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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #40 on: July 13, 2022, 09:47:44 pm »
I was informed on Tuesday that little Emma from my 2nd grade elementary school class in the tiny six-desk hagwon room had tested positive for COVID19 that day, she sitting the day before in the front row. In that class, fortunately, I had Jenny - who was sniffling sick (just a cold virus, as she too was tested Tuesday) - a slow student who took a lot of my attention on the other side of the room (note: though, the other side of the room was just about 3 meters away as the room is three desks wide, two rows deep!), so, I being preoccupied, ... the diligent, accurate Emma needed to touch bases with me just a couple of times, and I didn't need to hunch over her desk (we're finishing the unit on animals and her spelling of giraffe, gorilla, crane, magpie and seagull was solid and i didn't need to check it, just asked her to spell the words for those who were struggling to unscramble the letters).

Fortunately, under those circumstances, I haven't got COVID19 again.

 But Emma was the 3rd student of mine in the last 10 days to get that coronavirus (all different ages, different classes), and... I have well under a hundred students! I have wondered if the high rates are coming back.
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #41 on: July 14, 2022, 05:38:01 am »
Interesting stat:

more than 97 percent of eligible adults in South Korea are fully vaccinated

https://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220713000653

Starting next week, eligibility for fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines, so far offered only to people aged 60 years and older, will open up to people in their 50s as well.


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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #42 on: July 14, 2022, 05:48:50 am »
Except for health authorities it had been pretty much forgotten here until the recent increase in cases with the emergence of the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants. The mask mandates have only applied to public transport but I've noticed a lot more people wearing them in shopping malls lately. A fourth dose of a vaccine is now recommended for people over the age of 50. Both my wife and I still haven't caught it yet, unless it was an asymptomatic infection. Perhaps it's because we eat so much garlic.  I'm not sure if I'll bother with a fourth dose. I have about 6 months months of paid sick leave up my sleeve and can't say I'm enjoying teaching in hybrid mode at the moment.


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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #43 on: July 14, 2022, 07:14:07 pm »
'Centaurus'
A deadly virus shouldn't have such a cool name.
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #44 on: July 15, 2022, 09:23:10 am »
I was hoping they named the next variant Persei 8.



Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #45 on: July 16, 2022, 07:56:58 pm »
I got my booster shot. Hope I'm protected.  I don't know how it works against the new variants.
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #46 on: August 04, 2022, 01:28:04 am »
Just before my vacay i read a news report talking about the gov't tightening testing for foreign arrivals and cited 300-ish new cases from arrivals. Later in the story there was cited a 60,000+ new cases nationwide, down from 90,000+ cases the day before. ... 300 out of 60,000 requires a change in policy? Yes, if 'foreigner as threat' (a nice way to put it) is still a resonating message here, which it is, absurdly so in this context.
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #47 on: August 04, 2022, 08:30:52 pm »
But the real question is can elephants get covid?
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #48 on: September 23, 2022, 03:10:49 pm »
Under the decision set to go into effect Monday, those at outdoor gatherings of 50 or more people, and sporting events and concerts will not be required to wear masks.

https://m-en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220923002700315?section=national/politics

Rules for indoor mask wearing, however, will remain in place.


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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #49 on: September 23, 2022, 04:05:17 pm »
Under the decision set to go into effect Monday, those at outdoor gatherings of 50 or more people, and sporting events and concerts will not be required to wear masks.

https://m-en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220923002700315?section=national/politics

Rules for indoor mask wearing, however, will remain in place.

just in time for the massive BTS concert to showcase the city of Busan to the world for their world expo bid....   Thatll make em all think were really on top of it


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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #50 on: September 23, 2022, 06:24:58 pm »
But the real question is can elephants get covid?

Mmm, deer do so why wouldn't elephants?
Less crowded living conditions, elevated snouts?
The mind boggles.


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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #51 on: September 23, 2022, 06:49:54 pm »
... elevated snouts...
Nice. It's refreshing to encounter a new description. Especially when apt not forced.

I think it'll be a great candidate for my upcoming NHL hockey fantasy league team name: Elevated Snouts. ... Wait, now it sounds uppity, no longer about elephants. Ugh.
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #52 on: September 24, 2022, 03:52:55 am »
Nice. It's refreshing to encounter a new description. Especially when apt not forced.

I think it'll be a great candidate for my upcoming NHL hockey fantasy league team name: Elevated Snouts. ... Wait, now it sounds uppity, no longer about elephants. Ugh.



I'm told creating one is a popular surgical procedure for Korean plastic surgeons too!



Nonetheless, I was born with one so there was no need for plastic surgery. However, now I wonder if it has played a role in avoiding a Covid-19 infection to this date. 

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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #53 on: September 24, 2022, 09:15:06 am »


I'm told creating one is a popular surgical procedure for Korean plastic surgeons too!



Nonetheless, I was born with one so there was no need for plastic surgery. However, now I wonder if it has played a role in avoiding a Covid-19 infection to this date.

So proud to be Korean...yet so ashamed to look Korean.


...figures.


  • VanIslander
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #54 on: September 24, 2022, 05:13:49 pm »
Damn.

We started at elephants and ended at cosmetic surgery.

My bad.

(I should have realized that mentioning "snouts" would juice up a portion of the population of the country that gets the most nose jobs.)
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #55 on: September 25, 2022, 07:48:28 am »


My bad.

(I should have realized that mentioning "snouts" would juice up a portion of the population of the country that gets the most nose jobs.)

Nope. Adel mentioned snouts, not you.


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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #56 on: September 25, 2022, 12:29:08 pm »
Nope. Adel mentioned snouts, not you.

Elevated snouts rather than snouts per-se, to be fair.


  • VanIslander
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Re: The forgotten elephant in the room: COVID(19).
« Reply #57 on: September 25, 2022, 01:15:52 pm »
Mmm, deer do so why wouldn't elephants?
Less crowded living conditions, elevated snouts?
The mind boggles.
Indeed. This is the first reference to "elevated snouts" on this site, and in my life. He stated it and i mentioned it.

I cheered it as an original description (not hackneyed or tired or trite).
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Life's to live! Live! Breathe. Relax. Enjoy. Animals teach us to focus on family, friends and avoid danger. Get what you need and get along with others. That said, some rock the boat, but they know capsizin' it means they're sunk. Some sink, let's swim! The sea's big, great, but has undercurrents.