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Super Hyper Coronavirus-kun! (≧▽≦)
dthompson
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April 2005
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Hello, Americans of a.cc.

Boris Johnson has just given the UK a televised address, where he told us to avoid going out, travelling, socialising, etc., and the streets are eerily quiet. In spite of this, I am taking myself out for dinner, because fuck it.

So, I'm interested to know what the atmosphere's like across the pond. Are people quiet? Worried? Even bothered?

The media are going absolutely crazy here, and I'm just bored of it. I hope to be able to take the opportunity to use the isolation to program some neat stuff though.

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Mark Oates
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Super Hyper Coronavirus-kun! (≧▽≦)

I was hoping this was a game

dthompson
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dthompson said:

I hope to be able to take the opportunity to use the isolation to program some neat stuff

Well... ;)

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dthompson
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:o Finally, a use for that terrible electro house from 2011! I knew those countless hours in FL Studio would be worth it

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Elias
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I drive to the city, sit in my office all day without seeing anyone, then after work walk around downtown without seeing anyone. Just like every day - without watching the news I'd not have known about it. (I work remotely, and Columbus, OH is a no-pedestrians city.)

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relpatseht
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September 2004
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Seattle is shut down. Streets are empty. Shelves are empty. Toilet paper is currency.

LennyLen
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December 2004
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Shelves are empty

Even the supermarkets here are empty, and we've only had a handful of cases, all of which were people who had been overseas and they've all been put into isolation.

Fear is the mind-killer.

Chris Katko
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January 2002
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dthompson
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LennyLen said:

Fear is the mind-killer.

Yes. I've started calling it "the flu", because it's not far off.

Chris Katko said:

Coronavirus-tan

Hell yeah, now we have a mascot.

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Bob Keane
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Things are quiet here in Boston. Supermarkets have some food, almost no one at the office. I am getting over my writer's block, I did some coding yesterday. I think the hype is scarier than the virus.

DThompson said:

Boris Johnson has just given the UK a televised address, where he told us to avoid going out, travelling, socialising, etc.,

I've been living my life avoiding socializing. I'm a trend setter!!

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Since gasoline contains ethanol, can self driving cars get duis?

dthompson
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Heh, same here.

Hey, if anyone goes ahead and uses the time to make a game, be sure to display this during startup:

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Chris Katko
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RIP "Corona Labs". Maker of a gamedev library Corona. ;D

>"Corona Labs"
>omg, the neocons were right, it was made in a lab!

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Bob Keane
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Public transit has taken hit here, they cut back on service. I'll have to change my morning routine. And if that isn't bad enough, Tom Brady is leaving the Patriots.

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Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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Coffee shops, libraries, public meeting places, all closed here. The pandemic is going to do a lot more economic damage before it's done.

bamccaig
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July 2006
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State of emergency declared in Ontario.. My wife is always off for March Break, but her job is shut down for at least 2 extra weeks afterward. I am working from home. My employer is being great about it so far. Extending paid sick leave for anyone that needs it.

We're social distancing at home. Which is easy for me. That's my natural state. This is like my dream existance. Haha. It is driving my wife crazy though. She doesn't like to sit around at home. She takes every opportunity she gets to go out, but nevertheless is feeling depressed after only a couple of days... Mind you, she's also a little sick, but it doesn't appear to be COVID-19 (I hope).

So far so good. I'm feeling pretty good... But that can change in a hurry...

dthompson
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bamccaig said:

So far so good. I'm feeling pretty good... But that can change in a hurry...

Same here. Left to my own devices I'm generally fine; it's seeing scared people's reaction to this thing that makes me feel like crap.

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bamccaig
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Last Friday my wife called me just as I was leaving work (with the company workstation to work from home), and said that one of her clients at work had been infected with the virus and visited her work on Thursday and they were talking closely and she was annoyed that he wasn't isolating and didn't warn them...

At that point I think we both started to panic a little bit. It seemed inevitable that we were likely infected. It took a few more conversations with her to clarify that this client was out of town at the same convention as somebody confirmed to have the virus.. The client that she had direct contact with is in isolation now, apparently, but has NOT been confirmed to have the virus...

Nevertheless, the next day we were both starting to feel like crap. The mind is a powerful thing. My symptoms didn't get any worse though. I pretty much feel fine again.

That said, my wife goes stir crazy so she's always trying to find a reason to go shopping. She went out today to try to find toilet paper, but the entire city is out of stock still... Every time a store gets stock the same people must be going to get more. All that I know is if I ever have to meet in a dark alley to pay $200 for a roll of toilet paper I'm bringing a baseball bat and it's going to be free. :P

NiteHackr
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April 2002

According to the CDC, there were an estimated 10000 deaths from the flu this season alone by February 3rd. By March 6th there were 20000 deaths. And the CDC thinks that number may be as high as 30000 or more. 10000 deaths from t he flu in the last month alone and people are worried about COVID-19?

It's nothing but fear mongering.

Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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Neil, once again you are sadly misinformed and mistaken. Italy has been reporting 300 deaths per day from Covid-19. That's 10,000 deaths a month. And it's just getting started.

Matthew Leverton
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The seasonal flu is a known evil with a known approximate deaths per year. You can choose to vaccinate against it for some protection. We do everything we can reasonably do to contain it, and as a people we have accepted that keeping the economy going is worth that loss of life. Yes, there is a price tag on life.

COVID-19 is different (and I don't just mean that it literally isn't the flu). We have no immunity. The top loss of life is likely similar to what we saw with the "Spanish" Flu (H1N1) around 1918 when nobody gave a flying $#!%!@$ about pandemics, like the moronic politicians who are ignoring science and facts and trying to make this some sort of game. Yes, I'm looking at you, you stupid Republican leaders.

Oh, now that it's circulating in Congress (where the target demographic is fat old man ... the virus' favorite target), maybe they'll stop joking about it with Scooby Doo memes and military grade gas masks.

Spanish Flu killed maybe 3% of the world's population. If there are 8 billion people now, that is 240,000,000 people. Do you know how exponents work? In Illinois, the number of cases just doubled last night. If it doubles every night, do you know how quickly the hospitals get overrun?

Not only are people with the virus at risk, what happens when somebody has a heart attack, is rushed to the hospital and there are no beds? I wouldn't be surprised if the hospital in my town has fewer than 10 ICU beds. It doesn't take much before "fine today" turns into total chaos tomorrow.

Our best hope at this point is that the virus mutates into something less powerful and we get immunity from all strains. If that happens, I'll be happy that you naysayers can pretend there was nothing to ever worry about.

But until then, you are just a bunch of morons. Stay off my front lawn, and get off my planet. >:(

Oh, and regarding shortage of toilet paper and cleaning supplies. I must ask. Was everybody before this pandemic just living in filth? Never wiping their butts? Never washing their hands? It's amazing that there can continue to be such a relentless demand. I can only surmise that everybody prior to this was ungodly filthy and I am never shaking anybody's hand again. >:(

I have a bidet (Toto Washlet), so I don't need toilet paper. Best purchase ever!

Elias
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May 2000

There is a lot of flu deaths though for sure. For the four flu seasons from 2013/14 up to 2016/17 Italy had an estimated 7027, 20259, 15801 and 24981 deaths according to some old study I found in Google. [1] So for the 2016/17 one that would be about 100 a day during the flu months - just to give a number to compare to the current Covid-19 deaths there.

That was the worst of those flu outbreaks in Italy of course and is still less deadly than Covid-19. But it's at least in the same order of magnitude. Not really sure myself what to take away from it, except I guess we could be in a lot worse situation if Covid-19 actually were significantly more deadly than the flu. And all our health systems seem to be in bad shape when the only way to deal with a rather mild outbreak like this one is to shut everything down - but I don't really see an alternative to doing so either.

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Matthew Leverton
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January 1999
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~475 people died from it in Italy yesterday, I believe.

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No big deal. I don't see a scary trend.

gnolam
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March 2002
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Holy shit, the forums are still running and the usual suspects are still posting. :D

For something on topic to the thread, shit's just hitting the fan where I live. Still no restrictions beyond "no gatherings with more than 500 people", but cases have started doubling ~every two days here in the county.
When the shit really hits the fan we are so screwed though. There are ~500 ICU slots with ventilators in the entire country, and they normally run at around 80% occupancy. And people don't stop almost dying from other causes just because there's a new virus on the block.

Oh, and people are panic buying toilet paper here as well, because they are idiots. Like... paper is one of our major industries. Just [i]one[/i] of the factories of [i]one[/i] of our toilet paper manufacturers can supply the entire country with toilet paper and still have left over to export - and they have 4 more factories around the country.

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dthompson
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April 2005
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Damn, there are a lot more paragraphs here since earlier today. I suppose I should probably clarify that I am actually pretty scared and that my poor attempts at lightening the topic are blissfully free of empiricism.

On the subject of misinformation: the amount of it out there (specifically about this) is absolutely insane, so yeah, stay safe and mind the crap please gentlemen.

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