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What have you lost due to the coronavirus?
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Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:15 am
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Have you lost income?
Your job?
Part of your 401K?

What about friends… or fears?

Have you gained anything?

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Gains first, because it is important to take care of ones mental health : 

Perspective. Thought I already new how lucky I am , this really underlines my privilege and the possibilities I have / had. People are more caring and sweet than everyday stress allow us to show each other. I’ve gained insight into my own personality , I am much more an extrovert than I realized. I’ve changed my views on politics and finance quite drastically. My anxiety remains , but I feel already that my depression is gone. My “what is the purpose of life , I don’t want to be here anymore” is out the window. I want to be here, I like humanity. Made me more anti-war than I’ve ever been; can’t understand that in 2020 we still need to put civilians in this type of hyper vigilant , violent reality that causes chronic chronic stress and uncertainty when there is political disagreements. I can already see how this can change the work force afterwards. I think getting to a point where you need a bachelor to have 90% of the jobs eligible might change. People are getting recruited in droves (?) to do other jobs than what they are trained to or have experience in. 

Loss: I can’t see my best friend and her kids.I can’t visit my grandmother. I miss giving people I love hugs. I’m not laid-off , I am temporarily laid off 60% of my regular position , but it might change and get 100%. I might have to quit my university education , because the rules for getting paid by the state while laid off says you can’t be studying at the same time. So if I don’t I will make 700 dollars a month , in 40% of my regular position. If I quit studying I will have about 1400 a month , still down about 600 ,but doable. This is my biggest concern. Apart from bills , the way I will use money will change, there will be no socializing or vacationing. The knowledge that I have one regular paycheck next week, and about 4000 in vacation money in June keeps me calm, but if this goes on and on , it will be a problem.

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Ive lost half my income, at least for now. Im used to my income shifting though with Aquarius second house. Luckily, Im staying with my mom right now, and we are trading rent, but I still have a car payment, phone bill, car insurance, gas, food bills. As a self employed taxpayer, I don’t pay into unemployment insurance, so I won’t have that. 

Ive gained a lot, mostly in inner peace. I like having my son home too. 

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As a supermarket worker, I have lost what ‘personal safety’ I had because there are numerous people who either don’t understand or don’t believe there is a problem. My life is daily endangered by them. 

On the gain side, I work for the largest supermarket/drugstore chain in my country, and today they announced all of us are getting a (temporary) 15% raise! (retroactive to March 8!)

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MY 401K, as well the stocks I have, took a big hit. Thankfully I’m not banking on retiring until I’m dead, so there’s that. I do worry a bit about my dad, as he’s getting ready to retire soon. He’s pretty smart, though, and more than likely has already shifted to more conservative holdings in his retirement account. My parents survived the dot com bust and the market crash of ’87, they’ll survive this. 

The biggest loss I’ve had so far is one that’s hard to put my finger on. I’ve largely lost my ability to be grounded, at least outside of work. I literally have a hard time focusing or following any type of routine! Uranus in Taurus blew up my routines and rhythms. I can barely sleep. I feel a little unglued most of the time. It’s almost like everything stopped being real. Springtime is here and I feel totally detached from nature. 

I’ve also lost the ability to ever look at my fellow human beings in the same way again. In some ways I feel more compassionate than before, but I also feel like every person I see is a potential carrier for deadly disease. It’s like we have all become walking viruses. I don’t think I’ll ever date again–touching is no longer safe. Once the quarantines and lockdowns are lifted–assuming they are–I still won’t feel entirely safe. 

What have I gained? A new type of connection with the people in my life. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. But at least I know I have support, that I’m not alone in this. 

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 12:24 am
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I lost…

..my severe need for control.

I gained…

..pure acceptance!

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I had moved my investments to safe ones thanks to astrology! Now make fun of astrology.

I will lose income later after everyone else has gone back to work because those who are not working now will affect me later. So at least I can prepare.

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My landlord (technically my housemate) told me I need to consider changing out of my scrubs as soon as I get home. She said there’s now a backlash against healthcare workers wearing scrubs in public. 

I work in home care, and visit 3-4 people a day. We’re not allowed to change clothes in clients’ homes. The expection is that we wear one set for the whole day (if someone’s sick, you wear a paper gown over them, gloves and paper mask.) Businesses are closing left and right, and some don’t allow customers to use the restroom as a changing room. Also, what do I do with my downtime? Parks just closed around here. I don’t want people around here shooting me dirty looks just for being outside in scrubs. What should I do, hose myself down with Lysol? Some of my clients have breathing issues, so that’s not feasible. 

As far as changing the minute I get home, sometimes it’s been 7-8 hours since I last ate, and I’m feeling weak, so I need to eat. Right now I don’t feel safe grabbing a bite to eat on the way home. So I heat up something at home, then bathe and change to pajamas. Maybe it’s time to fit in a snack in the afternoons so I can strip down the minute I get home. Don’t want to trigger anyone or get scrubs-shamed.

So I guess you could say I’ve lost some sense of freedom (call the wahhh-mbulance). 

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If I saw someone in scrubs, Id think they were a hero! Im grateful that you are putting your own health on the line to continue to take care of people that need it! 

Also, Anyone can have the virus! I haven’t heard of people getting it from doctors and nurses, but being around normal people. If anything I trust healthcare workers more, to know how to wash hands, disinfect etc. You guys are trained, I am not. 

If anyone gives you a dirty look, I say fuck em. Don’t take that as the whole of society demonizing you. Its a few ignorant people. And I guarantee they wouldn’t be giving you a dirty look if they or someone they loved needed care. 

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Lost.. can’t see my parents 🙁 I miss them and worry about them feeling isolated. My sister lives close to them though and is being a trooper bringing them groceries and stuff. My dad’s a lifelong heavy smoker and let’s say his lungs probably couldn’t handle it so we’re being very careful with him.

Lost…Job security, its non existent at the moment.

Lost… Possibly lots of money stocking up for a potential quarantine/lock down. I may return some items before the deadline is up if they aren’t necessary. Not that I was hoarding TP or anything like that but I don’t think I need the extra soap and vitamins and sardines 😂 I got suckered into panic buying maybe just a tad.

Gained.. working from home. I just consider it a blessing right now. 

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Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:58 am
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My income is off by about 60%.

My husband is at work today but it might be the last day until…?

I am not sure what all is contributing, in his case.  The tornado was devastating and there was a shut down at that time. Not sure if it is a lack of orders or materials or both.

In my case, if my customers lose income, they can’t buy.

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My daughter just lost her job for awhile. I am kind of relieved even though I will be helping with the bills.

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We haven’t lost anything financially because my husband is able to work from home. For this I am extremely grateful.

My children are losing a lot in terms of activities, seeing their friends, and certain events that were so unbelievably important and my heart is completely and utterly broken over it. It fuels my anger towards the response to this whole thing. If this hurts my children beyond this, I don’t know what I’ll do but even as I type this I feel an anger rising in my chest.

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My mind. I have lost my mind, as I thought I had responded in this thread. Perhaps I went my way thinking it over and didn’t return. Wonder what I decided. 

I no longer see my daughter and her daughter on school days. I helped with transportation. Daughter carries her disabled child while I carry backpack,etc.

I have a low level of anxiety which I haven’t had in years. I have lost that peace of mind. 

Both my husband and I are retired on pensions. Finances are steady. We are fortunate. 

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I’ve lost money in my 401K and Roth IRA.

I’ve also lost faith in the powers that be. I mean, I didn’t have tons of it to begin with, but now I really think that something about this whole narrative is a deception or confusion or combination of both.

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