Coronavirus Tales

Sister in law's grandparents' story
After 70 Years Of Marriage, One Vermont Couple Weathers COVID-19 Apart

Dad, 80, head of ICU, suiting up for training. We tell him not to go to work unless he absolutely has to. When people are on ventilators, he has to. The silver lining is he only goes in to see severely symptomatic patients, and they've had very few of those so far.
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Tell him, for me, to stay safe, and thank you.

EDIT: There was an op-ed in the Times today that really got to how weird everything feels these days. At some point, over the last few week or two, we unknowingly walked into a completely new world, and the one we knew is never coming back.

It's that Hemingway quote about bankruptcy: "Gradually, then suddenly."

Not surprised, but I am feeling a little weird about New Zealand closing borders to all incoming foreigners from midnight. It makes sense as all the cases here have been contracted offshore.

But that disconnection from the rest of the world is something I never thought would happen outside of apocalyptic fiction.

I really feel that. Like i didn't notice anything changing as we walked but suddenly looking back the landscape looks completely different and there is no turning around to walk back.

I don't understand what people think.

In Johnson County Iowa we have cases of community spread yet a colleague sent an email saying

"FYI in case you haven’t heard. It has been released that a College of Dentistry student tested positive.
Also, they only are telling us because the student “self-identified”. If he or she hadn’t, we would never know!"

WTF? If we have community spread we have community spread. How can it be surprising?

Did they honestly think "community spread doesn't mean on campus!" We are the largest employer in the county!

Sister-in-law just got tested today. Will supposedly get the results in 3-4 days. Been running a fever for 4 days. Influenza tests negative.

Bad thing is she lives with my 80+ year old mother-in-law.

Best to you and yours gewy.

Amazing how this has changed my outlook on health. I coughed once today. Once. And spent the next hour freaking out.

I then walked around the block to get dinner, and some poor woman on the corner coughed. Once. And everybody gave her a wiiiiiiiiiide berth (I work in Manhattan), even when she immediately followed up with a clarification that she's been dealing with seasonal allergies.

The great thing about asthma, and soon enough allergies are going to hit too; outside of getting a fever, I am not sure I could tell if I have symptoms, until you get to the "cant breath" part.

Allergy season could also increase general infection rate quite a bit I guess.

Shadout wrote:

The great thing about asthma, and soon enough allergies are going to hit too; outside of getting a fever, I am not sure I could tell if I have symptoms, until you get to the "cant breath" part.

I resemble this remark

Well there's at least one confirmed case from a grocery store employee in Portland that I've been to. Things are about to get nasty in Oregon.

On the haircut thing my kids and wife luckily just had their's done and the kids needed it direly. Me though I'm right around the time where I need one and a couple more weeks I'll be looking a bit shabby.

I think I’m gonna grow a Corona-beard.

PaladinTom wrote:

I think I’m gonna grow a Corona-beard.

Me too!! I'm thinking of not shaving until I go back in to work. Might be a few weeks.

I actually shaved mine because:

A.) My beard is an embarrassment.

B.) Once it gets long enough, it starts tickling and I was touching my face constantly.

If beards can hold soup or drool for X number of hours, it can also hold the coronavirus for X number of hours.

Tried to be clever and hit the grocery store at o-dark-thirty to get my mother stocked up -- she's very high-risk, so I was going to do her shopping for her.

Turns out Walmart's on sharply reduced hours. Sigh. At least they're still open.

Shadout wrote:

Allergy season could also increase general infection rate quite a bit I guess.

My wife stayed home the past couple days because "my eyes are itching like a motherf*cker and I don't need to be out there touching my face all day." So yeah, that's one way allergy season will make this worse.

Now she's set up to largely work from home. She did go in at the ass-crack of dawn to pick up some plans for review.

I work in Home Health where we travel home to home providing Skilled Nursing, Physical, Occupation and Speech therapies. We are lucky in that our office had ordered and has plenty of PPE for our use. Some facilities have asked us not to come for 1 to 2 weeks and other private homes have asked us to hold this week. People in the hospitals are choosing not to go into the nursing homes and go directly home. Our company has set regulations in place to minimize risk for staff and patients. That said, there isn't much for us to do right now. People are worried and rightly so as we serve those in the highest risk category. It is a double edges sword. They are at high risk from their medical conditions and without care, they often go back to the hospital.

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.

Clearly, you need to start with REM It's the End of the World

This is right at the time when all the wind pollinated trees i am allergic to release their loads. SO my throat is scratchy i wake up with sticky mouth, which means i am constantly checking myself for a fever and on edge about it.

pyxistyx wrote:
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!

I'm at the point where I would normally get one. Unless I decide to self buzz, which would also look ridiculous, I'm going to have a mop and a half.

EvilDead wrote:
pyxistyx wrote:
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!

I'm at the point where I would normally get one. Unless I decide to self buzz, which would also look ridiculous, I'm going to have a mop and a half.

Pro tip: Self buzz in the shower with a hand vacuum nearby. When done, vacuum up the big bits of hair, and let the little bits you can't really see just wash down the drain. Also, a shower mirror is invaluable!

Serengeti wrote:
EvilDead wrote:
pyxistyx wrote:
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!

I'm at the point where I would normally get one. Unless I decide to self buzz, which would also look ridiculous, I'm going to have a mop and a half.

Pro tip: Self buzz in the shower with a hand vacuum nearby. When done, vacuum up the big bits of hair, and let the little bits you can't really see just wash down the drain. Also, a shower mirror is invaluable!

Bring the Flowbee back!!

It sucks as it cuts.

And just like that, I join the ranks of the Work From Home crowd.

My coworker just walked through the building, we're the only ones here. Our director and head of tech were here earlier but they left without saying anything. It's eerily quiet. I'm having to resist the temptation of messing with people's desks (in harmless/humorous ways). On the plus side, we've been told we can expense our lunches now, since our department is the only one still operating out of the building.

My wife is wondering if she'll actually go back to work at this point. She retires next year, her terminal leave would have started in July. At this rate they may just keep her teleworking unless this blows over faster than is being predicted. Unfortunately for her birthday she got herself a ticket for Enrique Inglesias in October, she managed to snag a seat in the first row in the middle, so she'd literally be 20' (maybe) from him, and I'm worried that's going to get cancelled.

Today marks my first full week of working from home.

I've always considered myself an introvert, but I am really starting to miss regular human contact. Previously, I worked full-time in an office with over 1000 employees. I'd go out for lunch almost every day with some of my coworkers. Every Wednesday night I'd have a group of friends over for D&D.

Now I work at home alone. I eat lunch at home. I go for a long bike ride every morning, which is just about the only time I see other humans in-person and not through a screen. D&D night was done over Discord video chat, which was clunky and not as fun but still better than nothing.

On the weekends I usually spend time with friends. Last weekend I just went for lots of long walks alone and did some grocery shopping. This weekend will probably be the same.

In a lot of ways I'm pretty lucky. I can do my job from home and my employer has been very proactive and supportive throughout all of this. I live alone in a fairly low-density neighbourhood with groceries and other amenities within easy walking distance. I have a patio so I can go outside and enjoy the nice spring weather. I feel like I shouldn't complain.

It still sucks, though. I actually miss sitting in a noisy office full of other people who talk too loud and eat at their desks and refuse to mute their computers so I have to hear every. single. Outlook notification sound. I miss going out for lunch -- even the part where we always stand around forever trying to decide where to go, and somebody always vetoes all the good suggestions so we end up compromising and going to one of the places that nobody really likes but also nobody hates. I miss sitting around a table with friends to roll dice and eat sh*tty pizza.

Me and my local tribe have just decided on a standing Sunday Skype Dinner Party, where we all sit down to eat dinner together, albeit virtually.

The important engineers are being set up with remote capability and others are receiving updated schedules with reduced hours. I haven't heard a thing. Does not bode well.

Edit: Yup, furloughed.

So today our work put out a message asking for folk to volunteer to take unpaid block leave to help the company, and that the next phrase would be significantly reduced hours for all. Meaning those with bills to pay ect would be screwed. Caused lots of stress, tears ect
2 hours later the government (the right wing Tory government) announced that they would be covering 80% of wages for at least 3 months (upto £2500). I've just been saved by the f*cking Tories and I have no idea how to feel about this.

onewild wrote:

I've just been saved by the f*cking Tories and I have no idea how to feel about this.

Even a stopped clock...?