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    CoVid - How do you handle it?

    Hi!

    I have to admit: I am scared. More for my mom (65 years old, Asthma) than for myself. How do you cope with the situation, what have you changed in your daily lives?

    #2
    Not really a big topic in my life.

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      #3
      To be honest, I'm not really scared. But I'm not in the risk group and I have a relatively good immune-system (I hope). So far, we had two diagnosed cases in my hometown, but the situation is very much normal. Over the last few weeks I have built a stash of food and water for myself and my husband to last for fourteen days (the time span used here in Germany when one has to be quarantined at home). I wash my hands better and keep my fingers out of my face when I'm outside. My advantage is that I'm currently a NEET, so my contact to other Humans boils down to the absolute minimum.
      Now, on the other hand, I have a 70-year old father, life-long chain-smoker, who's got a heavy cough for as long as I know him. He's probably in a very acute risk group, but he has cut down on his trips to big cities and mostly stays at home (he goes out for dinner every day, though). After the recommendation from today (keeping the elderly safe) I'm going to call him this evening, mostly because he often watches over my brother's 10-year old son (that family lives in the house next to him). On the positive side, my father was very happy with his life so far and since the death of my mother he's content with what he had and has no problems leaving life's stage any day now (every day is a nice bonus for him).
      By the way, I've read today that according to one of Germany's leading virologists, Christian Drosten, the virus will probably not run out when the temperatures rise, so there's that.
      Last edited by Nihopaloa; March 10th, 2020, 01:06 PM. Reason: Edit: Added a source for my claim regarding the virus running out in the warmer months

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        #4
        I commute in nyc and work w the public. I can't let myself think to much about it or I would be paralyzed but. As I barked at a colleague the other day.

        Wash your hands. Don't touch your face.

        Also I am using hand sanitizer when I need to touch subway pole or money and can't immediately wash hands.

        Also, if I have a fever I will stay the fuck home and use grocery delivery and tell them to leave it outside door.

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          #5
          I work in a busy Chicago emergency room, I have two kids in preschool, and their elderly grandfather comes to visit us frequently...

          Personally, I'm not one to really get concerned about infectious diseases all that much. I take precautions - we are all thorough and consistent hand-washers in our house - and we're trying to be especially cautious now, as our preschoolers friends' parents travel abroad frequently for work (not to mention the volume of patients I see every day with their own illnesses and travel patterns), but it's nothing crazy. We haven't bought any masks or changed our lives in any significant way - just diligent hand-washing and similar preventative practices.

          Good luck!

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            #6
            Originally posted by Baston View Post
            I work in a busy Chicago emergency room, I have two kids in preschool, and their elderly grandfather comes to visit us frequently...

            Personally, I'm not one to really get concerned about infectious diseases all that much. I take precautions - we are all thorough and consistent hand-washers in our house - and we're trying to be especially cautious now, as our preschoolers friends' parents travel abroad frequently for work (not to mention the volume of patients I see every day with their own illnesses and travel patterns), but it's nothing crazy. We haven't bought any masks or changed our lives in any significant way - just diligent hand-washing and similar preventative practices.

            Good luck!
            You are a professional, good to know what you do! I work with teenagers and try not to touch my face with unwashed hands and wash my hands more often and long enough. I told my mum I could do all the shopping for her so she doesn‘t have to leave the house. She told me that she is not such an old woman.
            She knows about all the precautions, so let‘s hope the best for all of us!


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              #7
              Thank you for your comments! Good health to all of you!

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                #8
                While I was thinking about this thread a bit more, something came to mind: I think it's good to stay (reasonably) informed on the developments, especially if one's living in a region with a lot of cases. But I have the feeling that many people get their information mostly from social media, especially facebook and the like. Needless to say, there's a lot of misinformation (deliberate and unintentional) floating around. When trying to stay informed, it's essential to verify claims as best as possible and to not take everything people tell at face value. My brother gets all his information from facebook and it's so incredibly ridiculous (in a bad way) what he tells sometimes.

                Also, don't panic in face of the outbreak, but treat it with a healthy dose of respect.


                Originally posted by Kaleo View Post
                Good health to all of you!
                I wish you and your mother the same

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                  #9
                  I am lucky enough (?) to not have a job at the moment, so I'm staying in as much as possible and only go out when really necessary. Our school cancelled all classes. I avoid crowds (no public transport atm) and go to the shop at times when they are most empty. When I do go out, I carry alcohol wipes and gloves and don't touch any surfaces with bare hands (trolleys, baskets, doorhandles...). I also don't touch my face. I keep a distance of at least 2 m from people in the shops. I avoid items without packaging (fruits that can't be peeled...).I don't use cash and disinfect the paycard frequently, as well as my phone and computer. I try to order as much stuff online as I can and disinfect any packages with a spray. When I come home, I disinfect my shoes and clothing with a spray as well, and obviously, wash my hands with soap. I don't have people over and I don't visit other people either. Isolation and hygiene is the best thing we can do right now...stay safe bees.

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                    #10
                    Allow me to express my opinion that you keep in mind is just my opinion.
                    The situation is not as serious for the virus itself as for the fact that hospitals have limited places in intensive care and within a short time it can lead to a real crisis.
                    Incorrect information caused a real danger to pass through a simple flu and what could be avoided by being careful from the beginning led to a real epidemic.
                    I can be careful of everything I do, but if the person who crosses the supermarket does not do it, it becomes a big problem for me too.
                    Wash your hands often, avoid leaving the house if you do not really need it and if you are among other people, stay at a safe distance, they were all common sense rules that were known even a month ago but too many people continued to do as always, shopping every week, going out in the evening, bars, cinemas, restaurants etc and an unconscious person is enough to infect many others.
                    In addition to misinformation, malpractice has done far more damage than the virus.
                    And yes, you die, it's not a joke but you don't realize it until people really die near you.

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                      #11
                      Greetings from Italy.

                      I am from Piedmont close to Lombardia (not close but not very cloese to first red-zone). The biggest iussue is a psycological aspect. I try to explain. My life is changed, I have to avoid several thing (e.g. soccer match, taking a beer with frineds, travel in other cities to visit a museum, a coffe in a bar) and other behaviours are changed (e.g. I am working to video lesson, since the university is closed for student, doing the food shopping once in a week). They are non drastical change. Ok, thery are liminitation to my standard behaviours, but to achieve a global goal I can. However, the absence of time windows is a not easy to manage. As the italian philosopher Galimberti said in a interview, this is not fear. Fear is good, in some way, since it helps to avoid bad behaviours and to put more attention to work to achieve the own goals. In this moment we have distress (sorry, but I am non sure that there is the correct English word to express the Italian "ansia"), since we can not identify an enemy. The virus is the enemy, but we can not see it, it is invisible and we can not detect it.

                      Anyway, I had a bit of luck, because my parents was at my home when the first news about Covid started and then they have stayed at my home. Initially, they thought that the situation would be fine in a week . Almost a mouth is gone. This little luck makes the situation easier, because there are not 100 km between us with the limitation of travels.

                      Anyway, if everyone will follow the rules, we will win against Covid. But, in the last week, there are some bad and dangerous behaviours from several citizens. I hope that the new rules, which defines that the red zone is applied to all of Italy, helps to understand that with "few" changes Covid can be limited and can be defeat.

                      Allow me a joke "Better to die of boredom at home than of a virus"



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                        #12
                        Honestly my biggest struggle with CoVid is currently my mental health. After some years of feeling really low and withdrawing socially I finally started clawing my way back to the top again, started going out more, reconnecting with people and now CoVid shows up and I'm supposed to stay indoors again and isolate myself. It also doesn't help I had plans to look for a new job and now the job market is crashing. That in addition to the whole people are dying thing. So yeah I'm really trying to stay positive, but it's sometimes hard at the moment.

                        That's probably also the reason why I'm not planning to stop going outside in my free time at the moment, I simply need to or I'm gonna crash. But I do wash my hands regularly (was doing that anyway), don't touch my face, avoid handshakes and big gatherings etc.. And If I showed any symptoms I'd obviously would stay inside.

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                          #13
                          Fremen Good Point, thank you!

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                            #14
                            thepresident Our thoughts often go the people of Italy. Many people here love your country. Wish you all the best!

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                              #15
                              To all of you: Just because of your answers I already feel better. We are not alone. As long as we take care of each other, I guess we will be alright.

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