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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Chochom Einov B'Roishoi
« on: September 25, 2020, 08:40:13 AM »
The second wave is no longer a theory. Europe is seeing record cases, and the frum communities of NY and NJ are being touched in ways many didn't think possible even a month ago. This post isn't a post-mortem on how we got here, and it's not a mussar shmooze on what we could be doing better now to slow the spread. This post is about the future.

Regardless of our personal feelings, the reality is that governments will impose lockdowns in the coming months. We saw crazy numbers over the summer coming out of FL, TX, and CA, with weeks of over 10k new cases per day in each of those states. The reasons vary, from additional testing to younger patients, but the reactions are inevitably the same: closures and lockdowns. They may work, or they may not. They may be misused and abused. They may not be followed by the general public. But they are coming, because it is the only tool that we have to prevent hospitals from overloading during a surge in cases. Given what we saw over the summer, and given what we're seeing in Europe (and our communities here) right now, a surge is coming, and lockdowns right along with it.

We were all impacted in previously unimaginable ways during the early months of the pandemic. Aside from the illness itself, we were blindsided by the closures of shuls, schools, and businesses. Without getting into the messy details, suffice to say the damage to our families, our finances, and our infrastructure are still being felt today. Again, this post isn't intended to be a post-mortem.

Chochom einov b'roishoi: we need to look to our future pragmatically. We have the gift of having a pretty good idea of what's headed our way, and we have the benefit of having experienced it in the recent past to help us prepare for it. Whether it's preparing your family or business for possible upcoming shortages, or working with your schools and shuls to create resources that were sorely needed in March and April, the time to act is now. With preparation, we can help mitigate the challenges ahead, and maybe even create some opportunities for our communities and businesses to grow.

I don't have a lot of answers, or even a lot of ideas. I just hope this post sparks positive, proactive conversations that benefit us all.

Just Shmooze / Washington Football Scandal
« on: July 16, 2020, 08:48:19 AM »

Get your bets in! My money is on the medical shenanigans surrounding Trent Williams.

Just Shmooze / Short Answers to Long Threads
« on: July 12, 2020, 03:36:07 PM »
Do All Black Lives Matter To BLM? - No

Are we going too far? - Gone, but yes

Is the need to feel safe white privilege? - Yes

Is everyone really a racist? - No, but many are

Have Recent Events Made You Consider Moving Or Making Aliya? - Surprised myself, but yes

Is It Ethical? - Probably not

What did you get for Fathers Day? - "Grab the baby, she's about to spit up."

Will Amazon vs Walmart war ever end? - Walmart+ says no. (I liked the first part better than the sequel.)

Donald Trump: World's Most Dangerous Man?!? - Yes

Is Count Valentine an FBI agent? ******* (redacted)

Are you afraid every time a black man walks by you? No

A World Without Kim Jong Un?? - Remember when he was a thing?

Is your spouse on DDF? - No

Is this the ultimate RESET - will states be allowed to declare bankruptcy? - No

Leaving politics and opinions out of this, here are some things I'd like to see done to learn more about Covid:
  • Full body scans of Covid survivors, both symptomatic and asymptomatic. I feel this will be an important step in understanding the full impact of the virus, without using deaths as a benchmark for damage. Ideally this will include follow up scans to see how much of the damage is temporary or permanent.
  • A test to detect viral shed. If we're going to reopen in a significant way, the current positive/negative tests are inefficient in stopping the spread.
  • Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly antibodies tests to help determine the average lifespan of the antibodies and to see how they track compared to other coronaviruses.

What data would you like to see?

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Need A Minyan Connection
« on: April 16, 2020, 11:17:38 PM »
BH, DW had a healthy girl last night, and now I need to name her. Does anyone have a direct connection to the minyan at the Kosel, on the Nachal Chareidi base, or any other universally accepted minyanim?


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