Governor Gordan has done a great job - we aren't very populated here. What happens in Denver, NYC, and other places compared to to all of Wyoming is completely different. I, for one, am glad I live here during this pandemic.laxwyo wrote: ↑Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:23 amHow do those boots taste? Every day they’re learning the infection rate is much higher and that means the hospitalization and death rates are magnitudes lower. But hey we put 20 million out of work to save a few thousand people. We’ve never made that trade before and never should. There’s barely a difference in any country aside from a couple like South Korea. I praise our governor every day for standing up to the wankers at the papers and never ordered a shelter in place.fromolwyoming wrote: ↑Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:23 amThey are still finding ways this virus is spreading. Through the air, touch, staying on objects up to days at a time, even through people simply walking through areas.
And that's not even touching on the virus rebounding (seemingly coming back out of nowhere in a number of patients).
South Korea is about the only country that really locked this thing down and contained the outbreak (so far). Everyone else has gotten hammered. Yes, the response time sucked, but the rate this virus travels from person to person, that is the scary thing. Even now, China's "shut down" and "only 4,000 dead" is getting tossed out the window with numbers coming in the 10s of thousands. Italy, well, that's no secret. New York is only just flattening out, but its now popping up in other cities like wildfires.
So until a vaccine is created, and herd immunity to this becomes a thing, simply tossing caution to the wind is a good way to get this stuff to make second, third, and forth rounds.
We spent a hell of alot more for quite a few less in retaliation for 9/11.
This damn COVID-19 virus is something we need to be careful about. We could and should have been prepared for this. The economy could have been running a heck of alot better with some planning ahead of time. In fact, we had some of this planning ahead of time. The government just ignored it until it was too late.
If they had taken measures back in early january to shutdown air traffic, focus on testing, getting PPE in place, etc, we would be living in a much less socially isolated state right now. The government chose not too. Around this time, I realized we might have something big happening here, and I start taking preparations for it.
This virus is nasty - last I heard there was 9 strains of it. I haven't followed the mutations closely - as its getting tough to find good information about it. But there are two things that can happen to increase out death rate, or hospitilization rates, etc.
1.) It spreads easy - so the more people an infected person comes into contact with - the more will get it.
2.) We step back, and realize that number of deaths reported today vs number of cases are lagging by a few weeks. This virus is contagious and deadly.
Take it serious. I stay at home as much as possible - only going out for groceries. Its been a month, my wife hasn't tried to kill me yet. Hell, we bought a bidet a month ago when toilet paper started to look like currency.
We are social critters. We are used to hanging out with other people. Its tough to not hang out with others and make that adjustment. I've cooked at home for a month now (never eating out - which i probably did every day prior).
Regardless, this really does sit on the damn federal government for not doing things sooner. We have 50 governors handling local affairs. We have one president that is supposed to be watching the international stage. He doesn't remember what he said yesterday from what he said today.
Just think about it. Spend some money on testing and research. Instead we are looking for a damn magic bullet. 20 million people without jobs? Stimulus checks for $1200? Unless you make $1m+ then you get a $1.7m stimulus package?
Its all crap. If anyone is curious of my political affiliation - i have none. I'm a registered independent. This isn't a political thing anymore (not republican, democrat, independent, tea party, green party, whatever the [#]f##k). Its a human thing.
Capitalism has done so much to promote lives above the poverty level. Its a great form of economics. We are heading into some ugly times. We need to let people be free and find solutions. Some will be crazy. Some will be stupid. Some will be wrong. Let the smartest rise, figure it out, and persevere.
/End of rant. Sorry.