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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #140 on: October 10, 2021, 12:07:29 PM »
I don't have any statistical data to share, just some anecdotal information, so $0.02, and all that.




I ended up in the ER Wednesday.  I should have gone in sooner, but being the stubborn jackass that I am, I had to wait so that I could make things worse.  Naturally.  For a bit of background, I had gotten a tooth extracted just over a week prior, and had been taking ibuprofen for the pain.  As it turns out, my system does not play nice with ibuprofen--it seems that it triggers an autoimmune response that really is no fun.


I went in because my entire neck and back were in excruciating pain, and the pain had gotten to my chest as well.  One of the common reactions with my autoimmune disorder is bone pain (which I am really bad at expressing), but this was affecting muscles and everything else, too.  Moving was a nightmare.  Getting up out of bed to take a piss?  10 minutes of hell.


The ER was swamped.  The nurses were doing an impressive job of keeping the numbers in the waiting room down, but there was a LOT of shuffling.  And there were hardly any beds available, as a good portion of them were occupied by covid patients. 


With the chest pain, along with my medical history, they wanted to get me in for a CAT scan to make sure I didn't have any clots running loose.  I was on board, as the last think I want is another pulmonary embolism.  That's no fun at all.


The orderlies had to help me get situated on the bed for the scan.  I wasn't able to roll over and lay flat on my own, so they did the thing where they use the sheet to turn you, and I think my back popped, and I saw stars.  Probably would have said a few choice words if I had been capable of putting any together at that point.


Eventually, they get me back to a bed, and see a doctor.  Turns out that completely separate of any symptoms I was feeling, I have pneumonia.  Got some pain meds, some antibiotics, and referrals to an immunologist and a pulmonologist, both of which I will be seeing as soon as I can schedule an appointment.


What seemed 'funny' to me is that when I tested positive for Covid, I was given a script for azithromycin to try to avoid getting pneumonia, and I took my meds dutifully.  I was also given antibiotics after my tooth extraction, which I also kept up with.  Still got pneumonia, but I haven't been coughing, or having ANY respiratory problems--even with the benefit of hindsight, I don't see how we could have recognized that I had pneumonia any sooner.  Meanwhile, my wife, who tested negative, and apparently just has a cold, has been coughing a lot, and just sounds awful.  I'm not sure how that works, but it doesn't seem fair.  :icon_crazy:


In the meantime, I have been working to manage the autoimmune reaction (getting some benadryl in the IV helped, which indicated to me, at least, that a good deal of my pain was autoimmune related; I wonder if the ER nurses are still wondering about the patient that responded better to benadryl than to morphine  :icon_crazy: ), and at this point, while I still have a lot of pain, it's mostly focused in a few muscle groups, and I am starting to get around a lot better.


Either way, I think I'm in this for the long haul...


This article has some decent information, in case you know of anyone who has similar symptoms.
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Re: COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #141 on: October 11, 2021, 03:17:36 AM »
I've been remiss and haven't given you a meaningful UK update for almost a month now.

Here's the situation for us, as of Monday October 11, 2021.

Family:
We're *still* all clear. I'm splitting my work week between home and the office, mostly meeting the same half-dozen of my colleagues when I visit the building. Mrs Sheddi is self-employed, works from home and mostly keeps herself to herself but she has had a few visitors in recent weeks. My kids are 17 and 15, and both in school; the eldest's school seems to be coping quite well but the youngest's school has a bit of a COVID problem. I mentioned a week or so ago that the youngest's 5 best friends were all out at once with positive PCR tests; the school is stepping up control measures and has asked pupils to take LFT tests four times a week  :eek1:

Local area:
The local case rate is 409 cases per 100k people, up 11% from a week ago. A lot of this most be due to schools. In principle vaccinations are available to all over-12s but in practice the local schools aren't planning to start vaxxing their pupils until early November  :headbang:  so the situation in schools could get worse before it gets better.

83% of eligible 12+ in my area have had one dose of vaccine and 78% have had two doses.

Mask wearing and social distancing is definitely in decline, despite the rising case rates. I went shopping on the local retail park on Saturday. In the supermarket maybe 40% of shoppers were masked, and 30% of staff; in the clothes shop it was slighly worse; and in the sportswear shop it was less than 20% masked (I was hoping to buy a new pair of shoes but bugged out before finding a style I liked).

National:
The national case rate is 348 per 100k (up 7.8% on the week). There have been 5200 hospital patients admitted in the past week (flat) and 785 COVID-related deaths (flat). Vaccination numbers are now 85% of 12+ with at least one dose and 78% with two.

Also in the news, one-sixth of the UK's ECMO patients are unvaxxed pregnant women with COVID:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/oct/11/one-in-six-most-critically-ill-patients-are-unvaccinated-pregnant-women-with-covid

This is not exactly a good start to the winter. Flu is expected to make a comeback too and the UK is rolling out a flu vaccine programme to try and keep that under control:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/biggest-flu-programme-in-history-to-roll-out-for-winter-2021

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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #142 on: October 14, 2021, 01:39:06 AM »
I ended up in the ER Wednesday. 

The ER was swamped.   occupied by covid patients. 


With the chest pain, along with my medical history,
the last think I want is another pulmonary embolism. 

.........................

I think I'm in this for the long haul...
That's aweful, Mr. E. You just can't seem to catch a break right now.

I do hope that you're feeling at least a bit better since you posted here last.
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Re: COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #143 on: October 14, 2021, 01:57:43 AM »

Here's the situation for us, as of Monday October 11, 2021.

Family:
- We're *still* all clear.

- [My] youngest's 5 best friends were all out at once with positive PCR tests; the school is stepping up control measures and has asked pupils to take LFT tests four times a week  :eek1:

Local area:
- up 11% from a week ago. A lot of this most be due to schools. In principle vaccinations are available to all over-12s but in practice the local schools aren't planning to start vaxxing their pupils until early November  :headbang:  so the situation in schools could get worse before it gets better.

- Mask wearing and social distancing is definitely in decline, despite the rising case rates.

National:
- The national case rate is 348 per 100k (up 7.8% on the week).

- Also in the news, one-sixth of the UK's ECMO patients are unvaxxed pregnant women with COVID:

- Flu is expected to make a comeback too and the UK is rolling out a flu vaccine programme to try and keep that under control:
Not looking swell. Dang. And if things follow as they have been during this we'll be right behind you over here in a few weeks.


Thank goodness your family is still holding so far in the midst of all that! 
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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #144 on: October 14, 2021, 02:42:11 AM »
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Kansas
my county's 14 day rolling average
 
- ↘ (just barely)  Average daily case count 23.93
- ↘ (just barely)  Average positive rate 4.4%
- ↘ (only down one)  Current active cases. 495
- ↘ Current hospitalized. 8 (out of 24 ICU beds)
- ↗ Total deceased 105
- ↘ (just barely)  Incidence rate per 100,000... 278.49

I still wonder what the numbers are really. Still too high a probability of the vaccinated asymptomatic passing it around to make me comfortable with the reporting numbers.

Now, as is necessary at this point, we've switched to living with it. Unfortunately, high numbers of humans here seem to read that as 'it's over, no contagion here'.

As in: Was hanging back at the probably 7'X4.5' elevator to see if the second person getting on was gonna put that mask in her hand on or just use it as a hand accessory. She turned to me, saying, 'there's room'. 

The friend I was originally getting on the elevator with said 'she won't get on if someone isn't wearing a mask in here. She got huffy saying 'I've had both shots, I don't need to.' She was standing next to a sign that said Mask Required In This Building, had passed two other signs just like it to get to that elevator.

I don't know where these people get their data on this. They give me a headache.

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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #145 on: October 14, 2021, 05:15:45 AM »
Quick status for Norway: We reopened three weeks ago, and so far so good. Statistics are generally not reported daily anymore, and it's no longer a big thing in the media.

Total population about 5,4 million.
4,2 million vaccinated 1 dose (91% of population over 18)
3,7 million vaccinated 2 doses (86% of population over 18)
433 per day new case average last seven days, down from 472 the previous seven days. 195 000 total infections. Most new cases are in schools, large cities and among unvaccinated people.
93 in hospital as of yesterday, numbers are declining steadily here too.
Can't find any recent deaths right now, I think it's been a couple of weeks.

Total for the whole pandemic is 884 dead, 195 000 infected.

All in all we're doing pretty good, here's hoping the rest of the world will catch up sooner rather than later. It's sad to see how much some countries struggle that should not.

(Oh, and no cases in my family so far, none at my work, and as far as i know nobody I know have been infected.)

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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #146 on: October 14, 2021, 08:41:08 AM »
That's aweful, Mr. E. You just can't seem to catch a break right now.

I do hope that you're feeling at least a bit better since you posted here last.


Sometimes you get to play 'kick the can.'  Sometimes, you are the can.  :awesome:




In all seriousness, though, it could be a lot worse.  If I hadn't gotten vaccinated, who knows if I would be here to type this?  Maybe I would have been "lucky" enough to end up on a ventilator.  Maybe I would have gotten a serious case of pneumonia, and not what seems like walking pneumonia (seriously, I've had virtually no symptoms, and would have had no idea I even had it if I hadn't gone to the ER for other issues).


It's been rough, and I could really go for a little break, but it beats being dead.  I just need to remind myself of that every now and then, when I start to complain.  :smiley_blink:






Local numbers seem to be tapering off a little.  CDC's 7 day metrics show: 
112 new cases in the last 7 days, which is an almost 8% drop. 
They may  not be getting full info on the deaths, but are currently showing <10. 
12 new hospitalizations, and 45.8% vaccinated.   :(
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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #147 on: October 15, 2021, 08:28:16 PM »
Quick status for Norway: We reopened three weeks ago, and so far so good. Statistics are generally not reported daily anymore, and it's no longer a big thing in the media.

Total population about 5,4 million.
4,2 million vaccinated 1 dose (91% of population over 18)
3,7 million vaccinated 2 doses (86% of population over 18)
433 per day new case average last seven days, down from 472 the previous seven days. 195 000 total infections. Most new cases are in schools, large cities and among unvaccinated people.
93 in hospital as of yesterday, numbers are declining steadily here too.
Can't find any recent deaths right now, I think it's been a couple of weeks.

Total for the whole pandemic is 884 dead, 195 000 infected.

All in all we're doing pretty good, here's hoping the rest of the world will catch up sooner rather than later. It's sad to see how much some countries struggle that should not.

(Oh, and no cases in my family so far, none at my work, and as far as i know nobody I know have been infected.)
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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #148 on: October 20, 2021, 05:21:36 PM »
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Kansas
my county's 14 day rolling average
 
- ↘ Average daily case count 20.43
- ↗ Average positive rate 5.4% (from4.4%)
- ⬇ Current active cases 421
- ⬇ Current hospitalized 5 (out of 24 ICU beds)
- ↔ Total deceased 105
- ⬇ Incidence rate per 100,000... 237.76

annnd... fall is beginning to hit its stride here so cool temperatures and changing leaves are like the siren call.

I'll take it while I can get it.

The n95s make all the difference in personally feeling safe traversing hallways, stairs &/or elevators, lobby, double door exit/entrances just to get there and back again. That's a plus for me staight from Delta data on masks differences. The n95s don't just protect the other from me, they are significant in protecting me from the other. So, were all pandemic to end today I'd come out the better for cold and flu season. I will have more safe, comfortable mobility this season than I've experienced in a couple of decades. n95s rock.

I am gathering, restocking a bit here and there in case of still unclear possibilities that could play out, because am finding current reports from England a bellweather since my 20 month experience w this pandemic generally sees us just two, three, steps behind them.

A couple of my V8 staple products are missing in my grocery, with no labels of where they were or might be again.   A small but daily taste and nutrient content I've come to enjoy and find comfort in. I've found no equal substitute and would be sorry to not have some stock in case of in case.
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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #149 on: October 20, 2021, 07:21:40 PM »
A couple of my V8 staple products are missing in my grocery, with no labels of where they were or might be again.   A small but daily taste and nutrient content I've come to enjoy and find comfort in. I've found no equal substitute and would be sorry to not have some stock in case of in case.
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I love some spicy V8.  I've found the Kroger version to be a pretty decent substitute.  I'm not sure about the non-spicy variants, but it might be worth a try.
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« Reply #150 on: October 23, 2021, 12:41:01 AM »
huh. I had been wondering about this, the Wednesday average positive rate jumping a % point in the midst of everything else falling:  (↗ Average positive rate 5.4% (from 4.4%) )

Wondering about that, this building's quick turn towards decreased mask use by more tenants, guests, delivery people, hired workers on the fire remediation. Plus the best current supported data I could find on Moderna efficacy after eight months.

And, again, that point jump, along with the scheduled in-house third vaccine shots not coming until close to mid-November, nearly a full two weeks (that magic lag time in a recognized rise) after our massive national gathering with people we know and don't know: Halloween. Which would be followed on the heels by Thanksgiving.

Did the math, and got my third shot today. Giving it two weeks to fully activate before all this holiday gathering and spreading gets going good. Next week I'll get my fully loaded high dose old people's flu shot. Hopefully giving me a preemptive jump on our annual Season Of Sick People spreading the gifts that keep on giving. 👵

Just checked today's reported stats. Once again with the codicil of slow reporting data dumps that could also be in play with these numbers.

Friday, October 22, 2021
Kansas
my county's 14 day rolling average
 
- ↗ Average daily case count 21.21
- ↗ Average positive rate 5.6%
- ↗ Current active cases 436
- ⬇ Current hospitalized 3 (out of 24 ICU beds)
- ↔ Total deceased 105
- ↗ Incidence rate per 100,000... 246.90

More ↗↗ than I had expected.  I'm glad I went ahead and began prepping.


fwiw: vaccine fever has begun. Comfortable, but with fever chills. 👍  Go immune system!! Geez Louise, edited typo:(I'm a big supporter of the data on fevers, so I only challenge one if-or-when it reaches 108° 100.8°, or it's moving up fast)

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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #151 on: October 25, 2021, 08:58:42 PM »
May, indeed, have been a slow data dump on Friday, which suits me just fine. Though, coming Friday or Monday's report will give the better picture.

Monday, October 25, 2021
Kansas
my county's 14 day rolling average
 
- ↘ Average daily case count 20.71
- ↔ Average positive rate 5.6%
- ↘ Current active cases 406
- ↗ Current hospitalized 5 (out of 24 ICU beds)
- ↗ Total deceased 108
- ↘ Incidence rate per 100,000... 241.08

Was over the Moderna half vax reaction in 36 hours, the first 24 being fever up to 100.8, but I had been here before so just burried myseif into the bed & blankets with only my face exposed, for comfort, listened to (not watched) bland tv shows on hulu and dosed in and out of sleep. But at temp 100.8° I took two Tylenol, which did lower it to 100.2 to 100.5 for the duration.

One thing that was new during that was a tiny bit of unsettled stomach which I treated with sips of room temperature V8 until that part passed. 👍

The fever broke a little after 24 hours and I began moving around a bit. Water, the very thing I needed to be increasing, or at least drinking during the fever was Yuck City. But after the fever broke I. Was. Thirsty. and made up for lost time.

During the next 12± hours I tried to eat soups and broths but that was Yucky.

Then all of a sudden (so it seemed) I was right as rain again. Like it had never happened.
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Now, the injection site had been increasingly sore but I just kept gently rubbing and now even that is only a memory.

There was no one else to talk about this with, but it was an experience I needed to verbalize.  And I figure that's one of the pluses of talking on the internet.... nobody has to read it if they don't want to. 😂

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Re: daily COVID sitrep where you are
« Reply #152 on: Yesterday at 09:10:01 PM »
A couple of my V8 staple products are missing in my grocery, with no labels of where they were or might be again.   A small but daily taste and nutrient content I've come to enjoy and find comfort in. I've found no equal substitute and would be sorry to not have some stock in case of in case.
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I love some spicy V8.  I've found the Kroger version to be a pretty decent substitute.  I'm not sure about the non-spicy variants, but it might be worth a try.
I do luv me some spicy V8 and keep a reasonable supply on hand.

Higher on my actual prep list is original V8 which I can alter for various uses. One of which is nausea. Room temp cup close for sipping as needed. For a hangover with sick stomach I add a shot-size amount of unfiltered apple cider vinegar. For illness comfort I replace the proverbial tomato soup with cups of hot V8. And if I have no V8 spicy in the larder I can add healthy amounts of cayenne, et voilà!

Fortunately for my covid preps, and now my flu season preps, original V8 quart size has not become scarce. (yet?) But, the 12 oz bottles have been missing in my small Dillions for weeks. I rely on this grocery because no auto and would be too anxious on public transportation during covid for something that trivial.

What I have relied on until the supply chain breakdown for additional health is green food powder mixed with the green veggie V8. Which has also been missing locally for weeks. And I wouldn't say I'm panicy going into the flu/covid season without that particular V8 because I'm well stocked with the green food powder which can be mixed with water to consume. It would just be more comforting to have it at this juncture of the 'whatever this stage is we're in with covid' and flu season combining again.

I drink their various fruit combo juices with carbonated water for a fun soft drink substitute, or hot or cold in tea during the flu season, and those have also been missing from the shelves for weeks.

Which wasn't really a problem to me until the reports here and world wide of how massive this breakdown is and could come to be. At which point I started haunting the V8 shelves daily! 😂

In weeks I've snagged a lone strawberry & bananna quart three times.  Just sitting alone on an empty shelf.

But today was big. I scored green!  Six of them. Alone on the shelf. Bunched together like they were lost.

For me, along with the three strawberry & bananna, and with belt tightening rationing, that means Nine Months of Comfort while the supply chain breakdown, covid, and the flu season play out! 🤗

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« Reply #153 on: Today at 02:20:57 AM »
A short update from me - we're all still free of COVID.

Things in the UK aren't great, but seem to have levelled out at around 40k cases per day and 1000 deaths/week. Booster (third) jabs are being rolled out to anyone who had their second shot at least 6 months ago, and 12- to 16-yo's in my area will finally get their shots next month (they were meant to be offered in September but ...).

Mask wearing is patchy (signs still request them but they're rarely enforced) and case rates in schoolkids have been high (reportedly, at one stage recently 8% of kids were off school with positive COVID tests).

I will give a better update when I have more time.

 

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