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I donít want to, butÖ Iíll most likely agree that something is inherently strange about the whole quote/unquote ďPandemicĒ angle, considering other forms of Flu kill millions annually (on a global scale). Alas, it is what it is for reasonís not yet apparent to the mass of society. Thereís definitely speculation as to exactly what this is however, (engineered bio-weapon, etc), and to what extent its creation was designed for; which appears to be a Frankensteinís Monster.
Ö and then thereís this, which really throws a wrench into the machinations of why its genesis came from China:
Maybe itís a good idea to turn off the 5G signal on our modems in our homes for good, and just use the 2G signal available by default, that isÖ until they push 5G signal on society via cell towers. Damned either way, I guess.
For myself and my family, itíll probably be business as usual, except my eldestís University is closed, and my other daughterís school is throwing in an extra week of closure before and after spring break; which equates to at least three weeks sitting around with our thumbs up our ass. We do have a lake house about an hour away fortunately, soÖ probably gonna go there for a week or so, invite a few friends out (after we delouse them on the driveway, of course) and get shitfaced with absolutely no ambition in sight, except maybe build a bonfire and smoke weed (not only is it legal to buy here, theyíll actually deliver it for you, lol), but thereís still snow on the ground here for another few weeks, and the lake is frozen solid till late April early MayÖ oh well, whatíre ya gonna do.
I don't think this thing is dangerous to society as a whole. It will likely kill a million people (in the UK out of 65 million) but the rest of us (counting myself amongst the 'us') will survive and adapt an immunity. Unless Coronavirus mutates again and then we could catch it again.
My main concern is the powers the government is taking and we are giving to them due to this fear. In Spain, police are stopping people to ask them where they are going, and you must carry ID. What does that have to do with preventing the spread of a virus that is, sooner or later, going to infect everyone anyway?
They're closing businesses and stopping people from going to work... they're deliberately impoverishing the working class.
This virus cannot be stopped, it can merely be delayed... why destroy healthy people's lives too?
My wife's 95 year-old father lives with us and my Mom is 85 - both with underlying health conditions.
Me - I'm 63 and a smoker (no lectures at the moment please) but have developed my own personal theory that the virus can not survive in smoke.
Not a conspiracy type person - but in my gut I just have a gnawing suspicion that there's some shit they are not telling us. As an example, here in the US we shut down about a trillion dollars of sports in a blink - Hard for me to believe that this was not a coordinated effort and that these guys were given some holy shit information. Certainly hope I'm wrong.
The rise of stupid behavior continues to astound me. Like we are social distancing and all afraid other than when it comes to jamming ourselves with a thousand people in a Costco. WTF? If you are afraid enough to hoard supplies, why aren't you too afraid to go into the Costco petri dish???
Today was another grand example: The lines for the travelers coming home from Europe trying to be screened/tested in order to get through customs at Chicago O'Hare airport. Thousands of passengers waiting shoulder to shoulder in line for six to eight hours, crammed in an enclosed space like sardines so that once they get through they can start the process of social distancing. It's almost like someone said - how can we make sure we get as many people infected as possible at the airport?
I'm a property manager so I have to keep the welfare of 1200 business occupants plus staff of engineers and custodians in mind... and I'm scheduled to move my mom from a sub-acute facility to a long-term care facility tomorrow, in the midst of a pandemic. Daunting, to say the least. We've had one building occupant report flu-like symptoms and this individual took a test on Thursday and we're awaiting the results... if positive, my office park will close for a complete sanitizing.
Businesses, including my corporate location, have voluntarily decided to work from home for a week or two... those that haven't officially done so have encouraged those who can to work from home... so offices will be ghost towns...
Non-essential retail is shuttered as well...
This is real. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the US could be Italy if we do not flatten the curve by social distancing.
A new reality.
Planet Earth telling us that we're just ants crawling on its surface, and it may shake us all off at its whim, like a dog to flies, any time it wishes.
Personally, I'd prefer the 6 mile wide asteroid, which ends all life in one fell swoop, and allows us to crawl from the primordial sludge millions of years from now, and perhaps evolve the correct way next time...
Don, I'm surprised at you. Dropping the f-bomb like that in 2020 is simply not kosher...or did I just culturally appropriate by dropping the k-word
Confusing times indeed.
The Fat Kid is a translation of his nickname - 小胖 . Coincidentally, my wife is originally from Taiwan and the lesson's learned from SARS came in handy as they have the lowest infection rates. Her rationale for everyone wearing masks is that while ineffective in preventing getting the infection, they are effective in limiting transmission from those who may unwittingly be contagious.
Last night we went to the grocery store on the off chance there was some corned beef still around (there was!). It was an interesting sociological experience on what foods humans found important. Potatoes, onions and peppers (but not habaneros) gone. Short grain rice - gone. Jasmine and brown rice - plenty. Beans - dry and canned - gone. Pasta (save whole wheat pasta and rigatoni oddly enough - gone). Plenty of corned beef and bratwurst. All other meats gone.
I needed some things from the grocery store, so I weighed going there vs ordering online with delivery. I decided to go there first thing this morning. If it was crowded I was going to turn around and go home, but when I got there, I was the only customer. All the shelves were stocked and nothing missing!!! I have to say that Publix is amazing. I was blown away.
If writers canít debate this, or share stories, who can?
As for personal health, I donít fear this, or for my children. Weíll get by.
But I do for my parents - the percentages are alarming and they (84 years old with retaking issues) are high risk. It then goes on to how should I visit them, as they live next door. Am I friend or foe?
I also fear for normal life. For jobs, for companies, for the governmentís ability to manage.
We live in an island which in the one hand helps us, but also exposes us - we need transport links.
The next few moths will be weird, with governments having to do things perhaps not seen in a generation
On the one hand itís a big picture, on the other very personal.
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I am in Brooklyn New York, my daughter stays at a dorm in Manhattan and my mother (73) is in Baku, Azerbaijan.
I pray nobody gets sick as I wouldn't know what to do. My mother lives alone.
Now my daughter is stubborn about moving in with me. She goes to school as she's a musician and has to practice playing and composing. The school stopped its in-class activities but she still goes. And she says a lot of kids still come as well. She started to understand the seriousness of the situation just now but still refusing to move in with me. She has a keyboard at home, which we'll take to my place in case she'd want to come for a month or so. But she doesn't like that thing. She wants the real piano. I don't know who to worry about, my mother or my daughter.
Gatherings of 500 people or more have been cancelled, so sporting events have no crowds, all the music gigs are getting postponed or cancelled. First world problems.
But most importantly this will be known as the year of the great toilet paper crisis. Australians have gone and lost their bloody minds.
Not feeling the effects of this personally yet, other than the lack of toilet paper, but I just want to get it and be done with it. I could use a good 14 day Netflix and writing binge.
I don't have a lot of family and all the older ones have already past away. The rest of my family are super healthy and fit ultra marathon runners. I think the only person who's as at any risk is me, being the most unhealthy of everyone in my family, so really no risk at all.
I do have a lot of morbid curiosity about how far this will go and how bad things will get, so I'm watching with interest.
I'm pretty sure I already had this. It was a real bad flu, exactly the same symptoms as Coronavirus. One of the first people in the UK to get it arrived home from China on the 31st December, he had the coronavirus and lived a mile or so away from me. I was ill around the 20th January and it lasted more than 2 weeks. The shiver and high temps etc, lasted a few days but then I felt really fatigued for 10 days or so and even after that I wasn't right. All told, it took me over a month to fully recover. My kids all had it and were fine, only out for a few days. Only one of my kids had it bad and was down for 3 weeks. He's fine now. We didn't go to the doctors as we assumed it was just an ordinary respiratory virus... but it seems too much of a coincidence to me. I've only gone down that bad a few times in my life. The last time was swine flu... but this one was worse than that. I had heart palpitations and they lasted quite a while after I felt well again. That's cleared up now though. So, I'm hoping that I've already had it!
Yikes! People are totally freaking out, look at how folks are acting at the grocery stores, and buying all of this toilet paper, and on social media spreading these media driven fear monger articles. It's crazy. I just hope everyone tries to stay calm. Stress causes more damage to the immune system and can compromise you to the point that if you contract it then it could be a bigger issue than it should be.-A
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