It gets personal

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  1. Biddlin

    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    I just found out that a longtime friend has passed from CV19. Robbie Waters was a police lieutenant, county sheriff and city councilman who I worked closely with on a number of projects over the years. He was a true gentleman who loved his neighbors and his city.
    Please protect yourselves and others. Practice social distancing, wear a mask in public and don't promote voodoo.
     
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    So sorry to hear about your old friend. I use an FFP mask any time I am close to other people, and I keep a small spray bottle of IPA in my pocket. I know the numbers in London are way down, but they are bumping along close to the bottom but not disappearing entirely. The stats suggest that the victims these days are mostly teens, who are no longer distancing the way they are advised. So unless the government passes some actual enforceable mask legislation, we are not going to see the end of this curse. Time to start wielding a bigger stick.
     
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    That shouldn't need to be said, but unfortunately common sense doesn't seem too common in these times
     
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    Here's London's latest. The "weekend" effect is pretty obvious.

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    Sorry to hear that pal, he sounds like a good man and loss to many.

    If nothing else, we all have no excuse for not being better players, seems how we should be sitting in our rooms jamming.
     
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    Yeah I lost one friend so far but very worried about next 10 months. We do very little sit in house and luckily are able to work from home.

    This virus is a killer and especially good at attacking people with any health issues. But it can also be fatal for people with no health concerns.

    Damn I would be happy to pay for my family all getting a couple of the different things now in phase 3 trials. I don't really care anymore that they are not thru the phase 3 trials there are some very promising ones out there now.
     
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    My friends Phil and Patty are the couple that got married straight out of high school and have been together ever since. 50 years this last June. Phil retired and sold his automotive high perfomance tuner and engine shop a couple of years ago and Patty retired from a long career with social services. Their two grown kids live in Hawaii. They sold their suburban ranch house and bought a townhouse downtown. In March Phil got a cough he couldn't seem to kick and was soon after diagnosed with CV19. Patty tested positive a few days later, but had no symptoms. After about two weeks of coughing, chills and insomnia Phil felt better but Patty suddenly had no energy, no appetite and a "spike through the middle of the forehead" pain. A few days later she started developing pneumonia. After two months in hospital and a very smart doctor's care, she came home. The two have been sheltering in place since, living off of drug and grocery deliveries and trying to get stronger. Yesterday Patty called out to Phil from their living room,"I feel so tired." and lapsed into unconsciousness. A small blood clot was the cause. She is in ICU following emergency surgery. Her doctor is optimistic that she will recover, but adds, "We don't know what the virus has messed with. I have patients 6 months after release who suddenly develop strange cardiac and pulmonary symptoms." Phil, who is of course unable to visit her sits in their home, about two blocks from the hospital, alone. When we spoke this morning he said, "We had never been apart longer than overnight before this. I feel completely adrift."
     
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    Oxford University is well advanced in a vaccine and human trials are underway with many subjects. One of them recently became unexpectedly sick and it is still unclear whether this was linked to the trial, or just coincidental. That probably won't be resolved until the numbers are in the millions rather than just the thousands. If no more side effects are found I will be in line for the jab. At seventy years I'm high risk, and although I know at some point something will carry me off, I don't feel inclined to invite it in.
     

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