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 (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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Egads! Doesn't that stuff cause great pain?
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.
If medical grade super glue has had the contaminants removed, then shouldn't it cost less rather than more?
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.
That's the whole basis of the medical markup: sterilized products cost so much more because they've had the microbes removed.