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I think it's time that the forum had a place for this topic.

Early on in the pandemic I saw a piece with a psychologist who said that in time, they would be able to put the P at the beginning of traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D). This is fitting, because society as a whole is being subjected to a chronic stress event as the pandemic unfolds.

There will be similarities and differences in how everyone experiences the pandemic. I invite everyone on the forum to share their experiences here, if they feel they want to.
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I'll go first.

Here in New Zealand, we went onto a war footing, as a country when we went into lock down in March. As I work in a container terminal (Ships), we are regarded as an essential service. As such, the government ordered us to work through, whilst at the same time developing a different work place structure, that would allow us to keep the port operational if anyone caught the virus.

The way that our port did this, was to split the workers into four different groups, that did not work with each other. It was set up so that there were two yard groups (receive and delivery) which handles inwards and outwards movements by rail and road transport. One day shift, and one night shift. And two ship groups (load/unload ships), like wise, one day shift and one night shift. The terminal was shut for an hour between shifts, and the yard and ship groups were physically separated, so that none of the four groups would come into physical proximity with each other.

The idea was, that if anyone caught the virus. Their whole group would be stood down, leaving the other three groups to keep the port operational, as best we could.

As the only crane driver to be put into one of the yard groups, I worked with our plant services tradesmen, in maintaining the cranes on non-ship days. On ship days, I worked in the yard with the rest of my group.

It was a strange thing, that before we went into lock down, we felt more vulnerable working on an international border of entry. But once we entered lock down, because there was community transmission, we felt safer at work with the processes that had been implemented.

Our lock down lasted about two and a half months, until we had eradicated the virus here, and we resumed life as it had been, both as a society and at work. At that point, working at the border again became the more risky place to be. A large proportion of our ships are only four days out from Melbourne, Australia, which has had a large resurgence of the virus.

Since then we have had another community outbreak of the virus. So far it is contained in Auckland, so geographically isolated from where I am. However, we have not gone back into the full lock down which proved so effective the first time. This leaves me with some what of a feeling of unease, seeing the effects around the rest of the world, that like wise never instituted a full lock down.

Right at the beginning of our community outbreak, one of our tug boat crew caught the virus. He was a very fit and healthy guy. He has recovered from the virus, but as far as I am aware, he has still not returned to work, as one of the side effects for him, was a serious bout of bronchitis.
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Mostly we have been going on as normal, working in the shop and at that farm. Well, except for trying to find stuff in the stores - I was only one going to store for several months. We use well fitted N95 face masks that I have used for decades in various hobbies, as well as insanely washing hands and surfaces we touch all the time. So far, so good for us.

We had a long time friend catch it and die in about a week and half at the first of March. In may, one of the kids (40 something now), we have known since her high school caught it and recovered fine. 4 weeks ago a sister caught it, was tested early since she is in health care, went to hospital two days into it. Recovered well but has some residual weakness/fatigue issues. Her boyfriend has a friend who also caught it but waited 8 days to go to the same hospital on the same day. He died two days later. The stuff is pernicious and vile. And no, the malaria drug does not work. Steroids, plasma transfusions, and anti-viral drug Remdesivir (sp?), worked.

As a nation, we supposedly went into lock down, but since directing the entire US is a lot like 'herding cats', it was not particularly effective. As proven by our being 4% of the world's population with 25% of the world's cases and 25% of the world's deaths from this thing. Paraphrasing a very old meme, "You can tell an American.... but you can't tell them much."

Still, overall, the virus is mutating, as they all do, and the most recent ones seem to be less lethal, so that is good. Also, which may be even bigger thing, Walmart is requiring face masks in the store. Which even in Oklahoma seems to be having some small but noticeable effect - the infection rate is still high, but going down slowly. (The death rate also seems to be going down, even more quickly. Good thing.)
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In our community of about 350,000 people we are faced with a higher C19 infection rate than several other local communities. This seems to be related to the close working and living parameters of our agricultural field workers. Not as bad as with the meat packing industry but still not good.

Our police force is operating under a program very much like that instituted in New Zealand and with nearly 300 officers only one has become infected with the virus. He survived and his group went into stand down for two weeks as a precaution. The patrol cars are disinfected after each shift (12.5 hrs) and after having been used in an arrest. My buddies used to kid me about being a lazy old retired guy but now they are wishing they were a wee bit older-Ha! Jack
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The US as a whole has handled this cluster about as badly as one could possibly handle it. If it was the stupid thing to do, we did it. 4% of the world's population and 20% of the world's deaths from covid. Doing great, USA!

And our little corner of 'Covid Paradise' is exploding along with most of the midwest. We have several relatives who have now tested positive and in various stages of the disease. Saw a close relative yesterday for very short (about 3 or 4 minutes) outdoor visit - no physical contact, and the wind was blowing with us literally upwind. 30 min after the visit, got a call from them and one had gotten test results of positive. Geez... So now, we get to just kinda hang out at the house, shop, and farm, trying to avoid contact with anyone. Quarantine!

Note about Okrahoma, along with all the other states that are having mass cases of this. For a while people would wear masks, albeit a big percentage of them incorrectly, leaving their nose out. Now for the last 3 to 4 weeks, they have dropped all pretense of caring, concern, or even interest in trying to avoid this for themselves and their associates, and a very large percentage are not even bothering with a mask of any sort. Notice - where I said 'associates' in that last sentence, the word would normally be "loved ones", but since they have proven beyond any doubt that they don't give a flying f about the people around them, associates is a better description.

Yeah, that's sarcasm, irritation, bitterness, and just plain old being pissed off at the massive level of stupid in this country!

My attitude will rebound to it's normal plain old cranky, cantankerous self in a couple weeks. Bear with me....
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