Coping with Coronavirus

Watching first Europe turn increasingly darker shades of red and now ever larger swathes of Germany is getting to me today. My county is still doing ok, but not nearly as "ok" as even just last weekend.

Not sleeping much last night due to kids, cats and other factors certainly doesn't help my mood.

Cutting off work a bit early to ride my bike in the countryside a bit on what is one of the last warm days of the year.

You've done better than we have here in the US, but the last 50 days or so are clearly concerning for Deutschland. Is there some sort of weariness causing this effect? Or is it right-wing politics? What happened?

Did they allow Oktoberfests to take place?

I'm seeing that France is actually doing worse than the US, per capita... Something odd is going on.

Robear wrote:

I'm seeing that France is actually doing worse than the US, per capita... Something odd is going on.

US: Hol' up! We ain't lettin no cheese eating surrender monkeys beat us at no competition!

Robear wrote:

I'm seeing that France is actually doing worse than the US, per capita... Something odd is going on.

Reporting in the US has been sus (I learned that from my kids) for weeks now.

JLS wrote:
Robear wrote:

I'm seeing that France is actually doing worse than the US, per capita... Something odd is going on.

Reporting in the US has been sus (I learned that from my kids) for weeks now.

We're also roughly the size of the EU with a lot of empty space which helps lower our numbers without helping the issue.
So France might be worse than the US, but is it worse than Texas or NY or something (I'm lazy and didn't bother to make an more accurate comparison).

Texas's high right now, just eyeballing the NYT data, is around 1310 per million, while France is at 390 per million. The US as a whole is around 181 per million. All most recent figures from NYT and OurWorldInData.

New York state is around 243 per million, if I read it correctly, as of today.

Robear wrote:

Is there some sort of weariness causing this effect? Or is it right-wing politics? What happened?

It was mostly expected, but the rate at which it came roaring back and the high rate of infection has surprised most.
Summer vacation/tourism was the initial main driver of the second wave it seems, but also lots of private events (house parties, weddings, etc) once restrictions were loosened. For a long time contact tracing and quaratining was able to keep up, but a few weeks ago the first regions in Germany reached a tipping point where tracing was no longer sufficiently working. I read that during the lockdown in the spring, the health departments would have to notify an average of 5-8 contacts per infection. Now they have to notify about 80 people.

The first German county - Berchtesgadener Land - went into lockdown two days ago because of the high numbers. It's an alpine tourism mecca.

Another factor is - and I hate to admit that Trump is right on something, but he is in a way here - increased testing. It is continuously emphasized that the current infection numbers are not comparable with those during the first wave in spring because there is now 3-4x as much testing going on.

So far the death rate has still been low, but a major factor has been that most infections have been younger people. There are now warnings that older populations are beginning to see increased infection rates again...

With the colder months upon us, things aren't looking too optimistic atm. People will move increasingly indoors and ventilate rooms less. The dry heated air is apparently great for virus spread.

About 3 weeks ago, Angela Merkel said 19,200 infections a day by Christmas weren't unrealistic. She was accused by a notable percentage of media/people of trying to panic people. At that point we were around 3-4000/day. Yesterday we were at 11,287.

Compared to almost all other European countries, Germany is still doing ok overall. Average infection rate (7 day average) was about 53 / 100,000 two days ago. Our neighbor, the Czech Republic, was at 585 / 100,000 and just went into lockdown.
It doesn't surprise me tbh. We visited Český Krumlov in August when the numbers were in double digits per day. The place (UNESCO world heritage site) was packed in spite of covid. I would guess 1 person out of 2,000 wore a mask. Other areas of the country were a central European party hotspot this summer.

garion333 wrote:

Did they allow Oktoberfests to take place?

Nope.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

Cutting off work a bit early to ride my bike in the countryside a bit on what is one of the last warm days of the year.

The bike ride was nice and helped, even if I did have to cut it off early due to a crisis at home. Found a nice new view that I hadn't seen before.

Spoiler:

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Trump wasn't entirely correct about increased testing, he used it as a scapegoat for increase corona numbers.

Increased testing does lead to increased positives, obv, but the percent positive number wasn't going down with the increased testing. For instance, 5% is the number you want to be below for percent positive. It gives an indication of whether there's more or less spread going on. Somewhere like South Carolina or Texas was seeing 20% or higher positive results, whereas where I live (Ohio) was dropping below 5%. We're back over 5% like most places are currently. Looks like the US is back on an upward trend.

Imho, people are tired, people are spending more time inside and weddings and the like that were on hold are now taking place. Mix it together and you get another spike. Oh, and colleges seem to be huge hot spots.

And because I don't want to be a downer, we're getting WAY better at treating the illness, resulting in less deaths. So, that's good!

garion333 wrote:

And because I don't want to be a downer, we're getting WAY better at treating the illness, resulting in less deaths. So, that's good!

Practice makes perfect.

garion333 wrote:

And because I don't want to be a downer, we're getting WAY better at treating the illness, resulting in less deaths. So, that's good!

Yeah, but I'm still not planning on leaving my house much this winter.

I'm anticipating that the third wave death spike (sometime December-February-ish?) will be much higher than the previous spike, in part because it'll be happening in multiple states, as they each in turn hit NYC-in-April numbers.

Any chance of getting this thread back on-topic?

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Yup. As per the OP:
The goal of this topic is to suggest and discuss coping mechanisms to get us through this. I expect it to primarily focus on mental health but could also include physical health, diet and exercise, hygiene, recipes, shopping tips, techniques for working from home, how to keep yourself or your kids entertained, and more. Venting related to the above topics is encouraged!
mudbunny

One thing that has been helping me is that I'm not taking the perspective that I need to just "get through" the pandemic (the election, etc.) and then everything will be better. I'm doing whatever I can to live life in the here and now and taking each day as an opportunity to make it better, even if it's just one small tiny step. We don't have to let surrounding circumstances interfere with having a good day, a good week, a good month, or even a good 2020!

bekkilyn wrote:

One thing that has been helping me is that I'm not taking the perspective that I need to just "get through" the pandemic (the election, etc.) and then everything will be better. I'm doing whatever I can to live life in the here and now and taking each day as an opportunity to make it better, even if it's just one small tiny step. We don't have to let surrounding circumstances interfere with having a good day, a good week, a good month, or even a good 2020!

I'm trying to reorient my brain that way. I bought a bike and have been biking every day before work. It seems to be helping.

I'm learning every day.

Started tidying up a bit, shelve by shelve, box by box (inspired by Bekkilyn). When it's not raining I walk the girls to school instead of by car. It takes a bit longer of course, but it energizes me beforr sitting at my desk the entire workday.

I've also started to walk the dog during lunch instead of in the evening, to stretch my legs a bit. It means I have to work in the evening a bit to catch up, but it's better then not getting anything done and logging in anyway AND having to walk the dog.

So bit by bit I'm adjusting my routine, and I should have iterated faster to be honest. Don't be afraid to shake up your routine, try something new, and find a new balance!

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.
This is to have succeeded.

--- Ralph Waldo Emerson ---

Had a weird few days. Started feeling icky late Thursday and had a slightly elevated fever. Friday was worse because my temp had been steadily rising through the day, my back was killing me and I felt a sore throat developing. I was using naproxen and tylenol and cough drops but my temp eventually topped 100, which is pretty high for me because I usually hover around 98.0

I can happily report that my fever broke this afternoon after a pretty sweaty night of little sleep and a lot of worry. I almost feel a little hungry again!

It was the first time I have exhibited any symptoms and it really messed with my brain. All I could think about (and am still thinking about) is leaving my home, full of my wife and dogs and cats, knowing I wouldn't be coming back. Pretty dramatic, I agree, but that fever did a number on me.

I am spending the rest of the weekend my life saying and showing my love for my family.

Stay safe. My sincere thanks to everyone that contributes here.

I'm so happy that you got through this illness!!

Even though this is a very serious virus, and we need to be responsible and take precautions, people do need to also remember that the vast majority of people who get it do fully recover. We do not need to give in to panic and fear (which in itself messes with the immune system.)