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V.T. Eric Layton
2 hours ago, Bookmem said:

It feels paranoid but I think being a little paranoid today isn't such a bad thing.

 

Indeed. I'm right there with you, sir.

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Cluttermagnet
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Yep. A little paranoid is entirely appropriate. Sobering to note the news

today has the White House acknowledging a best case death total in

the US at around 100-200 thousand. Yikes! That's *best* case. Govt.

fiddled while Rome burned...

 

I live a fairly solitary life to begin with, more so now that my partner is gone.

I'm in fairly good health, but also am early 70's. It's a mixed picture...

 

I'm careful. Still, I feel like I will continue to occasionally take the risk of

going into grocery stores to replenish fresh fruits and veggies, etc.

Those items just don't store well. Beyond that, I do have a good stock

of non-perishables on hand, have maintained that for several years

now and I rotate it, i.e. not much going to waste/thrown out...

 

I'm definitely not going to starve; I cook good meals for myself. But

life involves risk. My risk these days is that going to the store could

get me killed. No panic or crowd scenes in those places BTW- at least

not so far. People there reasonably 'normal' and well behaved. Such

is life. One works with what they have...

 

I continue to commute between Casa Betty and Casa David, and

lately that's a daily event. I moved my kitty Mariah to Casa Betty,

Eric. So far her cat Java is having nothing to do with that. Some

initial hissing and yeowling. I carefully keep them separated.

Just hoping that these two elderly cats eventually bury the hatchet

and decide to get along. If not, 2nd floor at Betty's gets a permanent

screen door at top of stairs (reinforced at bottom with wire mesh).

They can hiss at each other through the screen if they must.

 

I have another forced home repair situation at Casa David, Eric.

Reminiscent of the 2015 forced re-roofing debacle etc. But more

on that later. I'm choosing to see the positive side- getting

helpful exercise at a time when the nice gym I just joined around

Christmas past has been forced to close. I miss those great

machines. They were starting to make a noticeable difference...

 

Clutter

 

If you can spare 10 minutes or so- you may thank me later-

Anneleen Lenaerts plays Debussey's Danse sacrée et danse profane

Betty and I loved this piece. In a way, it was our song...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3UGewCinYw&list=RDG3UGewCinYw&start_radio=1

 

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V.T. Eric Layton

Unfortunately, I have to make a grocery store/pharmacy (two separate places) run today. I'll "suit up" and take my alcohol bottle with me. I'll disinfect completely before going back into my home. Once inside, I will place the groceries and meds out in the laundry room and disinfect them, also. After that, I'll put everything away and take a nice soapy-hot shower.

 

No. I'm not paranoid at all. ;)

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Meanwhile, I'm coming into an empty building everyday during the week and going to the store whenever I need and Walgreens daily for beer without masks or gloves. I am doing the social distancing but I was doing that long before COVID-19

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1 hour ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

Unfortunately, I have to make a grocery store/pharmacy (two separate places) run today. I'll "suit up" and take my alcohol bottle with me. I'll disinfect completely before going back into my home. Once inside, I will place the groceries and meds out in the laundry room and disinfect them, also. After that, I'll put everything away and take a nice soapy-hot shower.

 

No. I'm not paranoid at all. ;)

The rule where I live is that if I leave the bldg, even to go the grocery store, I have to stay in my apt, not just the bldg, but my apt, for 14 days.  Luckily, I get my meds by mail and my regular supermarket has delivery.  We are allowed to go outside the bldg to get some sunshine and exercise, but must stay on the grounds.  So far, out of 400 apts, we have had only one person infected. That was over a week ago and no one else appears to have caught it from them.  In one way, it is saving me money 'cause I'm not singing Karaoke three times a week and drinking beer for four hours each time.  But I'm probably spending as much on Ubereats delivery just to relieve the boredom.  I'm a good cook but cooking for just for myself is still boring.

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2 hours ago, securitybreach said:

 I am doing the social distancing but I was doing that long before COVID-19

I often thought that the fact that I didn't go out much to gatherings, etc., was part of the reason I didn't get flu, colds, etc. Social distancing wasn't terribly different from my regular life, except that when I walk with another elderly neighbor I stay 6 feet away from her. No private conversation!

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V.T. Eric Layton
23 hours ago, securitybreach said:

Meanwhile, I'm coming into an empty building everyday during the week and going to the store whenever I need and Walgreens daily for beer without masks or gloves. I am doing the social distancing but I was doing that long before COVID-19

 

New Orleans is getting ready to catch on fire with this virus, Josh. You need to consider starting to wear a mask (or even just a bandana tied over your face) and gloves, also disinfect yourself constantly when out in public. It's going to get UGLY. Don't think that your youth and healthiness will save you. STAY HEALTHY!

 

Oh, and yeah... being a hermit loner type, this social distancing is no hardship for me at all. I was MADE for this stuff. ;)

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8 hours ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

 

New Orleans is getting ready to catch on fire with this virus, Josh. You need to consider starting to wear a mask (or even just a bandana tied over your face) and gloves, also disinfect yourself constantly when out in public. It's going to get UGLY. Don't think that your youth and healthiness will save you. STAY HEALTHY!

 

Oh, and yeah... being a hermit loner type, this social distancing is no hardship for me at all. I was MADE for this stuff. ;)

 

We follow CDC guidelines which state that you just need to wear gloves when in public and use social distancing. Masks are only useful if you are infected so you do not infect others. They do not prevent you from getting it. Personally, I assume that most people are infected but not everyone will show symptoms.

 

My mom had all of the same symptoms and the doctors tried all kinds of things like 4 antibiotics, 5 shots, etc. The doctor finally told her that he was stumped and that she should just rest and try to go to a specialist. She rested for a few weeks and got over it. That was back in late December/early January. I know someone else who had all the same symptoms back in December as well but got over the symptoms after resting for a couple of weeks. Even though a lot of people will die, most people who get sick are recovering.

 

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12 hours ago, securitybreach said:

 

We follow CDC guidelines which state that you just need to wear gloves when in public and use social distancing. Masks are only useful if you are infected so you do not infect others. They do not prevent you from getting it. Personally, I assume that most people are infected but not everyone will show symptoms.

 

My mom had all of the same symptoms and the doctors tried all kinds of things like 4 antibiotics, 5 shots, etc. The doctor finally told her that he was stumped and that she should just rest and try to go to a specialist. She rested for a few weeks and got over it. That was back in late December/early January. I know someone else who had all the same symptoms back in December as well but got over the symptoms after resting for a couple of weeks. Even though a lot of people will die, most people who get sick are recovering.

 

The CDC seems to be changing its tune on face masks.  I think they originally discouraged their use because there was a shortage and they wanted them reserved for healthcare workers.  But now they are recomending them for people who go out in public.  As to gloves, I don't see their purpose for regular people. (Non healthcare.)  You spread the virus via your hands by what you touch. You leave it on surfaces that others touch.  And this happens even if you are wearing gloves.  You are told to wash your hands, not because you catch the virus through your skin but because you invariably touch your face with your hands where you catch the virus via your nose, mouth or eyes.  And this will happen even if you are wearing gloves.  Healthcare workers wear them because it is easier to change gloves than to wash your hands everytime you contact a patient. So, unless you are changing gloves very often, they aren't going to do much good.  Of course, this doesn't apply if you yourself are infected.  But in that case, you shouldn't be out in public anyway. 

 

On a different note, I was pleasantly surprised to get a phone call from the manager of the Bar and Grill where I sing Karaoke.  Apparently, she was calling all her elderly regulars like myself, who are on lockdown, to make sure they are OK and to see if they needed anything.  It would be great if we all had this kind of consideration during this time of crisis.

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That was very nice thing for the manager to do. That alone would get my business from them.

 

As far as gloves and masks, the CDC suggests that you wear a mask if you are out in the public around people:

 

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the cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

 

And:

 

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CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

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Bookmem
Posted (edited)
33 minutes ago, securitybreach said:

That was very nice thing for the manager to do. That alone would get my business from them.

 

As far as gloves and masks, the CDC suggests that you wear a mask if you are out in the public around people:

 

 

 

Unfortunately, we aren't allowed "out in public".😒  But we have to wear a mask just take the elevator down to the lobby to get our mail, or pickup a grocery or restaurant delivery.  No big deal.

BTW, what part of New Orleans are you living now?  I live in Metairie Manor which is just off Transcontinental near W. Napoleon.

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I am in Old Metairie (carrolton and canal). I go to winn dixi and walgreens without any issues.

 

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Nice, you are only 5 miles from me. B)

 

I don't know about your neighborhood but its nice and quiet here in Old Metairie but only less than 6 miles from downtown.

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Bookmem
7 minutes ago, securitybreach said:

Nice, you are only 5 miles from me. B)

 

I don't know about your neighborhood but its nice and quiet here in Old Metairie but only less than 6 miles from downtown.

I grew up in Old Metairie, not far from you, clear back in the 1950s.  A little one block long street called Paladin Pl in about the 300 block of Metairie Rd.  Metairie Manor has about 500 residents, so that is pretty much my neighborhood now.😁

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Nice, I have only lived here for 5 years.

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Bookmem
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9 minutes ago, securitybreach said:

Nice, I have only lived here for 5 years.

Yeah, things have changed a lot since I was a kid.  At that time Carrolton ended in the swamp about one block toward the lake from Canal.  People don't realize it today but the vast majority of Metairie was swamp at that time.  Look at the map of Metairie RD and everything from about four block toward the lake side was swamp.  And from a couple of block from Airline Hwy clear out to Kenner.  Dig down a few feet anywhere in that area and you'll find old cars, refrigerator, washing machines etc.  It was all filled with sand from the Spillway.  All river silt from when they open it.

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securitybreach

That is wild.

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Bookmem
2 minutes ago, securitybreach said:

That is wild.

When they first opened Vets from the parish line to Causeway, it was considered a great boondoggle because there was nothing but swamp on either side.  And from Causeway to David Dr. it was only a shell rd on the river side of the canal.  With, of course, the exception of Lakeside Shopping Center.

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securitybreach

I knew that most of this area, including New Orleans, was swampland.

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Bookmem
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9 minutes ago, securitybreach said:

I knew that most of this area, including New Orleans, was swampland.

Yes, that's why all of the Orleans Parish pumping stations are all the way inland along Broad ST.  And, of course, right where you live is the now infamous 17th ST canal pumping station.

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6 minutes ago, Bookmem said:

Yes, that's why all of the Orleans Parish pumping stations are all the way inland along Broad ST.  And, of course, right where you live is the now infamous 17th ST canal pumping station.

 

Yup, I can see the pump house from my front door.

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2 hours ago, securitybreach said:

That was very nice thing for the manager to do. That alone would get my business from them.

 

As far as gloves and masks, the CDC suggests that you wear a mask if you are out in the public around people:

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

 

And:

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

 

Makes you wonder why it took them and many other governments so long to give this advice.

 

Every time you breath out minute droplets of water vapour are expelled. One tiny cough can fill an average sized room. So whilst simple masks like these

 

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will not stop you from getting the virus they definitely will help to slow down the spread of the virus. Anyone can be a carrier for the virus even if they do not show any symptoms at all even those folk who have recovered from the illness.

These simple neck tubes popular with motorcycle riders can be had for around a £1 on E-Bay. Easy to rinse out and quick to dry everyone in the country could have been issued with one by now.

An lets face it they are quite attractive. :hysterical:

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On 3/31/2020 at 9:49 AM, abarbarian said:

Coronavirus can stick to surfaces for up to three daysNew England Journal of Medicine study cites decay rate of the virus

 

Forgot to put the picture in this ,

 

https://www.bostonherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/m032020_CoronavirusSurface.jpg?w=890

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Concerns Grow That COVID-19 Could Take Down the Internet 

 

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It may not be a question of if but when the Internet will reach the breaking point under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Internet is fast becoming a potential victim of the coronavirus assault. With an estimated billion people staying home, remote working, or just watching shows online all day, concerns are mounting that the Internet will break under the strain.

 

 


 

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Netflix is reducing bit rates across all its streams in Europe for 30 days, a Netflix spokesperson said. Netflix comprises 12 percent of online bandwidth around the world.

Google subsidiary YouTube is managing an estimated 1 billion hours of content viewed every day. Google temporarily reduced all YouTube video streaming in the EU to standard definition by default.

 


 

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Data that Plume has published from the Plume Cloud -- the company manages 650 million devices across 14 million households -- shows the recent increase in devices connected at home during working hours.

Based on its data, weekday traffic to phones and computers has been increasing rapidly, by 46 percent and 56 percent respectively, as the number of people working from home has increased, Plume observed.

 


 

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Plume's data visualization shows the percentage of computers and smartphones in households connected to the Internet between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (local time), across fourteen U.S. cities, as well as the percentage change each day when compared to baseline levels prior to February. The report shows that by the end of the day on March 20, the number of devices connected to home WiFi networks increased by the following percentages:

+98.5 percent in San Francisco and the Bay Area
+98.5 percent in San Diego
+86.7 percent in Denver
+86.4 percent in Austin
+79 percent in Philadelphia
+72.2 percent in New York

The figures take into account desktop and laptop computers, as well as smartphones connected to the network for more than six hours during the workday in those cities.

 

 

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On 3/31/2020 at 4:03 PM, zlim said:

We have stainless steel counters in the kitchen. We are always spraying and wiping them then throwing away the paper towels and Washing our hands.

We also wipe down the outside packaging of groceries brought into our home because you don't know who touched the packages.

 

We also have always taken off our shoes in the mud room before we come into the house but we've also now been wiping the soles of the shoes. If someone coughs or sneezes in the grocery store, the floor could contain germs.

 

It probably seems like too much to a younger person but we are in our 70's and my husband has underlying health issues so we are within bull's eye range for this.

 

There is hope for you folk that are even older than me, this is a heartwarming story.

 

Great-gran, 99, is UK’s oldest to survive coronavirus after ‘miracle’ recovery

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Rita Reynolds, 99, fell ill last Wednesday, March 25 and after she tested positive for Covid-19, her family were told to expect the worst as her condition deteriorated.

End of life drugs were ordered and Mrs Reynolds – who survived the blitz – was kept comfortable by staff at her care home, Abbeyfield, in Bramhall, Stockport.

But against all expectation, the former Women’s Air Force driver fought back – a ‘miracle recovery’ her family have put down to her love of marmalade sandwiches. Yesterday district nurses said she had recovered and was on the mend.

 

 

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Bookmem
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3 hours ago, abarbarian said:

Concerns Grow That COVID-19 Could Take Down the Internet 

That is why I was griping about people demanding 4K.  And hour long TV show at 720p takes about 200 Mbytes.  The same show at 4K takes a wopping 3.5 Gbytes.  All broadcast and cable is 720p.  Why in the name of all that's holy can't people watch Netflix at 720p???


 


 


 

 

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Well I don't know about others but I want what I pay for. I pay for gigabit fiber without a cap so if I want to download a 100gb a day, I have every right to do so (and often do).

 

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Bookmem
3 hours ago, securitybreach said:

Well I don't know about others but I want what I pay for. I pay for gigabit fiber without a cap so if I want to download a 100gb a day, I have every right to do so (and often do).

 

The guy that buys $250,000 sports car would like to use it to its fullest also.  But driving 150mph on public hwys is still frowned upon.  The internet you want to go 150mph on is also a public throughfare and, in this current crisis, going that fast is endangering others.  You are only paying for the LAST MILE.

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I disagree that the internet is "public thoroughfare". In a perfect world, it would be but the internet is far from cheap and a lot of people do not have internet in our country.

 

As far endangering some one, that is a huge stretch as  no one is in danger when I use the bandwidth that I pay for. The companies have plenty of bandwidth to give, hence why they temporarily dropped the caps. They just act like it costs them so much. Your upload costs no more than your download speeds do but the companies give you a 10th of the bandwidth for uploading versus downloading.

 

Also, they were paid $400 Billion to update Broadband in the US but instead they did nothing and just took the money. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-book-of-broken-promis_b_5839394

 

I have zero sympathy with the ISPs, they are the ones to blame for a shortage of internet services. The broadband speeds in the US are not because of a lack of infrastructure but the corporations are very corrupt.

 

It's easy to blame those that pay for the faster speeds. If you pay for 10mbps, that is what you should get. If you pay for faster speeds, you should be able to use those speeds.

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