Coronavirus -- Stay Well!

bluebird

Major Contributor
I hope everyone is safe and healthy, and has been able to purchase food, toilet paper, and everything else they need. I wanted to start this thread so that we can keep each other updated, hopefully alleviate some anxiety, tell stories about the Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020 (lol), etc.

I'm not infected, as far as I know. I do have seasonal allergies, and when I sneezed in a shop the other day I felt compelled to say "I'm not sick, I just have allergies". I've read about others doing the same.

I have plenty of food, water, and toilet paper, as do my family members. I have half a bottle of hand sanitizer, which I brought home from my desk at work. The stores around here are completely out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, rice, bread, frozen pizza, etc. It's crazy. I normally shop at ShopRite, and two weeks ago their TP stock was a bit low, but only minorly, then a week ago they had none. I had some at home, but needed to pick up some for my Mom and my sister (two different households), so I went to Target at 8am (when they opened) and there was already a small crowd. They did have some TP, so I got that, bottled water, etc. Friday night I did my Mom's food shopping for her, as she has some health issues affecting her lungs and her immune system. My Dad lives about an hour away, but he's very self-sufficient, and he's stocked up.

So, thankfully my family and I are all fine, and hopefully stay fine.

My job has closed for two weeks, which we really didn't expect them to do, so I will be working from home. It's good and bad -- good healthwise, but I worry if I can do enough work at home to make my usual salary (part of my job at work is customer service, and of course that's not possible when I'm not AT work). I really hope the relief package passes, since the U.S. has such a horrible healthcare system -- at least getting paid for two weeks of sick pay is something, if one gets sick or has to care for a sick loved one.

So, that's my situation at the moment. Please share yours.
 

mac

janitor
mine, bb? Getting by here in AZ for the moment, some food, some 'toilet rolls' as we Brits. call 'em! :D Don't know what my wife will find tomorrow morning when she goes food shopping in Walmart. We're not carrying much stock of food as we were running supplies down as we prepare to leave for home in the UK at the end of this month - if that happens.

Few planes coming from Europe or the UK to the US - and even fewer taking Americans in the opposite direction - will likely mean our scheduled flight won't go ahead because there won't be a plane to travel on. We don't know what will happen then, we don't know if we'll be able to return home in a predictable time frame, we don't know how we'd fare if we stay over. We'd have no healthcare insurance for one!

We have permission to stay in the US until May after which we'll be classed as over-staying - we'd become illegals. Without a plane we couldn't easily be booted out of course unless it were to Mexico or Canada and I doubt folk there would be keen to take us! But if we overstay Homeland Security will take a dim view and later we'll face problems when we want to return to our winter home in AZ the US - that's assuming we eventually do get back home!

I'm not sure that I want to go home anyway rather than stay here because Brits look set to be in even deeper doo-doo than us and our friends here in the US. So it's kinda different for us......;)
 

bluebird

Major Contributor
mac,

As far as buying supplies, if the big stores are out check smaller shops -- corner stores, bodegas, dollar stores, etc., as from what I've read, some people have had luck at those places. It's good you have some toilet rolls -- I've seen them called "bog rolls" as well; I'm guessing that's more of an Irish phrase. :)

I suspect and hope that the U.S. government will have to pass some sort of intermediate visa extension law, given the situation, or perhaps a visa overstay forgiveness program after the fact (especially with a Democrat in the White House). Anyway, overstaying a visa isn't looked upon as harshly as entering without a valid visa, even under normal/usual circumstances, and given the current extreme circumstances I'm sure you'll be able to get it sorted later on.

Is the UK really doing worse than the US, as far as the virus? Even if it is, as you said, you have no insurance here. If I were you, I'd get back home if you can, where at least you have the NHS, social assistance programs, etc.
 

mac

janitor
mac,

As far as buying supplies, if the big stores are out check smaller shops -- corner stores, bodegas, dollar stores, etc., as from what I've read, some people have had luck at those places. It's good you have some toilet rolls -- I've seen them called "bog rolls" as well; I'm guessing that's more of an Irish phrase. :)

Oh I call 'em bog rolls too, have done for decades but didn't think the word would be recognised over here. :D A (peat) bog is the same in Ireland or England but a bog is also a toilet/bathroom/restroom in England.

I suspect and hope that the U.S. government will have to pass some sort of intermediate visa extension law, given the situation, or perhaps a visa overstay forgiveness program after the fact (especially with a Democrat in the White House).

I hope you're right, bb, because applying for an extension of the 'permission to remain' is convoluted and spendy - been there, done it three times.

Anyway, overstaying a visa isn't looked upon as harshly as entering without a valid visa, even under normal/usual circumstances, and given the current extreme circumstances I'm sure you'll be able to get it sorted later on.

You can't legally enter the US without permission. A visa enables you only to present yourself at the border and ask permission to enter - it doesn't give you permission to enter or stay. The border agent decides that by considering your application and judging the risk you'll overstay or not leave. Of course some folk get permission to stay but then don't leave by the date stamped in their passport or do things they shouldn't - such as working. Because on one occasion our leaving wasn't properly documented and recorded we were grilled when we returned months later. We were unaware (but feared) we'd been given duff advice before we flew out - by airport counter staff. It's not pleasant being taken away for further interview and having to explain to officials when you did nothing wrong in the first place - been there, done that. :( We want to do things properly first time.

Is the UK really doing worse than the US, as far as the virus?

I can't answer that but in terms of its impact the answer is at least as bad and some things will be worse. Our economy was already pressured after Brexit and now our currency is falling fast against the $US - and we buy a bunch of stuff in that denomination. Our exports will be cheaper but who's buying? And the price of imported raw materials is soaring.


Even if it is, as you said, you have no insurance here. If I were you, I'd get back home if you can, where at least you have the NHS, social assistance programs, etc.

If we can't buy an extension to our current health insurance we'd be in stuck. If we could get it we'd be under far less pressure provided we're allowed by 'INS' to stay longer. It would be a toss-up which would be better because our National Health Service was already stretched beyond its capacity (it's always that way and much worse in winter) before Covid 19 and is likely to fail big time in my view.

As a couple of old-farts we're in the higher-risk category and back in England there's already serious talk about the 'elderly' - OLD farts like us - soon being expected to self-quarantine for several months. I don't expect that to happen in the US but if it did I'd sooner do it here in AZ than in our gloomy, cold, wet, gray, cloudy UK! :D
 

bluebird

Major Contributor
Ugh. Well, I hope you and your wife are ok. Try not to go out much; practice the "social distancing" that's being recommended, only go out for necessary supplies, and wash your hands a lot.
 

mac

janitor
Ugh. Well, I hope you and your wife are ok. Try not to go out much; practice the "social distancing" that's being recommended, only go out for necessary supplies, and wash your hands a lot.

We're both OK, thanks bb, but a little unsettled by so many changes but it's gotta be that way for many/most and they face major problems which we don't. I feel bad for them.

We'll be doing what you've suggested. Keep some distance from folk, no touching and plenty of soap and water for our hands.

A major pandemic has been expected for a long time, flu being an obvious one and a serious one like Spanish flu has been expected but this one arrived somewhat unexpectedly. Makes me wonder how this world will now change - interesting times for an observer like me......
 

Kurt

Major Contributor
I hope everyone is safe and healthy, and has been able to purchase food, toilet paper, and everything else they need. I wanted to start this thread so that we can keep each other updated, hopefully alleviate some anxiety, tell stories about the Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020 (lol), etc.

I'm not infected, as far as I know. I do have seasonal allergies, and when I sneezed in a shop the other day I felt compelled to say "I'm not sick, I just have allergies". I've read about others doing the same.

I have plenty of food, water, and toilet paper, as do my family members. I have half a bottle of hand sanitizer, which I brought home from my desk at work. The stores around here are completely out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, rice, bread, frozen pizza, etc. It's crazy. I normally shop at ShopRite, and two weeks ago their TP stock was a bit low, but only minorly, then a week ago they had none. I had some at home, but needed to pick up some for my Mom and my sister (two different households), so I went to Target at 8am (when they opened) and there was already a small crowd. They did have some TP, so I got that, bottled water, etc. Friday night I did my Mom's food shopping for her, as she has some health issues affecting her lungs and her immune system. My Dad lives about an hour away, but he's very self-sufficient, and he's stocked up.

So, thankfully my family and I are all fine, and hopefully stay fine.

My job has closed for two weeks, which we really didn't expect them to do, so I will be working from home. It's good and bad -- good healthwise, but I worry if I can do enough work at home to make my usual salary (part of my job at work is customer service, and of course that's not possible when I'm not AT work). I really hope the relief package passes, since the U.S. has such a horrible healthcare system -- at least getting paid for two weeks of sick pay is something, if one gets sick or has to care for a sick loved one.

So, that's my situation at the moment. Please share yours.

My spring break got extended and classes may be cancelled by the end of it for this semester.

Both my jobs don't exist anymore and I put my last paycheck towards rent.

I may end up working at my girlfriends job but that may also get cancelled.

Now on to the toilet paper...

:D

The other day I was in target to buy groceries...

And I thought this whole toilet paper craze was a joke or a hoax.

I saw the bread was gone. The milk was gone? Cheese? Nowhere to be found. No meat. I got 6 pizzas for 20 dollars though and located 2 bags of tortellini and marinara so that'll have to do.

I turn around and a tidal wave of people were rushing over and I thought I was gonna get stampeded before they all turned into a aisle full of toilet paper.

I went over thinking what in the world?

It was all gone in 30 seconds and there were two women fighting over a 16 roll and both were fighting as of the other had seduced their boyfriend of 15 years.

It was ridiculous. I couldn't believe my eyes.

Luckily I got a 16 roll before the everyday man found out about Coronavirus

(I have a news feed that included the Hong Kong protests and I remember seeing reports of a novel flu virus getting out of control late last year. I initially thought the CCP released it to break up protests but now it's looking like they tested it on bats* and one of the workers sold the animals in a meat market.)

* - It's been confirmed that Coronavirus is a bioweapon that got released.

Coronavirus link to China biowarfare program possible, analyst says
 

Kurt

Major Contributor
Sometime tomorrow I'll upload some videos from Wuhan to my YouTube channel so you guys can see them.

The actual videos from Wuhan are extremely disturbing.

The entire city is blacked out and you hear nothing but screaming, people are being cremated alive... The blocks are pitch black and hazmat guys are taking people away in their sleep, people are being bricked into their homes

Someone took trump a bit too seriously when he said build a wall around em and make it tall!! :D

This woman gets kidnapped in broad daylight and shoved into a car screaming by hazmat guys

It's extremely disturbing stuff but you wont see it on the news.

I love you guys so I want you to have the real news and not the Xi approved propoganda. I don't expect CNN or MSLSD to show anything real either but people need to know how bad this is.

It's also been confirmed that only 5% of deaths are reported from China and there's evidence to suggest that 1000000 were infected in December.
 

mac

janitor
My wife pointed out to me that she'll not be expected to self-isolate because she's not 70 yet! Just us old farts over 70 who will be expected to stay away from everything so we don't get infected and won't then need respirating when our flabby lungs give up on us. It's a grand thing to look forward to as spring gets going! :D

It looks like soon becoming a grim year globally. :(
 

bluebird

Major Contributor
Kurt,

Sorry about your jobs. A lot of people are in similar positions. Do you have any savings you could live on for a while, or can your girlfriend pay your bills until you can get a job?

So far everyone I've seen in the stores has been nice, but I know that in some places people are fighting, as you described. Crises certainly bring out both the best and the worst in humanity.
 

jobun

New Member
I am fortunate right now to have everything I need which I have had since way before any illnesses. Stuff that I got when it was on sale, that I purchased and put away for a rainy day. Anyway, in my neck of the woods, all paper products are wiped out of my supermarkets, I saw a few paper plates, that was it. most of the bread was gone - loaves, but the fresh baked bread was still available, so I got some Italian loaves and some Kaiser rolls. I also managed to get some hamburger & hotdog rolls (I have burgers and dogs in my freezer). Milk and eggs were available which was funny because they are usually the first things to go in mad snowstorm times....LOL. and of course most cleaning products are gone, hand sanitizers, Lysol wipes etc. I already have that stuff in my house because I clean my home regularly and not just because a virus has surfaced. ;) I am a little on the risky side because I have respiratory issues, and my mom is elderly - but in fairly decent health so we're being cautious when going to the market and we've got pretty good stock with food. Water is a little scarce, but our tap water will do if we must.... LOL. My job has us working remotely for the next two weeks and I'm already stir crazy. urgh….. otherwise I'm using common sense and keeping it real. I hope everyone else will be ok too and that this virus passes quickly.
 

jobun

New Member
oh, and I hope my hand sanitizer will still be on my desk at work when I finally get back...LOL
 

mac

janitor
It's an important point that tapwater - water out of your cold water tap/faucet - is biologically safe even if it's flavour may not be the best. Our desert water, for example, tastes foul directly or in tea but is safe to drink. Few need to buy bottled water unless they have a health condition that mandates it. Perhaps this crisis will start the process of ditching the absurd amount of water shipped around the country and the absurd number of plastic bottles going into landfill??? I hope.....

My wife and I have just been listening to our BBC news at home and also watching the CBS news in the USA. The sooner that grocery stores/supermarkets ration how much of water, bog rolls, sanitisers etc. the sooner the situation will stabilise. Neither the UK nor the USA are short of food and non-consumables but panic buying creates the very situation folk are afraid of.

Sadly those panicky individuals won't heed requests for sensible buying so they need to be made to do it. The sooner the better......
 

mac

janitor
Listening to a guy in the UK this morning (AZ) he reckons this virus pandemic will signal a change in the way this world will work in times to come. He thinks historians of the future will refer to the world BC and the world AC - before corona virus and after corona virus.
 

bluebird

Major Contributor
jobun,

I'm glad you're stocked up and doing well. I actually brought my desktop hand sanitizer home with me from work, lol.

We're work at home for two weeks (at this point) as well; today is day 2 for me, and it's actually going surprisingly well. Im Im sure I'll get bored, but my commute is normally 1.5 hours each way, so it's nice not to have to do 3 hours of commuting each day -- when I finish work, I just go make dinner or take a shower or whatever, lol. Also I'm saving about $200 in gas and $100 in tolls over the course of the two weeks, plus the wear & tear on my car.

Anyway, I hope you and your Mom stay healthy and well. Just go out as little as possible (easy for you, since you have stuff at home), and wash/sanitize your hands a lot.
 

bluebird

Major Contributor
Listening to a guy in the UK this morning (AZ) he reckons this virus pandemic will signal a change in the way this world will work in times to come. He thinks historians of the future will refer to the world BC and the world AC - before corona virus and after corona virus.
Wow. Yeah, he's probably right. Hopefully this is also what finally pushes the U.S. into universal healthcare, like the rest of the first world countries.
 

mac

janitor
jobun,

I'm glad you're stocked up and doing well. I actually brought my desktop hand sanitizer home with me from work, lol.

We're work at home for two weeks (at this point) as well; today is day 2 for me, and it's actually going surprisingly well. Im Im sure I'll get bored, but my commute is normally 1.5 hours each way, so it's nice not to have to do 3 hours of commuting each day -- when I finish work, I just go make dinner or take a shower or whatever, lol. Also I'm saving about $200 in gas and $100 in tolls over the course of the two weeks, plus the wear & tear on my car.

Anyway, I hope you and your Mom stay healthy and well. Just go out as little as possible (easy for you, since you have stuff at home), and wash/sanitize your hands a lot.

It's an interesting aspect about working from home. For years it's been a hit-and-miss situation but I wonder if in the coming future employers will realise there are reasons to enable and encourage their staff to consider working from home. Just look at the horrible commute you're not having to do presently, bb, and the huge savings you're making along with your producing no pollution when your car is parked.
 

mac

janitor
Wow. Yeah, he's probably right. Hopefully this is also what finally pushes the U.S. into universal healthcare, like the rest of the first world countries.
It would be a nice outcome - the best of your healthcare system and the best of ours would be a great starting point to build both systems up from. :)
 

bluebird

Major Contributor
It's an interesting aspect about working from home. For years it's been a hit-and-miss situation but I wonder if in the coming future employers will realise there are reasons to enable and encourage their staff to consider working from home. Just look at the horrible commute you're not having to do presently, bb, and the huge savings you're making along with your producing no pollution when your car is parked.
Agreed. Plus about 50% of my work is stuff that I can actually do better from home. I currently work four days a week, and I'd like to do two days from home from now on, though I don't know if that will be allowed once (if) things get back to normal.
 

bluebird

Major Contributor
It would be a nice outcome - the best of your healthcare system and the best of ours would be a great starting point to build both systems up from. :)
Our (U.S.) healthcare system has some wonderful doctors and nurses, and some great research is being done, but the system itself is beyond broken, and needs to be changed.
 

Monika

Active Member
Hej. It seems to be calm where i live. I dont read news so i might be not very well informed. Anyway everything is working for now, shops has everything you might want to buy. Just less tourists.
Crazy much snow here. Beautiful winter :)
 

Monika

Active Member
I hope your own country won't be affected, Monika, if it isn't already.
In Lithuania it is quarantine, country is completely closed. Also borders are closed and Lithuanians from other countries are being brought home mostly by military and some of them are infected with virus. But due to strict rules until now there is just 1 who got infected inside the country plus 1 doctor who works with those who are sick with this virus and 39 who came back from other countries.
And it seems to be hard economically this quarantine as small businesses are already bankrupting. :(
 
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