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15 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Your son should be moved up in line!

I don't really care about the sales reps, its the beer delivery drivers who're most important!  :beer:

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All of my immediate family has their vaccines and we were just texting yesterday with the idea of a family get together soon. We missed the last number of holidays.

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Just now, Billy Z said:

All of my immediate family has their vaccines and we were just texting yesterday with the idea of a family get together soon. We missed the last number of holidays.

I feel your pain, brother.

My parents are both high risk. Like they have pretty much every risk factor there is... except they are non-smokers. So, there's that. 
Anyhow, my parents happened to have spent Christmas 2019 vacationing without the rest of the family. So they haven't seen their grandkids (in person) since November 2019. 

They are going to be amazed when they finally see them again, how freaking big they've both gotten. By way of comparison, the last time they saw my son he wore a size 3 shoe. He now wears a size 7. Kids grow fast. Bummer for Grandparents during a pandemic. 

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1 hour ago, Esox said:

Which border, the real one or the revised border after you stole the Toledo Strip from us? Maybe if you just give us our land back the infected border area will be in MI again. Just sayin'  😉

Never!!!
 

No Way Smh GIF by Desus & Mero
 

The crud (that doesn’t exist according to some) will creep further south. Keep your fans cooties to yourselves!!!

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5 minutes ago, DeadMan said:

Cell reception has been excellent. 

That chip they insert into your arm is an amazing thing.  For me it improved my ability to hold my alcohol, create more innovative dinner recipes and have first-name basis chats with the President.

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13 hours ago, DeadMan said:

Cell reception has been excellent. 

Is that because of the aluminum foil on your head?

 

Michigan is still making national news with the huge increases in Covid cases.   Ugh.   The last 7 day average is 5,858, the highest since September of 2020.    A local school is going back to virtual after spring break.   I am guessing that other schools will follow suit.  

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16 minutes ago, dennyjones said:

Michigan is still making national news with the huge increases in Covid cases.   Ugh.   The last 7 day average is 5,858, the highest since September of 2020.    A local school is going back to virtual after spring break.   I am guessing that other schools will follow suit.  

@Braivo, I know you've scheduled (or even gotten) vaccinated, etc. But does this all make you re-think your position on "face diapers" and personal liberties and "personal choices" and all of that? Even a little?

Michigan appears to be fully Leon Letting the situation here.

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28 minutes ago, iacas said:

@Braivo, I know you've scheduled (or even gotten) vaccinated, etc. But does this all make you re-think your position on "face diapers" and personal liberties and "personal choices" and all of that? Even a little?

Michigan appears to be fully Leon Letting the situation here.

I wonder how much interstate travel has contributed to this too. Michigan is home to many large universities.

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Just now, boogielicious said:

I wonder how much interstate travel has contributed to this too. Michigan is home to many large universities.

most are in Florida right now!

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If you live in or near Erie, PA and you haven't gotten or scheduled your first vaccine yet, you either don't want it or you're not trying very hard.

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I know this is been said over and over, but getting vaccinated helps prevent the variants. A variant can't happen if its origin has been eliminated. Does this sound like good logic?

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10 minutes ago, Billy Z said:

I know this is been said over and over, but getting vaccinated helps prevent the variants. A variant can't happen if its origin has been eliminated. Does this sound like good logic?

Not really. When a virus is widely circulating in a population and causing many infections, the likelihood of the virus mutating increases. The more opportunities a virus has to spread, the more it replicates – and the more opportunities it has to undergo changes. 

 

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Just now, Vinsk said:

Not really. When a virus is widely circulating in a population and causing many infections, the likelihood of the virus mutating increases. The more opportunities a virus has to spread, the more it replicates – and the more opportunities it has to undergo changes. 

I'm not sure what you read, because to me, you two said the same thing.

Every vaccinated person reduces the odds of variant strains because they reduce the "world viral load" and thus the opportunities to mutate is reduced.

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5 minutes ago, iacas said:

I'm not sure what you read, because to me, you two said the same thing.

Every vaccinated person reduces the odds of variant strains because they reduce the "world viral load" and thus the opportunities to mutate is reduced.

I meant in the sense the origin is no longer relevant once variants have already been evolved. The new variants become sources that can mutate as well. We’ll have to continue to ‘update’ vaccines to keep pace with mutations just as we do with the flu. I guess I was saying that vaccination isn’t ‘eliminating’ the original strain as the original strain has already mutated to a variant.

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54 minutes ago, iacas said:

@Braivo, I know you've scheduled (or even gotten) vaccinated, etc. But does this all make you re-think your position on "face diapers" and personal liberties and "personal choices" and all of that? Even a little?

Michigan appears to be fully Leon Letting the situation here.

Ha! I was trying to stay cool and stay out of the arguments then you go tag me and stir the pot?? 😆

First of all, I have a vax appointment for Tuesday morning. I'm getting the shot. 

Secondly, I have started calling them chin diapers when people put them down around their chins. They either put them on properly or take them off completely. Go one way or another. But yes, I regret my terminology in earlier posts. I was angry because my kids were having some tough times with cancellations, etc. 

Third, I have not idea what is driving the Michigan case numbers. We remain relatively restricted compared to neighboring states like Ohio, yet our numbers are climbing and theirs are declining. Why? I have no idea. Ohio remained open most of the winter and we did not, so perhaps it's a "catch up" of sorts. Ohio had more of a slow burn where their cases were slightly elevated all winter, now Michigan has a full blown forest fire. Why aren't wide open states like Texas seeing the same surge? 

I think the trouble is we attribute the surge in cases to either policy or compliance, when the reasons are likely far more complicated. I traveled this week to visit with a terminally ill friend in North Carolina. Hardly anyone there was wearing masks. Restaurants were packed. Etc. and their case numbers are flat. This comparison of state to state doesn't tell the whole story. 

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14 minutes ago, Braivo said:

We remain relatively restricted compared to neighboring states like Ohio, yet our numbers are climbing and theirs are declining.

Not in my neck of the woods.   

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50 minutes ago, iacas said:

I'm not sure what you read, because to me, you two said the same thing.

Every vaccinated person reduces the odds of variant strains because they reduce the "world viral load" and thus the opportunities to mutate is reduced.

I guess what I was trying to say was that it we eliminate the original C19 virus, there won't be an opportunity for variants. Maybe I am misunderstanding something here?

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