COVID-19

QSis

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Is everyone here doing okay?

I just flew to Florida, went on a 5-day cruise to Key West and Cozumel, flew back to Boston.

So far, I'm good.

How are you guys doing?

Lee
 

Jim_S

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Our small town is taking precautions.

The banks have closed their lobbies, some of the restaurants are drive through only and my Doctor has canceled Office hours except for emergencies. I have a phone appt to discuss test results.

There are 95 reported cases in Texas with three deaths. One in Matagorda County SW of Houston, one in Collin County north of Dallas, and one in Tarrant County, Ft Worth.

We’re 100 miles from Ft Worth, maybe 120 from Dallas.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/18/third-texas-death-linked-new-coronavirus/
 

Sass Muffin

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Yeah, we're all ok (myself and the family).
I won't get into the mass panic and hysteria that's taken the world by storm.
Soon, this will pass.
 

ChowderMan

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flying is out of my question - simply too close-a-quarters with absolutely no options to 'protect' oneself...
but we're going anywhere else....
 

Doc

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Is everyone here doing okay?

I just flew to Florida, went on a 5-day cruise to Key West and Cozumel, flew back to Boston.

So far, I'm good.

How are you guys doing?

Lee
Welcome back Lee.
Prayers all is okay for you.

We flew to Miami and on to Antigua Feb 22, back on Feb 27th ...before the madness started. Two weeks past all that with no symptoms. Hope the same goes for you.
 

Doc

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Map showing all of Caribbean has cases of Corona Virus ...
 

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Doc

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PLEASE READ: FROM AN IMMUNOLOGIST
AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SO INFORMATIVE!!!!!

This is exactly what the public should be hearing maybe, just maybe, they can see how bad this is:
Here is a little more information on the virus that may help explain a few things that people don’t understand. This is from an immunologist at Johns Hopkins University.
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Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand...
It has to do with RNA sequencing.... I.e. genetics.
Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year... you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.
Novel viruses, come from animals.... the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans... then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.
Now.... sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human... once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..
H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.
Fast forward.
Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here is the scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”
This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.
And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..
That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza.... this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater...And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L....which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.
We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.
Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation...
And let me end by saying....right now it’s hitting older folks harder... but this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.
Be smart folks... acting like you’re unafraid is so not sexy right now.
#flattenthecurve. Stay home folks... and share this to those that just are not catching on.

I Pray for all Americans ������
 

lilbopeep

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The supermarket where my hub and DD's work just announced starting today all hourly workers will be getting a $2.00 an hour pay hike till May 2. I think that is a great way to reward the workers for being there in this trying time.

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Doc

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The supermarket where my hub and DD's work just announced starting today all hourly workers will be getting a $2.00 an hour pay hike till May 2. I think that is a great way to reward the workers for being there in this trying time.

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That is awesome peeps. Good for that company, and thanks to those who are working to keep things we all need available. It is not an easy job for sure. :tiphat:
 

Jim_S

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Neil Diamond

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Sass Muffin

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I viewed a great video last night on Facebook.
It was an ER nurse basically telling the people in her community to not come in if you're having cold symptoms, do not come in if you missed your period, do not come in if it's something that is non-critical.
Hospital beds in triage right now are for those folks showing symptoms of what could be, but are not necessarily this virus.
Stay at home, be well and KNOW this will soon be over.
 

lilbopeep

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A bit of a vent here. Both DD's work in online shopping at a supermarket. Customers whether in the store or on the phone (when they need to be called) are VERY abusive AND rude to them. Hub works in produce dept. in same supermarket chain but different location and getting treated the same. Customers just DON'T want to accept that there isn't a product and they don't know when the items will come in. (AND customers DON'T want to accept that there are item limits at the moment) They are getting screamed AND cursed at!

They don't deserve that treatment! They are still at work taking the real risk of DYING (they aren't allowed to wear masks because it may scare the customers) to get these people what they need. It's not their fault there are shortages. If the greedy pigs would stop hoarding there would be plenty for everyone!!


End of vent for now.
 
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Adillo303

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Hi Everyone,

Covid-19 has been a roller coaster here. As of the moment, I am feeling as OK as usual.

All of the shutdown orders for me and my customers came down like a hammer blow. My 3 biggest customers has maybe... 48 hours. I have been furiously buying laptops, configuring routers. setting up laptops, etc. None of this is by virtue of complaint. How I care for customers now will to a large extent determine my future business. So far .... I'm doing OK.

I am the designated shopper in the house. DW is blessed (Sarcasm intended) with small nasal passages and very easily gets URI's. We keep her home as much as possible. Hence I go shopping for us. Fortunately, I have not had to go onsite. It would take me a pretty big emergency to get me in NYC right now. My NJ customers are shut down and empty offices. I have keys and would not really hesitate to go in an empty office. I am the designated "button pusher" for some customers. With the entire office working from home, if a server or router needs hands on to get the office working agin, that's me.

Also, fortunately, DW is a "Soaper" and makes skin care products (queue shameless plug) One of her products is all natural hand cleaner (It's against FDA regulations to call it a sanitizer) we have gallons.

Hopefully we will all ride this out and come out the other end happy and healthy.

Andy
 

ChowderMan

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good to hear from you Andy!
when nature hands you a virus, make a business out of it!


this all seems to be quite over blown. there are indeed some outlying cases, but as known from the beginning, and as known from prior 'pandemics' . . . people who are already compromised are at the highest risk - and nothing is going to change that.
the "cures" in development may work super for normal otherwise healthy individuals but not for high risk patients. same for a vaccine - we already have a "stronger version" of flu vaccine for older people - being high(er) risk is not exactly new science.


this idea of shutting/closing down the world is not going to work out.
 

Doc

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Hey Andy. Glad to hear you are doing okay. You are to close to NYC for comfort from my way of thinking. Good luck buddy.

Chowder I have wondered much the same. Is this shelter in place merely delaying the inevitable. If anyone has the virus when the lockdown is lifted they will start the cycle all over again .... I must be missing something but for now we are doing as requested and social distancing ...and surviving being stuck with each other. No problem. :beer: :D
 

QSis

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Oh, Andy, so glad you popped in to give us an update! I know you will be careful to stay healthy.

Be safe!

Lee
 
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