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    Would You Say You're More Likely or Less Likely To Wear Masks In Indoor Public Places This Fall Than You Were This Summer?

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    PostThe Last Outlaw Thu Aug 26, 2021 3:51 pm

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    Carla K. Johnson and Nicky Forster of The Associated Press wrote:The U.S. is projected to see nearly 100,000 more COVID-19 deaths between now and Dec. 1, according to the nation's most closely watched forecasting model. But health experts say that toll could be cut in half if nearly everyone wore a mask in public spaces.

    100,000 More COVID Deaths Seen Unless US Changes Its Ways AANMa4o

    In other words, what the coronavirus has in store this fall depends on human behavior.

    “Behavior is really going to determine if, when and how sustainably the current wave subsides,” said Lauren Ancel Meyers, director of the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium. “We cannot stop delta in its tracks, but we can change our behavior overnight.”

    100,000 More COVID Deaths Seen Unless US Changes Its Ways AANMjrv

    That means doubling down again on masks, limiting social gatherings, staying home when sick and getting vaccinated. “Those things are within our control,” Meyers said.

    The U.S. is in the grip of a fourth wave of infection this summer, powered by the highly contagious delta variant, which has sent cases, hospitalizations and deaths soaring again, swamped medical centers, burned out nurses and erased months of progress against the virus.

    100,000 More COVID Deaths Seen Unless US Changes Its Ways AANMevg

    Deaths are running at over 1,100 a day on average, turning the clock back to mid-March. One influential model, from the University of Washington, projects an additional 98,000 Americans will die by the start of December, for an overall death toll of nearly 730,000.

    The projection says deaths will rise to nearly 1,400 a day by mid-September, then decline slowly.

    But the model also says many of those deaths can be averted if Americans change their ways.

    “We can save 50,000 lives simply by wearing masks. That’s how important behaviors are,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle who is involved in the making of the projections.

    Already there are signs that Americans are taking the threat more seriously.

    Amid the alarm over the delta variant in the past several weeks, the slump in demand for COVID-19 shots reversed course. The number of vaccinations dispensed per day has climbed around 80% over the past month to an average of about 900,000.

    White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said Tuesday that in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, “more people got their first shots in the past month than in the prior two months combined.”

    Also, millions of students are being required to wear masks. A growing number of employers are demanding their workers get the vaccine after the federal government gave Pfizer's shot full approval earlier this week. And cities like New York and New Orleans are insisting people get vaccinated if they want to eat at a restaurant.

    Half of American workers are in favor of vaccine requirements at their workplaces, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

    Early signs suggest behavior changes may already be flattening the curve in a few places where the virus raged this summer.

    An Associated Press analysis shows the rate of new cases is slowing in Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana and Arkansas, some of the same states where first shots are on the rise. In Florida, pleas from hospitals and a furor over masks in schools may have nudged some to take more precautions.

    However, the troubling trends persist in Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming, where new infections continue to rise steadily.

    Mokdad said he is frustrated that Americans "aren’t doing what it takes to control this virus.”

    “I don’t get it,” he said. “We have a fire and nobody wants to deploy a firetruck.”

    One explanation: The good news in the spring — vaccinations rising, cases declining — gave people a glimpse of the way things used to be, said Elizabeth Stuart of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and that made it tough for them to resume the precautions they thought they left behind.

    “We don’t need to fully hunker down,” she said, “but we can make some choices that reduce risk.”

    Even vaccinated people should stay vigilant, said Dr. Gaby Sauza, 30, of Seattle, who was inoculated over the winter but tested positive for COVID-19 along with other guests days after an Aug. 14 Vermont wedding, even though the festivities were mostly outdoors and those attending had to submit photos of their vaccination cards.

    “In retrospect, absolutely, I do wish I had worn a mask,” she said.

    Sauza, a resident in pediatrics, will miss two weeks of hospital work and has wrestled with guilt over burdening her colleagues. She credits the vaccine with keeping her infection manageable, though she suffered several days of body aches, fevers, night sweats, fatigue, coughing and chest pain.

    “If we behave, we can contain this virus. If we don’t behave, this virus is waiting for us,” Mokdad said. “It’s going to find the weak among us.”

    If you're apart of the "My Body My Choice" crowd, this is mostly directed toward you.

    Here's a fact that I've seen on news. Everyone who has contracted COVID-19 from this variant, are the very same ones who said they would not take the vaccine even if it was FDA approved. Those are the people who end up saying they wished they could have taken said vaccine, to which the doctors will tell those unvaccinated patients that it's too late. I don't need to tell you what comes next.

    But hey, I can plead with you until I'm blue in the face (with a mask on) in person, or I can plead with you until my fingers are numb on this forum, and there will still be those people who will not take the vaccine.

    So to those of you in this category, I will say humbly, HEY! DO YOU! I'LL SEE YOU ON THE NEWS... PROBABLY AS JUST ANOTHER STATISTIC.

    Just Saying.
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    PostKyng Sun Aug 29, 2021 6:41 am

    I had to vote "Equally as likely", because I've been wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces throughout the summer - and I intend to continue doing so.

    But, there was one story I read a couple of days ago that absolutely broke my heart. A woman was hospitalised with COVID - and then, when she came home, she found her husband dead in bed from the virus:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/woman-finds-husband-dead-covid-b1909528.html

    Both she and her husband were unvaccinated. She now intends to get the vaccine in September - although, obviously, it won't bring her husband back Sad .

    I don't wish to suggest that this is karma for them not taking the vaccine or anything like that (because I do feel absolutely horrible for her); however, I hope this serves as a warning to those who are still unvaccinated. (It is true that "breakthrough infections" of vaccinated people do happen; however, they don't happen at the same rate, and they tend not to be anywhere near as serious)

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    PostThe Last Outlaw Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:14 am

    @Kyng wrote:I had to vote "Equally as likely", because I've been wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces throughout the summer - and I intend to continue doing so.

    But, there was one story I read a couple of days ago that absolutely broke my heart. A woman was hospitalised with COVID - and then, when she came home, she found her husband dead in bed from the virus:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/woman-finds-husband-dead-covid-b1909528.html

    Both she and her husband were unvaccinated. She now intends to get the vaccine in September - although, obviously, it won't bring her husband back Sad .

    I don't wish to suggest that this is karma for them not taking the vaccine or anything like that (because I do feel absolutely horrible for her); however, I hope this serves as a warning to those who are still unvaccinated. (It is true that "breakthrough infections" of vaccinated people do happen; however, they don't happen at the same rate, and they tend not to be anywhere near as serious)

    You are echoing my exact sentiments. It's time to wake up, stop using those lame excuses and get vaccinated!

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