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I thought I'd start this to keep the major thread on cancellation and postponements more on public events.

I'm in Western Pennsylvania where so far there is no confirmed or suspected case of the virus, but my husband and I are talking about some changes we are getting ready to make in our daily lives because of the virus. This week, we gave up going to the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show. We go every year, but since we're redoing our bathroom, we really wanted to go this year.

But in the very near future, we have decided to do as much self-isolating as we can. We have to be out tomorrow, but plan to slow things down after that. I've been making trips out to pick up staples and plan one more major trip tomorrow since we have to be out anyway. My son-in-law and daughter have offered to do grocery shopping, run errands, etc., for us and our son can also do that, so I think we are going to rely on them as much as we can. I'm not trying to be alarmist, but we're at ages where we are high risk. I have lung damage from an autoimmune disease, although not very severe. My husband has just had heart surgery. He had double pneumonia and was hospitalized for a week a little over a year ago, and that's fresh in his mind. He was really sick and doesn't want to have to go through anything like that again.

The fly in the ointment? He starts three months of cardiac rehab three days a week next week.
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Take care :bighug:
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Take good care of yourself, Andy :lovestruck:

I've been taking some steps in the same way. I had to go out this morning to argue with the cable company because my Internet was down, but I'm mostly keeping myself to myself. My friend Stephen is in Mexico City in a sublet. He was going to buy me a plane ticket, but I told him to forget it this time. I'm too nervous about it all.
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Since my 95 year-old mom lives with me, I want to be extra vigilant, too. After reading an article by a virologist and a couple of disaster planning specialists a couple of weeks ago, I decided if they said it was time to treat it as a crisis, I would.

I always keep a stock of nonperishable foods in my pantry, but I picked up a few more things - tuna, stew, frozen vegetables. I bought additional diapers for my mom. I buy cleaning supplies by the case, so I was all set there. I figured we're ready to shelter in place.

And then, today, my work unit was quietly tipped off that admin has designated us essential employees, and we were warned to start bringing our work laptops home every night. I have a suspicion the place may abruptly close, with non-essential employees furloughed, and essential employees kept working (and on the payroll). I have mixed feelings about that. Working from home would further limit my and thus my mom's potential exposure, but she'll pester me incessantly, which will make it hard to get work done. Still, better to be paid than not.
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Andy, :bighug:

I have also been pretty well self-isolating myself. Due to an existing condition, I am not able to take most medications because of possible drug interactions. I can't afford to come down with anything like this. I am going into the office when I really need to, I can work from home some of the time. But I am washing my hands very thoroughly, avoiding touching door handles (I use a clean tissue to open doors) and I already had a large container of Lysol wipes, which I wipe my desk down thoroughly on a regular basis.

Take care when going out, and while going to hubby's appointments. We are all here for you!
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DejaMoo wrote: Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:24 pm Since my 95 year-old mom lives with me, I want to be extra vigilant, too. After reading an article by a virologist and a couple of disaster planning specialists a couple of weeks ago, I decided if they said it was time to treat it as a crisis, I would.

I always keep a stock of nonperishable foods in my pantry, but I picked up a few more things - tuna, stew, frozen vegetables. I bought additional diapers for my mom. I buy cleaning supplies by the case, so I was all set there. I figured we're ready to shelter in place.

And then, today, my work unit was quietly tipped off that admin has designated us essential employees, and we were warned to start bringing our work laptops home every night. I have a suspicion the place may abruptly close, with non-essential employees furloughed, and essential employees kept working (and on the payroll). I have mixed feelings about that. Working from home would further limit my and thus my mom's potential exposure, but she'll pester me incessantly, which will make it hard to get work done. Still, better to be paid than not.
My husband works from home most Fridays, and we used to treat it as a day off and he just happened to be using his laptop all day. Now, he goes into his computer room at 8:00, closes the door and ignores me until 5:00. If I try to talk to him he either ignores me (he never does that normally) or tells me he's at work and will respond later. Maybe it would work with your mother?

That Audible commercial just popped into my head with the woman who makes a round trip "commute" to work at home so she can listen to Audible.
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Sugar Magnolia wrote: Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:33 pm My husband works from home most Fridays, and we used to treat it as a day off and he just happened to be using his laptop all day. Now, he goes into his computer room at 8:00, closes the door and ignores me until 5:00. If I try to talk to him he either ignores me (he never does that normally) or tells me he's at work and will respond later. Maybe it would work with your mother?
Dementia. So no, alas. I have a sister who acts as her caregiver/sitter while I'm at work, but if I end up working from home I have a bad feeling she'll either consistently show up very late or not at all.
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I got sent home from work today after coughing and sneezing more than my team felt comfortable with. Pretty sure it’s seasonal allergies.

It’s difficult to find the right balance between unreasonable freak out and not being cautious enough. I’m struggling with that. Realist and I are both high risk. We cancelled tickets to a movie this weekend but I don’t know if we should cancel the house cleaners, order our groceries online versus going to the store etc.
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For a week or 2, until we have some idea how this is all going to shake out, I don't think there is any precaution that qualifies as "unreasonable freakout".
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Seconded.
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Two of my fur babies are allergic to grass so they use puppy pads. Sometimes, when cleaning up the pads, a little pee will dribble onto my hand and I'm like, "Oh crap, I have dog piss on my hand!"

Now I'm like, "Screw it, It's only dog piss."
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I am supposed to go to Cville at the end of the month. I will be cancelling but I want to wait to see if American Airlines announces people can cancel without penalty.
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Sterngard Friegen wrote: Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:18 pm I am supposed to go to Cville at the end of the month. I will be cancelling but I want to wait to see if American Airlines announces people can cancel without penalty.
I doubt you'll get a refund, but they may offer the ticket value towards future flight(s) without penalty.
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I take a community ed exercise class three mornings a week - 1/2 hour cardio, 1/2 hour weights, band, down on a mat, etc. The class is geared for those who are 50 and older. There are women in their 70s and 80s in the class. I told the instructor that I was considering not coming to the class for a while. I really don't worry so much about me - I'm 67 and have always had a great immune system. But I really, really don't want to get sick and pass the virus on.

I wish that I could just get sick, get better, and not have to worry about this stupid virus! But it's not that straightforward, is it?
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The NBA has cancelled all games after a Utah Jazz player has tested positive for covid-19.

Also, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have tested positive. They happened to be in Australia, where tests and results were available.
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neonzx wrote: Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Sterngard Friegen wrote: Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:18 pm I am supposed to go to Cville at the end of the month. I will be cancelling but I want to wait to see if American Airlines announces people can cancel without penalty.
I doubt you'll get a refund, but they may offer the ticket value towards future flight(s) without penalty.
Call them up coughing.
I will. But closer to the date of my flight.
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I am unable to visit my mother, who is a centenarian. She’s in her own apartment (with plenty of help), and her senior apartment complex has banned all visitors, including, for the moment, family members. I live two thousand miles from her, so a trip takes some planning. I agonize over this situation all day, every day.
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W2 came back from Vegas last Thursday with a nasty cold (no fever, upper respiratory only). He went out to play tabletop games with some friends that night. Yesterday we found out one of the players is in the hospital with fever and lung problems. Fortunately, Maine has reported zero cases of Covid-19, so it can’t possibly be that. :sarcasm:

So we are quarantining ourselves after a trip to the grocery store tomorrow. We cancelled a trip up to visit Verbie and Listeme. :crying: We have enough books and hobby supplies to last until 2045. We won’t go anywhere for 2 weeks. :think: Pretty much normal for us actually...

UMaine is doing all online classes. One of our young friends is studying opera performance. Should be an interesting time for them.
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I have been stocking my freezer with steaks and lambchops in case I have to quarantine myself for 14 days. On the other hand, if I catch the damn virus there will probably not be enough respirators, so I am washing my hands after thinking about Trump or touching my face. About 250 times a day.

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NMgirl wrote: Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:02 am I am unable to visit my mother, who is a centenarian. She’s in her own apartment (with plenty of help), and her senior apartment complex has banned all visitors, including, for the moment, family members. I live two thousand miles from her, so a trip takes some planning. I agonize over this situation all day, every day.
My mother's house is nearby. She's 85.

I've convinced her to stay at home and let me do all her shopping etc. She was resistant at first, but seems okay with it now.

I talked to my brother and we agreed if she didn't come around, I was to temporarily sabotage her car. :twisted:
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A neighbor of mine (total jerk -- a real jerk, not a Bob "some jerk") was to undergo surgery to fix something related to his heart surgery a couple years ago that didn't work. Whoops. He checked into the hospital for the procedure, then his surgery was cancelled because the hospital is caring for a Covid-19 positive. He's self-quarantined in his home. Amen. Peace for all for two weeks.
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Great idea Andy.

We're concerned in South Florida -- Port Everglades is very nearby, and there a lot of older people and people with compromised immune systems (Wilton Manors has a higher percentage of gay residents than San Francisco, and many older people move there when they learn they're HIV positive).
Broward County Declares Emergency After 4th Confirmed Coronavirus Case
Florida officials urging anyone who recently traveled through Port Everglades to isolate themselves for 14 days if they start experiencing symptoms
Published March 10, 2020 • Updated on March 11, 2020 at 10:51 am

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Broward is declaring an emergency after a fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county, officials said
The move comes after 3 employees of a company that greets cruise ship passengers at Port Everglades tested positive for coronavirus
State health officials are urging anyone who recently traveled through Port Everglades to isolate themselves for 14 days if they start experiencing symptoms
Broward County declared a state of emergency after a fourth case of coronavirus was confirmed in the county, officials said Tuesday.
Will put the rest in the travel topic. But this is going to be a big South Florida issue with Port Everglades and of course the Port of Miami. Scary.
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NW Ohio here (for the time being). Mom is living at a large, rural and lovely independent facility with attached assisted and nursing wings. When this first started we talked about it, and being a Fox Trumpet, she laughed it off. She isn't laughing now. Her facility WAS a polling place until today and news now is that they will no longer allow visitors except to the Independent side. Not sure how long until that changes as she, at 80, is one of the youngest independents.

So, I have been seeing this "14-day" self-isolation/prep stuff. This isn't going to be over in two weeks. In two weeks it is going to be worse... And so on, even worse. And worse. Putting in two or a few more weeks of supplies won't hurt, but a month from now may be brutal.
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I'm headed to Costco mid-morning tomorrow. Gas up car. Get flu medication, some toilet paper, some food with good shelf life, laundry detergent, and of course dog food.
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neonzx wrote: Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:34 am A neighbor of mine (total jerk -- a real jerk, not a Bob "some jerk") was to undergo surgery to fix something related to his heart surgery a couple years ago that didn't work. Whoops. He checked into the hospital for the procedure, then his surgery was cancelled because the hospital is caring for a Covid-19 positive. He's self-quarantined in his home. Amen. Peace for all for two weeks.
My next door neighbor is not a jerk. She was Phi Beta Kappa at UCLA and also a Masters from same. She is 70 and left today to go to Portugal on vacation with her sister in spite of all of this. Insane!
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