A place to discuss the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on you and the ones you love.
Posted on: Mar 11, 2020 11:31PM
Increasingly, it's feeling like the elephant in the middle of the room. So, I thought I would open a thread where we can air our concerns, frustrations, fears, and nervous humor about the SARS-CoV2 virus and give each other support. Do you work, and can you work from home? Kids in school? Are you practicing "social distancing" and to what degree? Are your family members and caregivers doing the same? What are the practical considerations and concerns you deal with on a daily basis? Is there an outbreak near you?
I'm hoping we can come here to support each other, commiserate, and get through it together. It would certainly help me.
Blessings and waves - from 6 feet away - to all of you.
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May 4, 2020 12:28PM - edited May 4, 2020 12:38PM by exbrnxgrl
If you are logged in you should see two options at the bottom of your post. They read Edit/Delete. I am well aware of Kennedy’s stance on vaccines. I am also aware of the fact that some people will have adverse reactions to vaccines. However, I was Peace Corps volunteer in a country with limited vaccine availability. I was there a year or two before smallpox was declared eradicated. Once you see many people in a given population crippled by polio, scarred or killed by smallpox, and on and on for vaccine preventable diseases, the anti-vaccine movement makes little sense.
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May 4, 2020 03:11PM - edited May 4, 2020 03:12PM by DivineMrsM
marijen, as stated, I was already aware of the stance RFK Jr. has taken on vaccines. It is not new news, so your post wasn't revealing anything to me I hadn't already known. I have read quite a few biographies and autobiographies on the Kennedys, from Jackie, of course, to Ethel and Ted, Maria, Caroline, John Jr., Patrick, and more, as well as numerous compilation books on various family members. So it is natural that I read up on them when one of them is in the news. I had already known about RFK Jr.'s views on vaccines as it's been written up about the past few years.
I worked as an aide at an elementary, and our school district, like many, did not permit students to attend school without the proper vaccinations. I do not agree with RFK Jr.s opinion. I've heard quite a few stories like the one exbrnxgrl above mentions, where people have seen the effects first hand on what the absence of vaccines can do to a population. I've had nurses tell me about the tragedy of children dying from a childhood illness unnecessarily because a vaccine could have saved the children's lives.
The anti vaxxers love having someone so recognizable as their poster spokesperson for their cause, but as much as I admire the Kennedy family, RFK Jr.s celebrity status doesn't sway me.
May 4, 2020 03:29PM - edited May 4, 2020 03:31PM by marijen
It's NOT about anti-vaxing as I said before. Therefore I think your follow up posts are not necessary but I would take it down if I could since it upsets you. There is no edit option under that and other posts that I can see. It must be a website glitch as most posts do have edit options which I have used for years.
I am not an anti- vaxer to be clear.
Edited to say that RFK jr said he justs wants the vaccines to be SAFE! And he has seen the data on them all.
May 4, 2020 04:47PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Kennedy is a well-known anti-vaxxer.
Most people want safe vaccines. I do agree with Kennedy that "Operation Warp Speed" to have a vaccine available by year end is dangerous.
Once a well-tested vaccine is ready, I'll mask up and get in line.
May 4, 2020 06:17PM marijen wrote:
Yes Serenity, please no Warp Speed which now I understand. I haven’t been a follower of the anti- vax movement. I just happened upon the Interview that I had to watch to the end. 2 1/2 hours. It would be nice if people watched it before comments. It gives so much food for thought on many issues.
RFK Jr himself says in it, he tried to get the mercury out of fish for over thirty years and he was never labeled anti-fish. He’s also against Monsanto etc. but has not been called anti-food.
After watching I will not hold my breath for a vaccine and the only thing I can do is strengthen my immune system. And live cautiously until it’s safe. I have only been out three times in the last month and only because I stupidly broke my wrist. But I did get to see how Urgent care, Er and my Hospital are handling the pandemic. It has been very reassuring. I even got a covid test before surgery.
Yes exbrngirl, some people have bad reactions. Another itme he covers.
Anyways I feel no need to convince anyone, I was just sharing.
May 4, 2020 08:40PM Sadiesservant wrote:
Hi All, can we move on please? Given everything we have to deal with?
I, for one, sincerely hope that an effective and safe vaccine is coming as soon as is feasible. While I have no immediate plans for travel, I do feel this is impacting the precious time that I and other stage IV gals have. (And what I would give for a haircut!)
Stay safe everyone!
May 6, 2020 04:55AM marijen wrote:Defense minister claims Israel's biological institute developed virus antibody Naftali Bennett hails 'amazing achievement'; his office says shadowy defense research facility moving to patent treatment, approaching international companies to mass produce it 5 May 2020, 1:06 am
Illustration of a man receiving a vaccine. November 06, 2018. (David Cohen/FLASH90)
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday said he witnessed a "significant breakthrough" by Israel's defense biological research institute in developing an antibody to COVID-19, as the researchers wrapped up the development phase and moved to patent and mass produce the potential treatment.
Bennett visited the labs of the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), a secretive unit that works under the Prime Minister's Office, in Ness Ziona and was shown the "antibody that attacks the virus in a monoclonal way and can neutralize it within the bodies of those ill," according to a statement from his office.
May 6, 2020 08:32AM - edited May 6, 2020 10:59AM by Sadiesservant
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