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  1. Alex, hope the procedure went well! I've dug...

    Alex, hope the procedure went well!

    I've dug around a bit the past couple of days. Most hospitals have their own in-house testing facilities. For admitted and symptomatic individuals, as well as...
  2. You'd want to consider self-isolating for 72+ hrs...

    You'd want to consider self-isolating for 72+ hrs in advance of the viral test as well, if you really want to not worry. It takes some amount of time after exposure for the virus to replicate enough...
  3. Yes, that's right Tim (as I understand it). I...

    Yes, that's right Tim (as I understand it). I believe the antibody tests are accurate - the tests from major labs will tell you accurately whether or not you have antibodies. What's not known is what...
  4. Testing sites are everywhere. It's easy enough to...

    Testing sites are everywhere. It's easy enough to get tested. But turnaround time for viral testing for asymptomatic individuals is sub-optimal, IMO.

    Antibody testing is fast, less than 24h in MA.
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    I used to visit summitpost every day back in the...

    I used to visit summitpost every day back in the early/mid-naughts, and man, that place was amazing. I probably read every single article and trip report on the front page for a couple of years....
  6. TCD, where do you live? I tried to get tested...

    TCD, where do you live? I tried to get tested last week in MA. It's not clear on mass.gov how much it costs out of pocket, and insurance reimbursement is opaque as well. Nevertheless, I was going to...
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    Been strange here in MA as well - storms have...

    Been strange here in MA as well - storms have been coming from the NW to NE, when normally they approach from the SW. There seems to be more local rotation from these storms than I'm used to seeing...
  8. I think we can chalk this one up as yet another...

    I think we can chalk this one up as yet another thing hikerbrian was wrong about. :-) As of now, the available evidence suggests FL is in fact experiencing a real increase in cases, including...
  9. Well, we'll see. It's true we haven't suddenly...

    Well, we'll see. It's true we haven't suddenly become immune, but we have become considerably better at understanding likely routes of transmission, and while it's demonstrably true that some folks...
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    Thanks for posting, I hadn't read that...

    Thanks for posting, I hadn't read that previously. We have a reservation at a house in ME on a lake in August, so the order to close all short term rentals impacts us. Guess we're canceling that one!...
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    I too have been following the MA dashboard. I...

    I too have been following the MA dashboard. I have to admit, I'm amazed at the performance of the US healthcare establishment, and MA in particular. In the face of an unprecedented global pandemic,...
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    Wait, what? That is not what I said. I said the...

    Wait, what? That is not what I said. I said the opposite. You quoted me in your post! Ya know, that part where I wrote, "a treatment and/or vaccine is unlikely to come from a NH institute. Yet NH...
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    Amen brother!!

    Amen brother!!
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    dug, the life choices people make are based on...

    dug, the life choices people make are based on current rules and regulations and reasonable foresight into how things might change in the future. Travel challenges due to snow are predictable and...
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    Many people are willing to live in the city/MA...

    Many people are willing to live in the city/MA because they know they can get out of the city when they need some fresh air. By and large, I think this is a good system and benefits everyone. So if...
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    Sheer luck that I managed to avoid infection (as...

    Sheer luck that I managed to avoid infection (as far as I know), given what we now know about the timeline of the pandemic's spread in the US. I was on (crowded) public transportation in Boston...
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    The one issue none of us seems to have solved is...

    The one issue none of us seems to have solved is parking. I wish that wasn't such a bottleneck, because all of the other great suggestions rely on finding a place to park. I know getting up REALLY...
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    Truth! I now carry a GPS on hikes where...

    Truth! I now carry a GPS on hikes where navigation could be a challenge, or where there are considerable consequences of losing the trail (when I'm hiking in the winter with my boys, for example)....
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    Lots to think about here, especially:...

    Lots to think about here, especially:
    Bushwhacking. While I'm not overly fond of crashing through the really thick stuff, I do REALLY enjoy navigating by map and compass. Combined with the process...
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    Lots of good thoughts here. And they're helping...

    Lots of good thoughts here. And they're helping clarify my own thinking. Therapy. I'm on board with most everything that has been written above. Regarding the 'everything has been done already'...
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    Hiking is less fun in the internet age

    I'm bored. So I'm starting a conversation, curious to hear what others think. I've noticed that I'm less psyched to get into the Whites than I have been in years past. I think there are many reason....
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    Done, really appreciate your work Tim. Thank you.

    Done, really appreciate your work Tim. Thank you.
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    I haven't been on the sharp end in more than 5...

    I haven't been on the sharp end in more than 5 years, so my head is firmly out of the game. But I'm reminded just how much one depends on their partner in that sport. A mistake by one can mean the...
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    Couple of thoughts. First, I've pitched my tent...

    Couple of thoughts. First, I've pitched my tent above treeline in the Whites in winter on several occasions, and on two occasions it has been sufficiently miserable that I won't do it again, barring...
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    30 degrees in 4 hrs. Crikey. That's wicked. My...

    30 degrees in 4 hrs. Crikey. That's wicked.

    My wife and I drove through a storm front in WY last summer. Beautiful 80 degree summer day, then in less than 20 minutes it was 50 degrees and hailing....
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