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Stocking up for Corona virus

905 158 March 1, 2020 at 10:57 AM
Hey guys,

Is anyone stocking up on "survival items" in fear of the Corona virus? So far I haven't, but I see a lot of the supermarkets empty from people like that here. Are the fears warranted, should I do the same?

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Hey guys,

Is anyone stocking up on "survival items" in fear of the Corona virus? So far I haven't, but I see a lot of the supermarkets empty from people like that here. Are the fears warranted, should I do the same?
Well , good luck finding a mask. Sold out at all retailers.
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Well the way i see it...ya gotta eat. Why not get a month's worth of groceries that you probably are gonna buy anyway. Refill your meds, some these days are made in china. I get 3 month refills. The biggest problem is the supply chain is disrupted, so you may not have easy access to all the things you usually get. Defiantly if you already have health issues, take this seriously. If you get it (unless you get Pneumonia don't automatically go to the emergency room and end up being a super spreader. Call them up and hopefully you will get proper instructions. Most people will be ok with just Tylenol for the fever if needed.
Also if your stocked up on groceries you won't have to leave your home when you are contagious. Pretty much though if one family member gets it....everybody will get it. Even though it most likely will be something we can deal with, we all know older, and people with cancer, and heart problems and such that won't be so lucky. Those people are why this is such a big deal.If those people can make it thru the next year and a half, they will get thru this ok.
In general just try to live in a more healthy way. Get your exercise, and eat your fruits, and veggies....and try to stay away from sugar. Build up your immunity's...and wash your hands.
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I stopped by the Dollar Store to get a bunch of hand sanitizer as that seems to be selling out in various places in the world, and we may have trouble getting it for our offices, which we'll try to keep open as long as it is safe.

I agree with getting a several month supply of meds in case of supply chain issues since China is still pretty locked down.

Masks aren't very useful except to keep YOU from spreading bugs to other people. I highly encourage other people to use them when they're in my vicinity.

As far as food, I doubt there will be any significant shortages, and you could always order from Amazon, etc., for delivery of non-perishables. Just let the package sit in the sun for a while, and it should be pretty virus free. No need to buy bottled water, there will be no hazard from the running water supply from your faucets. I find grocery stores are pretty empty after midnight, something to keep in mind.

Get in the habit of washing your hands frequently with soap and hot water, start training yourself to not touch your face, and stop shaking hands to prevent transmission and auto-inoculation. Avoid crowds like sporting events, movie theaters, and church. And for goodness sake, stay home if you feel sick, have a fever, cough, runny nose, etc. Don't pass the crud on to older people or others whom it may well kill.

This mess is going to seriously strain hospital capacity, and there may not be enough room for all the seriously ill. I'd avoid elective surgery for the coming months since there will be really sick people and germs in hospitals. These procedures may be cancelled or postponed anyway when the shit hits the fan.

Good luck, my friends. I hope this crap spreads a little less easily in warmer weather, but I really wouldn't count on it. Wash your hands, avoid crowds, and keep your immune system strong by getting plenty of sleep.

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I stopped by the Dollar Store to get a bunch of hand sanitizer as that seems to be selling out in various places in the world, and we may have trouble getting it for our offices, which we'll try to keep open as long as it is safe.

I agree with getting a several month supply of meds in case of supply chain issues since China is still pretty locked down.

Masks aren't very useful except to keep YOU from spreading bugs to other people. I highly encourage other people to use them when they're in my vicinity.

As far as food, I doubt there will be any significant shortages, and you could always order from Amazon, etc., for delivery of non-perishables. Just let the package sit in the sun for a while, and it should be pretty virus free. No need to buy bottled water, there will be no hazard from the running water supply from your faucets. I find grocery stores are pretty empty after midnight, something to keep in mind.

Get in the habit of washing your hands frequently with soap and hot water, start training yourself to not touch your face, and stop shaking hands to prevent transmission and auto-inoculation. Avoid crowds like sporting events, movie theaters, and church. And for goodness sake, stay home if you feel sick, have a fever, cough, runny nose, etc. Don't pass the crud on to older people or others whom it may well kill.

This mess is going to seriously strain hospital capacity, and there may not be enough room for all the seriously ill. I'd avoid elective surgery for the coming months since there will be really sick people and germs in hospitals. These procedures may be cancelled or postponed anyway when the shit hits the fan.

Good luck, my friends. I hope this crap spreads a little less easily in warmer weather, but I really wouldn't count on it. Wash your hands, avoid crowds, and keep your immune system strong by getting plenty of sleep.

Cheers,

The Prof
Your thoughts on maybe allowing Doctors to give basic refills without doctors visits to avoid the spread in waiting rooms, or maybe online visits.
Or maybe a temporary refill. I'm more afraid of waiting room than Walmart.
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Get a mask that traps flu particles about 4 microns. If your office filtration system doesn't it just sends them around .
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Your thoughts on maybe allowing Doctors to give basic refills without doctors visits to avoid the spread in waiting rooms, or maybe online visits.
Or maybe a temporary refill. I'm more afraid of waiting room than Walmart.
I'm sure many doctors will be happy to do this for many, many medications. They may want folks to get labs drawn to make sure everything is still ok, e.g., kidneys, liver, etc., where meds might need to be adjusted.

If you have fever or respiratory symptoms, call your doctor's office before you go in and ask what they want you to do.

My point about getting a few month supply is to be covered in case supplies get low and to avoid having to go to the pharmacy if it's been advised to stay home.
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People in the Seattle area are freaking out! DH went out to Starbucks and to get groceries Saturday morning. I warned him that he should do the groceries first but he didn't listen to me. By the time he got to the grocery store the shelves were bare!
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DH walked by the drug store and they had a guy out front whose sole job was to say... "We don't have masks. We don't have masks. We don't have masks...


Then one couple walks by DH and they have masks on but only covering their mouth, not their nose!!!
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I hope medical supply companies save some masks for
health professionals.
I think Aunt Thelma and Uncle Frank don't need to hoard 5 boxes.
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DH walked by the drug store and they had a guy out front whose sole job was to say... "We don't have masks. We don't have masks. We don't have masks...


Then one couple walks by DH and they have masks on but only covering their mouth, not their nose!!!

At least they won't spread germs when they cough. LMAO

I've gotta figure out a new hand washing strategy. Even using the soft soap with "aloe and lotion" they're getting chapped washing every half hour between patients.

Think I'll go to Mexico for a while. They've only got two cases in their whole country.
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A doctors thoughts...Prevention

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Here's what life is like in Chinese cities. A friend lives in China but left for a while before going back to his apartment.

This is how they're keeping the virus from spreading.

We may need to start doing a lot of social distancing and isolating ourselves here soon. Look for school closings, etc., in the near future.

"Following are some factual observations about the current situation in Shanghai:
1. I returned here on Thursday night from several weeks in SE Asia
2. Echannel had closed 5 minutes before I reached the counters at PVG so I needed to fill out an arrival form and use one of the normal lines; this was no big deal because there were many open lines with zero people waiting
3. I took the subway all the way home; since there were only 2 other people in my subway car, I removed my mask
4. Upon arrival at my residential compound, the guards asked (i.e. pretty much demanded) that I register for the neighborhood watch group's Wechat official account and mini program
5. The next morning, the neighborhood committee chair lady visited me in person and gave me a thermometer so I can report my temperature in the mini program every morning and evening for 14 days
6. She also encouraged me to refrain from leaving my apartment unless absolutely necessary, but nobody has actually forbidden me from traveling (in or out of China) during the 14 days, and the guards let me come and go as I please; they seem to be a little stricter to Chinese people (e.g. I've watched them fill out "application to leave" forms)
-if I needed to go elsewhere (I don't), I would definitely disable location sharing on Wechat
7. On Thursday night, all real restaurants in Xuhui were ordered to close by 8p. This was an issue for me because I didn't get home until 830p. So, I went to McDonalds. The only way to order and pay for food there was to use their Wechat mini program with location tracking enabled
8. Every place of business I've entered during the past 1.5 days takes my picture and asks for my name/number or requires me to register on their mini programs
9. On Friday, I got semi-serious about identifying restaurants and grocery stores that were open, especially after 8p. In spite of the fact that the list is still rather short, there are viable options as long as you do a bit of planning

Commentary:
1. In spite of the fact that some of the current policies are inconvenient, I can tolerate them now that I have a better understanding of the lay of the land
2. A key objective is keeping people from coming into contact with other people -- a remarkable challenge in a city with ~20 million residents
3. The neighborhood committees are de facto extensions of the government; interestingly, I read about this topic when I was in college, but it didn't sink in until my aforementioned experiences
4. The locals are extremely respectful of the current measures, and there is a strong sense of solidarity to "fight the virus"
5. Apart from professional photographers (who might never live to see China with so little pollution) and those who have extremely compelling reasons, I advise all of you to avoid visiting until the dust settles

In closing, I hope you guys find my account somewhat informative."
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People should have a minimum of supplies in general, meaning for natural disasters, etc. Most people don't have that anyway.

But PLEASE don't run out and buy up stuff. It's as bad as getting a snowstorm and it's impossible to buy milk or bread because people think it's the end of the world.
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