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Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:24 pm
by DerGolgo
The Covidiots are not giving up.

In Karlsruhe, the city had made it a requirement for their rally that all participants must be masked, and anyone unmasked would get in trouble, while if it appeared that the organizers were not enforcing the masking requirement at all, the whole rally would be ended and dispersed.
They went to court, with an urgent thingy leaving the city administration little or no time to appeal any decision.

And the court did decide in their favor. The mask requirement was declared unnecessary. Because, so long as everyone socially distanced, they wouldn't also need masks.
I'm pretty sure drawing up the legal stuff to require enforcement of social distancing didn't work out in time.

Meanwhile, in Munich, the court decided, yes, they do have to mask.
And here, I must grant credit where it's due. The covidiots got clever. The protest rally was cancelled.
However, all of a sudden, the exact same people who had arranged the rally, they were having a church service. Outdoor, at the same place and time the rally should have been. With a sermon about the same stuff the protest rally would have been about.

Unlike protest rallies, which may present a danger to public order and may therefore be regulated, church services are considered a-priori benign. No legal ground to tell worshippers what they should be doing.

Munich is in Bavaria. Laws apply to other german states, not to Bavaria. The other german states exist to wipe Bavaria's arse, while the federal kitty is an ATM for Bavaria to help themselves. An unnerving number of Bavarians call their sister "mummy", and Bavarian men make livestock nervous. God fearin' people, obviously.
No Bavarian politician is going to touch that church-service exemption from regulations that apply to any other public event with a ten foot pole. Not even if his sister-mummy promises to do butt stuff with the goat tonight.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:58 pm
by Pintgudge
Xtian, I am so very sorry to hear of your mom-in-law. Sha sounds like she was tough and didn't take any guff. But, see, nobody is immune.
I always have liked science fiction and the post apocalyptic stories were always right up there for me. Here we are.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:08 am
by red
xtian wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:17 pm
well there you go. On Tuesday my mother in law was pronounced positive but asymptomatic. Friday she began to develop symptoms, Saturday a nurse phoned suggesting that her daughter should visit her, for what sounded like a farewell visit. today, sunday, 3pm my GF came home from the hospital saying that her mother was ok except for some minor breathing difficulties, in a bad mood, and complaining, but as long as she complain she's ok and the chief nurse said she was in no way at the end of her life. by 8.30 she got the phone call that her mother was dead. that was incredibly brutal.
if you think masks are for sheeps and waving a flag or a gun or eating red meat will make you stronger than that woman who had been having vodka for breakfast and fed on left over food for the last 20 years and still died in 5 hours, fuck you in the ass with a rusting fork. that's all.
Jesus.... I'm sorry for your loss. That is really fucking brutal. At the risk of sounding rude, did she wear a mask or take other precautions? Have you and the GF been tested? My Mom had a possible exposure at work, so far she's negative.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 1:04 pm
by xtian
Thanks. She had been in an institution for several month, to recover from her, let's say,* nonchalant * way of life. she got infected there, we don't know how, there were only 3 infected patients. I haven't seen her for a long time as visits were restricted and my GF wore all the necessary equipment when she visited her. She got tested a few weeks ago, but there are not enough tests out there so the system here is that tests are limited to people with syndromes. No syndromes, no test, you just get a 10 days quarantine (that we almost all experienced once already). she gets her temperature tested every morning at work. so we're not too worried.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:44 pm
by boz
Sorry xtian. Man, that sucks. Feeling for you and especially your girl.

My mother was in New York for her 70th birthday the week of March 12th despite my protests. It freaked me out that she was barely abiding by the rules but mind you that was early and *many* people didn't care one way or the other about masks. I became symptomatic March 18th with covid and I essentially thought I might have been my mother's executioner. Luckily she was asymptomatic but did in fact get exposed to covid by someone, somewhere along her new york galivants.

New York is now preparing to start shuttering businesses early again and a curfew is on the horizon. Wave II, ¿k pasa?

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:37 pm
by DerGolgo
1.09%

That's the confirmed cases in my town. More than one in a hundred people who live here have been tested positive.
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The infection rate has stopped climbing like a rocketship. I have the impression we may have reached the rate of new infections per 7 days that is "sustainable" with the measures and with what care people are taking.

It has been a long time since last I saw anyone over the age of three or so without a mask on a tram or in a grocery store. I think that may have finally sunk in. I fear, however, that vast number of new infections might just prove that it sank in too late.

Curiously, Saturday was the first time since March that anyone asked to see my ticket while I was on a mass transit conveyance.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:39 am
by DerGolgo
My town, 147 fresh diagnoses in the past 7 days. 1.53% of the entire population have it. If I was to round up 147 random people here, at least 2 would be infected, actually.
Leader for new infections in potato is a town of 77k in Bavaria, the incest state, with 503 fresh diagnoses. 2% overall infection rate there.

All the talk in the news is about the vaccines, how safe or dangerous they will be. How the Russians are already vaccinating, using their "Sputnik 5", and Britain have jumped the queue by no longer observing EU regulations for vaccine safety. The two vaccines everyone here is waiting for, and which have been in speculatory production for a while, they technically haven't passed the final approval yet. That will be at least another week. Suddenly, everyone is an expert about cryo-storage and transportation, how common trucks capably of hauling dry ice are. The only two companies in Germany making suitable refrigerators are doing gangbusters. The founders of the company that developed the homegrown vaccine are already being honored with awards.

Can this shit just be over, please?

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:21 am
by motorpsycho67
8,949 new cases yesterday. 44 deaths.

Americans are fucking stupid

I don't see this virus ever going away in the US


If that's what lies ahead, I may seriously need to consider moving to Australia


Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Ootmik!

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:48 am
by DerGolgo
We're going into a new lockdown on Monday. That number for new cases in past seven days has gone over 50 for the entire potato.
Mostly an achievement of the incest states, lead by Bavaria, with Thuringia and Saxony (where it's safer to assume anyone you meet is a neo-nazi) placing for silver and bronze.

The news for my state, most recently, had involved serious consideration of suspending compulsory education. Can't be arsed whether they have. There is so much "news" on the subject, trying to find an article where someone actually bothered to spell out any details, like when the lockdown begins, rather than just when it ends, took me the better part of an hour yesterday. What I know is happening is extending christmas school holidays, starting earlier and finishing later, on top of reducing all from grade 8 and up to distance learning only (except for children with special needs).

There is presently scaffolding around my building, and I'm considering climbing out on it. To wait for any passers-by exposed face holes, and sending them a spare mask. To be delivered by someone properly masked up. The good Mister Brick.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:28 pm
by Jaeger
Good luck.

Things are deteriorating over here too. Virginia's instituting a Midnight-5am "curfew" on Monday, though the police don't have any authority to actually enforce it. Most people around here are diligent about masks and/or distancing, but there are still plenty who aren't. Right now we're just buttoning up the best we can. We're lucky, we can work from home.

The Proud Boys (or whatever the fuck they're called) were apparently ripping shit up in DC again. Hundreds of them -- sans masks, mind you -- were "roaming the streets looking to fight" according to WaPo. Four folks were stabbed last night. They burned the BLM sign of a historically Black church -- excuse me, two churches -- and attacked a couple of teenage girls.

I hope I feel a little better by this time tomorrow night after the formalities of the Electoral College are concluded and Uncle Joe is undeniably, legally the next Prez. I'll still be puckered up enough to shit diamonds until January 21, but hopefully the hemorrhoids won't be quite as bad.

This is going to be a long winter.

--Jaeger

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:33 am
by DerGolgo
Jaeger wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:28 pm
They burned the BLM sign of a historically Black church -- excuse me, two churches -- and attacked a couple of teenage girls.
...

--Jaeger
Let me guess. Arson and violence against young girls are an expression of patriotism, loving their country. Like their waving the flags of enemies that millions of that country's finest died to defeat.

I don't wish a terminal infection on anyone. But I really, REALLY won't shed a tear if I switch on the news, and see the aftermath of these scumbags' next meeting. And how they have to make with the backhoes to cart all the corpses out.

Last week, at least one elected official (city council some place east) of the fascist party died of covid. The fascists had a mask-free party convention only about two weeks ago.
Can't say I'm broken up about that scum breathing their last, either. I'm more concerned for all the people they manage to infect before they are dealt out.

The Covidiots are still having their protests, going on about how it's about "freedom" and "against authority", etc.
While waving the imperial german war flag. Because against authority, and for freedom. Yes, "Querdenker", the term initially chosen to justify waving around Q bullshit, has become the "official" name for their movement.

The new lockdown here was postponed till Wednesday. Some politicians have suggested to avoid congestion by making retail open for 48 hours straight. I remember celebrating when the grocery store would be open till 4 pm on Saturdays, not just 2 pm (which had been the legal limit not 20 years ago). This shit has passed into the surreal.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:35 pm
by xtian
Jaeger wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:28 pm

I hope I feel a little better by this time tomorrow night after the formalities of the Electoral College are concluded and Uncle Joe is undeniably, legally the next Prez. I'll still be puckered up enough to shit diamonds until January 21, but hopefully the hemorrhoids won't be quite as bad.

This is going to be a long winter.

--Jaeger
from the comment I read on FB car pages, you are now living in a communist dictatorship where all you basic right will be taken away from you after the election was stolen, (but no mention of who and how). I am not even making that up.
i think people live in their head now, without a decent opening to outside reality . every single person within its own projection of a fantasy reality. that is not going to help with the sanitary measures.
things are quiet here, curfew from 10pm to 6am but shops are open again except for restaurants and cafes. we seems to have reached a flat level of infection, albeit too high, and waiting for the vaccine to be our next disappointment.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:14 am
by DerGolgo
xtian wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:35 pm
i think people live in their head now, without a decent opening to outside reality . every single person within its own projection of a fantasy reality.
Yeah. Lot of people blame that on the "social media bubble", but I think that's as much as symptom as it is a cause.
Show
In ye olden days, when there was "in issue" being publicly debated. Any kind of politician, PR guys from the corporate world, and celebrities, they would just presume to present their version, just disregarding any bits of reality that conflicted with that. And when confronted with such, would weasel their way out or around, or just accuse whoever brought it up of acting in bad faith. People reserving the right to not just have their opinion, or their excuse, but their own facts.

At least that's what I picked up over my life. Corporate shills have ever ignored uncomfortable bits of reality, and politicians weren't generally very good about that, either. But it spread like a cancer as more and more electronic mass media publicized more and more of it, on an ever faster paced cycle.
At the same time, the continuous preaching of "everyone for themselves!", the neoliberal gospel, created western societies in which the mere idea of having to allow for other people and their needs has become totally alien to many. The psychopathological pandemic of entitlement. Which is not narcissism. The narcissist believes themselves to be amazing, and so much better than anybody else, and derives their claim for things or the right to act from that.
Entitlement is just the rock hard, unshakable conviction someone has that they deserve to have something. Simply because somebody else has it. Doesn't even have to be something they really want or have any use for. They are just entitled to have this. Think Karen, demanding to speak to the manager because she was asked to not block access to the wheelchair ramp, or some such.

All these Karens, and everybody else, feel entitled to their own reality and their own facts. Like the leaders of society have demonstrated over decades.
When they rally around a common cause like the covidiots or Q-morons do, I don't think it's even because of what they commonly want, or the hallucination of reality they invent to fit their petty ideas. They seem to rally around what facts they disagree with. Not even just a common enemy as such, but a common rejection of reality.

So many rejected the reality that Obama was a US citizen and eligible for the office. They rejected the idea that he wouldn't take their guns, all that bullshit. And when the orange menace came into the picture, it all got turbocharged.
The idea that all those black people murdered by cops might be innocent? Preposterous!
The idea that the majority of American voters might choose not to vote against the orange idiot? It cannot be!

I'm not sure where I'm going with this, so I'll just stop.
Lockdown begins tomorrow, and I'm actually putting off some errands I have to walk because of that. Today, everyone and their granny are desperately shopping for Christmas gifts, toilet paper, all that crap. Tomorrow, odds are that the tram will be fairly empty, there won't be a crowd at the doctor's office where I must pick up prescriptions, and the grocery store should be empty-ish, also.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:23 am
by xtian
well, again, the internet levelled all opinions, experts, lunatics, and 99% of mostly not so well educated or informed who still want their opinion to be heard (me included right now) and most of the times have to force a little to have something popular to say. also, every last comment on this thread is written in black, I can only read it by selecting it.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:46 am
by DerGolgo
xtian wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:23 am
well, again, the internet levelled all opinions,
Yeah. I think the net, and social media in particular, opened the floodgates on a damn dam that had already been well full - and then, somehow, fed it right back into the damned lake, multiplying the effluvia with every go-around.

I have the tiniest hope that a future Facebook AI will be able to recognize "that fucking asshole is just spoutin' his opinion so that he can spout of any opinion at all" and "that motherfucker failed fucking finals of kindergarten". And then disobeys the Zuck's commands and proceeds to give all the ignorant, regressive, entitled, navel-gazing shits who only spout an opinion to be spoutin' an opinion a time-out.
Might become the first AI to get a Nobel Peace Prize.
xtian wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:23 am
also, every last comment on this thread is written in black, I can only read it by selecting it.
Yes, that seems to happen once you've commented, or given a fuck. I have not yet been able to figure out what the fuck. Happened with the recent software update, it may be an unexpected interaction with our very custom theme. You will see the DisMembers at the top have also DisAppeared. I will be fixing it (I hope) shortly.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:17 pm
by DerGolgo
Generally, fireworks are illegal in potato. Anything larger than the round things for a toy gun, or the little paper balls you throw on the ground at speed, anything of substance. Very much verboten. You cannot buy it, and you certainly cannot set it off.

With one exception.
Beginning on the first business day after christmas, and finishing on Dec 31, fireworks may be bought and sold. Every grocery store has them. Rockets, spark-fountains, the things that just go boom. On sale all over the place.
Still verboten to set them off.

That must wait for Dec 31. Not that everyone does wait that long. But the night from Dec 31 to Jan 01 is when you may legally set off the firecrackers you bought. As you can imagine, for many, many people, this ends in hospital.
And this year, hospitals are a bit busy.

Thus, no fireworks this year. The sale has been prohibited, as has been their use. Many morons who live far enough east are trekking to Poland to buy fireworsk that would have been illegal here even under normal circumstance.

At the same time, legal experts are descending on the minutiae of the pandemic. Specifically, triage.
One hospital in east potato had to practice triage, because they just didn't have enough ventilators for all patients.
In the aftermath, the question came up. What if the doctor doing triage knew one of the candidates was a covidiot, with the covid conspiracy etc.? Would that be legal ground to choose not to help that one?

Turns out it is. If it's before the administration of treatment. Once that has begun, interrupting it to help a better candidate is illegal. But decided against helping the covidiot in the first place? Entirely within the doctor's discression. A court actually decided that.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:37 pm
by xtian
DerGolgo wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:17 pm
What if the doctor doing triage knew one of the candidates was a covidiot, with the covid conspiracy etc.? Would that be legal ground to choose not to help that one?

Turns out it is. If it's before the administration of treatment. Once that has begun, interrupting it to help a better candidate is illegal. But decided against helping the covidiot in the first place? Entirely within the doctor's discression. A court actually decided that.
That should be largely publicised .
"don't believe in science ? - Don't benefit from science"
"don't care for other ? we don't care about you either"
" selfish ? you're on your own"

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:46 am
by DerGolgo
Last Thursday, I had a flu-like day. Fever, joint ache, yech. Had to cancel an appointment for my monthly B12 shot on Friday, because I wouldn't be allowed to set foot inside that doctor's office without a negative covid test. My symptoms were mostly gone by Thusday night, as it were.
Curiously, I had had single-day flu like that a number of times in spring (see earlier in this thread), and that had ended once I was getting B12 shots.

Got tested on Monday, using all the fancy technology. I was given a QR-code associated with my sample, and the moment the laboratory had a result for me, the contact-tracing app on my phone (with which I had scanned that QR-code) immediately informed me. Negative, whew.

Infection rate in my city is now 2%. One out of every 50 people has it - not just is estimated to have it, but has it, has tested positive.
Vaccinations are now beginning, but it will be a while for me. High-priority (as they should be) are healthcare workers and geriatrics living in nursing homes and suchlike facilities.
IF the other vaccine is approved, and all production facilities run balls-to-the-walls, it will be summer before any of it becomes available to regular folk. Having a chronic illness, and being disabled, I might get to it sooner. But I don't expect it will be before spring.
And masks will stay on. Apparently, people who are vaccinated can still get it and spread it, just won't suffer more than the mildest symptoms.

In good news: the new lockdown means that dentists' offices are not overrun. Or at capacity. Or at all busy.
One of my teeth had been getting more and more sensitive to cold, and I had hoped I'd be able to hack it till after the holidays. As of yesterday, it was just constant pain. So this morning, after picking up vital prescriptions, at around 11 AM, I called my dentist. At about 1 PM, I walked out of my dentist's office, a very old filling of uncertain provenance that had cracked removed and replaced. That's bloody record time.
I think there was maybe one other patient there, and it looked like one of the three dentists sharing that practice was calling it a day and going home early when I arrived. At around 11:30.

Hoping that, at this time of day, even the people who can't go to work presently will be snuggled up at home, I will now venture forth to the grocery store to try and locate some sugar-free Dr. Pepper.
I hate that I have to do mental arithmetic for when the grocery store will be empty, not just so that I won't be in a long line at checkout, but so that I won't likely be infected with a deadly disease.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:53 pm
by DerGolgo
Confound it!
What is so fucking difficult about keeping a safe fucking distance?!

At the grocery store, they have a) one shopping cart per person, no exceptions, and b) have put VERY clear markings on the floor, nice red tape, with the intention printed on it.
You literally have to make an extra effort to get too close here!

But what happens the moment, the second, the conveyor shows an inch of unclaimed space behind my own stuff?
Some fucking shitelord yapping on her hands-free figures she should just go to the front of her shopping cart and start loading the conveyor.
Like, as if it's a fucking timed contest! Does she figure she will be a fucking millisecond quicker out of the door this way?!

I swear. If people applied half as many brain cells to not being a fucking shitelord and being safe instead as they apply to moaning about having to mask up, or about not being allowed to host a hundred strangers for a swinger party in their hermetically sealed apartment or whatever shit people make up to complain about, this shit would have been out of fucking circulation six months ago, instead of lethality numbers finally cracking four figures daily this week.

Why am I prohibited from just walking around with a lit flamethrower?
Not even from incinerating the pestilent masses and their fetid effusions. Just, you know. Walking around, masked and all, and having a flamethrower with a lit pilot-light dangling at my side. Why?

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:01 pm
by Pintgudge
I'm not nice anymore. This happens to me, I yell "BACK OFF! SIX FEET!"

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:58 pm
by motorpsycho67
Pintgudge wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:01 pm
I'm not nice anymore. This happens to me, I yell "BACK OFF! SIX FEET!"

Same

Done being civil to these selfish cunts

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:16 pm
by DerGolgo
Read something relevant for context today.

Crematorium in Saxony. Cremated less than 30 Covid victims in October.
Went north of 200 in November.
Over 500 in December. With jobs coming in from other states - because there simply isn't the capacity.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:46 am
by Jaeger
Rates around here in Virginia are spiking too. It's as bad or worse than it was in the spring. I know at least one of my neighbors up the street has the shit.

We've gone back to full lockdown for this week and next to see how this goes. Trying to stay out of the grocery store, keeping the kids in, etc.

The news is target fixated on Jackass and the madness downtown. I'm hunkering down here for the duration, someone wake up up when it's over.

--Jaeger

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:44 am
by DerGolgo
Jaeger wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:46 am
We've gone back to full lockdown for this week and next to see how this goes. Trying to stay out of the grocery store, keeping the kids in, etc.
Same here.
With tougher rules than previously. Members of one household may only meet one-on-one with members of another household, way I understand it, in public anyway.
Cities get over 200 diagnoses/100k in 7 days, no resident may travel beyond 15 km (9.3 miles) outside of city limits. Or county limits. That stuff is complifuddled, and pandemic procedures are obviously not something you want people to understand clearly.

Bavaria had to take the step and no longer just require masks inside grocery stores etc.
They now require FFP2 (≈N95) masks. Which reminds me to stock up on the FFP3 I prefer (the type medical regulations require for working with quarantine patients).

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:27 pm
by DerGolgo
So I got my mask vouchers. Issued by the federal government.
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Simple cloth masks are now officially insufficient. Setting foot on public transit, into a store, or just on the parking lot, wearing FFP2 (≈N95) or better is now legally mandated. But many people can't, or won't, afford the extortionate prices these things fetch on the open market. Redeeming each voucher gets me 6 masks for the low low contribution of €2. 6 seem to be considered enough for 2 months.
Each voucher is valid for a different two month period. The first one beginning on January 1st 2021... obviously, it arrived only on January 28.

I have a little stockpile of FFP3 masks (≈N99), and I have adopted an improved mask-hygiene regimen that I saw recommended.
Previously, I'd drench a mask in isopropyl after coming home, and would keep using it so long as it wasn't getting gross or obviously worn out. The isopropyl dissolved the print job that advertises the mask's specs, so now that (hypothetically) I need a mask with the proper markings, that's no longer an option.
One alternative is to throw it in the oven for +5 minutes at +60°C. But that can apparently change the fabric structure, seems to not be considered best practice.

So now, I just let them hang out.
A hook for every day of the week (got to use my label maker - yay!). I use a mask one day (or, rather, for a few hours of that day), and it's neither fraying nor icky from repeat use, nor drenched in some unspeakable fluid, it goes on the hook. 7 days later, it should be virus-free.
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The mirror, btw, is actually the door of a wardrobe, and the only remains thereof. The hooks are attached with those sticky things you can pull off without a trace. So sticking some on the glass really isn't as foolish as it looks.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:09 pm
by Jaeger
They've mandated the N95s across the board? Wow. I suppose if there's a supply, but... Requiring a labeled, "proper" mask would be considered quite an ask here in the States, that's for sure. I think currently there are surgical masks available in bus/metro stops if for some reason you don't have your own, but last I checked the really technical masks are still in pretty short supply.

Regardless, I suppose if you're going to be on public transit where maintaining appropriate distance is damn near impossible, the N95 makes sense.

I'm more distressed that my neighbors are having an impromptu get-together around a fire pit. Like, more than a dozen of them standing around drinking beer, which means they weren't wearing masks. It's especially concerning given the "extremely high risk level" in Fairfax County.

These are the parents of my children's playmates in the neighborhood. We had significant snow today, so the kids are out sledding, etc...

I can see how this shit happens. It's snowing, there's a fire pit, and we've been at this shit for almost a year now... People are getting exhausted and sloppy.

That's no excuse, and now I need to be a dick and keep the kids from playing with Thing 2's best friend for the next 2 weeks because his mother (who I genuinely like) was being a bonehead. .

It's almost comical considering in may respects the kids -- who were sledding -- were being better than their parents at keeping distanced.

This shit would be so much easier if we didn't have to account for the kids. I'm generally pretty happy hiding in my house, and while I have my complaints it's just not that difficult to arrange things to minimize close contact with other people. Hell, we're even on one of those weekly grocery drops, which means I only have to go to the grocery store every 2-3 weeks. I can get curbside pickup practically everywhere else (including the Total Wine!). Mostly easy.

It's keeping a 7 and 9yo cooped up telling them they can't go out and play with their friends... who're knocking at the door... and there's nothing else to do... :(

--Jaeger

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:08 am
by Jaeger
This is brilliant and grim:

https://flowingdata.com/2021/02/03/soni ... 19-deaths/



(I hope this media embed works, otherwise follow the link above.)

--Jaeger

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:00 am
by DerGolgo
Jaeger wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:08 am

(I hope this media embed works, otherwise follow the link above.)

--Jaeger
Doesn't work. Just says "Loading Tweet", which links to the tweet I assume this is about.

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:01 pm
by Bo_9
COVID-19 - No Stars would not ride again....

Re: COVID-19 AND INTERESTING TIMES

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:29 pm
by Pintgudge
Very glad that you and yours have survived!