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Dealing with COVID-19

Discussion in 'Help and Support' started by Mia, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. Mia

    Mia Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Staying out of public places, stocking up on food. Using hand sanitizer? Avoiding other people?
    Washing your hands all the time?

    I've not done very much that way. Yet I have bought extra food, have sanitizer, in case.
     
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    Judge Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Nothing other than what I've been doing for the last ten years to avoid the flu.

    Stay away from children in general, and adults who exhibit any signs of coughing, sneezing, etc. And avoid touching other people and my own face in as much as is possible, and to wash my hands frequently.

    Living in self-imposed near-isolation doesn't hurt either as an Aspie. Keeping to myself is part of my lifestyle.
     
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    Being as antisocial as my life already dictated before Coronavirus. Oh, and I’d take a shower after being out and about.
     
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    Common sense precautions if anything. Keeping hands clean is one of the best methods, along with spotting any red flags in public.

    I'm too anti-social as it is as well...not THAT kind of anti-social, but whatever. Coronavirus + people = bad news. May as well quarantine myself as usual.
     
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    Stocked up on some rice and chicken. But that was more of a preparation for when or if people are starting to panic buy in my area.
    I'm not too worried. But, I will take the appropriate actions if i get infected.
     
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    Mia Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Get the impression that most aspies will avoid becoming ill, simply as a result of our lifestyles. Things I do not do:

    Malls
    Hospitals
    Public gatherings
    Large restaurants
    Large grocery stores
    Movies at theaters
    Buses and subways
     
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    GrownupGirl Tempermental Artist

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    I haven't really done much of anything I don't normally do. I still have masks and gloves from the H1N1 flu pandemic. I'm still kind of surprised there was a pandemic at all since I don't even know anyone who got H1N1, let alone died of it.
     
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    No, nothing. It doesn't worry/affect me, not unless it comes to my area. If I thought I had it (covid19), of course I would self-isolate, as I would do for the regular flu or cold if I had it, otherwise life continues as normal.
     
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    Jeremiah Chaotic Neutral

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    I'm not really doing anything different. I guess I just don't care.
    Then again, my whole life I've been kinda lucky when it comes to my health, so I don't know how to worry about it.
     
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    Have to be extremely careful, my spouse has an immune-system disorder. If, I manage somehow to get the flu or any other virus I might infect him, and he could die.

    Both of us caught the H1N2 flu virus two years ago on a trip and it was two months to recover from at home, my spouse was in hospital and then in intensive physiotherapy for half the year. He had to learn to walk all over again. He's much better now, and able to do pretty much everything he used to do.
     
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    It's just life as usual for us. My husband is a doctor and rather OCD so handwashing, avoiding coughing/sneezing/sick people, not touching one's face, and keeping surfaces sanitized has been standard operating procedure for us for decades. He does have some of what I consider extreme ideas (no burning candles, air fresheners or sprays because they emit particulate stuff in the air that is bad for lungs) but I just go with the flow. I don't like anything scented in the house, anyway.

    He had a moderate case of type A influenza in January which I did not catch from him so the handwashing and sanitized surfaces worked for me. I also slept in the guest bedroom while he was sick, LOL. And then washed the sheets and bedding in hot water with some bleach after he got better.

    I hope everyone stays well during this outbreak.
     
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    I'm not worried at all, people are just blowing it out of proportion. I sure as heck don't remember mass panic that's as pathetic as what's currently happening when H1N1 arose in 2009, so the same shouldn't be happening here in any capacity.

    As long as you keep up the proper hygiene practises, you're basically fine. Not that hard when one's able to do so.
     
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    I looked for hand sanitiser but it's unavailable. I got ordinary hand-wash and have washed my hands a bit more, though actually I had a really full on tummy bug yesterday so not sure if it makes any difference! I haven't had flu for years and I am not usually socialising a lot as normal. For someone highly unsocial. Been joking about pangolin meat possibly being in the mixed meat choice at the takeaway. But hopeful it isn't, as no pangolin should have to die... or other wild creature.
     
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  14. oregano

    oregano is dreaming of desolation

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    I went and bought a bunch of canned food a few days before the panic buying hit Sacramento. That's more for if there's a regional quarantine announced. Already had lots of sanitizer, also picked up two huge bottles of antibacterial hand soap while buying, which is good since there isn't any left.

    I live in a relatively rural area and don't frequent any large gatherings except for grocery stores and thrift stores, so I cut out the thrift store trips since all the customers are filthy. Also I'm trying to stay in as much as humanly possible, only going out in the early mornings before the crowds hit. Lots of hand washing/sanitizing when I do go out. Coronavirus mainly spreads by touch, so it's important to keep your hands clean and avoid touching your face since that's how the virus enters. That's what my doctor told me.

    American trash tabloids are claiming it's worse than the Black Death and will destroy civilization and that the British Royal Family could all die of it since apparently the school William's kids go to had to shut down over it. (Not that the last item is such a bad thing, mind you. But the tabloids would see their revenue model destroyed.)

    I feel bad that I wasn't able to move to my land before it hit, but there will likely be subsequent plagues, each one deadlier than the last, since the world is way too overpopulated and nature has a way of curing overpopulation with disease. Within 15 years or so there will likely be drastically fewer humans on earth. Also not a bad thing, just get out of the cities in time.
     
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    Hand sanitizer is suddenly very difficult to find. All the conventional places are completely out of it.

    Ended up finding a 32 ounce bottle at Big Lots of all places. :eek:
     
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    Actually had two gigantic bottles of hand sanitizer. Used it to remove dried on maple tree sap turned to gum from the roof of the car last summer. Which took an entire morning. All set now:eek:
     
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    It's certainly causing mass panic for sure. To me I urge people to be careful with what they do. Keep your hands clean, practise other hygenic things as well and you should be fine.
     
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    I have always been a germaphobe around people anyway, people are pretty disgusting with the spitting, coughing & not washing hands after the toilet etc. If someone coughs in a shop, I will flee to a different aisle in horror. I avoid touching buttons, door handles etc by using a disposable tissue or using my sleeve. I always wash my hands & face as soon as I get home. Soap & hot water is effective enough if done thoroughly. I am not OCD about it, I have pets who drag all sorts of muck into the house :( but that's pets for you. They don't sneeze on me generally!

    Being a self-isolating germaphobe person now has its advantages, it seems :p Annual cases of flu have completely passed me by in the past, hopefully this will too. It's up to each individual to practise good hygiene to protect themselves & others. Also not going into work or socialising when sick! ;)

    But with a potential incubation period of 2 weeks or more, this corona virus (& it's genetic structure) is very unusual. Best stop me there...:cool: << Conspiracy face.
     
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    Almost usual for me, I still don't understand why there is a rush on toilet paper... :rolleyes:

    I do go out lots, but have always done lots of hand washing, one of the key things they always say about avoiding cold and flu bugs...

    And I always cough into my elbow, even something on Mythbusters years ago confirmed that that is the most effective way to not spread germs when coughing or sneezing...
     
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    Spot on. Don't you just hate it when you are going through a checkout & the cashier coughs or sneezes into their bare hands and then proceeds to touch every item of yours? I stand there thinking "Should I comment or not?" Usually I just stay mute to not cause a scene & go home disgusted & do what I can then. More work but no aggro. May reconsider this approach atm :mad:
     
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