48 thoughts on “Coronavirus

    • Working from home in Brooklyn. Manhattan office closed for 2 weeks starting today. Stocked up at Trader Joe’s 2 nights ago. More milk and pasta this morning. Really wish my daughter and I didn’t live in an apartment building with 250 other people. Rather live in a small farmhouse in the middle of nowhere New England.

      Stay healthy everyone!!

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      • I very much appreciate your point of view. I’m north of you, in Maine. On the side of a mountain..we have a well and are prepared, not panicked, but ready if need be. I would really like to keep up-to-date with what you experience. I know New England very well if you ever consider moving later in life..I’d be happy to give you recommendations of good towns 🙂

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      • Hi Matt,

        Hope this finds you and your family happy healthy and uninflected.

        Daughter and I bugged out of Brooklyn at least for a month or two. Loaded up a rented dodge caravan and drove to stay in a house Newton Mass. Much better than an apartment building.

        No idea what I’d do for work outside of a major city, to save coin and earn my daily bread. But think it’s time to take you up on your offer—Could do with recommendations for towns in New England. Love to hear your thoughts.

        Be well and keep writing, Nine J

        Sent from my iPhone

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  1. I’m in the UK and it’s not as bad as it currently is in the rest of Europe, that said the daily cases are steadily rising over here. The Government are holding emergency meetings and I don’t think it will be too long before they start closing Schools, colleges and Universities and quarantining cities.

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      • We are taking it as a serious threat in the UK, as of today’s news on the BBC it really is now looking like a close countdown to closing our Schools and Colleges. There are plenty of announcements being made across our various media on how to stay safe, plus the NHS have been making plans for the inevitable massive outbreak amongst the populace,

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  2. There’s no other way to protect tour self, your reltives, your friends, your coworkers etc.
    Stay at home. Work there, of you can. Otherwise, hospitals Will be soon full and no intensive cares willl be available. Phisicians should decide who could live and who must dye.
    So. Stay at home. No contacts means no contamination and more possibility to stop the virus spread.
    Stay at home. Protect yourself and who you love.

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  3. I’m sorry but is ‘un cielo vispo di stelle’ smartworking and reading blogs at the same time?! just kidding, he/she could be on a coffee or cigarette break.

    I think it’s worse, naturally, in areas/cities with a dense population (I’m in a rural area). The regions of Lombardia, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna are hardest hit. It just feels so draconian because all points of interest in this country are empty and everyone is instructed to stay home unless they need to get food, go the hospital, or tend to other urgent business.

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      • To keep COVID contained, it’s the wisest thing to do. If people just think how it went down in China, I can’t see how there’s any way around it given how shaking hands, hugging, and kissing cheeks (especially that!) are cultural habits that Italians do from north to south!

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  4. Hi, Matt. I wanted to leave a comment earlier, but it would have been wordy and since I was in the middle of a post on the topic… Anyway, I just finished it, it’ll be published soon, in case you have the time and feel like reading it.

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  5. […] Matt Taggart, a fellow blogger and writer, was asking what it was like in our various corners of the world and how we were dealing with it. Well, Matt, this is what is going on over here, I can only hope others are better prepared, more civilized and less selfish. Every action seems to come in contradiction to another action. For instance, many of our compatriots who work in Italy have fled the country for fear of the Coronavirus, but they are outraged at the mere idea of having to be quarantined when they reach the border. After all, they’re perfectly healthy, they know better, and they just want to go home. […]

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      • I live in India. At first there were 4 indians coming from overseas who tested positive but were cured. Then a group of about 15 italian tourists in India were tested and they all were infected. They had travelled all over the nation, so now it is spreading. 81 cases as of now. 5 cured. 1 man died yesterday.
        A hospital which cured 1 of the italians claims to have found a cure and they say that the others are recovering fast.
        Schools, theatres and some colleges are shut.
        Most people have been taking precautionary measures since long, so we are better off than most other nations.
        The prices of face masks have soared. From INR 1 to INR 300 in some places. Hand sanitizer stock is almost over in most pharmacies.
        But things are going on as usual in most places.
        The IPL(Indian Premier League), a national cricket league which is one of the largest sports leagues in the world has been cancelled as of now.
        Currently, misinformation via social networks is more dangerous than the virus itself.
        Some self styled doctors have taken the opportunity to misguide people and prescribing wrong medicines for precaution.

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    • I just found your other reply in my spam folder. Good thing you asked for people to check. Glad to hear things seem to be under control in India. Things are ramping up here. We’ve crossed the 2,000 line and schools are shutting down ..I’m sure you’ve heard the NBA, NHL and MLB have all shut down. We are prepared though. We’ll see what happens.

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      • It is really worrying to hear that it is going out of control. It is rather amazing that with the world’s 2nd largest population and extreme population density in cities, India hasn’t been affected much. Yes I heard about NBA being cancelled.
        Unfirtunately India had its second death due to covid-19 today.
        They are saying that the virus dies above 27-28 degree Celsius. If that is true, the virus won’t survive long in India. In about fifteen days almost the whole nation will cross that figure.
        What is scary is that in case it spreads in India, the number of hospitals capable of treating people are limited.
        India recently suspended all visas and malls, theatres, schools and colleges are being rapidly shut. I don’t think India will be affected much, due to various reason.

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      • I agree it is the best thing to do. Is the US administration and government taking Coronavirus seriously?
        And I hear that people are stock piling things there? Had that caused a problem?

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  6. Hello! Here in Portugal our first confirmed case of Covid-19 has been on the 2nd of March, today the number of confirmed cases is 169. There are still no deaths and 2 people have recovered. The government has closed all schools, from kindergarten to universities, as well as clubs, and has imposed some restrictions on malls and supermarkets, to ensure that people can maintain a safe distance from each other. Businesses are now sending their workers home, to work from home when that is possible, or implementing measures to minimise the contact between people and disinfecting surfaces. Events and social gatherings have been or are being cancelled (and some artists have found alternatives, for example a Portuguese musician has announced a free online streaming concert for tonight because his concert was cancelled, which I find amazing). There was some run to the supermarkets and stupid situations (such as the toilet paper hoarding just like in other countries) but I hope that will calm down from now on. I wrote a post on my blog if you are interested in what I’ve learned from the past weeks and days. But basically, I feel like countries that are still not very affected should look at countries where the situation has escalated fast and learn from them. It’s important to start taking measures as soon as possible: stop shaking hands and stop touching our faces, washing our hands often and strive for social distancing. If not, the hospitals will get crowded and the doctors and other health professional will not be able to provide assistance to everybody.

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    • In my opinion your society has a plan in place that will benefit all of you. I think we here, in the US, took too long to take it seriously. I suspect a spike will occur and we’ll have to deal with that. Thank you for your in depth comment..I appreciate you and your words.

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  7. UK here. I feel angry and worried. I feel let down by our leaders. I am embarrassed by their actions in not looking at the rest of the world and how they are coping, containing and dealing with covid-19 cases.
    Yet again, the UK becomes a laughing stock.
    To be told, to expect to lose our loved ones just broke my heart.
    And the panic buying and hoarding…don’t get me started!
    Stay safe all.

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    • We’re in a similar situation in the US. Initially the powers that be didn’t take this seriously enough. That is my opinion, some would disagree. However, now with that information being digested by the masses that government has gone into motion. This is going to be an interesting next few months..or possibly longer. Best of luck to you and yours.

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      • This fills me with a little hope that they may jump to action soon then. It has been feeling worrying, what with panic buying public and scaremongering press. I work in a school and have a family with underlying medical conditions and elderly members. We are doing what we can to remain safe and keeping everything crossed that we don’t have to bury too many and the only burials are leaders heads in the sand.

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  8. Hi… I from India.. here complete lockdown.. community transmission still not confirmed in my state…

    But after reading too much of about coronavirus… i felt panic attack…. my family is safe till now… most of them long forgotten word is prayer but now some might found it again I believe. Some scientists says it is also coz of 5G flu. As much as I don’t want to give thought about it I really don’t want me my family and whole world to be roasted in 5G microwave radiations. .. hope everything changes for better…

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  9. This explanation was written by a doctor in the Midlands in England and elaborates on why some people get mild symptoms while others become critically ill: https://myhomefarm.co.uk/coronavirus-and-viral-load

    It’s also got a lot of helpful advice for families that are self-isolating.

    I’ve been following all the news, updates and advice, but no one has really been focusing on viral load, which is strange because it makes an awful lot of sense.

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