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  1. Makes you wonder whether normal cats can get it. Doubt anybody really properly looked into that so far.
  2. Points 2 and 3 are the ones I am reaaaally worried about. I definitely think the virus is bad. but as a neuropsychologist I am also veeery worried about the disaster that is this isolation experiment on populations who are psychologically at risk. As researchers we could probably never get a scientific experiment that is keeping folks alone at home for weeks past an ethical review board. The literature simply points to that being too harmful to peoples mental health, which eventually will express in heavily reduced life expectancy. In fact i started reading the scientific literature on the topic and am considering putting together a paper on the serious long term effects an important number of which are not easily reversable at all. however just telling people positive things is not gonna do it if it isn't true. That is not how folks work. If they realize that you are just positive to be positive nothing you say will be taken serious anymore. In fact I myself would be so much less anxious if only I felt the authorities were properly understanding and worried about what long term damage they are doing to folks mental health. On a personal note: I recently started studying optimism and how it relates to brain structure. I am about to get a paper on it past the reviewers. So I know about its benefits (and drawbacks). But ironically right now I find myself not being able to stand those who want to be optimistic all the time. Cognitively I get their need to be optimstic, to protect their sanity, but emotionally I just want to hit em because it feels as if they didn't grasp the size of the task.
  3. Sad to say, this may just as likely be all about testing and phillipine government not really putting out the real numbers one one hand, the lockdown being extremely severe on the other (Duterte essentially: You violate the lockdown, police has the right to shoot you), and finally the population being considerably younger on average.
  4. Yeah, but looks like the difference is more like from12 to 9 days. As i said, -if it holds- that is obviously worthy of approval, but it will only solve a small part of the problem. If there is really hope in current medical news, to me it primarily comes from the immune tests that are about to come online. That won't solve the problem quickly, but it will at least be very helpful at understanding the problem and where things are at, but more importantly it will really help fighting development of any second waves.
  5. This will likely get approved because it is likely to truely be more efficient than a placebo. But likely not much more. Also: Be careful reading about what they don't say in the news article (but becomes clear from the actual science paper). As in that there is no comparison as pharma research would usually do. They compare it to a chinese sample that got completely different care. Also if you are assuming that only 2% of people die from it, they don't really show less death on that sample size, their primary result is that they possibly get people out 2-3 days earlier from the hospital. That is worthy of approval if it holds up. But it only serves a small margin of the overall problem
  6. I don't know if this will end well for Plano. Experience with NT football tells me one should stay far away from hiring any HC whose first name is Todd and whose Family name is that of a car.
  7. You have my (and I am sure everyone elses) sympathy. Thanks to your son and DIL, and also to their children, who are also bearing a part of that sacrifice.
  8. How much do I believe the USA are still underestimating this and therefore not taking the right measures? I just put a lot of money into inverse index ETFs today. If I turn out to be wrong, I will be happy for everyone elses earnings and health (and that will be good for my own job security and earnings). But I am afraid I am indeed gonna make good money betting against the economy, because it is so related to US health system and politics right now.
  9. All of what you say is correct. And yet it makes me so sad for all those who will never properly get to experience the real social part of college.
  10. By now two people at my wife's firm have also been tested positive. And at my place of work one person with whom one of my bosses was in meetings last week.
  11. According to wikipedia acetamniphen and paracetamol are the same thing, so that oughta be fine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracetamol
  12. One important thing that came out of italy and has also been seen here recently and communicated by the local hospital website: Even young folks can have complications and it seems when that happens there is often a major role for that with people having taken usually common anti-inflamatories such as Ibuprofen (Advil etc) and Aspirin to treat flu symptoms etc. This seems to cause some unfortunate interaction with the COVID-19 virus and the way it attacks the autoimmune system. The advice is, that unless you got something chronic, you should stay away from these products and -if possible- instead use things such as paracetamol.
  13. I live in Switzerland. I have several cases that are 2 degrees separated from me, and several people who are those one degrees in between who have flu symptoms (all young folks). Also know different people who got quarantined, including international friends who live in NYC. Additionally I got a friend who has an MD and is a psychiatrist in Rome. I talked to her on the phone this weekend. Was an enlightening conversation.Essentially a look several days to a few weeks into the future, depending on where you live. In my life I have been employed by 3 different hospitals both in the US and in Europe, all of which have now had double digit cases, one of them probably triple digits. The speed at which everything is going to warlike conditions here is incredible. Swiss military just decided to activate all the reserves who have a medical role in the army but not in civil live.
  14. Too bad they took even this away. Seriously, without spectators golf HAS to be the best sport in terms of social distancing. Absolutely zero sports to watch, all while lots of people stuck at home... Must be great times for the porn industry.
  15. Isn't it just typical UNT luck, that the season when NT really might go to the tournament, the season where softball is gonna be ranked is the moment everything gets cancelled. Why couldn't this happen when NT was in the middle of the last football season ? Arrrrrggggggg
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