Genuinely starting to think about stockpiling some food. I don't want to be part of the panic buying culture, but my local shop ran out of toilet roll and own brand painkillers today. I know that's a result of people hoarding but it made me worry about how fragile the supply chains might be.
After multiple contacts with people who have contracted COVID-19 positively -- and freely shaking hands all week -- President Trump finally took a test last night. He appears asymptomatic, and results are pending.
Should we wish for him to contract it?
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This thread explains how the UK approach is different to other countries. Some of it is assumption because the government haven’t been totally open about what they’re doing.
essien I've been following that too, not as much as you certainly, but I would like more insight if you can.
I read this Daily Best article which goes into more detail about this wildly crazy "herd immunity" strategy, assuming everybody's gonna get it so let's just let it happen.
It's a really confusing and complex situation, to be honest. I've tried to understand as much about it as I can, but there's conflicting information out there and it's becoming politicised. The vast majority of the journalists reporting on this aren't experts on pandemic management and I think some of them are coming to it with an agenda.
Here's one of the scientists working on the UK response saying herd immunity is categorically not the strategy:
A lot of people I'm encountering are having an emotional reaction to it - questioning why we haven't closed down schools and banned large gatherings like other countries. I think people struggle to understand that it might not be the best option in the long run, and is a decision that's been taken to try and reduce suffering. It's understandable that people are questioning it and I think it will lead to a lot of tension. I can see a situation where the government has to change tactic just to keep people on side.
The first real wave of movie theatre closings is starting to happen not too far from me in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They were open Friday and Saturday, and state decrees forced them to close Sunday. Damn.
I think some industries and businesses are really going to struggle to make it through the next few months since they rely on having a constant stream of income. Aviation, hospitality and tourism are three big ones that spring to mind. Then there's small and medium sized businesses which will probably go bust if they're forced to close for months.
I'm wondering if the impact of this is going to play out like another financial crash, or if it's going to be something more significant. There's a lot of individuals and corporations sat on huge amounts of money. Could we see some forced redistribution?
Post by crazytrain116 on Mar 15, 2020 9:57:50 GMT -5
Welp was only a matter of time, but the first NIH (National Institutes of Health) employee has been confirmed with the coronavirus. Of course its in Building 10 (which is the hospital here) where I work. but thankfully on an upper floor where I have not been. They're finally granting telework for all at the NIH too starting Monday (have to see about my situation due to my job role).
Long story short stay safe out there y'all shit is going to keep spreading, but simple health maintenance such as hand washing goes a long way.