Coronavirus discussion...

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by AuntJamelle, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member is everyone??? Taking your Vit C???? Washing your hands???

    I was just thinking it might be good to start a thread about this whole thing :(

    Here in Indiana the cases are just starting. No panic buying here yet but stores are cleaned out of hand sanitizer.

    My friend in CO though is dealing with bare shelves. She even drove to another town to be faced with the same. Things out of stock on Amazon as well. I'm getting ready to ship her a box of food! :confused:

    How is everyone doing? Are you stocking up? Prepared if schools close?

    DH and I talked about it and agreed that having basic emergency supplies on hand is really a good thing at any time.

    What is on your must have in the house list?

    virtual ((hugs)) to all !!!!
  2. MrsSoup

    MrsSoup Well-Known Member

    There are only two cases so far here on the island and both were contracted from Washington state and then the elderly people flew back home to our island. There has been no community spread that the state is aware of as of yet. However, as soon as this virus started and the news said to be prepared, people started buying out toilet paper. I had to order online because I couldn't find any. We have a nice stockpile now so won't worry for a while. We have been buying groceries as normal, but I did notice last night at the Commissary that some of the canned goods areas were a little lacking on the shelves.

    If the schools were to close, we would be fine since my kids are old enough to be at home and I am almost done with my hours and will be home if their schools close and mine doesn't. DS does online school anyway so he is here. We really haven't been too worried about it. The supply ships should still run even if the virus does hit the island.
  3. FrostyShimmer

    FrostyShimmer Well-Known Member

    We should have enough food to see us through a couple of weeks, though I could stand to grab a few things.

    Toilet paper is sold out here everywhere. I'm hoping to find some soon because I followed all the announcements on the radio saying not to panic and stock up as I watched people buy cartloads of toilet paper....but now we need some and there is none to be found.

    No cases in our province yet, but I imagine it is a matter of time. I have a birthday party planned near the end of the month for one of my kids at a Chuck E Cheese kind of a place and I'm worried people won't come because it's just far enough out that I imagine we'll be in the grip of it at that point and schools could be shut down etc. Hoping the place will refund or let us reschedule if that's the case, because it isn't cheap and DD has been looking forward to it for so long.

    I figure if it comes in the province my kids will get it and we won't even know unless DH and I get a bad infection and have to go to the hospital because we've all been sick since September. They say kids are big spreaders but don't show much more than a regular cold in most cases. I do worry about my parents who are older though......
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  4. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    I'm sure you've all read about Washington - home of Patient Zero and then the highest number of deaths. We've been somewhat knocked off that dismal pedestal by the high number of deaths in New York but there are about ten nursing homes here that have cases and the death toll keeps rising. After cases were confirmed in the counties north and south of us we held out for a few days but there are now confirmed cases in our area.

    The governor is scheduled for a press conference today - rumor is that he is going to ban large gatherings in the Seattle metro area. Non-essential travel has been cancelled here at work and there are many local events that have been cancelled.

    On the home front, I have toilet paper. I bought a giant pack at Costco as part of my regular shopping before all the hysteria started so I'm good for a while. Vic is busy fitting medical staff with respirators - they screen people coming to the island and you can't just put on a respirator, it has to fit properly to be effective. He's not sure if he can come home in June - I know it's a bit far out to consider but there is chatter that personal travel to states that have declared a state of emergency will be denied. Whether or not there will be a graduation ceremony for Sophia's masters program in June is to be determined. There was one scheduled for the end of March but it's been cancelled. I guess the grads will get their diplomas in the mail.
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  5. DahliaDoll

    DahliaDoll Well-Known Member

    I live in Western Washington. It's disappointing that so many events are being cancelled. I'm not sure all the hype is really necessary, but I sure don't want to contact the virus nor spread it. I think the standard health precautions are very important but nothing new, and even more care should be taken by those in high risk categories. Otherwise, is it really any more dangerous than the flu?

    I haven't stockpiled any provisions but did recently purchase TP from COSTCO since we had been running low anyway. My big fear is that if TP truly isn't available, I would need to start using my fabric stash. LOL Then it could be washed and re-used. A friend mentioned using the Sears catalogue, but those have gone by the wayside … along with phone books … may have to consider all the junk mail … oh the possibilities ...
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  6. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you are pretty well set Mrs. Soup!!! I've been wondering how you were doing!

    I am cringing for you FrostyShimmer!!! I hope they let you reschedule the party with no hassle if it comes to that. I can honestly say that I would probably NOT take DS to a Chucky Cheese anytime soon :(

    Isn't that just the way of it???? You try to be unselfish and calm and then wham - no T.P.!!!! Uggghhhh - hope you are able to get some! I know people are having trouble ordering certain things online...

    Will be thinking about you Pam!!! Hopefully things will level off and calm down!!!

    I went to Aldi last night and Walmart on lunch today - going to Meijer tonight. Have also been to Sams twice in the last week and bought extra canned goods on my grocery trips last week. And we stocked up at the butcher which we were due for anyway.

    Some misc. things I've picked up:

    Epsom Salts
    Extra Airbourne (when I can find it - shelves are empty)
    Extra Dial bar soap
    Extra reg dish soap
    Extra dog food (dry and wet)

    Not buying anything we won't use eventually.

    Gas is low here right now so we're going to fill up the gas cans just in case we need generator - if we fill them we won't need them!!!!

    Also bought some lighter fluid and made sure we had charcoal and propane on hand.

    I'm keeping my car at no less than half a tank - I remember when 9/11 happened the gas stations were suddenly swarmed and there was a lot of price gouging in this area - hopefully that will not happen again, but....

    Grocery wise I am feeling pretty good. I have it in the back of my mind that we may need to supplement family potentially. My DMIL is quite elderly and her adopted son with special needs has a host of medical conditions - they are definitely at risk. :( And then there is my friend in CO and her girls. One of which is in France as a student - hoping she comes home before they put a travel ban in place!!! All students traveling to Italy have already been sent home.

    I bought more yeast at Sam's and have plenty of flour and other basic baking supplies. Lots of canned goods, evaporated milk, pasta, rice, beans, tuna, etc.

    I got really lucky and found hand sanitizer at Aldi last night - bought the allowed amount of 4 bottles. Although I really think reg soap and water is best - it is for those times when you can't easily wash your hands. Right after a trip to the gas station, etc.

    All in all, my approach right now is prepare for the worst, hope for the best!!!
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  7. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    DJ - You are cracking me UP!!!!

    My biggest concern, honestly, isn't the actual danger of the virus - although it is there - my worry is people getting panicky - THAT is what I think is going to have the biggest impact on everybody sadly.
  8. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    We must be close, I'll send you a private message.
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  9. Myron's Mom

    Myron's Mom Well-Known Member

    We now have 4 cases in Ohio. I’m not worried about the virus, like AJ it’s all the people in panic mode. There was a lady in dollar tree in a total melt down about this. I think everything will be fine if cooler heads prevail.

    We are in good shape here. I always stay well stocked ( food and other supplies) because we live so far from town. We don’t go out all that much since we are retired and have plenty here to keep us entertained.

    I was at the store today to shop the sales that end tonight. There is tons of toilet paper in Ohio! I was still able to get the Lysol wipes even though they were on sale all week. I didn’t see hand sanitizers but I didn’t look as We have 2 of the 32 ounces bottles of Purell. That’s something my husband always keeps stocked because he uses it all the time.

    One thing my husband and I talked about was doing a better job of wiping down our phones everyday. We use them all the time and I’m sure they are covered with bugs.

    Frosty, I wish I could send you some toilet paper! Have you tried the office supply stores? Places like staples and office max both sell it here.

    Dahlia, I would have to be pretty desperate to use my fabric stash. I guess I could hose off in the tub and drip dry lol!

    stay safe everyone!
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  10. missjane

    missjane Well-Known Member

    Dr. R told us about a week ago that peroxide is one of the best cleaners to use to kill virus germs. I've noticed there is still a lot of it on the shelves because everyone is buying other cleaners.

    We were at Sam's last week. Almost all the TP was gone. I always keep a good supply of it, but did buy some from Walmart, which seems to still have plenty. I don't know why people aren't buying paper towels and napkins. One of the most common ways that germs are spread is by people sharing a towel to dry their hands or mouths in the bathroom or drying their hands on dish towels in the kitchen.

    Add a capful of bleach to your sink water when you wash dishes (no more because it becomes toxic), if people at your house are sick. Use your dishwasher because the heat far exceeds how hot the water is that you can stand on your hands to hand wash dishes. If someone is sick, consider using disposables for that person over dishes that must be washed.

    I haven't stocked up on anything any more than what I would normally have on hand for extra. I suppose I should consider adding some staple products. I bought soup and peanut butter at Sam's, but just because we were about out, not because I thought we need to stock up. Other than TP, Sam's looked to have plenty of everything else.

    I agree that this is being blown way out of proportion, but panic on other people's part make it hard for the others to carry on as usual when things that are needed for every day functioning are in short supply. Using normal sanitation precautions are what is best. By all means, don't blow off symptoms of ANY kind of flu. ALL forms of flu kill thousands of people every year.
  11. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    My mom said at the Dollar General this afternoon that a guy had 4 carts of stuff like Lysol spray and the Lysol wipes (he cleared the shelves) and other such items and said he was leaving tomorrow for California and out that way to sale the items for a larger amount. He was going around buying stuff to stuff his car and heading out. Mom had just picked up a Lysol wipe she wanted for cleaning we he started clearing the shelf.

    There are a couple cases in St. Louis. About 60 miles west of us. A child came back from Italy and was being kept at home and the family was told not to go out and the dad and another daughter went to a father daughter dance and several were exposed. He said he didn't know and they said the family was told.

    Tiolet paper seems to be okay here. (for now) I have several rolls but we usually do. My bladder is always going and I have problems the other way too so we keep it on hand. Our food is low--trying to use up what we have. Have lots of hamburger---butchered not long ago.

    We are planning to do shopping this week end for just regular stuff. I might get alittle extra stuff, I know we are on last roll of paper towels and paper plates are down to just a few.

    I use peroxide to clean my stools--spray them down from top to bottom and wipe after about 10 minutes. Use on counters mixed with alittle water too at times.
    I wipe light switches and door knobs with a cloth that has been sprayed with it.
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  12. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    My cw and hubby is to fly to Washington state on April 4th. Their daughter lives alittle over an hour from Settle. Another CW going to California in June.
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  13. halimer

    halimer Well-Known Member

    We are now in Tampa ( which has had a few cases ) and sent a batch of basic meds and a case of MRE's (Meal, Ready to Eat) to DS and DDIL in NYC and we bought two cases for ourselves. There is not much TP here and none in NYC that DS could find when he went shopping tonight.

    I got extra peanut butter, shelf stable milk and tuna and not sure what else to get.

    We are supposed to go to a large rally in NC at the end of the month. So far it is on but I heard there will be an announcement tomorrow. Our camping club is mainly older people, 60+ like me and DH but most of us are pretty healthy. If the rally is cancelled we will head straight home to NYC. We live in Nassau county, adjacent to NYC and most people in Nassau work in NYC. Nassau has about 35 cases now.

    No matter what it will be good to be in my "real" home. It might turn out to be something like life after 9-11 - you get used to it.
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  14. missjane

    missjane Well-Known Member

    DD27, who works at a hospital, said there are 10 suspected cases in Shreveport...about 180 miles from us. She said her hospital is putting strict visitation policies in place starting tonight. She said wash your hands a LOT, don't touch your face, avoid coughing, snotty people, and large packed crowds of people! All St. Patrick's Day parades in New Orleans have been cancelled.
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  15. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    I am just back from doing the groceries today. I stocked up on a few things.
    *paracetamol and ibuprofen
    *long life milk
    *paper towels
    *paper napkins
    *chicken noodle soup mix
    *honey throat drops.

    All of these things are items that I would have on hand anyway so nothing that I would normally not buy. All have a long use by date so will last for a while.
    There was no TP or facial tissues. The store had limits in antibacterial wipes, paper towels, and paper napkins.

    Tinned food seems OK for now but if there is something that you particularly cannot live without I would get that ASAP.
    Also consider perhaps stocking up on any medicines that you take routinely, and keep an eye on your prescriptions.

    I might get some more dog food just so that I know I am covered for that

    I am not panicked by any means but I am aware and am thinking of how I can keep my family comfortable if things get too bad here.
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  16. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    While at Mayo today I did notice it was not as busy as usual. The staff said volume was down due to the scare. Dh asked tonight if he should pick up hand sanitizer if the store had any. I said no but he could do a better job of washing his hands. He’s really bad about it. Thinks holding them under water 2 seconds is enough. His hand towel shows a lot of dirt on it because of this. DD is probably the best hand washer of all of us.

    I did notice the Doctor was using sanitizer when she came in my room and washed her hands well in the sink before she left. Didn’t see the nurse do anything. In the waiting room everyone sat with plenty of chairs between. A lady in my area was coughing and trying not to. I wandered off to the bathroom. I moved across the room when I returned.
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  17. GrammaDeb

    GrammaDeb Well-Known Member

    Dsil is in full panic mode, but that's how he lives life. He & dd both anticipate being laid off work since they work at big casinos on The Las Vegas Strip that rely on tourists. They have already seen a reduction in clientele since conventions & conferences are being canceled. He & dd went grocery shopping tonight and bought ramen noodles & canned veggies, etc. The stores have a limit on flu related products - 5 total products per customer. One whole wall was full of TP.

    Dh has a doctor appointment at the VA on Friday. They have screening tents set up for everyone going into the hospital - since dh is high-risk and since this appointment isn't life or death, I'm trying to decide whether to just reschedule or possibly put him at risk.

    We have about a month's worth of water and plenty of TP and food for us & all the pets. I keep telling dsil if we're prepared (food, water, full gas tanks) we have no reason to fear. And after we've done all we can do, the rest is up to God.
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  18. girlsinmo

    girlsinmo Well-Known Member

    Thank you AJ for starting this thread and everyone whose commented. We are trying to make sure we have what we need for a few weeks without over buying. Also trying to be cautious instead of careless, prayful instead of panicking. It's not always easy. DGD & I are pretty good at keeping hands washed & using sanitizer. DH not so much often have to remind him which can be irritating. I am 60 he is 63 we both have our own health concerns & he is very set in his ways which is not always a good thing. I know who knows all & sees all. Take care everyone..
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  19. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    We are pretty stocked up on most things. Running low on chicken breast and ground beef and the butcher we use is having a great sale on them tomorrow so I will be heading there early tomorrow morning to stock up. I have a feeling I will be playing Tetris tomorrow with the freezers LOL. Also been picking up a few extras here and there to make sure we are covered. No cases in my are yet but there are about 30 miles north of us. With my mom living with us and having health issues I prefer to stock up as much now as possible to limit her risk of exposure to this incase we do get cases in our area.

    Picked up a big pack of TP and Lysol wipes a couple weeks ago at BJs so we are good there. I do need to pick up more dog food this weekend.
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  20. FrostyShimmer

    FrostyShimmer Well-Known Member

    There is now a case not too far away and they announced the Prime Minister's wife returned from the UK with flu-like symptoms so she is in isolation and he is doing so as well.

    I hadn't thought to pick up fever reducers, but I probably should as DD9 is particularly prone to high fevers.

    I'm amazed chips are on the shelves here. Whenever there is a storm coming people stock up and it isn't unusual to find the chip shelves empty with the smallest snow storms predicted. On the radio if snow is on the way they say "go get your storm chips." Yet the chip aisles are full here.

    Hoping to locate some toilet paper somewhere tonight. Guess I'll get fever reducer and some disinfectant while I'm at it. No one needs any medicaitons luckilly, so that at least is not a worry for us.
    May stock up on pasta and spaghetti sauce as well.
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