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  1. As an American citizen I am very happy to hear this. It makes me sick and I hope they get the most serious penalty possible. It really makes me sick that people's insurance premiums are going to go up because insurance companies are paying for people's hospitalizations who have not been vaccinated. This is insane. If you don't want a vaccine and choose to try to infect others and make yourself sick, why should vaccinated people have to pay both economically and personal safety for their utter selfishness and stupidity.
  2. I taught in Mexico City at International House which is a very large chain of schools around the world. I took their CELTA training to teach English. CELTA gives you a certification from Cambridge University and is considered the gold standard of ESL certifications. I earned 250 pesos an hour through the school and I gave some private lessons for 400 pesos an hour. You can only reasonably be able to teach about 20 hours a week maximum in a large city. Most of the work comes from corporations who offer their employees this service. It is especially popular in companies where their professionals have a chance to be transferred to the United States or Canada. Virtually all classes are early in the morning or lunch time. I usually had classes at 7AM sometimes 8 and then during lunch. For some reason pharmaceutical companies in Mexico City often offered classes after work. Since I worked as a drug rep for many years I was given many of those classes. You have to travel all over a big city and that can be very time consuming. You spend almost as much time traveling as you do teaching. The opportunities to teach privately takes a lot of work as there is alot of competition and not that many opportunities. It is only the wealthy who can afford them. It is often for their children to help them pass the IELTS exam that is needed to study in Universities in the United States. You definitely need additional training to properly prepare those students. As others have said you need to be in Guadalajara. In Guadalajara I would think you will need a car to get around. Tourist and expat places like here in Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta have no opportunities to teach English independently. Most adults speak English and the children of wealthy families go to the top private schools where almost all if not all classes are taught in English except of course their Spanish class. If you would like to work in a private school there are definitely opportunities for that too. There area numerous websites where you can speak to other teachers worldwide and websites that have job offers. Now with Covid I cannot say the state of things. There are never any jobs where you will not be living paycheck to paycheck and living like a local does. On a good month I earned about 15-18,000 pesos. But remember starting in mid December until mid January and for about 3 weeks surrounding Semana Santa there are usually not classes whatsoever. Also there can be less classes in the summer offered especially because so many families go to family homes or beaches with their kids. There were some months that I could get by on my teaching but there were other at least 4 months that I had to draw on outside resources to survive. Virtually every teacher I met was either retired like myself who had outside resources and was doing this job for fun, young people who were living 4 or 5 in a two bedroom and getting help from mom and dad, or Mexican teachers who were living at home with their families. Hope this helps
  3. Not to confuse anyone this is NOT Northwestern University the fine academic university in Evanston, Illinois. He must of went to Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota. I have no idea whatsoever if it is a good school for Chiropractic study. It may very well be, but it not affiliated with Northwestern University.
  4. What is an adverse event? This definition is taken from the National Cancer Institute: An unexpected medical problem that happens during treatment with a drug or other therapy. Adverse events may be mild, moderate, or severe, and may be caused by something other than the drug or therapy being given. Also called adverse effect. This pdf is from the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. This will give you all you need to know about AE’s. I would advise everyone to read this information so we can all have a more informed opinion of what these terms mean. If you look at the serious adverse events in the Moderna Trials this stands out. “As of November 25, 2020, serious adverse events were reported by 1.0% (n=147) of participants who received Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine and 1.0% (n=153) of participants who received placebo, one of which was the case of Bell’s palsy which occurred 32 days following receipt of vaccine.” Safety Analysis of Clinical Trial DataThe safety of Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine was evaluated in an ongoing Phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled, observer-blind clinical trial conducted in the United States involving 30,351 participants 18 years of age and older who received at least one dose of Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine (n=15,185) or placebo (n=15,166) (NCT04470427). In clinical studies, the adverse reactions in participants 18 years of age and older were: Pain at the injection site (92.0%) Fatigue (70.0%) Headache (64.7%) Myalgia (61.5%) Arthralgia (46.4%) Chills (45.4%) Nausea/vomiting (23.0%) Axillary swelling/tenderness (19.8%) Fever (15.5%) Swelling at the injection site (14.7%) Erythema at the injection site (10.0%). Solicited local and systemic adverse reactions reported following administration of Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine had a median duration of 2 to 3 days. Grade 3 solicited local adverse reactions were more frequently reported after Dose 2 than Dose 1. Solicited systemic adverse reactions were more frequently reported by vaccine recipients after Dose 2 than after Dose 1. Unsolicited Adverse Events Participants were monitored for unsolicited adverse events for up to 28 days following each dose and follow-up is ongoing. Serious adverse events and medically attended adverse events will be recorded for the entire study duration of 2 years. As of November 25, 2020, among participants who had received at least 1 dose of vaccine or placebo (vaccine=15,185, placebo=15,166), unsolicited adverse events that occurred within 28 days following each vaccination were reported by 23.9% of participants (n=3,632) who received Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine and 21.6% of participants (n=3,277) who received placebo. In these analyses, 87.9% of study participants had at least 28 days of follow-up after Dose 2. Lymphadenopathy‑related events that were not necessarily captured in the 7-day e-Diary were reported by 1.1% of vaccine recipients and 0.6% of placebo recipients. These events included lymphadenopathy, lymphadenitis, lymph node pain, vaccination-site lymphadenopathy, injection-site lymphadenopathy, and axillary mass, which were plausibly related to vaccination. This imbalance is consistent with the imbalance observed for solicited axillary swelling/tenderness in the injected arm. Hypersensitivity adverse events were reported in 1.5% of vaccine recipients and 1.1% of placebo recipients. Hypersensitivity events in the vaccine group included injection site rash and injection site urticaria, which are likely related to vaccination. Throughout the same period, there were three reports of Bell’s palsy in the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine group (one of which was a serious adverse event), which occurred 22, 28, and 32 days after vaccination, and one in the placebo group which occurred 17 days after vaccination. Currently available information on Bell’s palsy is insufficient to determine a causal relationship with the vaccine. There were no other notable patterns or numerical imbalances between treatment groups for specific categories of adverse events (including other neurologic, neuro-inflammatory, and thrombotic events) that would suggest a causal relationship to Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. Serious Adverse Events As of November 25, 2020, serious adverse events were reported by 1.0% (n=147) of participants who received Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine and 1.0% (n=153) of participants who received placebo, one of which was the case of Bell’s palsy which occurred 32 days following receipt of vaccine. In these analyses, 87.9% of study participants had at least 28 days of follow-up after Dose 2, and the median follow-up time for all participants was 9 weeks after Dose 2. There were two serious adverse events of facial swelling in vaccine recipients with a history of injection of dermatological fillers. The onset of swelling was reported 1 and 2 days, respectively, after vaccination and was likely related to vaccination. There was one serious adverse event of intractable nausea and vomiting in a participant with prior history of severe headache and nausea requiring hospitalization. This event occurred 1 day after vaccination and was likely related to vaccination. There were no other notable patterns or imbalances between treatment groups for specific categories of serious adverse events (including neurologic, neuro-inflammatory, and thrombotic events) that would suggest a causal relationship to Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. The data from the Pfizer vaccine is below. I have highlighted the serious AE’s with the vaccine vs. Placebo: Again showing there is no clinical or statistical difference between the active vaccine and placebo. Personally these are odds I would take any day of the week over the short and long term risks involved with contracting the virus. Serious Adverse Events Serious adverse events were defined as any untoward medical occurrence that resulted in death, was life-threatening, required inpatient hospitalization or prolongation of existing hospitalization, or resulted in persistent disability/incapacity. The proportions of participants who reported at least 1 serious adverse event were 0.6% in the vaccine group and 0.5% in the placebo group. The most common serious adverse events in the vaccine group which were numerically higher than in the placebo group were appendicitis (7 in vaccine vs 2 in placebo), acute myocardial infarction (3 vs 0), and cerebrovascular accident (3 vs 1). Cardiovascular serious adverse events were balanced between vaccine and placebo groups. Two serious adverse events were considered by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as possibly related to vaccine: shoulder injury possibly related to vaccine administration or to the vaccine itself, and lymphadenopathy involving the axilla contralateral to the vaccine injection site. Otherwise, occurrence of severe adverse events involving system organ classes and specific preferred terms were balanced between vaccine and placebo groups. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/reactogenicity.html
  5. We all believe what we want to believe that may fit our world view. Could it be this physician is denigrating the COVID vaccines and misrepresenting them because he has an anterior motive to sell his own "cures"? https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/warning-letters/fda-covid-19-letter-hotze.pdf I do not know about you but I would not go to a physician, whatever your views about homosexuality are if he can believe this. This is the opening paragraph about Dr. Hotze from an article in the Houston Chronicle: A prominent Houston Republican activist is making some strong assertions about same-sex marriage. Among them: that anal sex will be pushed on kindergarteners following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country. https://www.chron.com/politics/texas/article/Houston-GOP-activist-Steven-Hotze-Kids-will-be-enc-6386471.php Or this declaration of human empathy which is so important for a physician: I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you restore order. Kill 'em. Thank you." https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/03/steve-hotze-texas-greg-abbott-rioters/ I think I have made my point. If you agree there is no sense attacking me because we have our own opinions that fit neatly into our world view as I stated earlier.
  6. I do not mean to contradict anyone here or the validity of this news article that is dated over 2 months ago. I think cultural factors based on the lives and suffering of many Russians as well as their overall distrust of their government can be attributed to this number. The article also states that only 27% of people believe in a Covid vaccine. The lowest in a poll of 27 countries. I do not know if they mean all Covid vaccines or just the Sputnik vaccine. I think it is difficult to determine as I believe this story was poorly written. I was a pharmaceutical representative for many years and I do have friends who are physicians and professors at teaching hospitals. The consensus from them is that they have recommended that my wife who is a Mexican national should not hesitate to take the Sputnik vaccine. There was a peer review in the British medical journal, The Lancet that concludes the vaccine is very safe and effective. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00191-4/fulltext Just today, Dr. Vincent Rajkumar a highly respected doctor and professor at the Mayo Clinic who has been the lead investigator on a number of clinical trials released his meta analysis. He is on a review panel at the Mayo Clinic that is studying Covid vaccine efficacies. His meta analysis revealed after analyzing the data from: Astra Zeneca Oxford, Pfizer, Moderna, Novovax, Sputnik V, and J & J that - In randomized trials with 6 different COVID vaccines involving ~175000 persons: 0 hospitalizations for COVID in persons who received the recommended schedule of vaccine. That is ZERO. I would say that these are very encouraging results. I can not say, nor did he, what would happen in the future or if there is any evidence that the new variant strains were included (I would guess no) but based on these two things as well as information released by other countries about Sputnik V safety and efficacy that if it is available here you should get it. I was lucky enough to go to the Texas and stay for 3 weeks where I got the Pfizer vaccine. I did have some real fatigue for about 4 days after the second vaccine. But as my friends and any physician who is familiar with vaccines (basically every physician) that a strong reaction to a vaccine like a Covid vaccine means that it is working very well and I hopefully will have very strong protection from the virus. One can only hope.
  7. I went to San Antonio to get my Pfizer vaccine. Both times the Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and Volunteers could not have been nicer and more professional. Still wearing my mask and intend to keep wearing it whenever I am not in my home. Safety of all far supersedes personal freedom.
  8. I think you may be right because when I went on Amazon USA I could not find the N-95 masks either.
  9. I have to go back to the States on Friday and would really like to have an N-95 mask to wear on the plane. If I did not need to go I would definitely not be traveling. I will be getting a Covid test on Thursday. If anyone knows where I can purchase the N-95 masks I would greatly appreciate it. I would prefer them over the Chinese version I think those are called KN-95. I know they are pretty good but not as good as the N-95. Thanks in advance
  10. I am sorry but I know that this is not correct. My wife is Mexican and I lived in Mexico City for 4 years and have many Mexican friends and relatives. Not just my wife's family but I have two Mexican aunts. They ALL tip at gas stations. I have been with my Mexican family and friends in Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Mexico City, Toluca, El Oro and Cuernavaca and they always tip. I believe that they all tip 10 pesos but I can't be sure if that number is accurate with all of them. My wife and my brother's in law and my best friend in Mexico tip that amount.
  11. Yes Rick you are right and I made that common mistake. As I am challenged in so many aspects of life especially with computer and hand held devices I try to opt for the simplest and paths of least resistance as possible. My wife uses our Voice Over Internet Protocol. Never heard of that before but see I learned something today. She calls her sister in Mexico City on it. I think I have used that phone about 3 times in the last 8 years. It really comes in handy when she calls me when I walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain on my yearly pilgrimages. I get a Spanish SIM card and she can call me without additional charges wherever I am in Europe. I can't call her except of WhatsApp. If I have bad wifi or data I just text her. By the way for a month of service in Spain I pay 20 Euros and get 80 minutes of calls which I barely use and 15 gigabytes of data. I use that alot more. It is a great deal. You can get plans with more minutes and less data but that is what works for me. Just in case you are traveling to Spain anytime soon😀
  12. I was under the impression that Vonage just works with landlines. I went to the website and they said I could connect Vonage to my cell but I would need to use an access number: You can link your Vonage service to any mobile or landline phone number. When you make a call from the linked phone number, you must use an Access Number and your Security PIN to ensure you are billed at the same low rates as your Vonage home phone. I have a landline that works well with with my internet connection. It seems like this would be a hassle to use. But thanks for the information. Who knows what will transpire in the future. Right now I have Telcel Sin Limites. I pay 200 pesos a month and it does cover my needs for phone and data. I use my smart phone alot to call my daughters in the states. In fact when I am home I always use WhatsApp video. It sure beats a regular phone. I get to see my adult "babies" beautiful smiles. Makes an old dad very, very happy.
  13. I live in Riberas and AT&T does not work in my home. I had to switch ti Telcel. It works fine here in Mexico. My plan covers the United States and Canada also. I previously had AT&T in Bucerias before I moved to Riberas. I loved it. Within Mexico I would say they are about equal although when you get to really out of the way places Telcel's coverage is more expansive. Where AT&T was far superior in my mind was calling the States and Canada. It was much easier and I had a better signal calling friends and one daughter in the States and my other daughter in Vancouver. They also had no problems calling me either. When I went to the States it was far easier to make and receive calls also in AT%T since you are on their network and Telcel has to use a second party network. Now with my Telcel when I call the states the connection time is slower. The connection is often very poor and calls drop alot more often. My friends and daughters do not even bother calling me. They will either call me on Wattsapp or send me a text message to ask me to call them. It is too much of a hassle for them.
  14. As a former pharmaceutical representative it is common to pay volunteers for their participation in drug studies. Yes it is often students and poor people who sign up as a means to supplement their income. My older daughter wanted to volunteer for the Moderna Phase 2 trials and I talked her out of it. I am not opposed to vaccines whatsoever and will get one when they are approved and I have read the study results. I just don't want my daughter being in the study. There is a case to be made regarding the risks of any participation, especially in vaccine study groups.
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