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How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected you personally?

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  1. Trailblazer

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    Someone on another forum I posted on started a thread like this so I decided to start one here.

    This is a place for you to vent your feelings if you are having a hard time or just a place to explain your personal situation if you want to share it.

    I’ll start off. The primary impact this has had upon me is the downturn of the economy, namely the drop in the market. I have chosen to just ride it out as I did in 2008-2010 because there is nothing else I can do. The way I cope is to not think about it or watch it on the news. The impact is psychological because I do not need the money for anything and I do not predict I ever will since I have so much other income and real estate assets. I plan to leave that money and my other financial assets to the Baha’i Faith and animal rescue organizations. I will never use it to live high on the hog because that is not my chosen lifestyle since it is not in accordance with my beliefs and values.

    The other impact this has had on me personally is that I was getting ready to retire in a few months and now I don’t think I will be able to, not because I cannot afford to, but because I cannot make a decision that big with this national emergency going on.

    The other impact this has had on me personally is that I really need to do something about my our dire living situation , the condition of our house and property, but just as with retirement that is not something I can deal with emotionally or logistically with while this national emergency is going on.

    This has not affected my income because I am now working from home, doing the same work I do at work. It has changed my routine because I do not ride my bike 3 hours to work and back. That is not that great for my health or psychological well-being, because that exercise helps with my mood, but the upside is that I can sleep in for an hour and a half longer so I am getting more much needed sleep. The upside of working at home is that I can be with my 10 cats and listen to music while I work. The first thing I do after I feed the cats is turn on my Christian radio station. My husband sleeps through half of my 10 hour shift, so it is no different from my regular routine on a weekend when I am on my 12 hour shift on forums.

    This has not affected my daily routine except that I do not have to bike to work and back. I normally only go grocery shopping twice a week and I have continued to do so and I have even found everything I need in the grocery stores.

    I am not a sociable person except on forums, so the social distancing is no big deal to me. I like the fact that there is less traffic and less people in the grocery stores, but I do not like the reason this is the case.

    So, if I only thought about my personal situation, this pandemic would be no big deal, since I can handle all of the above, knowing the economy will eventually recover even if it takes a long time, and I can accept that it is not that important when I retire or when the house gets fixed. It is the other people who have died or are suffering that concerns me, be it that they are sick with the virus or they have been impacted economically.

    To be honest, I cannot feel sorry for people who are whining about the “shelter in place” order because they want to go out for entertainment or shopping or engage in their regular social activities. I also do not feel sorry for those who are concerned about Easter or the fact that they are going to miss a wedding or graduation ceremony, or that they have to home school their children. These things are so minor compared to people who have died or contracted the disease, or people who have lost their jobs and health care, people who cannot afford to buy groceries or pay the rent or mortgage. And as far as not being able to find toilet paper, that is the most minor of the minor things. If people are really worried about that, it just demonstrates to me that those people do not really have anything serious to worry about. Psychology is my other hat, one I wore a lot longer than my religion hat, so I cannot help but analyze people and their behavior.

    I cannot believe that people are joking about the coronavirus on Christian radio, singing a song “let’s kick this corona to the curb.” This is not a joke, people are suffering and dying. It just goes to show how differently people think, act and handle things like this. I try to accept differences in people but I still have my own opinions because I have my own values, which are different from the values of most people I encounter.

    So what impact has this pandemic had upon you, and is it just temporary or is it permanent?
     
  2. InChrist

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    I think you should be careful about the “Christian TV” you watch, as there is a lot of ( probably most of it ) programming which is blatantly heretical, false, prosperity, whacky stuff labeled Christian... that isn’t.
     
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    It's driven home to me how stupid some people are. Before, I was able to make excuses for them, convince myself they were not really lead fishing weights. Not now.
     
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    no work...construction trade has dried up for the most part
    so.....no money...and no money in a predatory economic environment is not funny
     
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    it's actually hard to shake that eerie Twilight Zone feeling since it started. Taking a simple shopping trip has turned into some type of futuristic steampunk dystopia type scenario consisting of bare shelves, restricted lines and police officers at the doors.

    My job however is unaffected but there is more work than ever to do, and while in route to Pittsburgh it's kind of a mix of nostalgia and a zombie invasion given the light flow of traffic on the road and few humans in sight from time to time.

    I noticed however more speed demons and pathologically aggressive drivers out there giving the first inkling of the onset of Mad Max beyond thunderdome syndrome. At the end of my street are tons of skid marks of people peeling out into the main Street. Some are in a complete circle.

    *Yikes*
     
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  6. Saint Frankenstein

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    My search for employment has been set back for months now. Now I don't even have a phone again. I have ho clue what to do now.
     
  7. Trailblazer

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    It is not Christian TV, it is Christian radio: Positive & Encouraging K-LOVE

    Sometimes I think they are too upbeat about this pandemic, but overall they are very inspiring.
    I do not know what I would do without the Christian songs, they ensure me that God is good. ;)
     
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    My spring break was extended by a week (it is usually one week, it became two). So that was strange. When classes resumed, they are ALL online fore the rest of the semester.

    That has meant a LOT more time writing up lecture notes (I rarely do this in typical semesters) and learning the software for recording lectures and doing online quizzes and exams. Instead of 5 minutes looking over the section I'm covering for the day, I spend a couple of hours writing up notes so the students can follow along when I lecture.

    My wife is also working from home. She works for an insurance company, which is considered 'essential' and has to go into the office once a week. She has also taken up the downstairs as her office at home. She has been going crazy making sure all the people she oversees have computers so they can work from home, etc. That has been a HUGE stress on her.

    I've been eating a bit better since we are focusing on eating what we bought and don't have the option to go out to eat. That has caused more dishes (which is my job to do).

    On the larger scale, I am an at-risk individual if I catch this disease. I already have lung scarring from severe asthma and I understand this thing can cause more. NOT good. So I am hoping to make it through the first couple of waves before I catch it (and most people will eventually catch it, from what I can see) so that I can actually get treatment by a medical team that isn't overwhelmed.
     
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  9. Trailblazer

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    Thanks for sharing. It is good to get other perspectives from across the country.
    I am in Washington State and we are in lock-down.

    I imagine if you are a truck driver or grocery store worker there is more than enough work to do, and of course the brave nurses and doctors, law enforcement and first responders.
     
  10. Unveiled Artist

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    I don't know if it's temporary here. The toilet paper is serious here. People wake up 6 in the morning when the grocery opens. There's a huge line and the police officer and store allows only one to two rolls of paper. There is little food and meats left. A lot of the quick-foods are gone-cans, things like that. In other words, it's not specific about the content but people are taking things in the store without thinking about those beside them-their elders, the homeless here, but no.

    The businesses are mostly skeletons. They are open but that's about it. A shoe there in the shoe store. A worker shuffling his feet down the hall of the mall that's barely open other than the Walmart attached to it.

    Even more so we have two coronavirus cases local and I just got news that there was one death.

    I'm personally indifferent about it. I don't know why I don't have big reactions to things. The more serious it is, the more I shut down and don't react. If anything, if I were a medic I'd probably be helping out rather than saying home. My classes are all online and I don't work outside my place, so that wasn't affected. I still go out jogging and go to a store here and there but other than that, all I can do is keep up with the news.
     
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  11. Trailblazer

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    I am glad to hear you and your wife are still employed. This would have been much worse in the days before computers that allow people to work at home.

    I am a GIS Cartographer so I make maps and I can do that on the laptop as well as at work. I have two large monitors at work so I thought it would be difficult to work on a laptop but I manage really well. I have lots of cats to help me. :) I have no office to set it up because cats rule in my house and there is no room, so my work laptop sits on top of a cat condo in the entry to the living room. :D

    I rarely eat out so this has not affected my diet, only my exercise routine. Dishes are my husband's job and not an easy one, since long before this pandemic our septic had problems so all the water, etc. had to be run in buckets and dumped on the property. Showers are short and infrequent.
    My husband has severe asthma and has to use steroid inhalers, ventolin inhalers and a nebulizer machine to stay alive. He is 77 years old so he is at high risk. Luckily he is retired so he does not have to go anywhere except to drive me to the grocery store.

    I have not heard that most people will eventually catch it. I never had a flu shot and I never caught the flu. I only get mild colds about once in five years.
     
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    Thanks for sharing even though the grocery store shortage does not sound good. It was like that with the meat a couple of weeks ago, but now it is almost like normal. The shelves for the canned and packaged goods are bare, and of course the toilet paper and paper towels are gone, but my husband scored a very large package of TP last night at Walmart. We already had a huge supply from long before this crisis, but he was worried so I bought it for him.

    I have been able to find baby food for the cats and cat food and that is what I worry most about.
    I can work around any other food shortages.

    I really should go out jogging or biking but I have been too busy working and on forums. The weather is still cold and wet here.
     
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    The estimates I have seen say that 70% of the people are going to have it at some point. The only thing that could stop that is a vaccine. Flattening the curve doesn't lead to fewer people catching the virus, only to more people *surviving it*.
     
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    At present it has momentarily shut down my exercise program, layed off my job at 2020 Census, My wife may be laid off, she is on a ten day furlow, and may not return for a while. Other than that I am just hunkered down on limited access to the outside world.

    I am a natural bottom feeder, and have no significant debts. Regardless I am an easy survivor.
     
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  15. Trailblazer

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    Even when I do have access to the outside world, I do not access it much.

    The Baha'i community here has set up an elaborate way to continue with their regular activities online but I am not involved in any of that. They live in their own little world and I am not interested in it. Somehow it just seems wrong to me to pretend everything is just normal. I addressed that in my thread entitled Coronavirus: Do some religious people have their heads in the sand?
     
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    Oh okay. I don’t listen to the radio, but I think K-LOVE is pretty good and encouraging overall. I listen to inspiring gospel songs a lot on Pandora or CD’s.
     
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    Including health care workers. People survive it because the medical system is not overwhelmed with people who can't be treated.
     
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    BSM1 What? Me worry?

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    Had a really sweet gig coming up in April. It was cancelled yesterday.
     
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    Since I'm retired, the effect on me has not been job related. I'm not willing to look at my portfolio holdings because I know what I'd find. But fortunately I'm a very conservative person when it comes to money and was lucky to have a good paying job overall during my career, so we can weather the shock.

    Personally we've missed getting together with friends.

    Mostly the issue is finding things in the store. People are still hoarding all sorts of things. I just had to order Soft Scrub through Amazon because all the cleaning products were gone.

    Because I'm in a tight knit community with people my age and older and some who are at serious risk if they fall ill, we've been asked to be as careful as nurses are in the hospital to avoid catching and spreading the disease.
     
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    My husband and moved to another state last fall, near all the grandkids. Our previous home is in the process of being sold and we were traveling back to deal with the escrow process just as the emergency was declared and lockdown began. Getting groceries was a challenge. Our college student son is here now, too. Just hoping the house sale continues to proceed and we can travel home safely. In the meantime, self-isolating, packing, praying and trusting God’s timing and plan through all this for not only our lives, but everyone being so impacted during this situation, especially those affected by the virus or those facing financial hardship.
     
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