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Old 04-10-2020, 10:18 PM   #21
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We are playing a Star Wars game which was long-planned out and just in the last few months came to a sequence with a quarantined, plague-ridden planet. It was totally coincidental, and the run-up to it started in November, but... Yah, some of the players are uncomfortable.

It's a published scenario, and overall, it's pretty good and has made for a good backdrop and reason for tension.
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Old 04-11-2020, 03:50 AM   #22
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If you want to know about the plague, you can look at this new video from the TimeGhost channel (a history channel).
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Old 04-11-2020, 04:11 AM   #23
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Add to this the fact that our innate sense of when we are "running out of oxygen" is actually based on the buildup of carbon dioxide
So oxygen levels dropping itself is not noticeable to humans, until the effects start kicking in?

Conversely, if CO2 were released in a room, our senses would tell us that we are running out of oxygen, even if this were not the case?
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Old 04-11-2020, 04:57 AM   #24
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That's correct.
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So oxygen levels dropping itself is not noticeable to humans, until the effects start kicking in?
You might not notice at all. A serious risk of working around liquid nitrogen is oxygen displacement, which can cause asphyxiation without warning.
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You might not notice at all. A serious risk of working around liquid nitrogen is oxygen displacement, which can cause asphyxiation without warning.
Quite true. I talked with someone who nearly killed himself and a friend with asphyxiation. They were in an ice fishing hut and were using a propane heater. After about 90 minutes, they were just sleepy and starting to droop a little. A lightbulb went off, and one of them unzipped the door. Once outside, they perked up nearly instantly. After that, they remembered to open the little vent flaps and were fine.

He stressed that the ONLY signs they noticed were drowsiness. And worse, difficulty thinking. So, when you really need to notice subtle signs, your brain is all fuzzy.
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Old 04-11-2020, 04:48 PM   #27
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Quite true. I talked with someone who nearly killed himself and a friend with asphyxiation. They were in an ice fishing hut and were using a propane heater. After about 90 minutes, they were just sleepy and starting to droop a little. A lightbulb went off, and one of them unzipped the door. Once outside, they perked up nearly instantly. After that, they remembered to open the little vent flaps and were fine.
That was probably carbon monoxide poisoning, not just low oxygen levels.
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That was probably carbon monoxide poisoning, not just low oxygen levels.
Would they have recovered so quickly from carbon monoxide poisoning? I thought it took hours.
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Would they have recovered so quickly from carbon monoxide poisoning? I thought it took hours.
You'd feel better on getting fresh air pretty fast, though it will take a while to fully clear your system. CO poisoning is an very common hazard of running a propane heater in an enclosed area.
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You'd feel better on getting fresh air pretty fast, though it will take a while to fully clear your system.
I think the half-life for turning carboxyhaemoglobin back into oxyhaemoglobin is about five hours unless you get oxygen supplementation. About an hour breathing pure oxygen.
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