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PolAmKrakow   
14 hrs ago
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

We will be looking at diminishing numbers for a few more weeks and then it will dry up. Just like last year. Until the mountain folks, who largely are not getting vaccinated, will have their big weddings, and it will spread in pockets again this fall.

No one really wearing masks now in Krakow. Police aren't even bothering to try to talk to people without masks now. Rynek has come back to life pretty quickly and this weekend reopening should be pretty well attended.
PolAmKrakow   
10 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@jon357
In the first lockdown here in Poland, there was a deferral program for people paying loans and credit card debt. I have not head about any such program for these subsequent lockdowns here. While I am not certain on this, if they didn't extend the program here, we are probably going to see a whole lot of new bankruptcies this summer. I have not heard of any rent deferral programs here either. I know that the Krakow city offices have not waived or discounted rent for any business during the pandemic.

I understand this was all about protecting the fragile and poorly developed infrastructure. The issue is that the government is responsible for the fragility in the first place. Yet, private industry and citizens are now being forced to pay for the governments ineptitude.

I did run into a friend last night who owns a few restaurants in Krakow. He did get some assistance with payroll for keeping his chefs working but got nothing to help cover rents on buildings. Even while doing take out and delivery on a limited menu, business is down more than 70% and he, along with others he knows in the business, is bleeding cash having to mortgage his apartment that was paid for in order to keep his restaurants through the pandemic.

This is happening all over Poland and the world. When once cash flush business people are now going in debt personally to keep their business from disappearing the economy is in very big trouble.
PolAmKrakow   
9 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@johnny reb
You cant continue to take the discussion personally.

Sure, at first, I and everyone else pretty much was in favor of lockdowns. Six months later, knowing they dont work, everyone should be against them. Its really pretty simple. The panic mob though, cant breath without the life giving panic generating news. This is simply not a global killer and only one tent of on percent were at risk of death. Maybe one percent at risk of infection, but only one tenth of on percent at risk of death. You have longer odds crossing a busy street.
PolAmKrakow   
9 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@jon357
Actually the point is that the majority of the people on this planet should not be forced into a prison so that the small and finite minority can survive when they wont survive much longer anyway.

The point is that mindless people trust the government to lead them to water. Yet, when leading them to water, the walk through the desert is so far away people die of dehydration. Slowing the spread of illness is prolonging the death rate and suffering.

Sorry, but in a war, and this is a war, the marines go in and people die. You get it over with. If not for these useless lockdowns, governments would have been exposed for incompetence and people would die. Not many more people than already died. But the pandemic would have run its course and more people would have saved their livelihoods.

If you think people aren't committing suicide, or becoming homeless, or loosing everything you clearly don't have a grip on things. And if you think that's ok to save a few people for a little longer than they would have had then you need to take off your rose colored glasses and see the world for what it is. The rainbow unicorn utopian society where everyone is equal and the playing field is equal doesn't exist.
PolAmKrakow   
9 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@johnny reb
I have to disagree. We are not in this together. This is survival of the fittest. Those dying are a majority that are close to death already, a majority not entirely. My responsibility is my family, and my employee's. Not my neighbor who has lived a full life at 85, who has nothing at risk any more. Harsh I know. It is also not the 50 yr old who is obese, diabetic, and smoking.

If one death keeps 100 people from committing suicide, then that death is just a cost of society moving forward. If another death allows for 10 families to save their life savings or business then again, that's just part of life.

When people are financially wiped out because government is unprepared to take care of those who are at risk, then government has failed and they are not deserving of our trust. Their judgement was flawed from the beginning and remains flawed through today.

No one should trust their government as much as people have done in this pandemic.

In all society, it is about the many, not the few. In this pandemic, government turned that basic societal pillar into crumbling stone. They sacrificed the many to save the few, and those few in a majority of cases are only slightly delaying the inevitable.
PolAmKrakow   
9 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@johnny reb
That's your choice and I respect it. People here, Poland, should have had the choice, that those in the USA have had for a while, to wear or not to wear a mask. The point is that people in Poland have been given no choice. Business in Poland, has really been at a standstill for 7 months. That can't be said for the USA.

Choice, is what every person should have had from the very beginning. Choice, that governments made to underfund and underprepare, when we tax payers pay for those preparations, and pay their salaries. The government in Poland is at fault, and its not just PiS, it is the ones that came before them as well. The hospitals here are in some cases using beds from the Korean war era. Doctors are severely underpaid. This is the fault of government.

Now, when tax payers pay for all this, and get ready for a ton of new taxes, we have to pay for governments repeated failures. Much the same in the USA.

Johnny, I am sorry you had a difficult time with COVID. I have 4 people I know who died. That said, there is no way a whole society should stop to save one tenth of one percent. Yes I know its harsh. Life is hard.
PolAmKrakow   
9 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

I am no longer wearing a mask outside. I had the virus, and got the vaccine. I simply wont comply with the craziness of these order any more. The looks I get from some people are hilarious. Walking through planty last night, and my better half says, "a week from now makes total sense to not wear a mask, but right now its really dangerous outside" sarcasm font.

While in the minority now, more and more people in Krakow are not wearing masks, and Police are doing nothing. I think they are tired of this BS as well.

The good news is that while walking around rynek, there were signs of life in some of the places that have been closed. Some restaurants are clearly preparing for outdoor dining beginning in a week. The bad news, there were also more places that have been emptied and "for rent" signs hung in the windows.
PolAmKrakow   
9 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@jon357
Influenza changes every year. Which is why vaccines for it change every year. It is "novel" and every virus is "novel". All the lockdowns were completely useless.

Lets get it straight. This was not about keeping people alive. The lockdowns were about keeping the hospitals from getting overwhelmed. Thats it and there is a big difference. Everyone knew thousands would die no matter what happened or what was done. The governments simply couldn't have hospitals over flowing because the governments do not have them prepared for emergencies.

People are going to continue dying. Even once nearly everyone is vaccinated. The death rates will slow and lower that's it. There is no magic pill. The economic destruction will take years to recover from. Some people have lost everything for nothing. This is what needs to be in the press. But that doesn't fit the narrative the government wants now. Its all about vaccines and how its getting better, while people try to deal with the mess the government created. The hospitals will empty and the bankruptcy courts will fill, and the unemployment lines will get longer.
PolAmKrakow   
4 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Novichok
Astute observation. This will wear out too. Free Love died, and so many other "cultures" or "movements" died they can't be counted. This too will pass into time as people become aware. Not "woke" because "woke" is for people who need a "cause". Aware is what intelligent people are every day.
PolAmKrakow   
4 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

As an FYI, I saw more people in Detroit airport wearing double and triple masks than I could count. It really was just hilarious. Then in the business lounge, most of us had no mask and didn't GAF.
PolAmKrakow   
4 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

Agreed, and this is the most likely truth. When the US develops a viral warfare agent, they also develop a vaccine at the same time so that soldiers and other unintended victims do not perish. So the whole American lab in Wuhan developing and releasing this simply doesn't add up.

@Strzelec35
I a willing to bet as this becomes better investigated we will find evidence of the China Flu in a very small place from a few specific people. Though I personally believe Italy and the garment producing region will still be the epicenter, it will eventually come down to a "patient zero" who brought it from Wuhan.
PolAmKrakow   
3 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@kondzior
All I can say is in USA you don't have to wait for an appointment. They are now shipping vaccine up to Canada to help them. I got the J&J jab, and was not well for 24 hours, but after that no problem.

Coming back to Poland, they were checking vaccine cards in Krakow airport today. If you didn't have one, you got 10 days quarantine.
PolAmKrakow   
1 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Strzelec35
Not exactly a Sputnik friendly place since I am in USA right now.
PolAmKrakow   
1 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Tacitus
Correct. One shot and done. 24 hours later, almost feeling back to normal.
PolAmKrakow   
1 May 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

Just as an FYI for those who may get the J&J vaccine. I got it yesterday. Roughly 24 hours of head aches, body aches, sweating and a light fever. After that though it quickly goes away.
PolAmKrakow   
1 May 2021
News / PiS - the first true Polish party in 100 years [652]

@amiga500
My apologies for the misunderstanding on which party one supports. Yet, in that, don't we see the problem with Poland? Its all about "party" and very little about substantive planning. As I have said before I agree with some PiS views and some of the other views from other parties. Therein lies the problem. No one in the center, no one in a moderate position that a majority can get behind. Extremism policies is what we have.

Yes, Poland put in money with the EU. Poland could not have done it on their own without completely devaluing the currency to Soviet era levels. Remember the 100K banknotes? I have a bunch.

Poland had no choice but to open to foreign investment before the EU. The country was starving economically. Lets look at the past without coloring it with opinion. The facts are the Polish economy before foreign investment was screwed.
PolAmKrakow   
1 May 2021
News / PiS - the first true Polish party in 100 years [652]

@Ironside
HA HA HA HA you are funny. You have no clue about macro or micro economics. Keep eating the PiS Cheerios and someone will really PiS$ in them one day.

If not for EU money over the last few decades, Poland is a backwater outpost for militaries of many nations. Get a clue "dude". Educate yourself before you keep spewing PiS propaganda. Are you reading everything published by Orlen now and TVP? Such wonderful lies to keep the misguided and un educated believing in them. Communism by a different name, and with more "exceptions".

Poland is not a net payer into the EU, they are a receiver of funds and they wont become a net payer for probably another 6 to 8 years. Then you can talk about Poland standing on their own financially. Your boys in PiS and the left have all said without the influx of cash for the shield Poland would be a disaster.

The only thing I am chewing on tonight is a big juicy NY Strip before I head back to Krakow with a suitcase full of goodies for friends and family that they can still not get in Poland. And no, I don't need anyone else's or the EU money. Unlike you, I employ people, I don't work for someone else.
PolAmKrakow   
30 Apr 2021
News / PiS - the first true Polish party in 100 years [652]

@Ironside
See Iron you are simply lost. Its ok though, many Poles simply don't want to see the truth of things. Most of them are PiS supporters.

The facts are that EU money has paid for all the nice new infrastructure Poland has. All the train upgrades, new roads and so many other things Poles no enjoy. They would not happen without EU money. Poland is not a net payer into the EU yet, so they enjoy the benefits a little while longer.

Poles working where was a rhetorical question Iron. Because Poles came home in March of 2020 when called home, a majority left England, and I know many personally who left Chicago and NY. And by working when everything was shut down, you must mean collecting unemployment benefits that are not enough to allow for sending money home.

Unlike you Iron, I travel frequently and interact with many international Poles. I get information from them. Not spoon fed information from PiS propaganda ministry. Then again, that same ministry is now bragging about how they worked a deal with the left to get more EU funding for the crisis shield. But I am sure for you that is also mythical money.
PolAmKrakow   
30 Apr 2021
News / PiS - the first true Polish party in 100 years [652]

@Ironside
You really are hilarious. No my business doesn't rely on EU money, I have plenty of my own.

Fact. Poland would be no better than Ukraine if they had not joined the EU. Without all the EU money Poland would be a coal mining dirt farming country.

Poles working abroad where exactly? Since most economies other than USA have been completely torched. Look at inflation and CPI numbers "dude".

My interest in Poland is me taking my personal cash and creating jobs in Poland. And you?
PolAmKrakow   
30 Apr 2021
News / PiS - the first true Polish party in 100 years [652]

@Ironside
Without the money, Poland becomes a ghost town. Every PiS promise could not be fulfilled, and you would see business evaporate. Poland is not much better than Ukraine right now if not for EU money since joining. These are facts, not emotional words.
PolAmKrakow   
30 Apr 2021
News / PiS - the first true Polish party in 100 years [652]

PiS needs to stick to the deals they made. If they do, it will be a good deal for the country. Not receiving the money from the EU would have plunged Poland into near depression in short order. CPI rose 4.3% year on year and many think that number is on the low side.
PolAmKrakow   
27 Apr 2021
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [4641]

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PolAmKrakow   
26 Apr 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Tacitus
"up to" 10 times more deadly, and "as little" as less deadly than the flu. Its all pandemic driven word play. I am with Novi on this. Let the people who never cared about themselves before deal with the consequences of their choices now.
PolAmKrakow   
26 Apr 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Spike31
That is not the "death rate". That might be the "died with rate" but its no way a killed rate. Facts are that anyone in Michigan, since a colleges wife is a hospital director, anyone dying with COVID whether they have a heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, or hit by a car, is listed in the COVID fatalities. It is a died with number only and not representative of the deadliness of the virus.

Deaths per 100,000 according to the CDC for flu? 1.8 Flu and Pneumonia combined 15.2 Both more deadly annually.

Pneumonia looks like a much more dangerous problem than corona. Shouldn't we worry about Flu that turns into Pneumonia more?
PolAmKrakow   
26 Apr 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Ziemowit
Do your own googling. The numbers are all out there. Flu, this year there has been no flu, and the medical community is very concerned about it. In the past though, 2 family members have died from flu, not with flu, directly from it.

Educate yourself with some research before you spout off.
PolAmKrakow   
26 Apr 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Lenka
And that is the issue. It is not that the virus is so deadly. It is that health care is completely unprepared to cope with sick people. Disregard health and health care long enough and things will eventually blow up on you. Had PiS prepared, it wouldn't be so bad. Two billion was better spent on TVP though. This is the value PiS places on the lives and wellbeing of Polish citizens.

Easy solution is to start paying doctors like they should be paid and they wont leave. Purchase technology, and update the whole system. Thats a winning initiative that would get both sides working on something together. I wonder why its not happening.
PolAmKrakow   
26 Apr 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Ziemowit
For most people COVID is like the flu. And the numbers of flu deaths and COVID only deaths are nearly identical. Dying from COVID and dying with COVID are two very different numbers, and now even Poland is starting to separate those numbers.

I have lost three friends and one family member to COVID. All had an underlying condition either known or unknown. While I hate losing them, it does not change my opinion one bit.

This is not the black plague. This is a bad virus, but not one that should shut the earth down.
PolAmKrakow   
26 Apr 2021
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6447]

@Roibeard79
Pretty reliable source saying malls reopen the 3rd, and outdoor dining the 10th.