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I do not think I am breaking any rules by bringing up the Corona virus so here goes.

 

Since we are a very distributed group, I would like to hear from anyone that can share anything that they have heard or seen about what can now be called a pandemic.

 

Has anyone been impacted by the virus?

 

Has anyone seen an impact on travel, activities, work, or availablity of supplies on consumables?

 

For our part...

 

We have seen our stocks take a big hit but our exposure is limited so it is not that bad.

 

My better-half had purchased surgical masks for our g-daughters printed with Panda Bear and other animal faces so if needed they can be styling when it does come time.

 

Thanks in advance for anything you have to share.

 

Stay safe, please!

 

Ben

 

Edit:

Just read a headline that the first death has occurred in the US. My math says that works out to just under 2% which I think is typical of a normal flue.

  

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This link will get you to an article about an isolation kit. It was written with Ebola in mind but it is a good place to look to get us thinking.

 

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Has anyone been impacted by the virus?  


I know the European CLA Summit was cancelled due to the pandemic.  Does not really affect me, but it does make me wonder if NI Week will be canceled.


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@Ben wrote:

Has anyone seen an impact on travel, activities, work, or availablity of supplies on consumables?  


Yep, this has been cancelled.

 

On the upside, I have months extra to gold plate my presentation. Or, more likely, to procrastinate starting.

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My better-half had purchased surgical masks for our g-daughters printed with Panda Bear and other animal faces so if needed they can be styling when it does come time.

Over here they (the government) tell us those masks increase the risk. Mostly (I think) because there're not used properly?

 

At the moment, they cost 12EU (or so I'm told). Normally, I'd say .5 EU They should be changed every hour.

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At the moment, they cost 12EU (or so I'm told). Normally, I'd say .5 EU They should be changed every hour.

A few weeks ago there was a news report that somebody was posting flyers at LAX with a phone number and saying to text him and he'll bring you a mask for $40 anywhere in the public terminal area. I am sure these were probably from home depot (at $10 per box of 50, i.e. 20 cents each)...

 

So clearly there are also business opportunities. 😮


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wiebe@CARYA wrote:

@Ben wrote:

My better-half had purchased surgical masks for our g-daughters printed with Panda Bear and other animal faces so if needed they can be styling when it does come time.

Over here they (the government) tell us those masks increase the risk. Mostly (I think) because there're not used properly?

 

At the moment, they cost 12EU (or so I'm told). Normally, I'd say .5 EU They should be changed every hour.


Masks are being more or less rationed here - if you go into a shop it's limited to one per person per day. Of course, there's no ration card, so you could just go from shop to shop...

Some people are wearing them, especially in store-front type jobs - I'm not sure what fraction of this is related to health/safety and what fraction is for the customers' peace of mind...

 

A more pressing concern were the rumours about toilet paper shortages... Apparently fake news (says the sign in the drugstore aisle next to the concerned products :P)

So I guess that some people stockpiling certain supplies is creating a higher than typical demand even if they aren't using them immediately, and this creates a possible fear of shortage, leading to further stockpiling, leading to... blah blah blah. 


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Two persons in our sportsgroup work in pharmacies... they told us they totally out of masks and desinfection material..

(some reserved for clinics and medical practice.  They do have IPA  🙂

 

Shopping on saturday: Nuddles, Rice, flour were out in some stores...

 

I'm more in the DON'T PANIK fraction  😄

 

 

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In addition to "Don't panic". Always make sure you know where your towel is.

 

 

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But on a serious note, I'm trying to keep my head as all around are losing theirs.

 

My youngest was sent home from school today because he coughed. I'm waiting to hear that suddenly all of the other kids in school mysteriously start coughing. I'm sure the Fortnite servers will be busy in the next few days.

 

I was in Strasbourg for a sport event at the weekend, half of the guys who wanted to go were told by their bosses that if they went abroad, they shouldn't come back to the office for two weeks. They stayed in Basel. A city where tens of thousands cross the border to France and Germany every day. It all seems so ridiculously silly that I'm starting to question my grasp on reality.  It's all so wonderfully pythonesque.

 

I've looked at the number published and am hard pushed to find any rational explanation for this worldwide (over)reaction. Am I missing something? Of course I don't want to get the virus, but I also don't want to die in a car crash. I'll still drive home this evening though....

 

This makes me think of that Neil de Grasse Tyson tweet that landed him in so much trouble.

 

https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1158074774297468928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7...

 

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