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  1. We've just had the two highest days of hospitalization for COVID-19 in the state, an upward trend that started right at phase 1. The good news about acquired immunity in primates was very welcome, however.
  2. "Out of the 382 nasal swab samples the researchers examined from coronavirus patients in the state, a single sample was missing a significant chunk of its genome."
  3. The search for 'normal' continues.. Scientists have identified 14 separate strains of SARS-COV-2, which have been competing against each other, allowing the most infectious strain (which is not the original Wuhan version of COVID-19) to become the most prevalent in Europe and the US. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-05/mutant-coronavirus-has-emerged-more-contagious-than-original Research shows that SARS-COV-2 is not limited to the respiratory system, and can 'hide out' in the intestines of seemingly healthy people. Nowhere near as dangerous a vector, but important to identify before declaring someone as recovered. https://scitechdaily.com/coronavirus-sars-cov-2-infects-cells-of-the-intestine-and-multiplies-there/ Brazil is now the epicenter of the pandemic worldwide, with leadership that discounts the danger and a populace that has no option for social distancing. Any hope that 'warm weather will make it go away' has been doused, the country has averaged temperatures above 80 as the virus spread. https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-sweeps-across-brazil-a-land-ill-equipped-to-fight-it-11588603847?mod=e2tw
  4. Unfortunately, this is very correct. The highest daily counts of new cases in NC were three days ago (388), two days ago (444) and yesterday (571). That is not a good trend for "re-opening" the state.
  5. The word "quarantine" comes from the Italian word for "40-day time period", as they would stop all commercial traffic during the Black Plague until the sailors had been shown to be healthy for 40 days.
  6. This thread is building Great Walls of text that could compete with the one in China. Had an interesting (and distanced) discussion with a neighbor who said they couldn't wait til this was over and things were normal. Since there's no evidence yet that people who have COVID-19 get any immunity from it, if they do it may only be a SARS-like 0 to 2 years, and even then there's a likelihood of different strains in play.. I asked them to consider that this might *be* the new normal.
  7. The biggest difference I see is rebound control.
  8. I was really hoping to break the streak of failing to make the playoffs in back-to-back years (since 2001-2002, and still counting, based on the way the team looks).
  9. Well, at least he's a right shot, so Necas won't feel so lonely.
  10. Not this year! Perhaps my negative mental energies finally had their intended effect, and he's now a Capitals STH.
  11. I sit in Club Ledge. The view is similar to the third level end zone view, with a moderately improved involvement with the game. Technically, it's easier to see the build up of plays than a sideline view, and there are really no portions of the ice that I can't see, but I would also say that any scramble in front of the far net, you might as well watch the overhead screen because it's just a mass of people. The fact that you have a nice swivel seat, plenty of room left and right, a bar table in front of you to hold your food and drinks, and easy in/out to the bar and restrooms are the big sellers. The "free meal" is always a pulled pork sandwich, a top round (kinda of like prime rib filet) sandwich, or a lukewarm premade wrap in aluminum foil for no particular reason. You get two drink vouchers, which can be redeemed for beer or soda, but not any mixed drinks or liquor. The monitors in the table are, for some reason, offset from my seat, and have a dreadful view from an angle, so for me they just take up good table space. The big negative is that a lot of parents think that the tables make great activity centers for their family, so they get Club Ledge seats and bring kids who spend most of their time complaining about not having anything to do, or teens complaining about bad wifi/data service. Not much different than the business/vacation chatter in Champions Club or Club Center Ice, I guess.
  12. I signed up for the team trip to Vegas on 2/8. Only real benefit would be getting to sit in a group of Canes fans.. I mean, the guest of honor is GM Waddell, and I guess I like what he did with the roster, but the pre-game dinner spot is a sushi restaurant?!?
  13. My main problem is that his name is pronounced HOW-la. I realize that Forslund makes a lot of comments using the "Holla" pun, but if we want the guy to stay we might want to start making him feel more welcome.
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