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  1. I am beyond baffled at the way some of these things have turned. Contact tracing. I have encountered so many people who didn't know that contact tracing was already a thing that health departments did. One of the kids we adopted came home with Giardia and we had to help the health department figure out where he may have gotten it. An immigrant situation wasn't the norm for the area so they ended up filing it as he had been drinking unfiltered water. (In Ukraine.) But now people think it is a brand new thing designed to steal your rights. It has always been there. Most people have just not encountered it until this point. Masks have always been a thing. Our family has always used them in high-risk settings both for risk of spreading and risk of catching. A local police officer had an off-the-record conversation with my husband that no one in the precinct thinks masks work, and they have no interest in requesting people follow mask requirements. I know I have friends who would high-five and cheer about that. People here are dividing so strongly over issues that other countries do not see as divisive at all. A first family of one of my kids from Ukraine reached out to make sure that we are safe *here* because of what they are seeing.
  2. They should talk to the people I have heard telling stories about "the elites" engineering this to reduce the planet's overpopulation and save the environment.
  3. https://www.al.com/business/2020/03/another-rural-alabama-hospital-is-closing.html Pickens County.
  4. "An aging workforce A July 2019 article in the New England School of Medicine showed that from 2000 to 2017, the number of physicians younger than 50 years old living in rural areas decreased by 25%, and by 2017, more than half of rural physicians were at least 50 years old. More than a quarter were at least 60. By comparison, in urban areas only 39% of physicians were older than 50, and only 18% were older than 60." https://www.valdostadailytimes.com/news/local_news/aging-country-doctors-as-rural-physicians-age-out-health-care/article_ef4f188b-e1ba-5f5d-b4df-4bbd7a8519f2.html This is something I am keeping in the back of my mind. There is already a doctor shortage in a lot of the country, and older, overworked doctors are going to be at greater risk. Plus a lot of rural hospitals have closed in the last few years. Another one here in Alabama just announced it will close.
  5. It works fine, but it is a bit expensive. We make our own with koolaid packets, sugar, salt, and fake salt.
  6. We are following all of our high maintenance levels for respiratory care here. Obviously that would depend on someone's individual needs. For us it is BiPap/CPap to help keep lungs open, oxygen as needed, suction, regular chest percussion, etc. We are trying to keep everyone's lungs as healthy as possible, and hoping it helps.
  7. Yeah, I have also been shocked by the response we have gotten for living in a black neighborhood. My mother's current husband is obviously off the deep end. He started making comments that were "jokes" when we called him out, but then moved on to blatantly packing his gun on the few occasions he came here. We don't invite him here anymore. He is either rubbing off on my mom, or she is more comfortable expressing nastiness she used to keep to herself? She started making comments also when she visited but stopped when I called her out. She never commented on race in my boyfriends, but had plenty to say about my niece's father who is Hispanic. I didn't care about that, just that the guy treated my sister like crap before he ran off. I don't know if it is age. They are more racist than my grandparents ever were. I'm not sure how that happens.
  8. I was just talking to my BFF from NZ about this. She had originally been hoping they would have less contact than most countries because they aren't a travel hub like Europe, but I guess that's not the case. The domestic flights this person took a week after getting back are going to risk a lot more spread.
  9. Is it better or worse that these mistakes are based out of utter ignorance, and not only an attempt to manipulate what kids learn? This wasn't crafting a narrative intentionally. This was a complete lack of basic background knowledge.
  10. @Lang Syne Boardie I am under 40, educated in the US, and very concerned about what I have been reading.
  11. We use sugar to make homemade Gatorade when we are sick, but we use even less than you would use to make regular koolaid. 250 lbs of sugar would last us a long time. I know people who buy a lot for hummingbirds but that probably isn't what is going on LOL! I was in the same doctor office today as last week, same time of day, same people working. The phlebotomist who was coughing last week was wearing a mask today. I saw lots more sick people in the waiting room today. From my time waiting it sounds like a lot of people are wanting to get seen for symptoms they would usually completely ignore. The stores here in Alabama have been low on some things but overall shopping has been normal. Not too many extra people shopping, but all the sanitizing wipes my husband uses at work are gone. Their usual supplier is also on backorder. Our fedex driver had a big delivery to drop off for us the last couple days, but made a comment that he knows it is normal for us. It sounds like a lot of people are taking advantage of online ordering from what he said. We don't usually get deliveries after dark except during the holiday season. At the same time I am also hearing a lot of, "It is just the media. It isn't a big deal."
  12. I've seen a few posts in Facebook groups from families deciding to withdraw from their local schools and homeschool in response to this. That surprised me.
  13. Here is part of the problem. There are a few different photos of people helping transport patients that come up with that article. Some of those people are only wearing regular loop masks. We know what is going on and we are still putting people at risk.
  14. Thank you! Just our backyard, but our house is practically a zoo!
  15. This is a couple years old, me with a few of my boys.
  16. Are there any good resources out there for learning about this? I am intrigued by the way information is being shut down at so many levels in so many countries, right now because of the coronavirus situation, but it isn't the only example. I can see people at a high level deciding that they don't want people to panic and make a bad situation worse. I can see wanting to hide information and save face. I can see people deciding things are overblown and they don't want false information to be spread. I can see people being afraid of repercussions for standing up. But there is so much I don't understand. How many people does it take to censor all of China? Why do they all buy in to their role of censoring others and participate? It isn't only China. False numbers from Iran. Information in the US being filtered through specific official channels. There is a broad range of cultural backgrounds, but all these people still take part in this to some extent. Why? Books, documentaries, articles?
  17. We are buying our normal foods, just making sure we aren't low on anything. I don't anticipate power or water problems.
  18. I'm surprised that they aren't closing more schools. I wonder how many parents will refuse to send their kids, if they have childcare available. If I was in charge I'd want everyone to freeze long enough to get caught up on testing possible contacts, before you have 50 more "Oops, this person who ended up getting sick has close contact with 300 people every day," kinds of cases. At the same time, I know that with other illnesses like the flu it is actually better for people with mild illness and likely a milder strain of the flu to be out and spreading their strain (yuck) instead of stronger strains that make people sicker getting spread. This was one of the Spanish flu factors.
  19. Granted we have more people than most, but we had the flu in July/August and December/January. Each time it was more than a month from first fever to last kid stopped coughing. And we have a lot less public exposure than most people because we have a few fragile kids. If we were all in public school we would never have a time in the winter when everyone was 100% healthy. We have been very lucky that the only kid who goes to public school is easier to keep separate when he brings home germs. The one "benefit" to the flu is the quick incubation. Schools close for a week and they can get ahead of it. The incubation for the coronavirus can be sooo long. Asking places to close for weeks at a time would require a huge sacrifice for a lot of people, and we don't seem ready to ask that here.
  20. This is our regular routine every night. Spray bleach on the counters and the bathrooms. It would be overkill for most households on a daily basis, but it is very easy to do.
  21. I use it when I am somewhere that I don't have access to a sink. Yesterday for example, signing in at the doctor, filling out their paperwork, then using hand sanitizer before I accidentally touch my daughter or my face or something.
  22. Here in Alabama things are about the same as usual. Shopping is normal. People are having no hesitation to pack the restaurant/amusement place my husband runs with all of their germy kids. I've been at doctor offices, urgent cares, and the children's hospital in the last week. All less busy than this time of the flu season last year.
  23. We picked up some water. I have nearly zero anticipation of this affecting water supply. Even though we don't think we will need it, as we were checking on other things it was a reminder that we usually intend to have a certain amount on hand and we hadn't kept up with that. We also need distilled water specifically for certain medical equipment, so we got more of that, but we don't consider it drinking water.
  24. https://infographics.channelnewsasia.com/covid-19/coronavirus-singapore-clusters.html??cid=h3_referral_inarticlelinks_24082018_cna I like this graphic for Singapore. It shows transmission clusters. Singapore hasn't reported any deaths yet to my knowledge. I'm trying to find demographic information from countries that have done widespread testing like South Korea, but I'm not finding a good source.
  25. Our schools sent home a bag of food with all the kids. They often do it over breaks so kids will be guaranteed to have a little food each day. But we don't have a break scheduled next week.
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