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    The pandemic: The view after 5 months

    Ok kids, as your reward for doing the dishes you can play paddle outside once a week. But don’t forget, you’re still grounded. At this rate of self-serving political decision making, we can forget about summer. It will just slide on by outside our windows like Autumn, Winter and Spring did.
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    How are people in BA surviving with this lockdown and recession?

    If I look past the shining sun, my full refrigerator and pleasant views from my warm living room, it’s actually rather bleak. Although some commerce is starting to reopen, there are a lot of “for lease” signs up everywhere and shuttered premises. More cartoneros on the street. More homeless...
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    A story with a happy ending

    In New Zealand there is a river that is a non human person with legal rights :)
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    Mercado Libre The Most Valuable Company in LATAM

    They are trying to be the Latin American version of Amazon, but unlike Amazon they are on the right side of the protectionist wall. Have seen they have even launched their own branded products "Mercado Basics" similar to "Amazon Basics". I just hope that their model continues to serve small...
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    Argentina re-opening international flights in August!

    I think the key difference between EU and Argentina is regional integration. In the EU there were massive efforts to coordinate and enable travel between most member states and "low risk" non-member states, while travellers from all other places are actually banned. Australia and NZ actually...
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    Argentina re-opening international flights in August!

    It’s not the airline rule, it’s the country rule. This is also to do with EU entry rules banning most heavily COVID affected nationalities. Last time I checked US and Argentine citizens for example are generally not allowed to visit Schengen countries but they can go to Kosovo and Albania if...
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    6,337 New Covid-19 Infections 7/30, Extended Quarantine..?

    Excellent points @Alby . I am interested to understand more about who Covid affects and what correlations there are as it may also help to explain why Covid does not appear to be taking a heavier toll on most African and Asian countries, where poverty is most prevalent but also where things like...
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    Super face masks developed by Conicet scientists can now be purchased

    I may have found a treat for you - https://www.3trilab.com.ar/productos/respirador-3m-para-particulas-n95-8511/ (Expensive and not the most comfy but if I have to go into a hospital or other closed spaces where I may spend some time, I wear one. Likewise I used these for flying when the pandemic...
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    6,337 New Covid-19 Infections 7/30, Extended Quarantine..?

    140+ days of quarantine - one starts to run out of hobbies and things to renovate around the home ;)
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    6,337 New Covid-19 Infections 7/30, Extended Quarantine..?

    Thats fantastic news, but 42% and R1.03ish is CABA, which is actually doing "better" than many places especially with testing programs and despite it having "looser" restrictions that other provinces. Do you have the latest national stats on positivity rates and R-number, including PBA...
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    6,337 New Covid-19 Infections 7/30, Extended Quarantine..?

    https://www.infobae.com/salud/2020/08/07/coronavirus-en-argentina-por-que-en-140-dias-de-cuarentena-obligatoria-no-bajo-nunca-la-curva-de-casos/ "As explained to Infobae Elmassianm, “SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus and its epidemic behavior cannot be extrapolated to that of seasonal viruses, and...
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    6,337 New Covid-19 Infections 7/30, Extended Quarantine..?

    I think the general mood amongst people in Europe is actually positive. People feel there is no point expecting that the virus will just disappear completely, so expecting that there will not be further outbreaks is unrealistic and only leads to despair. Maybe the best thing to expect is a...
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    6,337 New Covid-19 Infections 7/30, Extended Quarantine..?

    Considering the positivity rate of tests is still like 50%+ (when it “should” be 5%) there is a pretty strong likelihood that the real number of cases is significantly higher. Argentina is now ranked number 19 with the most confirmed cases in the world, sitting right between Germany and France...
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    Argentina re-opening international flights in August!

    Good point but I suspect that they would rather go direct to SCL are forego EZE in this climate and not need to worry about collecting pesos and getting them out again. Easier to funnel pax through GRU and SCL via a codeshare. The last four or five times I have used that flight from here in the...
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    Argentina re-opening international flights in August!

    I think this one is a wink wink nudge nudge kind of deal with the government. Let the unions have open season on private companies where they resist even 25% salary reduction, while giving the state owned/ subsidised companies a far bigger break. Many AR employees I know were outraged that...
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    Argentina re-opening international flights in August!

    I was thinking this about AR too, but I get the feeling they are actually trying to save money and avoid risk. For example they are letting AZ have the FCO flights and IB have the majority of the MAD flights while they just do a few, probably linked more to cargo and reparation needs of the...
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    Argentina re-opening international flights in August!

    If she has residency here then she can use the AR or Eastern flights from MIA or the AR flights from JFK. Perhaps the application process could be taken care of at her nearest consulate given the circumstances?
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    The pandemic: The view after 5 months

    Pero, we don’t like numbers here. Too much fact.
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    VP Cristina Fernandez de Kirshner is Suing Google.

    Wikipedia is open source content, she probably uploaded it herself before taking the screenshot of that open source text to file the lawsuit and start the scandal. A girls gotta look her best for her day in court!
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