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      03-18-2020, 10:12 AM   #1
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The encouraging news despite COVID-19 thread

We are all drinking negative news from a fire hose right now. Sometimes it feels like the current situation will be permanent (it wont). While I suspect this thread will have a bit of a slow start my hope is that it samps up.

Lets post anything encouraging we hear related to COVID. i.e. debunk a myth, post improvements/progress, acts of kindness.

Ill start.

Without going into my industry a product related to it which was made in China and had the plant shut down due to COVID has just reopened and they are back to production. Who cares about the the product, but that's at least a sign of progress somewhere.

I also got two new jobs yesterday into my company. We are all set to work from home (not a stretch for us) and people around us are showing small signs of adapting to the work.

Id also like to bust a myth:
https://www.bbc.com/news/51929628
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      03-18-2020, 11:00 AM   #2
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https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/a...800632,00.html
This guy thinks it's slowing down, take it for what it's worth
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      03-18-2020, 11:02 AM   #3
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Coronavirus is real! i think is a better idea to stay in home and watch some movies or something
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One positive note is that future outbreaks will now have a set standard in how they will be handled. They may not be handled the way that all of us agree upon, but we as humans tend to not have strategies set in place until something like this occurs. Perhaps this is the situation, that forces us to have measures in place, to reduce casualties in the future of a potentially more devastating outbreak.

On a similar note, I do foresee this changing societal norms on some level.
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Props for this thread. Let's hope that it will catch on.

A positive for me is that I have been in contact with my family (Phone) more than ever. Before, I would be busy and think I will call later to see how they are doing.

We tend to get so caught up in our day to day lives. When you are forced to slow down, you learn to appreciate the smaller things that are so easily taken for granted.
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I work in healthcare and it seems the vast majority of doctors believe that a lot of this response is over the top and exaggerated. Mostly by the media. The mortality rate is 0.7% and those are almost all old people and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

That being said I'm struggling to stay positive about the situation as it's very likely going to screw up my Performance Center Delivery and weekend in Asheville afterward. Missing out on a weekend in the mountains with your brand new Bimmer is a big deal when you live in FL and 10 hours from the nearest mountain.
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a positive is hopefully people actually take precautions during flu season every year so that doesnt spread as easily/kill as many each year.
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On a positive note I finally get to use all my years of training! I knew this day would come eventually and I have been preparing for it my whole life!

I can finally use my mad social distancing skillz for good!!
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encouraging news?

For commuting traffic has been glorious. Parking wonderful. Wait times for takeout excellent. No one feels the need to hug or kiss or even stand close to you.

If more people continue the work from home schtick this is so peaceful.

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encouraging news?

For commuting traffic has been glorious. Parking wonderful. Wait times for takeout excellent. No one feels the need to hug or kiss or even stand close to you.

If more people continue the work from home schtick this is so peaceful.

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Haven't even been out to any store, but I've always thought the current system where everyone has to go drive at the same time every day to go sit in a cubicle in front of a computer is ridiculous. While there are plenty of people who need to be physically at a place to do their job, I'm sure theres even more who don't. I wonder after all this is done how many companies will continue some of their wfh policies.
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the positive is that i'm salaried and we are pretty much blocking all non-urgent patients and patients who could possibly have corona from being seen in clinic. so my job will be cake for the next week or two. Saw one patient this morning and I have a phone call with another this afternoon.

government is stepping in and letting us bill Medicaid and medicare i believe for telephone visits now too.
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The CITGO right near work is advertising premium at $2.14/gallon. I suspect some error (lower than national wholesale) but I'm seeing prices around $2.70 all over town. HPDE in April is probably cancelled, but at least I can head up into the mountains for cheap.
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The CITGO right near work is advertising premium at $2.14/gallon. I suspect some error (lower than national wholesale) but I'm seeing prices around $2.70 all over town. HPDE in April is probably cancelled, but at least I can head up into the mountains for cheap.
Gas dropped ~50 cents a gallon here the last 2 days. Stores with the highest turnovers dropped first, then the other stores followed.
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I had read some reports about grocery stores in other areas reserving Monday to Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. for vulnerable shoppers such as senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems.

I'm hoping to see them do something similar here.
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https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/a...800632,00.html
This guy thinks it's slowing down, take it for what it's worth
I agree with him here, the reaction we are having today compared to other outbreaks is getting ridiculous.

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As with the flu, most of those dying as a result of coronavirus are over 70 years old, Levitt said. “It is a known fact that the flu mostly kills the elderly—around three-quarters of flu mortalities are people over 65.” To put things in proportion: “there are years when flu is raging, like in the U.S. in 2017, when there were three times the regular number of mortalities. And still, we did not panic. That is my message: you need to think of corona like a severe flu. It is four to eight times as strong as a common flu, and yet, most people will remain healthy and humanity will survive.”
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      03-18-2020, 01:13 PM   #17
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Just filled 93 premium at Costco for $1.75/gallon. That was nice.
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As of today in the USA of all the people who contracted this thing less than 2% died. That’s quite similar to the ‘regular’ flu fatality stats.
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As of today in the USA of all the people who contracted this thing less than 2% died. That’s quite similar to the ‘regular’ flu fatality stats.
Except we don't really know how may people have it, since we're only testing some of the symptomatic people. Like there were no cases in W. Va. until yesterday, that's only because they hadn't tested anyone.
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https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/a...800632,00.html
This guy thinks it's slowing down, take it for what it's worth
He uses the Diamond Princess as a data point. 20% infection rate (with the precautions taken). That's interesting.

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“Even on the Diamond Princess (the virus-stricken cruise ship), the infection rate did not top 20%.” Based on these statistics, Levitt said, he concluded that many people are just naturally immune to the virus.
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Just filled 93 premium at Costco for $1.75/gallon. That was nice.
A barrel dropped to $22... technically that $1.75 is still far over priced
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So this is what Los Angeles would be like with 10% of the population....nice! I can get used to this.

Hope to work from home though.
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