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Spud 03-12-2020 10:26 AM

How are you personally affected by the Corona Virus?
 
My wife and I work in the same building but for different companies. Normally has about 3,000 people there. About 4 cars in the parking lot when I met my boss to grab my laptop this morning. They wouldn't let me inside.

Oldest kid in med school came home because all face to face classes are cancelled.

My wife's IT group will be coming by tonight or tomorrow to set up her remote office (she doesn't have a laptop).

Youngest kid just found out a few hours ago that his face to face classes are cancelled for the rest of the year. I assume he will move home this weekend.

I'm currently enjoying watching the Price is Right.

SmellMyWort 03-12-2020 10:43 AM

Just a thought, but it might be informative for posters to give a general location.

I'm in southern WI and there are currently 6 confirmed cases in my state. Locally, some social events are being cancelled, scaled back, or postponed. The local school district says schools will remain in session at this point unless a case is detected. Colleges are telling students not to come back after spring break for various amounts of time and seem to be scrambling to get virtual options in place.

My employer already allows almost everyone to work from home if they want. Offices remain open but there are definitely more people choosing not to come in. All travel, even within state, is heavily restricted. A conference I was planning to attend in CA in April was scrapped but they are working to do sessions remotely.

Spring Break family vacation is still on, assuming flights aren't cancelled or other drastic measures put in effect that could make it difficult to get back home. We have direct flights from Chicago to a Caribbean island that so far hasn't reported any cases, so that's good. Also bought trip insurance several weeks ago, so happy with that decision. I just checked and the policy I bought has gone up in price, but not as much as I would have expected.

PastTense 03-12-2020 10:47 AM

Nothing has changed in my personal environment--except that I am getting worried and planning to change my behavior somewhat because of what I read in the internet.

FoieGrasIsEvil 03-12-2020 10:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SmellMyWort (Post 22185526)
Just a thought, but it might be informative for posters to give a general location.

I'm in southern WI and there are currently 6 confirmed cases in my state. Locally, some social events are being cancelled, scaled back, or postponed. The local school district says schools will remain in session at this point unless a case is detected. Colleges are telling students not to come back after spring break for various amounts of time and seem to be scrambling to get virtual options in place.

My employer already allows almost everyone to work from home if they want. Offices remain open but there are definitely more people choosing not to come in. All travel, even within state, is heavily restricted. A conference I was planning to attend in CA in April was scrapped but they are working to do sessions remotely.

Spring Break family vacation is still on, assuming flights aren't cancelled or other drastic measures put in effect that could make it difficult to get back home. We have direct flights from Chicago to a Caribbean island that so far hasn't reported any cases, so that's good. Also bought trip insurance several weeks ago, so happy with that decision. I just checked and the policy I bought has gone up in price, but not as much as I would have expected.

My folks cancelled their cruise to the Caribbean, finally. They received a voucher from the cruise line but were out 2 grand from the travel agent's booking fee. Cheaper than a funeral. My folks are both almost 80, so them being on a cruise ship right now wouldn't be a very prudent thing to do.

Quimby 03-12-2020 10:51 AM

My wife and I had a trip booked to Europe to see her family for Passover that is now canceled.

Spud 03-12-2020 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SmellMyWort (Post 22185526)
Just a thought, but it might be informative for posters to give a general location.

My location is listed as Central Indiana... AKA Indianapolis and suburbs. "Kids" though are in various areas (OH, IN, IL)

pulykamell 03-12-2020 10:54 AM

Damn! The chili cook-off for Saturday got canceled, and I just bought all my meat today! (Well, we can freeze it, at least.)

Also, a job of mine on Monday got cancelled, as well. March is usually a slow month for me business-wise (photography), so it kind of sucks, but, oh well.

I have actually started to use disinfecting wipes after being out in public for the first time since ... well, ever really. Not so much for my health but to not possibly spread it. So that PSA is actually altering my behavior somewhat.

2Bits 03-12-2020 10:54 AM

Just got a text from the care home in which my 95 year old dad currently resides. No visitors. (This in Michigan which has two confirmed cases)


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FoieGrasIsEvil 03-12-2020 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spud (Post 22185546)
My location is listed as Central Indiana... AKA Indianapolis and suburbs. "Kids" though are in various areas (OH, IN, IL)

I'm about 90 miles east of you in the Lawrenceburg area. My sons are still attending school, I think the district is hoping to just make it to Spring Break which starts next Wednesday and thinking that the two weeks off will allow for this to blow over.

I'm worried about them bringing it home and then all three of us are stuck in an apartment for the foreseeable future....

DCnDC 03-12-2020 10:59 AM

Increasingly looking like we'll get mandatory telework at some point, at least a couple of days a week. My immediate supervisors have been against telework for some reason, despite the fact that there's very little practical reason for most of us to actually physically be in the office, but fortunately this decision is being handed down from on high.

Spud 03-12-2020 11:00 AM

Forgot that my wife and daughter had a trip planned for hiking in northern Italy next week. Looking for something closer but even that is getting hard.

CairoCarol 03-12-2020 11:03 AM

Woke up yesterday morning to the news that my son's college (near Philadelphia) had just told everyone, "Don't come back from Spring Break." He is in California with his girlfriend's family. The "stay away" edict is currently in force until April 6.

After a family Skype conference, it was decided he will stay with his girlfriend's family. Poor them! I don't think they bargained on having their daughter's boyfriend as a houseguest for an entire month. I wanted him to come stay with me in Hawai'i (girlfriend welcome as well) but son and GF want to stay together, and GF's parents don't want her to leave.

Other than figuring out my son's situation, my life isn't really affected yet here on Hawai'i Island. I tend to stock up anyway (I kind of live in the boonies and can't dash out for a depleted staple without a bit of a hassle) and had done a big Costco run a couple weeks ago, before TP started to fly off the shelves. So as long as water and power stay on, I can last a month or two, easy, if I have to.

Loach 03-12-2020 11:06 AM

I had tickets to a concert in NYC next week. It was a Christmas present for my girlfriend. It’s been postponed.

I suspect I will be exposed at work which is very worrisome because my mother is going through chemo right now and she is counting on me.

We had plans to go to Niagara Falls in a month. Not sure if that is going to happen.

pullin 03-12-2020 11:06 AM

Not me, but my adult kids are affected, as are my aging parents.

Eldest is having trouble meeting work schedules, since many countries have new restrictions in place. He was supposed to travel from LA to Honolulu, then Singapore, and on to Bahrain. Now Bahrain says no admittance to anyone who's been in Singapore within two weeks, so he's getting lots of delays. Since these restrictions change almost daily, it's playing havoc with his travel schedule.

Youngest still in university, and their classes are all remote starting in 2 weeks (next week is Spring Break). Still lots of confusion on exactly how the classes will be broadcast, whether Skype, or some app provided by the school. The profs haven't had much time to figure this out, so it will be a confused mess for a while.

Parents are still independent, but only barely. I need to drive to help out frequently (700 miles RT). I have a slight cough and drainage so am fearful of traveling to them at the moment. I can do it without any contact along the way, but could make them sick. Now need to stay put for a few weeks to be sure I don't pass something to them.

kayaker 03-12-2020 11:11 AM

No cases yet as far as I know in western Pennsylvania. When I talk to friends, pretty much all we talk about is the virus and how dificult it is not to touch your face.

ENugent 03-12-2020 11:12 AM

I'm in Western Washington, so it's a big effect. The school district is (finally) closing for two weeks starting tomorrow. They announced it after school yesterday, and today will mostly be about picking up belongings and getting instructions for what to do during the break. The company where my husband works full-time and I work part-time has told everyone not to come into the office if it's possible to do their jobs at home. (So the shop guys are still coming in unless they have cold symptoms.) My other job is at a DC law firm, so I already worked at home for that one. We have stocked up on frozen food. I was hoping to go visit my parents in California soon, but that has been scotched for the time being. The freeways are bizarrely empty.

Emergency911 03-12-2020 11:20 AM

Working in a 911 Center in Missouri. On a personal level, the only change has been some longer hours. Work wise, we are now asking people a lot of Novid-19 screening questions. For most calls, it's no big deal, they answer the questions and we respond. But there are some people who catch on to what we are doing and you can almost tell in their voice when it happens. We either get hung up on, or the answers become very vague. We then spend an inordinate amount of time trying to convince people that we will respond to their emergency no matter what, it's just if you are having symptoms of the virus, the responders put on masks and gowns, but it's usually too late and we never get any good information.
As the news has reported, gowns, masks etc are in short supply in the hospital as well as in the field. If you stepped in a hole and broke your ankle, we really don't want to waste the gowns and masks unless we have to. If we try to explain that we are responding no matter how you answer the questions BEFORE you asks the questions, then almost everyone goes straight to paranoid and we still don't get the answers.
The folks I send you run towards the sound of gunfire and run into burning buildings. Why you think they won't come because of some virus is beyond me. They have gear to protect themselves, they are just trying to make sure they don't run out of that gear before they get more.
/end of rant.

kayaker 03-12-2020 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pullin (Post 22185576)
Not me, but my adult kids are affected, as are my aging parents.

My daughter and her fiancé planned to go to New Orleans for a medical convention, then head to Phoenix for another medical meeting. Both meetings were cancelled and the trips were mostly going to be fun trips, but without the "excuse" of a job-related meeting they can no longer go.

cochrane 03-12-2020 11:31 AM

Not really affected here in Arizona. The governor has declared a state of public emergency and there will be no audience for the Democratic debate in Phoenix. But there have only been nine cases in the whole state, and five of them are from one household. It seems to be pretty well contained for the time being.

Qadgop the Mercotan 03-12-2020 11:32 AM

Personally? This week I've spent about 7 hours in meetings about how we'll deal with it, and another 3-4 hours working on plans for dealing with it.

Esprise Me 03-12-2020 11:34 AM

I'm in Los Angeles. My husband is on a solo trip to Mexico right now because he's unemployed and last-minute midweek flights are unbelievably cheap right now. I'm so happy for him, though I am a wee bit envious; I would've gone too if I could get away from work. We're still planning to go to Cozumel with my dive club in June, but my parents (who both turn 70 this year) have just decided that they no longer want to go to Boston in May to visit my cousin, his wife, and their new baby. Cousin et al probably don't want us to come anymore anyway; we haven't discussed our plans in months.

My work just announced they're allowing up to 15 extra sick days for those who need them; normally we only get 5. They're also permitting sick people to work from home, which is normally not allowed (officially; I take work home all the time, just still have to show up during business hours); however, since most of our employees are attorneys who need to appear in court every day, that's not going to be feasible for very many. The court is exploring videoconferencing options, though, so that may change.

I'm not feeling anxious about getting sick or apocalyptic scenarios, but I am worried that all these protective measures will inconvenience me. I don't want all my fun stuff to be canceled!

WildaBeast 03-12-2020 11:37 AM

Personally I haven't been affected. If I'd been planning on attending a Sacramento Kings game or this weekend's St. Partick's Day parade I guess I would have been as those events have been canceled, but I had no plans to attend anyway.

Telemark 03-12-2020 11:54 AM

Working from home at least until the end of next week. My wife's school closed yesterday for cleaning but they're open today. We're in the process of cancelling or postponing our Morocco trail that's currently scheduled for April.

Tabco 03-12-2020 01:16 PM

About an hour south of Portland.

Just learned all finals next week will either be cancelled or moved online, except for those requiring a physical presence (like a lab practicum).

After spring break courses will be online only for at least a couple weeks. Nearest reported case is about 20 miles away. Was going to head south to see some friends for spring break but I may sit tight instead.

Miss Mapp 03-12-2020 01:21 PM

We've been told to telework tomorrow, even those who normally don't on Fridays. No info yet about next week.

Dung Beetle 03-12-2020 01:22 PM

I place orders for a medical laboratory. I've been dashing around placing orders so fast today I'm in danger of disappearing up my own butthole. A lot of stuff is backordered, a lot of companies difficult to get hold of, and web sites down.


I had planned to accompany my husband on a trip to China in April. Of course that's been cancelled.



I was going to go to a company picnic on UF campus next week with my daughter, but I expect that's off too.

echoreply 03-12-2020 01:52 PM

My University has moved all classes to online only, and is telling employees to work from home as much as possible. I've been spending all day preparing documentation to help people in my department work from home. Tomorrow I'll be going into the office to setup some old laptops for people who don't have other work from home options. All in person meetings and group events have been cancelled.

I'll also water the plants out of cycle when I'm there, because I have no idea when I'll be back.

The public school's spring break starts the 23rd. I expect that it will start early, and I'm almost certain that once it does start kids won't be going back to school when they're supposed to.

We don't have very many cases in Colorado yet, but the known cases are those people who were infected a week or two ago. The number of infected people now could be 5-50 times the number of known cases.

I'm also preparing myself for the expectation that people I know will die.

Intergalactic Gladiator 03-12-2020 02:02 PM

I'm in Chicago and so far the schools haven't closed or anything even though there is at least one confirmed case at Vaughn, which is a special needs school that has students bussed in from all over the city.

I take the Metra train to work and there are definitely fewer people on the trains than normal, about half of the usual load on the train cars.

For work, I represent a company that sells firewalls and security solutions and we just got a big order from a customer who is putting firewalls into their employees' homes for VPN. A great opportunity for my team but not really the way I want to do it. On the flip side of this, a lot of our events got cancelled. Part of my job also entails setting up lunch and learns and other food-related activities with our sales people (the best way to win their hearts is with food, evidently) and we haven't been told to halt these, I am concerned that we'll get word on it at some point.

Filbert 03-12-2020 02:50 PM

Mostly people are just panicking ineffectively here (Cornwall, UK), with nothing really happening, though there are confirmed cases in the county. As I'm both a mature student and currently working at at a different branch of the same college at a job that can't realistically be done remotely; if schools get shut down, life gets a bit complicated. Hopefully I'll get paid anyway, but I'm only part-time working round my course, so I don't know.

Class-wise, it could get interesting, as again, some of the assignments can't realistically be done online, like organising an all-day group presentation to the whole college, which is 70% of the module grade. We've been working on it for months and it's planned for next Wednesday... The college campus is tiny, only 70 students, so it's not quite as crazy as it sounds, but... well... we shall see.

Oh, and supposedly a student at a 3rd branch of the college has a confirmed case, at least according to the rumour mill :dubious:

What Exit? 03-12-2020 03:10 PM

My Brother-in-Law was suppose to be in next week. We were going to spend some time in NYC. He won't be in now and we're going to spend next week at home mostly.

I am suppose to start my new job the following Monday. I haven't heard yet, but this could get delayed and that means for me no income. So I'm hoping they decide to keep the office open.

My son's classes will probably be going online. But he lives at home anyway so minimal change.

Thus far my wife's place is still open, but I wonder for how long. She can work from home easily though, so small worry there.

Mrs_Ducky 03-12-2020 03:31 PM

I'm in Ohio, where there are now five confirmed cases. We were notified yesterday that the nursing home that my father-in-law is in, is in full lockdown for at least two weeks.

HubZilla 03-12-2020 03:36 PM

As a Cubmaster, I just cancelled our Pinewood Derby for next weekend.

I feel I made the right call, but tell that to 112 Cub Scouts.

Johnny L.A. 03-12-2020 03:40 PM

Mrs. L.A. is a nurse. Rite-Aid is sold out of alcohol prep pads. We both wonder, 'What are people doing with those?'

Toilet paper stocks at Rite-Aid are adequate.

My commutes this week, from the Canadian border to Seattle and back, have been outstanding. Only two hours each way (instead of the usual three to three and a half hours).

Art Rock 03-12-2020 03:56 PM

I retired early in 2012 (age 55 then), my wife is self-employed (professional artist), so work-wise we're not affected. We just decided not to open our art gallery the coming weeks (better safe than sorry). The supermarket is a 5 minutes walk away and interaction with others is as minimal as we want (and we want as close to zero as possible). We wash our hands thoroughly every time we've been outside, and do our best not to touch our face while we are outside. I'm more worried about the family, three of them being over 70 and two of these health-wise in the risk group. On my wife's side, her father is 82 and managing well on his own in Shanghai - my wife cannot go there right now to help.

icon 03-12-2020 03:59 PM

My Nephew went to the doctor because he was feeling sick on Tuesday and the doctor said he had the symptoms but, surprise surprise, he could not be tested because he wasn't in a high risk group or something like that, so the whole family is now under self-imposed quarantine, and his high school put out a notice about it. He finally was tested today by a doctor in a hazmat suit behind the clinic, no word on when the results will actually be available...

//i\\

Aspenglow 03-12-2020 04:06 PM

If my dad gets the virus, he's a goner. He's 88 years old and still on antibiotics from lung congestion he suffered from his last viral illness a couple months ago. He's currently trying to look after my stepmom, age 72, who recently broke her ankle and requires surgery any day now. My dad is supposed to get a pacemaker in a couple weeks but is now trying to reschedule that procedure so he can be home to help my stepmom through her initial recovery period.

Ordinarily I would immediately drive the 14 hours to help, but their recovery periods will far exceed the time I can stay so a visit will be of limited use. On top of that, due to my wonderful Trump ACA coverage, I am only covered for medical while I am "in network." That means zero coverage if I travel outside my county. Since I too am high risk for COVID-19, I am reluctant to find myself ill, out of network and perhaps unable to get back home for an extended period. I am also self-employed and can't be away from my home office for terribly long. It's a real hardship to be away for even 2 weeks.

We've been exploring assistance for them and have even found a good option, but I can't seem to get them to understand the severity of this outbreak and the importance of self-quarantining to the greatest extent possible. Every time my stepmom drags my dad out to accompany her to another medical appointment when she could use the young, able-bodied available caretaker instead, she is putting him at huge risk. It terrifies me.

I've begged them for more than 5 years to sell up and come live close by so I could tend to them in their times of greatest need. They were finally ready to actually do it, had a trip scheduled to come house hunt on April 3rd. As I feared, probably too late.

N9IWP 03-12-2020 04:12 PM

Work place has moved from "encouraged" work from home to "strongly encouraged". I orderd my hardware token (I don't have a work laptop), before that announcement.
(I plan to come into work, where there are ~125 folks. If a significant fraction stays home that should make going to work safer)

Brian

ekedolphin 03-12-2020 04:19 PM

I'm in Virginia, where the governor has just declared a state of emergency because of 17 reported cases of COVID-19. So far, two events that I was going to go to in the coming weeks have been canceled: A Naval Academy Glee Club concert at Christ & St. Luke's in downtown Norfolk, and a live radio broadcast about diabetes education.

Bijou Drains 03-12-2020 04:31 PM

cancelling a trip to NJ to visit my brother and to see a NHL game.

Aspidistra 03-12-2020 04:52 PM

My parents just cancelled their trip out to Oz (from UK) where we were all going to meet up in Sydney for my 50th in 6 weeks time

I want to cancel my bookings too if I can figure out how to do so without freaking out my elderly Sydney-based uncle and aunt ("Hey, you know how if you come out to lunch with me in the middle of a pandemic you might die? Maybe don't do that!")

Monty 03-12-2020 04:56 PM

I'm in Beijing. My wife is in Korea.

wolfman 03-12-2020 05:04 PM

Personally, nothing at all so far. Except the mental exercise of wondering how long I would be able to keep meals of Rice, Beans, Canned Tomatoes and frozen Chicken Thighs remotely interesting if it came to that.

chizzuk 03-12-2020 05:14 PM

I work for a public school district in Maryland. The governor just announced that all public schools in the state must close for 2 weeks starting this coming Monday, which is going to throw everything into chaos. I'm assuming if we're able to reopen after that, spring break (supposed to start April 3) will be canceled. Regardless, the remainder of the year will be a discombobulated mess.

garygnu 03-12-2020 06:33 PM

I live in Kitsap County, across Puget Sound from Seattle. We have a couple confirmed cases, but likely dozens or hundreds more not showing symptoms.

My wife commutes across the water via ferry. Her whole office got sent home today, they have a couple employees with suspected cases. Not clear if she'd expected to work from home, or for how long.

We have a toddler in daycare. I fear it's only a matter of time before it shuts down. That's my biggest worry.

Myself? I handle too much physical paperwork to work from home. I work for a government agency that handles aging and long term care, some the most vulnerable people in the county. I don't visit anyone in person, but most of my coworkers do face-to-face assessments. If any of us got infected it would be a disaster.

I also worry about my nearby aunts and uncles, all in their 70s.

psychobunny 03-12-2020 06:46 PM

Patients are bombarding me with calls. Everybody with a cold or allergies wants to be tested. I have to tell them I can't do testing in the office. Tests have to be frozen and we don't have the facilities to maintain frozen samples for transport. They want to know where to go to get tested. I have to tell them that the hospitals and Health Dept won't do it because they don't meet criteria and the labs won't do the tests themselves. I frankly don't know where they can get tested until they are more ill. I can tell them to stay home for 2 weeks unless they are really sick but nobody wants to hear that. I have stocked up on gloves, masks, Purell, Lysol but I can't get any additional, so I am worried about running out. I can't even get liquid soap for the office dispensers. The staff is freaked out every time anybody comes in with a cold, which of course happens several times a day. At the same time, patients are cancelling appointments because they are afraid of catching it in the office, so my bottom line is suffering.

kaylasdad99 03-12-2020 06:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pulykamell (Post 22185549)
I have actually started to use disinfecting wipes after being out in public for the first time since ... well, ever really. Not so much for my health but to not possibly spread it. So that PSA is actually altering my behavior somewhat.

After eleven and a half years, I've begun using the disinfectant wipes to wipe down my walkie-talkie at the start of a shift at work.

And Kayla's face-to-face classes at her school have been cancelled in favor of online instruction. Which is fine for accounting and engineering majors. Performing arts, not so much. Spring break is looming, and she's got plans to host three friends (different visits) over the next couple of weeks. One of them is coming on a class trip with the performing arts program at UCI, and is the most probable one to cancel (although we haven't heard anything yet), on account of the Great White Way just announced that it's shutting down for the rest of the month. Which is likely to put a damper on any activities planned for her other friends' visits.

She says that if they all three fall through, she's going to try to fly back home for the duration.

teela brown 03-12-2020 06:54 PM

We've had to cancel a long-planned trip to Washington state. We'll get back the deposit for our lodging, but it's iffy if Alaska Air will refund the money for our airline tickets.

My husband now works from home full-time, but I can't do so. I do a lot of printing of paper and filing of paper, and that can't be done remotely.

hajario 03-12-2020 07:02 PM

I am an avid concert goer. So far five planned concerts in March have been cancelled and probably an early April festival as well.

ThelmaLou 03-12-2020 07:50 PM

South Texas.

I'm retired, so I don't really have to go anywhere. Not affected much at all, at least not so far. I walk at a local mall every morning, but I'm usually in and out of there before the stores open. I've stopped going to synagogue on Friday nights. I also sing in an Episcopal choir on Sunday (yeah, weird I know), and I'm still going to that, but no hugging or shaking hands. I'm in a choir at a local community college and we're on Spring Break. Found out yesterday that all the colleges in the city are extending Spring Break another week and after that they're supposed to go to all online classes. Haven't figured out how to rehearse a choir online... <scratches head>

I have a ladies' lunch group and a book club, but they're 7 and 10 women, respectively, so not a big problem. I don't seek out large group events or even eat out much. Still going to the grocery store a couple of times a week.

I live by myself, and all the people I really cared about are already dead, so there's that. :(

panache45 03-12-2020 07:57 PM

There are 3 cases in Ohio, all in my county, all in the eastern suburbs where I live.

I'm 74, with pre-existing conditions. I no longer go anywhere except for food shopping (early in the morning) and doctors' appointments.

But I'm worried about my husband. He's younger than I am and healthier, but he's traveled internationally for work. If he gets the virus he'll survive. But if he gives it to me, I'm dead.


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