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We're up to 26 confirmed cases in Tennessee, the bulk in metro Nashville and the county just south. Only an hour away!

 

Wasting time at home is how I regularly piddle my days away, so I guess I'm prepared. I haven't had fast food in days now tho. This carries on long enough it might actually end up saving my life.

 

Might make a trip to the park again. Open air, no contact. Seems a responsible enough outing to me.

 

Kinda want to head out into the sticks and go down to this nice little spot where two creeks meet below a hill, sit in the shade of the trees in the old country church's parking lot and read while the water murmurs on by below, but it's been raining so I'm not sure the car will make it across the low-water crossings without floating.

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8 hours ago, OneBoot said:

More news/thoughts on virus stuff; I'm putting it in a spoiler so those that are tired of hearing about this whole mess can skip it, I totally won't blame you. 

 

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Made a discovery backwards earlier today; rather than reading about stuff online and then seeing the effects locally, this time MrBoot popped out this afternoon to get a couple of salad ingredients and returned home almost immediately. The parking lots for both grocery stores near us were packed SOLID, with cars circling. I was very confused, and wondered if my area had also had a zombie apocalypse and nobody had mentioned it yet.

 

Turns out just a few hours earlier, the governor of WA state formally closed all K-12 schools starting March 17th through to April 24th. So...yeah. It's a thing. Local friends were posting pictures on Facebook of the lines inside various stores, 20-30 minute waits at the checkout, etc.

We ended up venturing out around 9pm partially just to see what was left (but also because salad; MrBoot makes EPIC salads ::D: ). It was...well, weird is the only way I can describe it. Even that late, there were still lots of people in Winco, and it was fascinating to see what was totally gone and what was untouched. Rice, flour, sugar, canned beans/fruits/most veggies, pasta were among the ones I was expecting to be totally gone. Peanut butter was a slight surprise, as was red and orange bell peppers (but not green...?). I was surprised at how much wasn't gone, actually. Still plenty of produce, though perhaps not what you were originally looking for. Still some bread, plenty of ice cream and snack foods, with all the candy practically untouched. Zero frozen veggies, but quite a few premade frozen meals still around. Several unwrapped pallets of bottled water were stashed around, waiting to be uncrated. 

It was just...again, just a very weird experience. I saw upper-level stock areas bare that I've never seen empty before, long stretches of shelves with nothing on them but maybe a few dented cans or a lone box. I'm sure those of you who live/have lived in more disaster-prone areas have probably seen this kind of thing before, but it's a first for me. It's just...surreal, like the two of us had accidentally wandered onto the set of a post-apocalyptic movie during one of the opening scenes, the part where the reality of things is setting in and everyone is suddenly realizing "oh wait this is really happening."

So...yeah. Gonna be something to tell the young whippersnappers about someday, I guess. I wish I'd thought to snap at least one photo myself, but honestly I was too absorbed in observing the goings-on to think about it until later.

 

The only really important bit is that all WA state K-12 schools are now closed until April 24th.

 

--OneBoot :)

OK.

What happens after April?

I kinda think the world could use an extended spring break ...just shut it all down for a bit... but the plan/hope for after that is what? 

 

When the world gins up again, as it must if peoople don’t want to starve, then what? Doesn’t the virus just start spreading again?

 

 

8 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

My mother's a teacher and her school is closed for the next two weeks. She's going to ignore the whole 'students' thing and do some medicinal gardening. Maybe medicinal wine-drinking in the garden. 

What does ignore etc. mean?

Is she refusing to do online teaching or something? (I could see a teachers union taking a... •/wasn’t in the contract/• ...stance.)

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1 hour ago, Pingo said:

I dropped in to our local Trader Joe’s Friday morning at opening and it was packed. Lines all the way up the aisles to the back. I was just there to get eggs, fruits & vegetables, but we really needed them since college kid is coming back for spring break. It took 45 minutes, which is beginning to sound like it wasn’t too bad.

 

Yeah, we’re also on a road trip to pick up said college kid. Which means we are way far from home in a hotel in a strange and strangely quiet city, where half the people are wearing gloves and wiping down everything and the other half are eating, drinking, and being merry. Everyone seems jittery.

 

With any luck we’ll have college kid in the car in a couple of hours and be able to skedaddle back to the family compound to hunker down and be supportive of our neighbors,

 

Music in my head: “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

At least it isn't The Furure's So Bright. ( Thanks Grump, I liked that song until you told me what it's about. <_< Yeah, nuclear bombs ARE bright.)

 

Maybe something cheery, calling back to childhood? Ring s ring of posies, a pocket full of posies?

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20 minutes ago, Marvin said:

We're up to 26 confirmed cases in Tennessee, the bulk in metro Nashville and the county just south. Only an hour away!

 

Wasting time at home is how I regularly piddle my days away, so I guess I'm prepared. I haven't had fast food in days now tho. This carries on long enough it might actually end up saving my life.

 

Might make a trip to the park again. Open air, no contact. Seems a responsible enough outing to me.

 

Kinda want to head out into the sticks and go down to this nice little spot where two creeks meet below a hill, sit in the shade of the trees in the old country church's parking lot and read while the water murmurs on by below, but it's been raining so I'm not sure the car will make it across the low-water crossings without floating.

You know, all you need to do is start painting landscapes of your park and run across a dog named Kojak, and you're be the forum's version of Glen Bateman from The Stand. (introduced chapter 37)

I'll take one for the team and cast myself as Randall Flagg, since I resemble the way he was drawn in the Marvel comic adaptation, except with a few extra pounds and a lack of buttons on my jacket.

Which leads to the question, who's our version of Stu Redman gonna be?

 

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Welp, Grump's afterschool game is on indefinite hiatus.

 

And today we are having an emergency business meeting about whether the retreat - in AUGUST! - happens this year.

 

Covid-19 is definetly having an impact.

 

I don't know if the Wednesday Kids game will continue, either.

 

Maine now has two cases of Covid-19.

 

And, not to be an alarmist, but one of the members of the board for the retreat is named Randall Flagg. (Okay, Robert Flagg, but way too close! ) <purple

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23 minutes ago, TGP said:

OK.

What happens after April?

I kinda think the world could use an extended spring break ...just shut it all down for a bit... but the plan/hope for after that is what? 

 

When the world gins up again, as it must if peoople don’t want to starve, then what? Doesn’t the virus just start spreading again?

 

Well the basic theory I heard is that we aren't trying to completely stop the spread of COVID because that's likely impossible. They just want to slow it down so that hospitals aren't overwhelmed at a massive peak. Taking all the potential cases and spreading them over a 2-3 month period instead of a 2-3 week period. 

 

We always keep a decent supply of food ahead other than fresh veggies and a bit of meat just because we buy bulk a lot of the time. A week ago when we were in the city they hoarding hadn't started here yet. Now the cities are getting low on things but the local small town groceries are good. Waffling about stocking up a bit on our regular dry/canned goods. If we can get eggs and milk we'd be set for a couple weeks easy although the variety wouldn't be great.

 

The wife still doesn't want to give up her vacation so we've been keeping an eye on news reports involving here and there. For me the worse case situation would be getting quarantined there. Here my normal lifestyle is is pretty much self quarantine. It'd be a huge nightmare to get somebody to do my work for a couple weeks extra. As for catching the virus while we're gone I'm thinking the airports and resort are likely to be nearly empty so it might be safer than home. When the swine flu hit about 10 years ago we were travelling including through a country hit hard. Never caught it and then it got us months later at home. I wasn't that excited about travelling right now anyway so I'd just as soon wait until things blow over. We'll see what the commisar general (wife) decides by Monday depending on new developments.

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52 minutes ago, TGP said:

What happens after April?

I kinda think the world could use an extended spring break ...just shut it all down for a bit... but the plan/hope for after that is what? 

 

When the world gins up again, as it must if peoople don’t want to starve, then what? Doesn’t the virus just start spreading again?

Yup, the whole thing starts up again.

 

However, assuming that the slow-down was successful in nipping cases of COVID in the bud then there are fewer cases to continue the spread and we're used to some basic procedures to slow the spread.  In theory, the people who had low-level exposures are now immune or resistant so the virus can't backtrack through them.  It's a whole three steps forward, one step back, thing.  The next time the virus starts to ramp up, we'll face more of the same, but there will be fewer closures (it's a natural human reaction, I guess), and we'll go through it again.

 

Instead of COVID running through the entire population in 3 months (made-up number), it's now five months (also a made-up number) and health services and natural immunity (hopefully) have time to keep up.  Yes, they're trying to stop COVID if they can, but the real goal is to slow it down to the point where doctors, hospitals, TP manufacturing, immune systems, etc. don't get overwhelmed.

 

I've been thinking a bit about peoples' reactions and finger-pointing at the media.  I think some of it is justified, not all of it.  Just some, and not because the media haven't been talking about COVID.  The media have been gradually de-sensitizing us with ultra-sensational headlines for years.  There's one station that's especially bad about it in the local market.  I wouldn't have been surprised to see the oft-told dihydrogen monoxide joke on that station (with them treating it as a legit story).

 

Good news is that China believes they're close to finding patient zero.  From back in November.

 

Ninja'd by Zink--I take too long to type.

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Credit where credit is due. Zink is faster on the draw (or keyboard)...
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21 minutes ago, strawhat said:

Good news is that China believes they're close to finding patient zero.  From back in November.

 

What good is finding patient zero?? How does that help?

 

( I suppose it might be some comfort to know that the very first fool to try fricasseed bat gizzard was going to hang by his thumbs somewhere for the foreseeable future... Yay? )

 

Or did they abandon the hypothesis that this came from bats....?

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4 minutes ago, TGP said:

 

What good is finding patient zero?? How does that help?

 

( I suppose it might be some comfort to know that the very first fool to try fricasseed bat gizzard was going to hang by his thumbs somewhere for the foreseeable future... Yay? )

Can be useful for tracking spread and change of the disease over time. Gives you information on what to look for to try and interrupt transmission earlier in an outbreak if something similar happens again.

 

also helps you find out if it really did come from bat, and then check to see if there's similar diseases in the same animal that are likely to hit humans, so you can start working on the virus before it hits us.

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Looks like I'm indirectly affected by COVID-19 after all.

 

Nearly all public events are cancelled, I learned that my local gym shut down under city orders. I want to visit my mother next Wednesday after a job interview, but they're talking about banning all visits to retirement homes (unsure if it includes the private sector or just the public ones), and recommend any 70+ senior to stay home (mom is 75). The retirement home is currently cancelling the cafeteria's salad bar and bread bar (which makes sense).

 

The day before my interview, I'll be visiting my sister. All of the kids are home because all schools are closed for the next two weeks (from grade school all the way to university), and even my brother in law who works in an insurance company, will work from home. If I can't visit my mother, I'll spend another night at my sister's place before heading back home.

 

On the positive, I still have plenty of TP for weeks. So I avoided that particular madness.

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They started closing nursing homes to all but essential personnel around here after the CDC or whoever made the recommendation earlier this week. Definitely the way to go imo, given how much worse this is on the elderly, but I'd be super nonplussed if I couldn't see my mom or dad because of it.

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2 hours ago, TGP said:
10 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

My mother's a teacher and her school is closed for the next two weeks. She's going to ignore the whole 'students' thing and do some medicinal gardening. Maybe medicinal wine-drinking in the garden. 

What does ignore etc. mean?

Is she refusing to do online teaching or something? (I could see a teachers union taking a... •/wasn’t in the contract/• ...stance.

 

Online teaching isn't being offered at all. My mother teaches in an area with a lot of disadvantaged students and she knows several students who got kicked out of their families and don't have a home to go to. I'm not sure if she has the give-a-damn anymore to make sure those students are safe enough before heading back to the garden to ignore it all. She used to but... the school board has made it so difficult to care. It's why she's retiring at the end of the year.

 

Because it's not just the well-off schools with resources and money that are being affected.

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Over here people have also been hoarding TP,  totally unnecessary.

There is no shortage.

So, supermarkets are starting to put a limit on certain items to prevent people from clearing a shelve in a few minutes.

 

It's not the end of the World people.

We have 17 Million people, 800 people infected, 10 passed away who were both elderly and already very sick.

Other than the fact it's a new virus and there is no vaccin, spreading fast etc, I still think we're overreacting.

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