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#1 2020-03-10 18:43:43

colak
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From: Cyprus
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Corona virus

Hey all,

I’m wondering how the panic about the corona virus is infiltrating your systems. About a week ago our government has closed all passages to the northern part of the island prohibiting physical contact between the two communities. Earlier today a directive from our ministry of health stated that

  • people arriving from Class 2 countries (that is the classification regarding the spread of the virus), will have to be under a self imposed state surveilled quarantine for 15 days. Class 2 countries include most of the EU (Italy excluded).
  • Gatherings of over 75 people are now illegal until the end of the month unless otherwise announced.

As a side note, we will need to postpone an exhibition we have planned for the 20th as they made the above a criminal offence and can result in fines and a prison term.

I would very much like to hear your experiences, especially those in Italy.

> Edit: It’s been a long 2 weeks. Covid 19 data

Last edited by colak (2020-03-23 07:12:25)


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#2 2020-03-10 20:15:54

jakob
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Re: Corona virus

You can read a personal non-sensationalist account from someone in Milan at Slate magazine.

I read about Nicosia and thought wow, just 75 people. I wasn’t sure whether to be impressed or whether that reflects the scale of typical gatherings in Cyprus.

Here in Central Germany (just 2 confirmed cases of illness currently in our state), people are more vigilant, and some health/hygiene goods are sold out and other shelves are not as well stocked as usual, but life on the whole is currently fairly normal. Some larger scale city-festivals have been cancelled or postponed but otherwise people still go out for lunch or to the cinema. I’m not sure how long it will remain that way, though. Local doctors, however, are being actively prepped for quite drastic-sounding scenarios. Otherwise there’s the usual sensationalist reporting and misinformation being parlayed via other channels.


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#3 2020-03-11 00:35:35

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Re: Corona virus

Here in Western Japan life in the city is much much quieter. (shopping) tourism from China has died out, idem from Korea but the virus is not the only reason for that, the racist attitude from our dear governing mafia is also to blame. Preventive measure are finally more widespread after a very poor start from the same mafia. Testing kits are also widely available and are free. That is very important.

The usual hysterical babble on the teevee. Toilet paper is still missing. I don’t think I can travel easily to many countries without spending two weeks in quarantine.

(also I am a high risk individual due to my various health issues)

@Jacob good to hear the situation in your corner of the world is still quiet. Germany is one country that does not pop up much in the reports in this context. Italy and Spain are currently in quite a bad situation (I hear from people in Madrid that hospitals are already overwhelmed).

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#4 2020-03-11 07:07:03

colak
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Re: Corona virus

What appears to be happening is unprecedented. Although I have read a wide range of articles from all over the world, it still feels like the shock doctrine to me.


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#5 2020-03-11 07:16:52

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From: Algérie
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Re: Corona virus

Hi,

Here in Algeria, there is some case (about 20), then they canceled all gathering (economic, social, sports,…), but daily life is still the same, schools are still open, markets also, there are no people on street wearing masks even if masks disapeared from stores!

I hope it will not spread widely here because our health system is in bad shape and it cant handle a lot of critical cases.

Cheers.

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#6 2020-03-11 07:27:51

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From: People's Republic of Cornwall
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Re: Corona virus

Well, the a UK Health Minister reportedly has it. I am expecting the government to do more when they themselves start to be more affected by it. I’ll leave my personal political views out of it.

My local grocery store has plenty of toilet paper, soap, sanitisers, etc. I can only assume the denizens of The People’s Republic of Cornwall are a hardy bunch, or we just don’t care. There are stories of people coming to Cornwall because it’s so sparse, and a few have brought COVID-19 with them, so now it’s here. Still, at least we have toilet paper. I’m waiting for more bidet businesses to appear over the next few years.

I am an expert self-isolationist. I’ve had years to hone this ability with freelancing, remote work and mental health issues. The UK media (especially tabloids) are bleating about it, but life goes on.

PS: wash your hands.

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#7 2020-03-11 10:19:00

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Re: Corona virus

I work for a school in England and things have kicked into overdrive. In the event that schools are closed in the UK it is expected that our teaching timetable and lessons will go ahead as normal with the teachers giving lessons from home and making sure resources are uploaded to our VLEs.

For the past two weeks I’ve had nearly back to back meetings most days to train the staff how to use our VLEs (Moodle and Microsoft Teams), and how to remotely access their documents via OneDrive and Teams. I’m also in the process of integrating BigBlueButton into Moodle for use as a virtual classroom.

The Sainsbury’s supermarket I use for my weekly shop has had a run on toilet paper and hand wash. The supermarket is mostly coping but as fast as they stock the shelves they get depleted again. Otherwise life goes on as normal. I go out, meet up with friends, eat, sleep, and go to work, etc.

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#8 2020-03-11 10:54:31

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Re: Corona virus

I console myself with the knowledge that me and my family are not the target demographic. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, no pre-existing conditions I’m aware of, don’t smoke, and therefore unlikely to contract this, imo, overhyped cold. And even if we do, it’s unlikely to be fatal.

Saw a map somewhere of countries with at least one case of the virus, with scary red blotches peppering the world over. But of course, no comparison map showing the number of countries that report one case of regular flu. Or measles. Or any other infectious disease. Strange that. Doesn’t sell panic as much.

Basic everyday hygiene seems to be the cure, not knee-jerk reactions like Cyprus declaring some, but not all, gatherings over 75 people illegal.

Some perspective, perhaps.

And some media headline-grabbing events of the last 20 years.

EDIT: Although I may be acting glib, I unfortunately come from a statistical process control background. Knee-jerk reactions and false control measures requiring up-to-the-minute statistical data gathering (“I want a report on my desk every hour on the hour and daily crisis meetings until this situation is resolved”) do nothing to bring an otherwise normally varying process back under control. The data tells the story and the trick is to use that data intelligently to make informed decisions on what is statistically relevant and what is noise, to reduce the variance. Look up Deming’s classic funnel experiment for more.

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#9 2020-03-11 12:14:25

colak
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Re: Corona virus

A friend arrived from Germany earlier today only to find out that he will have to stay under quarantine for 15 days. I understand that there are tests available that can detect the infection. Why don’t they use them?

Italy’s closure is an extreme measure but China seems to be leading the way towards a nightmare future.

This is not about the virus, it is an experiment on state-control tactics.

I am wondering how much real policy events have escaped our radar because of the virus flooding the news. Distraction of our attention from the real news might be the plan here.


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#10 2020-03-11 15:01:50

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Re: Corona virus

The distance to others should be more than 1 meter, and do not touch directly.
Wear a mask when going out. Do not touch eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands often.
Don’t go to crowds.
Don’t party together.
Don’t visit friends.
Need to be disinfected with more than 75% alcohol.
The most important thing is to reserve food, as long as you don’t go out.
Corona virus has a low fatality rate but is extremely infectious. The main routes of transmission are droplets, sneezing, coughing and contact.
It can be infected as fast as a few seconds, so be sure to wear a mask or other protective measures when going out.

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