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Coronavirus - how are you doing?

March 23rd, 09:43 AM
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So... In the age of the zombie apocalypse, how's it going with you?

I've been at home all last week with a cough (unlikely covid-19 though) and now back at work, still coming into the office as it's only 2 of us here anyway in a large room.
My wife has the harder job though, self-isolating at home with 3 young boys off school!

My mother, brother and sister are all high-risk so it's scary times.

What's going on in your part of the world? Hope everyone's healthy.

Oh - plus I have toothache but the dentist is not seeing anyone unless it's an emergency. Yay...
March 23rd, 09:59 AM
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ExDeathevn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
Alive. NZ's gone into lvl3 lockdown and will be lvl4 lockdown on Wednesday.

In the meantime, plans are in motion.
March 23rd, 10:44 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
How are we doing? Fair. My pop will probably not take the good care of himself like he should, and he has a bad pair of lungs.

Yes, these are scary times.

I'm in a high risk group and my wife is in several high risk groups. Our local grocery store has decided to offer VERY early AM shopping for people in high risk groups (so that our exposure to other people who might have it, but are asymptomatic, is low).

I wish that "The Orange Monster" had not disbanded our Federal Pandemic Response Team years ago and had also been more concerned about the people of this nation instead of his chances for re-election a few short months ago, but there is nothing we here in the states can do about that (it seems) until November.

Take Care
March 23rd, 11:13 AM
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toof
Peasant Male
I disagree. 
Home office, reading, movies, video games... whatever. By biggest concern is what happens after this whole mess is finished... My granddad once said to me: Scarcity and famine start when the war is done...
March 23rd, 11:19 AM
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Bluedy
Peasant Male Romania steam bloop
I like Frutti Fresh 
Playing games, studying for an exam I will (hopefully) be having in two months, and generally going insane because I want to go out. Romania is in "scenario 3" and that is when theres between 100 to 1000 infected. Yesterday it's been 433, today it's 576, so it's safe to say by the end of the week the country will enter "scenario 4" whatever that entails.

I wanna die

EDIT: I was wrong, scenario 3 is between 100 and 2000. So maybe by the end of the month, then.

EDIT 2: This month ends at the end of this week so uh.....yeah..
March 23rd, 11:34 AM
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RangerLord
Peasant Male bloop
I returned to the darkness. 
Well, I'm fine. Can't say my mood improved, but that's another mattter. I'm used to be inside - I spend most of my time inside. I doubt we'll ever get the coronavirus. But it would be not good for my family if any of us got infected. My grandparents are old, and my sister is just 6. The other members of my family would very likely survive, so I don't worry about them. Most of us are home, it's only my mother who still goes to work. As for your tootache, it must suck. I can relate. Of all the physiscal pains I've experienced, it would pobably have a high rank on the list.
March 23rd, 12:17 PM
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Robj
Jester Male Australia
You feed the madness, and it feeds on you. 
I'm literally sitting here, eating chocolate chip cookies as I type this.

plans are indeed in motion.
March 23rd, 01:44 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
sick of the hysteria and wish someone would hold media accountable for this garbage.
March 23rd, 06:23 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
@Skurn:
sick of the hysteria

It might not seem like its all hysteria if you or someone you care deeply about are in one of the high risk groups for this contagion.

and wish someone would hold media accountable for this garbage.

The media did not create this problem, though it is certainly true they have rather heavily responded to everyone's justifiable concern about it. Heck, even "Fox News" ( the unofficial Orange Monster State Media ) is taking it seriously now. Then there are the external state actors that are making things worse by deliberately spreading misinformation. Sigh...
March 23rd, 07:12 PM
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Silberfarben
Peasant
Lord Silberfarben, mighty ruler of the Silbershire 
im fine

just a boomer that my father is working in the same room as me
March 24th, 04:50 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
I feel your pain sparrow i also have a toothache and as Exd said NZ goes into lockdown for a minimum of two weeks tomorrow nite (and we all know that will be extended a heap more ) so i also will just have to "suck it up princess". Got me some painkillers before the shops shut phew. Im asthmatic so i have been keeping my distance already - does a head start count lol? Already lost a family friend to the virus so its gtting real now

I also agree with skorn tho bloody media (including social media) needs a kick up the jacksie - all this panic and stuff could have been handled better (shame they didnt have something else to report on when it started)

Anyways hope u fellas all keep safe and hey think of how many dmods we can do in a month being shut in hahaa
March 24th, 04:33 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
The media did not create this problem, though it is certainly true they have rather heavily responded to everyone's justifiable concern about it. Heck, even "Fox News" ( the unofficial Orange Monster State Media ) is taking it seriously now. Then there are the external state actors that are making things worse by deliberately spreading misinformation. Sigh...

they did. without them, this would've been treated like any other yearly virus before it where people get sick, then they either get better or they don't depending on if they're old/feeble. it's absolutely disgusting how media over inflated this. in fact, not only is this a yearly ordeal, there have been much more severe cases that didn't end up causing global hysteria to the point that shops are unable to keep stock. this time, they really took advantage of it. i bet they're rolling in cash right now. and the politicians must love it too, being able to further their scumbag campaigns.

also fox news...kek. just...kek. the very same news channel known for extreme bias and fear mongering. does glenn beck still have a spot on that laughable excuse for journalism? in fact, i wonder what that idiot thinks...a good time for him to somehow connect this to the spooky illuminati and agenda 2030...or will it be agenda 2040 when that doesn't happen?
March 24th, 09:46 PM
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yeoldetoast
Peasant Australia steam
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I'm extremely worried about the people here due to so many of them being in the high-risk age category
March 25th, 12:19 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
to all:

The media did not create this problem, though it is certainly true they have rather heavily responded to everyone's justifiable concern about it. Heck, even "Fox News" ( the unofficial Orange Monster State Media ) is taking it seriously now. Then there are the external state actors that are making things worse by deliberately spreading misinformation. Sigh...

they did. without them, this would've been treated like any other yearly virus before it where people get sick, then they either get better or they don't depending on if they're old/feeble. it's absolutely disgusting how media over inflated this. in fact, not only is this a yearly ordeal, there have been much more severe cases that didn't end up causing global hysteria to the point that shops are unable to keep stock.

Perhaps you are not aware of a few things that make this Covid-19 outbreak more serious than "any other yearly virus before it where people get sick, then they either get better or they don't depending on if they're old/feeble". I assume you're referring to the flu virus.

It is certainly true that flu virus family has been plaguing mankind for more than 100 years and that it kills thousands every year, but at this time in history, we can (and do!) reduce it's impact with vaccines. Even then, it mutates and forces drug companies to scramble to modify their medications for it every year. We have no vaccine against Covid-19. There are many things we do not know about this new disease. Some things we do know are that it is part of a family of Corona viruses, that include the following:

o The "common cold"
o SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related virus)
o MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus)
o SARS-CoV-2 virus (which causes the COVID-19 sickness that is big in the news lately)

SARS first appeared in 2003, infected about 8,000 and killed 774 (a 9% mortality rate).
MERS first appeared in 2012, infected about 2,500 and killed 862 (a 34% mortality rate).

It is true that the main way the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads is from sick people to those who are not sick. However, spread might be possible even if people show NO symptoms for up to 5 days before symptoms appear. There have been reports of this occurring across the globe. Another problem is that symptoms of COVID-19 vary greatly from person to person, making it hard to be certain who is infected.

COVID-19 has (in the past 3 1/2 months) killed more people than SARS and MERS combined in the last 17 years. And (if we don't get control of the rate of infection through practices like social distancing and quarantine) the SARS-CoV-2 virus is just getting started.

But those numbers are not the real numbers that matter. Scientists (epidemiologists) talk about something called an "R0 number" for diseases like this. The "R0 number" represents the number of people that each infected person can potentially infect. Any virus with an "R0 number" of 1.0 or greater shows exponential (not geometric) growth. Something with an "R0 number" of less than 1.0 is a virus that we may be getting able to control soon. The SARS-CoV-2 virus has an "R0 number" somewhere between 2.0 and 3.0. By contrast, measles has an extremely high "R0 number" somewhere between 12.0 and 14.0, but also has a relatively short incubation period. Still this is why measles is such a problem now that a good percentage of the population has started to avoid vaccinations of any kind. Hopefully, we won't hear any of that nonsense when a SARS-CoV-2 vaccination is ready.

Long "incubation periods" for diseases (before symptoms appear) make it much easier for them to spread. When diseases spread quickly they also mutate quickly, making them harder to fight against. The SARS-CoV-2 virus has already mutated twice that we know of. The SARS-CoV-2 virus has a high "R0 number" and the weak responses of certain world leaders (and plenty of others who do not understand the threat) continue to make the situation worse, by acting as if this is not serious or even assuming we can "pack the churches" once again by Easter.

And while it is true that young people may not be as threatened by this virus, it is NOT true that they have nothing to worry about. Some teenagers have been among those that have died in the USA already AND even if you don't die you can have permanent damage to your respiratory system.

Plus, the COVID-19 virus threatens everyone in another way. If we don't start to "flatten the curve" through quarantine and social distancing SOON, it will fill the hospitals. Even if this does not sicken our health-care professionals, this means that soon we will be not be able to have access to the hospitals for any other reasons.

A good historical comparison would be the "Spanish Flu" (also called the "1918 flu pandemic"). It lasted two years and infected about 500 million people, killing somewhere between 17 and 100 million in a time when world travel and global commerce was a tiny percentage of what takes place today.

The above information is taken from the CDC and David Quammen(*)'s book "Animal Infections And The Next Human Pandemic" and wikipedia's Spanish Flu entry.

(*) David is a Yale graduate and former Rhodes Scholar. During autumn 2014, he was much involved, because of books and articles he has published, in the public discussion of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and its spread beyond.


this time, they really took advantage of it. i bet they're rolling in cash right now. and the politicians must love it too, being able to further their scumbag campaigns.

There are opportunists that take advantage of every disaster. What you say certainly makes some sense.

But the threat of COVID-19 is real.


also fox news...kek. just...kek. the very same news channel known for extreme bias and fear mongering. does glenn beck still have a spot on that laughable excuse for journalism? in fact, i wonder what that idiot thinks...a good time for him to somehow connect this to the spooky illuminati and agenda 2030...or will it be agenda 2040 when that doesn't happen?

March 25th, 01:15 PM
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JugglingDink
Peasant Male United Kingdom
Wagwarn 
Most my mates around the same age have lost their jobs over this, some of them without any compensation either as they were on zero hours contracts. I'd just started working nightshifts at a nearby supermarket a few months before this reached the UK, so I'm one of the lucky few still in work/unlucky few still needing to travel.

While not anyone I know first-hand, apparently a young kid of a family friend has been hospitalised with the virus now. I also know quite a few people around the area who've developed a bit of a cough like you mentioned Sparrowhawk, so I do wonder whether it could be Covid's milder symptoms. Shame there's no real way to get tested at the moment. Supposedly Amazon is due to start sending out home test kits soon which will be handy.

Hope the rest of you are all keeping safe.
March 25th, 05:23 PM
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A close friend of my boss has just died of covid-19 in the USA so that brings it a bit closer to home He was only 55, no idea if he had any underlying health problems.

"Supposedly Amazon is due to start sending out home test kits soon which will be handy."

Yes... it's all a bit vague at the moment still (surprise!). I think they're the antibody tests though, ie they'll show if you've had it but not if you currently have it.
March 26th, 01:49 AM
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scratcher
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
A good historical comparison would be the "Spanish Flu" (also called the "1918 flu pandemic"). It lasted two years and infected about 500 million people, killing somewhere between 17 and 100 million in a time when world travel and global commerce was a tiny percentage of what takes place today.

That is really a terrible comparison. The Spanish flu was especially deadly to healthy people (IIRC, this was because it caused the body's immune system to overreact, so a better immune system -> bigger risk). That isn't the case with the coronavirus at all. It's most dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, similar to the common cold. It does seem to be a more dangerous disease overall, although I don't think we will have reliable numbers until some time after the whole thing dies over.
March 26th, 07:07 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
let's not even begin to pretend that 1918 medicine and understanding in general was even remotely worthwhile, too...seriously, how much fearmongering are you falling for?

BREAKING: COVID19 MORE DANGEROUS THAN 1918 SPANISH FLU!! that'll get them. no one ducking experienced that and probably doesn't know what it was, so it'll seem ultra scary. remember to share with your idiot friends!
March 26th, 08:29 AM
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Skurn, no one's denying that the media loves to over inflate things and spread fear.
On the other hand, there's also no denying that this is a real thing and actually is spreading round the world and killing thousands of people. Take what the media says with a pinch of salt but do listen to the experts.

I remember when SARS was going round, the media treated it like the end of the world but it turned out not that terrible (globally speaking that is, not to trivialise the areas where it did hit). Go ask the hospital staff in Italy, London, Spain etc etc etc if covid-19 is really all that bad.
March 26th, 09:55 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
the "experts" are paid off wackjobs. cdc are a bunch of scum. remember how they handled ebola 10 minutes ago? not at all. they are failures and don't have a clue what they're doing.

also, thousands...look into historical data for 6 seconds and realize how much of a basic thing this is and compare reported numbers to the overall population of places they're from. for example, in new york which is a supposedly super contaminated area, 300 deaths...so, much, MUCH less than 1%. like, several zeroes kinda small. but of course, media is gonna tell you how scary it is and to "STAY IN DOORS, WASH. GET NEAR NO ONE!! PANIC, NOW AND PLEASE CLICK OUR ADS FOR HAND SANITIZER!"

someone'll point to florida and say how bad it is there...in a place primarily populated for old dinks, ducking duh? the numbers are higher.

point is, outbreaks happen. this is no different than any other. take the same precautions you always will, regardless of what time of the year it is. you sick? stay the duck out of work/school. drink water. try to sweat, but don't overdo it. basic, basic things. a cough isn't a sign of the end - its a sign of virtually every sickness. you got the specific strain everyone's screaming about? more than likely, you will have little to no symptoms. child or old? gonna be worse. just. like. it. always. is.

media can duck itself, politicians can duck themselves, idiots panic buying stores out can go duck themselves. just, humanity can go duck itself. awful, failure of a species. absolutely embarrasing.
March 26th, 10:41 AM
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PhoneGhost
Ghost
 
Not really sure what point you're trying to make Skurn. The idea of these lockdowns is to prevent it from spreading to those vulnerable people you just mentioned. If we have the ability to try and prevent those at fatal risk from catching it why wouldn't we? Not to mention the hospitals are already struggling to cope in many places. Lockdown means less cases means more resources to help those who need it, not just those with Covid but all patients. You almost come across like we should just let nature take its course instead of bothering to look out for each other. Failure of humanity indeed.
March 26th, 03:48 PM
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Skurn having a disregard to other human lives at risk. What a surprise
March 26th, 04:01 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
@Skurn (and the rest of us):

Yes, the media is having a field day.

And many scientific experts are paid for their expertise. However, I do not think that is reason enough to encourage anyone to ignore all scientific experts who provide information we do not want to hear.

Yes, the number of people dying as a percentage of the overall population is small. But the reason we are trying to get people to "lockdown", quarantine and maintain a social distance of 6 feet (about 2 meters) is that we don't want to overwhelm too many of our hospitals, like what is starting to happen in New York, New York, USA and what has already happened in Northern Italy, Atlanta Georgia, USA and Rome Italy.

As for the comparison to the 1918 Spanish Flu, it is certainly true that medical science has advanced since then. It is also true that most estimates place the global median R0 value for Spanish Flu somewhere around 1.80(*) (though it was thought to be higher in some countries). This, of course, is lower than the range of somewhere between 2.0 and 3.0 that we are seeing for COVID 19. That and the slow incubation period for COVID 19 and it's relatively rapid rate of mutation make it a somewhat unique threat.

And yes, the disease will have the greatest impact on those who are "at risk" based on some medical condition or simply have that "medical condition" known as advanced years. But it has crippled and killed people much younger and heathier by causing permanent & irreparable damage to their respiratory systems.

(*)Twenty-four studies reported 51 R values for the 1918 pandemic. The median R value for 1918 was 1.80. (See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ for more details.)
March 26th, 04:04 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
@Skurn:

"humanity can go duck itself"

I feel sorry for you.
March 26th, 06:42 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
But it has crippled (due to damaged respiratory systems) and killed people much younger.

but that's the point...media says "teens". what they should be saying, if anything, is "teens with pre-existing conditions that make them vulnerable."

they don't because it sounds scarier and gains more traffic to make it seem like no one's safe, when in fact, almost everyone is.
March 26th, 09:53 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
@Skurn:

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But it has crippled (due to damaged respiratory systems) and killed people much younger.
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Thanks for bringing some rather clumsy and ineffective verbiage to my attention. I'm afraid I didn't express myself very well. But this rewritten version of the paragraph should make things clearer. I have also updated the original posting.

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And yes, the disease will have the greatest impact on those who are "at risk" based on some medical condition or simply have that "medical condition" known as advanced years. But it has crippled and killed people much younger and heathier by causing permanent & irreparable damage to their respiratory systems.
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March 27th, 03:24 PM
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toof
Peasant Male
I disagree. 
Here's my two cents on the issue, if anyone cares... You don't? Oh, well, you'll get over it.

While the media can cause panic, I doubt that any single government in the world would allow panic such as this one. So when governments start putting their efforts into containing something, you can bet your ass it is serious.
March 27th, 08:13 PM
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Robj
Jester Male Australia
You feed the madness, and it feeds on you. 
That is true, Government does not like panic.
March 29th, 12:55 AM
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megadogV2
Peasant Male New Zealand bloop
Only paritally dead. 
I work with a LOT of scientists, and the clear message is that this A.) isn't a ridiculous conspiracy, and B.) has the potential to get much, MUCH worse if not handled properly. I've heard expectations from some of my coworkers that New Zealand's quarantine will last far longer than a few months if they consider the research, and that we might be isolated until a vaccine is produced.

This isn't a good thing for governments. This is going to cripple them too. This is bad for everyone.

As for me, as a kiwi too I'm also in quarantine. Thankfully, I have decent job security, so unless my parent company goes under, I'm still making a decent wage.
March 29th, 12:48 PM
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Exzcimus
Peasant Male Philippines
Change is constant, but Constants do not change. 
Some people here are already panic buying, but the government says there's no reason to do so. As a result, there has been a shortage of face masks, sanitizers, and medicine. Some of them are just too frickin stubborn. There were at least more than a hundred imprisoned for not following community quarantine protocols. Regardless of the negativity, crime rates have decreased by 45% ever since the declaration of community quarantine. I hope that the security will be as consistent even if the community quarantine protocol is over.

Also, I forgot so much about school. I don't even feel like reviewing for the test or even remembering those lessons.

Well I can wait till next year, and hoping there will be no more cases
March 31st, 08:25 AM
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Marpro
Peasant Male bloop
 
We're fine, but it's certainly scary. Especially since my fiancee just gave birth to our second son and we have to stay a few extra days in a childrens hospital in stockholm... 🙉

Glad you all are fine!
March 31st, 06:59 PM
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Silberfarben
Peasant
Lord Silberfarben, mighty ruler of the Silbershire 
Yes
I imagine pregnancies or births in these times must be quite scary.
March 31st, 10:50 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
@ all:
Yes
I imagine pregnancies or births in these times must be quite scary.

Yes, pregnancy actually compromises a woman's immune system, and of course, infants are born with an immune system that doesn't mature until around 2 to 3 months.
April 1st, 12:01 AM
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Silberfarben
Peasant
Lord Silberfarben, mighty ruler of the Silbershire 
coronavirus does not affect babies much.

imagine if you had coronavirus, however.

what would happen to your child.

sorry to scare you
nurses are all probably doing all they can, most likely nothing will happen
April 1st, 04:09 AM
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enchilado
Peasant Male Australia
Quack. 
Doing fine here. Being cooped up is getting to me, but I can't really complain about that in comparison to the alternative that so many people are experiencing.
April 1st, 11:43 PM
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Paul
Peasant Male United States
 
I'm alright. (You probably thought I was dead even before Covid-19, huh?) Man it's been ages since I did any Dinking.

Mostly for the sake of my parents, who are old enough to be high risk, I'm being pretty strict on the isolation stuff, trying to keep shopping trips to a minimum etc. It does get to you after a while.
April 7th, 01:47 PM
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Striker
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
I would be doing a lot better if I wasn't also fighting a very persistent flea infestation at my house. I thankfully have a partner who lives in a separate house, so at least I have somewhere to escape to when I need a chunk of days without itching.

Been doing what I can to keep in contact with friends remotely and playing lots more videogames and tabletop RPGs using online services.
April 14th, 10:15 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Cabin Fever can really get to some people. I know a little something about that.

o (For those in the USA at least), I provide this information that can help:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

o (from the above website)
Recently, the FCC recommended that 988 be designated as a national crisis hotline. Please continue to share 800-273-TALK (8255) and our chat page with anyone wishing to connect to the Lifeline. 988 is NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE and will not connect callers to our Lifeline.
April 14th, 04:00 PM
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metatarasal
Bard Male Netherlands
I object 
I'm very lucky to live in a nation that isn't in lockdown so life isn't too terrible here. I can still go out for a bicycle ride whenever I want and I still have a steady job, so things aren't too terrible when looking at it objectively.

I don't really like working from home every day, but considering the stories I hear I guess I shouldn't be complaining...
April 14th, 04:10 PM
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scratcher
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
Fricking bicycle rides

It's all you Hollanders care about it, isn't it

ISN'T IT
April 14th, 04:47 PM
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metatarasal
Bard Male Netherlands
I object 
April 16th, 04:10 PM
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Pillbug
Peasant Male United States xbox steam
Love! True love! 
Doing alright. Thankful to be in a field that allows me to work from home. Lots of Teams meetings, lots of sitting around. Not sure when we'll be back in the office. Family and friends are doing alright, anxious to get back to normal life though.
April 17th, 02:54 PM
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Robj
Jester Male Australia
You feed the madness, and it feeds on you. 
I'm still working too, but I'm on leave soon. Kind of wish I could cancel it and keep working, since I'll just be stuck at home, but looks like I have to take it.

But I'll be getting some stuff done on leave. Random stuff, cause I get bored. Some Dink stuff might be included in that random stuff.

I made this freestyle a week or two ago and chucked it up on discord but some ppl aren't on there so I'll place it here too:
Music thing
April 18th, 06:53 AM
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Castman
Peasant Male Brazil
Some day I'll finish my mod... Some day... 
Stuck at home and under mandated quarantine, as a "case under observation".

I work on board a cruise ship and my industry was hit very badly by all this. My ship ceased operations and entered a quarantined after two passengers, who had been on board for 7 days, tested positive for the virus just 2 days after leaving the ship, on March 14th.
Of course that was more than enough for the virus to spread inside the ship, but later the company tested a bunch of people for the virus and those without the virus were sent back home, me being among them.

I've never been an "outsy" person, so being home all day, for many days, is nothing unusual for me haha
Since I'm returning to some old hobbies, I'm here hoping I can finish a mod for mother's day.

Stay safe y'all.
April 21st, 03:15 PM
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megadogV2
Peasant Male New Zealand bloop
Only paritally dead. 
New Zealand is moving down to Alert Level 3, which means integral workers from a bunch of industries are allowed to go back to work. I'm getting to leave quarantine, but my flatmates and family aren't, and my work will be hampered.
April 22nd, 06:15 AM
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Exzcimus
Peasant Male Philippines
Change is constant, but Constants do not change. 
COVID-19 survivors were allowed to donate the antigens in their blood through liquid plasma. It is believed to administer immunization from the virus. There are 3 plus volunteers already.
Are they doing this in your country?
April 22nd, 09:55 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
COVID-19 survivors were allowed to donate the antigens in their blood through liquid plasma. It is believed to administer immunization from the virus. There are 3 plus volunteers already.
Are they doing this in your country?

Yes! This is really taking off in the USA. I'm hopeful that it will start making a difference in the numbers (if the idiots in the flyover states stop spreading this disease in mass protest rallies).

"Blood donation centers across the U.S. are ramping up efforts to collect plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in hopes it could be used to save the lives of others infected with the pandemic disease." (from this article ---> Blood centers will collect plasma from COVID-19 survivors in bid for treatment).