How is The Coronavirus affecting your life?

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  1. nivek

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    It really hasn't had a huge impact on my life yet but I have the feeling it will...Since I live out in the country and not in the city it's just a matter of time I think before it truly has an impact on me...I could point out things like the grocery stores being raided and pillaged but that really hasn't affected me yet personally...My mother has never stayed at home this long, over 3 weeks now but I'm glad she did that and glad she continues to stay at home as the virus has been confirmed within 20 miles of my home...

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  2. Standingstones

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    I had a doctor’s appointment Friday morning. I really didn’t want to go but I needed a prescription refill and they won’t fill it unless I show up. My wife and I went to two different grocery stores to stock up for the weekend.

    My wife’s friends have been complaining because they are getting cabin fever. I have little sympathy for their cause. I would rather stay home and stay alive than be sitting in a restaurant with possible virus patients. Hopefully most of us will keep our cool and stay put at home as much as possible.
     
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  3. nivek

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    I'm hoping I don't have to go to work on Monday, either the Governor of my State or the President will shut things down, my boss has told me he was going to keep the Plant open for business until there's a case in our County...I think this is shortsighted thinking and putting us all at risk...

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  4. nivek

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    If it gets crazy here and begins spreading like wildfire in my area I'm heading to the mountains for a while, I am prepared to do that and can leave within 24 hours or less...

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  5. pigfarmer

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    Painting, drinking, eating, walking the dog a lot. Noodling around with the car & bike. Staying home as much as possible like we've been told except for grocery trips. Almost like a vacation. No responsibilities for a while.
     
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  6. nivek

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    Have you seen the Army on the streets yet?...

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  7. pigfarmer

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    Nope, and am not sure exactly what they'd be doing anyway. Was out yesterday and the traffic seemed normal on the major roads. Only thing out of the ordinary is a lot of empty parking lots that would normally be full due to the closures.
     
  8. Standingstones

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    The traffic patterns have become quite bizarre here in the Harrisburg PA area. Driving up the Interstate to go to my doctor’s appointment, the roads were desolate Friday morning. At 8am the highway is usually packed with traffic slowed down to a crawl. Not this Friday morning. There were only a handful of vehicles (mostly semis). I made it to my appointment in record setting time.

    The grocery store parking lots were another problem altogether. They were packed with cars but luckily I used my handicap placard to find a spot close to the store entrance. It is quite weird seeing most of my neighbors home from work these days. Luckily, it has been very quiet in our cul de sac.
     
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  9. pepe

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    The divorce rate in China has spiked.
     
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  10. nivek

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    Evacuating the area is always on the table in a worst case scenario and I am prepared to leave and make camp in an unpopulated region in the Appalachian mountains, I have two places I have scouted and planned for over the years I've lived in North Carolina...

    In the mean time if I am out of work I will work on my projects at home, building more solar panels to generate power and grow a much larger garden this year than planned...I will can whatever can't be eaten, but I'll have plenty of time to tend a large garden that can feed many people...I have a good stock of seeds of many types of veggies and fruits and a good green thumb, if it turns out I have a need to grow year round I will convert part or all of my workshop into an indoor growing room...

    As it is now I do not plan to go to work again since this thing is spreading in the same area, I have plenty of supplies for me and my dog and if my mother needs anything I can run it to her, she lives a few miles away, otherwise I do not need to leave my property anytime soon...I have a full tank of 93 octane ethanol free gasoline in my car, it holds 25 gallons, I also have 20 gallons of the same 93 octane pure gasoline in storage along with 60 lbs of propane, solar energy and battery bank, enough food for two weeks, longer if I ration, plenty of dog food and well water...Kobi and I can hunt for meat, I've always wanted to try a wild turkey lol, and I have no problem cleaning an animal for food...Hopefully things are more positive and settled in a couple weeks when I try to venture out from home again...

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  11. Standingstones

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    I started to wonder what will happen in a couple weeks time if there is no positive news on the Corona virus. Will people just say screw it and decide to live their “normal” lives again. Will they disregard everything that the authorities are telling them. I already know people who are tired of staying cooped up at home. I guess we will find out in short order.
     
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  12. Thomas R. Morrison

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    Some states are already beginning to deploy the National Guard in order to enforce lockdowns. It probably won't be long before we see checkpoints. As the crisis escalates, the tolerance for noncompliance will plummet.
     
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  13. Sheltie

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    I have several friends who own small neighborhood restaurants. They're complying with the rules in Virginia that say no more than 10 people in one place. Most of them are now only selling takeout. They're trying to pay their staff as long as they can but they will be completely closing soon. Even if the govt quickly distributes financial aid to the local restaurants and craft breweries, I fear that a lot of them will not be able to reopen.

    Running a restaurant involves a lot of long hours and hard work. Unfortunately, many restaurant operators will probably decide to throw in the towel.
     
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  14. Standingstones

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    Something tells me that craft breweries will be low in the governments aid list.
     
  15. pigfarmer

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    My wife did that for many years. Doesn't take much even under normal circumstances to destroy a business. In the city one good paving project, or more recently a subway project, and poof! Years of work gone.
     
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  16. The shadow

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    My job has switched to teleconferencing with clients.
    we do payroll so we are essential.
    Rikki is laid off as her Job at Windsor's is on hold.
    the twins have seen hour cuts as McDonald's and popeyes go to drive thru only.
    They are helping deliver food to the elderly.
    Ian is helping out around the house and with the food delivery.
    Chris at 9 is sad he misses his friends and normal activities.
    Samantha at 5 is untouched by the chaos around her.
    it is her we worry about the most.
    The in laws are virtual shut ins now..
     
  17. Spaceman spiff

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    I live 30 km north of Helsinki, which is the basically the epicenter of the virus now. So shit will hit the fan soon in my municipality too.

    So since im part of the risk group and single, I have 3-6 months or longer of loneliness ahead in my home, no meeting friends, no going to public places. Just me, myself and I and whatever entertainment i can do with it. My dad has put himself home too.

    Thank you China!

    And because of these partying idiots who still crowd the places here, perhaps carrying and spreading the virus, this fate is probably soon ahead for most people here, when the government announces curfews and shuts down the rest of the places.

    Im probably soon starting to think id rather have a zombie apocalypse than this, at least on zombies you could see when they approach and shoot them, while the damn virus is invisible and theres no cure for now.
     
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  18. Sheltie

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    You'd be surprised. The craft breweries pay a lot of money in local taxes and tend to get a lot of support from local politicians. Also, at a time when local advertising revenues are declining, they advertise a lot in local publications. They have a surprising amount of political clout where I live.
     
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  19. nivek

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    I have been talking to the owner of the company I work for and I will not be physically going to work any longer until this is over...So I will be at home for the foreseeable future, just me and my dog thanks to China...

    AE isn't going anywhere during this (cough) 'apocalypse', please be safe everyone, stay healthy and out of harms way, you all have friends here and if there is anything I can do to help anyone I will do my best to help out...

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  20. Thomas R. Morrison

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    First and foremost, I find myself dealing with the relentless existential horror of knowing that thousands of wonderful people are being slaughtered by this virus - people with friends and families, people who none of us will ever get a chance to know now. And then it strikes me that this is only the beginning, and that the scale of this nightmare will soon reach unimaginable proportions. It doesn't take a genius to see that this trend of an increasing rate of deaths could reach into the millions before we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel:

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    And yet there's a glimmer of hope at the back of my mind for the world we'll find on the other side of this horrifying calamity. For so many years now I've been watching the world get worse every day, as the corrupt and powerful have gradually refined exploitation and deceit into a sublime sophisticated machine, like a noose slowly strangling the spirit of humanity to death. Perhaps if we can break free of this relentlessly oppressive paradigm as a result of this horrible mass sacrifice of human life and happiness, at least it won't be a meaningless sacrifice. I feel like we have a deep moral obligation to the people we're losing, to create a better world on the other side of this. And eerily, for the first time in my life, that seems like it might actually be possible.

    Some historians argue that The Black Death played a key role in the dawn of the Renaissance. I hope that the shadow that this pandemic casts upon the world will likewise herald a more compassionate and flourishing era for human civilization. Perhaps a major global disruption and the deaths of millions of innocent people is the only way that we could ever break the shackles of corporate oppression strangling this world and crushing hope from the human condition.

    With this kind of stuff on my mind, I'm finding it hard to focus on my professional obligations, but when I do, I'm grateful for the sense of escape they afford. But it's very difficult to maintain focus for long periods of time right now - which is the bedrock of productivity, in the face of the uncertainty about the survival of friends and family, and even oneself, over the weeks and months ahead.

    I will be immensely grateful if none of us lose loved ones to this. But logically I know that's virtually impossible.

    My best wishes to all of you.
     
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