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32t

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You see all this stuff in the world today.

I just came back from visiting family and brought venison, potatoes and onions home.

And a hug from my brother..........

They know what is important and a good gift!
 

32t

Member
Minnesota has about 8.6 million residents and we are averaging 75 to 100 hospital admissions recently per day. 10 to 20 of those to the ICU.

Right now that is about 10% of our ICU beds and a little above 5% of the total hospital beds.
 

Bruno

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If we keep up this rate then by mid next week, literally every hospital bed in Belgium will have a covid patient and that's not even considering the issues with manpower and supplies to deal with them.
 

cangooner

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Here in Ontario we have a few hot spots where the numbers are worryingly increasing, but nothing as bad as you have in Belgium Bruno. Not yet, at least. Yikes.
 

RezDog

Member
I live in a very small population and isolated area. We have had a total of 20ish cases so far. Bear in mind we don’t have very many hospital beds either. Also there are two ventilators. Everyone here is pretty careful.
 

Mike Blue

Member
The news today discusses this outbreak in Europe as an evolution of the SARS/Covid virus. While there are more cases, they can be genetically attributed to tourism in Spain, then homeward travel of the tourists.

What has not been discussed is whether this change in the virus is more symptomatic or more lethal. I suspect it has lessened on both counts somewhat. However, if you are only excited about the number of cases, it looks bad. But it might not be. Most positives have been asymptomatic and are showing up only because of aggressive screening.

Still, wear a mask, wash your hands, don't touch your face.
 

32t

Member
I had today a story that is small in the whole scheme of things I wish I could share.

I am a strong believer in HIPAA and don't think it would break the rules but even that I thought about it stops me.

I can say this. :(
 

Bruno

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The news today discusses this outbreak in Europe as an evolution of the SARS/Covid virus. While there are more cases, they can be genetically attributed to tourism in Spain, then homeward travel of the tourists.

What has not been discussed is whether this change in the virus is more symptomatic or more lethal. I suspect it has lessened on both counts somewhat. However, if you are only excited about the number of cases, it looks bad. But it might not be. Most positives have been asymptomatic and are showing up only because of aggressive screening.

Still, wear a mask, wash your hands, don't touch your face.
I know. Infection numbers are one thing. But hospitalization numbers are more objective, as is ICU bed occupation. We are admitting > 600 new patients per day. We've taken ever more strict measures over the past week, when the numbers didn't seem like slowing down. And yesterday we went into lockdown.

Right now, there are individual hospitals overflowing and we had the first casualty caused by not having a ventilator for that patient. If the numbers keep up, every single hospital bed in Belgium will be filled with covid patients by wednesday next week. Thankfully Germany was much smarter than us, and went into lockdown at lower numbers. And they've commited to taking in Belgian patients.

So things are bad.

Mind you, I just read that the new strain going round is more infectious than the previous wave. Maybe it's not more lethal, maybe it's even less lethal. But with increased infectiousness it's still doing a good job of fucking up the country.
 
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Bruno

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I spend a lot of time talking with my daughters. The middle school and high school kids are generally the best behaved in terms of following the rules, yet they lose most of everything they look forward to. And while we talk, my main job is listening and getting them to open up. Which thankfully is not a difficult job because I have a good relationship to start from.
 

Bruno

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So what's everyone doing this weekend? Currently my plans involve some DIY stuff around the house, followed by an afternoon at the forge on saturday. Not sure what Sunday will bring. Maybe a long hike with my wife if the weather is good.
 

Mike Blue

Member
I'm studying today. I have to take a board certification exam next week.

For breaks, I've been outside on a pretty nice day splitting firewood. I have an interesting axe from Finland that is a bomb. See http://leveraxe.com/en/ It's a good size pile of wood. I can sort the quarter or third splits by weight. Lighter ones get the axe and I get more exercise. The heavy ones usually have knots and they get fed to the hydraulic splitter.
 

32t

Member
My wife insists on parking her jeep in the garage in the winter so I have to rearrange the garage and yard. Tomorrow is suppose to be very nice so whatever happens will be outside. 70'F plus.

Sunday night rain and cooling. Tuesday is suppose to be freezing and the rain will turn to snow.

I have got a feeling this is the last of the very warm weather here.
 

verndahl

AKA tintin
going to be in the low 70's this weekend. Have some leaves to rake and hopefully some shop time. Just finished a forged hook thingy for a Chrismas present (my some wants something to hang his barbecue tools on). Just started a leather strap cutter for my other son. (not forged but made of wood (though i will probably add a forged element to it just for practice)'
 
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