Whatever is on my mind at the moment.
Last Login: 11/26/2021 6:51 pm
Whatever is on my mind at the moment.
They're not required at all times??? That [i]is[/i] nuts... as for your half-masking coworkers, is there a bulletin board, like in the break room or anything? I mean, you could always post [url=https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2020-11/4/7/asset/7614a2480210/sub-buzz-2677-1604474051-18.png]this[/url], or even [url=https://i.imgflip.com/4a2xlg.jpg]this[/url] in strategic spots... :XD
Yeah, it's been detected in my area, which is swarming with anti-maskers, so I've been adding surgical gloves to my grocery store outfit. I suppose it's not much of a surprise, considering coronaviruses are an RNA-strand type, which is even more prone to mutations than the DNA-types. I remember reading a few months ago that they'd already been tracking... I think they said hundreds of mutations, but my memory might just be tripping over "thousands" and remembering it wrong. Either way, my guess was "dozens," so I was definitely underestimating there.
I know I read something a couple years ago, though, about historical epidemiology -- identifying and tracking plagues hundreds or even thousands of years after the fact -- and it said something to the effect of one characteristic of viral outbreaks is that over time, the virus mutates toward efficiency. What a virus wants to do is multiply and infect, right? So it wants its host to be ambulatory and shedding infectious particles for as long as possible. So as an outbreak progresses, the mutations that are the most infectious [i]but[/i] less deadly are going to be the ones that end up edging out the others. Which jives with something I remember one of my science teachers saying, back in the day, that as horrifying as ebola is, it's not very good at its job as a virus -- it kills too quickly. At the other end of the spectrum, though, HIV can go undetected for [i]years[/i], spreading to others the entire time. And unlike ebola it doesn't kill quickly. In fact, it doesn't kill at all; it weakens the immune system so that the [i]next[/i] pathogen that comes along is the one that actually overwhelms the patient and kills them. So I guess it does make sense for new coronavirus mutations to be more infectious. Hopefully they'll be less deadly, too. I admit, that's been rolling around in my brain for a couple days now, wrestling with "yeah, tell the Native Americans it gets less deadly." Honestly, I [i]want[/i] to be an optimist, it's just that I chose to go into archaeology... :sweat:
Oh, yay! That's great to hear -- it's starting to look like California's really botching up the rollout on the vaccines. They haven't even gotten all the front-line workers or first responders vaxxed yet here. And about [i]half[/i] the medical workers in my area (Inland Empire) are apparently refusing the shot, so while neighboring LA might be the epicenter right now, my guess is that by mid-February our hospitals will just crash out. Maybe the state will have to take them over or something, I don't know, but the staff can barely keep up [i]now[/i] -- and if [i]half[/i] are insisting on remaining vulnerable, with that new strain having shown up just over in the next county they might as well have virus-shaped targets on them. I'd be wondering what the hell they're thinking, but I suspect there's not much of that going on at all.
So far, everyone seems to be doing alright. I even got to visit my grandmother a couple weeks ago, though we had to sit out in the patio area six feet apart. Every time I see her, I can't imagine there's any way she could become more frail, and yet, that's what happens, every time. I haven't seen any cases reported among the residents or staff there, at least, knock on wood. Her nurse said they should be getting vaccinated... I think she said this week, actually, come to think of it, so I hope that's happened, or will soon, at least.
Oh, and I found the [url=https://i.ibb.co/y5bb3yn/2020lit.jpg]perfect ornament[/url] for last year. For some re
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