Views of the World by CartoonArts International for April 19, 2021

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    mr_sherman Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Last year the world basically shut down and nature did a rebound. Last winter was colder and rainier than it had been in years, although still less than normal rainfall, but close. This year I noticed many more bees out ding their thing this spring. My allergies have suffered more, but seems to be receding, now. Maybe humanity doesn’t have to run rampant all over the world.

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    PraiseofFolly  over 1 year ago

    There are various television shows and commercial ads that must have been filmed within the last year, since mask mandates widely went into effect. Yet, the actors do not wear masks. What gives? Do the producers purposely choose to ignore the reality of the pandemic, and choose to set a bad example in order to placacate anti-maskers?

    On the other hand, it’s good to see TV advertisers that jump on the bandwagon and offer masks for sale. There are many of those, especially on television stations that show old reruns. But as sometimes is the case, those products usually offered seem not of the best quality. I suspect that the mask products might not be of the best quality, either. In some cases the masks seem rather flimsy (apparently thin cloth and dickie-type pull-ups) and make claims that border on pseudo-scientific, at lest to my mind.

    Are there standards that such cloth masks have to meet in order rightfully claim effective protection against Covid? Do broadcast stations make sure those standards are adequately met by their advertisers?

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    wellis1947 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Now that we finally have a “freed” C.D.C., the solution is easy – follow C.D.C. guidance and ignore what your neighbors and your local politicians advise – they absolutely can’t be trusted to keep you safe!

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    superposition  over 1 year ago

    It will be a while before even athletes can be safe …

    When it comes to getting athletes back to sports, team doctors must navigate a world where the parents, players, fans, and institutions want to see sports played while also trying to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and protect athletes from potential short and long-term side-effects of the virus. The biggest concern regarding athletes’ health in relation to Covid has been a condition in which the heart becomes inflamed, known as myocarditis. Studies have shown that patients with Covid-19 can develop myocarditis, and the condition has been implicated in the sudden cardiac death (SCD) of athletes even without coronavirus. Several years ago, myocarditis was found to be the third-most common cause of SCD in young people behind coronary artery abnormalities and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (also referred to as an “enlarged heart” or HCM). Meanwhile, US military data suggests that myocarditis is the leading killer of recruits in basic training. Additionally, there is also a thought that exercise in individuals with myocarditis may result in accelerated replication of the coronavirus virus within the body.

    In a particularly concerning study, 26 athletes from Ohio State University with confirmed Covid-19 underwent heart testing. Of those tested, 46% were mildly symptomatic for Covid-19 and the other 54% were asymptomatic. All of their labs and electrocardiograms were normal. Yet, using a much more expensive test known as a Cardiac MRI (CMR), 46% showed heart abnormalities, and 15% met the criteria for myocarditis.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/14/covid-19-effects-on-athletes-keyontae-johnson-basketball

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    Kilrwat Premium Member over 1 year ago

    “Freedom through discipline”

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    paulscon Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I get my second shot today. I think I won’t be running around in circles anymore. In two weeks I’m going to start inviting friends over for dinner, card, t.v., etc. Looking forward to a more normal life!

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    tee929  over 1 year ago

    The big “IF” is getting shots to everyone-Vaccinations will reduce if not remove most restrictions, isolation, curfews and lockdowns and actually help with the political ball bashing going on

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    GiantShetlandPony  over 1 year ago

    As far as I can tell, the smart people are ignoring the opening up and waiting for more people and themselves to be fully vaccinated, before attempting to do anything like indoor non distanced dining, etc.

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