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Old 03-05-2020, 03:47 AM
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I live in an area with a lot of allergy issues, so people are kind of used to sneezing and coughing. Saw very few masks on public transit today, none at irk.

OTOH, there is now a command from manglement to wipe down desks with disinfectant wipes (provided by manglement) at the start and end of each shift. I remembered to do so this morning, but not at end of day, and I don't think anyone else paid attention at either end of the day.
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Old 03-05-2020, 04:23 AM
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The one N95 mask I did see on the T was being worn by some bro who was obviously not related to the healthcare industry in any way, and he was wearing it wrong (full beard poking out the bottom among other 'this doesn't work that way'-ness)
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Old 03-05-2020, 05:27 AM
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Had one person inquiring about when we'd get a new shipment of hand sanitizer in, but Wednesdays tend to be a very slow day at work (and my shift didn't start until 5:00 PM), so I have no idea if it occurred more often earlier.
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:07 AM
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Still... I know it's scary but calm down. Most of the people I know are being normal about it, but then you come across someone who's like "that person coughed it's THE VIRUS!!!1!"
We're about 50/50 at work (keep in mind I work at a hospital, but it's a private one and we don't have an ED). We're all taking more precautions (eg washing hands, all patients due to be admitted are being asked about travel plans and are also being screened more thoroughly), but we can at least walk around without masks on.

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The one N95 mask I did see on the T was being worn by some bro who was obviously not related to the healthcare industry in any way, and he was wearing it wrong (full beard poking out the bottom among other 'this doesn't work that way'-ness)
was that the duck bill mask?
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Old 03-05-2020, 08:04 PM
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At the hotel we've had several cancellations, which means our revenue has gone way down. Tour group providers have cancelled, and several folks from out of province have also cancelled. We already run at the bare minimum of staff, so we don't have to worry about losing our jobs - somebody has to be on the desk at all times. But we are wondering how this will affect all the properties handled by the group that owns our hotel. I wouldn't be too surprised if at least one of them ends up shuttered...
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Old 03-05-2020, 09:46 PM
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I work in the front of a retail pharmacy...

Masks? GONE!
Sanitizer? GONE!

We're pretty good on Lysol spray and wipes. Selling a lot of the big bottles of soap.

Customers aren't in panic mode but I'm tired of answering questions. One woman rolled her eyes as she said she needed hand sanitizer for her daughter's kindergarten class. Another guy wanted to know if there was a limit on Dayquil/Nyquil for WHEN he got the virus. I saw him leaving with a bag so he probably checked out in our pharmacy. Didn't look like he bought much. We're good on toilet paper though.

I think we've had more flu cases in my area, lots of people with masks coming in the store. I've been cleaning our counters more and using more sanitizer than I normally would. I really just don't want to get sick.
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Old 03-05-2020, 10:55 PM
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*snip*

I indulged my twisted sense of humor yesterday...I'm one of those people that sneezes in bright sunlight for no reason. I was sitting on the train platform waiting for a friend and sneezed quietly into my arm (once, I had no runny nose or anything else). The bench I was sitting on and about three feet at each end cleared out.
Makes me kinda sorry I don't take public transit ...

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8,200

Number of US deaths from influenza. Nobody is freaking their shit over that.
Yeah, but flu comes around every year. This is something NEEEWWWWW ...

Not saying that's rational, but I think it's a large part of the whole panic thing.

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*snip*

Still... I know it's scary but calm down. Most of the people I know are being normal about it, but then you come across someone who's like "that person coughed it's THE VIRUS!!!1!"
Captain Trips says hello ...

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I swear at this point that the panic is going to cause more damage than the disease itself. My co-workers and I have been joking about the madness to keep spirits up - my favorite sarcastic rejoinder at the moment is that if one more customer asks about hand sanitizer, I'm just going to start coughing in their face. (Not that I'd actually do that - it's just funny to imagine.)

Anyone else out there having their job thrown into disarray because of the "crisis"?
I like your solution to all the questions, even if you wouldn't actually do it ...

Good question about jobs being in disarray. I don't think things at my store have gone bonkers but I'd have to ask to get a definite yes or no ... will try to remember to do that on my next shift. We do have some days when it seems the entire city is in the store and buying canned goods, and then days when apparently everybody has gone out to the King of Burgers or something. We've always had decent-sized bottles of hand sanitizer at each register; it's just a matter of remembering to use it. When we get really slammed, that sometimes goes by the wayside.

Myself, I'm doing what I did in the Y2K panic: buying a few cans of this and that (stuff I intend to eat at some point no matter what) in case I have to go into quarantine with my cats (hmmm, should probably get some extra kibble and litter too) but otherwise not worrying about it. I've already got dried legumes and pasta and rice and in a pinch can whomp *something* up for a quick meal.

Oh, and let's not forget my alcohol supply ...
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Old 03-06-2020, 01:15 AM
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Makes me kinda sorry I don't take public transit ...
I look at it as "awesome, I can finally get a seat to myself/personal space now!"
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Myself, I'm doing what I did in the Y2K panic: buying a few cans of this and that (stuff I intend to eat at some point no matter what) in case I have to go into quarantine with my cats (hmmm, should probably get some extra kibble and litter too) but otherwise not worrying about it. I've already got dried legumes and pasta and rice and in a pinch can whomp *something* up for a quick meal.
I've been shuttling frozen food over to the new apartment and realized we have way too much frozen tomato sauce, pasta, lamb, etc. so if things get weird we can probably eat from the freezer for at least 2 weeks. Might get a few bags of frozen veg just because.

Then again, mom has said that if things really get bad on the east coast we could bug out to my dad's; the town he lives in can be locked down easily and they likely have procedures/resources in place already.
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Oh, and let's not forget my alcohol supply ...
lol, I was thinking I should pick up some just in case for some reason I had to stay home but was not sick. I wouldn't be drinking if I caught something. The CDC site says they don't know if warmer weather will impact the spread but I'm guessing it will slow it just like the regular flu. I hope so, at least. I'm getting tired of this. I'll be totally calm about it but after hearing my coworkers freak out constantly all day long telling all the stories they've read, I start to get a little nervous about it, too. Not about me personally. General public hysteria is what makes me nervous.
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Old 03-06-2020, 02:53 AM
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lol, I was thinking I should pick up some just in case for some reason I had to stay home but was not sick. I wouldn't be drinking if I caught something. The CDC site says they don't know if warmer weather will impact the spread but I'm guessing it will slow it just like the regular flu. I hope so, at least. I'm getting tired of this. I'll be totally calm about it but after hearing my coworkers freak out constantly all day long telling all the stories they've read, I start to get a little nervous about it, too. Not about me personally. General public hysteria is what makes me nervous.
Good point about probably not wanting to drink if you're actually sick. Oh well, the alcohol's not going anywhere.

I'm not hearing any public hysteria about it ... perhaps because there are no (known) cases here in My Hometown at the moment.
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