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SmokeyGhost last won the day on November 27 2018

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  1. For what it's worth I understand the county has a death rate of 6.75 per confirmed case. For the USA overall it's 4.77 per confirmed case.
  2. It would be harsh to judge the entire US for the recent upswing in cases. Those states which were badly affected early on (New York, New Jersey, etc) are generally doing really well keeping things under control now. It's other states (California, Texas, Florida) which now have exponential growth in new cases. If only they had somehow known what was going to happen based on the experiences of other people from their own country.
  3. Bother. These are numbers I, and many other, don't like. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html?action=click&pgtype=Article&state=default&module=STYLN_coronahub&variant=show&region=header&context=menu And down south of the USA, Latin America is getting hammered. Brazil is awful numbers. Sometimes winners are grinners. Not this time.
  4. Seems a lot are doing some heavy number crunching. This is one group specific to NY. https://gothamist.com/news/coronavirus-statistics-tracking-epidemic-new-york
  5. It's tragic. When you look at the deaths per 1m population World 22.8 USA 137 NY alone is 1,004 Of course I don't know the social demographics of those who are deceased or which specific area or region in which the deaths occurred. so that may have a factor on the numbers - not that it matters to them or their familes. So very sad. I don't give a rats about politicians or their ideology. I'm only interted in what action the authorities are doing to protect the health of their citizens. Difficult though as they need to balance that against the economic issues. I'd ha
  6. There is a train of thought there may not be a vaccine. Fingers crossed this immunologist is wrong. "Professor Ian Frazer, the immunologist who co-invented the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine which prevents cervical cancer, said a coronavirus vaccine was “tricky”. He told news.com.au that although 100 different teams around the world were testing for vaccines, medical scientists did not have a model of how to attack the virus. The professor of medicine at Queensland University, which is testing for its own COVID-19 vaccine, said immunisation against coronavirus was similar
  7. The data is linear. Logarithmic indicates the infection and death rates are still upwards.
  8. Exponential. One infects three, those three infect another three each. After the 10th iteration it's 59,000. Can get worse especially in areas where there is poverty and overcrowding whch can happen with inner urban areas or refugee camps. Apply a mortality rate of possibly 3% but that isn't known exactly. Also wait for possible second wave which occurred with the Spanish flu although hopefully some lessons from that are still remembered by other than health researchers. Ain't good. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/
  9. The era of the introvert has arrived. Many have been waiting years for this.
  10. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/ Appears to be getting even worse. Now over 10,000 deaths in Italy and close to 6,000 in Spain. Take extreme care pps. This may probably last for months. From quick talks I have had even though a mammoth effort is being put into to develop a vaccine and amazing progress has been made in two months, the expectation is it will take around 18 months for one to be available. That time frame is still astounding when you consider it can take years.
  11. It's the numbers. One person infect three. In turn those three infect three others each. After the 10th iteration it is 59,000 infected. Either let it rip or this modeling can apply. https://www.smh.com.au/national/8-in-10-australians-need-to-stay-home-to-flatten-the-curve-new-modelling-20200325-p54dsu.html Depends on individuals adhering to it, or made to do so, as well as the Governments approach. Best of luck you may need it.
  12. Some stats for your country. Nah, it's nothing serious, cough, cough. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/
  13. You may wish to try: https://www.redcross.org.au/ Oops, forgot. If you want to listen to some news then probably stream Australian Broadcasting Commission: ABC South Eastern NSW and ABC Gippsland For maps https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/
  14. I don't come to this or any other forums much any longer but I was curious on whether Digger was impacted by the fire. So glad to learn you and yours are safe. Very sorry to learn you lost a lot but happy your actual home is OK. Going to be tough with re-starting again. It has been awful as in effect the entire eastern seaboard of Australia from the Queensland border down and through to Victoria is ablaze. Three firefighters have died as have people who got trapped tying to defend their homes or couldn't get out in time. My area has been covered by smoke haze for about three week
  15. What I've concluded form all of this is there ain't no consistency. Same applies here. Federal income tax, local State tax on homes (called rates and currently assessed on unimproved value of the land the house sits on,) stamp duty on purchase, if investor there is land tax, absentee tax, you name it tax - I don't and never have invested in residential or commercial property as there are way too many hassles . Equivalent of VAT (called Goods and Services Tax) on most but not all goods at 10%. Capital Gains Tax on sale of investments - 50% discount if held for mot than 12 months but include
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