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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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": https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/884d35/er-doctor-healthcare-workers-coronavirus

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

What’s with the toilet paper thing?

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

Yeah, but maybe not covid.

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

;)

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

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

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

now is the perfect time to invest in a bidet

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

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

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (eight 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. pic.twitter.com/m6vU5RTQHJ

— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) March 9, 2020

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

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

xp

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

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

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

I totally lend my luxurious multi-million-dollar apartment (with its private pool) out to people so they can have a party there that I am totally not aware of.

Everyone is coping with these unusual times in their own way I guess

idk

release the turkraken (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:24 (one week ago) link

actually surprised you have never heard of cat marnell. she was big in the 00s.

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:36 (one week ago) link

drug-addicted media socialite gadfly of manhattan

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:37 (one week ago) link

I was also on drugs during that time, forgive my memory.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:37 (one week ago) link

this person is genuinely insufferable, something I learned listening to this:

https://www.dopeypodcast.com/2019/10/dopey-210-cat-marnell-overdose-pcp-nba-basketball-self-tanner-for-the-soul/

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:41 (one week ago) link

unless they dress up in innovative/weird costumes, dance brilliantly, do standup or act, play music or sing or program late night entertainment, I have gone out of my way to avoid the media socialite gadfly of manhattan class for the past twenty years

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:42 (one week ago) link

she's probably "good at twitter"

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:43 (one week ago) link

I don't think she has a significant twitter presence, she came up before that

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:58 (one week ago) link

i meant as of now.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 23:18 (one week ago) link

She used to work for xojane, and that site's whole thing was to be insufferable and publish terrible takes that people would hate-read, so I guess she must have been good at that?

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 23:33 (one week ago) link

xojane was actually extremely popular though also. it's revisionist to say that its popularity was based on hate-reads.

sorry for derailing this thread with cat marnell talk

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 23:35 (one week ago) link

Doesn't everyone carry a can of spray paint about? All totally normal

release the turkraken (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 23:39 (one week ago) link

She's a secret tagger, she was catching throw-ups on construction sites.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 23:41 (one week ago) link

*A representative for Kalanick says he had lent his apartment to a friend and was unaware of the party.

Ah, the Jack Nicholson defence

J.G Ballard otm (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 10:00 (one week ago) link

articles in this are why I hate the "uwu people are just confused because the government won't tell them what to do don't be mean to them!" consensus that seems to be developing. everyone in here knows exactly what they are supposed to do, they just don't care

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:08 (one week ago) link

I'm certain that Cat Marnell is terrible but I'm not sure why everyone else described in that story isn't equally terrible or worse.

DJP, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:19 (one week ago) link

like, why is this thread saying "oh my god, she sneeringly used 'adulting'" instead of "who are the plague-addled fucksticks chugging wine at a private pool"

DJP, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:21 (one week ago) link

oh no question those people seem awful, just having been exposed to her already I suspect they were justified in giving her the boot

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:41 (one week ago) link

different brands of shittiness not mixing

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:43 (one week ago) link

what happened to her friend?

did she really get kicked out for sitting on a couch?

this 'editor' seems to have omitted a few crucial details

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:48 (one week ago) link

lol for real - an obvious gap in that story big enough to tag your name in 6ft letters across

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:57 (one week ago) link

also, i always love hearing needy posers deploy this affection, have heard it so many times from ny wannabes: I was just chilling on a rooftop with friends near a gallery somewhere

Wow, really, were you? Were you near a gallery somewhere? One of those hip, funky, boho galleries I've heard so much about? And you were near it?

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 16:02 (one week ago) link

likely was "shitting on a couch" and the proofreader corrected

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 16:54 (one week ago) link

I'm certain that Cat Marnell is terrible but I'm not sure why everyone else described in that story isn't equally terrible or worse.

― DJP, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:19 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

ha i thought the quidditization was directed at the people she was writing about, not at her.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 17:42 (one week ago) link

there’s room in this shitass world for all of them apparently

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 22:39 (one week ago) link

I couldn’t just walk past this Tweet, so here is some fun #dataviz

Scented candles: An unexpected victim of the COVID-19 pandemic 1/n https://t.co/xEmCTQn9sA pic.twitter.com/tVecEiX5Jc

— Kate Petrova (@kate_ptrv) November 27, 2020

superdeep borehole (harbl), Saturday, 28 November 2020 17:34 (four days ago) link

That's also a great illustration of how the existence of the internet provides oceans more data for research than anyone could dream of pre-internet.

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Saturday, 28 November 2020 17:56 (four days ago) link

2020: a natural experiment

Karl Malone, Saturday, 28 November 2020 18:25 (four days ago) link

Couple of things I noticed. Driving around yesterday I actually came across a real police wiping down a bike parking station, which was encouraging. The other thing I've noticed, which was similarly encouraging, is that the handful of people I've noticed wearing a mask incorrectly seemed to be doing so inadvertently. I don't need to wear a mask 12 hours a day, let alone one hour, but I do notice that when I wear it for a prolonged period of time, especially when I need to talk to people, my jaw naturally pulls it down and I constantly need to adjust it up again. I imagine for anyone wearing it all day that must happen a lot, maybe enough that they don't even notice it. Anyway, that's my observation. Few people flat out flouting recommendations, more people making honest mistakes.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 30 November 2020 23:52 (two days ago) link

Just came back from a 2.5 mile walk on the trail through the local park, where I saw about 20 people, jogging, walking their dog or just out walking like me. The trail averages about 6 feet wide, so maintaining the recommended distance as you pass is nearly impossible.

Of the 20 or so people, I think four or five of them either wore a mask full time or put on their mask a good distance away when they spotted me, another five or so made empty gestures like putting on a mask or pulling their coat over their mouth, but only when they were practically on top of me, like ten feet away but closing fast. The remaining half didn't bother to mask or even make an empty gesture at it.

I used to walk that trail almost every day, but because of this stuff I now walk it maybe twice a month and instead opt for streets or the parking lots of empty office buildings, where I can genuinely distance myself.

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 01:12 (yesterday) link

My dad, for very similar reasons to yours, I would think, has been taking his 1.75 legs for a daily stretch around the local office block car park since it all began

spruce springclean (darraghmac), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 01:18 (yesterday) link

I imagine for anyone wearing it all day that must happen a lot, maybe enough that they don't even notice it. Anyway, that's my observation. Few people flat out flouting recommendations, more people making honest mistakes.

If the mask is so tight that it's cutting off enough circulation that they've lost all sensation in their face, and cannot feel whether the mask is still covering their breathing holes, that's a more serious mistake.

huge rant (sic), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 01:28 (yesterday) link

I personally wear a mask both inside and outside of my face

Because of the pain inside

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 11:58 (yesterday) link

The Breathing Hole is my favorite oxygen bar

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 16:09 (yesterday) link

Just coming to vent because my friend in the hospital is in bad shape after a day of seeming a bit better, per her husband — she's back up to needing full oxygen support. (No ventilator yet, thankfully, but this is like almost a week since she went into the ICU.) And in the meantime I've had two complaints from subscribers (to the local journalism website that I run) about "too much COVID news." One of the complainants called it "the wuflu." AND today we have a record 437 new cases in our county and a record 129 people hospitalized with COVID. It's all so dispiriting.

Vent away.

ILXceptionalism (Tom D.), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 16:56 (yesterday) link

"wu flu", get the fuck outta here.

so sorry to hear about your friend, hoping for the best.

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 17:03 (yesterday) link

Of the 20 or so people, I think four or five of them either wore a mask full time or put on their mask a good distance away when they spotted me, another five or so made empty gestures like putting on a mask or pulling their coat over their mouth, but only when they were practically on top of me, like ten feet away but closing fast. The remaining half didn't bother to mask or even make an empty gesture at it.

Almost exactly our experience hitting a trail over the holiday weekend, except I would say it was closer to 65% of the people we saw that didn't wear a mask and didn't even attempt to pretend. Frustrating.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 17:04 (yesterday) link

Over the summer we got a division-wide email at work, one of those where you can tell it was clearly reacting to a complaint, that was like "just a reminder, it is NOT APPROPRIATE to use the term chinese virus, wuhan flu, etc in the workplace". Very dispiriting.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 17:17 (yesterday) link

Struggling today. I'm back in hospital for my ongoing health issues and within two hours was told I was a close contact of a possible covid positive patient in the next bed. My ward is now isolated awaiting that patient's test.

All my scans, which I'm here to expedite, are delayed as a result.

Meanwhile my daughter was sent home today to isolate for 14 days as a contact of a positive school friend while my wife is attempting to start a new job this week and look after me at the same time as I'm not allowed to drive.

Everything fucking sucks.

Clean-up on ILX (onimo), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 17:46 (yesterday) link

Sorry for all the shit onimo

spruce springclean (darraghmac), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 17:49 (yesterday) link

I'm sorry onimo, sending you good vibes.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 17:51 (yesterday) link

Bad news, onimo. And Neil Lennon's still in a job.

ILXceptionalism (Tom D.), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 17:52 (yesterday) link

Fuckin hell Tom the knife right between the shoulders there :)

Clean-up on ILX (onimo), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 17:54 (yesterday) link

My best to you, onimo, and you and your friend, tipsy

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 18:06 (yesterday) link

(xp) Soz, onimo

ILXceptionalism (Tom D.), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 18:08 (yesterday) link

onimo, that's awful. hope for good news on all fronts.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 19:23 (yesterday) link

hoping for good things onimo!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 20:12 (yesterday) link

sorry to hear of such hard times, onimo and tipsy.

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 03:00 (three hours ago) link

Thanks everyone.

I am amusing myself, as you do while listening to someone throw up at 5 am, by giving ratings to each of my fellow guests here.

They're not scoring well, though the biggest asshole is also the funniest e.g.

"what height are you sir?"
"well I was six foot three but that was before you bastards cut my leg off"
"..."

"does that hurt?"
"like a motherfucker, shall I do it to you?"

Clean-up on ILX (onimo), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 04:57 (one hour ago) link


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