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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Aug 2021 5:00 p.m. PST

So… just dropping a quick line here to say that we've been quite busy lately, and are working hard to catch up. Apologies for PMs and emails that we haven't 'actioned' yet.

Some of you have been worried about my Covid status. Well, far as I can tell, I've never had it, and working at home keeps me relatively isolated. (And everyone else in the household is working from home now, too.) I had the Moderna vaccine a while ago. Mask requirements here in New York have been relaxed, so if I do go out, I'm generally not required to mask up. So I'm pretty lucky so far.

The big news for Editor Gwen is that they caught the thief! See TMP link for more info, if you missed it the first time. The bad news is that the stolen property, even though it has been identified in a pawnshop, is not required by law to be returned to the victim. There's also been flooding again, and some of the family chickens washed away (1 hen, 3 chicks). frown

Editor Dianna reports new lockdowns in her community due to Covid. Vaccines are not yet available there. The government is asking people to only go to the stores once a week. There's a Covid curfew at night.

Similarly, Editor Ellah reports new lockdowns in her community, but not as strict.

Editor Katie reports that lockdowns are now less strict in her area. One problem is that the government limits how many people can ride on public transit, which results in costs doubling. So it is difficult to move around town.

Personal logo Editor Gwen The Editor of TMP03 Aug 2021 5:12 p.m. PST

Hi, everyone!

I am OK and safe. Thanks for your concern, and God bless us all.

DisasterWargamer03 Aug 2021 5:25 p.m. PST

Stay safe

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2021 8:08 p.m. PST

Best wishes.

I wish we'd send some of our unused supply to people who want it.

Legion 404 Aug 2021 9:32 a.m. PST


MajorB05 Aug 2021 9:42 a.m. PST

I had the Moderna vaccine a while ago.

One dose or two? The vaccines aren't really effective without a second dose.

deephorse06 Aug 2021 12:56 a.m. PST

The vaccines aren't really effective without a second dose.

That depends entirely upon your definition of "really". One dose has a beneficial effect, and it's far preferable to having no dose at all.

Wolfhag06 Aug 2021 11:42 a.m. PST

The vaccines aren't really effective without a second dose.

Or a third booster?

Do I hear four for the next strain, etc?


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2021 10:36 a.m. PST

All viral pandemics follow a sigmoid curve, even without human intervention. Tell the truth so did Plague etc (not viral)

In 1919 the Flu pandemic proved far more lethal, but that was more to do with the R number of the virus and its health impact ,than anything humans did (which was just about nothing then)

That virus wiped out healthy young folk within 24-48 hours of onset and there is a major doubt that modern Dexamethasone/ventilation/anticoagulants etc would make any difference now.

Unless a virus has us wandering around like Zombies, it will eventually extinguish itself. Unless it mutates, unless it gets into animals and the food chain, unless it becomes as lethal as Ebola, but with a longer incubation period. But it has never happened yet and, just because we have totally swamped the earth with our species, why should it (or the next virus) do so?

OK, the answer is too obvious to explain, but it has not happened yet, so there is no cause for worry.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Aug 2021 5:46 p.m. PST

One dose or two?


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2021 12:45 p.m. PST

I hate to contribute anything that will encourage anti vaccers.

Partly because it is nothing to do with wargaming or miniature soldiers. Partly because I am now retired and, even before that, as a surgeon, I knew nowt about such.

But you cannot judge immune status on circulating antibody levels. They will fall inevitably, but humoral immunity gives way to cell mediated immunity (not easily tested). At the first threat this kicks in and stimulates a profound immune response.

But get the second dose. Get the third, the booster, if it is a different type especially. Bill is almost right. The answer may yet be three

If the CIA was trying to insert nano-particles into us there are easier ways. Nachos or Botox injections or Preparation H.

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