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    Armyadarkness
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    I figured that this was a good idea… I didn’t feel like writing a front page story, so…

    As many of you may know, I’m from Bergen County New Jersey, which was ground zero for the virus. Even though I moved and live down South, Jersey is only 3 hours long at it’s greatest distance, so there’s your geography lesson.

    I saw (and to this date, see) no lifestyle changes as a result of Covid. No one here takes any precautions, and I don’t know anyone in my community (nor have I heard of), who has gotten it. However, last night, I spoke to my cousin in Bergen, and for them, it’s very real… and lasting. She lost both parents (yes, my great aunt and uncle), as well as five friends. She contracted it from her parents, and then she passed it on to her children.

    Each person who contracted it, experienced various different side effects; hair loss, blood clots, headaches, etc., and much of it is permanent. Her sister (another cousin) contracted it as well. Both have recovered, although, one lost her hair permanently, and the other now has a permanent blood disorder, which requires weekly attention.

    I’ve seen various “Yahoo front page” stories about these permanent effects, but frankly, I dismissed them, because everything is click-bait bullshit nowadays.

    The thing that strikes me the most about it all, is that this all occurred in Bergen County New Jersey, long before it moved on and took its toll on the rest of the country. That says an awful lot right there. My family are seasoned, veteran, professionals in the medical field. Princeton grads, educated, well off, and easily equipped to protect themselves and avoid danger zones. Nevertheless, they got it bad.

    This experience is so far away from what my own has been, but I’m glad to know it, because I wouldnt have believed it, based on what I see and feel. The fact that tens of thousands contracted it and died, long after we knew about it, just proves that idiocy is far more contagious than Covid.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
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    It’s like they say: they spread of the virus depends heavily on how dense people are, and on how dense people are.

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    I’m lucky to live in a place where, even though we had an early spike, people took it seriously right away.  And even so we still had a lot of chaos and death early on.  Almost everyone wears a mask on the street in Cambridge, and when I’m biking in the woods it’s still about 80%.  I think the same is true for a lot of the rest of the Greater Boston area.

    Not only have we protected ourselves, but our neighboring states have managed to avoid the worst of it as well, thanks in part, I imagine, to how hard those of us in the cities fought to prevent the spread.  Rhode Island, Maine, and even Western Mass are in pretty good shape.

    But folks in other parts of the country observed the Coastal Elites(tm) suffer the early spikes, and in their minds categorized us as the Other.  But the virus doesn’t see it that way, does it?

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    It’s pretty insidious.  It has been spreading just enough to make a bunch of people sick, but not enough to make a bunch of people anyone knows sick.

    The biggest argument I hear from people who don’t want to take precautions is this:  “Do you know anyone who has died from it?”  And when I say no, but I know of others who do, they say “friends of friends, those are just rumors, no one actually dies from this.”

    But I know how to dig up good information on heath-related topics because I used to work in health care, so I’ve been staying informed, and I know it’s serious.  I just don’t know how to convince everyone else that it’s serious.  The net result of that is that I’ve been staying as far away from everyone else as I possibly can.

    I’m in several high-risk groups and I don’t want to test any theories on how it’s going to affect someone with my particular issues.  I’m lucky enough to be almost fully retired (I still take on a few jobs as favors for my favorite, easy clients).  The one band that still rehearses does so outside and takes precautions.  Beyond that I rarely encounter situations that would put me at risk.  It’s been a horribly boring year, but I’d rather be bored than dead.

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    The Governor of Ohio took some pretty drastic measures early on and I think our numbers have generally been lower than many other states.
    I live about 40 minutes Northwest of Columbus (capitol of Ohio for those who prefer maple boards 🤣).  The folks in my county are pretty much a bunch of the “don’t tread on me” types and mask wearing is spotty.
    Even so, the numbers in our fairly large county have been very low. I think only one death due to the ‘Rona.
    I really wish there was solid science regarding the long term effects to those who recover. Sounds like the experiences of your family members doesn’t bode well for those who get it and recover.

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    I’m lucky to live in a place where, even though we had an early spike, people took it seriously right away. And even so we still had a lot of chaos and death early on. Almost everyone wears a mask on the street in Cambridge, and when I’m biking in the woods it’s still about 80%. I think the same is true for a lot of the rest of the Greater Boston area.

    Not only have we protected ourselves, but our neighboring states have managed to avoid the worst of it as well, thanks in part, I imagine, to how hard those of us in the cities fought to prevent the spread. Rhode Island, Maine, and even Western Mass are in pretty good shape.

    But folks in other parts of the country observed the Coastal Elites(tm) suffer the early spikes, and in their minds categorized us as the Other. But the virus doesn’t see it that way, does it?

    It’s definitely eerie, how vacant the cities have become. NYC is a ghost town. And, yes, my community is now inundated with NY and PA plates, ever since it hit. So, not only are they stupid, they’re also selfish, self preservationists.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
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    The Governor of Ohio took some pretty drastic measures early on and I think our numbers have generally been lower than many other states.

    I live about 40 minutes Northwest of Columbus (capitol of Ohio for those who prefer maple boards 🤣). The folks in my county are pretty much a bunch of the “don’t tread on me” types and mask wearing is spotty.

    Even so, the numbers in our fairly large county have been very low. I think only one death due to the ‘Rona.

    I really wish there was solid science regarding the long term effects to those who recover. Sounds like the experiences of your family members doesn’t bode well for those who get it and recover.

    When I was about 21 years old, I was walking of the beach and a very piece of pressure treated lumber, which was hidden under the sand, went into my foot. I went to the emergency annex, and they removed it, or so they thought. Days later, the infection was traveling up my leg and I was very ill, with a serious fever.

    I went to a specialist, and he removed a little more, but it barely helped. I had to return to his office weekly, to have more removed, and after my patience ran out, I asked him to simply slice my foot open, where the splinter was, so that we could be done with it. He refused, because he didn’t want me to have scar tissue… Lol… on the bottom of my foot, Doc?

    So, we found the splinter a few days later, and he couldnt get it out. It was the size of a mini golf pencil. He eventually had to cut my foot open to get it out, and I’ve been trouble free since. However, 30 years later, my foot locks up and my toes curl over, for no reason, at any time, and theres nothing I can do about it. So the scar tissue definitely did leave its signature.

    Its easy to laugh at, in disbelief, when you don’t have to deal with it.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    @amyadarkness I hope you don’t think I was making fun of the situation. I agree it’s more serious than most seem to be taking it.

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    @amyadarkness I hope you don’t think I was making fun of the situation. I agree it’s more serious than most seem to be taking it.

    No, I didn’t take it that way… And around here, we usually DO make fun of everything, anyway.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    And around here, we usually DO make fun of everything, anyway.

    Well, when you have a penis as tiny as yours, then you’re just asking for it.

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    Well, weve all heard the stories about how well-hung black guys are, so obviously, Jeff would beat me in a contest, but you have no business poking fun at it… When it comes to cocks, you’re not a Texas Ranger… You’re a Rescue ranger!

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    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    My husband’s office is in Bergen, Hackensack to be exact. He has been working remotely since the end of February.  Luckily he has only been up there 4 or 5 times since the COVID hit the fan.  We are pretty sure that all three of the kids had some form of COVID starting in December. My youngest was over 3 weeks until she felt better and 3 rounds of antibiotics.

    I have come to kick ass

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    We are all just a bunch of stupid humans jumping up and down on a rock that’s hurling through space at 1000 miles and hour.  Covid could wipe humanity off the face of this plaint and it wouldn’t make a difference.

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    https://elemental.medium.com/a-supercomputer-analyzed-covid-19-and-an-interesting-new-theory-has-emerged-31cb8eba9d63 Interesting new development

    I’ve had that open in a tab on my phone for three days, but my brain is like, “NO PROSE!  ONLY MEME!!”

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    https://elemental.medium.com/a-supercomputer-analyzed-covid-19-and-an-interesting-new-theory-has-emerged-31cb8eba9d63 Interesting new development

    I’ve had that open in a tab on my phone for three days, but my brain is like, “NO PROSE! ONLY MEME!!”

    It’s basically more of the same stuff we’re already figuring out.  COVID is a vascular disease, which should surprise no one who’s been paying attention to the details at this point but still seems to surprise most people.

    The big takeaway from that article (I think, I read it yesterday so hopefully I’m thinking about the correct one) is that the stuff happening in the body is coming from a different systemic reaction that was previously thought (bradykinins rather than cytokines), so that provides a new research target for treatment possibilities.  But we don’t yet have new treatments.

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    All I know is…

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    I have at least two to three masks on or near my person at any given time. One on my face, a backup mask in my pocket in case something happens to my first mask (like a gross allergy-sneeze attack at an inopportune time), and one in my car. And the one I wear as a thong to share with a friend who forgot theirs.

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    Just remember—- Wear a mask, wash the mask, wash your hands or use hand-sanitizer. And about all don’t be an idiot.  My Friend from high school lost her husband in March to COVID.  He was compromised, had a heart condition and recently had stents put in and on top of that he was a nurse.

    I have come to kick ass

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    This thread sucks, I don’t see any Corvids.

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