OT: Corona / how does it affect your life

Since we gather from all around the world, I wonder how Corona affects your personal and business life?

Here in Germany, all schools etc. are closed for at least two weeks. Many People are hoarding. Toilet paper, by all means?! The first states close all sports places, cinemas etc… People work at home, wherever possible, since the necessary infrastructure does not exist in many companies.

How does it look at your end?

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Take care all of you :pray:

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Here in Spain also everything closed; schools, institutions, bars - restaurantes, beaches, parks, public transportation restriction, etc. Only supermarkets are open (with restriction access) and pharmacies. It is planned to close borders and airports shortly. It is not allowed to go outside, only for certain things and alone. A minimum of 2 meters of distance between people. The streets are empty … apocalyptic. Mass layoffs. Media manipulation (nothing new here!) …

Created in order to provoke fear, the fall of the economy worldwide (global crisis) and meanwhile reduce the world population (those with low defences; old and sick), etc reasons … without going into more detail. Everyone has their own opinion, it is the richness of diversity :neutral_face:

… back to the question, if it affects business; certainly YES in capital letters, and on the other hand quite the opposite (in a minority). I think that in such a situation you have to adapt and perhaps look at alternative paths.

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In the U.K., people are ignoring it because it doesn’t fit with what they want to hear…

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In UK too (Scotland). Think 1001 things to do with pasta must be Amazon’s best seller list, as pasta is sold out in a few shops along with toilet roll and various canned and fresh goods. More a logistics issue, shops trying to keep up with insane demand.

Not seeing friends/family at the moment to reduce chances of transmission. A shame as I have a newborn son but looks like lots of relatives won’t get to meet him in person for a while.

Work has started sending non-business critical staff to work from home, and anyone with symptoms is being sent home to self isolate.

Job also comes to an end in 2 weeks and it’s going to be very odd trying to find work in current circumstances.

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I don’t understand countries closing down schools. Not only are children far less likely to be affected by Covid-19, but they are also not believed to be significant vectors of the disease. They are probably safest going to school.

I’m afraid that the hoarding which @Fuellemann mentions is equally present in the UK. My local supermarkets have been out of toilet rolls, tinned tomatoes, rice and bread flour every time I’ve visited, although they keep restocking. I saw a man with 48 toilet rolls in his trolley. I finally found some rice, cold loose in Whole Foods – one thing to thank Amazon for.

As well as the simple inconvenience, hoarding will undoubtedly cause more deaths as people will have to make more visits to crowded supermarkets in order to buy the essentials.

Meanwhile, my brother has self-isolated as he believes he has the disease. I’m sure he is right. He is a nurse with many years’ experience and great depth of knowledge. Fortunately, he seems to be recovering.

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What? Children don’t stay 2m away from each other. 1 class has many children together so the chance of being a “carrier” is very high. Children are most of the time at a grandparent who is a high-risk person. Just stay home and prevent a virus peak because there are enough beds & machines to support this!

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If they don’t become infected – and very few children do – they don’t become infective. The evidence is clear.

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It is a problem of laymen making ‘definitive’ statements in blogs, when even the experts do not yet properly understand the current situation, and the first scientific paper to this topic was just published a couple of days ago. Sorry, “the evidence isn’t clear,” either way. For those, who prefer to make up their own opinion, a quick search brings up reputable sources:

https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/03/16/coronavirus031620

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Yes, you were right to tell me off, @GKs. How reliable the CDC are after their abysmally slow reaction to COVID-19 (yes, I know that’s largely Trump’s fault) remains to be seen, but, certainly more reliable than me.:pensive:

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I’m stuck at Turkey as the time of writing. Everything is closed except for supermarkets etc. Yet, there are a lot of people on the streets and the number of cases increases exponentially. I order all my groceries online to the apartment I’m currently staying in, they leave it at your doorstep but I’ve heard that there’s a lot of hoarding going on too, especially pasta and rice are hot items right now.

I’m used to working from home so it doesn’t bother me too much. I just feel stranded far from home, that’s all :slight_smile:

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Here in Munich, my kids are home and work has stopped so the issue is more about home management with very energetic kids? The virus for me is less of an issue than the resulting social economic issues that are going to surface soon. I read that people in usa are queuing for munitions ??? - but to keep myself anchored I have gone into the garden, digging it over, feeling the earth. Im sure nature is celebrating this situation big time and there are no planes flying over? I lived in India many years ago and while there I got into the habit of washing my bum with water and hands. Its how 80% do it over there … the pigs did the rest… So if you run out of paper, just give yourself an Indian style bum wash, and wash your hands well after, but I actually found it to be more effective than using paper.

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Hi Jan, I’m in the UK and haven’t had any work for 2 weeks so I am getting nervous!

Stay well, regards, TIM BIGGER

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Let’s hope that if any good can be gleaned from pandemic, we learn the nature of community, rather than looking to everyone else in your immediate area as a potential threat to you. Everyone is afraid they are going to get sick. But if you’re a young and healthy reader, it is probably true that those reading this are a greater potential threat to someone else. Because of that, there are a few things we should all know, and a few things we should all do. This isn’t to prevent yourselves from getting sick, as many reading already are and don’t realize it, but prevent everyone from getting sick.

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A Letter from the Virus …

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Every cloud has a silver lining: Affinity’s response to COVID-19 is to slash the prices of their software by 50%. Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher are now all under £25 each.

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I think I saw that Adobe are also offering a free 2 month creative cloud trial as well?

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Affinity are offering a 90 days free trial. The trouble with the Adobe one is that Creative Cloud subscriptions are very expensive. Imagine spending 2 months using the Adobe programs and then be faced with a hefty subscription to continue using them. Unless one needs the few things which Adobe does better, it makes much more sense to go with Affinity. And Designer and Photo are also available for iPad.

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Yes I have all the Affinity programs, the Adobe prices and monthly didn’t appeal for the use I’d make of them.

Good to hear that Affinity are also offering a longer trial.

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I am in California and my Son and his Wife just had a baby yesterday. We were no aloud the visit and we have been told by the drs. to stay away for six weeks. :pensive: Thank God for FaceTime!

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