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I thought it would be interesting and hopefully amusing to get some perspectives, musings, and status updates from our geographically diverse set of LCVGers. Here are mine.

  • To prepare for this pandemic the first thing I did was:  I made my youngest watch Outbreak. So she'd know what to expect. I told her "If you're not symptomatic by March 1st....leave."
  • The second thing I did was:  I went to Amazon and tried to buy a few N95 masks. They were all either sold-out or price gouged abominations. Two days later the surgeon general yelled at everyone in our country to STOP BUYING UP ALL OF THESE MASKS
  • I'm going on a CRUISE to Norway in August. So I'm excited to be standing in the buffet line, holding my plate, sandwiched between two immuno-compromised coughing people. Doesn't the immuno-compromised demographic make up 100% of all Cruise ship vacationers? 
  • My wife is a pharma rep. So she spends time hopping from doctor's waiting room to doctor's waiting room all-day-long. Yay!
  • I have two kids in school. What is the threshold of student infection where they close down the school? 1 student? 5 students? There is only so much Minecraft my daughter can play before she starts to get stupid-er-est. Is it possible that schools could shut down for months?

 

This is a shit show!  And I can't stop touching my face. Fuck.

 

 

 

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There's an election coming up where our only options will be Trump or Biden. I think we've all been infected with a wild strain of Corona virus for years now, and our collective dimished capacity was the first sign.

 

Seaking of dimished capacity,.... People who take cruises. Like ever! 

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Work has been making preparations for employees to work from home just in case it’s needed. 

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Over here (UK/EU) my office and most of our customers now have travel bans in place. To the point that trips that were already booked have been cancelled. We work on Unified Comms and video is a big part of that so, like any “travel disruption event” this has created a huge uptake in video services for us so we’re busier than we can handle. 

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Our workplace (Mastercard) is getting ready for work from home for most employees, except for my group (of course.)  We have to come in to the secure environment because we have access to complete credit card numbers and transactional data, which can't be controlled in an at-home environment.

 

Sucks to be us.  :ArnoldWut:

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Here at BigOil, we're in phase 2 of our IT Business Continuity Plan for Coronavirus.   We've had an international travel ban in place for a few weeks, and employees are encouraged to find alternatives to work-related travel.

 

We went immediately to phase 3 last week when a 96-inch (yes, you read that right!) pipe that supplies all the water to downtown Houston burst and caused a disruption to our chill water for out data-center.  

 

Phase 4 is when Carlucci gets really, really busy.

 

Experiencing slight anxiety over riding public transportation to work, and making a reasonable effort to not touch my face so much.

 

 

Carlos.

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When people say you should avoid touching your face, does that include picking your nose?

 

Asking for a friend.

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As someone who works in a medical group, yes it doesn’t Jeff.

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I'm scheduled to present at a conference on Arizona State's campus next week, so I get to travel and hang around the only location in that city that had a person test positive for coronavirus. No mention of cancelling the conference, but I'm F5'ing my email half expecting it to be. They're in some sort of zero fucks frame of mind atm.

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Well, my girlfriend and I both work in health care in Canada, so hurray!

 

I’ve never been so happy to be a pharmacist at a dispensary where we deliver everything and have no public facing contact. If I was still in retail, oh hell no.

 

I mean, whatever, my girlfriend works here as well as a hospital so I am pretty much boned. Also we have a bunch of people out of the country for now.

 

If I can overnight in Hong Kong for a day I’ll manage to get two weeks of quarantine though, at my own expense of course.

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32 minutes ago, JFo said:

When people say you should avoid touching your face, does that include picking your nose?

 

Asking for a friend.

 

Wash hands, take you booger hook to slime town, then wash your hands again.

 

Same for rubbing eyes. 

 

I bite my nails, so I'm a dead man walking if I don't break that habit quick!

 

Carlos. 

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So glad I started this thread.  Romier ... what’s happening over in the porn industry?  Masked porn? That might even be sexy. But thats neither here nor there for you. I guess fluffers can use gloves anyway?

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Work in corporate communications. Neck deep in crisis communications plans when I’m not hanging “wash your hands, you filthy mongrel” posters in all the bathrooms and breakrooms.

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I think for the safety of the planet we NEED to do this to the entire cruise industry!

 

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Haven't really seen much of an effect in Toronto yet, but I'm also not in the city proper.  I'm booked in to go to MS Build in Seattle in May, which is one of the few tech conferences that hasn't been cancelled yet, but we'll see if it's still on when it comes time to go.  Maybe this will have blown over by then?  Either way, that's work's problem if it doesn't happen.  No doubt that it's serious, but it also seems like things are being blown way out of proportion. 

 

Honestly, I'd welcome the order to work from home if required.  I already try to a couple of times a week, and it saves me 2-3 hours of driving.  Fortunately, I can do my job anywhere I have my laptop and internet, so there's that.  Being in the UC space, we've got everyone used to working on Teams, so being in the same location isn't really necessary. 

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Small business owner with zero walk in traffic by design. We deliver everything ourselves. If the fit hits the shan in Ohio we will still deliver but we will not be going into buildings. You can come out and get your crap. 
 

I also sell all the gloves masks and isolation equipment I would ever need. I also have gobs of foam hand sanitizer as we are a pretty decent size distributor in the area. 

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So far our work plan has been to ignore it, and then Colorado got two confirmed cases today and now everyone is scrambling.  I've got three trips over the next 3 weeks: Boston, Miami, and New Orleans.  Not sure those are going to happen now.

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And I got the call from the boss tonight, I'm considered essential personnel and getting slapped with a travel ban.

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12 hours ago, foogledricks said:

 

 

 

  • To prepare for this pandemic the first thing I did was:  I made my youngest watch Outbreak. So she'd know what to expect.

 

 

 



Just my useless 2 cents here.  Well "Outbreak" is a great and entertaining movie, it fails to represent the potential outcome of the COVID-19.  The 1995 film focuses on an outbreak of a fictional Ebola-like virus.  You should sit down with her and watch 2011's movie called "Contagion" with Matt Damon, Jude Law and Kate Winslet.  Basic plot below:

"Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu like infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic."

What's kind of scary is how what happens to some of the countries in this movie is mirroring real life.  But that's just my opinion.  Movie itself is a solid 6 outta 10.  
 

 

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5 hours ago, SCREWNUT said:



Just my useless 2 cents here.  Well "Outbreak" is a great and entertaining movie, it fails to represent the potential outcome of the COVID-19.  The 1995 film focuses on an outbreak of a fictional Ebola-like virus.  You should sit down with her and watch 2011's movie called "Contagion" with Matt Damon, Jude Law and Kate Winslet.  Basic plot below:

"Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu like infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic."

What's kind of scary is how what happens to some of the countries in this movie is mirroring real life.  But that's just my opinion.  Movie itself is a solid 6 outta 10.  
 

 

I've never seen it. But I want to. Big cast, right?  I think zombie movies are good for preparation too. Or Armageddon. Asteroids are always in play in this type of situation.

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13 minutes ago, Carlucci said:

Just don't read Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, or you might refuse the vaccine.

 

 

Carlos.

 

Some say the entire vaccine-hesitant movement started there.

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17 hours ago, foogledricks said:

I've never seen it. But I want to. Big cast, right?  I think zombie movies are good for preparation too. Or Armageddon. Asteroids are always in play in this type of situation.

 

I hated it the first time, but I think this is a good time to revisit Titanic!

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