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Current U.S. deaths over 300,000 and projected to hit 450,000 shortly.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/13/coronavirus-deaths-united-states-300-k-increase/3889083001/

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned the country could reach 450,000 fatalities before Feb. 1, days short of the one-year anniversary of the first known COVID-19 death in the USA.

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Australian company, recently receiving emergency approval by the FDA for rapid, at home COVID-19 testing in the US. I wonder where Canada is on this.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/16/ellumes-at-home-covid-test-may-be-for-sale-at-drugstores-in-february-ceo-.html

"Ellume’s product is the first at-home test for the coronavirus that does not require a prescription to receive emergency use authorization by the FDA. In November, the agency granted emergency approval to a different at-home test that required a prescription. The FDA on Wednesday also approved Abbott’s BinaxNOW rapid coronavirus test for at-home use with a prescription.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn called Ellume’s product a “major milestone” in testing for Covid-19. “By authorizing a test for over-the-counter use, the FDA allows it to be sold in places like drug stores, where a patient can buy it, swab their nose, run the test and find out their results in as little as 20 minutes,” Hahn said Tuesday in a press release."

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Coronavirus: Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf says coronavirus approach 'has failed'

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King Carl Gustaf of Sweden attend the funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg on May 4, 2019 in Luxembourg,IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
image captionSweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf says 2020 was a terrible year

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has described 2020 as a "terrible" year and says the national coronavirus strategy has failed.

Sweden has been criticised for its unorthodox approach to handling the pandemic, relying more on guidelines and never imposing a full lockdown.

The country has seen nearly 350,000 cases and more than 7,800 deaths.

"I think we have failed. We have a large number who have died and that is terrible," the king says in the programme.

"The people of Sweden have suffered tremendously in difficult conditions. One thinks of all the family members who have happened to be unable to say goodbye to their deceased family members. I think it is a tough and traumatic experience not to be able to say a warm goodbye."

When asked if he was afraid of being infected with Covid-19, the king - who is 74 - said: "Lately, it has felt more obvious, it has crept closer and closer. That's not what you want."

Ros Atkins looks at one country that's been an outlier since the start of the pandemic: Sweden

Instead of relying on legal sanctions, Sweden appeals to citizens' sense of responsibility and civic duty, and issues only recommendations. There are no sanctions if they are ignored.

Sweden has never imposed a nationwide lockdown or the wearing of masks, and bars and restaurants have remained open.

However, earlier this week, schools across the Stockholm region were asked to switch to distance learning for 13 to 15-year-olds for the first time as soon as possible. The measure was announced in response to rising Covid-19 cases.

This came a week after a nationwide decision on 7 December to switch to remote learning for those over 16.

And on Monday, new nationwide social-distancing recommendations for the Christmas period came into force, replacing similar region-specific guidelines.

Swedes are advised to meet a maximum of eight people, gather outdoors if possible and avoid travelling by train or bus.

A formal ban on public gatherings of more than eight people remains, affecting events such as concerts, sports matches and demonstrations.

'Voluntary'

Sweden's state epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, in November explained the strategy relied on a combination of legal and voluntary measures.

He told the BBC that this was, in the Swedish context, "the combination that we really believe is the best one".

"Not yet possible to say which country has right strategy" (November 2020 interview)

According to an official report released earlier this week, the strategy failed in its effort to protect the elderly in care homes - for which the government has admitted responsibility.

Over 90% of Covid-related deaths have been among those aged 70 and over, and nearly half of all Covid deaths have been in care homes, the government says.

Mr Tegnell said his agency (Sweden's Public Health Agency) was not responsible for directing the elderly care system, and added all stakeholders needed to help to improve the situation to make sure the elderly did not get infected.

He said he thought Sweden had become better at protecting older people, and that no country had succeeded entirely in that area - even Germany was being hit hard right now, he told Swedish radio on Wednesday.

Sweden is also said to have one of the highest per capita Covid-19 death rates in the world, and has had more deaths than the rest of the Nordic countries combined. This has led to criticism from the country's neighbours, Norway, Denmark and Finland, that its less strict approach is putting their own measures at risk.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven also said he felt many experts had underestimated the second wave.

"I think most in the profession did not see such a wave incoming. There was instead talk of different clusters," he said in an interview with daily Aftonbladet.

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A Man With COVID-19 Symptoms Died In The Middle Of A United Airlines Flight

The man filled out a pre-flight checklist stating he was not diagnosed with COVID-19 and had no symptoms, but airline officials later found out he had been feeling sick for days.

United Airlines is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track down passengers on a Dec. 14 flight from Orlando to Los Angeles after a man showing symptoms of the coronavirus died on the plane, airline officials said.

 

The family of the man confirmed to the airline that he had pre-existing conditions including high-blood pressure and upper respiratory issues, and he was feeling sick in the days leading up to his flight to LA, a United spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

However, the man had filled out a pre-flight checklist that stated he was not diagnosed with COVID-19 and did not have any related symptoms, thus allowing him to board. The spokesperson said they later determined he "wrongly acknowledged this requirement."

The plane was diverted to New Orleans and paramedics transported the man to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, United said in a statement.

The man's wife was overheard telling an EMT that he had COVID-related symptoms including the loss of taste and smell, the spokesperson said, but a COVID diagnosis was not confirmed at the time.

"Now that the CDC has contacted us directly, we are sharing requested information with the agency so they can work with local health officials to conduct outreach to any customer the CDC believes may be at risk for possible exposure or infection," United said.

The CDC said it is "collecting information" about the incident "to determine if further public health action is appropriate." The agency did not release any details about the man to protect his privacy.

At least two people tweeted about what appears to be the same incident, claiming to have been on the flight.

 
 
 

One of them, Shay Allen, said that she noticed that the man was having trouble breathing when she boarded.

The airline did not check passengers' temperature before boarding, she said, and medical personnel on the plane tried to revive the man before it touched down in New Orleans.

Allen said United did not change planes despite the potential exposure to the virus.

"At the time of the diversion, we were informed he had suffered a cardiac arrest, so passengers were given the option to take a later flight or continue on with their travel plans," United said.

The four flight attendants on the plane are quarantined in Los Angeles for 14 days according to guidelines, Taylor Garland, a spokesperson for Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, told BuzzFeed News.

"Our union continues to provide support to the crew," Garland said.

California, which is currently experiencing an alarming surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations, recommends a 14-day quarantine period for travelers from out of state.

Los Angeles requires travelers to fill out a form online acknowledging the recommendation. It's unclear if or how the city would enforce such a quarantine.

It would not be the first time a COVID-related death occurred on a plane. In July, a woman in her 30s died of COVID-19 during a flight from Texas to New Mexico

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From the CDC; summer camp fun:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/global-covid-19/shielding-approach-humanitarian.html

The shielding approach aims to reduce the number of severe COVID-19 cases by limiting contact between individuals at higher risk of developing severe disease (“high-risk”) and the general population (“low-risk”). High-risk individuals would be relocated to safe or “green zones” established at the household, neighborhood, camp/sector or community level depending on the context and setting.1,2 They would have minimal contact with family members and other low-risk residents.

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Neighborhood Level:

A designated shelter/group of shelters (max 5-10 households), within a small camp or area where high-risk members are grouped together. Neighbors “swap” households to accommodate high-risk individuals.

Movement/ Interactions

Same as above

Level

Camp/Sector Level:

A group of shelters such as schools, community buildings within a camp/sector (max 50 high-risk individuals per single green zone) where high-risk individuals are physically isolated together.

Movement/ Interactions

One entry point is used for exchange of food, supplies, etc. A meeting area is used for residents and visitors to interact while practicing physical distancing (2 meters). No movement into or outside the green zone.

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I truly feel sorry for small business owners trying to sort through the beaurcratic tyrannical bs that has been dictated by the local health agencies.

I go to a small gym in a small town.....there are 5 people at the most attending at any given time. So far the protocols have been reasonable...maintain 2 m between patrons, wear a mask when not on equipment, wipe down equipment etc. I guess they have had a visit because there are a new set of rules...distance now 3 m, reservations required, moving machines around to increase spacing....but...now, by some divine decree...nobody is to touch the sound system and tv volume not greater than 20 bars!! Who thinks up this crap??

I can’t even fathom the rules for a restaurant....ski areas are another joke.

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Toronto implemented the lower volume restriction back in September.

It has to do with the fact that if the sound is louder, you have to talk louder and thereby project breath farther.

https://dailyhive.com/toronto/reducing-customers-lowering-music-toronto-covid-19-spread

...requiring that background music and any other background sounds, to be no louder than the volume of normal conversation.

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Again...bureaucracy.... it’s a gym not a coffee shop.....people don’t go there to engage in lively conversation.

And on the air travel front.....warnings came out in December about a deadly virus originating in China...air travel continued with no restrictions.(even though we had problems with sars and h1n1)...viruses don’t respect borders....a new virus threat from Great Britain...travel is halted. Wtf.

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Again...bureaucracy.... it’s a gym not a coffee shop.....people don’t go there to engage in lively conversation.

And on the air travel front.....warnings came out in December about a deadly virus originating in China...air travel continued with no restrictions.(even though we had problems with sars and h1n1)...viruses don’t respect borders....a new virus threat from Great Britain...travel is halted. Wtf.

The issue isn't lively conversation, it's that when you are exercising you are exhaling vigorously.  Transmission is airborne.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/main-modes-transmission.html

How COVID-19 spreads

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads from an infected person to others through respiratory droplets and aerosols created when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, shouts, or talks. The droplets vary in size from large droplets that fall to the ground rapidly (within seconds or minutes) near the infected person, to smaller droplets, sometimes called aerosols, which linger in the air under some circumstances.

The relative infectiousness of droplets of different sizes is not clear. Infectious droplets or aerosols may come into direct contact with the mucous membranes of another person's nose, mouth or eyes, or they may be inhaled into their nose, mouth, airways and lungs. The virus may also spread when a person touches another person (i.e., a handshake) or a surface or an object (also referred to as a fomite) that has the virus on it, and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.  

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Rand Paul savages Republican colleagues who voted for COVID relief bill with fiery floor speech

 

'If free money was the answer ... why not give more?'

In a blistering speech on the floor of the Senate, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul condemned his fellow Republican senators who voted for the multitrillion-dollar coronavirus relief package and omnibus spending bills, accusing them of abandoning their "soul" and their "fiscal integrity" for the sake of political expediency. 

 

 

Paul condemned the bill as an example of "modern monetary theory" that suggests that "government can spend whatever it wants without the need to tax." Paul said that his colleagues "rightly lampoon this quackery — that is, when they're not practicing the quackery themselves.

Continuing, Paul claimed, "To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better." 

Pointing out that the government had no plan to raise revenue to pay for the bill Congress was about to pass, Paul went on to argue, "If free money was the answer ... if money really did grow on trees, why not give more free money? Why not give it out all the time? Why stop at $600 a person? Why not $1,000? Why not $2,000? Maybe these new Free-Money Republicans should join the Everybody-Gets-A-Guaranteed-Income Caucus? Why not $20,000 a year for everybody, why not $30,000? If we can print out money with impunity, why not do it?"

The spending bill ultimately passed the Senate by a vote of 91-6, with only five Republicans joining Paul to vote against the bill: Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah), and Ron Johnson (Wis.). The vote in the House was likewise overwhelming, with only 53 members — 50 Republicans, 2 Democrats, and 1 independent — voting "nay" on the final vote. 

In addition to the sheer size of the spending bill, many Republicans strenuously objected to the fact that they were not even given the text of the bill with ample time to read it before voting on it. Reportedly due to delays with printers and technology, members of Congress were not provided with either a paper or a digital copy of the bill until almost literally the last minute. Among the "nay" votes in the Senate, Lee and Cruz specifically highlighted their inability to read the bill as a reason for voting against it.

After noting the absurdity of being asked to vote on a bill that he hasn't been given time to read, Lee also noted that the process by which the bill was passed did not allow for any amendments or opportunities to improve the bill. In a thread on Twitter, Lee said, "This process, by which members of Congress are asked to defer blindly to legislation negotiated entirely in secret by four of their colleagues, must come to an end. It won't come to an end until no longer works for those empowered by it. That can happen, but only when most members of both houses and both political parties stop voting for bills they haven't read — and, by design, cannot read until after it's too late."

Cruz agreed, even specifically noting his agreement with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the issue:

 

 

 

 

 

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At least 1,300 flights with potential COVID-19 exposure in Canada since September

There have been at least 1,300 flights that have either landed or taken off in Canada since the start of September with potential COVID-19 exposures on board, according to information provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

This includes at least 200 flights during the past two weeks, including five flights from the U.K., where a new strain of the novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly.

It’s not clear how many people may have been exposed to the virus on board these flights, and whether all of the passengers were travelling for essential reasons, but public health experts are warning that the urge to be physically close to the people we care about most this holiday season could end up causing more harm than good.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7537514/coronavirus-flights-covid-19-exposure-canada/

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It’s not clear how many people may have been exposed to the virus on board these flights...

The government has determined that the virus is not easily spread on aircraft.

The real problem is that all of these people went to church shortly after they arrived and the infection was spread by singing hymns.... try and keep up eh? Just ask deicer, he'll confirm it as verifiable fact.

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Once again, affirmation Canada is doing it right.

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/cash-piles-vaccines-force-economists-to-rethink-outlook-1.1540475

Cash piles, vaccines force economists to rethink outlook

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Cash piles, vaccines force economists to rethink outlook

Erik Hertzberg and Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg News

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This is a very asymmetrical crisis: CIBC economist Benjamin Tal

Even as Canadian policy makers ramp up COVID-19 restrictions, economists are becoming more optimistic about the country’s outlook.

Strong fiscal support, the start of vaccinations and a growing pile of savings in consumers’ accounts have caused forecasters to revise their views of Canada’s recovery. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg this month see output expanding by an average 5.4 per cent annualized in the final three quarters of 2021, much higher than the 3.8 per cent forecast in November.

Eric Lascelles, chief economist at RBC Global Asset Management, said in a report to investors last week he’s among those raising growth forecasts, citing “our belief that vaccines will prove a game-changer, and expectations that government stimulus will remain substantially in place.”

Canada has proved itself a fiscal champion during the pandemic, with the most generous emergency response in the Group of Seven, according to International Monetary Fund data. The longer-term implications of such massive deficit spending are unclear, but it has left the country well-positioned for a strong 2021 rebound, mostly on the potential upside from consumption when vaccines roll out and restrictions lift.

“In the case of a permanent reopening starting toward the end of the second half of 2021, the elevated household savings rate could unleash major pent-up demand, especially on the services side of the economy,” Dominique Lapointe, an economist at Laurentian Bank Securities, said by email.

Generous government support and limited spending options have been a boon to Canadians’ personal checking accounts, which have swelled over the past year by $103 billion, or 34 per cent, the most in more than three decades, according to Bloomberg calculations based on Bank of Canada data.

What Bloomberg Economics Says...

Canada’s outsized fiscal support relative to peers and progress on vaccine distribution “could drive a stronger-than-expected recovery later in the spring. ... We do not see a rate hike until 2023, though risks could tilt toward speculation of an earlier move.”

-- Andrew Husby, BE Economist

“People in many cases were getting more support than they needed in the early going and so they saved that,” Lascelles said by phone. “As the fiscal support starts to fade or as they lose eligibility for certain programs, we will start to see them tapping that.”

Still, the virus is hampering the near-term outlook, with new cases of coronavirus in Canada surpassing 6,600 a day on average -- more than triple what was seen during the first wave in April and May. Ontario, the most-populous province, said Monday it will enter a new lockdown the day after Christmas, the latest in a series of tighter measures across the country.

But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is pushing to inoculate as many Canadians as possible before the end of the year, securing more than 400,000 early doses of two COVID-19 vaccines. That’s boosted consumer confidence, which has climbed back to where it was in mid-March when restrictions were first imposed.

Economists in the latest Bloomberg survey lifted their 2021 and 2022 full-year growth forecast to an average of four per cent, from 3.9 per cent in November.

Canada’s output gap will close around the middle of 2022, with inflation returning to the two per cent target in the third or fourth quarter of that year, “even without incorporating much of a vaccine lift,” according to projections by Bank of Nova Scotia economist Derek Holt.

While he acknowledges wide ranges are still possible, Holt expects such a scenario would prompt the Bank of Canada to shut down its quantitative easing program by late 2021 or early 2022 and begin tapering before that.

 

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“ if saving lives is our #1 priority, there are much better ways us as human beings could be doing just that instead of what is being done. Its a prime example of governments not willing to admit that they were wrong in their continued actions, and now they have no choice but to continue down the same road or face public scrutiny and even legal proceedings against them..

"142 people died of covid in canada yesterday.. Sounds alarming right... I think that's the goal to alarm us... It is alarming...... but it got me thinkng what if they threw all kinds of numbers at us everyday ... would covid still be the most popular on social media ....... perhaps...

MAYBE if we heard comparison numbers we would feel different... maybe...

But' let's grieve all the numbers, and be fair about it ♡

Covid Dec 11th 2020: 142 deaths yesterday... 😞

-4157suicides last year- averaging 11 per day 😞 I never knew this number... mental health receives such little attention (the leading cause of death in our young people, the same young people we have socially restricted... Who's fighting for them ... 😞 )

-over 80,000 people died of cancer last year in Canada... that's about 220 a day... 😞 I didn't know that.... someone's mother, father, daughter, son 😞 absolutley tragic ....

-I couldn't find how many people died of the flu, because from what I gather, flu isn't usually marked as cause of death... but if someone has the number, let's have a moment of silence for those lives... 😞

-276,689 died of heart disease that's more than 750 a day...WOW...if I heard that every day, I would probably eat more veggies and less deep fried goodness... this number is OUTRAGEOUS... and why aren’t we banning and boycotting places like MacDonalds, or outlawing cigarettes?

- 1500 killed and over 63,000 injured by drunk drivers each year in canada... that means 5 die a day and many more injured ..and we still sell alcohol... tell me again how much the government is concerned about your life 😞

- 6912 died from Alzheimer's ...that's 18 a day

-41,500 from diabetes...that's 113 a day.... and sugar is the #1 ingredient in our market place and yet no one is bombarding is with the health stats about sugar and its risks to your health

- about 57,000 a year die of stroke... about 156 each day

-almost 2 million jobs were lost in April from covid, and it appears over half of those are still unemployed, that would work out to an average of 5479 a day... that's a huge impact on the economy and a lot of mouths to feed...especially when our prime minister hikes up the carbon tax 467%.....

-5.6 million children die each year from hunger...that's 15,000 a day, approx 4 a minute.. and we close our eyes and ignore.

-206,905 died over the age of 70 in canada last year... that is a whooping 564 people each day ... WOW...

And to top it off...if you look at the deaths over the past 5 years in Canada , they all average about the same....in fact this fall has the least deaths over the past 5 years..... so tell me again how Covid is threatening to overwhelm us?

Media is a powerful player...we can't dismiss that perhaps a major bias is being spoonfed to us through their garbage propaganda.... 🤪 yeah I said garbage, because that's exactly what it is...

My point is...we aren't bombarded with these numbers every day.....and if we were, we would all be shocked...

I didnt realize 500 elderly died each day... that is so sad...someone loved them.... ♡ and they matter too... and currently those 500 a day are locked away, think about that... Every patriotic covid supporter...they are locking up our grandparents...our parents... That is abusive... absolultey abusive, in every sense of the word...
Ask grandma is she would like to see her kids, her grandkids... I will guarentee her answer will, statistically, be a resounding 'YES', with tears running down her face...Shame on our system ... You can't tell me this is ok...

So the argument that covid is contagious, is valid.. with a transmission rate of 1%, that means, if I sat with 100 people, 1 is probable to catch it, sure that's too many... but 99% will recover... so when you put it like that... how does shutting down the world make any sense?

The numbers posted above, get dismissed every single day...... and covid is controlling our every move... Controlling what we say... Controlling how close we stand to loved ones... Controlling who we see...

Who gave covid so much power... oh right the politicians... Who love us like we were their children?

You eat an apple that is sprayed, you fly in planes...you drive cars... you walk across the street, you eat peanuts out of the local pubs infested bowl... you get a little water from the river in your mouth and keep swimming...

We take risks everyday... I would rather die of covid surrounded by my family, than live isolated and alone ...

Statistically speaking you are 12x more likely to be murdered in the city of Calgary, than to be killed by this virus if you are under the age of 60....

More likely that you would be struck dead by lightening, than die under the age of 20...

Tell me again how this warrants a global shutdown?
Tell me again that something bigger isn’t driving this nonesense.
EVERY life...EVERY LIFE matters...

BUT we aren't concerned with all the toxic garbage on the supermarket shelves, which by the way is the #1 cause of heart disease & cancer....

When the government stops selling cigarettes, the leading cause of cancer, sugary cereals and cheetos, #1 cause of child obesity ...and MSG and Asparthame, that poison people, and all the dyes and preservatives our government approves for human consumption ... then we can talk about how they care about our health & well being ... ♡

Until then, I would rather be with my friends and family at Christmas and take my chances with covid.....

I would also like to be free to work, earn a living, and move about the world the way I could have 9 short months ago.

This may be the biggest crime against humanity the world has ever seen. I wonder how they will describe 2020 and COVID to our great great grandchildren in 100 years from now...

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On 12/23/2020 at 2:27 PM, Jaydee said:

I wonder how they will describe 2020 and COVID to our great great grandchildren in 100 years from now...

I have been wondering the same thing. The number of cancelled elective surgeries and late (or too late) diagnosis stories that I know of personally (and from a small circle) suggest a frightening cost if extrapolated across the board.

I doubt Covid is going away and despite what we (should have) learned about containment, the new strain is spreading and just infiltrated Germany. We will likely have to find away of living with it.

I ran into a retired SSF medic a few days ago in a bank lineup, it took us both about 30 seconds to get around to the absolute lunacy of lockdowns without travel restrictions. Guess where the (locked down) big city folk were dong their Christmas shopping? Anecdotally, the number of people I know of not following established protocols is far more than the number who are. I'm not talking about masks, people will always do the easy stuff (think magic lightbulbs). 

Speaking of Christmas, sincere and warmest best wishes to all... cheers.

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