It's virus time, guyz. Welcome to Pandemic.



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Re: It's virus time, guyz. Welcome to Pandemic.

Postby dubkitty » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:43 pm

as a copywriter i have the good fortune to be able to work from home, so i've been relatively unaffected so far other than having 95% of my human interactions--with my co-workers--being lost. as someone said upthread, my isolated lifestyle is turning out to be a positive. my concern is for my gf and her big sister, who are on immunosuppressives for severe arthritis/post-surgery cancer treatment respectively. Becca has a history of severe lung disease, and if she catches it it's probable that she would die. we're currently debating whether i should see her for the duration. since some people are projecting this could last for a year and a half before a vaccine is formulated, this obviously would not be desireable.

on the bright(ish) side, Governor Blackface has issued orders to cancel the rest of the 19-20 school year and close "non-essential businesses" (though you could drive the Red Army through the gapss; e.g. consumer electronics sellers are as exempt as gas stations and grocery stores). restaurants are pick-up/drive-through only, and all bars, entertainment venues, museums, zoos, and other public meeting places are closed. VA was an early lockdown adopter, so the parts of the state away from DC and the Richmond/Williamsburg/Virginia Beach metropolitan area may be OK. on the other hand, the SC governor has issued an order overriding local lockdown ordinances, and the other Deep South states are sitting on their hands, so the Southeast is pretty well fucked.
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Re: It's virus time, guyz. Welcome to Pandemic.

Postby dubkitty » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:44 pm

"The Stand" in the place where you live
think about infection
wonder why you haven't before
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Re: It's virus time, guyz. Welcome to Pandemic.

Postby Achtane » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:54 pm

Supreme god-emperor and head scientician Trump is in town tomorrow, I hope someone coughs on him.

My wife's employer is taking no real precautions to keep mobs of possibly infectious people from swarming its employees literally all day, so I'm seriously worried she's gonna get sick and then I'm gonna drown in my own fluids 'cause I have high blood pressure and used to have pretty bad asthma.

I want to do something, but I'm having a really hard time thinking of anything that wouldn't involve prison time. I don't know what would make them put some kind of customer limit or curbside policy in place. They would have to start hemorrhaging money.
Only if enough employees start dropping, I guess. Fuck them.

Other than that, isolation fuckin rocks. And my job currently has us on a rotating schedule, but the off days are paid. I'm sure we're about to get really busy in a couple of weeks though, but I can finally get some shit done in the mean time.
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Postby Dowi » Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:06 am

Achtane wrote:l

My wife's employer is taking no real precautions to keep mobs of possibly infectious people from swarming its employees literally all day, so I'm seriously worried she's gonna get sick and then I'm gonna drown in my own fluids 'cause I have high blood pressure and used to have pretty bad asthma.


That sucks a lot. It's incredible how this is not being taken seriously despite what has happened/is happening in other countries. It's the exact same problem that caused the virus to spread that much here: economical interests are always worth more.

Yesterday I read an article that compared the deaths of the first 3 months of the last 10 years in our hometown (not province, just the main town), because it's actually impossible to know how many people are infected if you don't get Avery one tested. Turns out we're at 881 deaths against an average of 210.
Now they're trying to get data from all the province to make a wider analysis, but that's certainly an impressive indicator.
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Re: It's virus time, guyz. Welcome to Pandemic.

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:16 am

yeah that's quite serious. I have to admit it took a while to really grasp how serious this was (i.e. before the new rules came out, I've fully obeyed all the advised precautions the whole time). But at this point everyone has had enough time to see what's happened in places where it hasn't been contained and start behaving more safely. It's really sad that so many still aren't, both on the small level of the large groups of people who have been socialising, and on the larger level of companies refusing to shut down their (totally unnecessary) businesses.
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Postby retinal orbita » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:01 pm

I’m a frontline mental health worker but thankfully at a remote site from the hospital I work at. It’s business as usual for my team as we’re an essential service to see clients in the community. It’s bizarrely dystopian out there. I’m seeing people get testier and testier as this whole situation progresses. I saw an almost fight between two people yesterday in a coffee shop because one guy wouldn’t social distances from anyone and basically pushed through people standing outside in line and started telling people to fuck off.

Thankfully Costco seems to have this shit down pat (wipes, disinfected carts, orderly lines, limited # of customers) for people so I’m only shopping once a week and taking food to my mother in law and just leaving it on the porch for her. It’s bizarre times.

My wife called this shit in January. She was like “this is going to be a full blown pandemic” because anyone I know was serious about it.
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Postby jrfox92 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:30 pm

This is one of those things where my general anxiety and paranoia that borders on agoraphobia turned out be a helpful trait.
Long before this started I did everything possible to avoid being near people or going out for prolonged periods of time, primarily because I knew that if I got sick it'd be an absolute clusterfuck trying to avoid getting my dad sick, and from how it sounds like people have been handling the pandemic, seems like it's a good thing I was doing that.
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Postby TraceItalian » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:22 am

I'm guessing the hoarding is about to get worse in my area. We had a massive storm early this morning, so much so that I just got done clearing trees in our street.
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Postby Dowi » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:46 am

retinal orbita wrote:I’m seeing people get testier and testier as this whole situation progresses..


me too, the few times i got out to buy groceries i saw a couple of similar situations. It seems that people usually release their anger multiple times during the day in less aggressive ways, while now they just let it build until they can go out and yell at somebody.

TraceItalian wrote:I'm guessing the hoarding is about to get worse in my area. We had a massive storm early this morning, so much so that I just got done clearing trees in our street.


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Postby oldangelmidnight » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:28 am

We have friends in Tennessee and they have to worry about tornadoes. That's my "could be worse" thought for the day.
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Postby TraceItalian » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:17 pm

oldangelmidnight wrote:We have friends in Tennessee and they have to worry about tornadoes. That's my "could be worse" thought for the day.


I'm in TN until the end of April, but honestly I'm worried about another fire. If something the scale of the Smoky Mountain fire happened during this, people would be dropping like flies.
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Postby Pepe » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:34 pm

My 12-year-old son just uploaded a song for couch potatoes under quarantine:

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Postby MechaGodzilla » Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:55 pm

well, that was great!
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Postby Blackened Soul » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:04 pm

Tomorrow will be a week of working remotely from home..
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Postby 01010111 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:02 pm

I’m on day 37 of self isolation. It’s miserable, and it makes me really mad knowing so many people here have stopped caring. Community spread is on the rise again and people here are acting like it’s only visiting foreigners who are getting sick. They just indefinitely post-poned all in-person classes, and the number of new cases still isn’t going down. The more people go out and don’t care, the longer this bullshit’s going to go on.
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