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  1. The entire interview was top notch. Chuck Todd could learn a thing or two on pressing a question.
  2. That's what it looks like to me also. Probably needed some labs drawn for phase 3 of his physical - we'll probably hear how he passed the cognitive test again.
  3. I think the media is partially to blame. When everything is oversimplified into raw cases and deaths using a scoreboard like it's the Superb Owl, it downplays how much is still unknown. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/brain-fog-heart-damage-covid-19-s-lingering-problems-alarm-scientists This nonchalant approach like we know all that needs to be learned baffles my mind. Some people will take more precautions to avoid herpes than they would this disease with worse (and potentially indefinite) effects.
  4. Your SIL and other healthcare workers like her are frustrating - not only is having a house party a careless act in and of itself but it'll have impacts on other people who don't work with covid patients. I'm sure anyone questioning the severity of the disease thought it can't be too bad if a nurse impacted by it isn't following guidelines. This virus lends itself well to conspiracy theories: the incubation period and severity/range of symptoms alone can make any conspiracy theory-curious person doubt the impacts of the disease. Then you add inconvenience to the me-first-instant-gratification culture in the US, and top everything off with an incompetent/evil administration that caused further distrust by having wildly different messages. For the majority who didn't fall into this category and are taking things seriously, the lack of necessary action due to pisspoor national testing/tracing infrastructure (ie, none) and federal support for those affected by any lockdowns to actually remain indoors has contributed to us spinning our wheels and making no progress. Without a doubt, HRC would have managed this better. 1. HRC may have sat on COVID similar to other countries but she wouldn't wait for it to spread in the community before taking action. 2. As mentioned earlier, she wouldn't have disbanded (nor discredited) the taskforce. 3. The Obama playbook would not go to waste (from what I recall - included in it were procuring PPE and equipment, as well as establishing testing and tracing necessities). 4. PPP, unemployment benefits, and sick leave support wouldn't be this wishful thought that Americans who qualify hopefully get it. 5. Let's assume there are no changes to lives lost to police brutality - HRC would not go benghazi on Portland and threaten other cities, further empowering the right wing talking point "if it's safe to protest and riot, it's safe to fully reopen the economy and fuck masks herp derp." An earlier response with an actual strategy would have saved a shit ton of lives. I have no doubts HRC would have carried out a strategy, leaning on the experts to guide the conversation rather than this bullshit "plan" we have now. Sidenote: There is a huge difference in federal response to Ebola when compared to COVID. The level of preparation we took for Ebola mirrored how the federal government guided the conversation. With COVID, we weren't moving nearly as quick, partially due to the false sense of security the Trump a administration was trying to portray. There are other factors to consider, but we definitely weren't alone with a slow start.
  5. ftfy From the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm) as of today: "Total predicted number of excess deaths since 2/1/2020 across the United States: 148,482 - 202,836" and the ride ain't over.
  6. Ayyyyy. To be fair, I don't see them at all - contactless delivery is the way to go.
  7. That's terrible. Been supporting by ordering from local restaurants on postmates when I've been too lazy to cook (which has been more way too often πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ).
  8. I (dis)like how he's still hospitalized but his minions are tweeting out terrible things under his name. The hospitalization isn't too surprising for someone very sick. The length of stay for someone in our unit has been on the longer side of things. We just took someone off ecmo after 40+ days. Knowing how much this administration lies, bringing up other organs in the tweet makes me think he's worse off than they're leading on.
  9. Curious to see the mental gymnastics saying kneeling *before* the anthem disrespects the anthem. πŸ€”
  10. If I could use multiple emotes, I would, so I went with how I felt first. πŸ™ƒ
  11. (This isn't directed at you, just a general statement) It's fucking frustrating when I hear "I'll survive anyways." This piece was a nice glimpse into reality but I'm hoping it doesn't give people false hope that some treatments are just around the corner. ECMO is such a scarce resource, both the physical machine and the staff to run it (perfusionists or RN specialists). So far we're seeing a 50% survivability rate with ECMO. We're definitely having the same experiences - higher acuity needing more staff (some days we're needing 19 nurses for 12 COVID patients), loss of words for why labs are wonky, isolation affecting patients and staff. Super thankful we're not surging (yet), but the wait and anxiety is brutal. I'm absolutely concerned, nearby areas are impacted and trying to offload to other hospitals. COVID fucking sucksssssss. E: Because as frustrated as I am at all the entitled jerks, I'm super proud to work with the people I work with. Shameless plug of some colleagues: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/health/story/2020-06-13/on-the-bleeding-edge-of-the-covid-19-fight
  12. This is the kind of stuff that gets me... yea, you're most likely to survive COVID-19, but that's rarely followed up by how they'll cope if they get hospitalized and need intense treatments. Extended periods on the vent is going to be a rough time with rehab plus the thought of needing to recover from delirium and PICS (post-intensive-care-syndrome) is a hard pass. No fucking thanks. If you're down for good reads: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/04/life-after-the-icu/610384/?fbclid=IwAR1q9Xsywc4YKDV2CAIMQh2TQJDvdlTviXpGhCgXQxttv6J_yd0Q6cv-AQU https://www.theatlantic.com/video/archive/2020/05/icu-delirium/611155/
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