Covid-19 check in - How are you doing?

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
1,009
Palmyra, WI
Yep, if flu gets going ,I'm sure that it will become a mess.
I'm not sure. My wife answers a 2dozen questionare, plus temp check, and exchanges maskes twice before she can even enter her place of work (retirement facility). Where I'm at, people would be, uhm, wild, if I said I was feverish at all, even by a degree. People are alert.
 
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venator260

Feeling the Heat
Nov 16, 2015
359
Huntingdon County, Pa
The school that I teach in has a week in of hybrid classes (1/2 of the student body at a time, other half online). Masks or face coverings required with 10 minute breaks if social distance is possible in the class. Classroom management has been easier this year, which surprised me because I assumed that our kids would fight the masks, but they really haven't. Planning is tougher, as I feel like I'm planning 2 classes for every one. And all students wearing a mask has made it harder to "read the room" so to speak to pick up on non-verbal ques from kids if they're getting it, not getting it, bored, etc... Every other day + masks has made it harder to get to know classes and the kids in them.

In the community, most people are back to normal, mask usage is pretty low, and everything is open. The county's numbers are sneaking up a little bit, but nothing too dramatic. However, I am a little concerned about what colder weather will bring
 
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Medic21

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2017
1,035
Northern Indiana
I have seen not so much as a sniffle in 4mo from any acquaintance here. 4yr olds who are normally sick from some kiddy thing going round , and their parents (nephew) who talk of catching pneumonia twice already from him (last year)- nope - and nope. I'm starting to like the idea of a whole lot less flu and other contiguous run of the mill crap going round. If anyone so much as sneezes - boink, outahere.
The crazy thing is the precautions we are taking for Covid also work very well for all other viruses. This will help with flu season also.

Yep, if flu gets going ,I'm sure that it will become a mess.
Australia is used as our flu season predictor and in general they have had a very minimal flu season. They are assuming there is a correlation with the fact many people are wearing masks and washing their hands more often than normal. And stating that the flu viruses are not overly powerful this season.....I hope that trend will continue here
The sickest patients we saw back in April and May had Covid and Flu together. The combination is really bad, deadly at times. If there is no Covid Vaccine be prepared for another shutdown from February to March this coming spring. The death rate with spike with flu season.
 
Feb 2, 2020
141
Madison, WI
Since things got crazy here in the US life for me hasn't really changed much in terms of work disruptions or when things were locked down (wife and I don't go to too many stores and restaurants anyways). I work as a cell scientist who creates monoclonal antibodies using rodents (mice and rats mostly we grow the cells in them). Ever since Covid-19 hit here, our business has grown with all the large pharmaceutical companies wanting our antibodies for their vaccine lines. So I've been busier than ever before and have pulled more OT than I can remember! My wife works as an account manager for a local insurance company and she has been working from home since March with about a once a week 30 min or less trip to her office to drop off and pick up mail.

Being at home more, we've gotten a lot of big projects done around the house and were able to double the size of our vegetable garden this year. I feel like I've had tons more time to process firewood and earlier in the year gained a ton more logs and now have my wood shed and half the yard covered in firewood :) Fall weather is going to make itself known around here this week and I plan on making a few evening fires which for me will be a new record for earliest wood stove use. If the cool weather prevails through Sep and Oct I will certainly be using more wood than last year!
 
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kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
5,151
07462
I'm starting to feel the isolation effect on my general well being. IDK, not having that social element of going to the job on a daily routine is starting to wear me out a little.
Outside of work, during down time I feel ok, I'm able to keep busy. I play golf, yard work, split wood, go to small social gatherings here and there.
I respond to fire calls, taking the general precautions we have in place, but there's always that little voice in the back of my head that keeps me alert and from becoming complacent, then I'm home.
I think I'm just tired of it all, I think I'm worried about another large scale shutdown in my area once the colder weather moves in, I think I'm just starting to see some signs of depression due to overall boredom and future uncertainty.
Just trying to keep myself distracted, take steps one at a time, and know that I'm not the only one feeling like this
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,561
Downeast Maine
I'm starting to feel the isolation effect on my general well being. IDK, not having that social element of going to the job on a daily routine is starting to wear me out a little.
Outside of work, during down time I feel ok, I'm able to keep busy. I play golf, yard work, split wood, go to small social gatherings here and there.
I respond to fire calls, taking the general precautions we have in place, but there's always that little voice in the back of my head that keeps me alert and from becoming complacent, then I'm home.
I think I'm just tired of it all, I think I'm worried about another large scale shutdown in my area once the colder weather moves in, I think I'm just starting to see some signs of depression due to overall boredom and future uncertainty.
Just trying to keep myself distracted, take steps one at a time, and know that I'm not the only one feeling like this
My wife and I are struggling with limited human contact. Last week when we went to pick up our curbisde grocery orders my wife celebrated that she accidentally touched the hand of the lady loading our groceries.
 

MTY

Feeling the Heat
Jan 9, 2019
390
Idaho
I am becoming more and more like the old farts in Second Hand Lions. I just want to sit on the porch with the shotgun and run people off. Someone pulled into the driveway a couple of days ago. Other than the census taker the dog tried to eat, that has not happened for better than a month.
The person that pulled into the driveway wanted me to give them an easement for power across my property so they could build down the road from me. They left disappointed. I did them a favor, as even I would not want me for a neighbor.
 

WiscWoody

Minister of Fire
Dec 24, 2011
1,927
Winter WI
I’m doing ok here, the county numbers were real low until the cabin crowd came up but it’s good that they did since the area depends on them for their business but now it seems to be leveling off and we are at 185 confirmed cases in the county with a 16,000 population. My routine hasn’t changed much really since I’m a homebody anyway with just me and the dogs here and I am self employed and work alone mowing cabin lawns in the summer and plowing in the winter. Thanks For asking begreen. :rolleyes:
 
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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,325
South Puget Sound, WA
I have to admit that covid-19 when combined with being forced to stay indoors with the smoke has been a real downer. It's hard to make forward progress when most outdoor activity has been curtailed, especially when it's the last nice days of summer. We've been over a week with this gluck and lack of sunshine. All this is reminding me of how much I miss getting together with friends, hugs, going out to eat and the movies.

To break the pattern I have been running watercolor painting classes with my teacher. She is in her 80s and at risk of decline without some outside contact and stimulation. We do the classes via Zoom with a system I have cobbled together using my cellphone as the camera/mike, my iPad as her monitor to respond to students and my laptop to manage the Zoom sessions. It is a bit complicated but works and has been very helpful for her to see her students again and face the challenges of pulling together a class every 2 weeks.
 
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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
13,211
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Our county has had a total of 314 positive cases with 4 deaths since this started. Our county was down to zero cases about three weeks ago but we have 13 active cases with one in the hospital.

The college towns don't have a big number of cases being reported, Potsdam NY 4 and Canton NY 1.

I'm surprised that our town hasn't had an outbreak with the lack of mask wearing and social distancing going on at some of the local businesses so we stay away from those places and hopefully don't run into any of them on our travels.

We pretty much have stayed around the house, used the boat in the summer and taken a ton of rides that the dog loves.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,561
Downeast Maine
We are headed out into town today most likely to pick up some essentials, and it's always stressful. Few people in our county are wearing masks or social distancing.
 

WiscWoody

Minister of Fire
Dec 24, 2011
1,927
Winter WI
We are headed out into town today most likely to pick up some essentials, and it's always stressful. Few people in our county are wearing masks or social distancing.
Many here don’t wear face masks here either despite it being a state law. There’s some small town businesses that don’t even have hand soap in their restrooms and I always complain when I notice it.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,561
Downeast Maine
Many here don’t wear face masks here either despite it being a state law. There’s some small town businesses that don’t even have hand soap in their restrooms and I always complain when I notice it.
One or two local businesses are very strict about masks, but most are not. It's weird to see hotels packed during a pandemic as well.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,325
South Puget Sound, WA
We are headed out into town today most likely to pick up some essentials, and it's always stressful. Few people in our county are wearing masks or social distancing.
I am glad to say that is the exception locally. It's rare to see people without a mask at a store and they are usually out of towners. Most stores will hand them a mask if they forgot to bring one.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,561
Downeast Maine
I am glad to say that is the exception locally. It's rare to see people without a mask at a store and they are usually out of towners. Most stores will hand them a mask if they forgot to bring one.
It seems to be the opposite here; folks from out of town are wearing masks and most locals don't care.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,325
South Puget Sound, WA
It seems to be the opposite here; folks from out of town are wearing masks and most locals don't care.
Maybe the local demographic? I think the average age here is 55yrs old. You can't get into the local grocery or hardware stores without a mask. Same at the Post Office. Someone will be following you with a big bell shouting Shame! Shame!
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,561
Downeast Maine
Maybe the local demographic? I think the average age here is 55yrs old. You can't get into the local grocery or hardware stores without a mask. Same at the Post Office. Someone will be following you with a big bell shouting Shame! Shame!
I wish it were that way here! Glad to hear most other places are not like here as far as mask wearing, social distancing, etc.
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
13,211
Foothills of The Adirondacks
If you don't wear a mask here in our county, don't bother going to a store, if you don't have on out you go.

I do get a kick out of our town who has a sign up at recycle saying that masks are mandatory but the town workers there don't wear them and one guy likes to talk face to face with older people, I'm surprised that people haven't turned them in .
 

fbelec

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2005
2,843
Massachusetts
in mass around here mask up or leave and one word out of the non masker and the cops get called
 

gggvan

Member
Dec 6, 2012
88
I've been promoting and advocating for more work from home for years, especially here in SE Mass where traffic is horrible. I've been working fully from home since March, loving it. I'm totally converting basement into a recreation /business space , big screens , work counter, bathroom , etc.

I did take the introvert test, got 90%. I garden, endless home projects , listen to music, only go out to home improvement store, occasionally supermarket. To be perfectly honest , the fact that covid has necessitated the cancelation of all social gatherings is for the most part fine with me. I tend to prefer more intimate 3/4 people social events.

We like to travel internationally, last trip was to Cuba in February, and we planned more, next to Iceland/Sweden. That's a bummer.

So, we're all healthy, doing well, staying safe . thanks for asking .
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,325
South Puget Sound, WA
I hear you on the travel. We love it too. My wife and I had tickets to go to England and Ireland for May 2020, 40th anniversary. By that time we couldn't even rent a B&B locally.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
22,181
central pa
In our area only about half the people are wearing masks and few stores say anything. I found it hilarious at a turnpike rest stop taking our daughter for surgery a woman was arguing with a clerk about wearing a mask and our 11 yr old daughter said I have a heart condition put a mask on Karen.
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
3,042
Eastern Ontario
I live near a small town in Eastern Ontario
You do not go into a store unless you are wearing a mask
If you don't wear one you are escorted out. This town is
a retirement town that is big on tourism we have had only 4
cases and want it to remain that way. We have been luck
and want it to stay that way .
 
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MTY

Feeling the Heat
Jan 9, 2019
390
Idaho
I work alone in a small retail establishment of the type that get robbed frequently. Every time someone comes in with anything other than a medical type mask I find myself automatically doing a threat assessment.