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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: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18 2020, @05:38AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18 2020, @05:38AM (#972648)

    I manage operations for a small brewpub. Everything from IT to managing introduction of new products. We just went from 21 employees to 6 overnight. I live on an State that has mandated closures of bars and restaurants. Our business is already down over 30%. We will likely case to exist as a company in the near future and I will be out of a job. None of our former employees have been able to file for unemployment because the demand on the website for claims has crashed it. Phone lines are jammed as well. My partner and I just bought a house in December and I fear we could lose it before the end of the year. My partner is a graphic designer and web developer. They were designing a booth for a major trade show in Europe this summer but if was cancelled. She's doing web work still but I fear eventually supply disruptions or lagging demand for products at the tech manufacturer she works for will put her on the chopping block as well.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18 2020, @05:57AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18 2020, @05:57AM (#972651)

    "Please be assured that your health is of utmost concern to us..."

  • (Score: 2) by drussell on Wednesday March 18 2020, @06:46AM

    by drussell (2678) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday March 18 2020, @06:46AM (#972661) Journal

    Yeah, Calgary just shut all adult-only bars and restaurants and limited minor-admitted restaurants to half capacity up to 50 people maximum today.... And we still have a total of less than 100 confirmed cases so far in the entire province of 4.5+ million, but with the transmissibility etc., I do understand... I've been crunching the numbers that they're trying to hide from the public.

    It just sucks because I know so many people in the industry...

    I basically spent the day printing final reports, etc. so that all staff could be laid off and things shut down.

    I expect there will be more bankruptcies than deaths from this pandemic, at least in the short to medium term, for sure.

    Sad. A very sad day.

    Many of us are now doomed, financially....