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claire_resurgent154 karma

How much easier do sprinkler systems make your job? Would you like to see more installed in homes?

claire_resurgent32 karma

Not turned on but I'm gonna have an afterglow for hours after laughing like that.

claire_resurgent27 karma

An amazing number of "white" Americans have German ancestry. But German-American identity was suppressed during the World Wars - sometimes officially and often through informal bullying.

For a while we actually printed more German language newspapers than Germany!

Dr. Seuss's "The Sneeches" is about discrimination generally but was heavily influenced by his experiences growing up during that period in addition to the more obvious public issues of anti-Semitism (he was fiercely anti-Nazi) and Japanese-American internment (which he regretted supporting).

And that's just a tiny taste of what I mean when I say that white Americans should do themselves the favor of un-forgetting the history of their families.

claire_resurgent23 karma

The official word is that children under 10 can transmit the virus but almost always have only a mild illness.

Some cases in the US have been detected by the Seattle Flu Study and flu-like symptoms are possible with almost any virus. However, vomiting, muscle pain, etc. are not good evidence of Covid because they are very common symptoms already.

Wet cough with shortness of breath is the signature which public health officials are looking for, especially because they can't test everybody.

To give an analogy, a fire truck in a hurry will use its horn to get your attention, but a truck horn doesn't prove that you are hearing a fire truck. Instead a siren is better evidence because it is more unusual sound.

If we had more testing capacity like South Korea - (and I'm personally very disappointed that we don't) - then you being tested would provide helpful information to researchers. It probably won't provide actionable information to you personally. At least 80% of cases are mild and there's very little that medicine can do that will help a mild case.

(Antiviral drugs may help. They're still being tested and they'll need to be rationed for serious cases. Otherwise the only cure is time.)

From what you've described you might have a mild case of Covid-19, or you more likely have influenza. Either way it is best for you to stay home and recover. I'd rather have mild Covid than a flu myself because it provides immunity.

Monitor your symptoms and call again if they become worse, especially if you notice shortness of breath.

claire_resurgent22 karma

It's trivial to empty supply pipes and fill the traps with antifreeze. (Hot water space heating is another story.) The big difficulty with letting a modern building go cold and dark is ventilation and condensation.