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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, Interesting) by Gaaark on Tuesday March 17 2020, @10:28PM (3 children)

    by Gaaark (41) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @10:28PM (#972509) Journal

    my wife has leukemia.
    While my son and i are most probably safe, my wife is not: she is (supposed to be) starting her 'therapy' March 24th. So far, we haven't been informed of any delays in that date...we're hoping there won't be, but wondering if there SHOULD be...

    If delayed, her chances of getting something from the outside world go down (when i leave work, i wash my hands. when i get home, i shower quickly: all because of love!).

    If not delayed, she'll enter the system, but be exposed to 'the world'.

    So: we have masks and gloves and some purell and, which the stores still seem to have plenty of, surprisingly, hand soap (we planned early and weren't caught by surprise... we even have enough TP to get us through another couple weeks as well (I always plan ahead when it comes to TP, lol)).

    I'm hoping they put her into the system: her symptoms are getting bad and i'd hate to see a delay of weeks/months, but of course, like i said, that enters her into 'the world' where she can catch something that may or may not be Covid.

    She's off because they closed the schools down for at least a couple weeks more than March break, so my son is home with her (his day-programs are also closed), but she's getting more and more tired from activities and 'dealing'.

    How have we been affected? Isolation and wondering about her future: we're well supplied for most things for at least 2-3 weeks if we never had to see a store for that period, so really, after showering after work, the biggest problem is isolation......

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  • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Wednesday March 18 2020, @12:57AM (1 child)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <> on Wednesday March 18 2020, @12:57AM (#972570) Journal
    You should also be changing into clean clothes when you get home from work. Good luck to both of you.
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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday March 18 2020, @02:35AM

      by Gaaark (41) on Wednesday March 18 2020, @02:35AM (#972605) Journal

      Missed putting that down: that.

      If I get sick, I'll be sleeping downstairs :)

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  • (Score: 2) by pdfernhout on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:47AM

    by pdfernhout (5984) on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:47AM (#975321) Homepage

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Reversing cancer once it is well established is problematical -- even as everyone over 55 probably has some cancer -- our immune systems just generally keep it in check).

    One resource you may want to look at is a anti-cancer diet based on "G-BOMBS" like Dr. Joel Fuhrman outlines (plus adequate vitamin D): []

    More on mushrooms and curing cancer:
    "Mushrooms as Medicine with Paul Stamets at Exponential Medicine" []

    Also look into getting enough iodine... []

    And maybe a ketogenic diet: [] []

    It is possible some viral infections can ramp up the immune system enough to it also clears the cancer. Example: []
    "Occasional “spontaneous” tumor regressions of Hodgkin’s disease and Burkitt’s lymphoma have been documented after measles infections."

    Chemo is a problematical thing for many reasons including the conflicts-of-interests in oncologists who make money off of selling the chemicals they prescribe and so tent to overstate benefits and understate risks and costs of treatments they themselves would never use e.g. []

    But if you do have go down the chem route, look into how fasting can help blunt the worst of the bad effects of it (since fasted health cells are somewhat quiescent which makes them less susceptible to poisons). One example (there are more): []

    Water-only fasting by itself may also get rid of some cancer (depends on the cancer, the person's health, etc.) -- or a juice fast might make sense as mentioned here: []

    Juice fasting is discussed a lot in "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" and the sequel. A clip form it: []

    Essentially, a healthy human immune system naturally fights and defeats cancer (usually). So many of the same things one might do to strengthen the immune system against viruses helps it fight cancer better. A related book by Dr. Fuhrman (who would be the first to say it it hard and unlikely but not impossible to turn around advanced cancer): []

    Even if doing all this does not add any time, it may make the remaining time more pleasant than rounds of chemo in hospitals (where as you say, other dangers lurk like infections).

    YMMV. See also: []

    Good luck with it a difficult situation.

    The biggest challenge of the 21st century: the irony of technologies of abundance used by scarcity-minded people.