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5 hours ago, Diehardfan said:

They don't believe in God but aren't in a rush to test their theory. 

Of course I would want to stay alive as long as possible because it's the only life we have thus an atheist

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8 minutes ago, DaEagles4Life said:

Of course I would want to stay alive as long as possible because it's the only life we have thus an atheist

Yeah I think death is actually pretty scary for atheists. 

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54 minutes ago, Boogyman said:

Yeah I think death is actually pretty scary for atheists. 

Apparently so. It seems they favor life more than the evangelicals and protestants.

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7 minutes ago, mr_hunt said:

 

Things gotta breathe, Mike.

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My iMmUnE sYsTeM cAn HaNdLe tHiS, iT's jUsT a BaD CoLd, AnD tHe SurViVaL rAtE iS 99.7%!

How does COVID-19 affect the brain? A troubling picture emerges.

In the U.S. alone, millions of people have developed lasting cognitive and neurological problems long after an initial COVID-19 infection. Some of these patients may be permanently disabled and need long-term care. "My concern is that we're going to have huge numbers of the population who aren't able to function at their cognitive baseline. They can't go back to work, or at least not to what they did before,” Frontera says. "We haven’t even thought of the long-term implications. It could be an incredible blow to the economy.”

Davis says the scariest part about COVID-19’s cognitive effects is that people of all ages and health status are affected. "This is something everyone is at risk for, and it's completely debilitating.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/how-does-covid-19-affect-the-brain-a-troubling-picture-emerges

 

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53 minutes ago, Boogyman said:

Yeah I think death is actually pretty scary for atheists. 

No more scary than for anyone else.  Maybe less so, because we don't have to worry about whether our life will be judged by some mythical creature and then sent to a good or bad place.   

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Just now, caesar said:

No more scary than for anyone else.  Maybe less so, because we don't have to worry about whether our life will be judged by some mythical creature and then sent to a good or bad place.   

Yeah I have to disagree. I find the finality of death terrifying.

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1 minute ago, Boogyman said:

Yeah I have to disagree. I find the finality of death terrifying.

Well think of it this way.  Once actually dead you won't know it or realize it (since your brain ceases to function;   think sleeping without dreaming).   The scary part is actually the process of dyING.  Not death itself.  Nothingness (i.e death) that you aren't aware of, can't be scary.  Being terrified is an emotion/feeling based on your brain and hormones functioning.  Without that -- you won't be terrified.  

There is some sort of terror in living forever too, if you think about it.  I could see a great sci fi movie about that.  

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Death is inevitable. Nobody gets out alive.

People can be frightened of anything. No longer breathing is a frightening concept to lots of people.

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14 hours ago, Diehardfan said:

What the crap....nobody can get on the same page.

 

Like I've been saying, the term "need" in this context is going to be more subjective than it was back in February. If you don't meet the 6-60 guideline, then it's more of a judgment call.

If you don't want to feel any symptoms of covid at all, then yes you will likely "need" a booster shot soon.

On the other hand, if you're okay with potentially getting covid, and dealing with mild to moderate symptoms, but not ones severe enough to land you in the hospital, then you don't "need" a booster shot soon.

Also note that the WHO, and some researchers/doctors, are framing this primarily as a humanitarian issue. When viewing this through the lens of world health policy, they see boosters deployed to first world countries as marginally beneficial, and they think those doses should be prioritized for third-world countries who are still largely unvaccinated. Which is fine, but it's a completely separate discussion centered on the ethical outcomes, rather than the clinical / epidemiological ones. It's also a bit of a false dichotomy, since production is no longer a bottleneck, and distribution issues are not going to be resolved because Americans are forgoing booster shots. In reality, those doses are bought and paid for, and many are expiring on the shelf every single day. So if you ask me, I'd say better to get those doses in arms rather than tossing them in the garbage.

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6 hours ago, Bwestbrook36 said:

True, but religious people should have no problems getting the vaccine if they truly believe he will save them from any harm 

Just a joke.

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17 hours ago, Procus said:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/uttar-pradesh-government-says-ivermectin-helped-to-keep-deaths-low-7311786/

Uttar Pradesh government says early use of Ivermectin helped to keep positivity, deaths low

Claiming that timely introduction of Ivermectin since the first wave has helped the state maintain a relatively low positivity rate despite in its high population density.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow |
May 12, 2021 10:02:08 am
 
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The state Health Department introduced Ivermectin as prophylaxis for close contacts of Covid patients, health workers as well as for the treatment of the patients themselves through a government order on August 6, 2020. (Wikimedia Commons)
 

A year after the country’s first Covid-19 cluster, with 5 cases, was reported in Agra district, the Uttar Pradesh government has claimed that it was the first state to have introduced a large-scale "prophylactic and therapeutic” use of Ivermectin and added that the drug helped the state to maintain a lower fatality and positivity rate as compared to other states.

Citing the results from Agra in the month of May and June last year, following which the use of Ivermectin, a medicine to treat parasitic ailments, along with Doxycycline was introduced as a protocol across the state for both prophylactic as well as treatment purposes, the state Health Department said it would conduct a controlled study once the second wave of the pandemic subsides.

The state Health Department introduced Ivermectin as prophylaxis for close contacts of Covid patients, health workers as well as for the treatment of the patients themselves through a government order on August 6, 2020, after a committee headed by the Director General, Medical and Health Services, gave it the go ahead.

"Uttar Pradesh was the first state in the country to introduce large-scale prophylactic and therapeutic use of Ivermectin. In May-June 2020, a team at Agra, led by Dr Anshul Pareek, administered Ivermectin to all RRT team members in the district on an experimental basis. It was observed that none of them developed Covid-19 despite being in daily contact with patients who had tested positive for the virus,” Uttar Pradesh State Surveillance Officer Vikssendu Agrawal said.

He added that based on the findings from Agra, the state government sanctioned the use of Ivermectin as a prophylactic for all the contacts of Covid patients and later cleared the administration of therapeutic doses for the treatment of such patients.

Claiming that timely introduction of Ivermectin since the first wave has helped the state maintain a relatively low positivity rate despite its high population density, he said, "Despite being the state with the largest population base and a high population density, we have maintained a relatively low positivity rate and cases per million of population”.

He said that apart from aggressive contact tracing and surveillance, the lower positivity and fatality rates may be attributed to the large-scale use of Ivermectin use in the state, adding that the drug has recently been introduced in the National Protocol for Covid treatment and management. "Once the second wave subsides, we would conduct our own study as there has been an emerging body of evidence to substantiate our timely use of Ivermectin from the first wave itself,” Vikasendu told The Indian Express.

Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh also attributed the state’s relative success in keeping the Covid numbers down to the timely nod to the use of Ivermectin as a prophylactic. He added that government doctor Anshul Pareek had approached him last year citing use of the medicine abroad.

"We reported the first Covid-19 cluster in the country after five members of a family, who had returned from Italy, tested positive. Soon, the virus spread, with a large number of police personnel getting affected. Doctor Pareek approached me with a request to introduce Ivermectin on an experimental basis. I was told there are no risks involved with the use of the drug,” Singh told The Indian Express.

He said the district administration had formed small groups of personnel from the same police station as well staffers at his office. "We introduced it (Ivermectin) for three days, 12 mg as advised in the national guidelines at the time, followed by tests on the fourth or fifth day. We introduced it in the jail as well and the results helped us reduce positivity to a great extent, following which Additional Chief Secretary Health Amit Mohan formed a committee to access its usage and it was finally introduced in the state’s Covid management protocol in 2020 itself,” Singh said.

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A major, heavily-populated state virtually eliminated COVID with the use of a cheap, readily available, safe drug. I’m really surprised there’s not more discussion about this. Oh wait, no I’m not. 😂🤣

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47 minutes ago, caesar said:

Well think of it this way.  Once actually dead you won't know it or realize it (since your brain ceases to function;   think sleeping without dreaming).   The scary part is actually the process of dyING.  Not death itself.  Nothingness (i.e death) that you aren't aware of, can't be scary.  Being terrified is an emotion/feeling based on your brain and hormones functioning.  Without that -- you won't be terrified.  

There is some sort of terror in living forever too, if you think about it.  I could see a great sci fi movie about that.  

Living forever would be a scary prospect for lots of reasons. Doesn't make death any less scary for me though. 

 

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21 minutes ago, Kz! said:

A major, heavily-populated state virtually eliminated COVID with the use of a cheap, readily available, safe drug. I’m really surprised there’s not more discussion about this. Oh wait, no I’m not. 😂🤣

Yes, we need to be more like  **checks notes**  third world countries like India

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4 minutes ago, Gannan said:

Yes, we need to be more like  **checks notes**  third world countries like India

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Lmao a "third world” country has a better handle on COVID than slurry joe. Pathetic. 😂🤣😂

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2 hours ago, Boogyman said:

Yeah I think death is actually pretty scary for atheists. 

It sure is, just because I don't think there is a god doesn't mean I want to die to find out. 

We aren't like confused about it or bicurious lol. He just doesn't exist to us period.

There is no parts of me that wants to die to prove people wrong lol.

For me there is nothing to prove wrong especially like I said he is just not there an that is that. 

I'm not sure about others like me but, I don't push my agenda down anyone's throat there is nothing to push.

I know lots and lots of religious people that will try to shove their beliefs down my throat though. 

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Reminder, there are people in every field that graduate at the bottom of their class. The tiny percentage of physicians prescribing ivermectin are no different.

 

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8 hours ago, Diehardfan said:

They don't believe in God but aren't in a rush to test their theory. 

You have that backwards. If you don't believe in an afterlife, you want to stick around this planet as long as possible.

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2 minutes ago, vikas83 said:

You have that backwards. If you don't believe in an afterlife, you want to stick around this planet as long as possible.

Understand. It was just a joke. 

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34 minutes ago, Bwestbrook36 said:

It sure is, just because I don't think there is a god doesn't mean I want to die to find out. 

We aren't like confused about it or bicurious lol. He just doesn't exist to us period.

There is no parts of me that wants to die to prove people wrong lol.

For me there is nothing to prove wrong especially like I said he is just not there an that is that. 

I'm not sure about others like me but, I don't push my agenda down anyone's throat there is nothing to push.

I know lots and lots of religious people that will try to shove their beliefs down my throat though. 

I have religion,although I would admit that I do not live like a saint,I do try to be a good person and do the right thing . But I am not a believer of shoving it down anyone’s throat,I will speak religion with someone if I feel it is an appropriate situation.  You are free to have your own beliefs on the afterlife but it does really bug me when the atheist crowd starts in with the Mythical creature talk, mocking people that do believe in god

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55 minutes ago, Kz! said:

Lmao a "third world” country has a better handle on COVID than slurry joe. Pathetic. 😂🤣😂

So Joe's responsible for the pandemic?   But when Trump was in office, he wasn't responsible?  Okay.  Good logic there bro.

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34 minutes ago, Bwestbrook36 said:

It sure is, just because I don't think there is a god doesn't mean I want to die to find out. 

We aren't like confused about it or bicurious lol. He just doesn't exist to us period.

There is no parts of me that wants to die to prove people wrong lol.

For me there is nothing to prove wrong especially like I said he is just not there an that is that. 

I'm not sure about others like me but, I don't push my agenda down anyone's throat there is nothing to push.

I know lots and lots of religious people that will try to shove their beliefs down my throat though. 

But I think that's part of the issue.  Religious people have made it socially unacceptable to call out their BS.   Which partially explains why we have so many religious hard right catholics on the SC -- but senators afraid to ask them religious questions for fear to "offend".    If you told me you believed in some magic fairy and that paper clips on your desk were a holy relic -- people would laugh at you.   Yet, talk about being "born again" and waking from the dead and virgin births -- and we are supposed to just smile and nod?     

I think we need to call out superstition for exactly what it is -- superstition - and nothing more.    As long as the rest of the population tip toes around people who say they have "faith" -- it will never get any better.  And we will continue to be stuck in the 3rd century. 

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3 minutes ago, Brianfive said:

I have religion,although I would admit that I do not live like a saint,I do try to be a good person and do the right thing . But I am not a believer of shoving it down anyone’s throat,I will speak religion with someone if I feel it is an appropriate situation.  You are free to have your own beliefs on the afterlife but it does really bug me when the atheist crowd starts in with the Mythical creature talk, mocking people that do believe in god

I won't do that to people either. Also thank you for doing the same.

I have no problems someone telling me their side of things and sometimes it does make me wonder. Ive had many supervisors over the years that were extremely religious but, we always respected each other and just talked about our differences. 

I'll always respect someone's beliefs there is nothing wrong with it. Just don't come at me like a lunatic with it trying to force your beliefs on me, that is what leads to the mocking and being a dick back about it. 

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