Thank-you for what you are doing on the front lines. I'm an RN and have done a small bit of undergraduate research in epidemiology (math modeling). Always through this pandemic our greatest risk has been overwhelming our healthcare systems. You both describe exactly this in your workplaces and this is very frightening. Especially so when one considers that you aren't speaking about isolated incidents. As you know this is when the real shit-show starts! I don't know what to say except that your work is appreciated and inspiring!
To the topic of thread... I voted yes. To me this is easy, we are smack dab in the middle of a global health crisis. Six months ago when vaccines first came out they were a powerful tool against SARS-COV2. As all are aware, this is changing, and each new infection is another opportunity to mutate. Six months from now it is very realistic that these vaccines are much weakened as the newest variant asserts themselves.
Everyone here I'm sure is familiar with all tools used to fight COVID. With weakened vaccines we now must revert to using all tools in our box again. I'm well aware of the risks inherent in lockdowns and school closures, to me this is a very simple risk vs reward calculation. To say that children don't catch covid is a lie, a lie told directly to a second grader by one of the most powerful people in the world, no less. Not only do children catch this but they also experience Long COVID. And even if most are asymptomatic, they certainly are capable of transmitting to their family. A child's life has more value (according to those who evaluate this sort of thing) due to the simple fact of their potential years remaining. Because of this, the horrors I just described are that much more devastating. So, back to my point, simple risk vs reward. Yes there are risks with lockdowns. However, if our governments used their enormous financial might they could mitigate some of the damaging effects of lockdowns, etc until we have the situation under some semblance of control. But no, they simply give trillions, world-wide, to corporations and ultra wealthy and let us suffer.
And, oh yeah, one last thing... The story line of this being a human designed virus is absolute B.S. I'm pleasantly surprised that this hasn't been discussed. In science there is no way to either prove or disprove ANYTHING. So, unfortunately this conspiracy theory will never be laid to rest. But there are a few major problems with this "theory" one is the genetic sequencing and two is the fact that bats are the perfect incubation machines for many viral species and have many Corona virus species already in their populations. If you wonder why just picture in your head thousands of bats roosting, packed together like sardines AND THEN they travel miles!
@El Presidente Thanks for the thread. I haven't seen this done anywhere else and thanks to all of your employees that make this possible!