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1,000/day relocating to Florida tells me that many are not embarrassed by Florida.  I am saddened for the mental and emotional destructiveness the paranoia has caused. To me that's worse than the

My business is weddings. Destinations weddings as in I live in France and they come to France for their wedding. Last year, actual work, I did 4%. That figure is based on me doing 5% of what

I work in a factory running cnc machines and lately a waterjet. I dabble in video for a hobby.  I got laid off, not long after covid hit here in aus and nearly everything got shut down. Spent about si

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12 hours ago, Eric Calabros said:

Your statistics doesn't tell us what Vermont did that NYC and north east states didn't. Massachusetts is state of science believers I guess. 

Now you're just grasping for straws. 

Early in the pandemic Vermont enacted social distancing, such as closing down schools and restaurants, limited all businesses (including Walmart) to selling just basic necessities, enacted strict contract tracing and testing (which is why one of the least populous states had the 7th highest rate of tests given in the county), and restrictions were only loosened based on what the data said. Add that the state has one of the best health care systems in the country and one of the healthiest populations, and even YOU should be able to figure out why the state is considered the model for the rest of the country. 

The Governor is a Republican, by the way. Some of them don't think following the advice of experts is a political issue! Weird, huh? 

I'm not from Massachusetts BTW. Born and raised in Vermont. 

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Menawhile, as predicted, here in Brazil things are escalating quickly. Already in the ballpark of 2300 deaths per day, now we are on top of the ranking.

South states are already collapsed - lot of cities with 110% of capacity in the ICU's. Troves of people in the 25-40 years old dying with the P1 variant. Here in São Paulo, the largest and richier city, the health system is target to collapse in 10 days.

And still, no very strict lockdown enforced - even with the Araraquara example, the 1st city to collapse, the only one that made a more-or-less lockdown (we never had a REAL lockdown in Brazil) that resulted in a 70% reduction of new cases after 12 days. Or the Portugal example (in which @Emanuelcould talk more properly than me).

And since the central government demises masks and vaccines (today was announced the fourth REDUCTION of the vaccines available for the month, since March 1st the number decreased by 60%), we will go to the 3000-4000 deaths per day very soon.

Again: just hope to be alive to be here in 2022.

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1 hour ago, Marcio Kabke Pinheiro said:

Again: just hope to be alive to be here in 2022.

And this is my concern. For all of us.

Obviously that you personally remain well Marcio, but whilst the UK may be getting on top of it due to the vaccine and the EU when it gets it's arse into gear should follow suit, plus the US, Canada, Australia, Japan etc, there is a concern that unless the entire world is vaccinated and ASAP, as in this year, then this thing could mutate and return in a new form that the vaccine is useless against.

And then off we all go again. And I don't think we could do it again any time soon...

It's just one big fucking nightmare, but the scale of it in the UK, EU, US etc is nothing like somewhere like Brazil. Your government need taking out and shooting. Can I say that on a forum or does it trigger some kind of alert in Langley? Eek.

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1 hour ago, MrSMW said:

And this is my concern. For all of us.

Obviously that you personally remain well Marcio, but whilst the UK may be getting on top of it due to the vaccine and the EU when it gets it's arse into gear should follow suit, plus the US, Canada, Australia, Japan etc, there is a concern that unless the entire world is vaccinated and ASAP, as in this year, then this thing could mutate and return in a new form that the vaccine is useless against.

 

This is the risk: with slow vaccination, here becomes a great playground for the virus mutates itself to a variant that evades vaccines. We became a threat to the world.

Forget our government. Our president said last week "when you will stop crying and come back to work?" when we reach the 250000 death mark, refuses to use masks since the beginning, refused to buy vaccines because "this virus is just a flu" and this night his son (a senator) published a video saying "get your masks and shove up your ass" (yes, said EXACTLY that).

Our goverment is formed by lunactics. If Langley is hearing - please, do something.

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On 3/11/2021 at 3:24 PM, Marcio Kabke Pinheiro said:

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And still, no very strict lockdown enforced - even with the Araraquara example, the 1st city to collapse, the only one that made a more-or-less lockdown (we never had a REAL lockdown in Brazil) that resulted in a 70% reduction of new cases after 12 days. Or the Portugal example (in which @Emanuelcould talk more properly than me).

And since the central government demises masks and vaccines (today was announced the fourth REDUCTION of the vaccines available for the month, since March 1st the number decreased by 60%), we will go to the 3000-4000 deaths per day very soon.

Again: just hope to be alive to be here in 2022.

Indeed. Your current regime is truly a PITA : ( In January, Portugal reached the sad daily mark of 15,000 and 300 casualities (which means a daily rate 6300 of dead people in Brazilian figures, so easy to get how bad it was before this 2nd lockdown of 2021) with 7x more of infected than the world average because of a people without many worries about it to follow lazy policies of our socialist party government (one year ago the fear was not the bitch)

 

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This is a great topic!

I had a bride to be die of COVID, so I had to give a full refund for that poor guy. I had 8 friends and one family member die and a dozen or so associates.  I got one of my vaccination shots with another in a few weeks. COVID is a full bitch.

The whole year I shot five weddings instead of the 25 I usually shoot. Most didn't want to splurge on video, so I went back to offering $500 wedding stills in people's backyards since everything else was shut down. The worst thing is, I live in Ohio, and the majority of my clients are in Pennsylvania, and the two states imposed a travel band between each other. So I would have to get a COVID-19 test to travel to P.A. and quarantine when I arrived back to Ohio, even though it was only 45-60 min away.

I was blessed to do several corporate jobs for my biggest client, and that kept the income on the year flat, with much less stress than any wedding work. Problem is, that is one big client making up 70% of my income. That ain't the best from a diversification standpoint.

 

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56 minutes ago, Marcio Kabke Pinheiro said:

Happy for you guys getting the shot.

It probably seems a bit insensitive of us to announce that here, given your previous posts. I feel huge sympathy for Brazilians right now and feel very angry on your behalves about the asshole you've got in charge there - hopefully one day soon he'll face justice for what he's done (and hasn't done).

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4 hours ago, Tim Sewell said:

It probably seems a bit insensitive of us to announce that here, given your previous posts. I feel huge sympathy for Brazilians right now and feel very angry on your behalves about the asshole you've got in charge there - hopefully one day soon he'll face justice for what he's done (and hasn't done).

Don't worry, I was really happy for you all. 🙂

As I said, my work and income was never affected a bit (I work in TI) - all of you, who are real filmmakers, are having a really heavy personal toll. 

Really want all you guys going back to work ASAP.

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13 hours ago, Marcio Kabke Pinheiro said:

As I said, my work and income was never affected a bit (I work in TI) - all of you, who are real filmmakers, are having a really heavy personal toll. 

Yeah - I work as a software developer - I'm a hobbyist film maker (or 'artist', as I prefer to label myself!). I had to do a month of work for free to secure a new contract back in March last year, then I had a month out of work when that one ended, but since September I've been ok. Jobs I've done in the past included wedding photographer, pub manager and trade show space salesman - all industries that have been virtually shut down, so I can easily empathise with our fellow EOSHDers who are having a really shitty time of it. Let's hope things start to improve now, but we should all learn from this that we only exist at the pleasure of nature and that something we can't even see has the capacity to bring our ever-so-modern lifestyles to a screeching halt at any time.

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I think this year will even be worse than last year. Vaccinations are going slow in Europe, will most likely take until late this year before everyone is vaccinated. Infection rates are still fast rising over here, so do not expect the rules to be flexible enough to have any weddings this summer. Only positive is you somehow can sell your gear for more than it is worth at the moment...

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I am neither a pessimist nor an optimist but a realist and I’m with @Avenger 2.0 on this.

95% of my business is the destination weddings market, specifically non-French having a wedding in France.

I still have on paper 18 weddings booked to do this year from June through October with 10 having already postponed or cancelled outright.

But whilst there is some optimism for the UK being back open from July onward, albeit probably with some caution and regs, the EU and France are just lagging.

Lagging so much that the current figures suggest 70% vaccinated by the END of Summer.

They are also talking about some EU travel green card and whether they would invite the UK to that party remains to be seen.

Realistically, I think we are going to lose the Summer for work/travel purposes, so anyone in the wedding industry is probably facing a pretty bleak year again.

Of my 18 remaining clients, I am near 100% sure the 3x June dates will go.

My July’s are already steadily shifting.

From then on they seem to be mostly holding on as long as possible as the majority were already refugees from 2020 and they just do not want to move again.

The bottom line that I get from most of my clients is that if it was down to them and they could/can find a way, it will happen...but at the same time when their guests say they won’t be coming, that’s where the issue lies and the determining factor causing most to jump.

Meanwhile ‘22 is going pretty berserk for bookings which is something at least...

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