Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

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  1. Linda_in_FL

    Linda_in_FL Cancer Research Warrior! Trader Group

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    I am sending this to you, Barbara (Gardencook) but I want it to go to ALL who are ill no matter where they are, whether or not they belong to HCW or see it here -

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    Linda
     
  2. Gardencook

    Gardencook Well-Known Member Trader Group

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    Thank you so much, Linda!
     
  3. XUfan

    XUfan Member Of The Month May 2010 Trader Group

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    Gardencook, I hope you feel better soon.

    The abscessed tooth that Hubby is dealing with caused a fever on Tuesday. Any other time, we would have just thought, "It must be caused by that tooth." But we both worried that it might be more than that. He was fortunate to get into the dentist office on Wednesday, where they drained it and gave him antibiotics. He's much better now...no fever!

    Yesterday the governor of Ohio closed all salons, barber shops, and tattoo parlors, along with the BMV (we got our tags just in time!!).

    Yesterday, I talked to my sister who lives in Winnipeg. She said that most places are closed there too. The thing she misses most are her exercise classes and yoga class! LOL! She's 73.
     
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  4. Linda_in_FL

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    Hi Carol -
    Sorry about hubby's tooth. Glad tho that the fever was only the tooth and not that horrible virus.

    Read about your sister. I was in the shower an hour earlier and did SOME of what I do in YOGA (lifting heels, toes, twisting from side to side, reaching up and across) - NOW I am sitting at coputer and exersising legs - turning toes up, heels up - turning legs put, in . When not typing will hold the side of shair and rurn to right then to left like I did in Chair Yoga. Do some when watching the horrible news on TV also. Did some standing yesterday holding on to dining rm chair (I have bad balance because of epilepsy) Need to be near a chair when standing on one leg.
    Can do things - There are some good floor and chair YOGA videos online also.

    Stay safe everyone - Dont be a couch potato

    Linda
     
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  5. XUfan

    XUfan Member Of The Month May 2010 Trader Group

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    Linda,

    It sounds like you've got things under control. My sister does too. She and her husband take the same exercise class, so they've been doing it at home every day since the rec center closed. They're used to doing their exercises at home, because the rec center usually has a couple of weeks off between seasons. Also, they do them in their hotel room when they travel (which they're NOT doing now!). Yesterday, she did some yoga while her husband walked to the post office.
     
  6. jastwins

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    As I drive into Brooklyn NY the highway signs flash the following “Stay Home! #FlattenTheCurve”

    Never thought I would see that.
    Can I just say how wonderful it is that D2 packed all her stuff and I just had to load it in my car! Also got a parking spot right in front of her building . Delightful!!!!
    Other than that it is depressing watching people here walking with their blue face mask on
     
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  7. Gardencook

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    One of my high school friends took a ferry to Seattle for medical treatment yesterday.

    He posted a photo on Facebook with a nearly empty ferry on the way over, then posted a picture of downtown Seattle once he got there. He was a couple blocks from Seattle Center and you could see the Space Needle just a short distance in the background. There were NO people on the street and plenty of on-street parking -- something that NEVER happens. Basically it looked like a ghost town. :(
     
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  8. Fillies Fan

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    I had to drive about 70 kilometers today for a medical test which has nothing to do with the coronavirus. Because the first 20 kilometers are on small mountainous roads and the rest of it is through an area which usually is traffic-jammed, the trip generally takes me about two hours. With the roads empty, I made it in 45 minutes today.

    I was one of the first people to arrive at the clinic. When I got to the lobby, which has three elevators, one person was ahead of me and went into an elevator. I decided to obey the rules of social distance and let her have the elevator to herself. A few minutes later another elevator arrived, as did a number of people. I entered it and 4 others joined me. So much for social distance!

    Only one of us was wearing a mask but she was taking no chances. Instead of a medical mask, she was wearing a full-face gas mask which the Army has issued to most Israelis for use only in case of a chemical attack. In fact, it comes in a sealed box clearly marked "Forbidden to Open". When one of the other people in the elevator coughed (actually it sounded more like he was just clearing his throat), she exploded and started screaming at him for coughing without a mask.
     
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  9. jastwins

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    I was not allowed to enter D2’s building today so I just stood outside or waited in the car for her to bring down her stuff.
    On the way home, we stopped at Chick Fil A and they have a nice set up of 3 lanes , going to 2 drive thru lanes. They employee took your order outside and you paid outside. Then you drove up to the window to get your food. Very efficient.
    But next door at Chipotle you could walk in the front door and get your food. Not crowded at all.
    On my way there I stopped at Mcd to use the restroom and Then went to order my meal. I completely forgot I had to go to the drive thru and they were like, oh do you want to order? So they let me order and I went on my way.
     
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  10. jastwins

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    They have confirmed a case of the coronavirus on my small little island. Just so sad to hear that. At least it was confirmed that it was not anyone at my school.
    the crazy city people, knowing they have the virus are coming out to the hospital out here or recuperating in their summer homes. This upsets me that they would risk our health and clean out our supermarkets because they were greedy. An. Appliance store in the Hamptons sold over 700 freezers in a week. At my I g a I found a receipt where the person spent $497.05 on one grocery trip.
    the people that live here have to deal with limits on buying certain items or just doing without. The greedy overbuying has affected other towns on the East End as well.
     
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  11. Gardencook

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    And things are only getting worse around here. :eek:

    We were hoping the panic would start dying down a bit after a few days, but there was an earthquake just southwest of the Salt Lake City airport yesterday morning.

    If any of you happened to see the BYU TV production of a series called "Granite Flats," downtown Magna was used for the fictional town of Granite Flats, and those buildings were badly damaged since it was the epicenter. It did quite a bit of damage in Salt Lake City -- including the downtown area. They've had more than 160 aftershocks since then!

    I think for the most part it has gone unnoticed by the national news media which is so busy covering the Coronavirus. However, the earthquake shutdown the State Coronavirus hotline for quite a few hours.

    Take into account the population was already buying out the stores due to the pandemic and you can only imagine how unsettled everyone becomes with an earthquake followed by never-ending aftershocks.

    Here's a video giving you some idea:

    5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Utah

     
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  12. MEN ON A BUDGET

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    Tough Love 2020
    I'm hardly a professional in the medical or mental health industry but let's just say that I've been around the internet and social media enough to realize that many of the writers passing around "news" are just that... writers. The truths and myths they are sharing are only as valid as the resources they use to create their articles. I'm finding so many memes that are inducing the panic more than they are educating anyone. It's so important that each of us fact-check the fact-checkers. I've found a number of memes that are clearly attempts at humor at a time when humor is not so appropriate. These viral "jokes" add to the fears and create paranoia for actions like stocking up with lifetime supplies of toilet tissue, hand santizers and even face masks that for the average person are useless as real protection. These products are being hoarded by those who need them less at the expense of providing them to those of high risk. We are not really seeing stories about the multiple case studies of people, of all ages, who are completely recovering. We're bombarded with the death count of those who have not beat it and have sadly passed away. Before sharing screen shots and information from resources that we are not familiar as credible, it's important to really look at the full picture. 50% solution rubbing alcohol does not kill the coronavirus. We'd never know that from the generic articles about buying and using rubbing alcohol for disinfecting. ((Lysol, by the way is 80% but also toxic like many commercial cleaners)). If you are truly looking to educate yourself and others, please make sure you're spreading the right information. Don't dismiss the professionals like (note: these are links directly to the sources, click the red links) New England Journal of Medicine, World Health Organization and the US Goverment web sites over taking the word of the professional writers who simply cannot create accurate articles in such a rapidly changing global crisis. The facts, figures and research are changing daily. Please get the facts in order to protect yourselves and those you know and love. Don't believe everything that you think. We WILL make it through this as we have with every epidemic and plaque dating back to the the 1600's Black Plague and perhaps before.
     
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  13. MEN ON A BUDGET

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    Gardencook: so sorry to hear about the earthquake. I hope you are all safe. Your post actually supports an article that I wrote the other day about the huge number of FDA recalls and safety alerts that are not making the news timely enough to help those who may be affected by them at the expense of occupying our social media hours. We are spending so much time trying to make sense of the COVID-19 truths and myths that have our center stage. For those not familiar with the FDA recalls: CLICK HERE. There are also medical device recalls not hitting the news the may affect us, or those we love. MEDICAL DEVICE RECALLS.
     
  14. Gardencook

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    Our mayor is now self-quarantined after testing positive for the Coronavirus upon returning from a trip to Boston and New York to obtain additional opinions from experts after his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Apparently, the specialists changed the diagnosis from Stage 4 Pancreatic to terminal liver cancer, but it has a few more treatment options than the first diagnosis.

    She is quarantined with him, but no news on how this might affect her treatment/weakened immune system. :(
     
  15. jastwins

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    My sister sent me the FB post from her elementary school friend. The mother of this friend passed away in NJ from covid 19. She was in a nursing home and had a history of contracting pneumonia. When she ran a fever, she was admitted to the hospital and tested for the coronavirus (later confirmed). She was alert and speaking to her daughter the next day at noon. By that evening she had taken a turn for the worse and passed away 2 days later when she was taken off life support. The saddest part of this is that her friend never got to see her mom in the hospital and will not be able to have a wake, mass or funeral for her mom. She is to pick out a casket online and the funeral home will handle the burial.
    Her message to everyone is to please take the Covid 19 warning seriously and stay home.
     
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  16. Gardencook

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    We've started seeing some stories here about how badly the locals feel about the invasion of the rich in your area, @jastwins. I'd be angry as well!

    Meanwhile, tonight I saw a story that Pacific fishing boats went out before the Coronavirus got bad. Now they are returning -- with full catches -- to find California on lock down.

    Since the restaurants are closed, the wholesalers are reneging on their contracts and the fishermen can't sell their fish! They were allowed to sell to private people a small amount from the docks -- at a hugely reduced prices, and have found a few markets shipping to other states, but the rest will have to be dumped if it can't be sold quickly enough. What a waste!

    Apparently, there is a good chance the fishing crews will now face layoffs and there will be a huge fish shortage coming down the road. :(
     
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  17. Linda_in_FL

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    Gardencook - I CANNOT click LIKE on your last email - I DO LIKE that you post things but my heart sank when I saw this happening in a great state like California where much and much of our entertainment industry is. A lot of great food ideas started here also that later spread across the nation. This is really a problem for the U.S. It is a shame that our government could not somehow take measures to put a hold on it sooner when it broke in China months ago. The funding to our CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS have been slashed in the past two years - THEY MAY have been able to better handle or prepare for the Covid19 outbreak if our administration did NOT do this.

    My wishes for all of you for health and a sound mind through this crisis in our nation and the world.

    Linda
     
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  18. XUfan

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    Ohio was issued the "stay at home" order yesterday. It takes effect tonight at 11:59 pm. It has lots of exceptions. The grocery stores will still be open, as will restaurants with drive-thru windows and/or delivery. I was surprised at the long list of businesses that are exempt.
     
  19. Gardencook

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    Because we travel, I've given Facebook "Likes" to a LOT of tourist attractions in our region and in neighboring states. It helps me keep on top of what is going on and alerts us to some special events we might not otherwise find out about until it was too late. This is nothing new. I've been doing it for years now.

    However, the split personality posts I've been seeing the past several days started out rather humorous and are now getting downright bizarre!

    Oregon and Washington are closing down beaches, because stupid people are determined not to follow directions and crammed the beaches this past weekend nearly as badly as the news footage we saw of Florida beaches. The message from small beach towns is "Stay away! We don't want you!"

    We're far enough inland here that the only "beaches" we have are lake shorelines. Yesterday, right beneath an article on people swamping the Oregon beaches and a photo of a barricade closing the iconic arch to Long Beach, Washington, what did I see?

    Would you believe an invitation from Bear Lake, Utah telling me the weather was beautiful why not come enjoy the beach? Granted we're a bit colder over here, but that beach gets ever bit as crowded as some of the Pacific beaches during tourist season.

    Utah and Idaho share Bear Lake and what is going on on the Idaho side of that lake? Idaho has closed the visitor centers, indoor restrooms, cabins, yurts and other camping structures at all state parks -- which I'm assuming includes Idaho's Bear Lake State Park which doesn't draw nearly as many people as Utah's Bear Lake State Park.

    And while Bear Lake is in Northern Utah, what is going on in the Southern and Eastern ends of the state? Moab and Cedar City, Utah -- the two cities closest to the majority of the national parks are both telling people to STAY AWAY.

    The visitor centers at all the national parks there have been closed, still Zion National Park had to close major roads within in the park this last weekend, because people weren't practicing social distancing on the trails. It has now imposed a limit to the number of visitors allowed in the park at any time. If you arrive too late, you are required to wait until others leave before you are allowed to enter.

    Then you head up to Jackson, Wyoming -- the gateway to Teton National Park and only a short distance from Yellowstone ...

    Dornan's a bar with a FABULOUS view of the Tetons which is famous for its weekly live music from local artists has gone virtual with a weekly Facebook Live Hootenanny rather than risk a crowd. The National Elk Refuge closed down its sleigh rides early since there was no way to practice social distancing on a sleigh.

    Still I'm getting an unbelievable number of ads inviting me to visit Jackson. I've tried to tell myself they are simply worried about what this will do to their summer tourist season, however, the numerous suggestions for hotels we might enjoy talk about how "remote" their locations are ... :confused: Today I was told to be sure not to miss the arches at the town square RIGHT in the center of town. They obviously want us to drop everything and make a trip right now.

    These bipolar postings are about to drive me to distraction. :rolleyes:
     
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  20. Linda_in_FL

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    Here is a poem that our daughter Robin just wrote - She is a Direcror of Nursing at a hospital in NJ where they lost a petient to Corona virus.

    COVID-19

    What's going on is oh so scary,
    It's making all of us so weary.
    Will there be an end in sight,
    To the world's brand new plight.

    As healthcare workers we are trying so hard,
    But the end in sight seems so far.
    Wash your hands and stay at home,
    If we all do that it will soon be gone.

    I pray for those that are sick and afraid,
    It's only right to let their love one stay.
    The numbers of cases are growing so fast,
    I pray this will soon be in the past.

    Remember to tell those you love just how you feel,
    And pray for others to quickly heal.
    All I have left to say is be safe and smart,
    This is my wish for you from the bottom of my heart.

    Robin M. Mathews
    3/24/2020
     

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