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What changes have you made since coronavirus hit the news?
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Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 2:47 pm
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I came across this article

STUDY SHOWS HOW CORONAVIRUS IS CHANGING U.S. BEHAVIOR

I notice it’s being replicated all over the place, by the way.  Here’s the core of it:

When asked what they have been doing in the last seven days to keep themselves safe from the coronavirus:

— 85% said they have been washing their hands or using hand sanitizer more frequently;

— 7% said they have worn a facemask;

— 61% of the sample reported engaging in various forms of social distancing; the most common strategy (practiced by 45% of people) was to avoid contact with high-risk people;

— 25% say they have avoided restaurants in general and 18% say they have specifically avoided Chinese restaurants;

— 6% say they have canceled or postponed a medical appointment;

— 50% say they have prayed;

— 22% say they have been stockpiling food and water.

I was specifically wondering about the medical stuff. I have this spine surgery. Surgeons capable of this type surgery are generally booked for month.  My surgeon has offices in three cities, so…

I wondered if this would cause a person to postpone surgery. I thought it likely they would but it doesn’t seem this the case (yet). I was thinking if he had a cancellation, I would step in.

What changes have you made due to coronavirus?
What changes are you considering making?

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Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:26 am
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Here, only elective surgeries are being cancelled so the focus at hospitals can be on serious issues (heart attacks, etc.) and the virus.

By the way, I did read your post on your spinal surgery….  I wanted to let you know that I had almost all your issues except the scoliosis and lupus but deal with two other auto-immune diseases.  I am praying for you, your surgeon and that you have the same successful outcome I had.  It was 10 months two days ago, and I can see the light.  The journey to today has been arduous but worth it and a blessing that changed me in many ways.  I know you are like me in one way, we are not “normal”  and we push ourselves.  I just know you will persevere and succeed. Oh, and yes, if he has a cancellation, jump at it.  I remember your assuring me when my surgery was schedule with a very dicey full moon. 🙂 <3

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The old anti-malaria drug Chloroquine is showing promise as treatment/prevention of COVID19. It’s hydroxylated form is Plaquenil — you should be somewhat ptotected if you still take this, Elsa!

“Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®) is a 4-amino-quinoline antimalarial medication that is widely used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, and related inflammatory and dermatological conditions. It is a hydroxylated version of chloroquine, with a similar mechanism of action.”

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 3:33 pm
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Just washing hands more. Praying more. Not out of personal fear but for those that are afraid. I figure neither of those can hurt. 

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I’ve been washing my hands and sanitizing things just a bit more often. 

Went ahead with the tooth extraction because the risk of picking up a virus at the doctor’s office was way lower than picking up one at the hospital (should my broken, exposed tooth catch a sudden infection).

Listened to an astrologer last night who said we need to stock enough food for about a month, that this will cause stores to run out of food. No shit, it’s already happening! I’m trying to heal from surgery by resting. The fear of a break in the supply chain is not helping. 

Today a policeman tapped on my car window to see what I was doing. I had just left a client’s home and was reading on my phone for a minute. He was patrolling and just making sure I was there for a reason. I like to sit in my car and read stuff on the phone sometimes if I have a few minutes. Well, that ends now. I will do what I have to do and get home. I expect more patrols like this as time goes on. 

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 4:03 pm
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Thats not a police officers job. 

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It’s a dangerous neighborhood and he said he patrols it regularly.

This is the first time I’ve ever had an officer check on me like this. Maybe they’re expecting more criminal activity because of everything going on. This summer, I think people are going to going nuts (If things continue like this). Mars Rx in Aries. People will be popping off. 

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We don’t have running water to wash our hands (haven’t had any for a year) Since The Virus we make an alcohol (vodka!) and herb tincture mix spray we use. We spray often. We’re in the ‘high-risk’ category: age, pre-existing health issues … so I’ve always limited in and out of most places. (That’s not too much different from my 24/7 habits just more limitated.) Prayers continue. Lot more writing to process the emotions and allowing stress to move through. Eating differently; basically eat what we have, till it’s gone. We drink more consistently our Nourishing Herbal Infusions to provide nutrition that we don’t get from shopping other foods. I’ve concealed medical appointments, none of them essential at this point.

Going to start doing my hand-stitching.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 7:31 pm
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I can wash my hands like a surgeon now.  laugh  I’m very cautious about where I go.  Its basically just to get things I absolutely need.  I’m thinking about canceling my Apr. 3 periodontal appointment for a cleaning.  Its far from my home and there are several cases in the area. 

I’m hibernating for awhile.

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I am an introvert and lived a monk/hermit life before this virus, so there will not be much change for me.

I also have been in survival mode for so long now that this is just another gust of wind in the bigger tempest of my life. I’ve got all the routines down pat re: money, food, emotions, everything – keeping body and soul together.

Same with loss. Any losses at this point, I’m pretty much jaded. Only one (a specific person) would affect me, but I was braced for losing him anyway, regardless.

Last week, because of the high-risk environment in which I work without PPE, I was washing my hands more than usual. But this week, I will revert back to my usual frequency, because too much of a good thing… my skin was starting to break down, despite plentiful moisturizing, so… no point creating Problem Real to possibly prevent Problem Maybe.

My cash flow at the moment allows it, so I have increased my usual stock of food and basic necessities, but just sensibly, nothing dramatic.

I don’t use hand sanitizer and will not be going on a cleaning frenzy, given that I will be swimming in contamination all day. I will go to work (which will be contaminated) and go home (which will become contaminated), rinse and repeat – self-isolating so as not contaminate my community until this blows over.

No big deal for me.

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I’ve always been a bit of a germ phobe, so regular sanitising, disinfecting & washing just comes naturally.

Unfortunately due to panic merchants overstocking of items, I now have to go to several stores to see whether they have what I’m after. I mostly encounter empty shelves and this as been going on for 3 weeks. Time I’d rather allocate to productivity has to be utilised in ensuring survival.

Between intense studying I relax via lighthearted activities such as going to the nail salon, getting my hair blow waved, massage, pedicure etc. If I choose to isolate and not partake in these activities I’d be bloody miserable.

At this point I’m going about my business as usual. 

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 7:47 pm
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I wore these gloves to McDonald’s, oh dear… 

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I haven’t changed anything. I’ve always been very good about washing my hands, and even better once I started in the medical field. I’ve been very socially isolated for years due to not finding new friends after getting rid of the old ones, and probably also for the years i was doing school and work full time and didn’t have time to care if I had friends. 

I do work at a hospital and I may be affected if we run out of PPE. My area is also a retirement area and if the current measures don’t protect the vulnerable population, we are going to be slammed. 

But I’m not doing anything differently. I’m still worrying about the same things as before. The store still has the food I eat. My mother got a line on some toilet paper. I still have a job (obviously). I know I’m luckier than other people, and it may not last forever, but I can watch and wait. There’s no point in being afraid of what “might” happen. 

If this is the coronapocalypse, it will be because of overloaded hospitals, economic stress from everything closing, and people’s panic responses, not the virus itself. So I am watching what the people around me are doing and when there’s something I need to do, I’ll do it. But for now, I’m just paying attention. 

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Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:47 am
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More hand-washing, pushing doors (public) open with arm or elbow instead of grabbing handles. Trying to maintain space from other, when shopping. The last is mostly to be considerate.

My (and my husband’s) job and lifestyle make up low risk.

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I feel a bizarre sense of relief with the effects of this pandemic. The closing down and canceling… The slowing down and staying home… It’s like all of the craziness of the modern world is frozen and suspended in mid air. I am finding respite in the stillness. I am loving this unexpected, jarring, abrupt, indefinite pause in regular activity. It feels like a proper time to actually stop and observe and think and ask questions and see the bigger picture. It must be my 12th house Mars/opposite 6th house Uranus. Gemini/Sadge.

Obviously the world is still turning, and of course I feel bad for people who are actually ill or very vulnerable, those who are out of work and those working overtime/under extra stress, people stranded in airports, separated from family, stuck in city apartments without enough supplies, etc. I’m worried about some of my family members due to health concerns/risk factors.

But I find the aggressively fast pace and constant buzzing of the modern world to be downright oppressive. I’m fortunate to be able to live a life that is somewhat removed from all of that (thank you Pluto transit to my DSC). I live in a sparsely populated area where it is uncommon for large groups to gather in any form, and I work remotely anyway. I don’t doubt that the virus will creep into my community in the near future, but at this point my daily life has barely changed at all. I was already stocked up on toilet paper. Avoiding superfluous trips to the grocery store is my MO, and I rarely dine out. I’ve got a freezer full of meat, and gardening season is right around the corner. I’m low-risk health-wise, but I’m washing my hands more. Since everybody else started freaking out, I have been super productive in my little bubble.

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