood. Idaho doesn't have a big minority population, so evidently they want to kill the Californians moving to Idaho.

What is going on???
 

Dobre

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All but one county in Northeastern Oregon has been out of red & purple for several days now:). Cases statewide don't look like they are dropping this week, but I'm not sure why not exactly. Southeastern Oregon is behind the curve and still all red & purple, but case numbers are dropping there. Cases are still dropping in Jackson County/Southwestern OR. Central Oregon is seeing more of a plateau and/or a slight rise. The high numbers are all coming out of the high-density counties so while those counties are all out of red, I think maybe they need to drop more for statewide numbers to keep dropping.

500 more people have died in Oregon than was previously recorded (due to a tech error). I blame the fact that the state and/or newspapers stopped reporting individual details of deaths every day so then counties & families couldn't point out who was missing. This, once again, is why individual details should be reported every day.
 

Dobre

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"The NIH study tested and compared every possible combination, and here’s the gist: If you need a booster, don’t take J&J. Two weeks after boosting, people who had followed a J&J → Moderna regimen registered average antibody levels that were 9.8 times higher than those who had gotten two J&J shots; antibody levels among J&J → Pfizer recipients hovered just behind. Overall, the highest antibody levels were found among people for whom all three doses were Moderna; Pfizer → Moderna produced the second-highest levels, then Moderna → Pfizer."

(The article includes details about how the difference between Moderna & Pfizer may be negligible or different from this result with only a 1/2 dose booster as is being recommended. However, the difference with J&J is marked, and people with J&J will see better results if they get Moderna or Pfizer for their second dose).
 

MacMadame

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(The article includes details about how the difference between Moderna & Pfizer may be negligible or different from this result with only a 1/2 dose booster as is being recommended. However, the difference with J&J is marked, and people with J&J will see better results if they get Moderna or Pfizer for their second dose).
What about Pfizer/Moderna -> J&J? I like the idea of getting shots with different mechanisms to cover all the bases.

btw, if anyone was wondering, Vegas is OPEN. Masks are required pretty much everywhere (and vaccination cards for some places) but no social distancing and the place is packed. Mask usage varies by place & time. Golden Nugget downtown around dinner time was the worst and The Orleans at any time was the best.
 

Dobre

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The message is that you get better effectiveness with a booster that isn't J&J.

Per this link, a booster from Pfizer leaves people with 96% effectiveness, AKA better protection than they originally had after their first two shots.

And the Atlantic article I posted above says that a Moderna booster's results were even better than Pfizer's.
 

Judy

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I was on a school board for a rural Idaho school district until we moved in 2017. I had lunch with the guy that was the superintendent back then and he said the board meetings are a $#*! show now. Lots of angry parents, people even without school kids still showing up, everyone screaming and holding signs. Meetings go on for 4+ hours. Anti-masking, various supremacists, Q people, end of the world religious types, all kinds of anti-government-but-give-me-money people, etc. are very strong there. I'm so glad to not be a part of that board now.

I talked to a former neighbor from up there and she & her husband are moving because of the supremacists taking over the neighborhood. Idaho doesn't have a big minority population, so evidently they want to kill the Californians moving to Idaho.

What is going on???
That is 🤢.
 

Judy

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I just got my hair done and my hairdresser's other client has a friend who is involved with the reopening in the govt.

The goal is vaccines for kids target date is around Nov 8.
In January no more masks
Update for Ontario at least. Masks can end March 22nd 2022.
Trudeau gave a press conference on kids vaccines but no date. It was more a detailed emphasis on Health Canada will not approve anything that is not safe and slipped in that he has kids that need vaccinating too.
 

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