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  1. Or to recognize that a global crisis like this is an opportunity for people to really pull together and work together for the common good. The good news is that there is unity during this crisis in full force in many places outside of Cruise Critic. That said, I have come to the realization over the past couple of days that while we may all share a love of cruising, there is a good handful of people on these boards that would unapolagetically push everyone out of the way and knock people over to get to the lifeboats if the ship was going down 😮🚣‍♂️🛳🌊 (and be proud of it.)
  2. It does protect the wearer to a degree, but the highest protection is if the Covid-19 carrier is wearing the mask. Also not sure that you're using the term "shedding virus" in the right context. I had Covid-19, but I no longer have the active virus. I can still be shedding virus fragments now, but I am not contagious. If someone is asymptomatic and has an active virus, they are contagious and are spreading a live virus (not shedding.)
  3. So are you suggesting that people don't get tested? My response that it was free was to someone who was concerned about whether they needed insurance coverage to be tested. No one should avoid getting a test because they're worried about payment. I'm not concerned about my tax money being used to help those less fortunate diagnose a serious health condition. I was initially slightly miffed when a saw a discussion on a FB cruise group about folks getting together to book a cruise with their stimulus checks, but hey it stimulates the economy so I had to check myself on that one. (I wasn't eligible for a stimulus check.) But medical care? Doesn't bother me a bit to help others in that situation. 🤷‍♀️
  4. If you don't want to get a test, don't get one. I am now putting you on Ignore because you are literally exhausting and a complete waste of my time.
  5. Listen, it is clear that you are looking for any way to "win", but you are focused on the wrong thing. The focus should be curbing the spread of a deadly virus (not "the flu") and how everyone can help. Widespread testing helps slow the spread, and the NJ and NY governors know that and are encouraging people EVERY DAY on LIVE broadcasts to get tested. I can give you 1000 links to replays, but you won't listen to them because you are so focused on being right. I have no skin in this game. I've already had Covid and probably have immunity - at least for a while. Odds are that I could cruise tomorrow on a ship covered in Covid-19 virus and not catch it OR spread it - with or without a mask. So, it's not me I'm even concerned about. My sole purpose in sharing my story is to try and help people understand the importance of protecting themselves and others. For some reason known only to God, I was one of the lucky ones to survive this horror when so many others did not. I feel like the least I can do to pay it forward is to try to help others. So, if you don't understand that, you lose. You can think you won a debate of headlines and links, but clearly you are too blinded by your ego to understand the point. You know everything, I get it. I did too. If you've read my previous posts you know that I scoffed at everyone telling me I was crazy to cruise. I thought they were all scaredy-cats and drama queens. Afraid of their own shadows and making a mountain out of a molehill. Oops, I guess I wasn't that smart after all. At least my ego is not so fragile that I can admit when I'm wrong.
  6. You mean people from the Northeast who have real-life experience with Covid-19 and are trying to help all those in other areas from becoming next in line?
  7. Let me try and help. Covid-19 is spread by droplets projected into the air when you cough or sneeze. To see how a mask (or face covering of any kind, like a scarf) is helping, try this experiment. First, put your hand about 6 inches in front of your face and blow as hard as you possibly can. Note the velocity at which the air hits your hand. Next, put any old mask on - even homemade - or just put a t-shirt over your mouth. Now put your hand up and blow again with the same force as you did before - but note the velocity at which the air hits your hand. This is how a mask helps, even a homemade one. If you should have the virus (without knowing it) and you cough or sneeze with a face covering, the virus droplets won't go far at all. You will have protected all of those people immediately surrounding you. Hope that illustrates how masks (even homemade ones!) help reduce the spread of the virus.
  8. Read the headline - Covid testing for ALL. I live here and I listen to the Governor every day. I know what our recommendations are. You are clueless and your arguments don't even make sense anymore. Also, regardless of Federal, NJ or any other guidelines, you can be absolutely sure I will take a test before I cruise again. And before you go on an ill-informed diatribe about how test results take forever and I could contract the virus between the test and the cruise, my last test was Wednesday and I had the results Thursday. I have no idea where you live, but clearly you are not in a Covid epicenter or you would be better informed about what is happening in the real world.
  9. Google is your friend. https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/05/19/coronavirus-self-swab-testing-cvs-new-jersey/ This was a week ago. Our crazy governor thinks widespread testing will drive faster reopening. What a nut, right? TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Continuing to tie expanded testing to reopening the state for business, New Jersey’s governor announced a broad increase in the number of locations where people can get tested for COVID-19, along with plans to offer do-it-yourself swabbing kits by the end of the month... ...Relaxing previous restrictions, New Jersey will now allow 18,000 licensed pharmacists across 2,200 pharmacies to give FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 tests to their customers.
  10. Check the date on what you posted. It's a week old. Things have changed this week. I can't help it if they haven't updated their website, but the NJ Governor does a daily update on TV. You could probably catch a replay on YouTube.
  11. Which brings us full circle. In the NY/NJ area, all are encouraged to get tested - symptoms or not. Hopefully, as you said, people will follow that guidance.
  12. You are the one who made a point of posting how smart and educated you are, and how "smart" people would have viewed #covidiot. I brought the evidence about me since you like research and facts. Frankly, if you are smart and educated that should be inherent and obvious from your posts, so I think it's best to let the reader come to their own conclusions about that. 😉
  13. You do know he's not a real person, right?
  14. I'm a card-carrying Mensa member, actually, and I got it the first time I saw it.
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