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    Just to clarify vaccination to covid numbers: as of April 14th 74 million people in the US were fully vaccinated. Of those 74 million, 5800 contracted covid two weeks or longer after full vaccination. Of those, 7% required hospitalization, and 1%, 74 people, died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejfc View Post
    Just to clarify vaccination to covid numbers: as of April 14th 74 million people in the US were fully vaccinated. Of those 74 million, 5800 contracted covid two weeks or longer after full vaccination. Of those, 7% required hospitalization, and 1%, 74 people, died.
    My math skills are shaky but that means 5800 got Covid after full vaccination out of 74 million vaccinated. That’s 0.008%. So 99.9+% did not. And of that tiny percentage only a very small amount had serious illness. Just putting those statistics in perspective. Correct me if I’m wrong. Math is not my strong suit.
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    A few members of my 50 member uke group started meeting in the backyard of one member a few weeks ago, after all of us had our vaccines. We still are safe distance, but remove our masks when singing. As well, I also started participating again with a group of acoustic players in a park Sundays from 2 to 3pm, safe distance and masks since some are still getting ready for their vaccines. I actually have a set of see through masks that I bought on Etsy which are made for people that know someone who's deaf to be able read lips, I've been using them for the last year and many people comment how nice it is to see my mouth.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnyf View Post
    My math skills are shaky but that means 5800 got Covid after full vaccination out of 74 million vaccinated. That’s 0.008%. So 99.9+% did not. And of that tiny percentage only a very small amount had serious illness. Just putting those statistics in perspective. Correct me if I’m wrong. Math is not my strong suit.
    Compelling numbers anyway you look at it but I wouldn't want to be one of those 0.008%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mds725 View Post
    I run the San Francisco Ukulele Rebellion, which used to meet twice a month in indoor public spaces (the seating area at a supermarket and a local cafe) and would meet outside from time to time during warm weather months. We've been meeting on Zoom since last April. I'm now contemplating scheduling an outdoor in-person meeting for May or June with the requirements that attendees have received their second shot more than two weeks prior (proof of vaccination required), attendees wear masks at all times, and attendees practice social distancing. That may be a little over the top, but I take the responsibility of providing an opportunity for people to meet in person during a pandemic seriously. Nobody is getting sick on my watch.

    Singers masks are available. They make the people who wear them look like ducks, but they provide your mouth with space to inhale deeply and exhale heartily while singing without the mask getting in the way. Friends who have them highly recommend them.

    One of the side effects of my two vaccination shots (Pfizer) was an urge to return to my pre-quarantine look. (I was hoping that this look would be from the 1990s, but I'll settle for immediately pre-pandemic.) It's the people I met on Zoom last summer during Zoom jams who don't recognize pre-pandemic me.

    Also, I've had hearing issues for a long time and the pandemic mask-wearing has made me aware of how much I rely on informal lip-reading to actually hear what people are saying. Talking to people with masks has been frustrating not only because masks muffle voices but also because I can't see people's mouths moving.
    "Over the top" is better than Covid. I know what you mean about "lip reading." : )
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    A few members of my 50 member uke group started meeting in the backyard of one member a few weeks ago, after all of us had our vaccines. We still are safe distance, but remove our masks when singing. As well, I also started participating again with a group of acoustic players in a park Sundays from 2 to 3pm, safe distance and masks since some are still getting ready for their vaccines. I actually have a set of see through masks that I bought on Etsy which are made for people that know someone who's deaf to be able read lips, I've been using them for the last year and many people comment how nice it is to see my mouth.




    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
    8 tenor cutaway ukes, 4 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 38)

    Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
    Member The CC Strummers: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers
    That would scare little kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    Compelling numbers anyway you look at it but I wouldn't want to be one of those 0.008%.
    Who would, but we all make risk assessments every minute of every day. Life, in all its wonderment, is not risk free. We drive, ride bikes, swim in the ocean, we step out our front door & any number of “one in a million” events could happen but we don’t allow it to immobilize us. We make prudent, reasoned, fact-based choices, and live life...and play ukulele together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejfc View Post
    Just to clarify vaccination to covid numbers: as of April 14th 74 million people in the US were fully vaccinated. Of those 74 million, 5800 contracted covid two weeks or longer after full vaccination. Of those, 7% required hospitalization, and 1%, 74 people, died.
    I read that this morning, but how were those people living? Did they relax too much? The vaccine is supposed to prevent a severe reaction to Covid as well as decreasing the chances of getting it.

    I see reports about people dying after getting both shots. However, most of those people were between 80 - 89, and there's no indication why they died or how long after getting the shots. You could also say that .003% of people got into traffic accidents after getting the shots. I'm just saying that the vaccines are miracles cures, and we still have to take precautions. I still wear two masks and avoid crowds.

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    Since we're doing the math here...
    At the time I'm typing this, on the CDC site they list 31,666,546 confirmed cases in the USA. Deaths are listed at: 566,494.

    Divide that out and you'll see that the death rate is: 0.017889352
    So you have a less than 2% chance of dying from Covid, assuming those numbers are anywhere near correct. My guess is there are actually quite many more cases that are not documented (asymptomatic, etc.), making that percentage go down even farther.

    I've been careful over the past year or so, worn masks, avoided large crowds, etc. etc....but in reality I have a better chance of dying of a lot of other things...Of course no one wants to be in that small percentage....but that's the math and reality of it...not quite as sensational as some make it out to be.
    Stress and worry over getting it will likely end up being more harmful than the actual virus to many. That's just my guess.
    I try not to criticize anyone for being "too careful" or "not being careful enough". It should be a personal decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    That would scare little kids.
    My 5 year old grand niece and her 3 year old brother love being able to see my smile, the first thing they commented on when they first saw me in the mask. They're my identical twin brother's grand kids.

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