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The Virus thread
« on: March 21, 2020, 07:38:02 PM »
For specific stuff...

I'll start by saying I wish all companies were like Holiday Extras: I've just cancelled my airport parking booking in under a minute, receiving a voucher that's valid for 18 months, even though my original booking couldn't really be cancelled.
This way I just lose the plane ticket, as I have zero hopes of the airline fixing the problem.

And I'm annoyed that I went out to the park today and nobody was making any efforts to stay away - on paths I was always the one that moved away!

And I got a leaflet through the letterbox offering to help if I was in quarantine and couldn't do my shopping, or collect prescription, walk the dog, etc. Many of my neighbours are elderly and I bet this will really help :)
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 09:28:08 PM »
Quarantine with two small kids, day 7: not as bad as expected but you get nothing done even though we're both not at work. The balcony and a time slot in our shared small garden are life savers.
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 09:52:51 PM »
Let’s all go to the beach 🏖 with loads of other people...


https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-england-51988877
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 09:57:55 PM »
And that's why curfew/lockdown will come to Germany on Monday (I think).
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2020, 11:11:52 PM »
The Icelandic government has already banned gatherings of 100 people or more, and there are now talks of closing swimming pools and gyms. Curfews are also being ruled out considered.

It is very strange to be living through all this. Agreed?
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2020, 11:57:35 PM »
Scared shitless.

Around ~1200 cases in Brazil with 18 deaths, the vast majority concentrated on the southeastern part, more specifically in Sao Paulo state... where I live, though I'm in a smaller city with great infrastructure with only 6 confirmed cases... but neighbour to the big city. Since here things take forever to be tested, and in this city most people work in the city of Sao Paulo, the epicenter of the virus, you know how this could escalate...

People talking those number are already over the ratio in Italy in the same period (which is in a catastrophic state right now) and that we will easily and vastly pass their numbers.

That's with 1200 cases in the whole country. Then I looked at this:

https://nypost.com/2020/03/21/new-york-state-coronavirus-count-tops-10k-state-rushing-masks-to-city-hospitals/

New York State coronavirus count tops 10K as Cuomo warns young people
The number of new coronavirus cases in New York surged by 3,250 on Saturday, lurching the statewide total to 10,356, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who flatly told young people who think they have some special immunity to the deadly bug: “You are wrong!”

Cuomo did not announce a statewide death total; that tally stood at 56 on Friday."

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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2020, 05:03:42 AM »
There have already been a decree of departmentstores, gyms, swimming pools, cosmetic businesses, and some other unessential businesses to be closed down in Thailand. Things are heading toward a nation wide lock down, which sucks I guess.

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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2020, 08:16:57 AM »
I'm still dumbfounded by at a lot of people's mild reaction to this (and I know, I shouldn't be). Lots of people are still going about their lives because they believe it won't affect them personally, or they just go against established facts and claim that it's "not that bad".

The west was woefully unprepared for this; many countries have been dismantling their epidemic preparation for years with the lovely logic that it hasn't happened for a long time so it's probably fine. Meanwhile, epidemiologists have been warning about this exact event for decades; the next serious pandemic will be a flu-like virus. To deaf ears.

I can only hope people learn important lessons of solidarity and listening to experts from this. That the death and suffering puts a sharp focus on how vulnerable some groups are, and how we should have been better at protecting them. One can hope.

For myself, I'm doing okay. I was already a reclusive weirdo who went out to socialise roughly every other week. Mostly I worry about my parents because my father just finished eight weeks of radiation therapy and so he's at risk. He's doing fine, considering, but catching the virus would be disastrous. I'll be handling shopping for them and they will have to stay away from crowds and social gatherings for who knows how long. So while this should be a time for me to unapologetically continue being who I am, my worry for the rest of my family makes that difficult.
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2020, 08:36:53 AM »
I'm not exactly social myself, but I do go to the gym three times a week, and to the swimming pool four to five times. If they close those down I'm going to be even more shut in than I'm comfortable with. And I need regular trips to the cold tub to keep my knees from hurting.

Also, I woke up tonight due to some noise and had a mild scare: Felt there was a tightness in my chest, but apparently I was imagining it.
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2020, 08:52:26 AM »
I am currently self isolating as I have a cough and sore throat. I doubt it is Corona but it hasn't been pleasent. I will be stuck in until next Saturday at least and then expected to jump back into work with face masks on top of our standard PPE.

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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2020, 09:55:13 AM »
About 50 cases in Taiwan so far. I'm still going to work and doing some other things, but avoiding crowds. No non-citizens can enter the country at the moment, and most of the cases have been citizens returning from the US or China. I'm preparing to work online if it gets worse.

And it's almost impossible to buy a mask or toilet paper.

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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2020, 10:09:16 AM »
Apart from going to work, I haven't been going out anywhere anyway for the last few months, so not much has changed for me so far. I did venture into town last Saturday briefly, but that was a necessary trip to speak to an estate agent, and complete and sign a couple of forms.

To a certain degree, as many of as possible need to try and carry on as normal. I need to continue the process of selling and buying a house, or I'd have nowhere to live. I need to go to work to pay for said house. The company I work for is trying to carry on as normal as much as possible by sending all but me to work from home - I get to hold the fort in the office, as I need to deal with the paper invoices that come in the post. I'll also get one other on rotation so I'm not completely on my own, and others dropping in to the office now and then when they need paperwork etc.

I don't eat much, so I've enough food to last me another week or so, but I'm dreading trying to do any shopping in the next few days.

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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2020, 10:11:34 AM »
Found this:



Really useful (for me) to have in mind :)
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2020, 10:31:11 AM »
I see Australians are going to the beach too ...
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Re: The Virus thread
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2020, 10:32:41 AM »
The crowds on Bondi beach were ridiculous. The two most populous Australian states have just announced closure of everything "non-essential" as of Tuesday, so here we really go. The panic-buying has just about abated, though I still don't think you can find toilet paper or pasta or rice for love or money. The next period with my four-year-old and my husband (trying to work) at home will be very long, but better than being hospitalised.