Conversation Between Sheep and Allen Ceedos
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  1. Allen Ceedos
    1 Week Ago 7:09 AM
    Allen Ceedos
    Yeah I get it. This is my bigger issue too more so than the clots/other side effects. But at the same time, I don't imagine other vaccines were tested for more than a few years before being released to the public. Or I mean...maybe they were, but longterm testing to see how things will go longterm doesn't seem feasible since they want to prevent this stuff asap. I doubt people can wait 15 years for the testing of a vaccine, that's just too long. The flu vaccine formula changes each year too, so I doubt that one has been extensively tested for longterm use. But again I dunno, this is just my assumption @[email protected] And longterm effects of getting COVID vs the vaccine seem way more risky and scary to me so...
    The rush to get the vaccines out to market and then the problem of which countries need more of the vaccines than other countries :/ how many have resorted to hoarding now? It's so ridiculous. That's why I've been wondering how else have people been recovering from COVID when vaccines aren't available? Over here the recovery rate has stayed in the 90% range even before the Chinese vaccine was brought in, but that wasn't major news which would warrant deep investigation. Fortunately things haven't become so terrible here where people are being forced to take the vaccine, it is still voluntary. At the end of the day, you'll just have to decide what's best for you and hopefully not suffer for it.

    Whoa, 10 grand per passenger?! And after that flight you have to go straight into quarantine :| that sucks. How long do people have to be under quarantine for over there? 14 days?

    Besides this trouble with Australia, how else are you keeping yourself busy these days? Anything you're either watching, reading, playing or listening to? Maybe you're doing all 4 things haha. For me I'm currently playing the much hyped (potentially PokeCommunity's Hack of the Year 2021, maybe?) Pokemon Unbound for my walkthrough work. Started last week but so far, I am impressed. Story-driven and with features that are not only up to date but well put together e.g. the Cube which works as the Trainer Bag but with UNLIMITED space! Or the feature which lets you register not one, not four but five Key Items. Incredible xD. As for watching and reading...I am so behind as far as manga and anime go, anime especially, because of my running gag of internet troubles haha but things have improved, we got much better internet now so I aim to get back to my peak form of being up to date very soon. Music wise, I've been occupied with my own projects. New Counting Electric Sheep, new House of Sounds, new Tuning for Toons :) and I've done a soft reboot of my story Journey of Janice - in audio form! https://archive.org/details/pokemon-the-journey-of-janice
  2. Sheep
    1 Week Ago 11:52 AM
    Sheep
    How will we be affected years down the road after taking them?
    Yeah I get it. This is my bigger issue too more so than the clots/other side effects. But at the same time, I don't imagine other vaccines were tested for more than a few years before being released to the public. Or I mean...maybe they were, but longterm testing to see how things will go longterm doesn't seem feasible since they want to prevent this stuff asap. I doubt people can wait 15 years for the testing of a vaccine, that's just too long. The flu vaccine formula changes each year too, so I doubt that one has been extensively tested for longterm use. But again I dunno, this is just my assumption @[email protected] And longterm effects of getting COVID vs the vaccine seem way more risky and scary to me so...

    and I may not be able to travel because I need to apply for an exemption. They still have a backlog of Australian citizens who haven't been able to return home for a year+, so of course they've been prioritizing those people. We spoke with a visa lawyer and he said you may need to apply many times before they finally accept, each time adding more and more evidence on why you need to travel. I really wouldn't want to have to go to my doctor for a note that I need to fly to Australia to be with my husband or it will severely impact my mental health, going that far just seems ridiculous. But it's something I'll consider if I need to. I really don't want to come there months later and do the required quarantine on my own, especially since recent news has shown each quarantine facility they have aren't great :x (a family got infected because someone quarantining in a room next to theirs was positive)

    Then comes the lovely main problem of flights. Most flights to Aus are being cancelled at the last minute due to lack of passengers. Business class and above have more luck not getting cancelled on, but those flights cost around $10k USD per passenger.
  3. Allen Ceedos
    2 Weeks Ago 1:47 PM
    Allen Ceedos
    We only drink occasionally so nope! We have some bottles here anyway in case we want to drink, but def nowhere near as big on it as the typical SA person lol
    Haha they drink enough to party straight into the next morning. I can't blame them, they know how to have a great time with music and everything so the beer is always flowing.

    I think people are exaggerating when it comes to blood clots, personally. From the statistics it seems like it's an extremely small chance to get clots. Around 30 in 1 million or so I think? Female contraceptive pills have around a 3 in 10,000 risk, and there are pills with an even higher chance than that which are still mostly safe and widely accepted/approved to take. Of course it's absolutely awful if someone gets a clot or other horrible side effect as a result of getting vaccinated, but I really don't want people to think that it's so common that every other person is getting it. x_X Personally I'll take an extremely small chance to get a clot if it means being safer when it comes to COVID. Still super early though yeah, who wouldn't be nervous having to get such a new vaccine orz
    Some fair points were made here, thank you for that. The blood clots issue I've only heard of it when the AstraZeneca vaccine is concerned, but I agree with you that the chances of getting clots may have been exaggerated. I don't fault countries which decided to halt rolling it out, they were just being cautious. It's just a little odd that countries like Britain would continue to roll it out despite the health concerns. The blood clots are just part of the immediate side effects, even if the chances are so small, but the thing I'm worried about are the long term health problems especially since these are very new vaccines. How will we be affected years down the road after taking them?

    I'm not sure honestly. I watch some Australian YTers and they never wear masks in their videos, nor do other people. But that's in Sydney are and idk how things are elsewhere. Since husband and I are moving to west Australia prolly in September I'm gonna have to apply for a travel exemption and really hope they permit me to go with him haha
    It's a lucky thing that their videos haven't been taken down by YT, because you'd have to be super careful now if you're going to put up something COVID-related. If YT disagrees with the content, video gone or your whole channel. Insane :/ so I guess things have gotten better in Sydney at least haha, no marshal law, no harassment from the police and so on. Why would they not permit you to travel with him?
  4. Sheep
    3 Weeks Ago 2:42 AM
    Sheep
    We only drink occasionally so nope! We have some bottles here anyway in case we want to drink, but def nowhere near as big on it as the typical SA person lol

    And yeah it's a smart idea for sure! Kudos to him for putting all that time and effort in. \o/

    I think people are exaggerating when it comes to blood clots, personally. From the statistics it seems like it's an extremely small chance to get clots. Around 30 in 1 million or so I think? Female contraceptive pills have around a 3 in 10,000 risk, and there are pills with an even higher chance than that which are still mostly safe and widely accepted/approved to take. Of course it's absolutely awful if someone gets a clot or other horrible side effect as a result of getting vaccinated, but I really don't want people to think that it's so common that every other person is getting it. x_X Personally I'll take an extremely small chance to get a clot if it means being safer when it comes to COVID. Still super early though yeah, who wouldn't be nervous having to get such a new vaccine orz

    I'm not sure honestly. I watch some Australian YTers and they never wear masks in their videos, nor do other people. But that's in Sydney are and idk how things are elsewhere. Since husband and I are moving to west Australia prolly in September I'm gonna have to apply for a travel exemption and really hope they permit me to go with him haha
  5. Allen Ceedos
    3 Weeks Ago 4:20 AM
    Allen Ceedos
    Even during a pandemic, people down there still find a reason to drink themselves silly haha that's SA for you. Otherwise they're out in the streets dancing-- I mean protesting :) about this or that. Did the alcohol sales issue affect you or you don't drink?

    Yeah, I think dad just realised how ridiculous it would be to go from place to place and get exposed to whatever hand sanitiser (real or not) each place uses. So he started making his own product, alongside his usual products such as dishwashing liquid, fabric softener, floor polishing gel and so on. Other people have been making their own sanitisers but obviously there are going to be those who are just making stuff to get quick bucks :/ and people are still going out there being sprayed, no questions asked. Thumbs up for having your own bottle and sanitising wipes :) that should save you from a lot of headaches if you have to travel around very often.

    You're right to be anxious about all this, because I really don't think there's any way to go back after this is done. I'm concerned about the rush to get people vaccinated, without more information being put out there about the vaccines so that people are able to make informed decisions about whether or not any of the vaccines are as effective as they are being said to be. It's like a day doesn't go by without news of one vaccine having issues and roll outs for it are halted. First the AstraZeneca one and now the J&J vaccine for the same trouble as the AZ vaccine.

    Have things in Australia improved now? Because during this Covid period it seemed like all hell had broken loose over there :/ major lockdowns, strict restrictions, people being arrested for small things like not wearing a mask and so on. A lot of Zimbabweans have moved to Australia over the years so I wondered how they must be doing now when they can't return home (even though things haven't been much better here anyway haha). I hope you and your husband will be safe and sound there, perhaps things have gotten better now or will be better by September.
  6. Sheep
    April 7th, 2021 12:36 PM
    Sheep
    they didn't have much of a lockdown I don't think, just no more than 50+ people gathered I think? alcohol sales were also permitted after originally being told they couldn't be sold either lol. doesn't seem like people are on the same page @[email protected]

    And no idea! Hopefully the single-dose one. I don't want to come back for two doses and potentially deal with two sets of side effects. I'm a bit worried about getting it cause of that, I know it's the smarter thing to do but I still can't help but be anxious since this is all happening so quickly!

    and yeah! I keep a small bottle of sanitizer with me all the time too, along with sanitizing wipes. It definitely is a relief having those. Interesting that your dad makes it!!

    But things definitely are a bit messy atm yeah. :s I won't even feel safe having the vaccine once I do get it, because this virus mutates and there are different strains, so I hardly will trust the vaccine to protect me from all those. Seems like husband and I are moving to Australia in September though most likely, so at least it's mostly contained over there. Looking forward to not wearing a mask, they break me out :(
  7. Allen Ceedos
    April 3rd, 2021 8:12 AM
    Allen Ceedos
    Is there an easter lockdown in progress? That had been mentioned in the news but I don't know if the SA govt followed through with making it happen. A lockdown during a major holiday weekend, doesn't make any sense :|

    Which vaccine will you be getting when you return home? There's only one here, so not much choice when compared to the US.

    I wouldn't mind the commuting under normal conditions...but the idea of making sure I haven't forgotten my mask every time I leave the house for work everyday and being sanitised before I can enter the workplace (even if I leave the place later during the day and then come back) really puts me off. My mom works in town so she's been going through that all along. And the thing is most of what people are being sprayed with is not legit hand sanitiser, but because people just want to get on with their business they aren't going to stop and give that some thought, they'll just get sprayed anyway. When I step into town, I carry a small bottle of home-made hand sanitiser that my dad manufactures, at least he knows what he's doing and I can confirm that it's the real deal haha it's bad enough to be denied entry without a mask but being sprayed everywhere you go too? I think people have mishandled this whole situation to the point where we are just inconveniencing each other for no reason. So even if you are someone who has been vaccinated you'll still be subject to all that, unless maybe you're in one of the EU countries that are pushing for the vaccine passports. But it means you'll probably have to carry that passport around with you :/ which is just as bad.
  8. Sheep
    April 3rd, 2021 2:36 AM
    Sheep
    wow @[email protected] I wasn't aware of that! But here in Cape Town/Claremont (our suburb) things have been relatively ok. hopefully easter doesn't change that much... lol

    yeah, I get it. I was super worried too but at this point it's been months since New Yorkers back home have been getting vaccinated, so I'd have had enough time to read up on how the thousands of them have been reacting and if it's safe enough/worth it. Seems to be the case so far. Most of my mom's co-workers are already vaccinated back in the US.

    working from home is great. I'm the same, right now PC is my self-employment and it's been excellent maintaining that from home - commuting to an office a couple of years back was always hell. Can't imagine doing it now. :s

    and yup! can't enter without a mask and someone at the entrance will either spray your hands with sanitizer or there'll be a machine for you to use yourself. New York didn't have the sanitizer section in stores lol, just needed to wear a mask. I think they expected people to sanitize their hands themselves before going in.
  9. Allen Ceedos
    April 3rd, 2021 1:30 AM
    Allen Ceedos
    Saved by that glass perhaps? You and bf were extremely lucky, I hear that SA variant has been so bad that the government had to switch to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after the initial vaccine didn't work. That's insane.

    Once I know enough about this Sinopharm vaccine which is being rolled out here I'll make my decision about getting it, because currently I don't know much about it except for which company manufactured it and where it came from. No idea if it has gone through enough trials before or what the short and long term health effects are. None of the news outlets are giving out any of that information, people are just being told to get vaccinated. Seems very odd. I'm glad you won't need a vaccine passport or pass to travel, I think a lot of people are worried about not being able to travel or go out for concerts, live sports events and so on unless they have that passport. So they are under pressure to get whichever vaccines are being rolled out in their countries, even that Astra Zeneca vaccine which has been causing trouble.

    Speaking of self-isolation, that's pretty much what I've been doing all this time haha. Major benefit of working from home, even before this Covid nonsense started. Also because going into town has become so tiresome :/ shop to shop, place to place, you won't be allowed inside unless you're wearing a mask and you'll be sprayed at the entrances or at the front counter by what may or may not even be genuine hand sanitising liquid. Is that the same case over there in SA?
  10. Sheep
    April 2nd, 2021 7:57 AM
    Sheep
    Been okay honestly. Besides a few cases of loadshedding it hasn't been terrible. @[email protected] I was in close proximity to someone who apparently tested positive when bf and I were at a restaurant but he didn't get the text as the one who wrote down his phone when we got in for contact tracing, so we figured it was just someone who passed by on my side of the table beyond the glass outside. that was months ago and no one got sick at all

    yeah, I should be able to travel back to the US fine as a citizen, I'd just need to self-isolate after. and hope you can vaccinated soon, I think it's worth it!!
  11. Allen Ceedos
    April 1st, 2021 2:39 AM
    Allen Ceedos
    From what we've seen and heard for the last couple of months it's been one major problem after another for SA, from Covid to varsity students protesting to power cuts...damn. How have you been holding up during all this over there?

    Things have been pretty much the same here haha, we were under yet another pointless lockdown between 2 January and early March. Restrictions were relaxed and now the Sinopharm vaccine from China is making the rounds. Not mandatory fortunately, but even that could change. You'll be able to travel back without one of those "vaccine passports" or passes required?
  12. Sheep
    April 1st, 2021 2:26 AM
    Sheep
    aaaa sorry I forgot to reply

    we've had a few lockdown phases since then, but right now it's level 1 so nothing massively limiting. there will be some restrictions for easter but nothing heavy I feel (alcohol selling restrictions for the weekend, no gatherings of more than 50 people too iirc) so I'm not sure how well it'll keep cases low enough. I've been eligible to get the vaccine back in the US for months now, so I'll do that as soon as my visa expires and I go back again. fortunately visas were extended a bit thanks to lockdown too, so instead of having to leave May 31 I have until June 31. :D how have things been there?
  13. Allen Ceedos
    November 6th, 2020 12:38 PM
    Allen Ceedos
    Oh okay, sorry about that. I think the COVID situation just messed them so bad, if you've had trouble dealing with them in the past then I can't imagine trying to work with them now. You think things will have improved by the time December rolls in?
  14. Sheep
    November 6th, 2020 11:46 AM
    Sheep
    no no, I mean waiting for SA to allow US citizens to visit - I've been in the US since november of last year :( from what bf says they're not doing a good job at all, and their home affairs aren't replying to me at all no matter who I contact on if it's okay for me to fly to UAE for 10+ days and then over there. it sucks.. the lazy work culture is definitely one of the more annoying downsides
  15. Allen Ceedos
    November 6th, 2020 11:12 AM
    Allen Ceedos
    You've been in SA this whole time?? I thought you'd left there last year, it seemed like you were only going to be there for a few months when we last spoke about it. How have you been holding up while there, given all that has happened in SA since they went into their first lockdown earlier in the year?