Coronavirus Outbreak: Part 2

In reality, since Canada requires testing AND quarantining regardless of results, I’m just living in denial and 2021 is a write-off for us.

Hey, there’s always 2022 right? :sob:

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Well, this just happened in NJ:
“BREAKING: Beginning TOMORROW, the following New Jersey residents are eligible for the #COVID19 vaccination:
:ballot_box_with_check:Ages 65 years and older
:ballot_box_with_check:Between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by CDC, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus”

  • Governor Phil Murphy
    Hopefully this means I can get vaccinated this week, but the teachers that are now being bumped are RAGING. I understand, but I think they are trying to do the right thing and vaccinate those at risk of dying if infected.
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Can I ask… how do they determine if you are a high risk person. I understand the CDC guidelines but if you show up do you have to have documentation? Do you have to get a note from your dr.? and I think teachers, like other essential workers, should be able to get vaccinated too.

I know that right now, health care workers that want the vaccine need to show something to prove they’re eligible, whether that’s a work ID, paystub, etc… I would think they would want something that proves it, but details haven’t been dropped yet. You do have to register through the state portal and get an email with your clearance to get vaccinated, that’s all we know at this moment. And the registration portal asks about medical history.

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In our MD county, you have to get a note (sort of a referral) from your primary care physician that outlines the condition that makes you high risk.

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Well according to today’s news, surprisingly no, you don’t need proof. Oh boy that’s going to be a total sh!tshow.

How is that allowed?

I re-read the news release and it says “If you are not included in one of these groups, but you believe that you are in an extremely high-risk category, please contact your primary healthcare provider for additional information and to discuss any options that may be available.” In practice, people are calling their doctor, who in turn is contacting (the referral process) the health dept. to get their patient eligible for an appointment. The health dept. then calls the patient for scheduling. It’s possible that the doctor is not revealing the condition, just getting the patient on the list to call for appointments.

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I thought this was an interesting assessment of where we are at now. I don’t know enough to weigh in on the specifics, but thought it worth a read.

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This is an interesting article delving a bit into why some states are doing pretty well with getting the vaccine out, and others are not. The causes for both outcomes are quite variable from place to place. Like my DBIL is fond of saying, “There is more than one way to be right.” And wrong, I guess.

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The news is reporting that MA received less than 19k doses last week. It seems like there are over 300k people over 75 in the state.

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I can’t believe you missed the opportunity to highlight this from the article to bring us somewhat back on topic… :laughing:

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The other day appointments were available locally and my mom, dad, MIL and boss (all over 65, three with comorbidity) were all able to make appts for late next week. Turns out the website was not supposed to be live. All the appts were cancelled. :cry:

That is crazy!

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I posted a few days ago about my terminally ill DFIL catching Covid inside his nursing home. They called us last night to come and say goodbye as he is very unwell. They had us wear masks, gloves and aprons, it didn’t feel very safe but we felt we had to go. He doesn’t seem bad with the covid, he was breathing fine and only coughed once - not a particularly alarming cough - during the 2 hours we were there. And actually they say he is no worse today so we’re not sure what is happening.

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I am so sorry that they think he is failing but I am glad you were able to see him.

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I’m so sorry. Thankfully you were able to visit with him. Is anyone allowed to stay with him, or can you continue to visit every day?

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Yes it was a blessing.

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Visitors are not actually allowed at care homes at all so we were very lucky to be allowed in once.

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Does anyone know anything about this?
(353) Texas trauma surgeon says ‘post-COVID lungs look worse than any type of terrible smokers lung - YouTube