How has the CoronaVirus affected you?

I just got word that in the St. Louis, MO area we're to shelter in place starting Monday.

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@sestrahelena wrote:

Also off topic - money. Do you suppose the handling of cash has enabled this virus to spread so quickly and so far? I am not well informed but if the germs can live for days it makes sense that a single infected dollar or nickle could pass through the hands of many people and move on to others states and countries.

No. Infected people getting on airplanes and flying all over the world is how it spread so quickly. There was a direct flight from Wuhan to northern Italy. Draw your own conclusions from that.

Two screeners at LAX have tested positive. Initially, all of the positive cases were travel related. Now they are moving to community related, hence the social distancing and stay at home orders.

And BTW, I’m using Apple Pay when I can. If I pay cash, everyone gets to keep the change.
They do believe that person-to-person contact is the primary way that this spreads, through respiratory droplets. If they evacuate my sister from Pakistan, it will not be on an international flight. They will use military planes.
@bgriffin wrote:

@kimmiemae wrote:

They just closed non-essential businesses here. I wonder if they consider liquor stores essential...lol

CA apparently is considering the pot stores essential.

And new in California as of yesterday:

California Can Now Sell Cocktails To Go, but Only With Food ...la.eater.com › abc-cocktail-delivery-coronavirus-california-shelter-in-...
1 day ago - The ABC eased its rules around alcohol delivery, making it far easier for restaurants to sell beer, wine, and pre-mixed drinks/cocktails for pick-up or delivery throughout the state. ... What's required under the new rules is a current ABC license and containers with a secure lid or cap for the alcohol.
In Los Angeles I think they are restricting it to only the carry out orders. Many restaurants have said not for delivery orders.
I set up a small table in the garage that everything goes on to be disinfected before it goes into the house.

Here's hoping that your sister doesn't catch the virus.

@JASFLALMT wrote:

I got groceries yesterday and wiped down everything with Lysol wipes before putting it away. I always have wiped off my cans and shelf stable goods before putting them away, but I didn't use disinfectant before. Now everything is getting sanitized before going in the frig or pantry.

My sister works for the Department of State and is on a compound in Pakistan. They just got their first coronavirus case on the compound. I am worried for her. She said that some of the diplomats have already left. She doesn't want to come back to the states right now but I wish she would. I am sure that all of them will be quarantined somewhere for a few weeks before they are allowed to be in the general population again.

Kim
I hope your sister stays safe. My brother and sister in law both of whom are high risk are in France in the middle of a huge pandemic. He would have had to fly back here on a regular airline and pass through two airports full of people who may or may have been infected. I told him he was probably better off there where the peak is probably coming soon than flying back to the US where things are just starting to get worse. He is particularly worried as France said they would not treat people over 70, which he is, if they ran out of ventilators. Then they later retracted and said it would be a case by case basis. But if someone was 25 and healthy vs him I am pretty sure I can guess which they would choose. He has an apartment there so he has a place to live.
Californians cannot live without booze and drugs????? And their government is enabling them????? Oy.

*steps outside to see stars and breathe*

Meanwhile, I have been delving into older entertainment and enjoying some repeats and a lot of new-to-me offerings. This is very relaxing. Relaxing is good for my blood pressure, which is extremely good for me if (heaven forbid) I ever have an exposure to the COVID-19.

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity. - Guy Fieri
@Shop-et-al wrote:

Meanwhile, I have been delving into older entertainment and enjoying some repeats and a lot of new-to-me offerings. This is very relaxing. Relaxing is good for my blood pressure, which is extremely good for me if (heaven forbid) I ever have an exposure to the COVID-19.

Yes, worrying too much/stress may reduce your immune system's strength and efficacy. I struggle with this part. I don't want to be naive and oblivious. So, I will read the news and do research, etc. on COVID19. Plus, it's part of my nerdish personality anyways. At the same time, I don't want to get so crazy paranoid and scared that my body cannot function well either. smiling smiley It's a balancing act.

Something else that affects our immune system is social connection and happiness. Lots of studies show that people who are lonely have weakened immune systems. Have read some of the science behind this, but don't recall the technical stuff. Happiness is also connected to a stronger immune system. If you're socially connected with folks, feel valued in life, are happy, and "have a reason to live," your body's immune system is stronger.

I think it's good to have a day or two where we just do something fun and relaxing, as you say, without obsessing over COVID19. Call a relative. Make them feel good. Do something enjoyable...etc. These help our bodies stay strong and healthy! smiling smiley

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I think the booze is to help businesses that are providing carry out. And weed is a new and previously booming business. They have been struggling nevertheless with things like banking. If they are shut down completely most if not all of them will go out of business. So IMO it's not about the consumers as much as the businesses. Besides, if I were 20 years younger and in this situation I would waking and baking every day.

@Shop-et-al wrote:

Californians cannot live without booze and drugs????? And their government is enabling them????? Oy.

*steps outside to see stars and breathe*

Meanwhile, I have been delving into older entertainment and enjoying some repeats and a lot of new-to-me offerings. This is very relaxing. Relaxing is good for my blood pressure, which is extremely good for me if (heaven forbid) I ever have an exposure to the COVID-19.

I enjoy awkward questions and uncomfortable silences. This gas station pavement is $%^@*#& hot.
I definitely think California decided to allow restaurants to "serve" alcohol to the carry out and delivery customers in order to help the restaurant business stay afloat. Anyone who wants to drink their woes away can just go to the grocery store and buy as much liquor as it takes. I do not think the intent was for people to order a whole bunch of booze by the glass for $10 a shot or so and get drunk but for them to have some semblance of normalcy at dinner during all of this.
As for the marijuana shops staying open they say it is only to sell to those with a medical script from their doc.
Not sure if that rule for having a doc order will be followed but if people need something to help them to stay indoors it is fine with me. We do not need to practice abstinence from whatever lifestyle we had in regard to a drink with dinner.
@Niner wrote:

@MFJohnston wrote:

Negotiations between the teaching union, school district and state superintendent's office have gone to hell.... And I don't have any beer in the house. sad smiley

What's going on?

Over here, I have been working from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily making content, having virtual meetings, grading, etc. I'm burnt out and this has just started. I'm now a YouTuber apparently.

Are you teaching online now?

There is too much to describe here.... Basically, the school district wanted to implement something very specific one week after school was cancelled, but had not communicated with the teachers union beforehand. Predictably, the district's expectations put teachers into a situation where they were needing to put in hours like what you describe while ignoring safety precautions suggested by the CDC and local health authorities. This got the union involved, of course. On top of that, federal law requires that every student be reached with any program we institute. Reaching several populations in our district with remote learning is quite difficult, especially kids with extreme learning disabilities or are medically fragile. The state superintendent of public instruction is not satisfied that we (or any district in Washington) have an adequate plan for doing so.

We are "sort of" teaching, starting Monday. We need to touch base with our kids and offer some "enrichment," but we are forbidden from introducing new material - this coming week.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
We are teaching new material. We are having parent meetings, guidance meetings, team meetings, and CSE meetings. The parent meetings are the strangest. It's weird talking about how a kid is distracted socially in class, or having any kind of normal classroom related conversation.

Our union came up with an agreement before this started. My hours and responsibilities have increased. I teach at one of the highest ranking schools in the country, so that comes with its own special set of demands for us to be the best. I enjoy working there, but it's stressful right now. They even want us to do virtual professional development, and had an all day conference virtually last week.

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@shopper8 wrote:

I will not take any airport shops right now. What bothers me is that they are screening people for fever, you could have the virus without a fever for one to two weeks, which is contagious at this time. There are not completely sure yet of the incubation period.
@Niner
I am also at a very highly ranked school - so I very much understand those pressures. As I look at my students, I am certain that I can reach them just fine through any interface. However, I teach most of the strongest students at the highest performing high school in a highly regarded school district. Not everybody has kids as dedicated to academics or as capable as mine.

How has your district managed to fulfill the requirements of IDEA? Surely you have kids with extreme needs?

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.


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@MFJohnston wrote:

@Niner
I am also at a very highly ranked school - so I very much understand those pressures. As I look at my students, I am certain that I can reach them just fine through any interface. However, I teach most of the strongest students at the highest performing high school in a highly regarded school district. Not everybody has kids as dedicated to academics or as capable as mine.

How has your district managed to fulfill the requirements of IDEA? Surely you have kids with extreme needs?

I sent my special ed teacher the plans for the week. I also contacted all of the IEP kids and have been working with them. My job has turned 24/7 except for sleeping, exercise, and occassionally chilling out.
@Niner
It sounds like our union has been able to draw a line where yours has not. We are not going to put in those types of hours - its not healthy. i'll work my 60 hour weeks, but what you describe is brutal....

Still, even with those hours, we don't have a way to reach our kids with extreme needs - medically fragile kids, those with seven Downs syndrome, etc. We have a population of kids who are not capable of using a computer. My understanding from the Sp..Ed. teachers is that they have no way of meeting those kids IEP goals..... Another district in Washington got themselves up and running right away when schools were closed, but were shut down by the state because they could not meet "equity" requirements.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
@Niner wrote:

My job has turned 24/7 except for sleeping, exercise, and occassionally chilling out.

hang in there!
@CoffeeQueen wrote:

Besides, if I were 20 years younger and in this situation I would waking and baking every day.

Unless you had a job that you could do from home!

I have to admit that while I feel lucky to have a steady income during this situation, I'm a little jealous of all my peers who get this time to organize their homes, enjoy the intoxicants available in CA and spend time outdoors!

The online workflow is a bit more time-consuming and my work is project-based, so I have spent most of the weekend catching up to where I need to be at for tomorrow morning....
Why would you think it's only Californians? In many states, liquor stores are considered essential businesses during crises. Our state owns the liquor stores so you KNOW they will stay open here. If we had pot stires (I wish) for recreational use it would be the same.

@Shop-et-al wrote:

Californians cannot live without booze and drugs????? And their government is enabling them????? Oy.
Thank you. Booze and recreational drugs are essential for addicts-- wherever they happen to be.

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity. - Guy Fieri
Had to go to the Post Office last week to open a mail box for one of my MS projects and saw a flyer advertising a new service the USPS is offering and would be great for any of you who get your mail in a post office box. It's called "Informed Delivery" and will send you a daily email showing you scanned images of your mail as well as tracking info. for incoming packages. You can sign up at usps.com/become informed
@plmccut wrote:

Had to go to the Post Office last week to open a mail box for one of my MS projects and saw a flyer advertising a new service the USPS is offering and would be great for any of you who get your mail in a post office box. It's called "Informed Delivery" and will send you a daily email showing you scanned images of your mail as well as tracking info. for incoming packages. You can sign up at usps.com/become informed
This is not new. I've been getting Informed Delivery for over a year. It is very handy, and free. Perhaps it needs to be better advertised.
It was the first time I had heard of it, too, and I do monthly trips to the post office for a project. And you are right, maybe they just haven't pushed it.
We have used Informed Delivery for quite some time. Our mailbox is out of sight about 1/3 mile down the road so it is handy to check things such as package delivery to see when it makes sense to make a run down to the box so that parcels don't sprout legs to thieves. While it shows images of incoming letters it is only moderately complete and sometimes the letters are actually delivered a day earlier or later than the day's image would suggest.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

Why would you think it's only Californians? In many states, liquor stores are considered essential businesses during crises. Our state owns the liquor stores so you KNOW they will stay open here. If we had pot stires (I wish) for recreational use it would be the same.

New York state considers liquor/wine stores to be essential, just as they do with grocery stores, laundromats, restaurants that deliver/do takeout, sanitation/trash haulers, doctors and vets offices. Bars are closed, but restaurants with liquor licenses can offer take-out alcohol with their food.
I signed up for informed delivery in 2014 when it began. Be aware that the mail piece does not necessarily arrive on the day you see the image.

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