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Old 03-17-2020, 01:24 PM
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How’s things where you are?


Here (Holland) schools, bars, restaurants gyms and other assorted assembly places are closed until the 6th of April. The public is advised to work from home if at all possible.
Looking at public transportation (-75%) and roads (virtually no traffic) it looks like people here are taking it to heart.
So far we have seen a minor run on TP and canned goods last Friday. I was able to order everything online and everything got delivered just fine.
At home we’ve decided to expand our little quarantine zone to include our friends/ neighbors with children around the same age as ours: 1 house is school/childcare, the other is our makeshift office.

This makes life a little more normal and so far, 2 days in, it is working out.
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Old 03-17-2020, 01:32 PM
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1 reported case in Peoria in the Heart of Illinois. Patient sent home for self quarrantine. As for the rest of us? All restaurants, bars, pubs closed. Take out, drive-through, or delivery only. Casino's also closed. State parks closed. Schools and day care closed. 24-hour stores close at either 10 or 11 PM to allow for restocking of that which everyone has bought out, including frozen pizza, eggs, frozen vegetables, bread, and bottled water. No sign of toilet paper or paper towels on delivery trucks so far. I work for the major healthcare system in the area and non-clinical employees have been put under an infectious disease / facility contingency plan allowings us to work from home if desired. Home improvement stores are open and doing pretty good. People loading up on paint, building materials, appliances, etc to take advantage of the shut downs and catch up on home improvement

We too will do out best to make the most of it. Engage in our own home improvement projects and COVID cookoffs at home
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Old 03-17-2020, 01:33 PM
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1 reported case in Peoria in the Heart of Illinois. Patient sent home for self quarrantine. As for the rest of us? All restaurants, bars, pubs closed. Take out, drive-through, or delivery only. Casino's also closed. State parks closed. Schools and day care closed. 24-hour stores close at either 10 or 11 PM to allow for restocking of that which everyone has bought out, including frozen pizza, eggs, frozen vegetables, bread, and bottled water. No sign of toilet paper or paper towels on delivery trucks so far. I work for the major healthcare system in the area and non-clinical employees have been put under an infectious disease / facility contingency plan allowings us to work from home if desired. Home improvement stores are open and doing pretty good. People loading up on paint, building materials, appliances, etc to take advantage of the shut downs and catch up on home improvement

We too will do out best to make the most of it. Engage in our own home improvement projects and COVID cookoffs at home
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Old 03-17-2020, 01:42 PM
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Only a few sick here in Austin. All restaurants and bars are ordered closed. People have panic-shopped, like anyone else, but not too extremely so. Overall still quite calm here.
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Old 03-17-2020, 01:46 PM
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Here in Dallas, there are 28 cases in the county so far, with 3 of them critical.

Meanwhile, we're limited to gatherings no larger than 50 people, and all bars, restaurants, gyms, health clubs, theaters, etc... are shut until further notice, except for takeout/delivery food. Most school districts have at the least extended spring break, and many have indefinitely cancelled classes. We can still go to the grocery store, parks, and other retail places. It seems like a huge chunk of the white collar workforce has been sent to work from home, but it hasn't been mandated or even 'recommended' by the city/county government yet. Traffic is light, and from what I've read on social media, the weekend's frenzied panic buying has mostly been restocked, with the exception of a few specific items like hand sanitizer and toilet paper, and even the latter isn't totally unobtainable.

My family's pretty much stuck at home; my children are out of school, and my wife's working on coming up with some kind of routine for them as well as homeschooling them. For the moment, I'm still coming in to work, although everyone's kind of expecting that axe to fall any day now, and working in IT, I've heard that there's a lot of frenzied VPN testing/activity going on among the technical teams, so I think that feeling is probably justified.

We (my family) have tended to keep about 2-3 weeks of food on hand anyway- I descend from something like seven generations of Galveston/Gulf Coast dwellers, so emergency preparedness has become part of the family traditions, and my wife's family is just generally sort of prepared. We did go stock up on some semi-essentials, like coffee, beer, fresh fruit/vegetables, TP, and cleaning products, but nothing panicky. Mostly stuff we wouldn't want to do without for a long period, or stuff that we can avoid a trip to the store later by buying now- like dishwasher detergent. We probably have 2 weeks worth, but it seemed prudent to just go ahead and buy more now.

I imagine we'll be watching a lot of TV and doing a lot of garden-related stuff in the backyard. We had some projects that I suspected we probably wouldn't entirely complete before it gets too hot, but now that we have several weekends with literally nothing better to do, I suspect they'll get done and then some.

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Old 03-17-2020, 05:17 PM
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So far no deaths, but 218 confirmed cases. Of course there's almost no testing yet.

Most obvious things like schools, restaurants (it's legal to do take out or delivery) have been closed, along with all events. My dentist cancelled my teeth cleaning appointment this morning. My daughters were potentially exposed and are in self-isolation. One is a therapist and has been okayed by her institution to get paid for phone therapy. The other is a public school teacher.

I have a sore throat, not very bad. We live very rurally so can go outside all we want.

I'm worried about my parents, in their 90's and living in the Bay Area. If they get infected they'll probably die and I may not even be able to go to their funerals.

I'm cooking a lot of root vegetables and binge-watching The Magicians. My husband is cutting firewood trees in the lower pasture.
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:18 PM
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So far no deaths, but 218 confirmed cases. Of course there's almost no testing yet.

Most obvious things like schools, restaurants (it's legal to do take out or delivery) have been closed, along with all events. My dentist cancelled my teeth cleaning appointment this morning. My daughters were potentially exposed and are in self-isolation. One is a therapist and has been okayed by her institution to get paid for phone therapy. The other is a public school teacher.

I have a sore throat, not very bad. We live very rurally so can go outside all we want.

I'm worried about my parents, in their 90's and living in the Bay Area. If they get infected they'll probably die and I may not even be able to go to their funerals.

I'm cooking a lot of root vegetables and binge-watching The Magicians. My husband is cutting firewood trees in the lower pasture.
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:21 PM
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They just closed all Kansas schools for the rest of the year. At least in person. They are working on ways to finish the year with on line learning.

All Kansas City restaurants, bars, theaters and such are closed. takeout and drive thrus remain open and I guess others will start doing take out.
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:28 PM
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Curiously, it was actually perishable goods that were almost completely gone at the supermarket last night. Produce, meat, and daily were basically gone. But canned goods, coffee, cereal, snacks, etc. were all fine. I'm in the California Bay Area and we're under a three-week lockdown starting today.

Hopefully the situation relaxes in a few days. I was hoping to cook "real food" now that I'm working from home.
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:53 PM
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Curiously, it was actually perishable goods that were almost completely gone at the supermarket last night. Produce, meat, and daily were basically gone. But canned goods, coffee, cereal, snacks, etc. were all fine. .
Maybe most people have by now stocked up on several week's worth of non-perishables; but are starting to run out of (or to be dubious about the dates on) the stock of perishables they got in the first shopping burst.
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Old 03-17-2020, 06:32 PM
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Maybe most people have by now stocked up on several week's worth of non-perishables; but are starting to run out of (or to be dubious about the dates on) the stock of perishables they got in the first shopping burst.
Yeah, could be. And really, meat and dairy are only semi-perishable; they both freeze well. Can't really explain a rush on produce though, aside from people being generally in panic mode.
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Old 03-17-2020, 07:12 PM
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Went for a walk (allowed) around the 'hood today; it was weird having people coming in the other direction stepping out into the street to maintain the 6' social distance. On a kind of a positive note, the mini-grocery store around the corner announced that they would be open between 8-9AM for people over 60 only.

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Self-imposed isolation is mandatory here because heavy snow - but our new generator works, hopefully keeping us online and warm till the next propane delivery can crawl in. Locals posting on www.nextdoor.com don't mention shortages at the mountain markets, and do volunteer to haul supplies to those not willing or able to venture out. A cafe-bakery even offers to deliver meals! Miracle! Well, after the snowpack diminishes...
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:24 PM
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Bay Area. Traffic is very light. Rapid transit ridership is very light. I took a walk today, and traffic was unusually light also near my house.
We went to the grocery last Friday which was much busier than usual, but no lack of items. Yesterday I walked to my bank which is in the same complex as an Indian grocery. That had people out the door waiting to get in.
I notice that the ads on CNN are now for restaurant delivery.
The ad circular we got Sunday had lots of ads around food for watching March Madness. Oops.
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:46 PM
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Curiously, it was actually perishable goods that were almost completely gone at the supermarket last night. Produce, meat, and daily were basically gone. But canned goods, coffee, cereal, snacks, etc. were all fine. I'm in the California Bay Area and we're under a three-week lockdown starting today.

Hopefully the situation relaxes in a few days. I was hoping to cook "real food" now that I'm working from home.
San Francisco hasnt been shut down this bad since the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl.
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Bay Area. Traffic is very light. Rapid transit ridership is very light. I took a walk today, and traffic was unusually light also near my house.
We went to the grocery last Friday which was much busier than usual, but no lack of items. Yesterday I walked to my bank which is in the same complex as an Indian grocery. That had people out the door waiting to get in.
I notice that the ads on CNN are now for restaurant delivery.
The ad circular we got Sunday had lots of ads around food for watching March Madness. Oops.
Again, it must feel like the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl.
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8 days since the schools closed:

The schools are distributing work via email and the post. They’re really trying.
Yesterday the government announced some fines for people willfully ignoring social distancing.

I’m working in our almost empty office at work to give my wife some room to work at home.
My mothers birthday was last Saturday. Birthdays via FaceTime suck.
Looking at the numbers I think we’re in it for quite a long period. I hope my parents (who are all kinds of surceptable) stay healthy.
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Old 03-24-2020, 11:38 AM
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Schools, parks and all other public spaces have been closed for a bit over a week. All businesses that can are working "remote". Bars and restaurants are closed to all but take out and deliveries.
There have been relatively few cases in my town so far (25 known cases out of a population of 55,000 jammed into one square mile).
I see people out walking around or jogging, but they are few and far between. We have enough open areas around my apartment that you can go outside while maintaining "social distance".
Grocery and drug stores are open and more or less stocked with everything (except the one specific thing I'm looking for). They have reduced hours and some places like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's limit the number of customers at a time
By specific apartment has removed all chairs from the lobby to discourage loitering and roped off a 6 ft zone around the concierge desk.
Basically everything is just very quiet here.

I find it very bizarre listening to the ravings of people online, many of which live in relatively isolated places. People just seem to be coming up with these random fantasies based off shit they saw in some post-apocalyptic movie. "My friend PFC Nobody who trains with NBC gear in the Army said so and so" or whatever.
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Old 03-24-2020, 01:29 PM
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There's been a strong and clear response, despite only a few hundred positive tests and no deaths yet.

The president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has made two excellent speeches to the nation, and the government is taking this extremely seriously.

On March 15, Ramaphosa declared a nationwide state of disaster, closed schools and some land and sea entries into the country, almost cut off international travel into the country, and strongly encouraged social distancing, hand-washing, etc.

Yesterday evening, in another address, he announced a 21 day national lockdown starting on Thursday. All non-essential services and businesses will be closed, and people must stay at home, except for limited essential trips. Temporary shelters will be set up for homeless people. The army and police will be enforcing the lockdown. South Africans are notoriously casual about following rules, so we'll have to see how it goes.

However, I've seen no panic. My local supermarket was busier than usual today and selling out of some staple foods (but there was still plenty of toilet paper). Since the 15th, supermarkets have had security guards at the entrances with spray bottles of hand sanitizer for people entering, but I haven't seen much social distancing so far. A few masks and gloves.
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Old 03-24-2020, 02:50 PM
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It's stunningly beautiful here in South Alabama. Spring has fully sprung, the sun is shining, and there is a warm breeze off the Gulf of Mexico.

Everything is green and full of lively color!
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Curiously, it was actually perishable goods that were almost completely gone at the supermarket last night. Produce, meat, and daily were basically gone. But canned goods, coffee, cereal, snacks, etc. were all fine. I'm in the California Bay Area and we're under a three-week lockdown starting today.

Hopefully the situation relaxes in a few days. I was hoping to cook "real food" now that I'm working from home.
Over the past couple of days, my local groceries have had a pretty decent stock of perishables. Eggs are tricky and the bread and milk selection runs low later in the day, but you can get stuff. Fresh meat and poultry, you can always find something. Sometime the selection is broad, sometimes itís sparse - havenít figured out the pattern. I have yet to see any problems with fresh produce, every store always has plenty.

But canned foods and frozen foods are almost all gone. As are things like pasta, rice dried beans and spaghetti sauce. Last week I couldnít find fresh bread so I was buying refrigerated tubes of biscuit and crescent roll dough - now I can get fresh bread but the refrigerated dough section has been cleaned out. I attribute a lot of this -especially the run on frozen pizzas - to children being home all day.

I know this stuff will come back, but if we have drawn down the warehouse stock of these items, it may take time to make and distribute more. I hope it doesnít make everyone too crazy.
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:04 PM
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Pretty lame. Our governor has officially shut us down for at least two weeks except for "essential services" (which I think has yet to be fully defined). In a way I'm lucky: I don't currently have a job so from that standpoint I'm not missing anything at all. Fortunately for me practicing "social distancing" has never really been a problem and still isn't.
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Old 03-24-2020, 04:15 PM
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West central Indiana, for me. We're under a 'Stay at home' suggestion. People are absolutely NOT staying at home, though.

The stores are being emptied of soups, all manner of soaps, bread/rolls, deli/lunch meats, regular meats, milk, eggs, all manner of frozen foods, and all manner of paper products. Gas is cheaper than it has been in ages.

My daughter works at a Super Walmart, night shift. They have closed the stores at night, but she still has to go into work to help restock shelves, and sanitize.

My husband is an OTR truck driver, so, he's out there, doing his two week stint, and won't be back to our hovel until April 4th.

I'm a houseleech, so, I'm here, doing what I can to hold down the fort.

Chewy sent me an email, after I ordered dog food from them on Thursday, that it will be 5 to 8 days before it gets sent out. So, I'm waiting on that.

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Old 03-24-2020, 05:15 PM
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Pretty much everything is closed here in Lexington, Ky except for groceries, pharmacies, banks, gas stations. Anything not essential to living was shut down. Restaurants can do drive-thru, delivery and some takeout. I work in a hospital so am still working of course. The hospital has only one entrance unlocked and is screening all visitors - only one per patient is allowed. All the drinking fountains are turned off and the cafeteria is off-limits for visitors, employees have to sit one to a table. All elective procedures have been cancelled. PPE is running kind of short. Only a handful of deaths so far fortunately. I work in the lab and we do some PCR, we're trying to get COVID testing up and running but right now we're sending it to either State Health Dept. or a commercial lab. It's been pretty hectic.

After getting off work last Saturday it was kind of spooky how little traffic there was on my way home. I haven't been in a store since Sunday before last and it looked looted, a lot of bare shelves. I just go to work and go home, which seems to please my cats very much. Walk around the neighborhood for exercise and have seen a few more people out walking than I usually do but everybody avoids each other pretty well.
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:37 PM
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The police are enforcing a curfew from 19.00 to 06.00. It occurs to me I have never been in a curfew. I have two teachers out. One is having difficulty breathing. We are contacting our students online for three hours a day. "Teaching" seems an exaggeration. The company cafeterias are closed. The mess hall in my compound are now serving us on foam clamshells. I suppose we are supposed to eat in our shipping containers, I am eating on a picnic table by the pool. It is oddly quiet with no airplane noises.


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Old 03-24-2020, 09:43 PM
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In Japan it is business as usual. The only difference I have noticed is that there is a run on TP and masks, 90% of people wearing masks (as opposed to the usual 30-40%) and fewer tourists around. On the one hand we do have a low body contact culture but it is also a high-density lifestyle, so I worry. People are not self-isolating and all businesses are open.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:05 AM
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London is in lock down. It is not total, but public places have been closed down progressively. Each day there seems to be a new category that is to be closed for the duration of the emergency. The only places open now are food shops, pharmacies and some banks. Restaurants and cafes have swithched to a takeaway service and the grocery delivery companies are doing well, but people complain they cannot get a delivery slot.

London is quiet, traffic is low and most shops closed. It is like a Sunday everyday and there has been glorious spring sunshine these past few days. So people head for the parks and open spaces, much to the exasperation of our political leaders. The British press is febrile at the best of times and now they go looking for examples of people not keeping a social distance. Politicians at all levels rail against this thoughtless behaviour that may spread the infection and each day seems to bring a new set of shops or services that are to be closed. The country was shamed by a tearful health worker who, after a long shift on the front line of the health services, could not find what she needed in the shops because of panic buying. There are empty shelves, but the supermarkets seem to get restocked regularly. Some supermarkets specifying times when the over 60s are allowed exclusive access for a couple of hours. They now allow health workers to join them but now they have soon realised that health workers may well be vector for infection, so it now does not seem a smart thing to do. Some are restricting the numbers of people allowed into the shop and rationing items in short supply like toilet rolls to one or two per customer. I think we are coming to the end of the panic buying, there is only so much you can buy. For the supermarkets, they are quite used to spikes in demand, like at Christmas and the many false alarms over a sudden Brexit mean that the food supply chain is well prepared.

While the politicians implore the public to behave responsibly and set out a decreasing list of types of shops that may remain open. We are now down to food. pharmacies and banks. In the past day or so they have decided that only two people can gather together outside unless they share a household and there is a £30 fine for offenders. There have been reports of police clearing parks and breaking up private BBQs. At the same time, the police are complaining that they also have staff problems. Many required to self isolate and being required to stay at home for a couple of weeks. They and the government rely on encouraging civic responsibility and peer pressure.

The London public transport system is still running, but at a reduced service. People post pictures of crowding on tube trains and there are calls for more closures though they have to come up with an answer as to how 'key workers' are supposed to get to the jobs.

The latest scandal is the lack of personal protection equipment available to frontline staff in the health service. In Italy and Spain it has become apparent that hospitals and care homes become infected and may have spread the infection. Corovirus tests are still restricted only to hospital cases showing the symptoms. Many health workers have not been tested themselves and some doctors have died as a result. Many health workers are very worried for themselves and their families. The politicians tend to be defensive about this and say that a gazillion test kits, gloves and masks are on their way. The quickly move on to admonishing the public to keep their distance and wash their hands thoroughly.

I saw some local shops still open in the poorer areas. I have seen some street markets with stalls selling fruit and veg. Sometimes the customers seem a bit too close.

The advice is to only go out once a day for some exercise or go to the supermarket or pharmacy. There is none of the form filling and oppressive policing that there is in Paris which has led to an exodus to the countryside in France. The schools are all closed here and I imagine it is getting very difficult for parents of energetic children in small London apartments. The play areas in the parks are all closed but people still sit on the grass a discrete distance away from each other or walk cheerfully around, keeping a 2m distance. There is no total curfew yet.

There is another growing concern about the 300,000 or so UK nationals trapped in other countries unable to get home. This, I guess, is a problem every country faces since airlines have stopped running services and London is full of stranded travelers and all the EU nationals who worked in the hospitality sector, they are out of work and trying to get home. However, the homeless in central London are happy, one of big tourist hotels has offered them rooms for free.

There are community help networks spring up everywhere and everyone is worried about the elderly. Last Sunday was Mothers day and this become a Skype event or waving at family from behind a window. There is a general feeling that we all have to do our bit to get through this and help each other. Our politicians are very keen to appear like heroic wartime leaders steadfastly defiant in the face of an enemy and Boris Johnson thinks this is his Winston Churchill moment. Hopefully he won't oversee quite as many national catastrophes.

People in the UK have stopped talking about Brexit, at last. Just when we thought we had created our own economic collapse, it gets eclipsed by a force of nature, rendering the whole world economy teetering on the edge.

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Old 03-25-2020, 09:19 AM
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Things were fine until this morning, but I'm afraid it's Game Over now. Waffle House is closing. When the Waffle House Index goes code-red, that means it's bad.

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Old 03-25-2020, 10:07 AM
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Toilet paper is in short supply. I wanted to get a package Friday, but no joy. Yesterday I went to Rite-Aid after being told they should have some in the early afternoon. I waited half an hour, and they finally put 12-roll packages of single-ply Scott tissue on the shelves. I took one. (I didn't tet the 12-roll package because of the pandemic; we always buy the 12-roll single-ply packages.) A couple of people waiting were disappointed that it was single-ply tissue, but I assume other brands were put out afterward. The Rite-Aid staff just happened to put out our preferred choice first.

I made a toilet paper meme.
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Bristol UK. For the past two days I've been adapting to the new 'stay at home' regime, only going out once a day to walk the dog. The weather is glorious at the moment, for the first time in months, so I've really enjoyed those walks.

Everyone is keeping a respectful distance. I saw several families going jogging together, which was nice.

There was a small, spaced out queue waiting to go into Aldi, where they're only letting 15 people in at one time. I saw someone post on our local Facebook group that it was the most relaxing shopping experience she'd ever had in Aldi.

I'm trying to avoid supermarkets, shopping locally. Luckily I have a traditional butchers, fishmonger, greengrocers and deli all on my small high street, and am having wine deliveries regularly. What people I've seen on my walks have all greeted me with a 'hello' (from a distance). So perhaps it'll make us all nicer to each other, after the cultural damage caused by Brexit.

Although, I'm starting to feel a little wistful for the days when we thought Brexit was our biggest nightmare.

I work for a creative agency, and marketing is the first thing to get ditched in times of financial crisis, so we're super worried. Very relieved that the government is guaranteeing wages up to £2500 for furloughed staff. Otherwise we'd be talking redundancies right now. We'll be deciding who to furlough at the end of this week.

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Old 03-25-2020, 10:43 AM
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Pennsylvania is pretty much shutdown now. My gf is working from home, as she is non-essential (self esteem hit?) but I'm still going to work each day. Pennsylvania has around 900 cases, with seven deaths. The county we live in (Armstrong) had their first case announced yesterday.

My gf deals well with stress. She has been waking up at 5:30 like usual, but without a 90 minute drive to work she begins working right away. During a teleconference yesterday she presented an advertising client with all sorts of information about why now is the ideal time for them to ramp up their advertising (they are an investment firm). It sounds like she was successful.

On the off chance her business fails during this crises, she has two offers that will match her current package without even knowing what she is making. Meanwhile I'm exploring my options to close down my business, declare bankruptcy, etc. I wish I were half as successful as she is.
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Panama went on almost complete lockdown yesterday. Officially it's being referred to as total quarantine. Everyone except for essential workers is permitted to leave the house for only two hours each day to go to the supermarket or pharmacy, at designated times based on the last number of their national ID card. Those over sixty can go between 11 AM and 1 PM. There's also a national curfew between 5 PM and 5 AM. All flights into or out of the country have been halted.

It doesn't make much difference to me since I've been on home quarantine since last Wednesday after arriving back from the US (like anyone who has traveled internationally recently). The Health Department was calling me each day to check if I had any symptoms but hasn't done so the last couple of days. My fridge is well-stocked and I work from home anyway though I miss my daily walks for exercise in the evenings. I may have to start walking the stairs of my apartment building. But my sock drawer has never been in better order!

Panama so far has 443 cases and 8 deaths, a large majority of them in Panama City and its suburbs. A number of districts in the rest of their country have closed their borders to anyone coming from outside.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:05 AM
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The police are enforcing a curfew from 19.00 to 06.00. It occurs to me I have never been in a curfew. I have two teachers out. One is having difficulty breathing. We are contacting our students online for three hours a day. "Teaching" seems an exaggeration. The company cafeterias are closed. The mess hall in my compound are now serving us on foam clamshells. I suppose we are supposed to eat in our shipping containers, I am eating on a picnic table by the pool. It is oddly quiet with no airplane noises.


By the way, it is eighteen degrees this morning.
Are you still scheduled to fly out next week? (Fingers crossed!)

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US (Texas) here.

Things were fine until this morning, but I'm afraid it's Game Over now. Waffle House is closing. When the Waffle House Index goes code-red, that means it's bad.

Been nice knowing you guys...
Whoa! <shocked silence>

Waffle House has seen me through some ba-a-a-ad times.

I love their fried egg and bacon sandwich on raisin toast.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:07 AM
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I miss my daily walks for exercise in the evenings. I may have to start walking the stairs of my apartment building.
That is one area where I've been blessed. I used to drive to bars/breweries after work most days. Now I wait for my gf to finish work (from home), then we go for a hike. We see deer, rabbits, turkeys, songbirds, etc, but never another person.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:29 AM
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Western Iowa, here. My state has closed down places like restaurants, theaters and malls. Any food place offering delivery, pick up, take out etc are able to do that. I'm still working in the office (very small company with 9 of us max on-site and well-spaced apart), but as I do have the ability to work from home and I want to protect my fairly high-risk dad should I visit my parents' house, I'm going to give it a trial run this next week. I'll be taking my work laptop home on Friday and seeing how I can set things up over the weekend. If I think I can focus okay and get work done, I'll work from home and wait this out. I'll need to do that anyway, should Iowa decide to close its borders (I work in South Dakota which, along with Nebraska, has not mandated any closures).

I'm lucky that everyone in my office can work from home. My brother manages a bar, and has been unable to work for over a week now. He's salaried and I think he's paid up through the 31st, but after that he'll have to look at filing for unemployment. His girlfriend, who tends bar and waitresses, already has filed. My mom and dad can both work from home.

I'm kind of a homebody anyway, so I don't anticipate any huge issues staying home. Like most people though, I do enjoy SOME time with friends, and I feel not being able to will really take a toll on me this summer, which I was REALLY looking forward to.

I have a flight to Alaska scheduled for mid June, which has already been rerouted from Denver to Chicago. I imagine it'll continue to adjust, if not get outright cancelled. I know Alaska is pretty locked down right now (mandatory 2-week quarantine for all travelers to the state), so if that's still in effect in June I won't be able to go. I do have flight insurance so if all touristy places and restaurants I planned to visit are closed, I SHOULD be able to post-pone by trip for little if any cost.

I know it isn't important in the grand scheme of things, but I'm really bummed about that trip... It's my biggest solo trip and I picked that weekend precisely for a big festival that'll in all likelihood be cancelled if it isn't already. I'm still holding out hope for now...
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2 weeks of homeschooling a 10-year old, a 8-year old, a 7 year old and a 9 year old special needs kid. (we are doing this together with our neighbors and a friend we're paying to watch our kids).

Their schools are really stepping up in providing materials and fun assignments. Being "teacher" for 1 day per week isn't really too bad. We can do this!
Schoolwork is getting done! Kids are in good spirits. Can't wait 'till the schools open again.

We all are still working 4 days a week, so that is working out. My wife and I installed an extra desk in our bedroom yesterday to have some decent work space as we are lacking a dedicated office. I still go to the office (we have plenty of room, no visitors and our company is only 6 people). I love my wife but we should not be in the same space all day, every day.
I'm really starting to long for that evening when I can fill my house with friends. Have the kids go on a sleep-over and sleep in until I wake.
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