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DDemuth last won the day on November 17 2016

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  1. Just what "difference" do you think that people will not discern? The correct nomenclature is SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that is currently circulating across the world. Covid-19 is the disease that SARS-CoV-2 causes (corona virus disease 2019). That information has been publicly available for many weeks. The genome sequences of literally hundreds of SARS-CoV-2 isolates have also been publicly available for many weeks and it is very clear that SARS-CoV-2 is most related to a bat coronavirus, even moreso that to its human relatives, SARS-CoV-1 and MERS corona viruses. There is no conspiracy to cover up a genetically manipulated or weaponized virus (it is a p*** poor weapon if it kills only 3% of its targets). The information is out there if you choose to look for it.
  2. This has been well established since the end of January and accepted in the scientific community.
  3. Regarding SARS-CoV-2 and HIV, see below as just one example. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7033698/
  4. So at the local market this afternoon, I saw a customer pick an item from the shelf, read something on the label, then put it back. A nearby customer went bonkers: "you touched that!!! You can't just put that back on the shelf!!" I'm saying to myself, lady, you're the reason that there's no bread or toilet paper left in the store.... I didn't realize until now how similar shopping was to eating at the Windjammer.
  5. It would be quicker just to name the countries that still can board. The list is shorter.
  6. This is strange since the CDC has been culturing SARS-CoV-2 for over a month to provide samples to the research community. Isolating the virus is not new information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/grows-virus-cell-culture.html
  7. Well, the beer and water are the most important things. Just be sure not to confuse the Clorox wipes and TP...
  8. Just label it "Medical Supplies; Personal Protection Equipment". …. On second thought, that would just mean it would be stolen en route. Let me give this some more thought....
  9. Best of luck with your April cruise. As an aside, Tom Hanks has been diagnosed with COVID-19 recently. Well wishes to him as well.
  10. Folks, There is a rationale for these actions, whether you may agree or not. Google "flatten the curve". Briefly, by buying time preventing the expansion of this illness, one increases the chances that the healthcare system will not become overburdened with patients needing critical care. The model acknowledges that inconvenience and lifestyle disruptions will occur, but the alternative could be much worse. That said, does anybody know where I can score some TP???
  11. Do you have insurance? My family has booked Allure in July, so we are in the same position as you. First, it is too far in advance to be predicting how this disease will progress into the summer months. Clinically, this virus is similar to the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003 which started in Nov 2002 and was declared contained in early June 2003. This virus is similar, but then again, no guarantees. Could be a non-event by June/July. Our plans are to make final payment and see what happens. In addition, we also purchased an insurance policy where we can claim itinerary changes as a benefit, so if ports are denied, we can get some compensation. Look at your policy for specific details. You must also realize that covid-19 is in Spain, although not to the current extent that it is in Italy. Are you comfortable flying into Barcelona given the possibility that you risk exposure before you embark? Only you can answer that. Hoping for the best for you and your family.
  12. Remember also that pre-cruise pricing includes the service charge. Onboard, any price that you are quoted will incur an additional 18% service charge. It is almost never more cost effective to purchase onboard.
  13. This paper was published last week in J. Amer Med Assoc and describes a study of >44,000 confirmed cases (virus positive by PCR) of covid-19 in China. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2762130?guestAccessKey=bdcca6fa-a48c-4028-8406-7f3d04a3e932&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=022420 Interesting numbers reported: Spectrum of disease (N = 44 415) Mild: 81% (36 160 cases) Severe: 14% (6168 cases) Critical: 5% (2087 cases) Case-fatality rate 2.3% (1023 of 44 672 confirmed cases) 14.8% in patients aged ≥80 years (208 of 1408) 8.0% in patients aged 70-79 years (312 of 3918) 49.0% in critical cases (1023 of 2087) Note that all of the fatalities occurred in the critically ill patient cohort which comprised only 5% of total infected individuals. Critical illness was defined as patients exhibiting acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), septic shock and/or other organ failure. This cohort consisted primarily of individuals with other co-morbidities. No deaths were recorded in the >42,000 confirmed cases of mild or severe disease.
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