Posts by MiniD

    I work on a campus with about 25,000 working in 1 sqr mile. We've had 2 people test positive. One was a construction worker running a pylon shredder. The other was a technician. My co-worker, who was quarantined on the Diamond Princess in Japan, returned to work last 10 days ago. We've gone down to technicians holding down the fort with managers and engineers working from home. They've removed 90% of the chairs from the cafe with social distancing police in orange vests being obnoxious on as many levels possible. All this as Oregon has suffered some 22 deaths.

    A coworker was plotting new cases and made himself an expert. It was starting to piss me off so I explained that new cases was simply a function of a state's desire to test. The more tests are made, the more the number goes up. Deaths was the only real metric, though that is being inflated too. If someone dies of a heart attack and test positive for Wuhan Virus, it is recorded as a death. The "first infant to die related to COVID 19!" was accidentally smothered by a babysitter who instantly called the paramedics and the whole story was known up front.

    Exactly. And that means more tests can be done. ie...more volume. The more testing that can be done the better.

    Nah... it's still going to be gated by availability. The main benefit is knowing almost immediately who they can and cannot admit to hospitals. No more "oops". Alot can happen in 2 hours. Why do you think they need to test for the virus? Hint: it's not to find out if they need to treat you.

    I still can't stand the actor that shot John Wayne in the back in The Cowboys. I was like 6 when I first saw that and I thought Mr. Wayne was really dead. I was the most pissed off 6 yr old you ever saw and my mom telling me it wasn't real didn't help one bit.

    I don't think Bruce Dern ever got out from under that cloud.

    Previous links provided by lazs on this subject say that most doctor's offices, hospitals and emergency rooms already have the machines to do the testing. If that's the case then I would think 50k tests per week will turn into hundreds of thousands or millions per week pretty soon.

    The benefit is not the volume, but the speed. Cutting down the screening time is a huge benefit.

    Even at 1 million per month, it takes 10 years to test the work force. This is nice now because it is a much more effective prescreen for hospitals. Expecting it to come near homes any time before July would be optimistic.

    Dad got a valve made of bovine something or other. Intestine or stomach... I can't remember which. It wasn't a valve from the animal, just constructed from pieces parts. The nice thing is no need for anti-rejection meds. He did the semi invasive surgery. They removed a piece of rib under his right arm and went in through a 3" opening with a tube/scope setup. He was out of the hospital in 3 days (was supposed to be 2 but he had a problem with nausea). I'm waiting for him to get back into form and see how much this has helped. He's had the murmur for several years now and he has only recently really felt slowed by it. The downside is that they just had to have their dog put down and his main exercise was taking it on multiple walks every day. At least mom will still keep him busy.

    They claim 50k tests a day by next week. The good thing is you know right away and you can self isolate or be checked on. Not out there wandering around asymptomatic and infecting people. It is a huge step in the right direction. Especially for states and areas not hit hard yet.


    Even what you linked is administered at facilities. Nothing for in-home and 50k per week is not nearly enough. These will all go to NY and still be way too few.

    Because he didn't have insurance.

    Nope. Because he had a fever. Hospitals are on lockdown right now. Very few are admitting Wuhan Virus patients. You see... it's bad to bring it into a building with people who don't have it.

    My dad just had a heart valve replaced 3 weeks ago. For his follow ups, he's had to go through multiple viral and security screening stations (2 before he even entered the building). His doctor had specific instructions NOT to send him to his office... only to the x-ray room. Everything is being done by phone and technician.

    Wait, so you like Rise of Skywalker?

    Your movie reviews are usually spot on. If we agree the last one sucked balls with the parallels and predictable outcomes then I might check it out.

    Hated the last one. It was brutal. I expected to hate this one too. I just couldn't.

    I finally got to watch "Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker". I've hated pretty much everything they've made since the first 3 (and they're painful to revisit). Rogue One and this were the only two that were passable. I'm not quite sure why it got slammed so hard.