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  1. LukeS7

    When are all these cutbacks not about COVID anymore?

    It must be nice living in a different reality. Yes, COVID is still a pandemic and yes there's still a large risk of catching it in places with lots of people. Our college is currently online only, but some students still couldn't get out of their off-campus leases. We got up to the first weekend...
  2. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html
  3. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    A bit off topic, but always good to see a RoosterTeeth gif out in the wild 😂
  4. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Not 100% sure of NYT's methodology, but it seems like they might be using the upper bound threshold for excess deaths from the CDC's chart as their baseline. EDIT: After a closer look, NYT is using the "Average expected number of deaths" as the baseline for theirs...
  5. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm
  6. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Glad your dad made it through okay! I don’t get the comorbidity argument that some here are trying to make. As has been shown in other posts, we’ve had *much* higher than expected death rates for most weeks of this year. If people with comorbidities were going to die anyways, they would’ve been...
  7. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    'Twas a joke mainly, but also, with some slight tweaks, you most likely could get Magic Bands to handshake with nearby ones, no park beacons needed.
  8. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    I like how some of the people who have issues with technology-based contact tracing (such as Bluetooth handshakes that don't expose personal info) are probably the same people who go to Disney and go "Look how cool this Magic Band is! It's great, I can do everything with it". We should've just...
  9. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Essentially the team of tracers are going to be comprised student workers and staff from the on-campus health services. Most of the heavy lifting is going to be done via our app using QR codes, but it's very reliant on people actually scanning into the buildings/rooms
  10. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    So I've actually been on the team involved in the contact tracing effort at the college that I work at and incentives has been something that's been brought up (nothing specific), but here's the thing: Even if we had opened fully, we were still anticipating at least a $5mil budget deficit. As it...
  11. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Ah yes, a study of ~5,400 people that somehow concluded 1,350 young people are representative of 25% of the population (of young people) Also, the study states that this is from the crisis in general, NOT specifically from lockdowns.
  12. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Not to mention there’s also this (emphasis mine) Hmmmm, wonder what those could be? Maybe masks and proper social distancing? Y’know, the exact opposite of what that school in Georgia was doing 🙄
  13. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    You’re making 2 arguments that are counter to each other. You’re pointing out that the number reported was from 35 different days but then holding up the 22 that were from today as being accurate and like it won’t be updated later like the other 34 days from today’s numbers were.
  14. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    On top of that, a parent who wanted to pull her child out until they could get into the all virtual option after seeing the photo was told that if her child misses class, they could face expulsion. They're actively forcing children and their families into a dangerous situation.
  15. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    You know it's a sad state of affairs when I'm not sure if there's an implied "/s" at the end of that post
  16. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Agreed. I think we'll have to wait to see the next few days of numbers to see the exact impact.
  17. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Testing site closures would not, but hurricane preparations could cause a slowdown in operations of any business, which I'd presume coroners/hospitals wouldn't be immune from.
  18. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Given the huge dropoff, I'd speculate that it is impacting their reporting of deaths to some extent. I'm (unfortunately) anticipating a surge of deaths some time this week as a result of this rather than it dropping lower.
  19. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Spoiler alert: they do. Including the probable deaths from their dashboard, their death rate is 10.6%, even factoring out probables, it’s still 8.51%. By comparison, Florida is at 1.45% and the US as a whole is at 3.33%. Why try to make an argument that’s so easily disproven?
  20. LukeS7

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    This just in: the ability of spit droplets to permeate a face mask is determined by the location the mask is used in. How could the scientists not have thought of that?!? Oh wait, because it’s an insane assertion. The efficacy of masks has been established. Higher concentrations of the virus...
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