Where I live, we sign in when we go to a store,, with name, telephone number, date and time. The reason is contact checking in case someone that works there, or shopped there around your time of entry, tests positive. In Louisiana, people are outraged. In Mississippi, people are compliant. It only makes sense. I'm sure the information could be obtained from charge receipts (they ask that we only use plastic, no cash) but it would be expensive and time consuming. Dozens of people have been hired to actually do the notifications.
In Missouri, a hairdresser went to work with active Covid and was in contact with at least 140 people. Contact tracing is important, IMO.
I feel bad for that hairdresser. She tried to get tested more than once and couldn't, because she didn't have a fever. And though I'm sure she wanted to stay home from work, you can't collect unemployment when your place of employment has reopened, and I don't think a lot of hairdressers in the U.S. have paid sick leave.
We continue to be unable to provide the amount of testing we need if we're going to continue to open up.
Petra R wrote:
I can see the tin-hat-brigade and the conspiracy theorists have a field day with that... Or do sensible countries not have those?
Oh no worries, we have plenty of those here as well.
Quoting an article from RNZ:
The uptake of the app so far amounts to 13,600 businesses - less than 3 percent of the country's 540,000 businesses - and 380,000 people who've downloaded it.
And this is a rough explanation of how it works
My county had 509 new cases today, an appalling new record, and Arizona had 3591 new cases, also an appalling new record. The governor has at least finally allowed local govt to override him and require masks.
We also have two massive wildfires burning the state.
Deaths are still "low" but hospitals are filling up. Sigh.
Italy is slowly returning to a new normal, although so far the mass influx of tourists that makes my summer months hell every year has been, shall we say "muted!" I feel bad for the businesses that tend to make 80% to 100% of their annual income during June, July and August.
I can't pretend to miss the noise and full carpark traffic and so on.
I've not done any graphs because there are now such sophisticated interactive tools out there that my amateur efforts have become woefully inadequate.
The best one I've found is this one, you can select your country, with many you can drill down to region or state level, and it includes forecasts, hospital bed and ventilator use and so on. It's well worth exploring. One thing I found quite scary is how long Italy had so many less ICU beds than needed...
I have been working on a post on the whole journey and how it has changed my world and me, too. It seems like only yesterday that I created this thread and everything changed....
Kelly, sorry to hear you guys are still in the thick of it....
I would be very interested in reading that post!
Arizona was actually doing very well at the beginning. Low cases compared to say, New York. But then we opened up and it got hot and everyone retreated into the air conditioning and things suddenly got very frightening. The only hope I have is that it's younger people with milder cases but I guess we shall see.
Mary W wrote:
Huge increase here in Mississippi, especially along the coast where I am. Younger people, too. Beaches, bars and casinos - oh my!
Social distancing works - but so many people think that the pandemic is over and governments, except perhaps Germany, are not doing much to disabuse people of this thought. Six-hundred people have been returned to lockdown in Germany.
The thing that is woefully lacking in communities the world over, is respect.
Arizona now has more than 1500 cases per 100k population. Lombardy region for comparison had approx 950. Plus it's a thousand degrees out and the place where we would go to escape the heat has been on fire for a month and is closed to the public.
My brother and sister in Florida are both waiting (more than 5 days!) for results of their tests.