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#1 mooniniteG

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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:06 PM

Figured we should probably have a dedicated thread by now given (not counting E3 2020 Cancelled).

 

How's everyone doing? William The Bard texted me this morning which was a nice surprise. The greater Seattle area is turning into a ghost town. My company has asked people to work from home when they can through the rest of the month. I'm the smartass / jerk going into the office and benefiting from working in an empty office because everyone else is doing the right thing. I have to bring my lunch as the cafe is closed, but I'm still doing mobile order to go out and grab coffee. The coffee places nearby all have fewer people in them.

 

Anyone struggling and need help?

 

I currently have a small hangout scheduled at my house on the 28th. I'm leaning towards cancelling that. If I do, I'm hoping to do some sort of remote/virtual shizz hangout instead. Maybe Jackbox over Twitch? Throw a spreadsheet together and see how many games we can collectively beat? Might be fun to temporarily escape the death of society. Anyone have other suggestions they want to throw out?


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:15 PM

Working from home until further notice (very glad I switched jobs a few months ago, because there would have been none of that). The hour and some that I would have been commuting has been put to finally playing Sekiro. 


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:29 PM

currently have optional WFH policy, and will go to recommended WFH if this escalates, and mandatory WFH if it escalates further. shits pretty scary given how poorly the whitehouse has responded. my CEO said that we need to prep working remotely for potentially months :/


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:37 PM

Been working from home tho there have only been a small handful of cases in the DFW area. I worked from home for a good long while when I didn't have a car, so I'm basicallyyyyyyy doing that now. Other than toilet paper being gone at most of my local grocery stores atm, things are fine.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:45 PM

So far nothing has changed for me here. Work is on alert but not saying anything about WFH. I'm still brand new at this job (almost my second week!) and I don't have VPN access yet, which I just applied for it today so I'm sure I'll get approved fairly quickly. I have no problems working from home so that won't bother me.

 

The toilet paper hoarding is annoying though. We're fine for a couple of weeks now but hopefully stores get stocked and people stop hoarding it.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:47 PM

It's kind of unsettling that this is going on while I'm pregnant and thus have a compromised immune system. Extra concerning when I'm living in such a densely populated city too. But Snapple and I work from home to begin with, we've been taking Uber for my appointments, and we've been getting groceries delivered, so we haven't been exposed to a ton of people lately.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:47 PM

I was very dismissive of it even a week ago, and now I'm worried.  I work for fedex and the postal service. I don't know if that puts me at higher risk, and I'm not worried about getting it as I am also not worried about my ability to battle it, but it's still frightening?

 

It's just really wild, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's perspectives.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:50 PM

The university I work for publicly announced today that it's moving classes to online. It's been in the works for a few weeks so it's not a surprise but makes for a pretty crazy time for me. No WFH policy enacted yet, but it wouldn't be an issue for me. My wife's organization's HQ is in Seattle and their HQ is WFH for now, and various policies are being enacted in their other offices.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:55 PM

I'm a little worried for my wife (she has diabetes and asthma), but am still mostly just in the "wow this shit is crazy" mindset. I've never seen anything like this in my life. 


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 09:05 PM

It's kind of unsettling that this is going on while I'm pregnant and thus have a compromised immune system. Extra concerning when I'm living in such a densely populated city too. But Snapple and I work from home to begin with, we've been taking Uber for my appointments, and we've been getting groceries delivered, so we haven't been exposed to a ton of people lately.

i hate to scare you even more, but dont assume that uber can protect you any more than other transport modes:
https://nypost.com/2...kaway-hospital/


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 09:15 PM

I don't think it's risk-free, but I'd rather take my chances with a single driver and however many passengers they've had within the last couple days than get on a jam-packed bus or train where people are packed like sardines. My OBGYN isn't within walking distance (at least not at the level of stamina I've had since getting pregnant), and it's not like I can just skip all the tests and checkups, especially when many have to be done within a time frame. I mean, I could in theory, but skipping what's advised and being in the dark as to what's happening over the course of my pregnancy is probably taking a bigger risk than riding in an Uber. And I can't exactly magically get a driver's license and my own car in an instant.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 09:40 PM

spending a couple hours on a bus four times a week is a little unsettling. if things get worse i may consider taking a couple weeks off from work, though i'm worried if i do that my boss will find a way to replace me. even that might not be the worst thing, but i really don't want to get into a situation where i have zero income & burn through my savings.

i really need to get a job in philly, but i get the feeling this is all going to make finding one even more difficult.
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Posted 11 March 2020 - 09:48 PM

Here's a fact based article about COVID-19: https://sciencebased...yths-and-facts/

It could get a lot worse than it gets better but follow general hygiene precautions and you should be okay. 


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 09:57 PM

It's kind of unsettling that this is going on while I'm pregnant and thus have a compromised immune system.

 

Yeah, don't fuck around with that. Glad to hear you're doing okay so far. Get a snuggy up in there and play some PC-98 games.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 10:06 PM

I'm actually more worried about being on the receiving end of a racist attack than COVID-19. I've received plenty of racism (physical and verbal attacks) even WITHOUT a crisis. I've already seen plenty of articles of separate cases of attacks or mocking, which, realistically, only escalates up to physical attacks.

 

Caution is warranted for COVID-19 of course, but I think I'm lucky that my employment already has remote working very much a part of everything (I used it fairly frequently before this), and I don't go into contact with huge amounts of people regularly. And of course all of the hygiene stuff, I'm good on, as well.


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