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What do you think about COVID-19?


Poll: What do you think about COVID-19?
I'm extremely worried. This could be very bad. 5 / 21%
Not very concerned for myself but concerned about at-risk friends and family 6 / 25%
I'm being cautious, but pretty much living life as normal 11 / 46%
I think the hullabaloo is an over-reaction 2 / 8%
Other 0 / 0%
24 total votes
 

Annael
Immortal


Mar 5, 4:31pm


Views: 2696
What do you think about COVID-19?

Here I am in Washington State, a couple of towns over from the epicenter. Our shelves are bare of sanitizer and gloves and masks (masks don't help anyway), the news media hardly talk about anything else, and restaurants and other businesses are struggling as people stay home.

I'm over 60, but in robust health, so apart from diligent hand-washing and not touching things directly, I'm pretty much living life as usual. I am quite concerned about my 95-year-old father, but he's not!

But I'm not making any predictions.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/


(This post was edited by Annael on Mar 5, 4:32pm)


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Mar 5, 5:29pm


Views: 2639
Your degree of worry

would depend on the country you're in and your accessibility to health services, I expect. What is important is that people get their health information from a government health body, not from social media.

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Annael
Immortal


Mar 6, 2:29am


Views: 2610
I do like some of the advice on social media

Like "wash your hands like you're Lady MacBeth" or "wash your hands like you just peeled a bunch of hot peppers and you need to put in your contact lenses."

And my favorite so far; "instead of shaking hands, let's all do 'jazz hands' at each other."

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Mar 6, 4:18am


Views: 2603
Yeah that fun stuff's great

at getting simple messages across but when it comes to science and news, I get wary. Call it the old journalist in me.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


CuriousG
Half-elven


Mar 6, 11:16pm


Views: 2535
Mixed messages on masks

The official line is that the US public shouldn't buy masks since they won't help. Oh, and we're not supposed to buy them because they WILL help health workers who need them. I'm a little irritated that the official message is so contradictory since it creates a credibility gap. All the same, I'm not buying any masks, just washing my hands and realizing I really do touch my face several times a day without realizing it. Hard to break bad habits when everyone does it and no one realizes it.


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Mar 7, 3:02pm


Views: 2481
That's probably the biggest problem

The things we do, without even realizing we're doing them!

I work with books and little kids and all their germs, so I'm used to automatically touching my face with the back of my hand if I do, and washing a lot. But friends and I were talking this morning about people who diligently wipe doorknobs in public places, but touch the metal plate on "push" doors, or push buttons, without thinking!

Maybe we should go back to wearing gloves when outside the house, like they did in our grandparents'/great-grandparents' day?


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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Mar 8, 12:55am


Views: 2432
The uncertainty about social and economic effects

is one of the most troubling aspects. I had expected to see my daughter at SXSW.... my own professional conference in San Francisco next month is cancelled ... the CDC and local leaders in San Antonio disagree about how to handle evacuees ... several universities are bringing students home from abroad ... etc., etc. Often the problem is the fear of being stuck in quarantine as much as catching the illness itself.

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



Annael
Immortal


Mar 8, 5:57pm


Views: 2362
yes, that


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Often the problem is the fear of being stuck in quarantine as much as catching the illness itself.


My siblings & I have a plan for if I am the one who gets it and has to self-quarantine for two weeks, leaving my dad to fend for himself - which he can't do. (He said he'd change the analog clocks in the kitchen last night; bless his heart, he put one of them TWO hours ahead and the other half an hour ahead . . .)

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/