Mostly Apolitical Thread for Discussing/Venting our Rational/Irrational COVID-19 Fears and Experiences in 2020

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We have an outbreak thread but this one is meant as safe space for commiserating along the lines of "My bodega is out of toilet paper" or "I hyperventilated in the shower today because I'm afraid it's all over" or "I'm genuinely scared for my grandmother" and/or - god forbid - to be upgraded to more serious problems as necessary.

Personal experiences welcome, geopolitics are not. Please be kind.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:50 (six months ago) link

One of the elementary schools that’s a feeder to mine just had its first confirmed case. I’m not looking forward to the finger-pointing and speculation that’ll ensue tomorrow.

― rb (soda), Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:49 PM

I still do occasional supply/substitute work at my old school, including two days last week. They just had a family return there from two weeks in Rome. None of the teachers seemed visibly concerned, although who knows. At some point, I have to believe school closures will be widespread.

clemenza, Monday, 9 March 2020 03:55 (six months ago) link

I went to the Museum of Natural History in NYC today and when i asked the friendly lady manning the non-existent line at the butterfly exhibit "is this a REALLY light turnout for a Sunday," she laughed and said "Oh absolutely. But it's like 55 degrees out and daylight savings so it's not too surprising" and then both of us apparently agreed to not say "and also the pandemic."

I'm getting a Wile E Coyote feeling that the moment of tuna tartare tacos and free jazz at the club on Sunday night may be only allowable until i look down and existential dread and fear of a panicking metropolis is starting to gain steam. Called my mom to tell her she was going to hear a lot of scary things in the next few weeks but that I would do my best to keep it together and not to worry and she suggested I get toilet paper and lentils.

for those stressing, I'm hoping you will please take a few deep breaths (from six meters away) and strive to be human and i will try to do the same.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:58 (six months ago) link

I don't feel excessively stressed, but every time I try to talk to my wife and kid about this they seem worryingly nonchalant about it all. Not sure how to convince them to take it seriously without coming off as a crackpot.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:00 (six months ago) link

You could try telling them that the point of taking precautions like extra hand washing isn't about them saving themselves from getting sick, because kids and young adults tend not to be drastically ill and you aren't so worried about them. Tell them it is about being responsible for not making others horribly sick, like old people and people with chronic health problems - who tend to be kind of invisible in society, who could die or suffer lasting damage from this virus. It might work.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:53 (six months ago) link

Anybody having any luck not touching their face? A friend who used to be a model says she had to learn it to avoid ruining her makeup but that's not really an option in my line of work.

Fetchboy, Monday, 9 March 2020 05:19 (six months ago) link

it's hard! I just have a habit of doing it and I don't even notice when I'm doing it.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Monday, 9 March 2020 05:38 (six months ago) link

When I do feel stressed it's salutary to remember EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET has pretty much the same reason to be stressed about it, and I am not special or especially threatened.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 9 March 2020 06:53 (six months ago) link

I am really struggling with the not touching my face thing. A Doctor friend said one of the biggest benefits of wearing a mask is to make it much harder to touch your face, or at least the nose and mouth. (although I feel like its going to take a full face motor bike helmet to stop me from touching mine)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 9 March 2020 07:11 (six months ago) link

30 cases in Portugal, which while low is I think higher than average. No shortages of toilet paper or sanitizer or anything else. Doesn't really seem to be registering in the same way as in US/UK.

I went to a coding meetup last thursday and there were maybe fewer people than expected. It didn't occur to me turnout might have been coronavirus related until yesterday.

cherry blossom, Monday, 9 March 2020 07:17 (six months ago) link

further cases of desperately needing to scratch an itch on my nose have resulted from not being able to touch my face

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 March 2020 08:21 (six months ago) link

Have been wondering if any of the arts festivals this year are actually going to happen. There have been some cancellations of opening events because of the weather and now this may mean large gatherings aren't allowed later in the year.
So maybe the 2 events last weekend are going to be about it. I volunteered for the opening of Tulca which was on as part of several events over Galway 2020 when it's normally a festival in November. Then went to am opening that was part of the actual Galway 2020 set up or at least had volunteers with I'd saying Galway 2020 not the gallery name.

Just seen the headlines for an article in the irish independent repeating some of the myths including some of what Trump has been saying. Not sure how good that paper ever is as a news source since it seems to follow it's owner's agenda.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 08:42 (six months ago) link

after about the 10th attempt I've finally learned how to pronounce the word "epidemiologist" properly, now got my chat authoritative sounding shit bout COVID-19 card.

calzino, Monday, 9 March 2020 08:49 (six months ago) link

hell of a time to have a really intense sinus headache

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 March 2020 08:50 (six months ago) link

A Doctor friend said one of the biggest benefits of wearing a mask is to make it much harder to touch your face, or at least the nose and mouth.

My buddy is an ER doc and recommends against wearing a facemask. He wrote a really good article, "As an ER Doctor, I Need You to Know These Things About Coronavirus":

davey, Monday, 9 March 2020 10:12 (six months ago) link

good article davey, i'm already planning on sharing it with one of my more fearmongering friends

the beginning of last week was tough, not because of the disease itself, but because of the panic. i'm a bit hypochondriac, have some fairly nasty paranoid tendencies, and have panic disorder. this has been hard for me. on the other side of it i do work for a healthcare organization, though not in direct patient care, so i do have access to reliable information. i've also shut off most forms of social and other media (years ago) and, at least when it comes to stuff relating to my profession, am decent at understanding what is reliable information and what isn't.

the panic comes in waves, and though i try not to let it affect me i feel like it's important for me to at least acknowledge what i'm feeling, acknowledge what's going on around me. the way people are talking, the nervous jokes (deflecting with humour)

i fairly quickly concluded when shit got real that i was probably going to get COVID-19, probably sooner rather than later, and i was probably not going to die from it, and while i still take safety precautions the idea that we could effectively halt the spread of this in it tracks never struck me as particularly plausible.

there's a certain balancing act going on here - on the one hand not giving in to the panic, which is for me personally probably a greater threat than COVID-19, and on the other hand not working on diminishing what is absolutely a global public health crisis. human beings aren't necessarily good at dealing with crisis, aren't necessarily good at differentiating "ok this is a serious and major thing and we have to address this seriously" from "OMG we're all gonna die".

on a personal level, i'm going to be fine, most of the people i know are going to be fine. i have one co-worker i worry about; she's young (barely sixty) but is in pretty poor health and has a lot of trouble breathing. that's part of "taking this seriously", thinking about the very real possibility that a person or people i care about will die from this. on the flip side maybe nobody i know well will die from this, it'll just be musicians i like and whatnot.

i'm weirdly enough more inclined to leave the house since it's started getting serious. i can and often do work from home, and i figure it's only a matter of time before the company i work for starts asking me to. i'm expecting cabin fever, and leaving the house while i can will hopefully minimize it.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 9 March 2020 10:59 (six months ago) link

honestly as a data analyst i'm really worried about that 3.4% number i see going around, and i'm not sure darragh does a great job on that front - he cites a number of 0.06% but then later on cites an overall mortality rate of 2.3%. this is some pretty wonky stuff, the difference between case mortality and overall mortality, and it's tempting to get into an extremely wonky argument about statistical methodology, but i don't see that argument remotely being productive. statistics, in a situation like this, seem mostly totemic in nature, either a ward or an excuse for panic. i don't cite numbers or percentages when talking to other people.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 9 March 2020 11:11 (six months ago) link

Find it very hard to avoid touching my face. Have taken to tying my hair back on the way to/from work to avoid needing to put my hands near my face, also less keen on using self-checkouts & other people seem to do the same. I don’t go to Starbucks but other people have told me they won’t accept people’s own cups anymore, so I’ve stopped bringing my folding cup with me.

gramsci in your surplice (gyac), Monday, 9 March 2020 11:16 (six months ago) link

Toilet roll thing is hitting here. Panic buyers clearing teh shelves. Hope it is just a temporary thing but not sure exactly where the supply levels lie wherever they're getting them from. I assume it is going to return to normal and not be blocked by international exchange somewhere down the line. people not trading the necessary commodities that go into the production etc.

I mean if society is going to collapse i would hope it would be with clean bums. Maybe we need a rise in bidet production?
THink somebody I know had a hose bidet substitute tehy got cheap in Dublin on Facebook last week. Maybe that's the future?

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 16:56 (six months ago) link

Luckily I’m already obsessive about not touching my face with unwashed hands / not touching other things after touching my face.

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:00 (six months ago) link

What’s with the toilet paper thing?

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:00 (six months ago) link

Panicked people incessantly shitting themselves, I assume.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:03 (six months ago) link

As a person with a chronic lung disease I am:

- increasingly worried that this will hit me hard and at best will further damage my lungs and shorten my life
- pissed off with people growling at me because I cough a lot and they think I'm part of the plague
- a complete hypocrite who growls at everyone else with a cough as I'm scared that they have the plague
- thinking about the benefits of self-isolation in terms of reading and video games :)

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:04 (six months ago) link

xpost The best I can tell it's people worried they'll be stuck inside with ... not enough toiler paper to last two weeks?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:04 (six months ago) link

Def. have noticed places out of hand sanitizer, and signs limiting purchases. Also other signs, like the one at the vet this morning declaring it a "no handshake zone." Proactively and helpfully, all of our doctors, dentists, etc. have sent out texts and messengers saying, please, if you're sick, stay home. (And affirming that that is always appreciated).

I'm a little annoyed because my kids were both sick last week with mundane stuff, and now, when I want to be at my sharpest and most vigilant, I have a stuffy nose.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:08 (six months ago) link

my spouse hesitated about kissing me this morning and I was like "dude, you've stuck your dick in me, I am pretty sure you've got whatever I've got."

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:09 (six months ago) link

Yeah, but maybe not covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (six months ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (six months ago) link

we have not been touching our top faces. only our bottom faces.

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:15 (six months ago) link

now is the perfect time to invest in a bidet

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:16 (six months ago) link

have a wedding planned in june and an out-of-town bachelor party planned for april 2nd. not gonna lie, i'm slightly nervous about that second thing. hopefully, the panic will subside by the time june rolls around, and i'm going to that party unless the faa grounds flights (sorry, not sorry colorado). but covid has been a fun additional source of stress during an already-stressful time.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:16 (six months ago) link

The Bidet: like a wet kiss for your bottom face.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:17 (six months ago) link

cancellations are really bumming my kids out - mariachi performances, purim celebrations, soccer games, etcx.

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (six months ago) link

Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does.

— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) March 9, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (six months ago) link

if they don't get their Disneyland trip at the end of this month the tears are gonna be epic


Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (six months ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

So far not much here has changed, as far as I can tell.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:20 (six months ago) link

my work is definitely going to close when the virus picks up steam here and I can't do most of my job from home as things stand (and this will not be remedied in the near future). this is going to definitely create an "interesting" time for me, probable extra paid holiday from work followed by "too much fucking work" when I get back

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:20 (six months ago) link

it's a good thing that Paul Gosar was a dentist then.

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:21 (six months ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

they closed Disneyland Tokyo (different situation, obviously)

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (six months ago) link

definitely create an "interesting" time for me

Maybe you'll finally get to watch "The Irishman" in one sitting.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (six months ago) link

JUst seen it confirmed taht teh St patrick's day parades are bing cancelled. Heard Dublin, Cork, sligo so far.
BUmped into someone i know this morning who was coming from a meeting about the local one and told me taht our local community centre had definitely pulled out but the town as waiting for the decision from teh council.
I thought it was pretty likely that if there was a panic over the last week a large close crowd event like that next week may not be likely to go ahead.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:23 (six months ago) link

Pretty sure the St. Patrick's Day response here will be to drink *more*.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:24 (six months ago) link

They won't need to dye the river, it'll just turn that color from all the covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:25 (six months ago) link

Went to Costco and the big asian grocery store in town. Costco seemed to be out of toilet paper but didn't notice anything else weird.

The asian grocery store was pretty cleaned out though - 90% of the rice was gone, all of the dried chinese noodles were gone except the very thin ones, and like 75% of the all the huge chinese preserved vegetable aisle was empty.

I'm kind of fascinated by what was gone and what was still around - I imagine some of it is supply issues for chinese products, the fact that the vast majority of customers are chinese, etc. There was still lots of thai/vietnamese rice noodles, korean sweet potato noodles, kimchee, pansit noodles, and some stray bags of basmati, sticky, sushi, and brown jasmine rice. My son and I were also the only people there not wearing masks this time.

joygoat, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:26 (six months ago) link

I'm not very observant, so on Saturday I learned that brown basmati rice is a thing.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:28 (six months ago) link

that's interesting, I shop pretty much only at Asian grocery stores (south but mostly east) here and I haven't yet seen anyone in a mask, nor any shelves unusually out of stock.

Joey Corona (Euler), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:29 (six months ago) link

Probably also touching my face the average (160 times an hour, I've read). Yesterday I donned one of my dog's neck bandanas inside the apt, so at least I noticed each time I rested my chin on my thumb. I imagine I'd get habituated to that, too.

Sanpaku, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:32 (six months ago) link

I've long been in the habit of touching my face with my knuckles, or the back of my hand. Like "The Thinker."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:34 (six months ago) link

I have a work trip that I spun into a vacation for my spouse and I (me?), heading from SF to Paris then Amsterdam next week. We are both wondering aloud if this is a good idea or not.

As for the workplace itself, we are extremely deadline-driven in my dept and if we close it will have an enormous, unpredictable impact on them. it's definitely making me anxious.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:43 (six months ago) link

I'm slightly nervous about flying this week: first to Raleigh (for a Destroyer show lol), then NYC. But other than sanitizing the airplane seat table, what can ya do?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:51 (six months ago) link

I took my son to a playground for the first time in ages. There are signs everywhere that say masks are mandatory. We were the only people there wearing masks. I want capital punishment for all the other parents.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Saturday, 5 September 2020 21:34 (three weeks ago) link

i guess a friend of mine's wife got into a fight with another guy over masks today, and his reply was "I'm 55, I'm white, and I'm a man, I don't have to listen to your shit!"

Neanderthal, Saturday, 5 September 2020 21:36 (three weeks ago) link

lol he said that

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 September 2020 21:37 (three weeks ago) link

wait, I got it wrong, according to his FB he said "I'm white, I'm a man, I'm 55. You can't tell me what to do".

which iirc was the title of the latest LA Guns album

Neanderthal, Saturday, 5 September 2020 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

At which point one points below his waist and guffaws loudly.

santa clause four (suzy), Saturday, 5 September 2020 21:44 (three weeks ago) link

apparently he got in his car and sped off. like a REAL MAN.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 5 September 2020 21:45 (three weeks ago) link

What did LA Guns do to you?

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 5 September 2020 22:31 (three weeks ago) link

mostly referring to this:

Neanderthal, Saturday, 5 September 2020 22:33 (three weeks ago) link


This made me look up Tracii Guns Twitter and I am now extremely glad I did

Some of you might understand this.

— Tracii Luk Guns ⨁ (@TraciiGuns) September 5, 2020

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 5 September 2020 22:37 (three weeks ago) link

Tracii Guns is anti Trump looks like

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 5 September 2020 22:57 (three weeks ago) link

Axl too time for a reunion

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Saturday, 5 September 2020 23:08 (three weeks ago) link

hahahha they've been looking for revenge since '92 and I think they got a type of it

the burrito that defined a generation, Saturday, 5 September 2020 23:11 (three weeks ago) link

yeah Sebastian Bach and Nikki Sixx too, glad to see they've had some personal growth

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 5 September 2020 23:14 (three weeks ago) link

Balls to the wall woke rock

Neanderthal, Saturday, 5 September 2020 23:32 (three weeks ago) link

I'm not getting the Malkmus involvement, is that a tshirt he's done in a borrowed style or is he and the Jicks a folk devil for hair metalists?

Stevolende, Sunday, 6 September 2020 08:38 (three weeks ago) link

Hanging out here in Galena, Illinois. First time I've spent any amount of time around more than a few people nowhere near home. Also the first time I have seen any Trump signs (outside of town) in many many months, but I've also seen plenty of Biden signs, and everyone here seems to be wearing masks in the places and at the times they should be. Just went kayaking, which is a great social distance activity. And there are a couple of really nice Ulysses S Grant parks and monuments, including the home where he lived before he was brought out of retirement for the civil War.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 6 September 2020 20:10 (three weeks ago) link

Hope the monuments and all were appropriately spat upon.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 6 September 2020 20:56 (three weeks ago) link

I have to go to the big supermarket today, having lived of things from the local mini supermarkets exclusively for the last 6 months. I plan on going in the last hour of trading when it'll be least busy, I guess.

It's 20 minutes away rather than 10. And that'll also be the first time I've been outside whilst it's been dark since march.

koogs, Monday, 14 September 2020 01:55 (two weeks ago) link

Yesterday my younger son got to be the first person in our family to get a COVID test. I don't really think he's sick, but he woke up throwing up yesterday and ran a temperature right at 100 all day, so erring on side of caution I took him in. (Gastrointestinal issues can be COVID symptoms.) He feels better today, but I have to keep him out of school until we get the test result, which will hopefully be tomorrow. Both of our kids are going to school in-person, so I'm just sort of assuming one or the other will get infected or have to quarantine because of exposure at some point. Fun.

yikes, good luck tipsy.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 14 September 2020 07:46 (two weeks ago) link

Tipsy - we were in an almost identical situation about a month ago - we had been quarantining to go to a beach house with family and the morning we were scheduled to leave, my 6-year-old son woke up looking pale and threw up. Incredibly, we got a pediatrician appointment before noon and had a negative result in hand by the next morning(!), so we were able to go on the trip missing only one day. That was the only test anyone in my family has gotten. My wife and I have planned to get them a couple of times but both times the anticipated wait time for results rendered their usefulness to us moot. Our pediatrician seemed to have the inside track though, thankfully. Wishing you the best with your kids.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 14 September 2020 14:50 (two weeks ago) link

good luck, tipsy

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 September 2020 14:51 (two weeks ago) link

Since we're utterly absent any other symptoms and it both came on for us at exactly the same time, we think it's just food related, but lordy if my husband and I have not had just awful awful GI problems the past few days. Normally this would be merely annoying and gross, but since I have an end colostomy, it also makes me utilize more rather expensive supplies than I normally would.

But we also are both really worried about Covid.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 14 September 2020 15:01 (two weeks ago) link

We have the grandmoms over right now (my mom had been staying with us), and watching them interact - leaning over one another, laughing loudly at each other, loudly conversing next to one another - makes me wonder if they actually think they *are* social distancing and this is how they do things in their daily lives, if they're just not worried, if they're just happy to have novel company/socialization, or if each is confident enough that they and the other are not sick (which is possible/likely). Maybe all of those things. Of course, each traveled here by plane, too, but were as careful as they could be, by all indications, in the air/airport. Still, makes me uneasy, but that could also just be because these are our only living parents and of course we also haven't really had guests in months either and it's a little weird, no matter who it is. And it's not really my place to hector them, given how smart and generally responsible they both are. I want them to be healthy, but I also want them to be happy, and who knows when we will see them next.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 September 2020 15:03 (two weeks ago) link

JIC, that's exactly how I felt when my parents visited as the first guests we'd had a couple of months ago. Had to stop myself inwardly wincing when they hauled my (school-attending) kid onto their knees and read books, heads together.

kinder, Monday, 14 September 2020 15:17 (two weeks ago) link

RIP my future condolences to all involved

Nhex, Monday, 14 September 2020 15:20 (two weeks ago) link

As I expected, my son's test came back negative. So we're in the clear for now. Which means he gets to go back to school tomorrow ...

What a time.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:56 (two weeks ago) link

Just got tested for the first time. They go deep! No symptoms, but my employer offered tests on campus today, one of these mobile testing units. Waited 20 minutes, now have to wait 24 to 48 hours for results.

Joey Corona (Euler), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:06 (two weeks ago) link

In a shop yesterday queuing for the cashier. They have markings on the ground and I'm keeping distance from the person ahead. A woman starts edging into the space ahead of me before I catch her eye and she deigns to ask if I'm in the que. No I just like standing around in the middle of fuxking shops for no reason you stupid xunt. Anyway, that cleared up she proceeds to stand behind me, like up my arse behind me, and the next bloke does the same behind her. We are all wearing masks and these people seem to have no idea why. Jesus fucking Christ bring on the second wave man let's end it.

Kieran Arse (Noel Emits), Saturday, 19 September 2020 16:11 (one week ago) link

That happens to me every time I'm in a store or other public space.

James Gandolfini the Grey (PBKR), Saturday, 19 September 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

When you have a GP appointment here you have to wait outside and they supposedly send someone out to tell you where to go. I was the only person waiting for ages, then this older lady walks up the path behind me and stands about 4 inches from me. I try and do the polite 'lean and amble' but she kept following me!

kinder, Saturday, 19 September 2020 18:02 (one week ago) link

my cousin is having a small (~20 people) wedding today but I’m kind of pissed about it because people are still flying in from all over and she said she’s going to have a bigger one with more people in June anyway (wtf).

brimstead, Saturday, 19 September 2020 19:33 (one week ago) link

I just spent a night in hospital sharing a room and a toilet with a bunch of older folk who didn't seem so clued in on the old hygiene measures and were mad into coughing (and in one case streaking).

14 days ahead of holing up at home and hoping none of us had the virus.

here we go, ten in a rona (onimo), Saturday, 19 September 2020 19:50 (one week ago) link

hope you're ok, onimo!

yes, nobody is distancing here, and for some reason in this country hardly anyone bothered wearing masks outside to begin with, and half the people who are wearing masks have them under their noses if not their chins, and customers are supposed to wear them in shops but staff are exempt and most of them don't bother (at least in my local shops), and it drives me mad.

I went to the GP a while ago and it wasn't clear whether I was supposed to phone reception (which was repeatedly engaged) or press the doorbell. Whichever method I finally managed to get hold of them with, the receptionist seemed quite grumpy, like I'd done it wrong. I finally got let in about 30 seconds before my appointment time, after waiting for 15 minutes getting increasingly worried that the receptionist might not answer until after my given time and then tell me to go away because I was late.

scampus unrest (a passing spacecadet), Saturday, 19 September 2020 20:17 (one week ago) link

My rona test was negative. I'll probably keep on getting them every time the mobile testing caravan is on campus, which isn't gonna be very often, but I'm teaching university students in person and taking trains to/fro work one day a week, so I want to keep up with this.

Joey Corona (Euler), Sunday, 20 September 2020 12:36 (one week ago) link

Anyone else been having recurring covid dreams? I keep having dreams where I am in a public space (record store, bus, train, etc.) and not wearing a mask or those near me are not wearing a mask. There is a rush of panic in trying to then find my mask/get away from the non-mask wearers/distance myself.

James Gandolfini the Grey (PBKR), Sunday, 20 September 2020 13:17 (one week ago) link

I had those back in March and April, not much since.

Joey Corona (Euler), Sunday, 20 September 2020 14:32 (one week ago) link

saw a viral tweet along the lines of "new yorkers are so great, they put their mask up whenever they see a stranger!" and the one person who pointed out that they should have their mask up all the time was swarmed in the replies like "but you can stay six feet away, you must not actually live in new york." which, no, you actually can't, I can't even walk up my block without coming within like 6 *inches* of people; and also this doesn't account for the MANY people who just don't wear masks at all

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 21 September 2020 21:07 (one week ago) link

also the "but I just can't wear a mask in the heat/get fresh air/talk on the phone in a mask!" excuses are all bullshit. I don't have a particularly loud speaking voice and I have never had any problems talking on the phone in a mask; I also have the worst heat tolerance of anyone I know and not once have I ever thought "man, if only my mouth and chin weren't covered, then I wouldn't pass out."

so, no, I haven't had those dreams, I just live them instead

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 21 September 2020 21:10 (one week ago) link

which, no, you actually can't, I can't even walk up my block without coming within like 6 *inches* of people

This sounds right to me. I walk around outside without a mask but that's because I live in an un-dense city where if somebody is coming towards me on the sidewalk I can just step off and walk in the street, not an option for Manhattanites.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 21 September 2020 21:22 (one week ago) link

I mean, I can walk in the street, just not if there are cars coming

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 21 September 2020 22:14 (one week ago) link

I do love football players who wear Michelin suits and helmets complaining about how suffocating masks are

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 September 2020 23:58 (one week ago) link

Broadly im with you but come on theres a dif between a facehugger xenomorph and like, a squirrel

retail rage is for suckers (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:06 (one week ago) link

Which.... one's...which

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:07 (one week ago) link

got my second injection for Moderna's trial today. from here on out it's follow-ups. another 8 vials of blood, a nose swab that somehow managed to be the worst one yet.

i get a little annoyed about how disorganized the people running this trial seem to be (not with the handling of materials, but they all still aren't on the same page with best practices, run ridiculously behind schedule), did also give me an extra $400, which is going to come in handy as I'm moving in for the next year to help my mother take care of my dad so she can work again.

yay America! (I'm actually not bothered about it - it needs to happen).

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 23:14 (one week ago) link

right about the time you'd expect it (12 hours or so), side effects showed up. sore arm and elevated temp (99.5).

not uncommon for any vaxx including this one, and they swabbed me beforehand, so if I have it I'd known in about 2 days anyway.

man if I can get out of work tomorrow that would be booooss

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 04:36 (six days ago) link

I’m super glad you’re doing this, Neanderthal. Even if it is a paid gig. I hope it works! Feel better tomorrow and save our economy with your enchanted blood!

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 05:09 (six days ago) link

shall! tis a small price to pay.

unless I grow a third arm, but good luck stopping me in basketball if that happens.

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 05:18 (six days ago) link

Had my 2nd vid test on Sunday. Went a lot easier tahn the first one. This time a female medic. She talked me through the process better.
I guess they've had like several months more experience anyway or maybe it was just her being more patient friendly. or whatever the correct word for a person having the test performed. Testee sounds genital.
Swab is still a very unpleasant experience but she talked me through how long it was going to take at the time, counted to 5 and removed but I don't think that's an orifice that should have things shoved into it. Oh & she explained why they used the same swab for back of throat and nostril and exactly where she was trying to access.

GOt results back negative yesterday morning.

but I'm still feeling pretty lousy. So I assume that means that flu season is upon us. I think this si normally the time that people are returning to Universities etc which tends to be when all the pathogens congregate and distribute.
head been feeling muzzy, limbs aching etc

Stevolende, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 09:35 (six days ago) link

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