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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday March 17 2020, @11:52AM   Printer-friendly
from the sudden-impact dept.

A lot has already happened this year. SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) which can cause COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease 2019) has been making headlines shortly after it was first reported. The first cases were reported to WHO (World Health Organization) on 2019-12-31. The virus spread. It began as an epidemic in China . The world watched apprehensively. Reports surfaced of cases in other countries and the the apprehension grew. For many folk, it turned to fear when it was upgraded to a pandemic: WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 11 March 2020: "We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic."

We have seen increasing efforts to stem the spread of the disease. Efforts have run the gamut. Closing of borders. Cancellation of sporting events. Conferences cancelled. Churches and other places of worship also closed. Schools closed. Panic buying of household goods and supplies. Supply chain disruptions affecting manufacturers. Restaurant, bars, and other such establishments closed. Work-from-home policies established and enacted.

The changes have been many, widespread, and continuing.

Reading about all the ways that "other people" have been affected is one thing. It seems different, somehow, when it hits closer to home and affects us directly. With many of our usual social activities curtailed or cancelled, it is easy to begin isolating and lose perspective. SoylentNews arose from a troubled period (the SlashCott) and a community has formed from that challenging period.

How have you been affected? Have you been infected? Had a family member or friend who was? Helped neighbors who are struggling? Hunkering down and isolating? (In a basement is optional.) Are you suddenly working from home and finding it challenging to manage your time? Still working on site, but now have a faster commute due to all the other people staying home? Catching up on watching TV shows? Reading more SoylentNews? How has your life changed?

From a somewhat different perspective, how have others helped you to cope... and how have you been able to help others? One of the potential impacts of social distancing is isolation and depression. I count myself fortunate, indeed, to have served this site for over 6 years and for all the people I have gotten to know, here. For those who may not be aware, SoylentNews has its own IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server. Feel free to drop in to #Soylent and just say "Hi!"

Social distancing is permanent when you're dead. So, practice good hygiene and stay safe.

Previously (oldest first):
China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates
2019-nCoV Coronavirus Story Roundup
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Roundup
Coronavirus Roundup
Coronavirus Roundup (Feb. 17)
Roundup of Stories about the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease
COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 - CoronaVirus) Roundup
CoronaVirus (SARS-CoV-2) Roundup 2020-03-12
Working from Home: Lessons Learned Over 20 Years


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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @12:15PM (24 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @12:15PM (#972147)

    Beauty/Nail salons are all shut down. My wife is panicking.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by FatPhil on Tuesday March 17 2020, @12:35PM (23 children)

    by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Tuesday March 17 2020, @12:35PM (#972153) Homepage
    You've got a Dremel, right? What's the problem - step up, man, step up.
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    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @12:46PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @12:46PM (#972160)

      It's more the fear that the drapes will start to match the carpet.

      • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:17PM

        by RS3 (6367) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:17PM (#972255)

        > It's more the fear that the drapes will start to match the carpet.

        Oh the humanity!

      • (Score: 5, Funny) by Subsentient on Tuesday March 17 2020, @08:22PM

        by Subsentient (1111) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 17 2020, @08:22PM (#972454) Homepage Journal

        She's afraid of going bald, eh?

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        "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti
    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday March 17 2020, @12:49PM (10 children)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @12:49PM (#972161)

      I had some marine epoxy mixed up, offered to paint it on my wife's cracked nail - don't know why she declined....

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:55PM (7 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:55PM (#972196)

        I've had really good luck on cracked nails using "New Skin, Liquid Bandage" -- it's sold as a replacement for band-aids (plasters in UK?) A few coats with ~5 minutes for each coat to harden does a good job. Comes in a small glass bottle with brush applicator in the top. Always seems expensive when I buy it, but lasts a very long time.

        https://newskinproducts.com/ [newskinproducts.com]

        Long ago I heard that the original instant/super glue, Eastman 910, was used in Vietnam as a quick way to seal up wounds, instead of stitches. Seems to be confirmed by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate#Medical_and_veterinary [wikipedia.org] New Skin works along the same lines, but the adhesive isn't as aggressive--it won't bond your fingers together like super glue.

        • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Tuesday March 17 2020, @02:51PM (6 children)

          by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 17 2020, @02:51PM (#972235) Homepage Journal

          It's used in civilian medicine. I know it was used on my children. Not sure it was epoxy, but the doctor did glue them together after a cut. Far less invasive and frightening then stitches.

          • (Score: 4, Informative) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday March 17 2020, @02:58PM (5 children)

            by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @02:58PM (#972242)

            I work with "quasi clinical" sales guys sometimes. Once, one got drunk and did "the worm" a little too hard on his chin, split it open at ~10pm on a Tuesday... rather than seek mainstream treatment, we stopped in at a CVS and got a tube of superglue which he used to suture his still bleeding gash - healed up nicely in the long run and didn't look bad at all on Wednesday morning.

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            Україна досі не є частиною Росії. https://www.newsweek.com/russian-state-tv-ukraine-war-dirty-bomb-putin-1754428
            • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:25PM (4 children)

              by RS3 (6367) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:25PM (#972263)

              Egads! Doesn't that stuff cause great pain?

              • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:31PM (3 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:31PM (#972268)

                The main issue with using super glue for wounds is that its not necessarily free of contaminants. The medical version is produced to not include contaminants that might lead to infection or other health problems. The product itself was invented to glue skin to skin. It's part of why it's so easy to super glue yourself to things if you're not careful.

                • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday March 17 2020, @04:57PM (2 children)

                  by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 17 2020, @04:57PM (#972327) Journal

                  If medical grade super glue has had the contaminants removed, then shouldn't it cost less rather than more?

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                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @06:26PM

                    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @06:26PM (#972389)

                    This isn't Windows we're talking about, it's extra qa to ensure they don't get in there to begin with and tossing batches that are contaminated of need be, in addition to a lot more testing. What would be fine for an adhesive, might be dangerous when left sticking to a wound.

                  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday March 17 2020, @08:47PM

                    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @08:47PM (#972473)

                    That's the whole basis of the medical markup: sterilized products cost so much more because they've had the microbes removed.

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                    Україна досі не є частиною Росії. https://www.newsweek.com/russian-state-tv-ukraine-war-dirty-bomb-putin-1754428
      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday March 17 2020, @02:47PM (1 child)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 17 2020, @02:47PM (#972232) Homepage Journal

        Hah, that's an old one. You were going to epoxy her to the anchor, then go for a sail?

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        "no more than 8 bullets in a round" - Joe Biden
    • (Score: 2) by black6host on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:25PM (3 children)

      by black6host (3827) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:25PM (#972184) Journal

      It's sad. I had to answer yes to the dremel question. I bet many here would as well, lol.

      • (Score: 2) by deimtee on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:42PM

        by deimtee (3272) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:42PM (#972189) Journal

        The original, the now sadly discontinued stylus, and a cheap Aldi knockoff that I use for rough work. Also in a box of old electronics stuff in the shed is a couple of tiny 12V mini dremel-type tools that I used to use to drill holes in circuit boards.

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        No problem is insoluble, but at Ksp = 2.943×10−25 Mercury Sulphide comes close.
      • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Tuesday March 17 2020, @02:39PM

        by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 17 2020, @02:39PM (#972225) Journal

        Yep! Any self-respecting hardware geek should have one.

      • (Score: 5, Funny) by hemocyanin on Tuesday March 17 2020, @04:21PM

        by hemocyanin (186) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @04:21PM (#972310) Journal

        Dremel? tsk. Just take a photo of her hand on a solid contrasting background, open in GIMP, from the image menu select mode/indexed then choose the B&W(1-bit) palette. After that remove the background with the magic wand selection tool (if the pic is a jpg, copy the image to a new layer, deselect the old image, and delete the background from the new layer). Save as PNG. Open in Inkscape , choose path/trace bitmap. Delete the bitmap leaving the path. You can edit the path with the "edit paths by nodes tool". Keep only the fingernail paths. Export as a new PNG. Open that new PNG in GIMP and paint in a depth map inside the finger nails. Open the depth map in Dmap2gcode ( http://www.scorchworks.com/Dmap2gcode/dmap2gcode.html [scorchworks.com] ), adjust your settings, put your wife's hand on your CNC router bed and clamp it down tight (there may be some pain involved while you work out the optimal settings), and do her nails.

        You could skip the Inkscape part and just make your depth map in GIMP, but if you take that extra step, you can use the paths created in Inkscape to trim her nails too. A 2d CAD program like qCAD (or the free version kicad) will handle this fine. CamBam runs on linux (with minor annoyances) just fine for generating the nail trimming gcode.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:43PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:43PM (#972190)

      Got the Dremel, but have a different nail-related problem.

      I get in trouble when she catches me using her sharp "house scissors" to trim my thick nails. I never got the "little scissors for nails" thing, those little scissors are flimsy, the pivot is loose, etc. I need leverage!

    • (Score: 2) by Rich on Tuesday March 17 2020, @05:12PM (1 child)

      by Rich (945) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @05:12PM (#972338) Journal

      There is cross-over between nails and nerds. I use a nail studio vapour & dust filter device for solder fumes extraction. It has a flexible trunk that stays in place and has LEDs for illumination on its front nozzle, which is very handy when working under the microscope on SMD with Flux.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @07:53PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @07:53PM (#972437)

        Ha. I used nail polish when I wanted large areas of copper on the circuit boards I was etching.

    • (Score: 2) by driverless on Thursday March 19 2020, @06:05AM (1 child)

      by driverless (4770) on Thursday March 19 2020, @06:05AM (#973075)

      Just don't try cutting them with a scythe. Lord Percy's brother had this brilliant idea of cutting his toenails with a scythe, and his foot fell off!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 22 2020, @02:15AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 22 2020, @02:15AM (#973997)

        Small diagonal cutters work great on toenails. If you do it right, you won't have the snags that ruin your socks. They easily trim the heaviest nail.