How is The Coronavirus affecting your life?

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  1. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    How has the virus affected my life? It's made me f*****g sick. Not 'tested positive' sick but absolutely, totally fed up with Life, the Universe and Everything.

    I find myself stuck at a s**t job but it gave me an interesting opportunity to see firsthand how this area is faring. It might as well be useful for something and I am a believer in going and doing on my own. Several people I know and family members suck in their personal preference of media all day and believe all of it, never once looking out the window or even taking a drive around for a look. I took a week off and went back out of necessity. I could have just quit but didn't for personal reasons that, unfortunately, are practical to a sufficient degree to motivate me out the door. My only PPE for quite some time was a little badge that said 'stay back six feet' and that was just too much to ask of some. Masks, gloves, soap, plastic shields and sanitizer are available in abundance and yet there are still people who will destroy a public bathroom and walk out without washing their hands.

    I've worn a mask in public for some weeks now as ordered by the governor. Probably a good idea but it's damned annoying and again, too much to ask for some. Work in it a while and you're constantly suffocating. I've found myself standing at the store entrance like a doofus with a counter (not voluntarily) , limiting people from 50 to 75 to 100 and then 200 at the door. Being there reminds me of the blow-up punching bag-clown-thing I had as a kid. You beat the snot out of it and it keeps coming back for more with that same stupid grin painted on. Except in this case nobody can see the grin. My observation on all that: when they put a kid or a woman at the door people just steamroll them. I stand there and a line forms. The vast majority are polite, just want to go to one of the places that are open to buy non-essential crap so they can have things to do while at home. And then there's that vocal minority that want to spew their hatred, stage a loud demonstration, yell politics at me.

    If they would let me be an actual bouncer I'd do it for free gladly. Honestly right now I'd love to just pound the living shit out of somebody with a smart mouth.

    But curiously after several weeks even the most ardent seem to have have conformed and just line up with the rest of the a******s. Now they don't count anybody. Masks will be the 'new now' and are unlikely to go away anytime soon.

    I am sick of politics, completely. My brother likes to spew his hatred of Trump at me. Others want to spew their love of Trump on me. I am done with Gov.Cuomo completely - read up on the nursing home stuff. Not a media creation, I know people directly with horror stories. As I've said, it's like watching the back end of a cow. You can't be surprised at what comes out.

    Sick to death if ALL of it.
     
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  2. michael59

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  3. nivek

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    I can totally relate to the feeling of and actually being stuck at a shitty job, I've had some really shitty ones in the past, it starts out looking promising or at the least okay, not bad but not the best, then reality hits, wtf am I doing here, I ask myself...Now we're in the Age of Coronavirus, the lockdown don't help job situations one bit, people being uncooperative about wearing masks in all corners of life, can't say that I blame them, I really dislike wearing a mask at work, it's hot and sweaty, I hate the fibers on my face and I have to keep changing them often from sweating...I know, in the bigger scheme of things these are minor discomforts, hopefully it's not long-lasting...Wearing masks now is like telling someone to wear a condom after sex, we should have made it mandatory back in the beginning and perhaps we wouldn't be dealing with it now...Hindsight speculation of course but...

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  4. Standingstones

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    Over the past few months I have been dealing with health issues. I’ve had two surgeries in the past two months. If I count the total times, I’ve had ten surgeries over ten years time. I can tell you this crap finally catches up with you when you hit your mid sixties. After falling off a ladder years ago and landing on my tail bone my spine has seen better days. Once arthritis sets in on your spine it won’t be pretty.

    The bad part is trying to stay positive when various parts of your body don’t function as they once did. The medical profession is of little help. Your choices are taking steroid injections until they no longer work, getting numerous surgeries or just giving up and dealing with the pain and loss of mobility.

    If anyone tells you your sixties are the “Golden Years,” don’t believe them. Sorry for the rant.
     
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  5. michael59

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    There is nothing good about getting old. I've had a total of 7 bad falls over the years and my back & hips just keep getting worse. I'm 61 next month, I'm down to one chore a day. It's all I can handle.
     
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  6. pepe

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    I bet you have done the same as we did with nursing homes, which has been likened to the catapulting of deasesd corpses into encampments in the 1400's. Our lot were releasing patients who did not come from a a care home, into one, with no tests done, panicked by the pictures from Italy we went all out to save the NHS and that was a tactic used in order to succeed. Criminal.

    Hang on in there man, there is so much that still needs laughing at.
     
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  7. nivek

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    Over 10 agonizing days, this migrant worker walked and hitchhiked 1,250 miles home. India's lockdown left him no choice

    Rajesh Chouhan had covered 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) in five days. His legs were swollen and his blisters had burst. A piece of Styrofoam trash he'd found on the roadside was soaking up the pus seeping from his feet.

    But he didn't stop walking. He couldn't.

    The 26-year-old migrant worker was in the heart of India and only halfway home.
    When India announced its nationwide lockdown on March 24 to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, despite having less than 450 cases at that point, its cities ground to a halt. About 100 million rural Indians have moved to cities for work. Overnight, many like Chouhan were stranded without jobs, food or savings.

    With no way to survive in the cities, and India's vast railway network mostly shut down, many made the extraordinary decision to walk thousands of miles back to their families.

    Many didn't make it. In one incident, 16 laborers were run over by a freight train as they slept on rail tracks. Roadside accidents took the lives of others. Some died from exhaustion, dehydration or hunger. Those picked up by police were often sent back to the cities they had tried to leave.

    Chouhan knew the risks. But on May 12, he decided to defy India's strict lockdown laws and begin the 1,250-mile (2,000-kilometer) walk from the tech hub of Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, to his village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

    He'd hoped to hitchhike much of the way, but with police checking trucks for stowaways, drivers were demanding fees beyond Chouhan's budget. For 10 days, he'd have to dodge police check points, survive on tea and biscuits, and walk on aching feet.

    "I don't think I can forget this journey through my life," he says. "It'll always carry memories of sadness and anxiety."

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  8. pigfarmer

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    Ain't that the truth.

    One of my neighbors of 23 years went into one. I never saw her again. Only immediate family could schedule time to see her through a window. Yet at the same time the State of New York was virtually catapulting bodies over the wall. Really long boring story, but even before this virus unless you have mountains of $$$$ for private pay the transition into a nursing home depends a lot on local administrators and state law and is absolutely nerve wracking. That no one looked into it or made any exception for covid positive people is absolutely criminal. I think Massachusetts and Connecticut have similar issues. Our state governor Cuomo said 'if you want someone to blame, blame me' and we do. Except in this case, he blames everyone else except him. Dickhead.
     
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  9. Captain Tinkle

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    I've been furloughed from my job going on ten weeks now.

    The Government is paying 80% of my wages so losing 20% of my income. However this is ofset by the fact that I am not having to put fuel in my car, along with the usual expenditures of lunch etc... at work. Not had to fill my car in the last ten weeks whatsoever.

    As everything is still pretty much closed apart from Supermarkets and Garden centres, there is little to do so quite boring but I'm in a better situation than most so cannot complain.
     
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  10. Standingstones

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    Being retired, I’ve tried to notice what is going on in the neighborhood and surroundings. In the past two weeks most of the neighbors have gone back to work. I don’t think many can work from home. The few times I am out on the interstate the highway seems back to being jammed up.

    I had a podiatrist appointment last week. The routine is that you pull up to the front of the building and then call the receptionist. Eventually someone will unlock the front door and motion you in. Of course everyone is wearing a mask. I was ushered to one of the waiting rooms until the doctor appeared. He was none too happy with how he had to conduct his business these days.

    I am glad that I don’t have to go out into the real world these days. I hate wearing the mask so it is well that I just stay put at home.
     
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  11. nivek

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    I think these protests and riots have been spreading the virus like wildfire, hope I'm wrong about that, but we will find out in a few short weeks...Also, I went to the grocery store, it was packed today with had to be close to 200 people in there...Guess how many were wearing masks not including the store employees who had them on?...Five that I counted, six if you count me, complacency will spread the virus quick too, come on people, this isn't over yet, were going to make it worse on ourselves as if things weren't bad already...

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    Coronavirus cases are climbing again in the South and the West. Will crowded protests spark bigger outbreaks?

    They are marching shoulder-to-shoulder for hours on end. They are chanting, shouting and singing, often without masks. Meanwhile, police officers are spraying them with cough-inducing tear gas, herding them into tight corners and loading the hundreds they arrest into buses, vans and holding cells.

    Experts and epidemiologists say that we won’t know the answer for weeks. After infection, symptoms can take up to 14 days to present; testing positive or requiring hospitalization can take even longer. Today’s data is a window into the past.

    Yet today’s data, it turns out, is worrisome enough.

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  12. Captain Tinkle

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    I think Trump's response to the Virus hasn't exactly been great, which hasn't helped matters. Very mixed messages and completly stupid ideas about defeating the spread. Wonder if anyone has actually injected bleech into their veins...

    I understand freedoms are important in the United States but I am seeing lots of videos of people refusing to wear masks and protesting against the locking etc... as its against their constitutional rights. There seems to be a sense of entitlement amongst some which is no doubt not helping.

    Here in the UK, they only allow so many into shops at one time. You queue two meters apart, waiting your turn. All checkouts now have plastic shields up protecting the staff and a system of making your way around the stores in one direction (although most do not follow this).

    The vast majority do not wear face masks and gloves. I've noticed, its only really the older populace who do so (at least in my area). I note however the government is making masks mandatory on public transport.
     
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  13. Captain Tinkle

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    Update to how Coronavirus is affecting my life. Now having first round of redundancies at work. Looks like I may potentially moving to Canada sooner than I thought!
     
  14. Standingstones

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    I have noticed that more and more people are forgoing wearing a mask. It makes me uneasy. Government officials aren’t making things any better by blowing off wearing a mask or worse, telling people the worst is over and it’s time to get back to “normal”, whatever that is these days.

    If the second Corona wave hits we will soon have our answers.
     
  15. Captain Tinkle

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    I think we need to get back to some form of normality but a second wave has always been inevitable. Amazing though that more die from the Flu, yet you don't get this degree of panic each year.
     
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  16. michael59

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    I live in Canada. We have no rule/law that insists we wear masks here but, everything else is the same as you. We queue 2 metres apart and wait our turn to enter any shops. The buggies for shopping are being sanitized after each use and we no longer have to put money in to rent one. There's two people assigned. One to sanitize and one to line up sanitized and another line for washing/sanitizing. I don't know how many they let in at a time for places like grocery and Walmart but, Costco is a warehouse and they only allow 50 people at a time.

    I noticed Walmart had a sign that had a list of items that they will not refund for returns? I think that's how you say it. They won't take back certain items. One of them being toilet paper another being onions. I can't remember what else there was on the list. That's what you get for hoarding. At least toilet paper has no expiry date. lol

    Our traffic seems to be back to usual.
     
  17. Captain Tinkle

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    Yep same here. They also sanitise the trollies. Some shops are more strict than others, e.g. one person per shopping trip. I know ASDA (owned by Walmart) are applying this rule.

    Refund wise, as far as I am aware the usual comsumer rights still apply here. 28 days to return an item. Obviously things like underwear, pillow cases etc... are never returnable, coronavirus or not.

    Traffic seems to be less than usual, although when I went shopping today, it was busy. However it was pension day so that was probably the reason!
     
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  18. AD1184

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    No they don't.
     
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  19. Captain Tinkle

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    The WHO estimates that between 290,000 and 650,000 respiratory deaths globally each year are associated with seasonal influenza.

    398,663 Cornavirus deaths so far.
     
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  20. AD1184

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    We have not had anywhere near a full year of this pandemic yet. You have an apples and oranges comparison of an actual (incomplete) count over a few months versus a retrospective estimate. In Britain many more have died of Covid than the annual influenza toll in just a few months, and outside of the peak flu season, despite fairly stringent regulations to attempt to prevent the spread, whereas none are in place for seasonal flu.

    The last seasonal influenza report prepared by the Office of National Statistics indicates that there were only 5,505 hospitalizations in England for influenza between week 40 of 2018 and week 15 of 2019, and a peak of 692 in one day. There were up to 3,000 hospitalizations a day in England at the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic in early April.

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/839350/Surveillance_of_influenza_and_other_respiratory_viruses_in_the_UK_2018_to_2019-FINAL.pdf (pg 21)
    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/890531/2020-06-05_COVID-19_Press_Conference_Slides_with_Annex.pdf (pg 3)
     
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