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Dealing with COVID-19

Discussion in 'Help and Support' 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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  2. It is making it harder

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  1. Sherlock77

    Sherlock77 Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    A friend posted this on her social media tonight, she has had a very difficult year as a teacher's aide... I'm struggling with what she wrote, she is a good friend...
    Within the last year I have taken some chances, and by my own admission been in some big crowds last year, most notably evening classic car cruise events... It's what kept me going mentally (being single and living on my own, the isolation), and I'm once again staring down a severe lack of events, classic car events, or other events too, for the second summer now? Will they ever come back? It's starting to depress me... But more to the point, I have likely taken more chances than I should have in the last year, but still have been mindful of being careful in the process... At a large enough evening classic car cruise event, avoiding the larger section of the crowd and watching my distance as much as I could, but still being there... Should I have stayed away entirely? That would have depressed me too (not being there), because classic car events was all I had last summer... It just has me thinking a little...

    Anyway what she posted...

    "Please remember that being vaccinated against COVID does NOT mean:
    - you won’t get sick
    - you can’t pass it on
    - you won’t have to quarantine if exposed.
    The vaccines reduce the severity of the disease if you do contract it. So, while you may feel fine you CAN STILL pass it on to others.
    I am now in my 7th or 8th isolation (can’t honestly remember). Only 8 school days after schools re-opened. This pandemic is NOT over yet. I do not know the circumstances surrounding the close-contact so I will not judge. BUT for those who are tired of having their freedom imposed upon, etc. the best thing you, and everyone, can do is follow ALL the guidelines and recommendations even after you’ve been vaccinated.
    I would love to have a summer! Heck I would have loved to have been able to watch our son graduate in person this year instead of via Zoom. I get this is “hard”. We all have to continue to work together to keep this pandemic from dragging out any further.
    You want proof that early easing of the restrictions doesn’t work ... just look at our case numbers 3-4 weeks after an easing or after a major holiday.
    ritain, Australia, and New Zealand had a significantly stronger and longer full shut down and as a result are already hosting live concerts and sporting events. We have to be willing to delay the gratification for this fight to be successful.
    Mental and emotional health has been talked about a lot lately, well imagine the mental amd emotional struggles of a kid and thier family or any one working in education who never really knows when they will be going back online or not. If they will finish the school year with their friend’s or not. Or, now because they have to be at home to watch their isolating student how they are going to work and pay the bills. This is STILL, and always should be, a time when we consider others.
    I am sad to be missing my son’s graduation presentation at church with a friend he has known since he was 6 months old. But at least I can work from home amd still support my family. AND I have an AMAZING hubby amd kids who are (unfortunately) so used to me isolating that they know the return and how best to keep me smiling. [​IMG]"
     
  2. Aspergers_Aspie

    Aspergers_Aspie Well-Known Member

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    A lot of people take off and put back on a face mask touching it with their hands that they haven't washed or used hand sanitizer on
     
  3. Paul Lee

    Paul Lee Well-Known Member

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    Have you had covid-19?
    If so, describe how it was, and did you get the vaccine?

    Now before anyone says anything because I asked how it feels, then yeah. I know it sucks. But I just wanted to know from someone who has had it. :openmouth:
     
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  4. Fino

    Fino Alex V.I.P Member

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    I had it. It was like the flu but with a weird feeling to it. I got vaccinated.
     
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  5. Misery

    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    I never actually got it... as far as I know... but I very likely was at least exposed to it very early on. When the crazed Toilet Paper Rush of 2020 happened here in the US, I went out to various stores to stock up on things like TP and soap. And stood in slow-moving lines. This was before masks were really a thing.

    Not one of my brighter moments, really.

    My nephew (age 2) did get it though. You know, toddler day-care sorts of places, basically germ factories, so he catches basically everything. But he was fine, it didnt seem to hit him hard.

    I did get the vaccine later on, as soon as I could. The kid is the only one without it right now (because he's too young).
     
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  6. Ronin82

    Ronin82 Dog Trainer Extraordinaire

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    I had it early on. Actually, it moved through my whole house a couple of times. The first round was the worst for me. A slight fever that lasted about 12 hours, kind of flu-like, but actually felt like I had hard, glass-like areas in my lungs. Still, I was able to take care of it in a week at home, no serious issues. Kicked it in 2 days the second round, and was exposed a third time with no illness. I did get the J&J vaccine a year later (March this year), and had a nice response to it, so I figure I'm well-protected now. Still, I know it won't affect me too harshly, and I know how to kick it, so I'm not too scared for myself at this point.
     
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  7. Streetwise

    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I'll wait till somebody posts a discussion in the private members area
     
  8. VAW

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    Both my son's had it. One son has an auto-immune system disease... he had a pretty high fever, cough, stomach problems and some breathing problems, but it was early when the virus first came and no one had any testing kits, so the hospital tested him for the flu and for pneumonia and sent him home and told him to isolate for two weeks. He didn't get back to normal for about 3 weeks.

    My other son had it and had a mild fever some coughing and stomach problems but no trouble breathing and was over it in only a couple of days. He got tested and it was positive. He did lose his taste for about a week.

    None of us have taken the vaccine.
     
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  9. Paul Lee

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    Man, this virus is here to stay, I think. :(
     
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  10. Aspergers_Aspie

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    One of my friends told me that he was in a pub and although the bar staff touch the glass to our and to place the glass onto a try, they demanded he lift the glass of the tray, why?
     
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    Some have blossomed I hope to see bees and birds soon. I also enjoy feeding pigeons seeds. I feel sad if I see a pigeon with an injured foot and want to help them. It's cool as some recognise me now as I go most days.
     
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  12. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    First time in the stores l spoke up and told people to give me some personal space. Forced me out of my comfort zone and to speak up when we were on the 6 feet thing. So now l feel better in the stores, l know l have a voice and stand up for myself.
     
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  13. Aspergers_Aspie

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    From a combination of my own experience and from people telling me, I don't believe everyone is staying at home if they have a continuous cough. Even if it wasn't times of covid, I would like people to stay at home unless for essential reasons as not to spread the cold.
     
  14. Ronald Zeeman

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    I'm keeping track of covid statistically in my province, almost aver once the politics ends
     
  15. Aspergers_Aspie

    Aspergers_Aspie Well-Known Member

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    I saw a bee for the first time at my wild flowers yesterday morning!
    I also enjoy feeding pigeons bird seed.
    Some people have misconceptions about pigeons:-
    Amazing Facts about Pigeons | OneKindPlanet Animal Education & Facts
     
  16. Ronald Zeeman

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    ONE more week maybe things start to open up.
     
  17. Neonatal RRT

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    From the perspective of a health care worker, I know my co-workers spent the better part of a year horribly overworked, stressed, wearing all that miserably hot personal protective equipment, the daily deaths, knowing that whatever they do might not matter,...it is written all over their faces, their body language, the talk or the lack thereof in the break room at change of shift. We are experiencing a "mass exodus" of staff members,...like greater than 20% have left for less stressful jobs,...and there aren't enough replacements,...leaving the remainder to pick up the extra work,...and it is not a good environment for anyone. We were short-staffed going into this pandemic,...it's critical right now. That's what is happening "on-the-ground" right now. The US health care system is in a precarious position,...the calm before the storm if the flu and/or coronaviruses hit again in the Fall,...it could just collapse the system as we know it. Plenty of beds,...not enough health care workers.

    Other than wearing masks and not being able to go out like we normally did, travel, etc....things really haven't changed for us other than being "inconvenienced". That said, our children are adults and we don't have the extra burden of finding child care, transitioning from work at home to work at the office again, etc.
     
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  18. Magna

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    I disagree with wearing masks, etc simply being an "inconvenience". There's an underlying factor that can't be overlooked or understated: Covid19 ruined life as we've known it. What did Covid19 do?

    • It forever changed the comfort level people have enjoyed (and should be able to enjoy in any free society) in interacting with each other.
    • It forever changed the feeling of safety previously felt in going about day to day activities. That feeling of safety will never return to pre-Covid days. People who lived through the Great Depression even as children and truly suffered, will tell you that their lives were never the same and they never looked at their lives the same way for the remainder of their lives.
    • It caused irreparable neglect and avoidance in people who needed attention most (e.g. elder loneliness, no funerals for loved ones, etc).
    • Depending on where a person lives in the world, some have been subjected to "lockdown" to varying degrees for 1.5 years now. Previously the term "lockdown" was most commonly used to refer to a level of imprisonment. Are there similarities to Covid "lockdowns" and imprisonments? Of course.
    • Children being isolated from society, schooling, etc for 1.5 years.
    In my opinion saying that basically life really didn't change all that much for the average person, we just had to wear a mildly annoying mask out and about is like saying life in a previously free society that's fallen under the occupation of a violent dictatorship is basically the same; the only difference is that you have to follow different rules.

    As such, I for one am still of the belief that should it eventually be revealed that Covid19 was manmade, it simply must be regarded by humanity as being the single most egregious and unforgivable act perpetrated in human history given its scope, impact, etc and should NEVER be allowed to be repeated ever. This has been a big big deal. Far more grave than mere "inconveniences".
     
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  19. Neonatal RRT

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    With respect,...that has been MY personal experience,...clearly not yours. That's OK,...I understand. I stand by my statements with regards to the mask wearing and shut downs,...it was an inconvenience that DID NOT affect me or my wife in any significant way. That was OUR life experience. That said,...we remained employed and it frankly helped us financially since we weren't going out and traveling as usual. We never experienced any loss of an ability to get food and supplies. We never experienced issues with child care. We didn't have to deal with schooling children from home. We didn't have a business to worry about. We are not political people and never got wrapped up in all the discord and rhetoric being slung back and forth. We never socialized that much anyway, so it wasn't like we missed anything. Both of us were first in line to get the vaccines, both of us being healthcare workers. At no point did either of us think that our "freedoms" were being imposed upon,...it was something that we had to do for the greater good of society,...there are times when YOU don't matter for the greater good.

    Having worked in healthcare, watched the distress at work amongst the team, seen the refrigeration trucks loaded up with bodies outside the hospital,...and having had a rough case of CoVID-19 myself,...Yes, I do have a very different perspective on the whole situation. Peace.
     
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  20. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    For me, Covid gave me a job because the initial workers would rather collect unemployment. Then nobody wanted to eat inside, we were booked solid at the outside bar serving food and drinks giving me needed high volume experience and much needed confidence. But then l can't work in the sun due to being very fair complexion and people only want to sit outside and so l had to leave my job or risk cancer.

    I now feel more comfortable around crowds maybe due to my job. I speak up now and state what l need to say. So Covid society maybe helped me come to grips with things l struggled with. A member tried to give me Covid because l wouldn't date him, (despite me being very old, quite shocking to me, l posted the story some time back). The local men can act very entitled in this state.

    I bought a place because of Covid, l was frighten that society might get out of hand and l can't depend on my family despite them living here. What is next for us? It opened up my eyes to the limitations of where we live.

    So Covid was a game changer for the best, quite surprising.

    Re-edit: l was nothing but polite to this member at all times. This is why older woman are afraid to go out because you just can't trust.
     
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