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Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 24

This thread is posted daily, and is intended as a place for more-casual discussion of the coronavirus and questions/updates that may not warrant their own dedicated topics. Tell us about what the situation is like where you live!

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  1. Icarus
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    Work is way more busy than I expected it to be working from home. All our major projects got pushed back 4 months so now I am on project support for other smaller projects. But I don't feel like I...

    Work is way more busy than I expected it to be working from home. All our major projects got pushed back 4 months so now I am on project support for other smaller projects. But I don't feel like I am being given enough direct work to have that appearance of being busy and a contributing part of my team. I kind of just want to take a vacation day or two just so I could be justified in turning all my work stuff off.

    My fiance is having a more difficult time processing the gravity of it all. I feel for the people out there that are more prone to anxiety and I definitely feel for those who are isolated and going through this whole shebang.

    Personally, part of me is anxious but its almost like an excitement. Like when you get to the top of the roller coaster and you feel scared and excited at the same time. We only get so many generation-defining events in our lives so I hope that positivity comes out of it since we kind of bungled the whole 9/11 thing 20 years ago.

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    cwagner
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    Germany, 30,357 (+3176 since I last posted, 23 h ago [edit: 22 minutes later 31,260 so a plus of 3899 instead]), 544 (+77) in my state. So the new daily cases don’t seem to be falling, but still...

    Germany, 30,357 (+3176 since I last posted, 23 h ago [edit: 22 minutes later 31,260 so a plus of 3899 instead]), 544 (+77) in my state.

    So the new daily cases don’t seem to be falling, but still plateauing. I didn’t think of official numbers getting updated less frequently over the weekend.

    Supermarket groups are trying to push the government to allow them to pay employees a tax-free bonus for their work during the pandemic. This does seem sensible to me.

    Parliament is enforcing two seats free between everyone present and for a vote that requires 355/709 to votes yes (allowing the government to take on more debt than planned to support the economy) several people announced they’ll watch over video and only come by for the actual vote.

    Besides Italian ICU patients, we now also have Austrian patients, with requests from France as well.

    And finally, our military lost 6 million mouth protection masks (no idea what kind) at a Kenyan airport ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    1. nothis
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      If you're a math teacher for a home-schooled class, this is a perfect opportunity to learn about the second derivative. Never before did I care so much about the rate of change changing and how to...

      So the new daily cases don’t seem to be falling, but still plateauing.

      If you're a math teacher for a home-schooled class, this is a perfect opportunity to learn about the second derivative. Never before did I care so much about the rate of change changing and how to use that to predict where things are moving.

      6 votes
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      vektor
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      Come to think of it, votes in parliament shouldn't be a problem at all to do via the internet. They're public anyway, so a lot less demanding in terms of ITSec. Really think they should get that...

      Come to think of it, votes in parliament shouldn't be a problem at all to do via the internet. They're public anyway, so a lot less demanding in terms of ITSec. Really think they should get that going.

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        cwagner
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        In Germany. That’s hilarious :D

        In Germany. That’s hilarious :D

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        1. vektor
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          Hey, now's the best time to get those kinds of things done. We're already seeing societal change the likes of which I wouldn't have believed 2 months ago. Let a young man dream. :D

          Hey, now's the best time to get those kinds of things done. We're already seeing societal change the likes of which I wouldn't have believed 2 months ago.

          Let a young man dream. :D

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    3. vektor
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      Hey, I've just seen that morgenpost has put a Kreis(district)-level breakdown for each state up, right below the world map. Still no per-capita mode though.

      Hey, I've just seen that morgenpost has put a Kreis(district)-level breakdown for each state up, right below the world map. Still no per-capita mode though.

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  3. eve
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    Colorado has about 700 cases right now. My boyfriend and I have been staying in beyond the absolute necessity of like grocery shopping, once a week. We've cut down how many times a week we check...

    Colorado has about 700 cases right now. My boyfriend and I have been staying in beyond the absolute necessity of like grocery shopping, once a week. We've cut down how many times a week we check the mail just in case. Laundering is extra annoying now because we don't have an in unit one and it's a communal space.

    A lot of it.... Just feels surreal to me? Like this whole year has been weird between previous home life and my boyfriend and I moving in together and then a month later there's a pandemic. I look outside and it feels so normal but I hope people are taking this seriously, because it is serious.

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  4. aphoenix
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    First case in my city. It's about 1km from me at a palliative care facility. I hope they do as well as possible but... well, it's a palliative care facility. I hope they're not scared. This...

    First case in my city. It's about 1km from me at a palliative care facility. I hope they do as well as possible but... well, it's a palliative care facility. I hope they're not scared.

    This morning my son stood on the front porch and had a shouted conversation with his friend from up the street who was walking by on the sidewalk. We're celebrating small victories and calling that a "play date". Speaking of, my son is a sweet boy, but is scared about how different things are. We bought walkie talkies last week (for fun, not for pandemic related reasons) and he keeps using them just to tell me he loves me. He's sweet, but he's also clearly scared.

    My daughters are handling things fairly well, though my oldest (14) is a bit unhappy about being the babysitter during the day. We're trying to keep them all learning, which isn't too difficult; they're all really into learning, and we're an education focused family.

    There have been a lot of board games played. I'm glad that we have so many.

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  5. emdash
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    New Zealand, 142 cases, 13 probable (155 total), 12 recovered, 4 considered community transmission, 6 in hospital, 0 deaths. Lockdown begins tonight at 11:59PM for four weeks, after that, you can...

    New Zealand, 142 cases, 13 probable (155 total), 12 recovered, 4 considered community transmission, 6 in hospital, 0 deaths. Lockdown begins tonight at 11:59PM for four weeks, after that, you can only visit grocery stores, pharmacies, and access essential services like police/medical care if critical.

    Luckily there's common sense—we can still go out to go for walks and bikes and runs, just stay 2 metres away from anyone not in your bubble at all times.

    We bungled testing early into this pandemic IMO by not scaling up our capacity to test and opening up tests for potentially asymptomatic people, but the COVID-19 alert scheme is the right way to approach this—it's been made clear we'll go into alert level 4 (full lockdown) any time the number of cases begins to get out of control, so this could be something that lasts 18 months. I am so so relieved we have Jacinda Ardern leading our country, she's a godsend to how I see Australia & the States mismanage their respective situations.

    Life continues as normal for me as I work from home anyway, our business opened its banking account last week, and the company card arrived yesterday! So I'm psyched about that.

    5 votes
  6. Kuromantis
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    São Paulo (City), Brazil. Nearly 1900 (1891) cases in all 27 'federative units' (states and the capital) , of which 745 (39.4%, compared to 21.9% total population) are in my state. That quarantine...

    São Paulo (City), Brazil. Nearly 1900 (1891) cases in all 27 'federative units' (states and the capital) , of which 745 (39.4%, compared to 21.9% total population) are in my state.

    That quarantine the government announced on Sunday is beginning today so that's competence despite our president basically repeating what Trump says. Apparently the center-right and the far right aren't the same thing.

    Tangentially related but my parents decided to watch one of the many movie CDs they had in a pile. It was a movie called The beach and the negative reviews are well deserved, it felt like a bad mockery of hippies and was really predictable.

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