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Old 04-17-20, 06:56 PM
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San Francisco celebrates the end of the pandemic

Those who forget the past ...

The first great San Francisco pandemic came to a close with a citywide celebration, at noon on Nov. 21, 1918.

A whistle blew, church bells rang, and citizens who had endured sickness, death and many hard days of sacrifice to battle the Spanish influenza tore off their mandatory masks and threw them into the streets.

“After four weeks of muzzled misery, San Francisco unmasked at noon yesterday and ventured to draw its breath,” The Chronicle reported the next day, describing the scene. “Despite the published prayers of the Health Department for conservation of gauze, the sidewalks and runnels were strewn with the relics of a torturous month.”

Except that wasn’t the end. The flu roared back in January, nearly doubling the death toll, and taking advantage of a city that had completely let down its guard. The Bay Area, up until then a national pandemic success story, became a cautionary tale.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/...A-15191518.php
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Old 04-20-20, 07:34 AM
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I believe you are right in thinking we will celebrate too soon. Someone famous, maybe Henry Ford, once said history is bunk. If history is bunk it is only because no one pays attention to it. Covid-19 is new so that making any predictions about it based on how other viral infections have behaved is not backed up by any science. For example a recent news item reported that an actor had a leg amputated due to Covid-19 complications. So the puzzle is, how does a viral infection that supposedly effects the respiratory system cause a leg to be amputated? Rather than spewing answers, political masterminds should be asking questions or better yet, just keep their mouths shut and let virologists do their work. If one wishes to learn something, one asks questions.
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
just keep their mouths shut and let virologists do their work.
My wife keeps saying this to me. (She is a virologist. What is it with those folks?)

PS: It's causing a huge number of kidney failures, too.
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good thing the morons protesting safety measures have back hoes & bull dozers - the mass graves in the Bronx are only for New Yorkers
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I will continue to avoid crowds of idiots long into foreseeable future.
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Note there was an "Anti-mask League" that helped with the resurgence of the pandemic.
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Old 04-21-20, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Note there was an "Anti-mask League" that helped with the resurgence of the pandemic.
I did not know that (so I looked it up).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-M..._San_Francisco
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
My wife keeps saying this to me. (She is a virologist. What is it with those folks?)

PS: It's causing a huge number of kidney failures, too.
the kidney failures are causing a huge problem for people with diabetes.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I will continue to avoid crowds of idiots long into foreseeable future.
So where are you planning to bunker down? A mountain top in Tibet?

BTW, do crowds of idiots get herd immunity? Just wondering.
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Old 04-25-20, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
So where are you planning to bunker down? A mountain top in Tibet?
I've been doing pretty well avoiding crowds of idiots here in Philly. The key words are "crowds" and "idiots." In fact, I have been doing well avoiding most crowds, especially now that markets here are only allowing a certain number of people in at a time. Whole Foods have never been to pleasant to shop in, and they keep the wine well stocked.

What I really mean is that everything could open tomorrow and you still would not catch me at happy hour, the movies, etc. And I still get t work from home for the foreseeable, which means I am still getting paid.

Now it's off to an indoor farm market (before it gets crowded) for a whole fish to grill for dinner then to the mountains for some exercise.
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I will continue to avoid crowds of idiots long into foreseeable future.
Me too
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