Coming out of hiatus briefly because it would be historically remiss of me not to at least mention that March 2020 was the month COVID-19 really made its presence known across the world.
I haven’t done a lot of research. I trust the medical authorities and my employers and there is so much misinformation out there that it’s frankly insane to even try. But this virus has been around for a few months already and has been dominating the news to such an extent that I don’t even know where to start. Some places are dealing with it better than others.
I’m fortunate. I have a job I can do pretty much 100% from home, so that’s what I’m doing right now. Got my laptop set up, got my VPN running, and work is coming along nicely. My workplace was closed off, at least part of it, and we were sent to work from home when a construction worker tested positive last Thursday. I don’t think there was much chance of exposure there.
Cases around here have been basically nonexistent. It’s flu and allergy season anyway so nobody knows. I haven’t heard much about testing, beyond “don’t go looking for a test unless you’re really sure you have symptoms.” I had a doctor’s appointment for my work-related checkup and my blood pressure and stuff (incidentally my blood pressure has been steadily dropping, so I’m pleased with that), but I cancelled it today on the grounds that I probably don’t need to be wandering into a healthcare clinic and taking up everyone’s valuable time and effort right now. New time slots were … not available at this point.
Essentially, as of Monday March 16th, everything just seems to be on hold.
Public events are being cancelled everywhere. My parents have gotten refunds and credits for the trips they were planning, and we’re waiting to see if Australia happens this summer at all. Wump and Toop (and Mrs. Hatboy and I, I suppose) will be devastated if it doesn’t but we just have to wait and see.
Ropecon, last I saw, was still on for the end of July. Which is good because I can’t get a refund on that fucking hotel suite. Not the point, I know. But still.
Yes, morons are hoarding, even here. Toilet paper, really? I guess the influenza outbreaks of previous centuries weren’t accompanied by toilet paper hoarding because toilet paper wasn’t a thing. But it’s the only thing currently missing from our local supermarkets. I feel a bit bad, because a) I don’t use toilet paper anyway; and b) I always buy toilet paper in massive jumbo box quantities but this time I did it sometime in January so I didn’t come across as a hoarder. Still, we have plenty of toilet paper for the girls. As if toilet paper is even an issue. Why are people so dumb?
Best I can advise anyone right now, if you think your stores are running out of fresh food or assorted dry goods, hit up your local ethnic food stores instead. They’re fully stocked, because the stupidity, selfishness and lack of empathy that comes with hoarder-panic-buying also strongly correlates with ignorant-arse racism. Who knew?
We all knew.
So, good luck all. Let’s see where this is heading. And remember, Don’t Think About The Event.