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Summer 2020 Banter and random observations

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Just now, PhineasC said:

Seems like the news is back to barely covering the COVID "thing."

Did that rise in cases in AZ, FL, and TX lead to bodies in the streets? The silence in the media tells me the fear hype never panned out.

1300+ dead per day is no big deal?  Got it. 

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I know in TX it is still increasing. I don't think it's all about the deaths...but all the effects again like shutting more things down. All of it could have been slowed too, but of course humans are dumb and politicize everything. I can't wait until aliens invade...or maybe they see how dumb we are and completely avoid us. 

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Just now, NorEastermass128 said:

1300+ dead per day is no big deal?  Got it. 

Who said it was no big deal?

It simply appears that the powers that be have decided news fatigue has set in and Americans are going to simply "accept" 1300 deaths per day. It was inevitable this would happen, since we already accept a certain number of homicide deaths per day, car accident deaths per day, etc.

I'm seeing a lot less coverage of the case numbers out there, even less for deaths.

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Just now, Baroclinic Zone said:

News here is still covering it for a large portion of the newscast

It pretty much fell off the local news in Baltimore from what I am seeing. My MIL watches it every night. They seem to be pivoting to the election now after the long delay. And of course Baltimore's decline into oblivion, which can easily fill a 1 hour broadcast.

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1 minute ago, PhineasC said:

Most of the coverage I am seeing relating to COVID is about the schools. That's going to dominate the story well into the fall.

That has been stressful for us parents. My wife is a bag of nerves. 

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5 minutes ago, CoastalWx said:

That has been stressful for us parents. My wife is a bag of nerves. 

I feel for you who have younger kids just starting.  I have a senior.  They are distributing Chromebooks to every student now, as a requirement.  Picked hers up on Monday.  They'll be starting from home the first couple months it would appear.  Then they will supposedly go 2 days a week for the 1/2 the student body and the other 1/2 will go on 2 separate days of the week.  So they will be home 3 days a week when they start to go into the classroom.

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My wife and many others are pissed and started a petition, I'm not wearing a mask in my house and that's where we draw another line.

 

On July 31st the State of Maine Childcare Licensing shared the Updated Guidance for Childcare Providers created by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services/ Child and Family Services. The 14 page document speaks of guidance yet the bullet point concerning masks says it is a must. The following is the clause referring to masks.

"Staff members and adults entering the child care must wear masks or face coverings. When staff and adults are outdoors and physical distancing cannot be maintained, masks or face coverings must be worn. Children age 5 and older must wear face coverings within the facility as well as the outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained.  Children ages 2-4 are encouraged to wear face coverings. Cloth face coverings should not be put on babies and children under 2 years of age due to risk associated with difficulty breathing and suffocation."

There are no daycares where a 6 foot physical distancing between child to child or child to staff is possible, therefore we are talking about our children and staff of daycares wearing masks for up to 12 hours per day. How will this affect learning, speech, child anxiety, bonding, etc.?

Daycare owners immediately started reaching out to their licensing reps and were told it is a must and not negotiable starting August 8th. When asked how this will affect them if they do not comply there are no answers. Out of fear for non compliance, getting a failed inspection and possible revocation of licenses many daycares feel helpless. Some are refusing, others are submitting while some have said they will close. The daycare industry has taken a huge impact and parents are already having a hard time finding and procuring daycare.

Our children need your help. Daycares are an extension of their home and should be a place of comfort and nurturing. There are many reasons parents and providers are opposed to this including: speech, unwillingness for child to wear them, facial expressions interrupted, rashes and breathing difficulties, employee retention, more daycare closures, sharing and touching of masks, anxiety and fears in small children, the list is endless. 

Why, after 5 months, does the State of Maine feel this is necessary for our children's daycares? Please, ask a daycare provider their thoughts. Ask a parent if they want their child masked all day. Ask yourself is this really going to make a difference or does the fact that no childcare in the past 5 months has had an outbreak issue warrant this mandate?

We parents need to be heard and will bring the results of this petition to a press conference soon. Please share far and wide as we are speaking for our children, the innocent, who can not speak for themselves. 

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39 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

I feel for you who have younger kids just starting.  I have a senior.  They are distributing Chromebooks to every student now, as a requirement.  Picked hers up on Monday.  They'll be starting from home the first couple months it would appear.  Then they will supposedly go 2 days a week for the 1/2 the student body and the other 1/2 will go on 2 separate days of the week.  So they will be home 3 days a week when they start to go into the classroom.

Similar to what my wife's company is doing, one week she'll go in for 2 days and 3 from home then 3 in and 2 from home. 

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I have some friends who are school administrators in various towns and apparently it is very tight finding new teachers to hire and they are pretty much no substitute teachers available. 

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I had been thinking about getting into a new line of work but the beer/ brewing world still has some job security so I guess I should count my blessings.

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1 hour ago, CoastalWx said:

That has been stressful for us parents. My wife is a bag of nerves. 

What's Weymouth doing as far as school? All remote or partial?

 

I have some friends with small children and the public school is only running on-site 2 days a week. One friend has grouped together with other parents and hired tutors for the other three days. Can see that happening in the wealthier communities.

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1 hour ago, CoastalWx said:

That has been stressful for us parents. My wife is a bag of nerves. 

Megan has been in the teacher’s union meetings the past couple weeks....and they are getting a lot of pressure from the outside to just return to school with very little safety precautions in place. I was saying that the union should demand hazard pay if they are gonna be forced to teach in front of a couple hundred teens per day. 

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6 minutes ago, ORH_wxman said:

Amazing day on the lake 

 

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Nice, you get around at all?  We did takeout a few nights.  Venezia on Rt 302 in Bridgton is phenomenal.  Campfire Grill is good.  The Chef/Owner used to work at Barrett's group locally and The Charlie Horse in Kingston. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Italian-Restaurant/Venezia-Ristorante-136601843045568/

https://thecampfiregrille.com/

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Just now, Baroclinic Zone said:

Nice, you get around at all?  We did takeout a few nights.  Venezia on Rt 302 in Bridgton is phenomenal.  Campfire Grill is good.  The Chef/Owner used to work at Barrett's group locally and The Charlie Horse in Kingston. 

We’ve mostly been staying put. We did pick up a few items at hannfords and before the rain came in yesterday we got ice cream at the Gazebo.

We’ll grab some take out steamed lobsters tomorrow night from Mack’s probably. 

I actually haven’t done campfire grill yet. We’ve almost went a couple times in our past trips...we’ll def make the trip over there next time now that I know it’s good. 

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15 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

Nice, you get around at all?  We did takeout a few nights.  Venezia on Rt 302 in Bridgton is phenomenal.  Campfire Grill is good.  The Chef/Owner used to work at Barrett's group locally and The Charlie Horse in Kingston. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Italian-Restaurant/Venezia-Ristorante-136601843045568/

https://thecampfiregrille.com/

my wife's fav italian place

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24 minutes ago, ORH_wxman said:

Megan has been in the teacher’s union meetings the past couple weeks....and they are getting a lot of pressure from the outside to just return to school with very little safety precautions in place. I was saying that the union should demand hazard pay if they are gonna be forced to teach in front of a couple hundred teens per day. 

We had a meeting yesterday and actually most of the reactions from parents were to not have kids go to school. Weymouth is a pretty big school system and I think many feel safer to not have their kids go in. And yeah...agree with the hazard pay. That's ridiculous.

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We can all just hope and pray that the phase 3 trials by Moderna/Oxford will yield great success and hopefully in the meantime additional treatments will have been found. Was reading something about some treatments in the works to help with antibody response. There is just no way the world can continue to operate the way we are. But the problem is as soon as you open up...boom. Something is going to have to give. Somehow...CT continues to just have this under control. It's gotta be pushing 4-5...maybe 6 weeks now where the daily percent of positive tests has been under one. There have only been a handful of days where it was just over 1. but bars/clubs can't open b/c the fear numbers will rise. Hospitalizations have been up/down...they did get as low as 53 I think but are just above 60 now. 

I know a few teachers...some have kids and they are petrified about going back to school. One of my friends who is around 30 is a teacher (no kids) but she has underlying health issues and lives with her grandfather and takes care of him who also has issues. I can't even imagine what parents/teachers are going through. There are huge arguments for both sides of the spectrum and the worst part is how the hell do you know which side is correct? 

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Hazard pay, millions of essentials should have gotten it since March. They supported us when we were locked down. Interesting that some are able to demand it while most have no say.

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9 minutes ago, weatherwiz said:

We can all just hope and pray that the phase 3 trials by Moderna/Oxford will yield great success and hopefully in the meantime additional treatments will have been found. Was reading something about some treatments in the works to help with antibody response. There is just no way the world can continue to operate the way we are. But the problem is as soon as you open up...boom. Something is going to have to give. Somehow...CT continues to just have this under control. It's gotta be pushing 4-5...maybe 6 weeks now where the daily percent of positive tests has been under one. There have only been a handful of days where it was just over 1. but bars/clubs can't open b/c the fear numbers will rise. Hospitalizations have been up/down...they did get as low as 53 I think but are just above 60 now. 

I know a few teachers...some have kids and they are petrified about going back to school. One of my friends who is around 30 is a teacher (no kids) but she has underlying health issues and lives with her grandfather and takes care of him who also has issues. I can't even imagine what parents/teachers are going through. There are huge arguments for both sides of the spectrum and the worst part is how the hell do you know which side is correct? 

The silliest part is that very few people saw this coming, even though it was clear we'd end up here.

I was saying in March that all we were doing was kicking the can down the road with the schools. The risk factors will be the same in September as they were in March.

It's like a slow-motion train wreck.

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1 minute ago, Ginx snewx said:

Hazard pay, millions of essentials should have gotten it since March. They supported us when we were locked down. Interesting that some are able to demand it while most have no say.

Imagine being someone who had to stock the shelves at Target every day since March so housewives could browse for bathing suits and blenders having to listen to teachers demand extra special treatment just for them?

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17 hours ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

(Not saying you), but I find it weird that teachers seem to be the only group not being asked to assume some risk returning to work. Everyone is assuming some sort of risk leaving their home and going to work, why should they be any different? As long as reasonable precautions are taken, what more can you ask?

Not being asked to assume some risk?  You are packing a lot of bodies into extremely poorly ventilated, old school buildings for hours and hours at a time.  I don't blame teachers for looking for something other than the same ol' same ol' school day. 

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2 minutes ago, powderfreak said:

Not being asked to assume some risk?  You are packing a lot of bodies into extremely poorly ventilated, old school buildings for hours and hours at a time.  I don't blame teachers for looking for something other than the same ol' same ol' school day. 

Plenty of folks packing themselves into poorly ventilated factories and warehouses so we can keep ordering crap online, however.

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