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  1. Bingoloid

    I want a refund from Spectrum

    ESPN is actually the single biggest cost-driver of cable/satellite. They're able to charge a ton and people who don't watch sports much subsidize it through their subscription. I wonder how much more cord-cutting will be driven by a lack of sports content.
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    Why Battisti can't win

    Paul should run for Congress. Note that I didn't say he should be in Congress. I just think it'd be fun to see him try.
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    Corona Virus

    That's just so crazy to me. Why not pick up a bunch and save the time from all the stops and a little money buying in bulk? It's not like it goes bad or there's some big question around whether or not you're going to need it. You're not going to decide to give up pooping for Lent.
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    Corona Virus

    In all seriousness, do people really just not stock toilet paper? Most people have a closet, for crying out loud. It sounds unbelievably inconvenient to just buy a 4-pack and have to buy another one constantly. I always keep about 12 rolls under the sink and OH JESUS CHRIST THEY KNOW ABOUT THE STASH THEY'RE COMING THROUGH THE WINDOWS
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    New York has its first confirmed case of Coronavirus

    Thank you. I had just written something about this same incident in the other thread. Let me point out, the claim "only 19%" have severe symptoms should wake people up, not make them feel better. The symptoms used in the report to measure "severe" and "critical" are people who are gravely ill, sicker than most adults have ever experienced, mostly people who need hospital care immediately. The 6% of cases who present as "critical" have sepsis, multiple organ failure, etc. About 1-in-5 cases landed in the hospital in China, and Nassau County reports that 10 of their 40 are in hospital, so there's a real possibility that the data is holding up. Once again, that is what healthcare systems are melting down over. There is nothing in a typical cold and flu season that creates a burden anything like this and American hospitals are not much better prepared than Chinese or Italian hospitals were. Everybody who takes a little personal responsibility right now for making minor sacrifices and paying a little more attention to slow the spread is making room in a hospital for a fellow American who needs help and taking some pressure off first responders and medical professionals.
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    Corona Virus

    Yeah. People aren't getting it that the point is to slow the spread before it kills more people than the flu, and that it has the potential to do so several times over if left to run unchecked. That's why China and Italy have gone nuclear after they realized they'd missed the boat. Television media is not presenting that fact very well, though major print media is doing a better job. With the 1918 flu, St. Louis took social distancing measures right after they detected it. Philadelphia did not. The difference in the slowed infection rates amounted to many thousands of lives, cutting the equivalent total of deaths before enough people had been infected for herd immunity to kick in by a large percentage. https://www.pnas.org/content/104/18/7582 The British Prime Minister all but admitted last night that they won't be able to tighten up hard enough at this point , and advised the public to prepare to lose loved ones. Downstate hospitals are already negotiating with underused upstate hospitals for excess beds to take patients on diversion. Providence, a major Catholic medical system, has real estate agents scouring cities for empty lots to set up tent hospitals. People don't need to panic, but they do need to use common sense. This will blow over and I know school closures are genuine inconveniences for people who have to figure out childcare, but the number of people upstate crying that their lives are ruined because they might have to skip getting drunk with all the other drunks for once in their lives is pathetic. It's not that big of a sacrifice to stay home and read with your kids for a few Saturday nights in a row because you care about your community and country, and nothing like what's asked of doctors and nurses in communities hit hard by this - or spending a couple weeks in a hospital.
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    No Corona Test kits at area hospitals.

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    Corona Virus

    Holy shit, this is the best use of this meme I've ever seen
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    2 students tested positive in Broome County

    I've slathered my entire body in NYS Clean. Thank you for keeping us safe, Governor Cuomo.
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    New York has its first confirmed case of Coronavirus

    The answer, as of this morning, is that there 1,363 cases in the United States, about 1,000 unrelated to known travel, and 15 have recovered. The largest cluster in the country is tied to New Rochelle, 113 cases. It's also worth pointing out that other countries are now reporting cases contracted from their travelers visiting America or from American travelers bringing it in.
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    Seven NEW cruises left Miami today.

    Miami-Dade police claim the 21-year-old was a rough draft police report based on a miscommunication, so officially, no case. https://wsvn.com/news/local/miami-dade/hoax-no-coronavirus-case-at-kendall-regional-medical-center-mdpd-says/ Also claim that the firefighter tested negative. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article241099416.html Yet confirm three other Florida cases, including a 63-year-old New Yorker. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article241116156.html Seems like there was a confusing night down there.
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    Scientists looking for Coronavirus Test Subjects

    It's perfect. I mean, he was worried about how bills are going to get paid when if has to quarantine. The problem solves itself.
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    No Corona Test kits at area hospitals.

    So, the reason is because I have to follow this for my job anyway, and I am aware that '75 is not alone. There's a large contingent of people in our community who are so committed to thinking this is some kind of liberal media hoax that they're in denial about the warnings coming from Trump's own circle. BCVoice influences the community whether people admit it or not, and I'd like to think getting the facts out helps in some small way. Everyone who smartens up and helps to delay the transmission of the epidemic even a little bit may end up freeing up a hospital bed needed to treat somebody who can't if this continues to worsen in the region. So to the point about hospitalization rates, here is the World Health Organization's report on the initial outbreak in China: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/who-china-joint-mission-on-covid-19-final-report.pdf See page 12: "13.8% have severe disease (dyspnea, respiratory frequency ≥30/minute, blood oxygen saturation ≤93%, PaO2/FiO2 ratio 50% of the lung field within 24-48 hours) and 6.1% are critical (respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ dysfunction/failure)". Also from their March 11th sitrep analyzing cases worldwide: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200306-sitrep-46-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=96b04adf_4 "15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections, requiring ventilation." The claims that "most people have mild symptoms" and "you almost certainly won't die unless you're really old or unhealthy" are true, but hide the size of this group, people who will recover but become desperately sick. This is what ended up overwhelming the hospital system in both Hubei and Lombardy as the disease began to spread faster, forcing near-total shutdowns of both countries. A typical intensive care stay for COVID-19 may be around 10 days (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2761044), which is a very long time to be taking up an ICU bed. Here are some example cases stuck spending a week or two in the ICU because this is nearly killing them: 48-year-old school vice-principal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-patient-recounts-coming-one-inch-from-death-11583866316 38-year-old business manager: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/patient-icu-virus-pushes-italy-brink-69498352 There is also a Phildelphia pediatric cardiologist, age unknown, in critical condition (see above, should be read as "in danger of death without urgent care"), who exposed many patients: https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-childrens-hospital-philadelphia-cardiologist-penn-medicine-20200310.html One of his patients, a 35-year-old parent, is purportedly now also in intensive care based on statements by that patient's family. Heart specialist at Maimonides last week publicly trying to wave down a pharmaceutical company for help setting up an emergency trial for a 30-year-old physician last week: One of those links I provided is about Italy's first patient. From the time he went in to the time he got out f the ICU, so many patients were streaming in that the entirety of northern Italy was being gradually shut down to try to get the outbreak under control. Now all public businesses are closed nationwide, except pharmacies and grocery stores. Italy is at the point that they are considering guidelines automatically refusing intensive care to all patients over a cutoff age so that they can save hospital resources for younger patients with better chances of survival: https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/italian-doctors-propose-intensive-care-age-limit-to-save-younger-patients-20200312-p5499t.html Those posting dumb shit telling people to ignore this because of the low death rate are clowns. As outbreaks speed up, the tidal wave of people needing help gets bigger, too, and they start taking down doctors and nurses as they become infected, as well. If it's not slowed, it can quickly cripple entire hospitals. Trump's press conference last night should have removed all doubt that this is not about the "the libs" and "the media" for those who prefer tin foil, but it should have already been obvious Italy and China did not wreck their own countries as some kind of election year stunt. People don't need to panic. They do need to be adults and realize that what they're being asked to do to keep this from becoming a regional disaster runs a little deeper than "just wash your hands more". It's modestly inconvenient to sanitize high-touch surfaces, avoid large crowds, cancel unnecessary travel, etc., but not nearly as inconvenient as you or someone you know spending a week breathing through a machine. If you're worried about being able to go to work and earn your paycheck, using common sense right now will contribute to things not deteriorating until they have to start closing workplaces. No joke.
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    No Corona Test kits at area hospitals.

    I always have receipts because that is how the Bingoloid do. I'm in-flight right now but will prepare something for you as soon as I'm able to get ahead of my emails.
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    New York has its first confirmed case of Coronavirus

    My understanding is that a few hundred students in the Study Abroad program studying in the worst-impacted countries had to be repatriated and that several dorms were opened to house them during their quarantine. Last week, Trump mentioned that they're going to try to do something for the uninsured. There's a disaster recovery fund that may be diverted to pay for their care directly. Unfortunately, emergency federal spending to bail out unemployment insurance systems, Medicare, airlines, private hospital systems and insurers, and the already-failing multiemployer pensions are very plausible results of all of this. Very few small businesses have insurance that will cover disruption by epidemic, and direct cash to offset their losses and lost wages during any area quarantines would not surprise me at all.
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    No Corona Test kits at area hospitals.

    🙄 Way to miss the point, but nothing but love, '75.
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    No Corona Test kits at area hospitals.

    Couple of points: 1) It's not about the lethality, and it never has been. It's the shocking number of patients who end up needing hospitalization and special care for days or weeks, completely swamping the medical system until it crumbles and compromises care for everyone. That was the cause of the Chinese lockdowns after they realized they'd lost control of it. In Lombardy, they're currently on track to end up with 10x as many ICU patients as they have ICU beds by the end of the month, and five figures of additional regular patients on top of the usual load. 2) People aren't quarantined because they're sick, they're quarantined to see if they're getting sick with a disease that can't be allowed to be spread. In other words, in your plan, maybe you end up in the ICU with a tube down your throat with your family unable to visit you and maybe you don't, but once the outbreak starts at work, your coworkers and their families are the ones who end up quarantined and if you work for a small business, there's a good chance you'll wipe them out, because somebody actually thought this was a better idea than just getting diagnosed quickly and having a legitimate excuse to skip work while they see if they recover. 3) In our area, community spread is probably going to mostly end up hitting people on Medicare/Medicaid the hardest and much of private healthcare is still paid for by taxpayers, so again, in your plan, we taxpayers will foot the bill for the additional caseload created by Super Spreader 75's daring stunt. People shouldn't be fearful or panic. They do need to be more cautious than usual.
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    Harder rides through St Pats parade in tank?

    I hope they were pushing filtered air out of that hatch through a CBRN system. If Harder gets coronavirus from that crowd, the old man's a goner.
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    No Corona Test kits at area hospitals.

    So there's speculating based on "common sense", and then there the dumpster fire that is actually burning, which is being discussed openly by medical, scientific, and industrial professionals. What I've seen is this: The virus's genome was published on January 9th, ten days after the WHO became aware of it and work began worldwide. The United States, China, and Germany all developed tests independently in about a month. The German tests were quickly adopted by the World Health Organization and shipped worldwide. The United States, on the other hand, initially insisted on controlling tests inside the CDC (supposedly to guarantee "precision"), but was so backed up that they ended up shipping some out to states to perform themselves on February 5th. By February 12th, they had to admit that the tests were defective. Rather than adopting the test most of the world is using so we could get back to work, we continued to try to fix our in-house product. At the same time, FDA effectively barred state labs from building their own tests in parallel. The CDC is still struggling to deliver new tests a month later. LifeCare in Kirkland complains that they actually have 26 dead and are still seeing new symptoms, but can't even get tests for their surviving residents. Then, there's the capacity. Just because you can get tests doesn't mean you have anywhere to run them. California and Washington have the highest testing capacity in the country, but it isn't nearly enough to keep up with the number of tests needed to monitor just the people who are being quarantined as we miss untested cases and it continues to spread. The FDA finally approved the Wadsworth Center to run their own tests here in New York, but it's not nearly enough. New York has been waiting for a week to hear back on a number of major private medical labs like Northwell. Other states are in much worse positions, some have capacity to handle as few as a dozen tests a day. CDC is no longer disclosing how many tests have actually been performed. The real number is unclear but far lower than the number of people we've had to ask to quarantine. On Friday, the President claimed that "anyone who wants a test can get a test". This is technically true only in the sense that it is now legal for you to get one with a doctor's order, but the chances of your doctor being able to get it for you are very low. The "million tests" do not exist and we can only hope to get spun up to handling 10,000/day nationwide sometime soon, while China is handling more than ten times that. I'm not blaming Trump for this, it's part of years of neglect of this aspect of government at all levels, but he is not being straight with the public. We lost about six weeks and now we're trying to figure out how to test just the people we already know probably have it - including dead people - so that we can figure out how many more people have to quarantine while hospitals struggle to figure out what to do to keep their influx of "undifferentiated pneumonia" patients safe from each other and protect staff. Meanwhile South Korea and Germany are standing up drive-through testing checkpoints to get people tested without contaminating hospitals.
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    No Corona Test kits at area hospitals.

    What you're saying sounds entirely correct to me. I'm not an epidemiologist and I'm not going to pretend I'm qualified to say this, but I did get trained up on some related issues and follow public health journals for my job. I understand the desire not to scare people, but my instinct is that as an administrator, you'd either have to be in denial or asleep at the wheel to let EMTs respond to respiratory distress calls around the valley without additional mandatory PPE right now, whether the individuals involved are worried or not. It would also make sense to designate specific people to handle respiratory distress calls on each shift and procedures for them to decontaminate after those calls and maintain social distance from other first responders to reduce the risk of a situation where thirty people cross paths and hug each others' families at happy hours before someone finds out they all have to stay home. My sense is that a lot of agencies nationwide are covering their ass with "we're following the guidelines" to the bare minimum - or less - to avoid spending money or disrupting operations. That might still make sense in much of the country, but hopefully someone in the valley is thinking clearly. I seem to recall one of our regular posters is an EMT and I wonder what they're telling him. I know one of the national nursing unions is absolutely irate about how little cooperation they're getting from management in making their workplaces safe.
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    No Corona Test kits at area hospitals.

    The LifeCare situation is an absolute disaster. I'd really like to hear something from Broome County clarifying that they're planning ahead so that they don't end up with a large number of first responders quarantined and unavailable like Kirkland did. I'm not expecting to hear that, because I don't expect they're planning that far ahead.
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    New York has its first confirmed case of Coronavirus

    If they need to get paid, they need to get paid, but I LOLed at the implication that it's some kind of Scooby Doo mystery why they're being asked to do this. I'm guessing some the older faculty don't even want to get paid. They just don't want to learn anything. Last I knew, a few of them still won't use email or calendars.
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    New York has its first confirmed case of Coronavirus

    Apparently the SUNY Broome faculty union leadership is sending out conspiracy theory emails acting like this is all a hoax by the administration to trick Luddite professors into learning the skills to teach online. They seemingly don't realize the campus will inevitably be forced to close to in-person classes if there are a few area cases.
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    Joe Biden is mentally ill

    Does anybody know where we vote on Super Thursday? My sister Jill wasn't sure and I asked the phonograph Alexa but it didn't know either. I broke a nail and I can't find my teeth.
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