Quote from The Associated Press »LONDON (AP) — More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, two scientists from Australia and the U.S. wrote that studies have shown “beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in the air.” That means people in certain indoor conditions could be at greater risk of being infected than was previously thought. The WHO has long maintained that COVID-19 is spread via larger respiratory droplets, most often when people cough or sneeze, that fall to the ground. It has dismissed the possibility of airborne transmission, except for certain high-risk medical procedures, like when patients are first put on breathing machines.
In a statement on Monday, the U.N. health agency said it was aware of the article and was reviewing it with technical experts. WHO has been criticized in recent weeks and months for its seeming divergence from the scientific community. The organization for months declined to recommend mask-wearing, partly out of supply concerns and has also continued to describe the transmission of COVID-19 from people without symptoms as “rare.” The letter was endorsed by 239 scientists from a variety of fields. It stated that the issue of whether or not COVID-19 was airborne was of “heightened significance” as many countries stop restrictive lockdown measures. The authors cited previous studies suggesting that germs closely related to the new virus were spread via airborne transmission. They said “there is every reason to expect” that the coronavirus behaves similarly.
They also cited a Washington state choir practice and research about a poorly ventilated restaurant in Guangzhou, China, each of which raised the possibility of infections from airborne droplets. “We are concerned that the lack of recognition of the risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19 and the lack of clear recommendations on the control measures against the airborne virus will have significant consequences,” the scientists wrote. “People may think they are fully protected by adhering to the current recommendations but in fact, additional airborne interventions are needed.” Scientists around the world have been working furiously to understand the new virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is thought to mainly jump from person to person through close contact, but adds:
“We are still learning about how the virus spreads.” Martin McKee, a professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who was not linked to the letter, said the scientists' arguments sounded “entirely reasonable.” “Part of the problem is that everybody at WHO was moving with the paradigm of influenza, even though we know there are lots of differences between influenza and coronaviruses,” he said. McKee noted that with Britain's recent reopening of its pubs, restaurants and salons, the possibility of airborne coronavirus transmission might mean stricter interventions are needed indoors, including more mask-wearing and continued physical distancing. “We're getting accumulating evidence about super-spreading events happening in indoor spaces where there are large numbers of people in confined spaces,” he said. “Many of these are in exactly the circumstances that governments now want to open up.”
Quote from Narvuntien »There are enough things to worry about before getting to biological warfare (or what God thinks of you). You might just have anxiety, something that this virus is making worse, maybe seek some professional help. Seriously, you don't need to pull on those bootstraps yourself, Maybe, you just need some help because your brain doesn't produce the right amount of serotonin.
I was talking to you as if you were sane but you are a Peterson Fan *facepalm*
Quote from WarMachinePrime »I'm confused, are you a Millennial or Gen X?
Quote from WarMachinePrime »LGS will fail or survive. LGS will return in time. It sucks, it isn't "fair". But its where we are at. Adapt and find your own answers. Patience and persistence is needed. Magic and gaming in general isn't over. Its changing. Hang in there.
Quote from WarMachinePrime »I grew up during the Cold War. Needing to recognize where the nearest Nuclear Fallout shelter was. Practicing "duck and cover". (As if our grade school desks would save us from a nuclear blast. And yes our school practiced in the early 70's as we were near an Air Force Base and anti nuke rocket site) Fearing what the USSR was up to all the time. Mutual destruction. (MD is still around by the way.)
The point is we made it through that stage. If we have to worry about germ warfare currently then we will do the same as every civilization has tried to manage their endgame scenario and hopefully make it through. Life goes on in the meantime. Its a sad fact that businesses will go under. Others will pop up to take their place in time. We aren't going to be stuck in this outbreak forever. Life is hard and there are NO guarantees. I see you are quoting scripture in your signature. Look more deeply and I think you may find some solace. Its not the end, look for the good, seize it and don't let others bring you down. Again I would urge you, find family and/or friends and play Magic for fun, kitchen table style. Teach people formats that you like playing. You can have fun without someone having to organize for you, DO IT YOURSELF!!!
Quote from Onering »Card slinger, its impractical to base a business plan on a once a century event. Practicality dictates that if there is a rare event that can possibly destroy your business, but it's rare enough that you are very likely to die before it happens again, you don't let that hold you back from running your business.
Quote from Onering »Quote from Card Slinger J »Seems as though my area is starting to mandate masks out in public with the second wave of coronavirus coming in from recent outbreaks in California, Florida, and Texas. I can see this making it more difficult for people to play Paper Magic at Local Game Stores (LGSs) since they won't be able to breathe as well by messing up their concentration though it's a small price to pay to help save humanity from this public health crisis. Sadly I think we're back to square one again with the phase 1 protocols we dealt with in March this year as a lot of state governments are starting to roll back their re-opening plans which means more herd immunity through social distancing.
So it looks like we'll be seeing round two of government lockdown with more stimulus checks being sent to everyone which means more inflation to make everything three times as expensive as it was before. There were already delays with recent Paper Magic products like Commander 2020, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and Jumpstart with Double Masters possibly getting delayed due to this second wave coming in. There's definitely going to be a whiplash within the Secondary Market because of these delays and recent inflation woes creating artificial demand for these products with very limited supply. We're already heading into a bear market If not already.Dude, the inflation rate is DOWN this year. This is understandable if you know anything about how inflation actually works, because when the economy loses money inflation goes down. The stimulus checks were a drop in the bucket and did little to counteract the severe downward pressures on inflation. That doesn't mean that the prices of certain products that are experiencing bottlenecks haven't gone up, but they haven't gone up do to inflation (the relative devaluation of currency over time as the amount of currency grows) but due to scarcity and the resultant price gouging. Many things that add to costs have gone down, such as the price of fuel which reduces the price of shipping, raw materials as producers of those materials are forced to sell for less money as demand plummets, etc. There's no evidence that magic, or the sort of products lgs' sell, are being impacted by scarcity pricing. Neither are rents going to go up as much as they usually do, because landlords face the problem of finding tenants to fill the space at a time when tenants are having trouble paying. Landlords have an incentive to wave rent and write it off as a loss rather than leave the store empty and still not get rent, because they at least keep a tenant that has proved reliable until the pandemic.
This is going to be a hard year and many stores will go under, but it won't be THE END. Also keep in mind that COVID is a perfect storm virus that can be spread easily, is hard to contain, and is dangerous enough to matter. Something like SARS1 or MERS doesn't spread as easily, is quickly noticed and easy to track, and can thus be contained without these kind of measures despite both being far more deadly. These kinds of diseases aren't the new normal, COVID-19 is best though of as a century disease, the sort of thing that will show up about once every hundred years. Medical advances mean any given disease is less likely to be a century disease (flu used to be a great candidate but our knowledge of it and ability to quickly develop targeted vaccines means that even a flu like the Spanish flu is unlikely to rise to the level of COVID-19), but increased exposure to animal sources means our exposure to new diseases has increased and spread is easier due to globalization, so things sort of even out.
Quote from Card Slinger J »Seems as though my area is starting to mandate masks out in public with the second wave of coronavirus coming in from recent outbreaks in California, Florida, and Texas. I can see this making it more difficult for people to play Paper Magic at Local Game Stores (LGSs) since they won't be able to breathe as well by messing up their concentration though it's a small price to pay to help save humanity from this public health crisis. Sadly I think we're back to square one again with the phase 1 protocols we dealt with in March this year as a lot of state governments are starting to roll back their re-opening plans which means more herd immunity through social distancing.
So it looks like we'll be seeing round two of government lockdown with more stimulus checks being sent to everyone which means more inflation to make everything three times as expensive as it was before. There were already delays with recent Paper Magic products like Commander 2020, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and Jumpstart with Double Masters possibly getting delayed due to this second wave coming in. There's definitely going to be a whiplash within the Secondary Market because of these delays and recent inflation woes creating artificial demand for these products with very limited supply. We're already heading into a bear market If not already.
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Overall retail sales in the U.S. are expected to decline 10.5% in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic , according to a report by eMarketer as reported by Chain Store Age. A sharp divergence between brick and mortar sales and ecommerce is emerging, with online sales expected to rise 18% and offline sales expected to decline 14%, according to the report. Offline sales may take up to five years to return to pre-pandemic levels, the report predicts, and despite increases in e-commerce sales, total retail sales will also take years to recover.
Big increases in sales of groceries and health, personal care and beauty are expected to drive the increases in ecommerce sales. New behaviors like "click-and-collect" (used by many comic and game stores during shutdowns and partial re-openings) have grown dramatically, according to the report.
Quote from WarMachinePrime »In-Person TournamentsWhy does the game have to be a competitive tournament? Why expect prizes and participation goodies? Play for the love of the game, its far more rewarding if you ask me.