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This has me concerned for my hours. My workload is drying up quickly and I don't like to be idle. The state cases I deal with are drying up, too.
And people around the CBD can't take a hint to wear a fucking mask, as usual.
Obey the rules, people. Otherwise, the mayor's going to make new rules, and they'll suck in comparison.
1. How much will the the health insurance premiums jump for 2021?
2. Given that 30% of Americans won't willingly take a hypothetical COVID-19 vaccine even if it is free, can and will our company force our workers to take the vaccine?
Since I couldn't sleep, I went looking for answers. Short version is probably a record-high double-digit % increase in health insurance premiums, and yes, employers can require employees to get vaccinated. I couldn't easily get back to sleep, though, because I will be the point man at our company dealing with both of those issues.
hotseatgames wrote: Assuming the worst, i.e. Trump gets re-elected... how much will you actually trust a Trump administration vaccine? He has perverted every government office we have.
It's really simple. If he allows the Blue states to have it then its not a safe vaccine. The President of the United States considers more than half the population to he his "enemies".
Given the apparent "only wave" infection pattern COVID is currently demonstrating (i.e. it comes once then fades out on its own, early lockdown just delays this wave) it may not be critical to use a vaccine unless you live in an area that successfully pushed the "only wave" back. I'm not sure such a place exists.
Europe looks to be heading back into a second wave of positives but no death bump, probably because all the susceptible people were already exposed and the virus has become less lethal and treatment is better.
What if an employee can show that they tested positive for COVID antibodies? Or had a positive COVID test in the past? Are they exempt from the mask rule? I'm not sure a workplace can even enforce just some people wearing a mask (does that fall under the dress policy?) without the state or local government making the rule, that probably varies state to state.
States with strong worker protections probably have more authoritarian governments that are enforcing mask wearing and back it up with punitive action but the venn diagram is not completely overlapping I don't think.
There are rapid tests (I think Trump uses it for all these non-mask photo ops) that could allow for on the spot testing ( www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/product-and-...le-as-5-minutes.html ) so that could be a big game changer for government jobs, health care interactions, and anything highly social (sports players, manufacturing line workers, schools?) though I doubt it will trickle down to bookstores and coffee shops.
Personally I think a general behavioral attitude (hand washing, appropriate mask wearing) along with early self-quarantine for symptoms and rapid testing sweeps will do a better job of reducing the infection rate than whipping out some vaccine without proper testing and then calling it a day and going back to normal. It would be nice of all these billions of dollars being dumped into coronavirus research accelerates some advancements and might spell the end of viral respiratory infections in general, not just COVID.
The antibody tests are not reliable enough to help at all, and there are studies showing that the antibodies tend to last just a few months after infection. The common cold is also a coronavirus, and you can certainly catch a cold more than once per year.
I would have guessed that authoritarian governments would have been more efficient at controlling this contagion, but Russia's numbers aren't good even though they are probably downplaying their numbers. China eventually did a great job of managing their outbreak, at least as far as we know.
Jexik wrote: Went for a ~30 minute walk through the park in my small city (120k) in Illinois this morning. I wore a mask, but I saw zero other masks. I did walk by at least 5 people within 6 feet of me. Short of jumping into the street or running into the woods, it was unavoidable. Seems like if they're not mandated in that situation, people just aren't doing it.
Hey, fellow Illinoisian! I've stopped taking walks in my nearby park for this exact same reason. Now I walk on the streets through my neighborhood, where there's far less pedestrian traffic.
If you're jogging or biking, I can understand not wearing a mask. It's just too hard to breathe when you're exercising. But a walk?