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  • Lioness
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    That's an interesting idea. I could see it. I have recently had the shingles shots and was much worse after the second one, which I guess is standard. Supports the study!

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  • bixfrankonis
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    Back during vaccination I stumbled upon an interesting study suggesting that people who had COVID before getting vaccinated had worse side effects on their first shot, while those who hadn’t had COVID felt worse side effects on their second shot. The idea apparently is that one’s first exposure either to virus or vaccine was like your immune system’s introduction and then your second exposure was when your immune system goes, “There’s that thing!” Based on that premise, I suspect I had COVID prior to vaccination as I had hellacious fatigue for five days after my first shot and basically nothing after my second.

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  • Lioness
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    So now it is Omicron! Last time around I knew people only a couple of people who had it.. And I know one woman who has had Long-Covid for almost 2 years now. But this time around, it is a lot closer. I know more people who have it. or have had it. I went for Christmas eve dinner at neighbours and everyone took a rapid antigen test before hand. And we could only do that because the neighbours have kids in school and they were sent home with tests. Now it is impossible to find any, so I'll be staying home again....
    Last edited by Lioness; 12-25-2021, 10:57 PM.

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  • Paradiso
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    My boss is an anti-mask antivaxxer, so I never stopped wearing my mask at work purely to annoy her. In the winter we were required to wear a KN-95 or be doubled masked. I couldn't stand the KN-95 for 8 hours. I tried. I really did. I wore the double mask: surgical mask under a reusable cotton one. In the spring we were mask free for a while, then it was masks if you weren't vaccinated and currently it's masks unless we're at our work stations. My boss has slowly been annexing more and more of the office to count as her "work station". So far she's spread from her office to the front desk, copier, women's rest room and break room. She still wears a mask when she comes to my cubicle because she knows I loudly ask "WHERE IS YOUR MASK, [BOSS'S NAME]?!" when she comes near me without it and our CEO will hear.

    I spend my WFO days listening to constant complaints about her inability to breathe in a mask, how she's being singled out and discriminated against for not being vaccinated, how sick and tired she is of "the COVID excuse" and how pissed off she currently is that Canada won't let her in to buy alcohol.

    I was vaccinated in February/March along with the rest of my family. Currently annoyed that Walgreens doesn't over a digital vaccination card I can save to my phone.

    Thankfully, Cabri remains the only person I know who has gotten COVID.

    Originally posted by cabr1729 View Post
    I'm wondering what the next mutation will be called. Echo? Will it skip a letter or two again? Golf would be free advertising for the golfing industry and Hotel for the hospitality industry. I kinda like India but the GOP would probably blame India for it and invade.
    We're learning the Greek alphabet! So far we've had Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Eta, Iota, Kappa and Lambda. Lambda is the next one to worry about.

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  • cabr1729
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    People are starting to get paranoid about the variants. We were almost mask free for a while but as Delta spread and Delta Plus emerged, I’m back to wearing masks most places. At work I can take it off in my immediate work area but as soon as we leave the office masks are mandatory.

    I’m wondering what the next mutation will be called. Echo? Will it skip a letter or two again? Golf would be free advertising for the golfing industry and Hotel for the hospitality industry. I kinda like India but the GOP would probably blame India for it and invade.

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  • cabr1729
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    I got coronavirus at the end of March and was unable to go back to work until April 20th. The next day 80+% of support staff were laid off.

    I had had a mild chronic cough for several years before I got sick and it resumed after. I was trying a guided 5K training thing and my cough was killing that, but finally in mid May I could run a fair distance without coughing my lungs out. I’m so glad to see the end of that cough!

    I went back to work around June 8th. I’m busy all day everyday but that’s more due to being trained on a new procedure so I’m slow at that, tho getting faster. I was one of two brought back and then a week ago they brought back two more. We have 2-1/2 left still laid off and my boss thinks it’ll be the end of July, early August before the various depts allow her to bring them back. We’ve all got our fingers crossed that they can come back before the extra federal unemployment goes away.

    I’m the only person I know personally who got sick. You’d think the number would be higher since I work in a hospital, but my dept has very little clinical contact. They mostly have working relationships with surgeons and oncologists, not much contact with internists or infectious disease doctors.

    Michigan is just opening local cultural attractions and Royal Oak library is in the first week of a 4- to 6-week phased plan to reopen which seems a little paranoid to me but then I’m the one who doesn’t have to worry about getting sick. Also, we’ve just started a 10-day trend of temps in the mid 90s. So things are pretty boring with so little to do. Running is limited due to heat and bcuz I tweaked a knee (already better) then tweaked both of my calves.

    All of my issues are small ones thank goodness but that doesn’t stop me from whining. I hope all y’all stay well and are fully back to work (if you want) soon, or starting the process of retiring bcuz you just can’t take it anymore.

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  • Lioness
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    That is very clever of your Mom, Diso! I do know people who are sick or have been sick,. One friend in the UK is one of those really unfortunate people who got it in March and still hasn't shaken it off.
    I have been trying to support local businesses but keep striking some off my list when I don't think they are taking enough precautions. Our numbers are still going up....

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  • Paradiso
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    My office transitioned to partial work from home. I'm in the office 2 days a week and home 3. We use Google Hangouts to communicate with each other when we're all in the office, so it wasn't much of a transition to work from home. Whoever is in the office each day becomes the go-fer for the ones at home.

    We were in the middle of a remodel, so everyone was temporarily relocated into offices and conference rooms. All that remains of my old cubicle is the worn spot on the carpet where my chair used to be. Work was stopped in March but we expect to resume in a couple weeks. I told my boss I want to stay in my office until either I catch COVID19 and recover or get vaccinated. She seemed okay with that.

    We wear masks when we're moving around the building but don't need to wear them when we're in our own offices with the doors closed. I've been ordering different types and sizes of masks on Etsy trying to find one that's comfortable and doesn't fog up my glasses. So far, no luck. My family is happy to take my rejects, though.

    No one I know has gotten sick. I got rather lucky in that I had a busy early March: eye doctor, dentist, allergist and haircut. So I didn't have anything important cancelled. I could really use another eyebrow wax, though.

    With the exception of a couple grocery store runs and an emergency trip to a repair shop when my phone battery swelled up and threatened to explode, I haven't gone anywhere other than work. I miss my non-work friends. I miss going to the movies. I miss going to the store when I need something. I miss sitting on my best friend's couch and laughing as we annoy her cats. I miss being in the same room as my family.

    Originally posted by lilbird View Post
    One of my brothers has a home office set up now, but when this started he was attending conference calls from his car. It would be interesting to see some of the more creative backgrounds people are using now.
    My mom uses the fridge as her Google Meet background. It's white and she uses the freezer door as a whiteboard while she teaches.

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  • lilbird
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    Yesterday a friend sent an email with a quote from C. S. Lewis. He suggested, for a different perspective, we insert “coronavirus” in place of “atomic bomb”… I thought I'd share it here.

    In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

    In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

    This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.


    — C.S. Lewis “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays

    We can be smart and be safe, but not let it dominate our minds.

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  • lilbird
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    One of my brothers has a home office set up now, but when this started he was attending conference calls from his car. It would be interesting to see some of the more creative backgrounds people are using now.

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  • NYPinTA
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    Someone who is I guess famous did a quick video tutorial about how to do interviews via ones laptop, including having a background that is neutral, like a bookcase.

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  • Lioness
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    I saw a funny comment online about a husband and wife both working from home and taking turns having the bookshelf behind them when doing conference calls. I gather it was the nicest background they had in their home.

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  • NYPinTA
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    For me, I kind of knew this was coming, more so than most of my coworkers, because I'm online more than them. So weeks before any of the shutdowns started I had gone out and started my stock up shopping, following the advice of those sites that said to have two weeks of supplies in case you had to "self isolate" because you were sick. So I have more chicken noodle soup and microwavable rice than usual right now. haha. But then they closed Italy down and that's when everyone freaked out and started stocking up on TP (of all things...) But work itself was super busy. Which was weird. You'd think getting a brand new BMW would fall to the bottom of the list of things with a pending pandemic but guess not. But then the Governor put us on PAUSE and all of those people that bought a car in the past week aren't going to get their registrations for quite a while... (so at least I have work to come back to. But for how long, who knows, to be honest.)

    I see-saw between taking this in stride, because really, what can you do? And absolute rage, because there was enough warning that at the very least the US should have been way better prepared. As soon as this hit our shores we should have had a plan up and running and locked it down.

    As of now, other than being stuck at home, my life hasn't been affected yet. (Other than my 401k taking a nosedive.) I did have one trip to NYC planned for May that was canceled, but that was a day trip. I have another planned for April that probably won't happen. I'm just puttering in my apartment, doing some deep cleaning that I've been meaning to get too but haven't had time. (Not as much as I wanted though. I need to rent a rug shampooer and not sure if I want to spend that money now...)

    I am really looking forward though to sitting in a restaurant when this is over.

    I do wonder what is going to happen to all of those people who are now working from home and are just as able to do their jobs remotely as they do in the office if companies will finally let people work from home or insist they all come back. If I had a scanner and access to our system at home (which is possible), I could actually do about 80% of what I do at the dealership at home. It's the other 20% that's spread out through the day that I need to be on-site for. :/

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  • Lioness
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    I had a major trip planned. Vienna to Prague to 2 days travelling by train across Europe ending in England, then 2 weeks travelling there and attending a few events/conferences. I was going to stay with friends in an AirBnB in Vienna for 5 days, then a hotel in Prague for 5 days, then visit my nephew in Luxembourg, then planned meetings with friends throughout England. I thought for a long time I would go anyway, then Vienna & Prague shut down. I didn't recognize that England was just in denial, so I was as well, and rebooked my flight to fly into London.
    I have lost much of the money I had spent, with a few unexpected refunds. But I would much rather be here in Canada than in the UK at the moment, even if people there keep tweeting pictures of streams bubbling along a green bank as they go out for their one allowed walk.

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  • cabr1729
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    What’s the right kind of bleach? I would’ve thought just the standard plain jug...

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