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Abinadab A Member Since: Sep 26, 2016
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Scott B wrote:

I am basically at the epicenter of this disease here in the US. The majority of deaths in the US are coming from an assisted living facility not very far away. The first reported case here in the US was also not very far away. Our school district is closed and my two high school aged kids are now in "remote learning" from home although my wife, who works in the school district, still needs to go in. Sports activities continue because sports is of course more important than school. On the positive side, my kids can get a taste of what the freelancer lifestyle is like now that they are doing "work" away from the traditional building. Had major travel plans for the summer that are now likely not happening. That's a bit of a first world kind of problem though. We freelancers are ahead of the curve when compared with all of the office workers. Business as usual for us! 


Sorry to aggravate the panic, but I'm all for being matter-of-factly and not sugarcoating things.

 

Please note that stock markets have nosedived because of this virus.

 

Many IRL businesses - industries in fact, have closed their doors till further notice - workers have been told to go home.

These are the businesses freelancers are serving.

 

Rest assured that if the virus continues to escalate at the present rate, you'll soon see the jitters in your job feed (if you haven't already).

 

Nobody is thinking about how to post jobs and do things and things on Upwork during a deadly global pandemic.

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Scott B wrote:

I am basically at the epicenter of this disease here in the US. The majority of deaths in the US are coming from an assisted living facility not very far away. The first reported case here in the US was also not very far away. Our school district is closed and my two high school aged kids are now in "remote learning" from home although my wife, who works in the school district, still needs to go in. Sports activities continue because sports is of course more important than school. On the positive side, my kids can get a taste of what the freelancer lifestyle is like now that they are doing "work" away from the traditional building. Had major travel plans for the summer that are now likely not happening. That's a bit of a first world kind of problem though. We freelancers are ahead of the curve when compared with all of the office workers. Business as usual for us! 


If it's a concern for your kids, it should be a concern for your wife, too! If it were me ... I'd be taking sick and vacation days whether I had any or not.

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Just went online to  my supermarket's site ... and saw this banner at the top of the page.

 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Virginia F wrote:

Just went online to  my supermarket's site ... and saw this banner at the top of the page.

 

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Scammers are also cashing in on the whole thing, selling face marks and hand sanitizers at ridiculous prices....

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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Petra- assuming, of course, that the Chinese government is telling the truth about new cases.  But it may be a case of the virus burning itself out fairly quickly.  And maybe warmer weather will slow it down.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Ugh, now even this thread is being infected by unwelcome organisms... (Edited to thank the friendly mod who removed the virus! Much appreciated)

 

Today's news:

 

The World Health Organisation informs us that taking hot baths does not prevent the virus

 

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Actually, overall, this myth busting page is pretty useful considering all the fake news that is circulating on social media!

 

I am waiting for the updated numbers to see if yesterday's lower than trending number of new infections (977) in Italy was a blip or if the trend continues.

 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Eve L wrote:

Petra wrote:


Nor me, but frankly I have never understood why anyone would ever possibly want to be trapped on some glorified ferry with thousands of random people.

Why not? I've been considering living on a cruise ship for a while, think it sounds perfect for us freelancers. You can work comfortably, and whenever you want to go out for a bit you're in a new city if you match your days off so that's when the ship is in a new place. Sounds perfect to me. Just a shame it's so expensive. I wish they had discounts for full-time passengers.

 

 


It gets old after a while and it's mostly old people on cruises. It seems like a cool thing to do and it's not a bad experience if you go on one of the 3 day cruises, but you will feel like a rat in a cage after a while. Limited space, limited room unless you go for the expensive top-level rooms. You want the upper level for the deck and the view, because the low level feels like you're a poor on the Titanic and you know you gonna die if something happens.

 

I haven't been on one since I was like 18 (in Florida all you have to do is drive to the port, so everyone has been on a cruise), but I remember the food being Vegas levels of good and soo soooo much of it. You probably would get fat on a cruise because there is always so much food.

 

eta: $3k for the poor seats to fly to Rome. $13k for first class. My immune system is a gigachad. I ain't even worried.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Jennifer M wrote:

. My immune system is a gigachad. I ain't even worried.

My immune system is brilliant and I hardly ever get as much as a common cold (I just saw some moron describe the coronavirus as a cold, when it's not even the same kind of virus but that's another discussion altogether...). I have had antibiotics a grand total of 3 times in my life, of which twice was likely needless and under protest.

 

I have never been in hospital in my entire life except for stitches or x-rays- The last time I had x-rays I hopped to the tame equine vet next door because I could not face going to hospital and he x-rayed the foot for me, and let me interpret the images myslf as it would have been illegal for him to give medical advice.

 

I still self isolate, not just because I don't want to get it, I dont want to play a part iin spreading it either.

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Antonia B Member Since: Feb 24, 2015
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Petra, I live near Rome and I can understand your feelings. I'm scared for what is happening and I can't neither count on my lessons of dance to relieve the stress, because all sport activity are closed. Let's hope all that can help to defeat this coronavirus.

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Kristin R Member Since: Mar 3, 2020
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Let's hope! I live in a city in northern Ontario, Canada. It is quite isolated. However, I went to do some errands today and there is no toilet paper to be found. The city has been wiped clean of it! It seems everyone is preparing for the day where we are told not to leave our homes. I guess I better do the same...

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