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  1. Sadly, it is a weak trailer for me. It needed either some beautiful money shots, or some resonant character moments. It didn't deliver on either, and that last bit didn't land. Since the film is being positioned as the return of cinema, I was hoping this trailer would really show us why we ought to be excited for this movie. Peace, Mike
  2. This is interesting, because this goes back to earlier discussion: the apparent fallacy that if we let people go about or return to their normal lives, and not enact strict social distancing policies and other measures, that the economy will go back to normal. On some level, we seem to confuse the economic consequences of our policies with the economic consequences of the virus (and the resulting sickness and death, etc). That previously cited study that suggests earlier and longer social distancing measures both mitigate the spread of disease and reduce the ultimate economic damage in the long run, is particularly interesting in light of the article a2k quoted about Sweden. It will be interesting to see how various countries fare in the long run with this pandemic, and which countries' economies grow faster after the pandemic is over. Peace, Mike
  3. Indeed, population health cannot be reduced only to health care systems, given the numerous social determinants of health. However, there is a problem with using survival rates as a measure of the effectiveness of the US health care system. Survival rates don't necessarily measure when people die, as in the study you cite, and can therefore be misleading. It can indicate early screening, not necessarily better treatment. If you diagnosis more instances of cancer, even those that will never cause symptoms or death, this makes survival rates look better. Aggressive screening for cancers is not always the best choice and sometimes wasteful spending (e.g. annual mammograms for women 40-59), and in some instances can lead to overdiagnosis and dangerous treatments for people when they aren't needed. A better measure is cancer mortality - which of course is not just a function of a countries health care system - but when looking at cancer mortality, the US looks a lot more like other high-income nations and therefore not that great in the context of spending so much more on health care. Essentially, your post reinforces the point of this discussion: that is that paying more for healthcare does not guarantee better health outcomes (for various reasons). For the health measures I cited, the US is the only OECD country for which higher spending is associated with lower life expectancy than the OECD average. Likewise, the US is only only country for which higher spending is associated with higher avoidable mortality than the OECD average. Peace, Mike
  4. Indeed. The US' health expenditure as a percentage of GDP is easily the highest among OECD countries, at 16.9% https://data.oecd.org/healthres/health-spending.htm But despite spending the most, the US fares poorly (below average) compared to other OECD countries on most measures of healthcare accessibility, and below average on life expectancy, all-cause mortality, and avoidable mortality, for example. https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/4dd50c09-en.pdf?expires=1586489977&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=FA61F36FE7A66E369F9C55DC1B90357F Research shows that one of top reasons for why US healthcare costs are so high is because of its fragmented system that multiplies administrative costs. The US system therefore also fares poorly on technical efficiency. In sum, the US system is both expensive and inefficient, while falling behind on most health indicators, which is not terribly surprising given the US remains the only high-income country without a universal health care system. Peace, Mike
  5. I am grateful for all of the forum members in this thread who take the time to fact-check and/or are educated in the particular science on which they speak. This really helps to keep unsubstantiated claims at bay, and I'm grateful on a personal level, as I am learning a lot. Peace, Mike
  6. A moment of levity: our Prime Minister said "speaking moistly" in his daily update today. I can't get over it, lol. Peace, Mike
  7. This map had a lot more orange and red on it not that long ago. With Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada and Pennsylvania all issuing statewide stay-at-home/shelter-in-place orders today, along with other states that have done so in the last week, it's finally looking better. There are still holdouts though. https://covidactnow.org Peace, Mike
  8. According to Worldometers, the US had the most deaths of any country on Tuesday. I believe this is a first for the US. A majority of those deaths were outside New York. Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths World 858,377 +73,718 42,311 +4,542 USA 188,530 +24,742 4,053 +912 Italy 105,792 +4,053 12,428 +837 Spain 95,923 +7,967 8,464 +748 France 52,128 +7,578 3,523 +499 UK 25,150 +3,009 1,789 +381 Belgium 12,775 +876 705 +192 Netherlands 12,595 +845 1,039 +175 Iran 44,605 +3,110 2,898 +141 Germany 71,808 +4,923 775 +130 Peace, Mike
  9. Here in Ontario, Canada - believed to be our most widespread outbreak to date. The woman in the video talks about losing her mom, and the lengths to which the hospital went to answer her calls and allow her to talk to her mom before she was no longer able. Emotional, but I find it important to be aware of the human costs of the virus, especially as some espouse views that disregard the number of lives being lost and the importance of social distancing. Please stay home if you can. ❤️ Peace, Mike
  10. This pandemic is demonstrating that massive amounts of inequality, both within and between countries, are terrible for people across the world. I mean, we all already knew that, but this is certainly putting this into sharp focus. Peace, Mike
  11. This is a great article. Lengthy, but definitely worth a read from beginning to end. How the Pandemic Will End The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-end/608719/ Peace, Mike
  12. Way to go Canada ❤️ "The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the Games for one year and we offer them our full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring. While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community," the statement said. Peace, Mike
  13. I had to share this. The 2020 Crossroad Dash had me chortling. 😄 "This commentator's got no live sport so he's commentating on everyday life and it's brilliant": https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2020/03/20/this-commentators-got-no-live-sport-left-so-hes-commentating-on-everyday-life-and-its-brilliant/?fbclid=IwAR3qRLIK6xU5BBNo9YEXkDAsjaIEdCuf4txGN1gUpXcfr1-6LCBOTrcL0K8 Peace, Mike
  14. I would say Onward got, at most, 10 normal-ish days of box office. The film wasn't highly anticipated, but I think a strong argument can be made that its legs were already being demonstrably impacted on its second weekend by coronavirus. A 72.9% second weekend drop is not normal, not even if it was a mildly received Pixar film. Onward also had Easter and spring breaks coming up in its run. It ending up making $61.5 million at the domestic box office, and from my perspective, was likely to be looking at close to double that amount under normal circumstances (i.e. no coronavirus). Most Pixar films, even the less well-received ones, hit a 3 multiplier or close to it. So, there's no exact science that can be done here, but I think Onward was substantively hurt by the coronavirus. Peace, Mike Pixar Movie RT Scores and Multipliers 90%+ RT Score Class Toy Story — 100% (9.0 rating) — 6.58 (using 3-day), 4.91 (using 5-day) Toy Story 2 — 100% (8.7 rating) — 4.28 (using first wide weekend) Finding Nemo — 99% (8.7 rating) — 4.83 Toy Story 3 — 98% (8.9 rating) — 3.76 Inside Out — 98% (8.9 rating) — 3.94 Up — 98% (8.7 rating) — 4.30 Toy Story 4 — 97% (8.4 rating) — 3.59 Coco — 97% (8.3 rating) — 4.13 (using 3-day), 2.88 (using 5-day) The Incredibles — 97% (8.3 rating) — 3.71 Ratatouille — 96% (8.5 rating) — 4.39 Monsters, Inc — 96% (8.0 rating) — 4.09 Wall-E — 95% (8.5 rating) — 3.55 Incredibles 2 — 94% (7.9 rating) — 3.33 Finding Dory — 94% (7.6 rating) — 3.60 A Bug’s Life — 92% (7.9 rating) — 4.89 (using 3-day wide weekend), 3.56 (using 5-day wide) Certified Fresh & Fresh Onward — 87% (7.2 rating) — 1.57* (legs decimated due to coronavirus) Monsters University — 80% (6.8 rating) — 3.26 Brave — 79% (7.0 rating) — 3.58 The Good Dinosaur — 76% (6.6 rating) — 3.14 (using 3-day), 2.22 (using 5-day) Cars — 75% (6.9 rating) — 4.06 Cars 3 — 70% (6.1 rating) — 2.85 Rotten Cars 2 — 38% (5.5 rating) — 2.89
  15. Good for you. Encouraging loved ones and friends to practice social distancing, for real, is so important. I like sharing this quote: "Do not change your behaviour to avoid being infected. Assume you are infected, and change your behaviour to avoid transmitting." You could save a life. My cousin died from influenza when he had a weakened immune system after surviving cancer. Think about that for a moment. Every year I say #GetTheFluShot. Right now I'm saying #StayHomePlease Peace, Mike
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