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4 hours ago, exitmusic said:

aaaaaaand that's the attitude that's gonna get more elderly people killed.

Everybody wash your #### hands and don't breathe on each other.

Nonsense!

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8 hours ago, JimF-LowBari said:

Understood. With the show in 4 weeks just too many pieces that could go to crap. Two biggest are theater owned by a college which is used for various non-school events. Theater might decide to close for a while to protect itself. And (might as well say it)... alumni type corps and other groups due to perform. So many people who would fall under CDCs definition of elderly and not in best interests to be in a confined crowded environment if things get bad in central PA/MD.

Hoping for best but will keep up on the latest and see. This weekend Indoor Special Olympics for MD/PA were cancelled in same county. Reason given was possible compromised immune systems of some of the athletes. Good call imo

The solution is obvious - protect the elderly (60+) by banning them from events and allow the younger to get the virus, since they will survive.

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2 hours ago, Bob P. said:

The solution is obvious - protect the elderly (60+) by banning them from events and allow the younger to get the virus, since they will survive.

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16 hours ago, year1buick said:

This reminds of the aftermathof hurricaneHarvey in San Antonio in 2017. Though we barely got anything more than a light breeze and some sprinkles (the original forecast called for potentially damaging winds), rumors somehow got started that there was going to be a gas shortage.So, naturally,people startedstockpiling gas. And... you guessed it... the city ran out of gas. Everywhere. I had to drive to Bulverdeto fill up my car and it was still all Road Warrior, with lines, angry people and a poor gas attendant trying to direct traffic.(It was a lovely day.) It was about two weeks before thingsreturned to normal.

A person is smart. People are dumb. Agent K

Oh great, now all I can think of is Mad Max 2...which then brings up Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome, which then reminds me of staying up- for the MTV countdown for the Tina Turner video, which then makes me start singing the song, which then will inevitably lead to Britt to say something like "Sothat was like 1986 and I was negative 5 years old..."

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12 hours ago, skevinp said:

If this thread is any indication, the virus is widespread and itsprimary symptom is taking other peoples words out of context.

Quote of the month. You win at life.

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5 hours ago, Bob P. said:

The solution is obvious - protect the elderly (60+) by banning them from events and allow the younger to get the virus, since they will survive.

Oh so many ways to go with a response here... Especially since we both fall under (well over) 60+.

Just thinking what a standstill show would look like with 60+ not on stage or in audience. Hmmm hosting corps celebrating 100 years so.....

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On 3/7/2020 at 5:58 PM, exitmusic said:

aaaaaaand that's the attitude that's gonna get more elderly people killed.

Everybody wash your #### hands and don't breathe on each other.

If people follow the advice in your second sentence, there is less risk of your first sentence coming true.

On 3/7/2020 at 6:04 PM, Terri Schehr said:

What would you have us do? Im going out for dinner tonight. Should I stay home instead?

As long as you wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face, no. Live your life! But practice good hygiene.

On 3/7/2020 at 6:09 PM, Terri Schehr said:

Im sure were both closer to elderly than he/she is. Everybody who was an expert on constitutional lawlast week, is now an expert on infectious disease.

There's a cartoon circulating with that message:

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But speaking of others' expertise, here are some interesting updates on where things stand:

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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was at a conference ten days ago where he shook hands with someone now diagnosed with COVID-19. Cruz has no symptoms, so it's unlikely at this point that he's been infected, but he's announced, inthis measured and responsible statement, that he's going to self-quarantine for another four days, just in case. Another Texas legislator, Representative Paul Gosar, has made a similar announcement. (I think those are wise moves.)

Edit: Today a third member of Congress, Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, announced that he too had contact with the infected person at the conference and will also self-quarantine.

Edit: And now a fourth member of Congress who met the infected person, Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, is also self-quarantining. (Gaetz made the news last week when he wore a gas mask in Congress as they were voting on a bill to fund COVID-19 response efforts.)

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Stanford University is moving all classes online for the final two weeks of the winter quarter.

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The State Dept. is now advising *everyone* not to travel on cruise ships. And the CDC has issued a "no sail" order to a cruise ship in Florida that hasstaff who were previously on the infected ship off of California that is going to be disembarkign tomorrow.

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The CDC apparently also is considering whether to advisethe elderly not to fly.

Edit: Update from Fox News: Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of infectious disease as the NIH, says the elderly and those with compromised immune systems should cancel all travel plans.

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A CBS reporter took a picture of his flight to Rome tonight after everyone had boarded:

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A futures market had to be shut down tonight, after declining 5%, apparently over fears of the epidemic spreading.

Edit: "Your 401k right now is like your face: Don't touch it." (source)

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Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who served in that role from 2017 to 2019, said today that "It's probably the case that we will have an epidemic here in the U.S., but we can dramatically affect the contours of that ...Were losing valuable time. We need to start thinking about these measures in the regions where there is spread right now." And the current head of infectious disease at the NIH, who is on the official government response team, suggested today that some limited regional quarantine might become necessary.

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Italy has locked down the Lombardy region, forbidding movement in or out, but word of the lockedown leaked before they made it official, and a lot of people got out at the last minute, but let's hope they don't spread the virus to other regions. And speaking of Italy, here's how many cases that country had announced by these dates:

February 18: 3 cases

February 21: 20 cases

February 24: 231 cases

February 27: 655 cases

March 1: 1,694 cases

March 4: 3,089 cases

March 7: 5,883 cases

The U.S. now reporting 507 cases, according to this reguarly updated chart. (Johns Hopkins says 554. The CDC website, which hasn't been updated for a while, says 164.) Expect that number to grow quickly -- but one reason for that will be more testing.

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Edit: The San Francisco Orchestra has announced it is cancelling performances for the next two weeks. The Cleveland Orchestra has announced it's cancelling its tour to Europe and the Middle East.

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This is a very useful slide deck from a presentation on COVID-19 by a doctor at Mt. Sinai. Lots of basic facts in helpful visual formats.

Edit: so is this chart from the WHO and CDC:

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While some of the information above is alarming, there are some tentative early signs that efforts in China and South Korea may be paying off.

Know hope.

But wash your hands.

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On 3/6/2020 at 7:44 AM, cixelsyd said:

Good catch!

By the way, what is the mortality rate for just being that old to begin with?

Yes, it's a game with only one outcome:

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But the guy on the right (Max von Sydow) managed to delay the inevitable until today, some 63 years, one month, and 22 days later.

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On the other hand...

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Maybe Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves will live forever?

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Predicting that we'll see precautionary cancelations of shows - partially to prevent spread of coronavirus, partially to avoid a financial loss due to a possible empty stadium.

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7 minutes ago, cybersnyder said:

Predicting that we'll see precautionary cancelations of shows - partially to prevent spread of coronavirus, partially to avoid a financial loss due to a possible empty stadium.

Ill predict this will have burned itself out by June and the shows will go on. Lets revisit this in a couple months.

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