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

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wait this is on 77 right

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:28 (two months ago) link

I was in a Park Slope supermarket line behind some 80yo b**** who was removing items AND WEIGHING THEMAT THE REGISTER; it took her 15 minutes to check out less than a dozen items. If she exposed me, I hope to see her in hell.

― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:36 PM (forty-nine minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

would love to have a Morbs-cam for this

anyway man I hope you consider sister's offer, not out of crime concerns but just because it might be preferable in general, all things considered?

Webcam Du Bois (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:30 (two months ago) link

I do dread being alone, mostly, for the duration. But how do I hang onto my apartment if this takes 6-12 months?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:46 (two months ago) link

I know whatever decision I make, it will be the wrong one.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:47 (two months ago) link

A cliche, Morbs, but one day at a time. Funnily enough, I just texted one of my best friends wondering, "Hey, uh, I'll get bored; can I stay with you?"

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:48 (two months ago) link

Yeah, Morbs. Being with people, even if not inside of six feet, is good.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:49 (two months ago) link

I'm not bored. I'm scared.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:52 (two months ago) link

I'm an at-risk cancer patient who has to goddamn telecommute to stay alive.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:53 (two months ago) link

you should check into getting that chemo drip set up (how long it will take, where) just to know all your options..

Yerac, Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:59 (two months ago) link

Yep if you're a chemo patient, absolutely check out all your options now. My brother is an oncologist - he tells me his department is already triaging which patients will/won't get chemo once beds get scarce. This is in Sydney, Australia, where infection rates are relatively low compared with Europe and health system pretty good.

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 16 March 2020 00:13 (two months ago) link

I just had zero chemo for 2 months while they reevaluated me. I don't need another pause this soon, it's true.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 March 2020 00:21 (two months ago) link

I'm on a NY State marketplace health plan... I can only imagine the nightmare of changing states mid-year -- then changing back again if I move back?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 March 2020 00:40 (two months ago) link

Bill <3 <3

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 16 March 2020 01:02 (two months ago) link

Just as an update:

FINALLY (!) my brother in law's COVID-19 test came back NEGATIVE. This is huge, but not because he isn't still walking a tightrope with death, but because it means he is not in isolation and his immediate family can start visiting him. And almost as big a relief is that his wife is not likely to be a vector to the remainder of her family and friends.

Now all he needs to do is survive and recover, which remain two very big questions, but at least he can do it accompanied by those who love him.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 16 March 2020 03:16 (two months ago) link

That's news in the right direction, at least. Good to hear.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 03:17 (two months ago) link

Yes, may the positive news keep rolling in. Just having loved ones nearby can help with healing.

Fetchboy, Monday, 16 March 2020 03:21 (two months ago) link

that's very good news, aimless!

Karl Malone, Monday, 16 March 2020 03:31 (two months ago) link

We take it as such, very much so. Death can't always be avoided, but facing death alone in ICU, isolated from loved ones, is not many people's idea of a good option.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 16 March 2020 03:43 (two months ago) link

Maybe someone has already covered it here, but I’m just starting to wonder, is our digital infrastructure actually up to the task of handling this new week where half of everyone is suddenly videoconferencing and streaming things? I’m sure this is as unanticipated as everything else, but perhaps we’ll get lucky, eh?

Manitobiloba (Kim), Monday, 16 March 2020 04:16 (two months ago) link

for the most part yes, isp data caps are a scam and not there for any functional purpose

ciderpress, Monday, 16 March 2020 04:30 (two months ago) link

I admit I'm curious to see if my work's VPN server is going to get annihilated tomorrow it's about to see a fiftyfold increase in connections

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 16 March 2020 04:30 (two months ago) link

nyc and la are closing bars and restaurants too

mookieproof, Monday, 16 March 2020 04:34 (two months ago) link

State of Washington tomorrow, King County immediately tonight

silby, Monday, 16 March 2020 04:45 (two months ago) link

MA closed them excluding take-out

ciderpress, Monday, 16 March 2020 04:51 (two months ago) link

re communications infrastructure, I had my first work-from-home teleconference call today (voice only) and it took about 5 minutes of redialing to get through - not a great sign if their capability is that stretched at this early stage (i am in Sydney where the viral times are still in the process of kicking off but starting to gather stream alarmingly rapidly (pardon mixed metaphor))

umsworth (emsworth), Monday, 16 March 2020 05:01 (two months ago) link

Telephones are terrible for conferencing (or speaking to other humans), even if it's audio only the quality from Google hangouts, Zoom etc. is far superior. Also the infrastructure is much more scalable than the phone system.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 16 March 2020 05:03 (two months ago) link

just did the math; I didn't buy enough groceries because I was afraid of hoarding, and I'm going to run out of food probably before this all is over.

I have no idea what to do in this case since obviously even if I was allowed to go to restaurants they're closed as of tuesday, and as for groceries I'm not supposed to go out, let alone go to stores, let alone to crowded stores, and there's a chance the stores will close too.

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 16 March 2020 05:59 (two months ago) link

like "hoarding makes you evil" and "this will last for months" and "don't go outside" are incompatible together, unless you starve

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 16 March 2020 06:03 (two months ago) link

It is inconceivable that grocery stores will be ordered closed. Go get groceries when you need more.

silby, Monday, 16 March 2020 06:12 (two months ago) link

Think more along the lines of "don't go outside unless absolutely necessary". Italy's on lockdown but people there can still go to the grocery store and make trips for which they have a good reason for needing to do so.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 16 March 2020 06:16 (two months ago) link

My wife’s University is going online only from the end of the month although it’s seems like events may overtake that decision. The NSW, ACT and Queensland unis all seem to be scrambling to go inline as quickly as possible.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 16 March 2020 08:04 (two months ago) link

Might be worth a separate thread for online teaching / learning and how that's going.

If we think that the UK situation is going to stretch into the next academic year, and it looks almost inevitable that it will, i can't begin to imagine the impact that's going to have on enrollments, particularly of overseas students.

ShariVari, Monday, 16 March 2020 08:20 (two months ago) link

My wife is well prepped for this they had to start with up to 40% of her students stuck in China. Part of the assessment for one of her classes is a group project and she made sure that each group had some overseas members (only one Edgelord in a different section complained about this). Online lectures won’t be as good as in person but the tech seems to work. Plus I’m booked as a guest speaker for a couple of classes and she’s trying to find more who will remote in.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 16 March 2020 08:26 (two months ago) link

i feel like a lot of the conflicting advice is because of the uncertainty, we don't know what will happen, and we can't prepare for every eventuality. the more severe the quarantine the more it will hurt people in economically and socially precarious situations, but the more likely it is to prevent an italy-type situation

in healthcare the overriding goal is to make sure as many people as possible have access to any sort of medical care they need to stay alive. hospitals are cancelling elective surgeries so they can better focus on giving people treatment they need.

differentiating between what's convenient and what's necessary isn't a decision a lot of people are used to making. hoarders buy things in quantities they are vanishingly unlikely to need or find useful, and by doing so prevent other people who need them more from getting them. "this could last for months", on the other hand, is sort of preparing people to deal with one possible way this could go down.

there are a lot of worst-case scenarios and it's literally impossible for them all to happen. everybody has different ways of coping with the uncertainty, and one of the ways some people do it is trying to imagine all the bad things that could happen and planning for every contingency. unfortunately other people hear about this and take this coping strategy as prediction. combine this with different people focusing on planning for different contingencies...

well, i ignore most of what i hear, and certain risks, like the risk of increased political instability for instance, i decide to define as out of scope, which is why i hang out in this thread and don't hang out in the other one.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 16 March 2020 08:32 (two months ago) link

Seems like either the guardian was wrong (whod’ve thunk it) or things are moving quickly because my wife’s classes are online from Wednesday as texted from the break in her current one.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 16 March 2020 08:36 (two months ago) link

A U.K.-based company, in collaboration with Senegalese research foundation Institut Pasteur de Dakar, holds out prospects of a 10-minute coronavirus test costing less than $1 https://t.co/VkjTOPbL37

— Bloomberg Africa (@BBGAfrica) March 16, 2020

ogmor, Monday, 16 March 2020 09:19 (two months ago) link

I haven’t heard anything here about how they are planning to feed the students in the halls. My friends who work in the kitchens are clueless. If you can’t run the cafeteria that could be three meals a day for someone on full board to be replaced somehow.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Monday, 16 March 2020 09:42 (two months ago) link

St. Andrews has two sources of income, and both tourism and the university are going to be badly hit by this.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Monday, 16 March 2020 09:45 (two months ago) link

my company is telling everyone to work from home and I think is going to actually close the office at the end of this week.

in practice, this makes no difference to me, I'm already in isolation anyway, was working from home almost every day to begin with, and don't leave the house very often. I did go out on Saturday to visit some friends, perhaps not the best idea but there aren't a lot of cases around here... yet. I went to the supermarket yesterday - tbh it wasn't that bad, didn't really seem busier than usual, didn't notice any empty shelves but then I wasn't shopping for pasta or TP (when I got home I thought I probably should've bought some pasta).

Colonel Poo, Monday, 16 March 2020 10:07 (two months ago) link

Walked to work today and stopped off in about seven shops along the way trying to buy some paracetamol - I found one lonely packet hidden at the back of a shelf in the very shop I looked in.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:17 (two months ago) link

...very LAST shop that is, no sign of any anywhere else.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:18 (two months ago) link

Banal at this point but local Sainsbury's comprehensively depleted of canned stuff, porridge / muesli, regular soya milk, bog roll, cleaning stuff etc., for the first time. I was thinking they would have restocked overnight and Monday morning would be a good time to get a few bits in. Plenty of broccoli though and got the last jar of sauerkraut so all was not futile.

Not a dancer by any traditional definition (Noel Emits), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:19 (two months ago) link

People are up at the crack of dawn to add 12 further rolls of toilet paper to the 64 they already have.

God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:23 (two months ago) link

It's fascinating to me how the supermarkets have been utterly denuded but the local shops have everything - toilet roll, rice, bread, etc. A woman in front of me at the cornershop yesterday was like 'now everybody's got to use the local shops - like they should have been doing anyway!' and I'm like go off king

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:25 (two months ago) link

suggests it's a car problem - if people have cars there's a temptation to load them right up

ymo sumac (NickB), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:42 (two months ago) link

yes my Big Saturday Shop™ was limited by wheezy old me hauling the fkn shopping bags on foot, so i will have to go out again and get a bunch of smaller back-up stuff

mark s, Monday, 16 March 2020 10:49 (two months ago) link

otoh cars are great for social distancing, maybe supermarkets will just eveolve into drive thru bog rog roll depots

ymo sumac (NickB), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:52 (two months ago) link

One thing noticed yesterday at Tesco - there was a queue of about 25 people for self-checkout, while there were still cashiers free.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:53 (two months ago) link

Yes this is a very good time to be using local shops, still loads of pasta, rice, painkillers in the standard Food & Wine type shop down the road from me. We have a butcher and a fishmonger and a few other things within walking distance as well which is hopefully going to be better than relying on the supermarkets as well.

The delivery system is really fucked though, they're going to have to find some way of getting deliveries to over 70s as priority rather than letting all the slots be taken up with panic-buyers.

Matt DC, Monday, 16 March 2020 10:53 (two months ago) link

there are groups organising like this - https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/ - but, incredibly imo, it's all on fkn facebook

ogmor, Monday, 16 March 2020 10:58 (two months ago) link


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