Coronavirus Tales

I am lucky that my son is 17 and he can easily entertain himself as long as we have internet
He stayed up late last night playing Jagged Alliance.
I have just started reading The Road, because I need more disaster in my life.
Husband works for state in IT and is going crazy trying to get equipment and resources for people to work from home. He probably will have to keep going in unless one of us gets sick and we need to quarantine. Hopefully that won’t happen.

My stress right now is that son is needing to make his college decision within the next month. I have no idea if going away next year will even be a good idea or how that’ll work. We definitely are in “interesting times”.

Stealthpizza wrote:

While you are there answering questions I am trying to figure out the correct genre of music to start with for my end of the world mix. I am assuming alt rock or punk is a solid starting point.

I would say that genre is way less important than the song’s meaning. That said, there are several strategies to forming the arc of a mix tape. You can start with a banger to really kick the party off. There’s also the calm before the storm approach. A short but sweet and moody piece, possibly by The Smiths, followed by something wicked and wild like Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.

But the choice is ultimately yours. Let your mix tape be an expression of exactly how you think the soundtrack to the end of times should go.

If you turn it into a YouTube play list I will totally listen to it. Or Apple Music or Spotify, etc.

I feel so bad for the parents. I believe Florida’s governor has stated that kids are free to repeat their grade if they want.

So one solution might be to admit that kids are going to have trouble doing schoolwork under these circumstances. Hand them iPads and come back next year and start again. Is that crazy?

In my neck of the woods (NC):

* NC public schools are closed for at least another week and a half. I'm betting they won't reopen.

* Most colleges are moving instruction online and shutting down their campuses to all but a handful of students who say they have nowhere else to go. (UNC System announced that move yesterday; lots of private schools are doing the same.) I've seen a couple of schools push back commencement. I'm betting they all do. College sports seasons are all canceled here.

* Governor closed all restaurants and bars to eat-in/drink-in traffic. (Takeout's OK.) Amazingly, the lt gov (of another party who's challenging the incumbent in Nov) says the gov doesn't have the power to do what he did.

* City libraries are closed starting today. Good think I'm a book hoarder.

* Most cultural and entertainment venues are closed. (Many are state-run, and most local and state govt stuff is closed or severely curtailed.)

* The local Costco had an hour-long line to get inside and was giving out TP bales, one to a customer, at the door.

* I'm still coming into work. The Daily Bugle HQ has been office distant for years because layoffs. I went out to do an in-person interview this morning and instantly regretted it, only partly because I had to yell questions from 6 feet away to the poor PR person sent to wrangle me.

Son would be taking 7 AP exams this May. I wonder what will happen with those too.

My workplace is accustomed to a fair amount of shenanigans, and by shenanigans I mean stopping work to play ping pong. Now that we're all working from home, we're looking for something we can all play together to give ourselves a brain break.

Anyone have any ideas on games that even non-gamers could tag in and play?

Jonman wrote:
Mr Bismarck wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Working remote is way too quiet.

Not when you have kids.

My eight year old, every 90 seconds...

Oh god I can't wait for my kid to get old enough that her incessant questions make that much sense.

When we added an office for me onto the house, I was disappointed that there was no way for us to actually connect it to the rest of the interior (it's connected to the house, just a separate entrance), but now that I'm working from home for a day when both kids are here, I'm thrilled to be completely separated from them.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I’m one of those people who have personal space issues. At the grocery store, I was surprised at how many people were attempting to encroach upon my invisible boundary that hovers about 2 feet around my body. I thought for sure the fear of contamination would have most folks observing the 3 foot rule.

It's probably different outside of Hilo, but in case it isn't, give early morning or late night shopping a shot. I went out last night shortly before the stores were scheduled to close and was quite happy with how empty they were.

On a lighter note: Without places to cut our hair, during the shutdown period, many of us will look ridiculous when this is over. I expect many funny before and after photos.

MathGoddess wrote:

I am lucky that my son is 17 and he can easily entertain himself as long as we have internet
He stayed up late last night playing Jagged Alliance.

Your son has good taste! I'm surprised he's willing to play a game that old.

My stress right now is that son is needing to make his college decision within the next month. I have no idea if going away next year will even be a good idea or how that’ll work. We definitely are in “interesting times”.

I'd just go ahead and make whatever decisions normally. Keep in mind that he'll be at much lower risk than you will, so he should be fine even if classes are happening like usual. However, if he's in an area with lots of COVID, then you may want to keep him there instead of bringing him home for the holidays. (edit: unless you know he's already been exposed and won't be carrying it home with him.)

The overall expectation seems to be that we'll have vaccines in about 18 months, so you might need to leave him at college over the Christmas break, but it should be just the one. And video calls these days are really good, so you can still all hang out together on Christmas itself.

EvilDead wrote:

On a lighter note: Without places to cut our hair, during the shutdown period, many of us will look ridiculous when this is over. I expect many funny before and after photos.

Buzz cut FTW; you can do it yourself and it's hard to mess it up too badly.

Work for an IT company in Chicago. We've all been instructed to work remotely unless absolutely necessary for client installs (as someone in the legal department, I'll be staying put).

Similar to others, I haven't seen Chicago this empty except for major holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas specifically). Still walking just to give myself fresh air, but otherwise staying put and waiting it out. So far no health scares among my group of friends, but the shutting down of all restaurants and bars (unless you deliver or do pickup) has already seen a few layoffs, and I imagine more will come in the next week as the theaters and other businesses are all shutting down.

So a few weeks ago I posted this in the weight loss thread...

UpToIsomorphism on 2-17 wrote:

Starting weight: 430.0*
Current Weight: 314
Weekly Change: -2.0
Overall Change: - 116

All weights in lbs because 'Murica.

Figured I would try to keep posting here and continue to (hopefully) use y'all as accountability.

The challenge this week, my son was sick, so now I am sick. Which means I don't feel like eating anything (which will lead to me eventually eating crap) and there is no way I can get to the gym.

And then a week later I posted this.

UpToIsomorphism on 2-21 wrote:

Starting weight: 430.0*
Current Weight: 313
Weekly Change: -1.0
Overall Change: - 117

*All weights in lbs because 'Murica.

I am still sick. I haven't worked out all week, and I have either not felt like eating or eaten like crap. I got on the scale this morning and I would not have been surprised by any number it gave me. I just want to be better and start a new weightlifting routine next week (thinking of trying PHUL again).

And then about two weeks or so later I posted this.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Starting weight: 430.0*
Current Weight: 314
Weekly Change: +1.0
Overall Change: - 116

*All weights in lbs because 'Murica.

I am still sick (and yes, I am sure that it isn't coronavirus). My doctor has me on an antibiotic, but that is no excuse. I have eaten like crap, and haven't been to the gym in two weeks.

Thankfully, I am feeling better (my cough is mostly gone and I am just a little sneezy). I am hoping to get back into to gym tomorrow, and start lifting again.

It is also going to be unseasonably warm here (highs in the mid 60 deg. fahrenheit range, which is good for us). What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?

So I didn't think we had it at the time, and I am not sure how we would have gotten it. But we all tested negative for anything common, and frankly neither my and my wife's doc, my sons pediatrician, nor a few LNPs at urgent care ever thought to test us. We all had low-grade fever (with me spiking for about a day at 103 F), my wife and son had respiratory issues, we all had runny noses and I had a cough that lasted the entire time. What are the chances we had Covid19?

Cross posting this from D&D:

Just drove a coworker to emergency for a minor cut on his hand. Stuck around with him because the entire hospital has been cleared out. The waiting room, triage rooms, and everything else we saw was empty. We learned that they've quarantined off part of the hospital and have a good amount of people. Couldn't get an exact number. This is a few hours outside of Vancouver, BC.

kazar wrote:
Shadout wrote:

Probably first time they play. Next year they will know.

Next year (heck, autumn) is actually a depressing thought... even if this thing turns out to be seasonal. Likely won’t have a vaccine by then.

It isn't as depressing as you might think. Vaccine probably won't be here by this time next year, but they are working on a lot of positive treatments to reduce symptoms and save those that are infected. Obviously I wouldn't count on them (with as much misinformation out there, this too could be misinformation) but I wouldn't give up hope either.

The other thing that's going to be important is testing. No, not testing for the presence of the virus, testing people to see if they have antibodies to the virus (i.e. they were exposed but didn't know at all or didn't know for sure). Those people (should) be at less risk (or maybe no risk) of getting it again. That would be the 'herd immunity' part.

I would anticipate wide(-ish) scale testing of that during the summer.

RawkGWJ wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

While you are there answering questions I am trying to figure out the correct genre of music to start with for my end of the world mix. I am assuming alt rock or punk is a solid starting point.

I would say that genre is way less important than the song’s meaning. That said, there are several strategies to forming the arc of a mix tape. You can start with a banger to really kick the party off. There’s also the calm before the storm approach. A short but sweet and moody piece, possibly by The Smiths, followed by something wicked and wild like Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.

My go-to "Ragnarok is here" song has been "Ace of Spades" for a while now.

EvilDead wrote:

On a lighter note: Without places to cut our hair, during the shutdown period, many of us will look ridiculous when this is over. I expect many funny before and after photos.

Lucky I bought a pair of clippers just before things ramped up so I could at least get rid of my terrible, terrible beard.

EvilDead wrote:

On a lighter note: Without places to cut our hair, during the shutdown period, many of us will look ridiculous when this is over. I expect many funny before and after photos.

I managed to sneak in one quick (well, not quick, it was about 3 hours) dye/style before we were all recommended to self-isolate, so i'm set up for the next month and a half or so!

Tach wrote:
kazar wrote:
Shadout wrote:

Probably first time they play. Next year they will know.

Next year (heck, autumn) is actually a depressing thought... even if this thing turns out to be seasonal. Likely won’t have a vaccine by then.

It isn't as depressing as you might think. Vaccine probably won't be here by this time next year, but they are working on a lot of positive treatments to reduce symptoms and save those that are infected. Obviously I wouldn't count on them (with as much misinformation out there, this too could be misinformation) but I wouldn't give up hope either.

The other thing that's going to be important is testing. No, not testing for the presence of the virus, testing people to see if they have antibodies to the virus (i.e. they were exposed but didn't know at all or didn't know for sure). Those people (should) be at less risk (or maybe no risk) of getting it again. That would be the 'herd immunity' part.

I would anticipate wide(-ish) scale testing of that during the summer.

I wouldn't count on herd immunity happening. Firstly, it assumes the immunity you develop lasts. There's already multiple cases of people testing positive a second time after recovering from their first go-around. Second, in order for it to be achieved, something like 70% of the populace needs to have been infected and recovered from it. Pretty sure that's not going to help flatten the curve.

Stengah wrote:
Tach wrote:

The other thing that's going to be important is testing. No, not testing for the presence of the virus, testing people to see if they have antibodies to the virus (i.e. they were exposed but didn't know at all or didn't know for sure). Those people (should) be at less risk (or maybe no risk) of getting it again. That would be the 'herd immunity' part.

I would anticipate wide(-ish) scale testing of that during the summer.

I wouldn't count on herd immunity happening. Firstly, it assumes the immunity you develop lasts. There's already multiple cases of people testing positive a second time after recovering from their first go-around. Second, in order for it to be achieved, something like 70% of the populace needs to have been infected and recovered from it. Pretty sure that's not going to help flatten the curve.

The multiple cases of testing positive again IS NOT confirmed to be re-infection. There are any number of possibilities as to why that would happen and it's a very small number of cases where that is true.

For full-fledged herd immunity, you need higher numbers, but every person who cannot be infected reduces the spread.

Tach wrote:
Stengah wrote:
Tach wrote:

The other thing that's going to be important is testing. No, not testing for the presence of the virus, testing people to see if they have antibodies to the virus (i.e. they were exposed but didn't know at all or didn't know for sure). Those people (should) be at less risk (or maybe no risk) of getting it again. That would be the 'herd immunity' part.

I would anticipate wide(-ish) scale testing of that during the summer.

I wouldn't count on herd immunity happening. Firstly, it assumes the immunity you develop lasts. There's already multiple cases of people testing positive a second time after recovering from their first go-around. Second, in order for it to be achieved, something like 70% of the populace needs to have been infected and recovered from it. Pretty sure that's not going to help flatten the curve.

The multiple cases of testing positive again IS NOT confirmed to be re-infection. There are any number of possibilities as to why that would happen and it's a very small number of cases where that is true.

For full-fledged herd immunity, you need higher numbers, but every person who cannot be infected reduces the spread.

Its not confirmed, but that's not reason to rely on it not being re-infection. If it's a possibility we should be making plans to account for that.

Jonman wrote:
Mr Bismarck wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Working remote is way too quiet.

Not when you have kids.

My eight year old, every 90 seconds...

Oh god I can't wait for my kid to get old enough that her incessant questions make that much sense.

Ok, and I feel sort of bad, but I laughed when ~ ' have you ever visited the Chinatown section of a major city? ' popped up during the montage.

Recreational Villain wrote:
Jonman wrote:
Mr Bismarck wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Working remote is way too quiet.

Not when you have kids.

My eight year old, every 90 seconds...

Oh god I can't wait for my kid to get old enough that her incessant questions make that much sense.

Ok, and I feel sort of bad, but I laughed when ~ ' have you ever visited the Chinatown section of a major city? ' popped up during the montage.

Now I think about it, I would totally watch a show where Jonathan Frakes asks things like "why do farts come out of butts?".

I've been an IT consultant for about 3.5 years, the entire time working for the state of Minnesota's IT services group. I've rather liked consultant pay, as the rate is great, but the benefits suck; my wife had open-heart surgery about two years ago, and it would have been nice to have real health benefits as opposed to paying almost $750 every two weeks for awful benefits.

I accepted a permanent job with the state yesterday, doing the same job in the same group with the same desk. It's less pay, but it's good benefits, and that's worth far more than anything else these days. I'd considered applying when they posted the position, but the final kicker was seeing this all bubbling up in Europe, and getting ahead of it as much as I can. Job "starts" (I mean, it's the same job work-wise, but, you know) one week from today on 3/25, and I'm nervous enough waiting for that, but I think there's a week of sanity left. If it was two weeks, I'd be much more apprehensive.

Jonman wrote:
Recreational Villain wrote:
Jonman wrote:
Mr Bismarck wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Working remote is way too quiet.

Not when you have kids.

My eight year old, every 90 seconds...

Oh god I can't wait for my kid to get old enough that her incessant questions make that much sense.

Ok, and I feel sort of bad, but I laughed when ~ ' have you ever visited the Chinatown section of a major city? ' popped up during the montage.

Now I think about it, I would totally watch a show where Jonathan Frakes asks things like "why do farts come out of butts?".

i remeber watching that show quite a bit when it was on. Beyond Belief i think it was called? or maybe it was Ripleys beleive it or not? he was the host and did these intros to each vignette story

Need to tag to finally wrote things here

Faceless Joe wrote:

My workplace is accustomed to a fair amount of shenanigans, and by shenanigans I mean stopping work to play ping pong. Now that we're all working from home, we're looking for something we can all play together to give ourselves a brain break.

Anyone have any ideas on games that even non-gamers could tag in and play?

Jackbox games are super low barrier to entry. All you need is a phone and a stream! (Mixer has the lowest latency streams, you just need to wait 24hrs to get your stream key after you request it)

Well, I’m no longer handling all of this very well. I’ve been dealing with elevated anxiety basically constantly, then the schools closed and went online here and as IT for a high school, I was at the center of the sudden rush to move everything online. And then today we had a sizable earthquake that spooked my young kids pretty badly and sent my wife into a “I’m trying to hide it” panic and closed schools across the district.

I’ve spent the past couple weeks as the guy with the answers, the one with calm assurance that we’ll make it through, and I’m doing that for the family after the quake and as we face continued aftershocks.

But inside I’m a complete mess.

At least the kids are playing right now as if nothing happened. And that’s good for me to see, considering how much processing and researching and discussing we did today.

I have to basically self-quarantine just to get any work done at home. My kids are the usual distraction, and even my wife gets into the act. Her desk is across the room from mine so while we're sitting here together she wants to carry on deep, meaningful conversations all day long while I'm trying to focus. At least those questions make sense. My 10yo asks me questions like "when you're just throwing a football around, what do you think is the leading cause of death?*"

* real question

In other news, bulk of our St. Louis site is work from home until further notice. Boeing stock has crashed and situation looks dire. My wife is still working full time at a major St. Louis hospital so I basically don't want to be in the same room as her. We went to the grocery store this afternoon and it looks much worse than just a few days ago, lots of empty shelves all over (the folks restocking the Doritos were doing a bangup job, though.) I'm conflicted between wanting to continue to support local businesses (lawn care, pest control, etc.) and wanting to cut out any and all non-essential services. My son is supposed to be selecting a college in the next few weeks, but if they cancel all school for the rest of the year will he even legally graduate? What a time to be alive!

My son is supposed to go to the University of Minnesota in the fall, and he's signed up for the dorms. I want him to have that experience, but the U is a half-hour from my house. Genuinely wondering if he's going to be living here for another year and hopefully just driving to classes.

You’re assuming classes aren’t all online next year.

It’s a strange time.

Boudreaux wrote:

I have to basically self-quarantine just to get any work done at home. My kids are the usual distraction, and even my wife gets into the act.

My wife is the same.

I am working from home. She is a teacher, so she was sent home with pay.

I have to work. She wants deep discussion and gets angry when I say "I can give you 10 minutes, then I have to go back to work.