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    Andrea, I’m sorry to hear the news about your neighbor. It’s so sad to think about how much this virus impacts the older community. May he Rest In Peace.

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    So sorry to hear this Andrea,
    Prayers to the other family members that they recover.
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    Sorry Andrea just awful.

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    I had my eye exam today-was supposed to be there in April. I had to call from the car and asked me all the same health and insurance questions they asked yesterday on the phone. They met me at the door and gave me a disposable mask-my cloth mask was a not acceptable-only disposable. They took my temperature and let me in to the waiting room. I waited 40 minutes-not happy, but was happy to run into a friend that I worked with at school. The tech did the normal stuff and taped the mask to my nose. Everything was cleaned either before or after I sat down at each area. Normally you'd wait in small waiting room while your eyes dilate, but I was put right into a room.The doctor was in right away and I was out quickly with no changes. They were cleaning the waiting room when I was ready to leave, so I waited outside for my son to pick me up. Normally, I drive because it is only 5 minutes away, but since everyone was around today, I was dropped off and picked up.

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    Robin, when I went for my eye exam a few weeks ago, I was told to just come in and go to the desk. No temperature was taken but they did have a tray for used pens. There were a number of people in the waiting room, spaced maybe 3 feet apart. I was not feeling very comfortable.

    Yesterday, we went to CVS for flu shots. Everyone socially distanced and wore a mask. I only had to sign one form and came prepared with my own pen. The person giving the shots wiped down everything before calling me in so it was a good experience. It was also the first time Tom had been in a store since March.

    Sometimes I feel like we’re becoming paranoid but at least we’re healthy.

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    In Florida the governor now wants to open everything up
    Said he will never "shut" the state down.
    I do want to have family members visit, yet there needs to be
    guidelines. They should show negative testing every 2 weeks like we do
    It will protect us as well as the residents.
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    I had my yearly physical today. One of the partners in the practice is an infectious disease specialist and this practice has been at the forefront of Covid in our area and has worked with the Mayo clinic doing trials with plasma. I asked a lot of questions about Covid and thought I'd share some info.

    1. It is likely it was around before it was confirmed. It has been confirmed that it was in India in December and it may have been here too. All those people who had bad respiratory systems in December and January may actually have been Covid, but unless you get tested for antibodies, you won't know. However; they believe antibodies mean immunity, but they don't know. I asked if I could get tested so I know because if I do have antibodies, maybe I could help someone else by donating plasma. Stu had pneumonia the beginning of January and there were a few days I couldn't taste anything.


    2. They predict the deaths will lessen because they have come up with fairly effective treatment, but it doesn't work for everyone. It is a combination of steroids, anti virals, and something else I can't remember.

    3. Vaccine. He does not feel that there will be a safe and effective vaccine until spring. Last time they rushed a vaccine and thought it was safe it cause issues for people. He said the H1N1 and Swine Flu in the 1970s were rushed and for one of them and I don't remember which one it caused Epstein Barr. The vaccine that is being touted as come out in November will have delivery issue as it is supposed to be stored/transported at temperatures well below zero. I think he said 70 belong, but I'm not sure. He said they would be some of the first people offered the vaccine and he is not sure what he would do if it actually came out in November.

    4. The real measure of how a new opening (NJ open gyms earlier this week and indoor dining will open tomorrow-both at 25% and masks) is to wait 4-5 weeks and see what happens to the infection rate.

    5.Masks work. Washing hands work. Social distancing works.

    6. The last point was how the whole Covid thing has been handled. Since it could become political, I will not go into it, but if you want to know, ask me in PM.

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    Thank you Robin for this info. There is so much to think about with getting the vaccine when it’s available. I still believe we will go for it as soon as it’s allowed.

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    I find it interesting that the Vet Clinic is taking more COVID safety precautions than my eye doctor. Maddy was due for her rabies, physical and other shots. The office had us call in when we arrived and check in on the phone. A tech came out and took her in for her visit. The vet called me and discussed any issues. He even offered to keep her until inside until we checked out (she’s quite hyper) and I was appreciative!! I checked out over the phone and paid with a credit card and the tech brought her out to the car. They did it right.

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    My doctor's office allows you to walk in, but there was nobody in the waiting room-precovid it would be busy. They also have a sign on the door requiring you to walk up to a temperature scanner to have your temperature taken. It is mounted to the wall. They didn't think about short people when they mounted it. I'm too short. I tell the receptionist and her reply is "Do you stand on your tiptoes?" I wanted to rely, "No, I stood on my head", but I bit my tongue.

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