rclark wrote: ↑
2 weeks ago
They just closed my wife's school down. She is doing online lesson planning. My son is going to be home for Spring break with an extended two weeks.
My daughter's school has been closed down due to the Corona virus.
At my work place they are trying to get us to be able to work remotely.
How are things were you live?
Down here it's in the state of emergency, along with New York. I hope that @Afro_Vacancy and @Guest-2 are alright.
I still don't understand why Pennsylvania is reporting so few cases. Especially since it borders New Jersey.
I'm physically all right.
I am however a little bored, stir crazy, and fearful for the future.
Guest-3 wrote: ↑
3 weeks ago
Did you get a new girlfriend?
I told my supervisor the other day that if they ask us to work from home for an extended period of time, I would simply go to India and work from there. I would hate to be just be alone in my apartment for a long time. I have classes to take but if situation gets to where they are asking us to work from home, I am pretty sure they would allow us to take the rest of the classes for this semester online.
@Afro_Vacancy, what's your take on the whole thing? Do you foresee things getting back to normal anytime soon?
I see that you guys have made pjhair quit -- nice work.
I don't know if we'll have an effective cure or treatment in the near future. There has been some propaganda posted by Trump about hydroxychloroquine, but that's actually not definite at all. The positive result for that drug (along with azithromycin) was from a very weak study, and now there's a risk that people are going to die from self-medicating with those two drugs. This really can't be predicted, sometimes research progresses quickly, and sometimes it does not.
I am very afraid for the reverberations that this might have on the economy and on society. I'm not referring to American Airlines and Hilton Hotels -- they're going to get whatever bailout they need from the federal government. I'm referring to small business and small business employers and employees at that. This has the potential to be an economic bloodbath, everybody from Uber drivers to hairdressers to yoga instructors to small-time landlords to bookshops to restaurants that are not part of chains, and on and on, are at risk of being wiped out. I'm hearing from several people who might go under soon. If it ends in a week, most people will be ok, but if this lasts six months I don't see us avoiding another Great Depression and possibly hyper-inflation.
One of the scarier news items is about migrant workers. Farmers need migrant workers to pick their crops, and they don't have the migrant workers, or they don't have as many, because the borders are closed. That means that most crops will just go un-picked, and we'll be dealing with skyrocketing food prices in a few months time.
The Senate Republicans are completely oblivious to the economic catastrophe that might befall the country, which adds to my fair. They're concerned with grandstanding and with helping upper-middle class people, when there should be a focus on things like extending sick leave, unemployment insurance, and deferrals on short-term loans.
I've been arranging conversations with various people for both my benefit and theirs.
I'll go donate blood in a few days, apparently there's a shortage right now. I called to make sure that I'm eligible. They confirmed, so I should go.
I might volunteer with an organization that's delivering food to poor people. The organization that I normally volunteer with, that does something else, is closed.
I've been doing my normal work from home. In the short-term, I'm someone who's not at risk. But obviously, if the system is fucked, I'll be fucked.