Popular World of Warcraft cosplayer Jarod Lee Nandin passes away from complications with COVID-19

    
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Sad news this past weekend for the World of Warcraft community: cosplayer Jarod Lee Nandin, best known for his cosplay of the antagonist from South Park’s “Make Love Not Warcraft” episode, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. His personal Twitter noted that he was having breathing troubles shortly before the new year, and it’s now been confirmed by his friends that he unfortunately lost his struggle with the illness.

Nandin was known to be an advocate for the WoW community aside from his cosplay, having appeared in Blizzard’s Looking for Group documentary and having spoken about the power of the community to various media outlets. He was also an advocate for cosplay positivity and kindness among the overall scene, with his best-known cosplay involving literally shaving his head while wheeling around the computer stand to mimic the character on the show. Our condolences to his friends and family alike in this difficult time.

I’m sorry to say, JAROD:NWBZPWNR "That which has no life" Cosplayer, has passed away from complications due to COVID. from wow

Source: Reddit, Twitter (1, 2), Wowhead
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Blizzard has added its condolences to those of gamers:

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Sykes

For every 41 million molecules of regular water, there is a lone hydrogen isotope with an additional neutron. “Heavy Water” has applications in creating nuclear reactions, and in the 1930s Leif Tronstad, a Norwegian chemist and professor, had the foresight to understand its potential. The Fjords had a perfect combination of lots of water and plenty of hydroelectric power needed to collect it, and by 1942 his research facility housed the largest concentration of Deuterium isotopes on the planet. His life’s work was in the pursuit of potential cleaner energy – a potshot that he wasn’t sure would ever pay off, but which he knew would require a resource that was complicated to collect. But then the Nazis occupied Norway.

The Nazis had denied Kurt Diebner – a leading German Physicist who had elected to remain rather than flee with Einstein – an application for atomic weapons development funds with an addendum that promised to “shower him with money” if he could prove the viability of the project by “getting a heavy water reactor going.” Immediately after Norway was occupied, Tronstad’s facility was placed under heavy guard in preparation for Deibner’s experiments. Minefields were erected, and the building reinforced to be able to withstand possible allied bombardment.

And that’s how a world-renowned chemist contacted the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare in the UK, asking for help to become a resistance fighter. Within months he joined a raid to destroy his own creation before it could be weaponized. Nine hastily trained civilians parachuted into the middle of the arctic in winter, lived off hunted reindeer so they could avoid detection on approach, then successfully scaled a cliff, navigated a minefield, infiltrated and blew up the Nazi’s best chance at atomic weapons research. As a result, Deibner never got his funds, and the Nazi’s were denied comparable progress in atomic weapons development.

The ‘greatest generation’ did EVERYTHING in their power – even destroying their own life’s work, to protect the people around them. Many of my own generation and younger in the US, can’t be bothered to bear the discomfort of paper on their face even when it has the potential to save the lives of that generation in our community by slowing or preventing transmissions. Frankly, as someone who believes the rights to an individual’s body SHOULD be infringed long enough to carry their rapist’s parasitic fetus to term to preserve an innocent life out of a moral imperative for the right to life to supersede other rights, it is beyond me to see those that take a conscientious objection to abortion on the basis of right to life refuse to wear a mask, intend to refuse vaccinations, and ignore sanitation or distancing protocols out of a desire to exercise their rights to personal liberties at others’ expense.

A better person would accept inconvenience and even potential side effects of such measures and vaccinations to preserve the lives of those around them. And unfortunately I find I’m not surprised that here in China, in a city of 28 million people and zero coronavirus cases currently, I find myself far safer over the past year than in the US due less to the harsh policies of a police state and more to the common courtesy towards others that we Americans so sorely lack. How many more do we have to lose before taking action?

Happy New Year. If we all do our part, it could be better than 2020.

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rafael12104

Oh man! My prayers and thoughts go out to his friends and family.

What makes this even sadder is that we are approaching a finish line of sorts. No, Covid won’t be gone tomorrow or a month or two from now. But we have two maybe three vaccines in production now and it is only a matter of time before the virus is under control.

But now is not the time to stop taking precautions. It is not ok to take chances with your life and other peoples lives. It might suck, but strap on that damn mask. Stay distant from people. And if you don’t have to go out, don’t.

I’m preaching to the choir, yet I’m getting tired of doing these things myself. BUT fatigue can make cowards of us all. So, stay the course my friends and take care.

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Schmidt.Capela

But now is not the time to stop taking precautions.

There seems to be actually an spike in the number of COVID cases among those that took their fist doses of the vaccine.

Why? Apparently many people who took the vaccine assumed they were made immediately immune and stopped taking precautions against the disease. Which is epically foolish, but I stopped being surprised by how dumb people can act a long time ago.

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Bruno Brito

If i’m correct, the vaccine needs two doses between a month’s time to be completely efficient.

People are desperate and dumb.

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Schmidt.Capela

For the ones that already went through phase 3 trials (i.e., are either approved for human use or can be approved soon) that is true, though you already start developing some partial resistance to the disease as soon as a week after the first dose.

On the other hand, if you catch COVID after receiving the first dose of the vaccine but before that first week is over you won’t be any more resistant against it than someone who never took the vaccine in the first place.

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Mark Jacobs

SC,

Yep. As you probably know there’s been hundreds of cases reported in Israel I believe, from people who got it between shots and I’m sure that’s happening elsewhere as well.

People have to follow the instructions with the vaccines (wait till the 2nd dose and remember 95% is not 100%), just like with antibiotics (use ALL the doses people) but…

Frustrating.

Mark

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Bruno Brito

To illustrate what’s happening in Brazil: We delayed the buying of the vaccines and now we don’t have how to buy them. We also lack the primary materials to make needles and masks. Brazil is under crisis due to de-industrialization for what is quite a long time.

We’ll need to import those, we don’t have enough, and it’s possible we won’t have the vaccine ready. We have 200k dead confirmed, but we’re undernotifying. There are talks of 7x the death’s toll. People died at home. People died without going to the hospital. Brazil is only testing people with full symptoms. And people who die from anything contracted from Covid but not Covid itself are registered as “respiratory failure”.

If that doesn’t tell you how the things are here…

Bolsonaro will be lucky if he gets to leave office alive, let alone have a chance at reelection. He got stabbed for less.

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treehuggerhannah

Yep. You need to wait 21 days between doses of Pfizer or 28 days between doses of Moderna. (I got Moderna.) They make it very clear when you get your first shot that the immunity is not instant and you need a second dose.

I shouldn’t be surprised people are dropping the ball, but we have have to remember the vaccine is a tool to help us, not an instant fix to the situation.

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rafael12104

Excellent point, and it brings up something else we need to do and that is to listen and follow the advise of credible and knowledgeable sources.

Listen to Dr. Fauci, the Center for Disease Control, and state and local officials. Doctors, nurses and the people on the frontlines too as they certainly know what is going on first hand.

And that excludes President Trump. I’m not trying to start a political discussion, but he is not a credible source of info on the Covid. Given the current state of affairs and his preoccupation with “other things”, I doubt he even knows what is going on with the virus at this point.

My sympathies to our brethren in the UK who seem to be back in lock down. At least Boris has turned over a new leaf and is taking action with the seriousness it deserves.

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Schmidt.Capela

He doesn’t seem to have a choice.

For one, the power and attributions for fighting the pandemic have been devolved in the UK, meaning each of the UK’s countries can determine by itself which measures to apply — and if Boris continues faring worse than Nicola Sturgeon (the Scotland PM) and Micheál Martin (the Northern Ireland Taoiseach) he would only fuel the (already strong) independence drive in those two countries.

Besides, when COVID manages to completely overwhelm a country’s healthcare, meaning people can’t get medical help, not only its lethality can increase up to about 10x, it also causes other health issues that ordinarily aren’t that dangerous to become potentially lethal due to lack of medical help. Letting the country slip into that would cause so large a tragedy that not just the end of his political career, but even the end of his political party, wouldn’t be unthinkable.

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treehuggerhannah

My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

COVID is no joke, folks. Do all you can to keep yourself and others safe.

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Bruno Brito

The fact this shit was avoidable is what really grinds my gears.

Rest in peace, J.

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Mark Jacobs

I’m right there with you BB. That’s why I said on a lot of my livestreams that people should just wear a mask and be conscious of the rest of us even if they don’t believe in Covid-19.

Sucks big time.

RIP Jarod

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Bruno Brito

I lost 3 people to this shit and several of my family and friends decided that having new year’s parties was a good decision.

I gotta say, that playing games was exactly what kept me levelheaded, because man, i was bursting with rage. People keep treating this as a joke, or at least, like it won’t affect them.

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Mark Jacobs

Oh BB, I’m really sorry about that, truly sorry. I’ve lost some as well so I really do know your pain. I don’t want to get emotional about this (you know how I do sometimes even in videos), but I’m right there with you, I really am. Please accept my sympathy and condolences for your losses.

This will sound dumb, but if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know, and I’d be happy to try. Like I’ve said before, you and I don’t agree on everything but I have much respect for you (after all, I’m trying to follow your advice on a number of fronts). And right now, even with hopefully vaccines on the horizon, the stress on people/societies can get even worse. I hate clichés in general, but it really is darker right before the dawn. So man, just let me know.

Please take care of yourself and as much of your family that will listen to reason.

Nothing but the best BB.

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Schmidt.Capela

The big danger with vaccines is that many people seem to think it’s already over, or that it will be when we start to immunize people in large numbers, and will drop their guard.

It doesn’t work that way. We need to bring the reproduction number R (i.e., how many people each infected person goes on to infect) as low as possible. Vaccines are an immense help, but for them to do it alone we would need to immunize over 70% of the population even with a 95% effective vaccine, and we are unlikely to reach that level anytime soon, if ever — and even that only holds if the newly discovered, potentially more contagious variants (one in the UK, one in South Africa) can be warded off by the current vaccines and don’t require a higher level of herd immunity than the European variant that is currently the most widespread one.

This thing will be over when it’s over. Doing a victory lap ahead of time, like some people are already doing, is foolish and foolhardy.

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Bruno Brito

Actually, scientific research already accepted the consensus that the pandemic won’t ever go away. Covid will be similar to smallpox, polio and such, where any letdown of sistematic prevention will create outbursts.

If there is one thing, tho, that makes me hopeful, is that humanity right now is finally realizing what really is our most dangerous enemy.

There isn’t anything that can erradicate us more, than contagious diseases. The ammount of damage that the plagues we were ridden with makes atomic bombs pale. Viruses and bacteria are the bane of the human race.

Now, it’s a matter of the common citizenry understanding that. And if Brazil and the US keep behaving like they have, soon enough we’ll have enough mass graves that they’ll start to understand.

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Schmidt.Capela

AFAIK the expectation is that it will be like the 1890 Flu Pandemic (which could have been caused by the human coronavirus OC43): very damaging at the start, then as most of the human race gets used to the virus (and the virus mutates to be less lethal) it will become just a common cold.

The problem, though, is the amount of damage it could cause before that. The 1890 pandemic killed about a million persons, despite how back then the population was much smaller and international travel was much rarer.

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Mark Jacobs

SC,

That’s what I’ve read as well. And this thing is a real beast for some healthy people, and that’s the difference with the typical flu.

Here in the US we needed all the major political parties to work together and help protect our people. They all failed us, for their own selfish reasons. I’ll never vote democrat or republican in the future because of it. They all should be ashamed of themselves.

Mark

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Schmidt.Capela

In some countries, including the US and Brazil, the government thought it could prevent economic damage by sacrificing public health. Which included attempts to mislead the population into thinking COVID-19 was much less of an issue than it actually is in order to get the population to unwittingly risk their health and even lives by keeping the economy open.

The big, and tragic, irony is that both the most trusted economic models and what we have of empiric evidence from the 1918 pandemic tell us different: that attempting to keep the economy open, to do business as usual, is actually among the approaches that cause the most economic damage. After all, there is a heavy economic toll from all the strain it puts our healthcare system through, from all the deaths, a toll that is worse than what would have been caused by the kind of pre-emptive comprehensive lockdowns that kept the COVID deaths per million in New Zealand to less than 1/100 of the US ones.

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Bruno Brito

It’s because libertarian/neo-liberal economics are dated bullshit who are sold as good science. People are under the impression ( on both sides, actually, the left here enters this hyperbolic discussion too ) that the economy is separate and a force in itself. It’s not. The economy is tied intimately with education, with state’s regulation, with health, with quality of life.

The biggest lie of the century is capitalism making people believe that the market is a chaotic force that acts for itself, like it’s fucking Cthulhu. It’s not. It’s literally a human-driven existence that ebbs and flows according to the whims of few powerful and gets damage by the smaller of occurrances.

How any of these miserable hacks got to believe that the market would survive and prosper under a pandemic that destroyed the workforce, i’ll never understand.

If i’ve ever hated anything more than conservative bigots, are libertarians, because Brazil is living proof of how damaging neo-liberal economics are.

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Schmidt.Capela

Actually, even neoliberal economists — or at least the ones that are moved more by economic science than raw ideology — have recognized that without fixing the pandemic’s health issue there is no fixing its economic damage. Those still clinging to the hope that if only we ignore the pandemic it will go away without further economic damage are some idiotic leaders who have no understanding of either healthcare or economy, the sycophants that prop them up in order to further their ambitions, and the useful idiots that believe in and follow those leaders.

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Bruno Brito

Nah, i’m ok.

Call it “sociopathy due to isolation” or whatever, but i feel absolutely nothing for people who are doing dumb stuff and having to go to hospitals. My feelings go to the people who are collateral damage.

The problem is that the way the majority behaves affects the minority, and right now, Brazil is a complete mess. It’s actually pathetic to see, considering we were a global reference for vaccines and medical science. Brazil was crucial towards HIV combat, and other maladies.

Goddamn it.

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Mark Jacobs

BB,

Cool, glad you are well.

Mark

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Munchmeat2

RIP Jarod.

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jealouspirate

Rest in Peace.