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The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: March 12, 2020, 07:27:57 AM »
Seems like this is the dominating topic of conversation on everything right now so might as well have a spot for it on the forums. Let's see if we can actually this thing contained in this thread or if the conversation will spread elsewhere on the forums....

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Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2020, 07:30:36 AM »
Oh no! This thread is too late. It's already all over the forums....

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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2020, 10:19:13 AM »
I'm switching from Corona to Modelo in support of all those impacted by Corona virus...and not been into work for the past two weeks -working from home is always awesome. I am in the Seattle area and someone in my building was confirmed infected though I had no contact with them (different company that shared our building). Things are a ghost town and we are running low on toilet paper because everyone panic-bought all the toilet hygiene supplies.
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Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2020, 10:47:50 AM »
I went to Target last night for toilet paper and hands towels after hearing about hoarders buying out all the supply.

TP aisle was empty, have sanitizer empty.

I have a friend that works there and she told me to come back just before close because they were getting a shipment in.
I ended up having TP and Hand towels of the palettes.

There was a family right behind me pushing 3 carts, stocking water bottles, so much TP, and other bunker stocking items.

I think some people are really over reacting.
I also think they should invest in a bidet or two for the house if they need that much toilet paper.... Maybe just take more showers. Lol

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Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2020, 11:01:14 AM »
Why are people getting water bottles? If the Joker gonna poison the water supply, you buy big hugs to fill up at home.

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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2020, 11:10:48 AM »
I fortunately bought toilet paper right before the world went nuts.  Wasn't trying to stockpile or anything, just was low on toilet paper so I bought the same sized pack I usually buy when I was grocery shopping.  Now you can't find any.

NBA has suspended it's season.  MLB and NHL just said they're going to suspend their's.  The NFL hasn't said they would but considering their season doesn't start until September that it is rather silly that anyone is even asking them this far off.

Am I allowed to take this seriously and also think it's being overblown?  This isn't the Spanish flu.  We didn't act like civilization as we knew was over with SARS and that so far was deadlier.  I think we should take proper precautions and banning large gatherings temporarily to prevent the spread is a good idea.  Hoarding supplies is insane.  Talking about events that are months and months away as if society could just shut itself down for a year is insane.

I don't have a bomb shelter fulled of canned food.  At some point in the next few days I have to leave my house if I want to eat.  That's reality.

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2020, 02:54:08 PM »
I guess it's fortuitous that I happened to buy some rutt wipe last time I was at the store. I got the largest package they had, simply because it worked out to being the cheapest per unit.

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Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2020, 10:30:12 PM »
I had a friend purchase a good portion of food because their food stamps came in on the 10th and it was like late night. So I should be good for the possible 14 days if I am having any symptoms or anyone else.  I worry about my mom as she is over 65 and she tends to live in the living room and I am back in my own room so I could stay in my room for a time except for food and taking care of hygiene.   I think on the 9th I went to Walgreens to get some meds and then go to the doctors to have it injected into me. HRT for those curious.

 I took the bus to and from my docs to home and walked a block and a half from the closest bus stop to the house. I know what kind of effects I feel after the injections but on the 10th or so I was sneezing a lot and coughing a lot but no fever. No achy joints so I knew it couldn't be the flu or COVID-19 because with the regular flu there is achy joints, coughing and sneezing. COVID-19  is dry cough and a fever. I had no fever so it is probably just allergies since I had watery eyes and my stomach was all twisted. However for everyone's sake I am going to try and be mindful of others and myself so we don't possibly get each other sick. 

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2020, 03:50:14 AM »
It's the same here too, but now there's signage up limiting everyone to 1 per person.

Antibacterial wipes have all disappeared too which is concerning because i have to work with people's grubby laptops. Still lots of bleach though...

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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2020, 09:10:38 AM »
So here in Canada the Prime Minister's wife has been diagnosed with the virus.

My brother had a co-worker blow off feeling under the weather and insisting that he can't afford to miss work so he's going to come in no matter what.  I should point out that this guy makes a lot more than my brother, who can afford to miss work for a few weeks, and has no real excuse for being in such dire financial shape.  My brother pointed out to him that it isn't about him getting sick, it's about getting other people sick.  I'm young enough and in good enough health that I'm not concerned about getting the virus myself.  I'm concerned about infecting my parents who are 70 and are on that bubble where there is serious risk of death.  I'm also concerned about my grandpa who's in his 90's and would almost certainly not survive such an illness.

Personally I had a cold a few weeks ago and was worried as hell about it.  Kept myself away from the outside world.  It died down after a few days but a stubborn cough remains.  I have asthma and it is normal for colds to flare that up and leave me with a lingering cough for weeks after.  There is no fever and wasn't one even when the cold was at its worse and that seems to be a key symptom.  I bought a thermometer and my temperature is normal.  I had a big sneezing fit this morning and my nose was running like crazy during my cold, which is not a symptom of the virus.

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Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2020, 01:30:23 PM »
I check my temperature every day now.

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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2020, 01:53:49 PM »
So here in Canada the Prime Minister's wife has been diagnosed with the virus.

My brother had a co-worker blow off feeling under the weather and insisting that he can't afford to miss work so he's going to come in no matter what.  I should point out that this guy makes a lot more than my brother, who can afford to miss work for a few weeks, and has no real excuse for being in such dire financial shape.  My brother pointed out to him that it isn't about him getting sick, it's about getting other people sick.  I'm young enough and in good enough health that I'm not concerned about getting the virus myself.  I'm concerned about infecting my parents who are 70 and are on that bubble where there is serious risk of death.  I'm also concerned about my grandpa who's in his 90's and would almost certainly not survive such an illness.

Personally I had a cold a few weeks ago and was worried as hell about it.  Kept myself away from the outside world.  It died down after a few days but a stubborn cough remains.  I have asthma and it is normal for colds to flare that up and leave me with a lingering cough for weeks after.  There is no fever and wasn't one even when the cold was at its worse and that seems to be a key symptom.  I bought a thermometer and my temperature is normal.  I had a big sneezing fit this morning and my nose was running like crazy during my cold, which is not a symptom of the virus.

Yeah that is a bit scary about the prime ministers wife.  As for your brother's coworker that is a bit wreckless if you can afford to miss work.  Quick question Ian... Is there a plan in place to have some sort of paid leave for citizens of Canada or is it a company by company basis?

ShyGuy I guess the best one can do is be cautious.
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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2020, 02:13:38 PM »
So here in Canada the Prime Minister's wife has been diagnosed with the virus.

My brother had a co-worker blow off feeling under the weather and insisting that he can't afford to miss work so he's going to come in no matter what.  I should point out that this guy makes a lot more than my brother, who can afford to miss work for a few weeks, and has no real excuse for being in such dire financial shape.  My brother pointed out to him that it isn't about him getting sick, it's about getting other people sick.  I'm young enough and in good enough health that I'm not concerned about getting the virus myself.  I'm concerned about infecting my parents who are 70 and are on that bubble where there is serious risk of death.  I'm also concerned about my grandpa who's in his 90's and would almost certainly not survive such an illness.

Personally I had a cold a few weeks ago and was worried as hell about it.  Kept myself away from the outside world.  It died down after a few days but a stubborn cough remains.  I have asthma and it is normal for colds to flare that up and leave me with a lingering cough for weeks after.  There is no fever and wasn't one even when the cold was at its worse and that seems to be a key symptom.  I bought a thermometer and my temperature is normal.  I had a big sneezing fit this morning and my nose was running like crazy during my cold, which is not a symptom of the virus.

Yeah that is a bit scary about the prime ministers wife.  As for your brother's coworker that is a bit wreckless if you can afford to miss work.  Quick question Ian... Is there a plan in place to have some sort of paid leave for citizens of Canada or is it a company by company basis?

ShyGuy I guess the best one can do is be cautious.

I don't know of any plan.  So far there are some travel restrictions and a lot of suggestions but not much in strict policy yet regarding the virus.  I'm in a weird situation in that I already work from home so for me it's business as usual so I haven't really looked into it that much.  There are laws regarding sick time and you get paid for that but I'm not sure the details in regards to salary workers vs. wage workers.  Of course sick time would probably only come into play if you were infected.  I don't know how it works for a healthy person that has been told to not come in to work.

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Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2020, 02:25:06 PM »
We have a pretty robust employment insurance plan up here and they're expediting claims for it, so that is an option. Source
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Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2020, 02:28:15 PM »
Just an FYI for folks in the US, you can file for unemployment if your hours are cut because of this even if you aren't laid off. Read a thread about it on r/personalfinance so be sure you know your rights.

Also, some states offer paid medical leave for the general population. Here in Washington State they enacted a law to provide some sick leave on top of that as well so look into all your local options to stay healthy and away from unnecessary risks.
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Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2020, 02:55:01 PM »
Because of my transplant, I'm high risk. Berube can have my Nintendo merch if I die.

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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2020, 03:23:19 PM »
This is political in nature, but so is everything related to the response to this pandemic.

https://mobile.twitter.com/briantylercohen/status/1238155454108151808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1238155454108151808&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fs9e.github.io%2Fiframe%2F2%2Ftwitter.min.html%231238155454108151808

I'm mostly posting it here so I can watch later when I have time.

Summary: US Rep Katie Porter grills head of CDC and gets him to commit to free COVID testing for ALL Americans.

She is one of the freshmans, and we need more like her.
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2020, 05:08:54 PM »
Because of my transplant, I'm high risk. Berube can have my Nintendo merch if I die.
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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2020, 01:57:45 AM »
Because of my transplant, I'm high risk. Berube can have my Nintendo merch if I die.
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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2020, 03:35:23 AM »
Because of my transplant, I'm high risk. Berube can have my Nintendo merch if I die.
Kidney transplant?

yep, I've got three!

I had no idea. I know you had some health problems in the past but I didn't know you had 3 kidneys.
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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2020, 03:40:23 AM »
For those that want to stay informed I found a database that shows the numbers of where the coronavirus is and what the recover rate,death and serious cases are.   I am doing this to inform and not frighten folks. The data base is below. 

https://ncov2019.live/data
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« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2020, 06:41:50 PM »
Of note, the US president (please hold opinions of him) tested negative for the virus after having come in contact with multiple people who later tested positive for it.  This is good news after he was shown shaking hands with a number of CEOs yesterday afternoon.
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« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2020, 07:08:46 PM »


I've heard reports of multiple people that didn't initially test positive, to later test positive. Assuming he took the test (his doctor said he didn't yesterday) for his sake if it is negative, maybe he'll start taking real precautions not only for him self but for the country as a whole.
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« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2020, 09:20:28 PM »
It might be because my perception of things is being colored by Spanish flu documentaries from 2018-19 that are still fresh in my mind, but I think the Wuhan virus is way worse than most people realize. If the"flatten the curve" plan is successful, these measures will have to be in place until the beginning of 2021.
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« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2020, 10:22:57 PM »


I've heard reports of multiple people that didn't initially test positive, to later test positive. Assuming he took the test (his doctor said he didn't yesterday) for his sake if it is negative, maybe he'll start taking real precautions not only for him self but for the country as a whole.

Yeah, word was the doctor said he didn't have to do the test at all on Friday, then on Saturday the US president said he did the test the night before. Then a memo was released saying the test was negative. Many headlines focused on the no symptoms part for some odd reason.
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