Whelp, my boss just gave me the opportunity to work from home for a while and I just might take it. School districts have closed here, too.
On a side note: my brother and his pregnant girlfriend went shopping today at Winco (grocery store) and people were straight up fighting over tissues, paper towels, and toilet paper. It was so busy, it took them an hour in line to get out of the store.
Sorry, María Supposedly the virus from Italy is the more dangerous one.
New Situation: My company where I work is closed now and the garage where my husband works maybe too. Great!
SprouseBrosFan321Karin My husband called me right now: Porsche Austria closed all (!) garages in Austria. I think it is true because a friend of his bosses works for Porsche. And some more garages in our near are closed. When the people are "not allowed" to drive their cars, no car could get damaged.
My parents work for a car company as well so they're literally waiting to get a call and be asked to stay at home. Well, my dad. My mum's been too ill to go to work since October.
I've been working from home since September because I'm doing distance learning at a British university and right now I'm really glad about it. I watch lectures online which are recorded on campus and with every new lecture, I keep hearing less classmates. More and more people stay away from the lectures. I'm surprised they haven't completely transferred teaching online yet, unlike many other unis in the UK. I think most universities in Germany are still open but like I said the other day, the German government is sleeping. At least all the schools are closed now.
There's one confirmed Corona case in my County but it's far from my town. It also turned out that it's just a father whose son goes to my former school that might be infected. They have yet to confirm it though.
My mum's cousin (on her dad's side) and her family are under quarantine because her husband got tested but they don't have results yet. He might be infected but one of his sons still goes to work.
My mum's other cousin (on her mum's side) has finally decided to work from home because his wife receives chemotherapy. He decided to stay home just a couple of days ago though. That's pretty late but my mum said it's no surprise because he's an asshole.
Post by SprouseBrosFan321 on Mar 14, 2020 7:11:55 GMT -2
I heard of a guy in Germany who wanted to buy shitloads of flour, so the cashier in the supermarket told him that 20 packages are enough because there are other customers who want flour too. He freaked out and threw flour packages at her and stuff. Sounds hilarious when you hear/read it but that poor cashier must have felt horrible.
Working from home sounds like a very good idea when a virus pandemic is occurring.
My dad can work from home, since he does most of his work on a computer, and he has several laptops. But, they haven't closed his workplace, as there are no cases of coronavirus in our town at the moment.
Though, all the schools and certain other public places are closed here in Maryland.
First of all, I want to thank each one of you for responding, and commenting on the situation at the moment in your respective countries due to COVID-19, since Friday afternoon in Spain the State of Alarm has been decreed for 15 days, which can be extended if the situation does not improve, that is, it means that we must stay in our isolated homes, and only the government allows us to go out to buy food, go to the pharmacy, doctor or hospital (depending on the severity of each one of us if does get sick), and to work ... At all times, we must go out alone without company and keeping a distance between us of at least 1.5 meters. (You can only go out accompanied in the case of the elderly or people with mobility problems or dependents, as long as they alone cannot be able to access the aforementioned) ... And anyone who violates these rules will be duly sanctioned , for committing a public health crime for the population.
We had never experienced an Alarm State in my country before, with the exception of a few years ago when the army had to act because the planes refused to take off.
As much as I tell you, it is really a very complicated situation, and especially difficult if you have small children, who cannot leave the house (it is forbidden to take them to the park, go out to play, play sports, walk ("Pasear" español)...
I only hope that this is solved soon and we can return to enjoy the sun on a terrace with friends, go to the beach (also forbidden), to the movies, to camp wherever it is, but in total freedom without fear to be infected by this damn virus.
DATA UPDATE IN Spain: PEOPLE INFECTED: 7,750 DEAD: 288
It looks like the first case of the virus has shown up in my county today. It's actually at the hospital I recently had surgery at. And, of course, I have a doctor appointment there in two weeks. Oh well, I'm not going to trip out on it though.
María - Holy shit ..... So you are completely locked down to the confinements of your home right now?
The United States declared a "national emergency" a few days ago. This frees appropriately $50,000,000,000 in funds to help slow down the spread of the virus through private and public sector programs and other resources.
I feel like the United States and many other countries were so unprepared for a situation like this. No one really knows how to how to stop it, so instead we are just doing damage control.
I hope this outbreak wakes up the world on a global scale.
Post by SprouseBrosFan321 on Mar 16, 2020 10:16:43 GMT -2
The first case in my parents' company. 20,000 employees at that location of the company so it's no surprise. Far from my dad's office though and my mum is at home anyway (as you probably read). They'll be doing an emergency meeting as soon as possible. So he might be able to stay at home in a few days at the latest.
Young people here are unreasonable because they think only old people can die from it. Don't they matter in our society? Don't they have grandparents? It's not even true that only old people can die. There are so many under 50 that have pre-existing illnesses and are just as vulnerable. People used to complain about young people staying at home all the time playing video games and watching Netflix. Now they have enough time for those tons of shows and games but of course they need to go to parties now that schools are closed. I'm really disappointed in my generation.
I mean, I neither panic nor lock myself in but I wash my hands more often than usual, avoid public transport and going to places I don't necessarily have to go to. Is that too much to ask for?
Post by SprouseBrosFan321 on Mar 16, 2020 10:23:52 GMT -2
A lot of old people aren't well-informed. Some foods and toilet paper are sold out quickly but there's enough food in Germany and trucks come to the supermarkets multiple times a day. People buy way too much and complain that food companies don't ship faster. They ARE fast and do everything they can, and there's no need to shout at shop assistants. One of the cashiers got threatened in the supermarket my mum went to this morning. It's not her fucking fault that the toilet paper was sold out. My mum buys food and toilet paper for ourselves and my grandparents but we don't hoard it and buy reasonable amounts.
You can call 116 117 here in Germany if you're held under quarantine (or if you're old and have no one who buys food for you) and the military will bring you food. No one needs to starve in our country, we have the privilege to have enough food. Some people really need to educate themselves instead of buying 20 pasta and toilet paper packages at once.
Well first of all, on a funny note, I must say, that those who did not want to take off in the previous State of Alarm on my country, were not the planes (poor) but the pilots, but ... well, I want to think that everyone here already They know me after all these years, and they know that my English is sometimes a real potato .
As for what they have been saying, I must say that I totally agree with everything you guys have stated, as Vio said, there are many people who have gone nuts buying toilet paper, pasta, legumes, rice, cans, etc ... and they haven't even thought that it's not just them, there are many more people who are going to need supplies during these days.
Luckily, I am very cautious, and little by little before the State of Alarm was decreed, I had been buying to have a little bit of everything at home, always without going overboard and thinking of others ... Here as a consequence of those people Compulsive, there has already been an increase in some essential products such as meat, fish, fruit, yogurt ... I would love that many were not so selfish and thought only a little, a little about others, because due to this situation many people will be out of work, many others have little savings, and together we must make an effort to make this situation as bearable as possible for everyone.
It is also true that at times like these, you really see some of the values of the society of each country, here as many people know, we Spaniards try to look at all problems with positivity and trying to find something to cheer us. That is what some collective groups have done, which have asked the whole of society, through different WhatsApp groups, that during these 15 days, every day at 20:00 we look out at the balconies, windows or doors. of our homes and we dedicate a warm applause to all the doctors and health personnel, security forces, supermarket workers, pharmacies, and all the people who with their good work make this isolation much more bearable. Here is an example ... I swear to you that after being at home all day, this really touches your heart.