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Old 04-10-20, 06:17 PM
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How has Covid affected you the most

Hi all, ending week four in the Covid zone. In that time I've been laid off of work and haven't seen my girlfriend as we're both stuck inside our separate homes. Those are probably the biggest ways the virus has affected me.

I am wondering how it has most affected you?
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Have not worked since the 15th of last month. Our office is currently shut down indefinitely due to the Safer at Home order here in California, which was extended until May 15th. But, the bosses at work are trying to have full-time employees work at home to crank out shows/content. I'm part-time, so I'm not needed for the time being.

Not hurting for money. I applied for UI and I'm getting an average worked paycheck from my employer for the moment. But, I'm fully expecting that to be cut off sooner than later. Trying to be responsible and not spend too much money when not necessary.

Biggest thing that has affected me is not seeing my friends and colleagues. I miss going out to lunch with a few buddies of mine. And I miss going out to the movies.

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Biggest affect on me is the 27 active threads about it at my favorite forum.
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I don't have to get up at 4 AM on work days. I can sleep until my body is ready to get up. That seems to have cured my insomnia.

I'm losing weight, which I think is related. If I've been eating for energy because I'm sleep-deprived, it would follow. I am definitely eating less.

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Kind of the opposite of most.. I've been working 12-14 hour days since the start of it with only a break on Sundays.. and I thought there would be a light at the end of the tunnel but.. I don't see a light yet.
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Old 04-10-20, 06:42 PM
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Well I'm retired so not much has changed. The two biggest changes are shaving my head and working out at home in VR instead of at the gym. It will get more annoying as the weather gets better in a couple of weeks. No tennis for me... But I guess I can still bike.

When I put a pic with my shaved head on Facebook, someone in my family thought I had cancer.
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I have heart condition so I’m highly susceptible. Can’t leave the house at all.
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My workload spiked a couple of weeks ago when I was getting everyone settled in with their telework, but now I just sit in my office on an empty floor in a mostly empty building waiting for calls and emails that rarely come. So the solitude at work, I reckon.
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My life is about 90% the same. Work is still busy and will continue to be since this our busy season. Once nice thing is not having to deal with the office people since most of them are working from home.
I go to the store maybe once every two weeks. Mostly spending my free time drinking bourbon & watching movies or playing Red Dead 2 online with friends.
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Most importantly, no one I know has the coronavirus, and everyone is healthy. Had a scare with one friend, but all his tests just came back negative. And I live in a largely rural area and the spread here has been pretty minimal. Second most important, I'm still employed, working from home, so I'm not in any sort of financial trouble. Layoffs or furloughs are nothing I need to worry about. And with no commute and no lunch to buy I'm actually saving some money which I'm using to pay off credit cards. Today was payday, and I spent the whole thing in about five minutes, paying one card off completely and putting $1000 on another one. I'm doing my best to avoid too much online shopping. I really don't miss it either. In fact, recreational web surfing has dropped quite a bit for me.

I've lost a handful of pounds, as even with snacking, I'm not eating as much and more importantly not drinking sugary soda. I need to get serious on the exercise bike again. I'm also avoiding take out food and actually cooking myself. I'm trying to keep busy around the house when not at work. I'm cleaning the garage right now. Throwing out 2-3 extra bags of trash per week. I'm keeping in touch with my friends through daily texting and a weekly skype get together.

I have good days and bad days, of course. Being a worrier with a negative attitude runs in my family through my father and grandfather. But I know how to work through that. In some ways I almost feel guilty because I'm getting more done that I would have dealing with the old daily grind. I think this was a wake up call for me in some ways, forcing me out of my routine, forcing me to see that it's all transitory, and reinforcing what really matters. I miss seeing my friends, I miss the freedom to go wherever without a second thought. Last year I did more and traveled more than I had in years. As a casual gambler, I really miss going to the casino. I would go with friends, and it is something I can take my mother to that she can enjoy. I'm still holding out hope for my June trip to Reno on Amtrak.

I've got four weeks under my belt. If this goes till August 1, that's 16 more weeks, so I'm already 1/5 of the way there. As I always tell my boss, we'll get this done.

We always do.
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Work-wise I'm down to two days a week. The bossman is slowly easing things down and cutting hours before cutting employees which is nice. Unfortunately that's putting a dent in the salary. Fortunately we're Dave Ramsey people as of 2016 so we have 6 months emergency fund sitting there if we need to dip into it. No income means not finishing my basement anytime soon, which sucks.

My wife is an RN, so there's always a concern that she'll bring something home. She's in labor and delivery though so not exactly on the front lines. Of course they're still dealing with all manner of patients coming in potentially exposing her and the other nurses. That being said they did have their first Covid patient the other day. Fortunately she was not assigned to that patient but it sounds like if more come in they will be rotating nurses so it's probably only a matter of time before she is exposed. That in turn affects my job directly as my boss said that anyone who has a member of their family in direct contact with a positive person gets them two weeks off. I have no problem with that. I don't want to be the guy spreading it to co-workers, but still sucks. Seems like it's just a matter of time for me.

Tying both paragraphs together, my wife hit the grocery store on the way home this morning (she works third shift) to get our weekly groceries. Some kind soul behind her in line saw her in her scrubs and expressed her gratitude for being a nurse and paid for her entire cart of groceries! The human spirit is an amazing thing.

Lastly, I have Spring allergies which means lots of sneezing. Has anyone seen any studies or articles on how Covid acts to allergy stricken people?
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Re: How has Covid affected you the most

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Tying both paragraphs together, my wife hit the grocery store on the way home this morning (she works third shift) to get our weekly groceries. Some kind soul behind her in line saw her in her scrubs and expressed her gratitude for being a nurse and paid for her entire cart of groceries! The human spirit is an amazing thing.
Wow, that's so wonderful to hear. People like your wife are the true heroes right now.

Lastly, I have Spring allergies which means lots of sneezing. Has anyone seen any studies or articles on how Covid acts to allergy stricken people?
Good question. I'm already worried about my risk factors due to asthma, but I also have a lot of allergies, some of which act up in the spring.



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Work-wise I'm down to two days a week. The bossman is slowly easing things down and cutting hours before cutting employees which is nice. Unfortunately that's putting a dent in the salary. Fortunately we're Dave Ramsey people as of 2016 so we have 6 months emergency fund sitting there if we need to dip into it. No income means not finishing my basement anytime soon, which sucks.

My wife is an RN, so there's always a concern that she'll bring something home. She's in labor and delivery though so not exactly on the front lines. Of course they're still dealing with all manner of patients coming in potentially exposing her and the other nurses. That being said they did have their first Covid patient the other day. Fortunately she was not assigned to that patient but it sounds like if more come in they will be rotating nurses so it's probably only a matter of time before she is exposed. That in turn affects my job directly as my boss said that anyone who has a member of their family in direct contact with a positive person gets them two weeks off. I have no problem with that. I don't want to be the guy spreading it to co-workers, but still sucks. Seems like it's just a matter of time for me.

Tying both paragraphs together, my wife hit the grocery store on the way home this morning (she works third shift) to get our weekly groceries. Some kind soul behind her in line saw her in her scrubs and expressed her gratitude for being a nurse and paid for her entire cart of groceries! The human spirit is an amazing thing.

Lastly, I have Spring allergies which means lots of sneezing. Has anyone seen any studies or articles on how Covid acts to allergy stricken people?
You've lost income from your work cutting back. I don't know Kentucky unemployment rules, but can you not file for unemployment? Unless you really don't want to deal with it. Just curious.

Plus, there is the extra $600 per week that is included. If you can, why not do it? It's income you need. That is unless your state's UI system sucks and you can't get online or something.

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Didn't visit my folks last month. Otherwise I've been working from home, saved about a thousand dollars from Starbucks and going out for lunch at work, lost about 10 lbs.
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Very high levels of stress/anxiety which I never felt in my life. Even with no tv, no radio, no internet, etc ... for hours at a time.

Now I can understand how my Israeli relatives have lived for almost a century, with all the stress/axiety from extreme uncertainty in their own backyards.
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This whole thing has done more to piss me off than anything else. I feel like a prisoner in my own locality. I can go to work, risk my health for everyone who needs food/drink to survive, but I feel like I've given up my enjoyment of life, liberty, and my pursuit of happiness for a fucking virulent strain of flu. They've stripped away my ability to go to my favorite restaurants, my favorite stores, they have everybody scared to death to be near anybody, they have us wearing masks, hoarding toilet paper (and everything else we can get our greedy little hands on before anybody else does), huddled in our homes like refugees. They've turned this country (world) into a hazmat zone, they spread only fear, no chance for hope, and I hate it! I fucking hate it!

Fucking fear-mongers.

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This whole thing has done more to piss me off than anything else. I feel like a prisoner in my own locality. I can go to work, risk my health for everyone who needs food/drink to survive, but I feel like I've given up my enjoyment of life, liberty, and my pursuit of happiness for a fucking virulent strain of flu. They've stripped away my ability to go to my favorite restaurants, my favorite stores, they have everybody scared to death to be near anybody, they have us wearing masks, hoarding toilet paper (and everything else we can get our greedy little hands on before anybody else does). They've turned this country (world) into a hazmat zone, they spread only fear, no chance for hope, and I hate it! I fucking hate it!

Fucking fear-mongers.
I'm genuinely afraid of the rise of authoritarianism. As for how this affects me I make really good money from Doordash right now. I'll have my therapist appointment online next week. If I can 't get my haircut by May I might buzz it. I'll try to go to the groccery store once and I probably won't set foot in a Walmart the rest of the year.
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I retired three years ago, so the only change for me is the hassle getting groceries. Hoarders, lines and this morning I was told I couldn't go in without a mask.
I'm still walking/riding my bike every day. I've gone diving when the conditions were good enough.
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This whole thing has done more to piss me off than anything else. I feel like a prisoner in my own locality. I can go to work, risk my health for everyone who needs food/drink to survive, but I feel like I've given up my enjoyment of life, liberty, and my pursuit of happiness for a fucking virulent strain of flu. They've stripped away my ability to go to my favorite restaurants, my favorite stores, they have everybody scared to death to be near anybody, they have us wearing masks, hoarding toilet paper (and everything else we can get our greedy little hands on before anybody else does). They've turned this country (world) into a hazmat zone, they spread only fear, no chance for hope, and I hate it! I fucking hate it!

Fucking fear-mongers.
Individual freedoms/liberties are under threat from wannabe authoritarian regime. That's a very "American" response.

Not a criticism, just an observation, i.e. I bet you'd get a very different response from the average inhabitant of a social democracy.
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Individual freedoms/liberties are under threat from wannabe authoritarian regime. That's a very "American" response.
Really?

I would have thought it was a very "Russian expat" response. My relatives/friends/acquaintances who grew up in soviet russia, would make rants like this all the time.
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I ended up changing my status at work from full time to per diem. I had planned on doing that in June, but this pushed me along faster. Financially, that's a hit for us--we need a new roof and a new deck, and had planned on my income from Mar-Jun to cover those. But, I have some risk factors and would rather stay home. My husband can work from home and his job is secure, so we'll be okay. But the home improvements will hurt a little more.

For me, the biggest impact is not seeing my daughter and her boyfriend every weekend. We'd been in a habit of weekly Saturday night family dinners, but now we just talk on the phone. I haven't seen my parents, either.
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You've lost income from your work cutting back. I don't know Kentucky unemployment rules, but can you not file for unemployment? Unless you really don't want to deal with it. Just curious.
Actually filed last week when we were cut to 3 days. Not sure when the first payment shows up and the site is just hammered day after day so I haven't been able to get back in and double check.

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Wow, that's so wonderful to hear. People like your wife are the true heroes right now.
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Tying both paragraphs together, my wife hit the grocery store on the way home this morning (she works third shift) to get our weekly groceries. Some kind soul behind her in line saw her in her scrubs and expressed her gratitude for being a nurse and paid for her entire cart of groceries!
Congratulations, this is probably the single-most optimistic post, and good deed that I've seen throughout this entire epidemic! Made my day to read this, and I think we need to give our doctors and nurses on the frontlines more credit and thanks, along with the people keeping the grocery stores open in the midst of it all.

I've been most affected by not being able to work in a normal environment. For me, teaching science and science labs is NOT done well online! It sucks. I can't wait to get back into the lecture hall in a normal setting again. It's stressful and I'm not able to do my job as well because of the edidemic. There's the worry in the back of my mind that I might be "outsourced" since my forte is teaching hands-on *in person*. Still have my position for now, though, and I am thankful.

My cynicism has been increased because people's true colors are coming out now, and for a precious few that is good news, but for many more it is very disconcerting. I think as a nation we've failed so far, in terms of disparity of opinion, NOT coming together more for the common good (ie, stamping this damn virus out as quickly and completely as possible). People need remedial education in what the terms "essential" and "stay at home" mean. At least, those people around ME, in a mostly affluent and Republican neighborhood. YMMV, especially in the Blue areas like San Francisco, LA, and NYC.

I keep plugging away, a self isolate. Using this very forum as a sounding board, which I am grateful for!
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Working from home, 4 weeks now. I'm the online learning coordinator (and only person in the department) for a college...so been busy

Wife is a middle school teacher and working from home as well so we are lucky we are working full time

Mostly an inconvenience so far. Stuck at the house and miss going out.
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Today finished out four weeks working from home. The rumor is that we'll be doing that till late May, but no official word as of yet.

My ex, SSG Honeylamb, has been placed on standby with her regular job (with pay so far) and was deployed with the National Guard for several days this week transporting medical supplies to the western part of the state. Her regular job is with the state transportation authority so I think her income is safe for now. I work for a large corporation and am doing all the hustling I can to keep a full time workload, volunteering to help other departments and so on.

I have lived by myself for all but about ten years since 1984, so being home all the time doesn't bother me the way it would if I had a family to look after. I do worry about my almost 94 y/o dad in Michigan though. He lives by himself in the boonies and while two of my brothers are up there, they are twenty miles away in the only town of any size for an hour in any direction and they don't look in on him as often as I would like.

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