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9 hours ago, leinwandname said:

Perhaps they mean "Unprecedented in out life time"

That statement invalidates the definition of unprecedented to begin with though.  "Never seen in our lives" is a factual statement, yes.  Again, I think people are having fun with words without considering what they actually mean.

Our NBC affiliated station just put up a page that has the U.S. maps in iFrames - these are from Johns Hopkins.
https://www.kwqc.com/content/news/COVID-19-Tracker-Check-out-the-latest-on-test-results-around-the-country-568857591.html

Otherwise, I encourage people to use the tracker provided by the WHO:
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

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But my title was so catchy haha  Jk, but, I think this is a good idea. You can also post things you're doing to pass the time. And general 'how to not go crazy while self isolating' advice 😛

I won't beat around the bush here.  We all know by now what is going on.  My intent with creating this thread (I'll admit my own guilt) is to provide one main location for the COVID-19 talk.  We've be

Same here, my friend is a nurse and said their screening has increased each day. He mentioned talk at the hospital that May is suppose to be our peak for covid cases in Alberta On a happy note.

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@RuthisianCodex I agree with a lot of what you wrote.

There have been a lot of organizations releasing ads for those who are dealing with domestic violence here. As well as concerns that it may increase as people are social distancing or on quarantine together. Heck, there are even memes now making fun of people who are getting sick of each other (I saw a meme with two dogs growling at each other with a caption "couples during covid")

On a happy-ish side note, my mom made a joke about how she expects an increase in birth rates in the future from people being cooped up and bored ;)

I've noticed a lot of people on social media doing many socials games with each other on instagram - bingo puzzles and things, a lot of group chats which too have games you can play while video chatting. One of my friends posted about being globally social, because we are seeking communication in other ways to bridge that gap. I was part of a group that would get together every Tuesday night to draw at a pub....drink n draw. Anyways, they have a discord room which we get together to draw now. 

It's awesome to see people coming together to get that interaction.

 

I have also seen an increase in donations of products. One company I know of is currently making face shields and donating medical supplies that they use (gloves, masks....) to both hospitals and homeless shelters (aviation company). I have also seen an increase of people writing things like "if you need food, please don't be embarrassed...message me and I will help you".

I think recognizing there are ways to help without putting ourselves in danger are out there. Although, I will say....seeing people who may not be able to access mental health medications and such yes that would be highly concerning, as are missing appointments on lack of ability to commute or fear of sickness. I do know some offices are offering online or phone sessions at least for the time being, and I do know some pharmacies here are offering delivery assistance. This however, is from my perspective here. We haven't reached a chaotic mode just yet.

The worst I see at this point is the strain on health care. We had a lot of changes coming up into policies specifically in the health care sector (gov. trying to save money) and now there is a strong plea to not go ahead with these changes at this time.

As for small businesses, Canada is trying to assist by giving grants. A lot of banks are differing payments....the worst they have noticed is renters are not giving a break at all on tenants. A lot of places have had to close strictly on the fact that they can not pay rent while being closed. There have also been a lot of social media shaming to small businesses that remain open but are being strict on hygiene/regulations set out because of covid (like take and go places). 

It's definitely interesting too see people coming together, but its also interesting to see those who are not and who are bickering over choices.

As always, stay safe :)  

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well, we currently have no income because of employers laying people off and/or giving people unpaid leave, theres only like two grocery stores to choose from here and they're all always out of stock because people are hoarding, and our local fire department has to distribute food because people are starving. stuff like this only goes to show how selfish people really are during disaster. i consider ourselves lucky because we know how to take care of ourselves and create our own food during times like this, with sourdough starters and the garden and all. the bank has a hold on mortgages atm so we arent at risk of losing our home right now either.

ive heard that a lot of people are dealing with abuse or mental problems because of isolation, but our biggest problem right now is food.

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17 hours ago, The History Kid said:

That statement invalidates the definition of unprecedented to begin with though.  "Never seen in our lives" is a factual statement, yes.  Again, I think people are having fun with words without considering what they actually mean.

What's unprecedented is the spike of using the work unprecedented 😆:

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(I wonder what happened in Jan '17...)

Generally, many people are pretty quick to change not only their view point (though some just get even more convinced of their views) but also their rhetoric when their earlier predictions and statements prove to be BS.

I guess people don't think that much over the word they use. You could just use "something we've never seen before", (assuming "we" doesn't meen "humanity" or "humans" in this case) and it'd be a truthful statement for most people. But that might be to long for headline and politicians' speeches...

Not that that, using imposing words, is anything new; I remember reading about the siege of Magdeburg during the 30 years war and the subsequent sacking at the hands of the imperial army and the protestant newspapers (apparently the 30 years was saw in increased use of the printing press for propaganda purposes) tried to reframe as the most attrocious act in christian history and unprecedented horrors. (I think they used the german expression "noch nie dagewesen", literally "never before existed/happened". I'll try to find the archive with the newspapers. Was an awesome website where pretty much any German newspaper thy could find was saved and freely accessible. Even one from the reformation.) I'm pretty sure that, while the sacking was aweful even by 17th century standards, similar attrocities have happened before. For example, Siege of Ostend, Jerusalem or Baghdad. (although the siege of Magdeburg did change the demography to an extend that the earlier number of inhabitants hadn't been reached until the 19th century. In 1631 it had 35 000 citizens, in 1639 only 500 [yes, hundred])

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20 hours ago, leinwandname said:

What's unprecedented is the spike of using the work unprecedented 😆:

Everyone wants to be a journalist these days.  Or be listened to as an expert - when really they're experts in the spread of misinformation (whether purposefully or not).  Still...I hadn't considered that - it is amusing to see.

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(I wonder what happened in Jan '17...)

Guarantee you that was all Decision 2016 stuff.  That's all I'll say, so as to not go political.

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Not that that, using imposing words, is anything new; I remember reading about the siege of Magdeburg during the 30 years war and the subsequent sacking at the hands of the imperial army and the protestant newspapers (apparently the 30 years was saw in increased use of the printing press for propaganda purposes) tried to reframe as the most attrocious act in christian history and unprecedented horrors. (I think they used the german expression "noch nie dagewesen", literally "never before existed/happened". I'll try to find the archive with the newspapers. Was an awesome website where pretty much any German newspaper thy could find was saved and freely accessible. Even one from the reformation.) I'm pretty sure that, while the sacking was aweful even by 17th century standards, similar attrocities have happened before. For example, Siege of Ostend, Jerusalem or Baghdad. (although the siege of Magdeburg did change the demography to an extend that the earlier number of inhabitants hadn't been reached until the 19th century. In 1631 it had 35 000 citizens, in 1639 only 500 [yes, hundred])

I would argue that as well, considering that the Crusades persecuted a number of individuals that would have been identified as Protestant Christians.  But, that's another thing.  The point here is that, yes, you are right - there is a history of this kind of thing.  What makes it worse now though, I think, is that people have more widespread access to those incorrect statements and inherently will take that information and run with it.  There's so much bad information running around on COVID-19 I'm honestly flabbergasted.  I haven't seen this much fop-ah since Hurricane Katrina - maybe even 9/11.  We're really only hurting ourselves here at this point.

 

@cowboy - I'm sorry to hear how things have been for you.  I read your blog post as well.  I might be in touch with you about a few things down the road.

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to include in the inevitable historical summary we are going to have to write at work

Sounds interesting. :) I've been seeing a lot of specialists from various occupational backgrounds give their opinions on the disease but they're usually website sections and periodicals. I was wondering what the historical process of events like this was like. Professionally, that it. Especially after coming across a documented timeline of the 1918 flu pandemic. The archival must be a network of collaborating experts!

It's interesting to read how the Earth is reacting to less human activity as well. Supposedly extending to the reappearance of wildlife and plant life.

Wish you well on the summary if your workplace decides on one. ✌️

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5 hours ago, IIVIsouljam said:

Sounds interesting. :) I've been seeing a lot of specialists from various occupational backgrounds give their opinions on the disease but they're usually website sections and periodicals.

While it impacts many fields, the problem is generally that these "specialists" only represent a single point within the overarching field.  They're also being used to cite for or against public health officials, which is absolutely ridiculous.  It's important to look at it from a historical perspective to understand how industries and fields are impacted, but when they attempt to act as an authoritative figure, it becomes damaging.

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I was wondering what the historical process of events like this was like. Professionally, that it. Especially after coming across a documented timeline of the 1918 flu pandemic.

Historians had been signaling that an disease pandemic was likely within 15 years as early as 2009 simply based upon the previous centuries worth of data.  The 1918 Spanish Flu is the analog most western experts are using for COVID-19.  Most eastern researchers are using MERS.  The advantage we have with the 1918 Flu is that the data is complete, whereas the MERS pandemic is incomplete due to its relatively recent emergence.  

That being said, most military historians - myself included - argue that the Spanish Flu was and will continue to be a more impactful event than COVID-19.  At least if COVID-19 remains on it's current trend.  The reason behind this is largely found in World War I, advancement in medicinal research, advancement in communication, technological advancement, and other socioeconomic factors.  Notwithstanding is if we begin to see force buildup in certain regions - Iran is currently the one that most of us are looking at, with North Korea not far behind.  COVID-19's outlook could turn identical to or worse than the 1918 Flu in an instant, however it doesn't exhibit signs of that happening any time soon.

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The archival must be a network of collaborating experts!

Ehhhh...yes and no.  Archivists are archivists.  Historians are broad and diverse.  However, those historians are limited by one key thing that supersedes their specific niche: access.  If you don't have access, you have no research.

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Wish you well on the summary if your workplace decides on one. 

Oh, we already have a Hot Tasker and an OPORD for a historical summary.  We will likely need to write two.  The first one will need to be on our command, since our command is spearheading almost all of the relief efforts for supplies and materiel.  The second will likely be an installation and regional history - which is where I'm stalking this thread for information that would be beneficial in compiling that.  Thus, a recount in Indiana from one of our members has my attention.

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just to add something closely related.

concerning the biological side of the virus, a former coworker, who is currently working in a lab specializing in creating tests and is now working on detection tests for SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes covid19), said that many approaches use data from MERS-CoV (virus that caused mers) or SARS-CoV-1 (virus that caused sars), depending on what exactly is investigated.

concerning the disease and spread, the spanish flu/1918 flu pandemic seems to be something taken as a comparison, especially concerning how and when governments responded. just an fyi, from what I've read Trump's grandfather died of the spanish flu.

However this is nothing I have researched in detail, so don't quote me on it 😂 but I might look into it in more depth when I find the time

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3 minutes ago, Illusion of Terra said:

many approaches use data from MERS-CoV (virus that caused mers) or SARS-CoV-2 (virus that caused sars), depending on what exactly is investigated.

concerning the disease and spread, the spanish flu/1918 flu pandemic seems to be something taken as a comparison, especially concerning how and when governments responded.

You would use MERS or SARS as the analog for it pathologically.  Contextually and socially you would use The Spanish Flu (or MERS if in the Middle East, SARS in Asia).  A single analog rarely works for all the circumstances.  In a chronological sense, COVID-19 fits with the "centurial" outbreaks.

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@RuthisianCodex wow, a lot of these are good basic gardening tricks, like propagating succulents,  saving seeds, propagating from cuttings, and splicing! but while i was watching, i noticed they did the old viable seed in water test where only the seeds at the bottom are good, and that's like, kind of only half true. what i usually do with saved seeds is just throw them all in a bucket and transfer any that sprout, the best way to see if seeds will germinate is to well, germinate them. while good seeds are more likely to sink, there are tons that would also float to the top and you'd discard them, wasting a lot of seeds. so kind of yes, sinking=viable, but floating =/= not viable either. especially with a lot of different types of seeds, where the seeds tend to be lighter. from what ive watched so far the rest of these are legit, though, if not a little unnecessary hahaha. i thought that the picture frame with the chicken wire grid in it was a really cool way of setting up succulents

on a side note, they've started trying to use donated blood from people who have already recovered from COVID-19 because their antibodies are already accustomed to fighting the virus, and it could really help people who are struggling through it. so for anyone who's officially been tested and tested positive, maybe look locally if theres a donation program near you. i don't know if anyone here has, because the tests are still pretty restricted at least where i'm at, but i know people personally on other sites who've been tested, either because they had a severe case and had to go to the hospital, or are immunocompromised. so maybe as a  reminder to look into that in case anyone else here ends up sick

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I also thought a video like this would be helpful to anyone that stocked up on chicken but needs recipes. These vids from Tasty seem pretty easy to follow.

 

18 minutes ago, cowboy said:

@RuthisianCodex wow, a lot of these are good basic gardening tricks, like propagating succulents,  saving seeds, propagating from cuttings, and splicing! but while i was watching, i noticed they did the old viable seed in water test where only the seeds at the bottom are good, and that's like, kind of only half true. what i usually do with saved seeds is just throw them all in a bucket and transfer any that sprout, the best way to see if seeds will germinate is to well, germinate them. while good seeds are more likely to sink, there are tons that would also float to the top and you'd discard them, wasting a lot of seeds. so kind of yes, sinking=viable, but floating =/= not viable either. especially with a lot of different types of seeds, where the seeds tend to be lighter. from what ive watched so far the rest of these are legit, though, if not a little unnecessary hahaha. i thought that the picture frame with the chicken wire grid in it was a really cool way of setting up succulents

Yeah, I figured this would be good for people to see since not everyone has a yard where they can plant traditional gardens. Since food security has become even more of an issue due to hoarding, it's good for people to have as many options as possible. Granted, none of these solutions are instant but can definitely help in the coming weeks & months because even after the lockdowns end & people can go back to work it will take a while for people to truly get back on their feet. 

Something else to look into is seeds for fruits & veggies being on sale right now in a lot of areas to help people grow their own food. 

@cowboy This is another video that I ran across this morning. I've been reading some articles that say that it may be possible for COVID-19 to survive on produce. Emphasis on *may* be able to, so I'm looking into ways to get started with growing basic produce at home since I've started eating so many more fruits & vegetables. 

 

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Life has a funny way of catching up to you. The same people who are going to these Corona parties and on spring break trips are the same ones getting infected from the virus and these clout chasers as well are really just making themselves look like total idiots for their really beyond reckless and selfish decisions. Can't say that i feel sympathy at all towards idiots who are trying to make everyone elses lives even more miserable then it already should be.

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I have to say I'm actually a bit frustrated with news outlets lately.  They're focusing really hard on the new cases, but they aren't doing much reporting on the recoveries.  For example, in my county, we have had 41 confirmed cases, but of those 41 only five are active.  35 recovered, and there was one fatality.  They are seriously running news stories here right now when "two new cases" are discovered - per county.  It really is quite...annoying - at this point.

Considering how much they've been cramming this stuff down everyone's throat, it's no wonder that people are panicking.  Coverage and concern are valid.  Worry is valid.  But this is just going a step over the line of insanity and obsession at this point.

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11 hours ago, The History Kid said:

I have to say I'm actually a bit frustrated with news outlets lately.  They're focusing really hard on the new cases, but they aren't doing much reporting on the recoveries.  For example, in my county, we have had 41 confirmed cases, but of those 41 only five are active.  35 recovered, and there was one fatality.  They are seriously running news stories here right now when "two new cases" are discovered - per county.  It really is quite...annoying - at this point.

Considering how much they've been cramming this stuff down everyone's throat, it's no wonder that people are panicking.  Coverage and concern are valid.  Worry is valid.  But this is just going a step over the line of insanity and obsession at this point.

Agreed - I would think that would panic people too.

Here, they say whats happening, but then end the segments by saying something around the lines "but on a positive note, we are seeing x amount of recoveries, if we keep this up we will definitely see the curve flatten" 

People are really taking social distancing and precautions to heart here. Unfortunately, we have a had a lot of cases in senior living homes :( 

They have created strict rules on visiting (however, this was before at least one person got sick...domino effect)

We have seen more issues come up with, nurses being kicked out of their rentals out of fear, and also a lot of nursing homes losing care givers out of fear :( less people, more strain on those sticking it out.

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12 hours ago, The History Kid said:

They're focusing really hard on the new cases, but they aren't doing much reporting on the recoveries.

Recoveries are harder to keep track of in the same way unreported cases are. A large majority of cases are sent home to recover, hospitals are saving their beds for only the most serious and high risk cases. If a patient recovers at home, those numbers often go unreported as it would be up to the patient to follow-up, and simply put many don't unless they actually perish. Cases which close in hospitals are recorded no matter the outcome- so baring in mind what I said earlier, this naturally all adds up to having more new deaths to report on.

We can safely assume therefore that the trend of recoveries is a greater number than new deaths using statistics, however unreported. I hope that brings some comfort.

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That makes sense.  I suppose I had imagined that there was some form of survey that was being carried out since the CDC is heavily involved in this pathogen.  If there isn't, and I can certainly understand why, then it makes sense that those numbers wouldn't necessarily be as quickly reflected.  That being said, you'd think there'd be more interest in "active" cases, rather than "confirmed" historic cases.  I think a lot of people are sitting out there assuming there's over 100,000 active cases - leading to increased panic - when in fact there may not be that many. (100,000 in this case is simply for reference.)

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Don't get me started on the news media, not just specifically in this case but in general. It might be because they lost a lot of business in the last decades, but it seems to me that even long standing quality news outlets, in English or some other languages, are starting to become more click-bait enthusiasts. I find this negligent at best when it comes to things like pandemics, and the current one is no exception. 

Anyway, one thing that I personally enjoy seeing (but others might disagree) is that many people are having virtual conferences where they are interrupted by their kids or pets 😂 I think many might recall that one interview some years ago where the toddlers stormed into the room of, I think, a political analyst 😂  I saw something similar today with people here who work in the same field 😂 
the reason I enjoy this is because it adds the person to the profession (not in every case of course). Now, I am quite lackluster when it comes to 'professionalism' in general, but even disregarding that I generally do not treat people as a working unit who has to do their job. It doesn't matter if it is someone at the DMV or a salesperson, I always try to see the workers as people with complex life backgrounds. Adding things like pets just makes this more obvious and hilarious I think 😂 

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40 minutes ago, The History Kid said:

That makes sense.  I suppose I had imagined that there was some form of survey that was being carried out since the CDC is heavily involved in this pathogen.  If there isn't, and I can certainly understand why, then it makes sense that those numbers wouldn't necessarily be as quickly reflected.  That being said, you'd think there'd be more interest in "active" cases, rather than "confirmed" historic cases.  I think a lot of people are sitting out there assuming there's over 100,000 active cases - leading to increased panic - when in fact there may not be that many. (100,000 in this case is simply for reference.)

If there are surveys in the US, they aren't provided by CDC that I've heard of. That could possibly change, but with the CDC itself suffering for funding like many others, including hospitals (non-emergency surgeries halted + nurses working overtime + overload of patients = budget crisis) it's got to be on the backburner. 

Anyway, as for the news media, I encourage everyone to turn to independent media outlets. They're usually funded by their viewers directly, rather than big businesses and shareholders, and are therefore obligated to report honestly and don't cater to any corporate interests.

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9 hours ago, Wedgy said:

If there are surveys in the US, they aren't provided by CDC that I've heard of. That could possibly change, but with the CDC itself suffering for funding like many others, including hospitals (non-emergency surgeries halted + nurses working overtime + overload of patients = budget crisis) it's got to be on the backburner. 

I suppose I was thinking that the Army wasn't unique in it's "you have to check in, if you have it" policy.  Though, again...that makes sense.  I'm trying to imagine the logistics of deploying a nationwide survey to affected people with a limited staff on hand as is.  God knows if someone even *thinks* they have it, we have to report it and initiate a quasi-HAZMAT response.  Though, that's not so much an issue for our specific area now, since we've all been isolated away from work for more than 14 days.

I just know my hands are much more full now than they were three weeks ago, and I'm absolutely whipped.  I'm expecting a big announcement tomorrow too on my end...ugh.

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4 hours ago, Wedgy said:

Yeah, it's much different than checking with just your own personnel. At our hospital, all of our medical staff are required to check our temperatures three times during our shifts and if there are any temperatures reported 37C/100F that's an automatic minimum of one-week suspension from duty, pending a test. It understandably sucks but taking this seriously on the front lines is necessary. It's been taking its toll on everyone in different ways.

Same here, my friend is a nurse and said their screening has increased each day. He mentioned talk at the hospital that May is suppose to be our peak for covid cases in Alberta :/

On a happy note. I want this shirt.

Be safe everyone <3

 

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@The History Kid 

Yeah, I didn't hold too much attention to the majority of these particular (website/news articles) individuals. Only because the legitimacy of their background is a bit questionable.

Should have explained myself better but looking up the 1918 flu pandemic was done on a separate curiosity. Not exclusively linking it to COVID-19 but out of interest on how these pandemics are documented. Most especially the kinds of research pooled together from their respected fields to become a public record source. Would have never discovered Seismologists inquiry from the Royal Observatory in Belgium without their collected data being sent over to research institutions. Reading bygone information from a library got me interested in this whole process, after noticing all the collaboration work between specialists and their fieldwork. You placed more of an understanding into my curiosity within your career as well, regardless. Additionally, more of an interesting POV from Military Historians! I wouldn't have guessed that it was something of an interest in this field. What an impact! From Seismology to Military History.

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The advantage we have with the 1918 Flu is that the data is complete, whereas the MERS pandemic is incomplete due to its relatively recent emergence.  

There's a massive library in the heart of my city that was putting COVID-19 information together and you're right. Their office says it could be another few years before they can properly chronicle these events into cohesive material. Which only makes sense but furthers my respect for any professional persons, institutes and studies.

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Oh, we already have a Hot Tasker and an OPORD for a historical summary.  We will likely need to write two. 

Wow, you guys are remarkably on top of things! I've never actually had any conversation from anyone in your field of study before. Definitely insightful.

 

On an unattached account to the above, a friend and I recently made and sent out fifty masks (each) to our local Children's Hospital. I've also had less free time lately, having gotten a second job to help my father pay bills. He's been out of work for nearly three weeks now. Getting on temporary unemployment has been a pain in the behind for him. There was such an overwhelming amount of people that their services are falling behind on filing and promise dates. He was getting behind on bills, so my brother and I are taking turns helping him out. 

Recently took a trip into our countryside and there are towns here and there that are closing down. Locals are moving out and these areas are becoming ghost towns. I've asked around and was told that a lot of these places are not going to be able to recover. Including a 50's diner my father and I used to visit. It was a shame seeing an empty lot that's now up for sale. 

I was also developing a book in collaboration with a printing service in Spain. It's been shut down since the seventeenth of March and I've been having difficulties getting in contact with the company owners. I was conducting business with them before the whole pandemic—now I'm caught between rumors of them shutting down permanently and losing some investment. 

Discovered some issues within small farming communities not far from my father's place of residence. Love to jot them down when I have more free time. 

Stay well everyone! :)  

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42 minutes ago, IIVIsouljam said:

There's a massive library in the heart of my city that was putting COVID-19 information together and you're right. Their office says it could be another few years before they can properly chronicle these events into cohesive material. Which only makes sense but furthers my respect for any professional persons, institutes and studies.

I'd be curious to know which library that is.  It's not that I don't trust the "organization above" mine, it's just that...things get lost and put on the backburner a lot the higher up the food chain you go.

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Wow, you guys are remarkably on top of things! I've never actually had any conversation from anyone in your field of study before. Definitely insightful.

We have to be.  Since we are essentially coordinating most-if-not-all materiel assets for military response in the medical field presently.  That includes the National Guard pop-up hospitals, and RTCONUS Quarantine centers.  We were a stones throw away from being proactive vs. reactive.

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Recently took a trip into our countryside and there are towns here and there that are closing down. Locals are moving out and these areas are becoming ghost towns. I've asked around and was told that a lot of these places are not going to be able to recover. Including a 50's diner my father and I used to visit. It was a shame seeing an empty lot that's now up for sale. 

That is extremely interesting.  Those are some of the things that will be imperative to collect data on when compiling a social history of the events.  Impact of the business, which impacts the individual, which impacts their business again, which impacts the community (and ultimately the state/province, and then the nation).  I'd be interested to know what other information you have on those locations.

Love to jot them down when I have more free time. 

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Love to jot them down when I have more free time. 

Please do!  And keep me in mind.

As always - and as I signed off the historical article for our command for this month - remember:

These are historic times, my friends...

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Resurrecting this.

We went to 55 hour weeks earlier, and that's maintained.  A lot of states are opening up now and that either spells a crapload of work for me, or a [ redacted ] ton of work for me.  I am positive our resident healthcare employed members feel the same about now.  Interestingly enough has been a lot of talk of vaccines ahead of the fall.  While I don't see that as feasible, I'm also not a doctor. 

Hopefully AF has been staying sane in my half-absence. 

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Summer classes started for me yesterday. so it looks like I'll be staying busy. I used to hate taking online classes, but I think my mental state has changed over the years, I guess. COVID-19 has helped me in some ways, but definitely not in others.

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