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  1. So true. I think the thing that strikes me the...

    So true. I think the thing that strikes me the most about this pandemic is the collision between individual desires and societal responsibility. The debate about thru hiking in the time of...
  2. Here is a quote from a Harris County (contains...

    Here is a quote from a Harris County (contains the city of Houston) official yesterday. “The truth is that we are no safer today from this virus than we were in March,” said Judge Hidalgo. “There...
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    You are right zero biggie.

    You are right zero biggie.
  4. You and I are going to have to agree to disagree....

    You and I are going to have to agree to disagree. I believe you are making false assumptions about the spread of this disease but there is no point arguing about that. Old people who have...
  5. 325 million x 0.1% = 325,000 dead people. 325...

    325 million x 0.1% = 325,000 dead people. 325 million x 0.5% = 1,625,000 dead people. Hardly comparable to traffic deaths. Yes it is an ethical decision whether to do what you can to prevent...
  6. From the CDC website: "The virus that causes...

    From the CDC website:
    "The virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in the feces of some patients diagnosed with COVID-19. However, it is unclear whether the virus found in feces may be capable of...
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    Using your bandanna as a pre filter is a good...

    Using your bandanna as a pre filter is a good idea when you are using chemical treatment. Chemical water treatment doesn't work well in water that is cloudy/visibly dirty.
  8. So much information out there that it is hard to...

    So much information out there that it is hard to keep up. I spend too much time reading about this stuff because I am stuck at home and I don't have enough to do. :)



    I didn't take it that way...
  9. You make some good points about using resources...

    You make some good points about using resources in rural areas if you get injured. My point was that if you are likely immune to the virus you would not be spreading it or getting ill from it on the...
  10. Yes we do. ...

    Yes we do. https://www.biospace.com/article/fda-approves-1st-covid-19-antibody-test/
  11. Depends on which type of testing you are talking...

    Depends on which type of testing you are talking about. Testing for the virus and doing contact tracing is intended to halt the epidemic. Antibody testing to see if a person is likely immune to the...
  12. Goes back to the question of how will you be able...

    Goes back to the question of how will you be able to tell when it is safe be out and about. People talk about herd immunity being able to stop the epidemic spread of coronavirus and that occurs when...
  13. I have been wondering this same thing the last...

    I have been wondering this same thing the last couple of weeks. What do you use to judge the degree of danger to yourself and others by being on the trail?



    I feel the same way and I wonder...
  14. The last I heard 20% of cases require...

    The last I heard 20% of cases require hospitalization so rather than 100's who have recovered and are fine for every bad case it would seem more like 4 "mild" cases per serious one. Of course if a ...
  15. Up to possibly 25% of those infected with...

    Up to possibly 25% of those infected with coronavirus are asymptomatic and can spread the virus. Don't assume those hikers are virus free because they aren't showing symptoms.
  16. Since this thread is about ethics, you have to...

    Since this thread is about ethics, you have to ask yourself how ethical is it to be using masks that health care workers are in dire need of to protect themselves while trying to save lives. ...
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    Great point. We are ready seeing 14 day...

    Great point. We are ready seeing 14 day voluntary quarantine advisories for people traveling from the northeast to other states. It is possible that these quarantine advisories will expand into the...
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    Looks like April 2021 is more likely for me.

    Looks like April 2021 is more likely for me.
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    Plan for the day - yard work (it is spring time...

    Plan for the day - yard work (it is spring time here), take a walk with my wife, Sudoku and make tacos for dinner.
  20. Hard to know what the best thing to do is and you...

    Hard to know what the best thing to do is and you might be right. Here are some thoughts to consider. Most folks on the trail probably started this month. A large percentage of thru hikers don't...
  21. Thread: March start

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    What criteria will you use on the 30th to decide...

    What criteria will you use on the 30th to decide to go or stay?
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    I remember hearing about this: ...

    I remember hearing about this:

    https://news.psu.edu/story/222587/2002/08/15/research/jet-contrails-alter-average-daily-temperature-range
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    I don't. I use hand sanitizer after I leave the...

    I don't. I use hand sanitizer after I leave the grocery store which the only public place I go. If I had enough gloves I would wear them at the store. My wife has been working from home but had to...
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    I was planning to drive from Houston to SNP in...

    I was planning to drive from Houston to SNP in April and go car camping at Lewis Mountain so I could day hike the central section of the park. Not going to happen now.
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    You seem to think its an either/or proposition -...

    You seem to think its an either/or proposition - have a depression if we take steps to prevent people from dying or let folks die and the economy will be fine. The economy will be in trouble in...
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