Post by El Castor Post by islander Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
45% of deaths due to the virus occur in nursing homes and there are 1.4 million in the US living in these homes. You can do the math to see what your chances are living in one of these places. Great attention needs to focus on this problem.
Not just nursing homes, but a variety of senior assisted living
facilities. Many of these are like boarding houses for seniors with
minimal medical care, but communal dining and activities. They are a
natural breeding ground for contagion. What can be done other than
isolating seniors in their rooms? I agree that it is a very serious
problem with few solutions in sight.
I had been considering one of them, but the best contender has had two
deaths due to the virus. I'm better off in my home.
The virus can't be brought under control until there is a vaccine, and
that issue is receiving an unprecedented degree of attention.
Twenty-three are in human trials and more than 130 are in pre-clinical
studies. China approved the use of its vaccine in the military in late
June. The US has invested $1.2 billion in an Oxford vaccine which is
showing promise in human trials, and "may" have 300 million doses for
use in the US as early as October.
Speaking of retirement communities, A friend of a friend owns a one
bedroom unit in the Tamalpais Marin.
We've visited her (pre Covid) and it seems nice, but I couldn't
conceive of living in a place like that while this thing is out of
We are pretty fortunate to be living were we are as long as we can avoid
any serious medical problems. Groceries and utilities are our primary
expenses, but otherwise our costs are minimal. Nice to not need to
spend money on transportation - a tank of gasoline lasts us for months!
I see that Marin is now its own little hot spot for the virus and is
fining people for refusing to obey safety measures. Perhaps you can get
Trump's brownshirts to help enforce this.
Here, our Sheriff's department has given up on enforcing safety measures
and public sentiment seems to be to discourage tourism. Seems to be
working. I went into town yesterday to pick up a prescription and the
town is nearly deserted. With two of our three council members up for
election this fall, the incumbents are keeping their heads down and have
reversed a previous decision to open up the economy. Maybe they are
beginning to realize that tourism is not the golden goose that they
thought it was!