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What changes do you see in your area with lockdown?

I am sequestered in the Phoenix area.  Expressways are frequently 5 lanes wide and each is normally full with the rush  starting at about 6am.  I recently traveled to the Mayo Clinic (normally 1 hour from where I live) and it took less than 45 minutes.  Very little traffic.  We filled the car over a month ago and still have almost half a tank,  Many people walking and riding bikes in the neighborhood.  All gyms are closed.  We have tried YouTube TV (free) to see some specials being offered.  Cleaning the home more often.  Ken

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Exceptional degree of courtesy and thoughtfulness all around. A lot of patience. Even cars in grocery parking lots use every other space.

Slowing down and social distancing seem to have made people more reflective and appreciative of one another.

I live in a Midwestern metropolitan community of 460 000+. So far we have had an unusually low number of covid-19 cases and deaths. 

Bob

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Well, in my credit card account "area", I see no charges for weeks. Used to be daily charges by wife for shopping for things she couldn't miss. I wonder if her habits will change.

I hate shopping and usually stayed in parking lots catching up on emails, news, M*.

YBB
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Fewer cars, fewer trains. Local Walmart is a mad house, now more than ever, so I stopped going there. Costco is the best place to shop. They make you line-up, clean your cart, traffic is one way in, one way out - loaded on buzz on the last trip. Now Giant Markets is beginning to do the same, controlling number of heads going in. Some markets have early hours just for seniors but we don't get up that early, so we only go to the ones mentioned or a Lidl some 40 miles away just for the ride. We don't eat donuts.

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I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and I just spent 2 hours in line at Martins, a grocery store.

Again they were sold out of all paper products and bread.

Some people are wearing masks, me being one of them. I am not too proud or dumb, plus I care for my elderly mother.

A lot of the people around here are mad that their daily lives are being disrupted by what they call ''just a nasty flu"

In my county there are only three cases reported. But the next county, over the mountain has hundreds, and close to the epicenter in Virginia.

Some businesses are requiring masks but others are refusing and only adding to the problem. I am not frequenting any place that does not have a strict virus hygiene program enforced. But of course I haven't been anywhere for a month at least. I am riding the storm out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVFgEBq0EKM

Fishingrod

 

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Not a huge difference here in Maui. Less cars and no tourists, but we lead a fairly insular life here anyway so our habits haven't changed or been impacted much. We have an Easter weekend night curfew in place (11pm-5am) and I still can't fathom what it is supposed to achieve. Millennials still apparently ignoring stay-at-home orders by sunbathing on beaches so police have been issuing citations. Something strange going on with the weather. It seems even the weather god is affected by the gloom.

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In a column, Gerry Seib made the observation that wearing a protective mask is less about your health than an expression of your concern for others.

Bob

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In a column, Gerry Seib made the observation that wearing a protective mask is less about your health than an expression of your concern for others.

Bob

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I agree, and understand where the thought is coming from, except that for other people who don't wear masks and go around like they aren't hurting anyone.

I had a nice lady in line at the grocery store who constantly turned and talked to me and didn't have a mask, I told her to turn around and talk to herself if she doesn't have a mask. Masks do help people from contracting the virus otherwise health workers wouldn't wear them.

Fishingrod

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@GLI2019 wrote:

In a column, Gerry Seib made the observation that wearing a protective mask is less about your health than an expression of your concern for others.

Bob


Wearing a mask can help prevent you from transmitting the coronavirus to others. This is important since people that are asymptomatic can spread the virus and there is inadequate testing in many locales.

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We're pretty much stuck at home (our kids grounded us) and we get deliveries from various places. The delivery people are all fairly young and NONE of them wear masks or gloves - and this is California where the rules are strict.

Flute

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I see the Community Karens running around snitching on people because they are not behaving in a way that is acceptable in their eyes. So many busy bodies out there. Worry about yourself, your family and friends. Nevermind about the neighborhood jogger or dog walker.

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Other than some short walks around the neighborhood, I haven't gone anywhere since 3/13. I don't know what's changed.

We've gone from don't buy masks, the front lines of the healthcare system needs them, to everyone needs them. Good luck finding them now.

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@Fishingrod wrote:

I had a nice lady in line at the grocery store who constantly turned and talked to me and didn't have a mask, I told her to turn around and talk to herself if she doesn't have a mask.

 

If she was nice-looking, I would have taken my chances.  But that's just me


 

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Small city in Nebraska and while not in lockdown most everything is closed.  EXCEPT under the heading of we still have to eat: Wholestone Farms processing 10,000 hogs per week; Lincoln Poultry (Costco) processing 400,000 chickens per week and adding workers to open a fourth line; Specialty beef company adding employees and Royal Canin pet food plant at near full capacity.  Some parts of our economy are essential and thankfully they and their workers are still hard at it.   

 

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        Well I first told my wife I’ve been waiting for this moment to return because I’ve been prepared a long time. As a teenager gas was cheap and I had been grounded indefinitely before. Lol. Like others we live in the boonies also. Our only neighbor is across the lake deep in the woods as we are. We say hi now and then.

          I believe we only have about 10 active cases in a county with about 50k residents (.02%). I’d like to see the kids and grands more this time of year but we just do face time. They’re in one of the nations hotspots. Other then some inconvenient to our daily routine food and other grocery items are plentiful and hospitals are half empty. We basically just keep a distance a little more with some wearing masks. Maybe we’ll be all set by midsummer.
      
            

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I live in a small town (400 people).  The county has 13 cases which is around .08% of the population. One person died.  We haven't been anywhere in around a month. Our dentist rescheduled our annual appointment then two weeks later cancelled the new appointment.  My cardiologist's follow-up appointment was done over the phone.  We even ordered dog food on line and had it delivered.

We spend our time watching TV or doing yard work (a lot of yard work) when its not raining.  I'm on the computer mostly when I don't have much else to do.  I been on the computer a lot lately.

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Live in a over 55 in the Greater Phoenix area. It's been pretty mellow so far but today noticed some tension rising between the outdoor mask wearers walking outdoors ( not sure why)and others who are upset that this is turning into the Great Fable.

Not sure how this is going to play out - 18 months of Virus hand wringing will of course destroy every investment lauded on this discussion!

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I live alone on a dirt road in the woods, so no changes around here. But when I go to the nearest town (5 miles away) it is somewhat different.

Grocery, drug, Dollar General, liquor store, pizza and sub takeouts, gas station, auto parts still open. But the diner where I used to go every day to solve the world problems with my old cranky buddies is, of course, closed. And so are two bars that I used to go to maybe one night a week.

So my social life went to zero. I do go out every couple of days to the grocery store or something though, just to stay sane. And I'm going to one of my lunch buddy's house tomorrow for the first time since all this crap started. We'll sit on the porch and chew the fat, and maybe solve the COVID problem.

If we do, I'll post the solution here tomorrow night.

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I spoke with a friend last night who lives in a northern Virginia hi-rise.  Fearful that they could become infected by taking the elevator or walking through the lobby, he and his family hadn't left their apartment in 28 days.  They order foodstuffs and other supplies through various delivery services.  They have been home schooling their son for a few years, so that routine has become advantageous now.  Even though though whole family has a very steady-as-it-goes demeanor, they admit to getting testy once in a while.  My friend notes that from his bird's eye view people aren't honoring the lock down in fashion similar to his own, which he finds a bit alarming but seems to reflect the norm.  Notably, he spoke of moving into a single family house in the future.

Over here in MD, living in a community of single family houses somewhere between Annapolis and Baltimore, it is much like others have described.  Our governor Larry Hogan has instituted a "lock down" but it isn't really enforced.  If I got pulled over my first thought would be to say, "Officer, I am healthy and want to stay that way, so please step back!"  C19 cases and deaths can be monitored by county, township, zip code and race - a good effort at providing info.  But would knowing where the hotter spots are, which are barely warm in reality, change people's behavior beyond the changes they have already made? 

That C19 is so commutable it is up to individuals AND institutions.  Even with the best of intentions flaws remain; there appears to be more thought and courtesy all around but not enough follow-through.  Case in point: the issuing of cleaned shopping carts at my local grocery store and limiting the head count inside at all times was good, but when the checkout clerk put my items into the cart belonging to the person ahead of me (who had breathed on it for at least 20 minutes)  - as they did with every transaction - I failed to see the efficacy of all the other measures taken.  When I got home I called the store's corporate offices.  The person on the other end of the line said I could have asked to keep the same cart, to which I then asked, is that really your only or best solution?  After a brief pause, that person said he would contact store management to reinforce corporate policy.  Ay carumba!

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Just flew from rapidly deteriorating Japan into past the worst Seattle. Eerie. friggin' eerie. Everyone masked up, Itami and Haneda airports 90%+ empty, only 2 fights a day (as afar as I can tell) from the usually super busy Nippon/USA route (LA and Seattle), hand cleanser everywhere. NO socialising at all, the plane was maybe 20% capacity and everyone separated by as much space as possible, no one getting up for the bathroom, minimum crew staff, no meals, no complaining, overly zealous immigration and customs (yes, even taking into account the virus). No one waiting outside. Felt like the world ending with a whimper, not a bang. Unsettling for someone who has traveled a lot internationally for decades. 

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