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|29.6 11:55||Re-copied and pasted (thanks Ilona)|
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Chicken pox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don't think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you're older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don't just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it's been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.
Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they're going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you're going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don't just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it's been around for years, and been studied medically for years.
HIV is a virus. It attacks the immune system, and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years, and had been studied medically for years.
Now with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood.
So far the symptoms may include:
Acute respiratory distress
Lung damage (potentially permanent)
Loss of taste (a neurological symptom)
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of appetite
Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young)
COVID toes (weird, right?)
People testing positive for COVID-19 have been documented to be sick even after 60 days. Many people are sick for weeks, get better, and then experience a rapid and sudden flare up and get sick all over again. A man in Seattle was hospitalized for 62 days, and while well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Not to mention a $1.1 million medical bill.
Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused deaths.
This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know.
For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity:
How dare you?
How dare you risk the lives of others so cavalierly. How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as "getting it over with", when literally no one knows who will be the lucky "mild symptoms" case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30 year olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died, children and infants have died.
How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don't yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend baseline precautions such as:
Reduced social/public contact or interaction
Covering your cough or sneeze
Avoiding touching your face
Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces
The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren't immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts in both the short and long term.
I reject the notion that it's "just a virus" and we'll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance.
|29.6 11:40||Velvet Moon|
|29.6 11:28||There are a lot of problems we can't solve in 2020 but I'd like to think we could finally get people to stop saying "backslash" when that isn't what that character in the URL is|
|29.6 09:51||Spotify just played a Pampers ad at twice the volume of the music it had been playing and why would it even serve up a Pampers ad anyway hashtag happymonday|
[+]Listened to Spotify playlist "Discover Weekly"
|29.6 09:32||Listened to Perry Farrell - Let's All Pray For This World - Maceo Plex Glitchy Remix|
|29.6 09:29||Listened to Perry Farrell - Let's All Pray For This World - Maceo Plex Electro Radio Edit Remix|
|29.6 09:23||Listened to Perry Farrell - Let's All Pray For This World - Maceo Plex Electro Remix|
|29.6 00:25||Listened to Depeche Mode - The Sun and the Rainfall - 2006 Remaster|
|28.6 15:02||"Man it's a hot one..." RT @tapemachines: what's a song that's pleasant and about 38 seconds long? that should be the national anthem so i stop having to waste multiple minutes of my life on it every time i watch a sport|
|28.6 10:49||RT @DJDanielson: But really, @ShawnMichaels should have never changed this look.|
(replies linking to the godawful Wrestlerock Rumble will be blocked and reported). https://pic.twitter.com/68TX7jadIm
|28.6 10:22||Me this morning (stolen from Randy)|
|28.6 08:43||Lucky 13 (Friendiversary with Aaron)|
|27.6 13:36||Summer NASCAR hats and special shirt that fights racism - US Post Office (Minneapolis, MN)|
|27.6 00:52||@DublDownDrew I think Joe Pera beat you to that conclusion https://youtu.be/Wv-P2aN3-b4 (it eventually gets there)|
|27.6 00:08||I ate an entire bag of Kettle Chips, but then I also had a kale salad....what I'm saying is I've earned this second Sugar Free Rockstar and Kirkland American Vodka RT @thebigpeezy: I literally ate Cheetos for dinner. Totally normal levels of depression.|
|26.6 20:43||So they bumped the Styles/Gulak match, right? #SmackDownCOVID|
|26.6 17:48||Oh man too hot for walking around with a giant (oversized, really) box of Dollar Bin selections - US Post Office (Minneapolis, MN)|
|26.6 17:27||Oh man too hot for walking around with a giant (oversized, really) box of Dollar Bin selections - US Post Office (Minneapolis, MN)|
|26.6 15:00||NLOK closing quote: 19.12 ▼0.41 (Range: 19.02 - 19.75)|
|26.6 14:48||Half liter bottle of Diet Dr Pepper|
|26.6 14:23||My council member makes his case for the current draft of the Charter Amendment seeking to transform the MPD into a Department of Public Safety. If you'd like to provide some feedback to the City, click over to http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/minneapolisforward/WCMSP-224910 .|
|26.6 13:52||I think this link is more direct than the one retweeted here, but either way, get over there: RT @mplsclerk: You can submit your comments on the proposal using the public comment submission form online at:|
|26.6 13:50||And I hope you do! RT @mplsclerk: You can submit your comments on the proposal using the public comment submission form online at:|
[+]Listened to Heckadecimal - Critters on Bandcamp
|26.6 10:56||Finally received an unfriend for disagreeing with a Christ-y guy too many times about the police - how's YOUR weekend looking|
|25.6 19:11||Take out - Kings Place (Hastings, MN)|
|25.6 15:00||NLOK closing quote: 19.53 ▼0.21 (Range: 19.44 - 20.05)|
|25.6 13:59||Gonna go tubing...well, it was nice knowing you - Welch Mill Canoeing, Tubing, & Kayaking (Welch, MN)|
|25.6 11:44||Completing the Reverend Zim outfit - US Post Office (Minneapolis, MN)|
|25.6 11:16||Surprise soda sale! Gonna try to get all the stuff they always run out of - Cub Foods (Saint Paul, MN)|
|24.6 21:57||"We need time," said Kroll, adding, "everybody's got to take a breath."|
|24.6 17:28||Sass LP and !!! 7" - US Post Office (Minneapolis, MN)|
|24.6 17:09||Kale not on sale - Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (Minneapolis, MN)|
|24.6 16:54||Sass LP and !!! 7" - US Post Office (Minneapolis, MN)|
|24.6 15:00||NLOK closing quote: 19.74 ▼0.74 (Range: 19.65 - 20.64)|
|24.6 14:36||Half liter bottle of Diet Dr Pepper|
|24.6 10:25||Intense French|
|24.6 08:45||RT @Patterrz: Bro I just want #Pokemon Sleep please guys I haven't slept in years I need it to be released @Pokemon|
|23.6 16:50||Hmm what did I order from Sad Cactus records? - US Post Office (Minneapolis, MN)|
|23.6 15:00||NLOK closing quote: 20.48 ▼0.23 (Range: 20.43 - 20.96)|