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Dealing with COVID-19

Discussion in 'Obsessions and Interests' started by Mia, Mar 6, 2020.

What effect is the pandemic having on your mental health?

  1. It is making it easier

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    21.3%
  2. It is making it harder

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    78.7%
  1. lolcatal

    lolcatal Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't vote, because it's doing some of each. I'm becoming more agoraphobic than I was before COVID, but I'm also feeling better about the fact that I love spending time in the house. I can still do the things I did outside the house before COVID (mostly go on hikes), but now there are too many people everywhere because they don't have anything else to do.
     
  2. Sherlock77

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    I need a giant dose of patience right now, my last two days? "No food for you!" (metaphorically speaking)

    [Currently we are takeout only here]

    Yesterday, January 1st, stat holiday... A walk around a favourite inner city neighbourhood, was craving a slice of my favourite pizza, the "open" sign wasn't lit but there was someone inside, signaled to me that they were closed, I lost it, had a rant, denial (I'll admit I was wrong)

    Today, three attempts to grab some lunch while out for my walk, and I knew what I wanted, so maybe was guilty of having a one-track mindset

    First place: A local coffee shop that has a tuna sandwich I enjoy, their sandwich fridge was empty, owner told me that he has stopped bring in the sandwiches with poor sales at present, I wasn't happy, got a little upset, apologized on the spot to him

    Second place: An awesome Montreal smoked meat place, I arrived, the door was unlocked, but they informed they were closed early at 2 PM, got a little upset, apologized again...

    Third place: Another good sandwich place, they were open, my friend works there as well, made my order, chatted briefly with him, even about my frustration with the day... He tried to encourage me with a few words

    But in this whole process, my concentration and focus took a beating... I know I need to have extra loads of patience these days, something I often struggle with, the longer this all goes on the harder it gets for me...

    Third place:
     
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  3. Mary Terry

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    Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts and prayers for my sister. Sherlock, please do ask your church to pray for her.

    She is doing okay. She says the worst thing about it is the congestion in her sinuses (which hopefully won't drain into her lungs) and a constant headache. She does not have fever any more and it hasn't upset her stomach like so many experience. She can't smell anything which is worrisome but she can still taste food so maybe it's just the congestion in her head and not that her sense of smell has shut down like happens to many patients.

    My maternal side really kicks off when my family needs help so yesterday I made her a quart of creamy potato soup and picked/washed some lettuce and greens from our garden for a salad for her. I included some little containers of shredded cheddar cheese, chopped fried bacon, sliced scallions, cherry tomatoes, orange slices, and olives to jazz up the soup and salad. I put it on her front porch. Today I'll make her a loaf of rye bread (one of my new obsessions) and oatmeal cookies. She told me that she ate all of the orange slices immediately so I'll get her some more oranges today, too.

    Everyone, please stay safe.
     
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  4. Gracey

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    UK will be in second National Lockdown from midnight tonight according to Boris Johnson's announcement on bbc news website.

    The new variant being "50 - 70% more transmissible"
    call me pedantic :)
    I understand ' transmissible' (in this instance) to mean passed from one organism to another.

    How else is this new variant travelling to be more transmissible?
    Waste & sewerage? - water treatments inadequate?
    Food chains? - Animal products?

    The original variant entered the body as any other cold or influenza virus would.

    What cunning new methods does this new variant have that the original didn't, to make it "50 - 70% MORE transmissible"?

    I'm unable to find facts to support government claims on the nature of this 'New Variant'
    (there are always many variants of any virus at any one time, if it's passed around enough)
    Why is this newbie making headlines?

    A lockdown makes good sense. Can't transmit anything if don't come into contact with anyone.

    I think I've had my fill of recent local area changes.
    I see the sense in it all but 3 different sets of rules to adhere to in the past 10 days.
    Making my head spin. Need to catch my breath.
     
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  5. Sherlock77

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    Full scale lockdowns save lives from physical illness, but create massive mental health effects from the isolation, apparently even the WHO says this... Just stay as safe and as sane as you can, I'm thankful we aren't in full lockdown here in Alberta, I have the freedom to go for a walk outside... Hopefully that continues *touch wood*
     
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    Thank you :)
    I too hope you retain your liberty within safe boundaries.

    On reading the latest restrictions, I am permitted to exercise, outside, for up to one hour per day.

    On top of being able to walk into a store and buy essential provisions,

    On top of being able to go out to work.

    Which is pretty much what I would usually do on any given day.


    I believe I may have gotten swept up in the doom, gloom and sensationalism of news reports last night hence my gloomy post.

    One would think after a whole year of adapting to constantly changing restrictions I'd find it easier to do,
    rather than feeling like it's draining my mojo and pep.
     
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    Maybe the staff didn't realise but it would have been really good! If the staff from the autism charity I'm registered with, asked service users if they had all they needed for examples shoes (mine are badly worn and damaged) before Scotland went into these further restrictions, I have wide feet and not being able to try shoes to buy online it's very difficult!
     
  8. Wolfsage

    Wolfsage In training to be Wolf King.

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    Been hearing a lot of concerning talk about this covid vaccine. Thought it should be discussed. I myself am spooky of the short time it took to develop. Recent covid mutations also make me wonder about it's effectiveness. Just thought I'd put it out there.
     
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    I’m feeling somewhat similar as you. I’m not anti vax or think this is a conspiracy or not real etc. I don’t think it helps that there’s stories about people dying from the jab or experiencing anaphylaxis either. Of course, it’s not reported about their medical histories either but it’s still a bit alarming that it’s a short development time period and now mass vaccinations are beginning to take place for specific age /at risk groups. But now Where I live, with an extension of lockdown measures, except not closing schools, I m not entirely confident in any handling of this situation — especially considering they’re still allowing aspects of travel/tourism in my country. Priorities 101. Vaccine plan was supposed to have already started Since late December but there’s barely been anything about it. My mom is in the high risk group, due to her health, and so far she hasn’t received any information.
     
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    Take advantage of that one hour you're allowed, even if just in your neighbourhood, it will do you lots of good!

    I think we all get swept up in the negativity, I think back to March 2020 and I wasn't even sure how I would maintain my sanity over the long term, I've somehow made it this long and still sane :D But I do hope it gets better sooner rather than later, I'm especially missing indoor music events as winter goes on...

    Off for my daily walk, probably meet up with a friend/fellow photographer downtown, I'll be out for more than an hour
     
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    I see massive incompetency in distributing the vaccine. The fault lies with government. I have not heard of any confirmed story of someone dying from the shot and have heard of only about a dozen people out of the millions who have received the vaccine around the world who had a reaction sufficient to administer epinephrine. But, of course, the internet is rife with conspiracy theories and outright troll lies.

    Husband and I will get the vaccinations as quickly as we are allowed to do so. At this rate in our home state, it will sometime next summer, which is a totally unacceptable situation. I am one of those people who should use caution when getting the shot because I've had anaphylactic reactions to two drugs in the past which landed me in the emergency room for epinephrine shots. But I know that I'm more at risk from covid than I am from having an adverse reaction to the shots. The new Covid variant first identified in the UK that is 70 percent more contagious than the original variant also is a major reason for my decision.
     
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  12. Wolfsage

    Wolfsage In training to be Wolf King.

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    Did you hear about the other new varient in South Africa? They say it inhibits antibiotics.

    Wish luck with vaccine.
     
  13. Wolfsage

    Wolfsage In training to be Wolf King.

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    I'm kinda worried they will mandate it for everyone.
     
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    Here, it’s been put as optional. Although greatly encouraged to have it.
     
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    I'll likely be the last person to even get it anyway because of my age and my overall risk is very low... If there are issues with the vaccine they will likely be dealt with by then... That's my general thought
     
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    I think it's 70% max more contagious, not 70 times... if it were 70 times more contagious, it would indeed be extremely scary! :)
     
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    Oops! My bad. I'll correct my prior post.
     
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  18. Sherlock77

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    Had another discussion/argument with a friend last night

    He is a substitute teacher here in the province of Alberta (Canada), so you can guess his Covid perspective on lockdowns in general and schools

    I've never been married or had children, so I don't know a lot about the world of school, but my general perspective on Covid is:

    I do acknowledge that the health concerns are very real, but ten months into pandemic I am very concerned about the business sector and the arts scene (performing art and visual art)

    Walmart, Amazon and other large retail are doing quite fine, they are also places I avoid shopping if possible, I have reasons pre-Covid, I won't go there right now

    I have always strived to support smaller local business because I believe it's very important, and statistics show they support more of the local economy than big box stores... The same story with bars, restaurants and coffee shops

    I think people tend to mostly shop at big chain stores and restaurants because it's what they hear and see in advertising, plus most of the suburbs (where most people live) is full of big business... And I believe Covid is hurting small business far more than big business

    The arts? One of my loves as some of you may know, especially smaller scale local arts, I enjoy going to art galleries, to some extent opening galas for art shows as much as I struggle with crowd mixing... And performances of more independent and local musicians and poets in smaller venues, the Friday night open mic which I often attended was of course wiped out back in March, where I knew a small group of people who went and played

    I am just wondering what will be left "standing" at the end of this... Many suggestions indicate that about 50% (maybe more) of Canadian small business won't make it past Covid (sorry I really don't like big box stores), and what will be left of the arts scene, which is something that simply brings delight to and provides stress relief

    Back to my friend, and other people too, they are so hyper-focused on health impacts that they don't look at the balance of everything else... I believe mental health issues are another long lasting impact of Covid which will likely go on for years with some people...

    No other major crisis has told us not to socialize, in major wars of the past we could still stand face to face, shake a hand, have that sense of solidarity and communication... If we can't socialize properly that is difficult on mental health... Back to my friend again, he just doesn't get that, and he can be fairly argumentative at times too
     
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  19. Wolfsage

    Wolfsage In training to be Wolf King.

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    They seem to forget in order to fight back you need supplies to fight with.
    The fear mongering in the news isn't helping things either. As for what be left standing. Big business.
     
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    That's what concerns me the most about the current situation, especially the part about big business, and there is nothing I can do about :(