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Just forwarded the link to a few folks that can benefit from this new information. Thanks!

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2 minutes ago, KTMrad said:

https://www.tmz.com/2020/03/16/san-francisco-coronavirus-lockdown-curfew-three-weeks/

If this happens here in SD, I think I'll pack up the rig and go isolate in the desert for awhile with Doc Holliday. Would be a great way to readjust to camping, living off the rig, and back on the road.

AGREE,  my sister lives in madrid spain and this is their current lockdown for next two weeks. 

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13 minutes ago, Bp619 said:

AGREE,  my sister lives in madrid spain and this is their current lockdown for next two weeks. 

I read, with tanks in the streets !

Weird time now.

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The situation is real serious, please read and share, from a real Canadian woman stuck in Spain....Carmen Lee...

Hello all, I am writing to you from my fourth day in coronavirus quarantine, here in Barcelona, Spain. This is a message to everyone- family, friends, former colleagues, peers and teammates back home (or wherever you are in the world). Please take this virus seriously. I want to share with you what is happening here now, what the consequences are of a delayed response. I hope this will help you to understand that all jokes and toilet paper memes aside, your action needs to be taken now. 

A week ago here in Spain, we only talked about coronavirus. We already had some cases, but it just didn’t seem that bad. We saw the suffering in Italy and said “That won’t happen here.” Changes were not made. People still went out on the weekend, went to the gym, went to work, to school, etc. Preventing the spread of the virus was not a priority. Fast forward just 1 WEEK: Spain is now in a state of emergency. The virus is here and it is tearing through this country. I have coronavirus. My friends have coronavirus. Parents of children have coronavirus. Teachers, students, business people, researchers, politicians, bus drivers, etc. have coronavirus. In a matter of days, the number of confirmed cases spiked from just a few hundred to well into the thousands. Hospitals and medical clinics are completely and entirely exhausted, operating at over-capacity, with quickly depleting resources and staff. Hundreds of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel have caught the virus and have been issued to quarantine. Those who remain are working 24/7, non stop. It is not just the elderly or the immunocompromised who are checking in for treatment- people of ALL ages are needing medical care. With each passing day, the death toll rises and the situation grows more severe.

In just 1 WEEK the coronavirus has caused Spain to crumble and it appears the worst has yet to come. Now having one of the fastest rates of COVID-19 contagion in the entire world, the Spanish Prime Minister stated that the number of cases could top 10,000 by early next week- almost double the current level. Just yesterday, cases rose by 1,500. If the pressure on the health care system is already unbearable, then what could possibly happen in the following days? We could ask our dear friends in Italy, as they are about a week ahead of us, with thousands of infected people trying to get into hospitals with only a few spaces left. With doctors and nurses having to CHOOSE who to save and who to let die because there are not enough medical professionals, supplies or space left to treat the growing number of patients. The Spanish government can see we are following in Italy’s footsteps and the pressure is on, to make up for a lack of action taken in the beginning.

All schools and universities have shut down. Public events and sports games have been cancelled. Roads have been blocked, entire regions of the country are under lockdown and towns and villages have been quarantined. Businesses, cafes, restaurants, gyms, bars/cubs and shopping centres have all closed, with the exception of the supermarkets selling food and pharmacies. Police roam the streets to ensure people stay inside. The rest of the world can see the risk now too- 62 countries have suspended flights from Spain.

To think, if preventative action could have been taken just 1 week before, if the mindsets of people could have shifted 1 week earlier, we could be living a very different reality right now.

To all the people back home in Canada or wherever you may be, please understand that this virus will change things very quickly. Once it becomes an issue, it is very hard to control. Being proactive and taking precautions now is absolutely necessary; every day counts! Be diligent with your health practices and be responsible with your decision making to be out in public!!! Going to the bar, the mall, the movies, the gym, etc. is truly just not worth it right now!!! Save it for a week that isn’t potentially life threatening to you or the humans around you. Push for work weeks at home and online classes!! Nothing is worth the risk. Social distancing is CRITICAL. And if you are sitting there feeling like you don’t have to be cautious because you are young/healthy, PLEASE remember that we as human beings have a responsibility to look out for one another. You being careless could lead to the loss of someone’s grandmother or grandfather, someone's parent, someone’s coworker, or someone’s friend. That is what is happening here and it’s a lot more difficult to stop now that it’s started.

I hope you take something away from this going forward. Stay home and be cautious. Start today if you haven’t already. You will make a difference!!! Please stay safe everyone. 💛

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These types of accounts (from "just a regular guy" rather than some government organization or media) make the information a little more digestible.

Just watched a show on Netflix called "Explained". There is an episode called "Pandemic". Produced before this current one. It is very interesting how accurately their predictions are playing out.

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My daughter lives in Italia, yes it is very serious issue.She is in low virus impact zone in Tuscany away from big cities and high people concentrations. But they are basically under martial law/war conditions.

I did speak with my Brescia/Bergamo industry friends to understand how it got hit so hard and deadly. Answer is simple, all the moto/auto industry companies are there - helmets/ boots/ gear etc etc etc , well they all do extensive business with China mfg, so folks were constantly traveling back and forth to their China manufacturing plants and carried the germs back in big numbers into that Lombardy region.

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I'm not saying this is not serious, but I do believe that the media needs to stop stoking the flames of fear.  Information is good; bad information is not.

Stay safe out there all.

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Very good clear and concise information. Spend some quality time at home; not often the general population  gets a chance for that. Stay out of fear. Stay centered and present. Peace, Mark 

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If anyone wants SD County updates,

Text the below code to 468311 for SD COUNTY COVID19 UPDATES:
 

COSD COVID19

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An email that I received 

 

Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic 
by James Robb, MD UC San Diego 

Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources. 

The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April. 

Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.: 

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc. 

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove. 

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors. 

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts. 

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been. 

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands. 

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more! 

What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US: 

1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas. 

Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth. 

2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you - it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth. 

3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective. 

4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available. 

I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved. BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available. 

I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. You are welcome to share this email. Good luck to all of us! 
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I'm sure I'll be in some remote area, alone...well maybe with riding partner.....ya know, for safety.

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I went to work yesterday and my guys are out this morning; we will all be out next week unless someone forces us home.  I've spoken to several folks that have some insight and many of them feel that this has been here since November of last year.  Many people were very sick over the holidays (myself included) with something that felt different than anything before (Dr Oz spoke about this at a conference yesterday).  I'm not saying I had it, but I do think there is a very good chance this has gone through already/before.  

I believe the key is to stay aware, use common sense and do not panic (panic has never solved anything in any occasion).  I am considered an essential as swimming pools can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which create other issues; I am not just out there breaking a directive to be a jerk.

Stay safe and healthy; we will get through this!

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Yes, the place where I work has shut down since Thursday night also.  I t will be closed indefinitely...at least two weeks..and then maybe longer.  The sad parts are that most of the workers there already barely scrape by from pay check to pay check, and though they could apply for unemployment benefits, those never cover what people were making on the job.  The other sad part is that (among many other products) we make medical products for Intubrite, and they supply hospitals with important devices...which we we now not be filling the orders for.

And yes, a strange illness absolutely swept through the place back in January.  Almost nobody escaped contracting it, and for most people it lasted for a month or longer.  A few people ended up with pneumonia  also.  I had it for over a month, started out like a cold, but as soon as those symptoms started to subside, other symptoms popped up.  They were mild, and I didn't run much of a fever, but I was so exhausted all of the time.  It wasn't like a regular cold or flu.  It was just....different.

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2 hours ago, dirt dame said:

Yes, the place where I work has shut down since Thursday night also.  I t will be closed indefinitely...at least two weeks..and then maybe longer.  The sad parts are that most of the workers there already barely scrape by from pay check to pay check, and though they could apply for unemployment benefits, those never cover what people were making on the job.  The other sad part is that (among many other products) we make medical products for Intubrite, and they supply hospitals with important devices...which we we now not be filling the orders for.

And yes, a strange illness absolutely swept through the place back in January.  Almost nobody escaped contracting it, and for most people it lasted for a month or longer.  A few people ended up with pneumonia  also.  I had it for over a month, started out like a cold, but as soon as those symptoms started to subside, other symptoms popped up.  They were mild, and I didn't run much of a fever, but I was so exhausted all of the time.  It wasn't like a regular cold or flu.  It was just....different.

It’s a shame that some companies don’t try harder to take care of their employees. Back when I had my business my wife and I didn’t take a paycheck for almost a year one time so we wouldn’t have to lay-off anyone during an economic downturn. 

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7 minutes ago, Covered in Dust said:

It’s a shame that some companies don’t try harder to take care of their employees. Back when I had my business my wife and I didn’t take a paycheck for almost a year one time so we wouldn’t have to lay-off anyone during an economic downturn. 

Chris, maybe Karma has played a hand in where you are now. Good on you. Companies have started the firing and laying off of employees. I have a feeling the financial fall out of all the shutdowns are going to be long and hard felt!

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Just sharing info...and this is in response to the crowds at all the beaches yesterday...people were not maintaining the minimum 6' rule, and were congregating in large groups. What a shame, the few ruined it for the many, once again.
We went to our local park outside SD city limits twice on weekend, no large groups, everyone was abiding by the 6' minimum rule...I hope that jurisdiction doesn't close that park.

https://www.sandiegoville.com/2020/03/san-diego-mayor-announces-closure-of-parks-beaches.html?m=1

 

 

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You can't just live in fear, but something to consider ; 

My friend Pearson, who lives in Colorado, thought he would use the time for a fun riding trip. I guess the riding was good, but coming back he encountered a group of deer on the road with a car coming the other way. He swerved to avoid them and his trailer went over the berm and pulled his truck and trailer over the embankment and rolled over into a shallow stream. 

The end result is a broken femur, snapped humerus, and several broken ribs. He's now in the hospital at the worst of times.

Upshot - be Extra careful out there!

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I am not allowing myself to be sucked into the media cluster that this has become, and I refuse to read/watch/listen to every update and talking head.  Practice common sense, wash your hands and stay calm. 

Life is dangerous; keep a level head and look out for others.  Stay safe all.

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I'm just sharing info from the latest officials, take it or leave it.

I'd like to keep posting REAL information from local officials, not media BS.

 

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7 hours ago, KTMrad said:

I'm just sharing info from the latest officials, take it or leave it, feel it's necessary to keep posting REAL information from local officials, not media BS.

 

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