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I think we're kind of on our own at this point. If your place of work lets you work from home, do it. Wash your hands more and longer than you usually do. Try to resist the $50 Broadway tickets or the short lines at Disney World. Most of us will probably get COVID-19, but we want to get R0 low enough that we all don't get it in the next month.
Michael Barnes wrote: And yet here we are with a racist, semi-sentient log of shit acting as president slurring through a speech apparently written by Stephen Miller and Jared fucking Kushner where he addresses absolutely not one thing significant or meaningful from a public health perspective. He calls it a “foreign virus” that we Americans are going to beat. What the fuck? Nothing about testing, control measures, actual steps to help those already impacted or in danger of being impacted...every single person who has voted Republican in the last 4+ years- this shit is on YOU.
We had a chance to sack this shitheel...and now people are going to DIE directly because of his lies and his total mismanagement of this situation.
I watched his speech last night, only because it came on immediately after The Masked Singer (a sad tale in itself and entirely self-inflicted). I didn't feel especially comforted afterwards; that orange taint wart was too stoned to even read a teleprompter correctly. Stock market loved it too - it looks like my 401K is now in dried cat food territory.
Thankfully it's not too out of hand yet in the Philippines. We'll see how things go.
So we obviously are a much healthier country than everyone else and have nothing to worry about … FFS
All our state Colleges and Universities are closing, along with most of the private ones (i.e. Yale)
All jury trials have been suspended.
Our governor has asked that all state and private employees work from home if able.
Here's the Kafkaesque part - the entire Judicial branch of the state is specifically forbidden from working from home, even though my department and several other are absolutely capable of working remotely, have the technology, and absolutely do not have to have our butts in any specific place to get our jobs done (in bad weather I walk a block and a half to the nearest court house, and plug in my laptop at an empty desk because I am not allowed to do exactly the same thing from my house. I am required to be in a Judicial building to work). The ability to work remotely is actually on the list for the next Union negotiation, which isn't for another year I believe.
My kids are home from school for a minimum of two weeks. My boy's robotics team finally canceled events that put 1200 kids in a gymnasium for 13 hour days this weekend and next. Got word this evening that my contractor, the Maryland Department of Transportation, has instructed its entire office staff in all divisions to work from home until further notice.
I think Trump's speech from the Oval Office closed the deal.
Edit -- Just expanded to the entire state government.
We are doing our slow roll stock-up in case we get quarantined, and Costco was a wild scene today. Like, all the toilet paper is gone, but there's plenty of ibuprofen and Gatorade, which is like, shit you'll actually need if you get sick.
Atmosphere here is almost like how I remember 9/12...lingering fear and uncertainty about what is going to happen.
Went to the grocery store- utter mayhem. I could barely walk through the store. Most purchased item- cases of Miller Lite.
Went to Sprouts (a Whole Foods-like healthy grocery)...about as busy as a weekend. Pretty normal overall.
The mall near our house has a fucking fair set up. There was one family riding the Ferris wheel when we drove by. Who the fuck thinks it’s a good idea to be touching all over those nasty old fair rides right now?
What really should be happening right now is that able Americans should be marching to remove Trump and his lackeys from the White House and run every single Republican senator out. Voting them out is not enough at this point. This has all cast into sharp relief how much damage they have done and will do to American lives. Won’t pay to test Americans and save lives, but will dump money into the stock market? Says everything.
Even our Trump loving PM is taking precautions. Mostly for PR purposes, but it's happening. And of course our health care system is taking care of testing etc.
Schools are open, but are closing when there is a confirmed case (as happened with my kids school today
Good luck with everything.
The social distancing is good for slowing the effect down and not overwhelming hospitals but the number of infections, in all likelihood will remain the same until vaccinations are available. We are expecting 50% infection considering that many infections are asymptomatic.
I have no comment on UK decisions as that will be driven by health care advisors at the very top of the government and I'm not privy to their point of view so I'm not going to criticise different ways of responding.
We have test kits free for everyone here. Current advice is social distancing, hygiene and reporting to a hospital if any symptoms present with a mask to prevent droplet spray. Sam Harris did an excellent podcast a couple of days ago with a top guy from John Hopkins putting everything in perspective. Can't say I'm not worried, being trapped in the country, but on the other hand, do I really want to go back to the UK?