RT @kevincollier: I wrote about how the lights are staying on during the pandemic. New York's already deployed 37 grid operators & support staff to two locations, where they're sequestered two-to-a-trailer without outside human contact:
If you consider someone's work is 'essential,' you should raise their salary, cover their medical expense, give them sick leave, provide PPE. If these could be done, people love to work. The virus is not our problem, the greedy companies are.
Thank you for the thanks but unnecessary, love the job and the folks I work with are basically family. We’ve luckily gone down to only emergency work for now so that helps lighten the load but honestly can make for kind of boring days.
Last month when this all began to gain traction I had joked about the virus spreading so much that it knocks out the power grid, much like Revolution. Sad to say that without the protective measures the grid workers are taking, we very well could fall into a situation like that.
I suggested both these things at my essential utility workplace but I’m just a lowly laborer so no one will listen.
I questioned why the most essential and critical staff were not being sent home to isolate in case of an emergency or large scale outbreak. I also said we need antibody testing on a large scale so it can be determined who use safe to continue or go back to work.
It'd be nice to know if people are immune after recovering, and for how long. I've heard everything from 3 months to 12 years.
But I don't see what choice we have either way. We can't all stay holed up forever right?
The only study is in rhesus macaques, which showed immunity after being deliberately infected twice, with a couple of weeks in between.
> We can't all stay holed up forever right?
So are you happy to take the 1 in 50 or 1 in 500 chance of death, to go back to 2019?
Not happy to, no, but I don't see much choice.
I've seen other articles that mention you might avoid a worse infection by starting with a small viral load. So maybe light exposure is a way to build immunity? I have no idea.
Well, I think ideally it would be in a controlled environment, like something administered by a doctor.
Otherwise, yeah, I think just going about your regular business without worrying about protection. While trying to avoid sitting in crowded, confined areas with potentially infected people.
I'm thinking, walking around a grocery store, vs riding a packed subway at rush hour with multiple people coughing.
Maybe one would give you a mild, manageable case, while the other gives you a death sentence.
And I would like to know if it's possible that ultra light exposure through mailed packages, wind blowing from a crowd, etc, we might build these anti bodies naturally over time even while on lock down. If there are so many of these virus particles floating around now, it seems inevitable our bodies will come into some minor contact with them at least and maybe get a chance to build defenses.
I'm sure real doctors are thinking about all of this too. Just things I'm personally curious about.
I'm fine with widespread antibody testing. But it's critical that negative-antibody workers are not discriminated against. And given full PPE. And that positive-antibody people are not allowed to flout lockdown laws.
Good thinking. We'll see how things play out. I'll probably be one of the lockdowners holding out. Weak point being my school age kids. Got some option for that though.
Meanwhile I'm still optimistic for the chances of antivirals or vaccines, but may have to settle for non overwhelmed well trained healthcare which is better than what we have now.
I'm concerned that as the months roll on, with schools for example, let's say it turns out 60% of the students in a particular school have a PAB (**P**ositive **A**nti**B**ody test). They will declare those kids "immune" and reopen the school, with a few PAB teachers.
Now eventually, the other 40% NAB students (**N**egative **A**nti**B**ody test) are told, they will be left behind if they don't come in. All the NABs need to wear masks, the PABs don't.
Then one NAB shows symptoms. All the NABs are sent home. But it's too late due to asymptomatic transmission - some of the NAB students are infected. They then infect everyone in their household.
The virus has been spreading far too quickly for it to be a long-term problem.
Either we can develop immunity like we have to every other respiratory virus and we get to continue being a species. Or we can't: vaccines won't save us either and this is a very strange and improbable end.
>The virus has been spreading far too quickly for it to be a long-term problem.
>Either we can develop immunity like we have to every other respiratory virus and we get to continue being a species. Or we can't: vaccines won't save us either and this is a very strange and improbable end.
it can be a long-term problem what happens with all these medical personnel start dropping we lose doctors that's a lot of knowledge loss that'll take years to regain.