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Alaska & covid

By joshuatrio follow joshuatrio   2020 Dec 27, 10:45am 191 views   8 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


So traveling to Alaska is now more restrictive than going to Costa Rica.

Mandatory PCR covid test (the one with the 90% false positive rate) required 72 hours before entry, 14 day quarantine and all that bullshit.

Rapid tests available at the airport for $250 a pop.

What the fuck is this? Least densely populated state is the most restrictive.

All for a virus with a 99.97% survival rate.

https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/
1   Shaman   ignore (2)   2020 Dec 27, 11:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I hope that gets repealed soon. Alaska’s third economic wheel is tourism and that kind of shit will absolutely kill tourism.

You know, it’s possible to drive there even now in winter. What do they do with American citizens at the border wanting back in? Nope gotta wait in Canada until your test result comes back? There’s nothing there!
2   Shaman   ignore (2)   2020 Dec 27, 11:44am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Outbreak-Health-Order-No-6-lnternational-and-Interstate-Travel.pdf

Reading the actual health order and I don’t see any penalties for violating it. Might not be worth much with respect to force of law. Would definitely have a chilling effect on tourism though.
I doubt Dunleavy is re-elected.
3   Onvacation   ignore (6)   2020 Dec 27, 1:33pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Shaman says
Reading the actual health order and I don’t see any penalties for violating it.

Yet.

The insidiousness of precedents.
4   joshuatrio   ignore (0)   2020 Dec 27, 3:31pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

We were planning on traveling there this summer, but not if this is in effect. Straight up insanity.
5   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 Dec 27, 10:02pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

joshuatrio says
All for a virus with a 99.97% survival rate.


Depends on age:

CDC recently updated estimated infection fatality rates for COVID. Here are the updated survival rates by age group:

0-19: 99.997%
20-49: 99.98%
50-69: 99.5%
70+: 94.6% https://t.co/9RRLgsBHta

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 23, 2020


I'm not sure I believe that one in twenty people over 70 die from it. Maybe one in twenty people over 70 test positive for it when they die.
6   WookieMan   ignore (7)   2020 Dec 28, 3:26am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

It's due to the hospital systems. It actually is somewhat legit there. If they have an outbreak, it is one of the few states that can not handle the patient load. Where as the drama being described in places like CA, NY, NJ, IL, etc. all have the capacity to handle Covid.

Puerto Rico and St. Thomas required a PCR test prior to arrival. On top of my hospital comment above, it's also resources. Sure you can drive through Canada to get medical supplies there, but generally you're flying them in. That could easily take 24 hours from requesting it, to receiving it. If you don't need said supplies it would lose you money to have it on hand and not use it. It's a logistics and inventory thing for rural places like Alaska. Even in places like middle of nowhere Nebraska.

All this said, just get the test. I haven't been, but everyone I know that goes there says it's amazing. Pain in the ass for a cold bug, but I think it's worth it.
7   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2020 Dec 28, 8:55am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Supposedly such a "requirement" in Maryland too. But also just as unenforceable.

"The governor issued an emergency order requiring Marylanders to limit all travel to essential purposes only. All Marylanders who do travel outside of Maryland or any individuals who do travel to Maryland must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days. This applies to all states, with the exception of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. "
8   WookieMan   ignore (7)   2020 Dec 28, 9:13am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

zzyzzx says
Supposedly such a "requirement" in Maryland too. But also just as unenforceable.

Pain in the ass, but if you feel well, it is becoming easier to just have a test when traveling to certain places. I personally hate caving into this shit, but I like traveling. Don't have accommodations yet, but have flights booked to MIA, PNS and Jamaica between now and end of March.

Won't get tested for the FL trips, but probably will need to for Jamaica to make life easier. Trying to get something set up for a Bozeman, MT trip now that I'm cleared to snowboard in Feb or early March. Not sure if I want to pull the trigger on that though. Early season snow has been dismal at Big Sky and Bridger Bowl. At $100+ a lift ticket, I'm not sure it's worth it unless they get slammed over the next month. Was out there this past January and it was sketchy some of the runs they had open, and that was with double/triple the base.

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