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Since: 1.8.02
From: Phoenix-ish

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.61
[[I guess we need a covid-19 thread icon, eh?]]

So, the directives started off as:

  • Wash yer damn hands
  • No crowds, or other situations where breathing humans are congregated together in the same "airspace"
  • Social distancing guidelines (My favourite graphic is that 6" is about equal to 2 happy golden retriever lengths, tail included.)
  • Generally just try really hard not to infect anybody else.


The language that went along with that was that it was fine to walk your dogs; get out & get fresh air, sunshine, exercise, & mental clarity; pick up to-go food to support your local restaurants; just so long as you maintain distances & such, go ahead & keep yourselves mentally healthy while doing your part to avoid contagion. OK.

But it seems like the message is shifting. I'm seeing more "Stay at home.", "Don't leave your house.", "Stay indoors." messages. If you can in any way avoid leaving your residence, don't.

That's very different messages.

I certainly understand the message of "Stay in your residence" in areas that are inherently crowded, & rely heavily on public transportation, etc. If leaving your home entails elevators, busses, subways, crowded sidewalks & such, then that's certainly problematic.

However, for those of us who could be considered "suburbanites", I don't get it.

The other day, I mentioned to a friend something about going out for a drive, just to get the dog & me out of the house & go out to a desert rec area to go walkies. "No, no -- now we're not supposed to drive, except for essentials." What??? My car from my "suburban" home is every bit as controlled an environment as is my house. Even if my objective is just to go out away from the city to look at the stars, or go sightseeing in the mountains.

I've seen exactly 2 spurious, BS rationales:

  • You'd have to refill your gas tank, which could be perilous.
    I'm pretty sure if I can navigate the supermarket to replenish my DingDongs supply, I can manage to wipe down the gas station pump handle & key pad.

  • But if you get in an accident, & had to be rushed to the hospital ... yada-yada.
    Speaking from personal experience, I'm a whole lot more likely to need to be rushed to the hospital for falling off the roof fixing gutters & other homeowner clumsiness than I am from being in a car accident.


Is anybody else getting this message? Does anybody have a sane rationale? (At least one that doesn't involve a side jaunt over to the "Conspiracy Theories" thread??)
I don't get it.


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Since: 9.12.01
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.09
Might be your state. Minnesotans are still allowed to take walks - encouraged, even - and driving for pleasure is still allowed as a form of social distancing. I'm not doing much of either, though - haven't driven in about two weeks (and probably should at least start the car every now and again to keep the battery humming) and I only walk to the park's Pokéstops and back once a day to keep my streak alive.

They ARE getting funny about getting close to mandating wearing masks everywhere although technically it's still only "when social distancing isn't possible" but if you can't figure out how to navigate a grocery store and stay six feet away from everybody, you might as well wear the mask too. I've been putting off my next grocery store trip.... but it'll probably happen next week.



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Since: 28.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.35
Worked in china the last three years. Masks are for sick people there. But I have been wearing mine when I go in any store



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Since: 2.1.02
From: Oconomowoc, WI

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.25
Yeah - I wear a mask when going into a store now. I can't get enough of the arguing over why/why not golfing is/isn't essential [eyeroll].

There's enough mis-information out there that my opinion is the best thing to do is nothing, where ever possible. I think getting out and walking is fine - especially for us suburbanites. I can't see how driving is an issue. I'm also one who isn't worried about touching gas pump handles - I've done it for years and who knows what was touched before me. Heck, I still touch money and there probably isn't a dirtier thing than that :-)



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Since: 11.2.03
From: Hackettstown, NJ

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.53
I haven't even been in a store in a couple of weeks. It's pretty bad here, so I've been getting groceries delivered or doing parking lot pickups, although it's difficult to get a slot. I actually have a pickup at a supermarket an hour from now.

I do go for walks, though, at least when it's warm enough which is still only occasional.
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Since: 22.4.02
From: New Hampshire

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The best indicator of people's political leanings here in New Hampshire? Go to the grocery store. The people who are there with no masks and completely ignoring distancing and one-way aisle markers are going to be your disease vectors and probably were protesting at the state capital to go back to work (and by that they probably mean "make other people go to work so I can stop being inconvenienced"). Otherwise I'm handling this surprisingly well, but my wife... not so much.



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emma
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Since: 1.8.02
From: Phoenix-ish

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.61
Here in Arizona, we certainly have our share of protesters & assholes, etc. Maybe I just do my marketing in a generally more sane part of town. What I see is more "clueless & thoughtless". Two ladies in their masks & gloves; apparently friends who ran into each other at the market; standing 6 feet apart; having a chat, catching up. Would be fine, except that they were on opposite sides of a main, wide aisle, which means that nobody could pass through that aisle without threading the needle through the middle of their 6 food spacing. Ladies, maybe you could take your chat elsewhere? But ... you can't fix clueless.

What's up with MrsDrjay ?

For those of you who have been waiting for it to warm up, we're ... on the other side of that aisle. Weather had been gorgeous here in Phoenix up until late last week. We're at 100F today (so far). So, as some of you are starting to get out, we're the ones staying inside in the air conditioning. And wearing a mask (& gloves) in the heat is not much fun. However, the CDC tells me (cdc.gov) that chlorinated pool water should be a positive thing, so that's useful.
drjayphd
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Since: 22.4.02
From: New Hampshire

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.52
    Originally posted by emma
    What's up with MrsDrjay?


Realizing she's more of an introverted extrovert and misses her people, especially her family, who she hadn't seen in months before this. Between that and the uncertainty around time frames (they keep extending MA and NH feels like they're just going to follow their lead) it's not great for anxiety. I've just kinda accepted that yup, this is our reality for the time being.



You wanted the best, you got... the Out of Context Quote of the Week.

"And this has been your Comfortable with his Sexuality Update." (Stefonics)

AWArulz
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Since: 28.1.02
From: Louisville, KY

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.35
well our stay at home is expired, although social distancing is still a thing. I was out doing the usual walk, later this week than usual after putting the church service together. People were out in yards hanging around. Clearly too many to be living in the houses. Lots of cars in the neighborhood, a lot full of people.

So look for a spike from Indiana



We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.

That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift

Big G
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Since: 21.8.03
From: the people who brought you Steel Magnolias....

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Some states here are starting to back off restrictions. You can now go for a picnic in Queensland. No change in my state though, other than dwindling case numbers (although we had a little spike today so that likely means another 2 weeks minimum).

In other news, our government has released an "app" with the slogan "Keeping you safe". Opinion is divided they say on how it will do this, even when it starts actually working. However our fearless leader, Scotty from Marketing, has decreed that if we want to go to the pub or the footy again, we have to download it.

Yes I'm very bored.



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