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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:17PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:17PM (#972254)

    Some strains of corona virus have fatality rates of up to 30% according to Wikipedia.

    While it's unlikely to be that high with covid 19, if we wait until we know, it could wipe out huge numbers of people both directly and indirectly if we can no longer treat people due to a lack of resources.
    In the US a big part of the problem is incompetence on the part of the president. I likely had it 6 weeks ago just after it showed up, but I couldn't have been tested and the public awareness of what the symptoms were wasn't good. But, I had extreme fatigue, a fever and mild difficulty breathing, despite there being nothing in my lungs to cough up.. I've never had a cold like that before and it didn't completely go away for the better part of a month.

    Testing wasn't available, so I have no way of knowing for sure what it was. But it wasn't like any cold or flu I've ever had.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Rich26189 on Tuesday March 17 2020, @04:34PM (1 child)

    by Rich26189 (1377) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @04:34PM (#972315)

    ... so I have no way of knowing for sure what it was.

    Yes, you do ... Antibodies.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @06:32PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @06:32PM (#972392)

      Is anybody actually going to perform that test though? I don't personally have the gear, hence my comment about it being unknowable.