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With five times as many confirmed COVID-19 cases than any other state in the US, my home state of New York is now "on pause." Yesterday the governor ordered all nonessential businesses closed and all nonessential workers to stay home, FEMA has declared New York a ‘Major Disaster’ area, and New York City is now considered the epicenter of America's coronavirus epidemic. Since MrsBlue's asthma puts her at greater than normal risk of severe complications, we were already committed to abundant caution. So other than a couple of careful forays to try and stock up on food, like so many around the globe, we had already isolated ourselves. In a touch of irony, MrsBlue staying home actually means I am less isolated, as I have long been used to working alone in the BlueCave. But this has never been a hardship for me, as I am quite introverted, and suited to this life. As most people, including MrsBlue, are not, I understand how difficult social isolation can be. So as this spreads I hope you can all stay well mentally as well as physically. Hopefully the isolation measures can stem the spread as we all look forward to things returning to a more normal state sooner rather than later. In the meantime, at least we can give thanks that New York liquor stores are deemed essential businesses. I think I can use a drink about now. Stay safe everyone!

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50. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 23, 2020, 06:11  RedEye9 
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 09:58:
38 test positive in New York City jails, including Rikers Island
Harvey Weinstein has more to worry about than dropping the soap.
Stay away from Cruise Ships and Prisons

At New York prison, Harvey Weinstein put in isolation after contracting virus

how the mighty have fallen
 
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49. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 23, 2020, 05:10  Simon Says 
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 08:17:
Simon Says wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 03:23:
MxxCon wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 02:01:
Ya...NYC is not really that empty
18 Pictures That Show Just How Well "Social Distancing" Has Been Working In New York City. Hint: Not very well.

Quite the shitshow...

Might explain why New York has 12,315 confirm cases and growing. Seems like New Yorkers ain't getting the message. Perhaps the mayor and governor should treat COVID-19 like a terrorist and frame it like that. That's one thing New Yorkers know.

Quite ironic considering this thing's gonna kill a lot more people than 9/11.
 
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48. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 22:06  RedEye9 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 21:01:
On March 16th, former Senator Ron Paul wrote an article on his own website called The Coronvirus Hoax. Today, we learned his son, current Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for it. Karma is a bitch.
Karma is definitely a bitch.
 
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47. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 21:31  Tipsy McStagger 
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 08:04:
4.2% confirmed deaths to total confirmed infected. That's crazy.

People are still calling this "the flu". USA is going to be a fucking slaughter soon.

10000 new cases in the USA today. They'll pass Italy by week's end in confirmed cases and in 2 weeks for deaths.
 
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46. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 21:26 Fantaz
 
Stay safe, Blue!  
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45. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 21:17  Mr. Tact 
 
Stoop? All I did is say Karma is a bitch. I didn't impune him in any way. (I don't need to).  



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44. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 21:12  Kxmode 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 21:01:
On March 16th, former Senator Ron Paul wrote an article on his own website called The Coronvirus Hoax. Today, we learned his son, current Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for it. Karma is a bitch.

Remember, people are people. Nobody should stoop to this level. I cannot imagine how stressful the situation is for Ron and Rand, especially since Ron cannot see his son because to do so puts him at grave risk. I hope Rand and the many hundreds of thousands who have COVID-19 recover.
 
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43. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 21:01  Mr. Tact 
 
On March 16th, former Senator Ron Paul wrote an article on his own website called The Coronvirus Hoax. Today, we learned his son, current Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for it. Karma is a bitch.  



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42. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 11:20  Kxmode 
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 09:58:
38 test positive in New York City jails, including Rikers Island
Harvey Weinstein has more to worry about than dropping the soap.

Brutally savage.
 
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 09:58  RedEye9 
 
38 test positive in New York City jails, including Rikers Island
Harvey Weinstein has more to worry about than dropping the soap.
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 08:17  Kxmode 
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 03:23:
MxxCon wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 02:01:
Ya...NYC is not really that empty
18 Pictures That Show Just How Well "Social Distancing" Has Been Working In New York City. Hint: Not very well.

Quite the shitshow...

Might explain why New York has 12,315 confirm cases and growing. Seems like New Yorkers ain't getting the message. Perhaps the mayor and governor should treat COVID-19 like a terrorist and frame it like that. That's one thing New Yorkers know.
 
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 08:15  Beamer 
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 03:23:
MxxCon wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 02:01:
Ya...NYC is not really that empty
18 Pictures That Show Just How Well "Social Distancing" Has Been Working In New York City. Hint: Not very well.

Quite the shitshow...

My neighborhood is a ghost town. During the day, a decent amount of people out walking dogs and babies, or out running, particularly Friday, when it was 77 degrees out. And one restaurant foolishly blasted music and gave beer to anyone doing takeout, so they basically had a block party (they've since apologized.)

But go out before 11am or after 7:30pm and the streets are empty. I walked around at 8:30pm on Thursday and it was just empty. NYC isn't usually ever empty on a Thursday - older bars let out at 4am, and there are plenty of them. Walking around for an hour and passing maybe 20 people total in that time (most senior citizens, for some reason), leads to very eerie, ghostly photos.

Had a long conversation with the restaurant owner across the street, too. They opened last July. Had an immediate jump in popularity, as the chef is very young but has worked at several Michelin star places. He's terrified. They do tasting menus, which don't work for takeout. So they're adapting, but no one knows they are open, they aren't yet on delivery apps, and they don't know how to market themselves. They're getting 2 orders a day, handled by him and his wife. He doesn't know how long it's worth it. I was trying to help him find better ways to get the word out, and convince him to give it a full week to grow word of mouth. But, basically, he's convinced that, if this goes on more than another 4 weeks, he's out of business. Maybe even just two.
 



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38. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 08:04  Kxmode 
 
4.2% confirmed deaths to total confirmed infected. That's crazy.  
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 07:16  El Pit 
 
I just hope that COVID-19 won't delay the most likely imminent release of the completed Star Citizen game.  



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36. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 07:00 eRe4s3r
 
Stay safe Blue  
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35. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 06:49 Caslon
 
I'll tell you what...a lot of previously less populated online games are getting more action than before, thanks to the mandate to stay indoors.  
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 05:24 Dmitri_M
 
Zirthimon wrote on Mar 21, 2020, 20:20:
Dmitri_M wrote on Mar 21, 2020, 18:56:
Over here in Spain I just got to the end of the first week of government enforced lockdown.

Finding it quite ironic that I have a new Halflife game preloading while I'm living in a literal City17.

How is it going? I see it coming here in Canada any day. Truthfully, I think we need it to protect us from the stupid.

Nintendo's Animal Crossing caused huge lines at an EB Games store that a government official noticed. It didn't go over very well.

I'm mostly bored, the walking dead this is not. Though occasionally it does feel dystopian with the police patrolling playing recorded messages. Wishing I could get out and go for a drive. I did go out in the car the first day of the lockdown before they setup roadblocks asking where people were going. Highways were empty.

I have a staffer with an elderly mom in ICU and I've watched an army of hazmatted emergency services remove an old man from a building across the street. Clearly he has covid and looked in a poor condition. We have police patrolling fining those they find outside. The government have stated you can go out to walk your dog, there have been reports of people attempting to pass off hamsters as dogs.

The Spaniards are used to being treated like children by their government. Here I am not worried about the kinds of "free spirited" thinking that might possess people in the colonies to pickup firearms or panic buy. Every night at 8pm people make a huge racket clapping from their balconies in support of health care staff, some launching fireworks, impromptu discos on some balconies.

There was some panic buying prior to the lockdown, but it's moot here because food supply chains remain open. Supermarkets are fully stocked right now during the lockdown. Supermarket workers are carrying on like normal. Perhaps this will result in more infections, but I don't see western governments locking down to the degree the Chinese did.

Logistically the biggest pain was moving our whole office external. Because of what happened in italy my boss was smart enough to assume they might lock Spain down too. By the time the government announced it we had already trialed working from home. I'm a middle manager so the typical problem solving I do between people live in the office isn't as needed working remotely.

My parents live in the colonies in a country with a low infection rate. For them it's still a joke about toilet rolls. I'd like to think our infection rates in Spain are due to the southern Europeans being so much more gregarious than other places. Whether that pans out and my parents face less of a risk of infection living where they do..I hope
 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 04:30  El Pit 
 
Stay home, stay safe. I am happy to say that up to now our numbers over here are pretty low and if people stay the f**k at home, we might get out of this better than the WHO numbers made us expect. But it depends on the people staying cool and thinking instead of panicking. So - most of all stay at home. This is one of the rare situations where doing nothing (for most people) is saving lifes. So be a couch potato and play the heck out of your favorite games, people. I got a day off from work and am just happy that up to now things are still alright.  



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32. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 03:23  Simon Says 
 
MxxCon wrote on Mar 22, 2020, 02:01:
Ya...NYC is not really that empty
18 Pictures That Show Just How Well "Social Distancing" Has Been Working In New York City. Hint: Not very well.

Quite the shitshow...
 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2020, 03:23 Icewind
 
I'm a janitor at a large hospital here in the northeast, and when I was in there Friday (weekend off) we had run out of beds that night. The good thing is, we haven't had any positive cases of COVID yet. We've all been pulling overtime shifts and covering for single people who have to stay home with their kids now that the schools are closed.

What's crazy is that we've run out of hand sanitizer and it was told to us friday that the hospital knows how to - and - is going to start mixing its own and sending it to us to use in the dispensers next week. The N95 masks are on lockdown too.

Also, a doctor got in trouble for stealing a case of toilet paper out of one of our supply closets.

Good times.
 
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