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  • The older folks in my life are NOT taking this seriously at all. Talking to my mom yesterday and she told me she had already eaten everything in the pandemic box of 'shelter in place' food I made her buy and that no, she's not really washing her hands more often or avoiding crowded places, and when I was aghast she was like, "Yes, but I'm relatively healthy so . . ." and I was all like, "NO YOU ARE NOT you are currently doing chemo for CANCER, your' blood pressure is high as a kite, and you've already had THREE HEART ATTACKS" and she was all, "Oh right, I forgot I had cancer"














    She did agree to buy a can of Lysol spray, that was the best I could get out of her -- but I doubt she'll use it!







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    • I was talking to my therapist about this yesterday, and at least one elderly person of his acquaintance considers it an “easy” death, so not worrying about it.

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      • The greek goverment has just decided to close all schools for two weeks. We had 89 cases (no deaths so far) so some say it was premature but I think better safe than sorry in this case.
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        • We're probs a week or so away from non-essential staff being told to work from home, if possible. They've suspended all international business travel for us and are asking people to report personal travel plans. But we still get a ton of international patients and with a 2 week incubation period where people walk around without any symptoms, we're all probs infected and just don't know it. YAY!

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          • All the big tech companies are saying work from home, but our corporate overlords haven’t joined in yet. Some of it is probably solidarity with the drivers, who can’t isolate themselves. But every time I hear people coughing in the office, I think it is time to just sit home and get on zoom for all those meetings I go to.

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            • I have an out-of-town conference in May that I’m hoping they just scrap, and the Mr. and I were going to do a long weekend in NYC that’s probs out now. If we’re unable to cancel, I guess I’m just gonna wear a turtleneck and gloves and pray? And stay away from my parents for a month?

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              • Older people -- most people -- are not taking this seriously at all from what I've seen.

                I spent the weekend reading up on this shit and Monday at work I felt like that woman at the beginning of a disaster movie who is screaming about the danger but everyone thinks she's crazy.

                My boss's dad who is almost 90 comes into our office everyday for coffee and chit chat (he lives nearby) and I was washing my hands and wiping my computer down in the kitchen after getting it back from a repair and he thought I was acting insane. He said it's too bad about the stock market b/c this is overblown and it's "just the flu" and we don't have to extra wash our hands for that. And also we have antibodies that fight off the flu. So this is all silly. And I was like: hahah, cool, except we don't because it's a new strain and I'm gonna continue to be careful but you do you.

                My co-worker has TWO kinds of cancer and is undergoing both chemo AND radiation at the same time and just refuses to stop coming into the office on days she feels ok. And I'm like: WHY IS THIS WOMAN NOT ON QUARANTINE ALREADY? She told me she was thinking of going to a conference this week, and I was aghast. She had planned to go to a funeral on Monday but her doctor told her not to do it. I'm guessing she is pretending that she "has" to come to work because America but my company is completely cool with her staying home. The rest of my (small!) team are all still traveling extensively. New York, Boston, PNW, Hawaii, Florida, Alabama, and ON AND ON ON currently or in the last two weeks with no discussion of not going or stopping travel.

                I'm working from home today because I'm practicing social distancing, so I don't get it from the travelers and also so I'm not responsible for killing the two I mentioned above who are seemingly too oblivious to take precautions.

                My boss and her whole family went to a destination family wedding and will be there for 10 days.

                Even my own husband went on his ski trip to Whistler this morning. At least it's more under control in Canada than it is in Chicagoland, eh?

                Anyway, I was in a REAL panic Sunday/Monday/Tuesday but I got pretty zen about it today. I do have THREE trade shows in one week in Vegas at the end of the month and I am NOT into it AT ALL PERIOD END OF STORY. Just the thought of those casinos and their filthy touch screens and bars is grossing me out! I'm just sitting tight and wondering if they will be canceled. It's the only travel I had planned until May. Vegas is run by a Trump-crazy Mayor so public safety will never top the economy there.
                Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                • Oh, and I keep refreshing these and trying to breathe normally, hee:

                  https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en
                  https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashb...23467b48e9ecf6
                  Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                  • I have been slowly but surely building a level of panic inside of me that cannot be sustained. It mostly involves me picturing myself alone in my house unable to care for myself with a serious version of this thing. I am not in a high risk category, but I am not a young person either, so my guess is I am over-worrying, but that’s what I do.

                    We are now “allowed” to work from home, though not yet “encouraged”. I may end up doing it just for my own peace of mind.

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                    • And my employer is now encouraging us to WFH. Thank Beek; I can hide from all of those coughing 20somethings in that open office plan.

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                      • Dude, young millennials are like, “Yay, cheap flights! Who cares if we come back and kill grandma!” It’s the rarest of rare, but young, healthy people have died of this. Tik Tok and Glossier won’t protect you! I don’t know if it’s just my FB feed, but it feels like one extreme or the other: “Get in your bunkers and build a wall of canned goods!” or “LOL boomers are scared of the sniffles!”

                        Did stock up on some shit today and Walmart had THREE packs of overpriced toilet paper left. And no Lysol. This is already ugly. But there was also an early-20s chick laughing with a friend about prepping at all and it was just as infuriating as the 70-year-old at my work who doesn’t believe in flu shots.

                        Oh! And the Mr. is already in pre-mourning over March Madness.
                        Last edited by LaaLaa; 03-11-2020, 09:17 PM.

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                        • Oh, one bitch I know posted: Hey, Millennials! Where are you going on your Coronvacation? And the comments were FILLED with bitches plotting elaborate trips. I thought those fuckers didn't have any money or jobs or whatever?

                          It took all my self-control not to post: Hahaha, have a great time! I hope you kill your grandmother, you pieces of shit!
                          Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                          • Greece is almost in full lockdown with 190 cases and one death. Depression is eminent but at least we will be alive and with luck I won't kill my mom. Up until now I was cautious and of course I followed all the instructions but now I am scared. Btw, staying in for months is easy peasy for me but doing it with kids is a whole other issue.
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                            • Btw, staying in for months is easy peasy for me but doing it with kids is a whole other issue.


                              I hear you! My kid's school just shut down until April. He's expected to do some kind of online virtual learning but they haven't decided what yet. I'm already homeschooling my eldest and I'm not sure how I'm going to manage both of their schooling at the same time without setting fire to them, myself, and the house.












                              I know I'm super lucky, though. There's a lot of folks out there who are going to be working from home *and* managing their kids and I don't have to do that.





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                              • Yeah, we're all WFH now and on of our TLs has to trade times when either he or his wife are managing the baby vs working from home.

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