18 thoughts on “C-19 Chat Post – October 3 2022”

  1. I have been chatting with a woman from the UK on twitter. I’m amazed how badly the UK is managing Covid. She said they are way ahead of us as far as not managing it well.

    1. So are you saying that we are handling Covid-19 much better than the UK? If so that’s good news for a change.

      1. No we are handling it horrifically, but the UK according to this individual is worse. My guess is we are about the same but tend to think our country is the only one struggling. They have removed the same mitigation practices that we have.

        I’m hearing NJ schools are closing on and off due to lack of teachers (too many have Covid), I’m hearing a couple of teachers elsewhere say they are expected to return to school even if testing positive.

        I did get a notice from Brigham that, despite what the cdc says and other states are doing, our medical folks will continue to be masked.

        A small positive in a world of negatives

        1. Thanks Vicki. Speaking of the Brigham, the main Boston campuses will not be having any Covid-19 vaccine booster clinics. The closest is out in Chestnut Hill among other suburban locations. Even those locations are only available for a couple of hours per day. I’ll probably have to make an appointment to a CVS in Boston or Brookline. Hope I can get a convenient time.

  2. Read that Rainshine and her family are going through some health issues. My thoughts go out to Rainshine.

    I’m doing okay. Back to doing some work. My son seems calmer than last week, which is good. There are no miracles when it comes to mental health. We count our blessings when things are slightly better than they were.

    On to Covid. Overall, the UK has fared poorly in terms of handling Covid. Not abject failure, though, in my view. First, its public health system is better than ours. Second, despite flaws, Boris Johnson’s government did ultimately take things seriously (perhaps because Boris was in intensive care with Covid). Third, the UK does excellent genomic research and monitoring.

    The coming few weeks are critical in terms of monitoring spread and sub-variants and possibly altogether new variants.

    I understand Covid fatigue and am not recommending lockdowns or anything like that. But, please keep in mind that we’re still somewhat under the gun, so to speak. I sincerely recommend vaccine boosters for those over 50, and urge masking if you’re visiting nursing homes, assisted living facilities, pharmacies, and hospitals.

    1. Thanks Joshua, good to hear from you. Glad that your son is improving. Very strange that a major Boston hospital (Brigham) is not offering any vaccine clinics. I asked the Brigham operator at the main number and she said to contact my PCP and my PCP emailed me that Boston was not opening any clinics. Only in the suburbs. I don’t get it.

  3. It is great to hear your son is making progress. Prayers that it continues

    I suspect they are thinking abject failure. If kids are kept home to protect them from covid, they are reported to child services. But she is immune compromised so is more aware perhaps.

    I also believe its healthcare system is better. But I don’t think it’s medical care better. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had both excellent healthcare and medical care.

    1. Is that translated in English “the more things change, the more they stay the same”?

      I took French in junior high, high school and college and received As and Bs but I forgot at least 90% of it. 😉

  4. I have been slammed at work with my usual fall busy time so haven’t been on here for a bit – just getting caught up now. Joshua – please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you and your son during what sounds like an incredibly difficult and uncertain time. I’m local to you now (I moved to downtown crossing – 1 Franklin last year) – please don’t hesitate to give a shout if there is anything I can do. As a fellow parent I cannot begin to imagine what you are enduring and I’m sending love & strength to you and your son.

    1. Just saw Rainshine’s post as well – ditto on all counts. Family health issues are the toughest there is. You are both in my thoughts.

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