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Cousin Dupree

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To all the DU'ers who responded to my post with kind words and suggestions when I was down:

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Posted by Cousin Dupree | Sun Mar 8, 2020, 11:24 AM (0 replies)

Feeling kind of low.

Iím old, I have chronic medical conditions, my lungs have always been my weakness because if I get sick, the lungs always cause problems, Iím a retired RN and I think I know whatís going to happen with the world pandemic, and on top of it, the people on tv are always focusing on how younger people will probably be ok if they get Coronavirus but us old farts, well kiss your butt goodbye! Very scary times. Trying to keep busy and not focus on this but itís difficult.
Posted by Cousin Dupree | Fri Mar 6, 2020, 02:34 PM (57 replies)

Does anyone know if there is a legitimate app in the US that tracks the Coronavirus across the

world?
Posted by Cousin Dupree | Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:54 AM (9 replies)

Recipe for disaster or opportunity for improvement?

The coming epidemic is going to highlight the societal flaws and failures of our country. Hopefully the worst case scenario does not happen. I hope Iím not being overly pessimistic, but as an RN my mind is full of these kind of thoughts:

1. There are too many people in this country who are not insured or are underinsured. They are unlikely to get prompt medical care due to cost. And how many of these people can absorb the costs of a hospital stay, or even worse, an ICU stay? The potential for life-long devastating financial ruin for both those who become severely ill and their families is very real. Will the government pay for all the individual healthcare costs of those who are affected?

2. Many workers, especially those with low paying jobs, do not get paid days off or paid sick days. The decision to work or not means that they either get a dayís pay or lose a dayís pay. So many people go to work sick because they canít afford to take even one day off. And they could infect their coworkers and customers and the epidemic churns on. Will some sort of special arrangement be made to support victims financially and insure that they donít lose their job for being ill and absent?

3. The government has not prepared for an epidemic or pandemic, including stockpiling medication, supplies and equipment. Funding for the NIH, CDC and other agencies has been cut. Supplies are limited. Many people who get a severe case of Coronavirus need ventilator support to breathe. We do not have an infinite number of ventilators in the US. How will this be handled? In the past years, weíve had episodes of shortages of IV supplies and certain medications under normal circumstances. How will we be able to meet the needs in an epidemic? The response to this potential epidemic is slow and disorganized and anything but proactive.

4. We do not live in a walled off island in the middle of the world, despite what some people think. We have a President whose arrogance and superiority make him less likely to cooperate with other countries in developing a world-wide plan to combat Coronavirus if one is needed.

Thanks for listening!
Posted by Cousin Dupree | Tue Mar 3, 2020, 11:06 PM (4 replies)

Doctor at NY Presbyterian Hospital calls Coronavirus testing accessibility a scandal

ďIím here to tell you, right now, at one of the busiest hospitals in the country, I donít have it at my finger tips,Ē he said. ďI still have to make my case, plead to test people. This is not good.


https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/02/coronavirus-new-york-city-doctor-has-to-plead-to-test-people.html
Posted by Cousin Dupree | Mon Mar 2, 2020, 10:34 AM (5 replies)

Just some musings about the effects of Coronavirus on universal healthcare:

If we have a Coronavirus epidemic or pandemic in the US, many minds may be changed about universal healthcare. The government may be forced to provide care for the uninsured or poorly insured or even the well-insured who exhaust all benefits during their Coronavirus illness.(Of course, that is if the heartless Republicans allow assistance).Once the dust has settled, the idea of universal healthcare may be more popular than ever in the general public. What do you think?
Posted by Cousin Dupree | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:28 PM (3 replies)

Boris Johnson cancels trip to US after the toddler has a hissy

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has canceled a trip to the US planned for next month after a furious phone call from President Donald Trump in which Trump slammed down the phone on the prime minister.

Johnson had been due to visit Washington last month but repeatedly delayed the trip after a series of rows with the president over Iran, Huawei, and a rejected request by the prime minister to extradite the wife of a US diplomat.




https://www.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-cancels-visit-donald-trump-slammed-phone-down-apoplectic-2020-2
Posted by Cousin Dupree | Fri Feb 14, 2020, 11:58 AM (32 replies)

I had a terrible day today. Everything went wrong. Thank you for cheering me up with the heart!

Posted by Cousin Dupree | Fri Feb 7, 2020, 09:29 PM (0 replies)

The Lincoln Project

Rick Wilson was on Bill Maherís show last night talking about this PAC that he and some other Republicans formed. Their goal is to prevent trump from getting reelected and Wilson said they are going to go real hard on this problem. George Conway and Steve Schmidt are also part of the PAC. Iím thinking of donating. What do you think?
Posted by Cousin Dupree | Sat Feb 1, 2020, 07:41 PM (39 replies)

I fear for the safety of some people after trump is found not guilty next week. Namely, the

whistleblower and Adam Schiff. There are no limits to what trump will do for revenge. He will certainly see the verdict as carte blanche to do anything his little heart desires.
Posted by Cousin Dupree | Fri Jan 31, 2020, 10:45 PM (9 replies)
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