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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.
Not very concerned for myself but concerned about at-risk friends and family
I'm being cautious, but pretty much living life as normal
I think the hullabaloo is an over-reaction
View Results (26 votes)


Mar 5, 4:31pm

Post #1 of 8 (2842 views)
What do you think about COVID-19? Can't Post

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.

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

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Mar 5, 5:29pm

Post #2 of 8 (2785 views)
Your degree of worry [In reply to] Can't Post

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.


Mar 6, 2:29am

Post #3 of 8 (2756 views)
I do like some of the advice on social media [In reply to] Can't Post

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."

Superuser / Moderator

Mar 6, 4:18am

Post #4 of 8 (2749 views)
Yeah that fun stuff's great [In reply to] Can't Post

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


Mar 6, 11:16pm

Post #5 of 8 (2681 views)
Mixed messages on masks [In reply to] Can't Post

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.

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Mar 7, 3:02pm

Post #6 of 8 (2627 views)
That's probably the biggest problem [In reply to] Can't Post

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?

Grey Havens

Mar 8, 12:55am

Post #7 of 8 (2578 views)
The uncertainty about social and economic effects [In reply to] Can't Post

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.


Mar 8, 5:57pm

Post #8 of 8 (2508 views)
yes, that [In reply to] Can't Post

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 . . .)


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