In the space of a year, north of 500K people in the US died from COVID. There are 330M people in the US. That's at least 150 dead per 100,000.
I just can't agree that 150 deaths per 100,000 people is "not that many" when we don't have any other infectious diseases in circulation that is closer than an order of magnitude less deadly.
I did not recall the post that way, so I went back and re-read it with your observation in mind.But some of the context of the comment made by the person you were responding to: discussions of ongoing anxiety (or even panic) even post-vaccination.
I did not recall the post that way, so I went back and re-read it with your observation in mind.
On re-reading it, it is still my opinion that while the thread in that moment in time was centered on post-vaccination behavior, that poster was minimizing the impact of the virus pre-vaccine. So I stand by what I said the first time.
My reason for bringing up the raw numbers, is that now that people are getting vaccinated, they still aren't comfortable with going back to life as normal. Heck, I'm one of them. I'm constantly having to remind myself that 1.) I am most likely going to catch this thing. 2.) It is going to suck to get it. 3.) Because I am vaccinated, I am less likely to die from it.
BUT - looking at the raw numbers is comforting to me, so I hope can bring some comfort to others. Once vaccinated, and if you are relatively healthy, your chances of dying from COVID are very slim, because even before the vaccine, your chances of dying from the disease was pretty slim.
I think many (including some on this forum) are experiencing an extremely high level of anxiety about the disease beyond what those studying the disease seem to be expressing.
Welcome to my ignore list. The rest of what I'd like to tell you is inappropriate for This Website, let alone polite company.I think many (including some on this forum) are experiencing an extremely high level of anxiety about the disease beyond what those studying the disease seem to be expressing.
Thanks, this was helpful. I don't take the same comfort from the low rate, because the denominator is large, and so the numerator is too. So, it's not that I was personally worried about dying. It's that I am deeply hurt and troubled by the tragedy of so many people who did---many of whom would still be with us if we'd made some different decisions a year ago. But I understand a bit better what you are saying, and appreciate you sharing it!BUT - looking at the raw numbers is comforting to me, so I hope can bring some comfort to others.
It's awfully bold to drop into this thread after months of absence to judge other people's level of anxiety in a pandemic that
a) we are still very much in
b) is heading into another surge in many states.
Then again, I remember your rosy prediction in September that COVID would soon be tapering out in Florida.
For our family it appears the mental impact of the past year is still a very real thing. We hosted our family’s Easter gathering yesterday, consisting of my (fully vaccinated) parents and my family. I am vaccinated also, but my spouse and children aren’t eligible yet. One of my daughters is high risk, but not old enough for the vaccine, so we all still take considerable precautions to prevent getting COVID.
My kids were so excited to see their grandparents for the first holiday in over a year! Unfortunately, my mom had a panic attack during the meal and left abruptly. She couldn’t handle eating outside of her home and being around my children who might be contagious but not feeling sick. She heard a news report say the “vaccine is equivalent to a fire suit, and if you had a fire suit you still wouldn’t walk into a fire” and feels she can’t go out even now to a low risk situation.
ETA: I forgot to mention the B117 variant which is now 50% of cases in the US. Much more contagious. We just had a daycare outbreak in Wisconsin with 35 cases. We have seen smatterings of daycare transmission with the original strains (with mask/distancing precautions maybe 1-2 other kids or staff members get it) but nothing on this level. So we also need to be cognizant of the fact that what has worked well for prevention of spread in schools and daycares (all unvaccinated other than some staff) in the past may not work as well going forward.
This got me thinking about the boarding process. Excluding SWA, which has open seating, I'm thinking that priority boarding may not be a good thing in the current climate. For example, your seat is fifth row aisle and you have priority boarding. 100+ people will be walking past you to get to their seats. Wait until most/all of the passengers are seated before you board and those 100+ aren't walking past you. Does this make sense?