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Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby GaySpacePirateKing » 23 January 2021, 21:21

When do you think the coronavirus situation will be over?

Has it prevented you from getting on with life or have you found ways to cope?
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Re: Covid

Unread postby René » 23 January 2021, 21:40

Broadly speaking, I suppose sometime in 2022-2025, depending on new variants and the success of vaccination efforts around the world. Certainly not before the end of 2021, although things will probably have started getting more normal by then in many places.

On a personal level, I'm in a very fortunate position and the pandemic has been absolutely amazing and partly responsible for some of the happiest, most fulfilling times of my life. The downsides have been manageable. I would happily go on as during the last 8 months for some time to come. It's just very sad about all the death and suffering affecting others both directly and indirectly as a result of the virus.
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Re: Covid

Unread postby Severelius » 23 January 2021, 21:51

I'm torn on the subject.

Some days it's "this is great, I have all the time I want to myself without having to worry about work or a social life" and it's awesome... then other times it's "oh god, the days are all meaningless and my flat walls are closing in on me and I need to get out of this waking hell right the fuck now."

So.... a mixed experience, all told.
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Re: Covid

Unread postby GaySpacePirateKing » 23 January 2021, 22:17

I had my hopes up in December that with the new vaccines being developed efforts would be made to roll them out as fast as possible and that with the vulnerable now protected restrictions could be lifted this March.

That doesn't sound likely at all anymore. It seems like we are just getting more and more bad news. The vaccines don't stop transmission of the virus (you can be vaccinated and still pass on the virus apparently) and new highly infectious strains of it are emerging. I think it will be like this for the next few years with seasonal outbreaks and the need for more lockdowns.

I was thinking birthrates are probably going to plummet in all rich countries and probably stay low for next few years, as who the hell would want children at the moment?

Several more years of this is also going to be a nightmare for people in school or uni. A whole generation could be screwed.

Then the impact of intermittent lockdowns on the economy, people's jobs their ability to pay rent or mortgages.
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Re: Covid

Unread postby GaySpacePirateKing » 23 January 2021, 22:32

Severelius wrote:I'm torn on the subject.

Some days it's "this is great, I have all the time I want to myself without having to worry about work or a social life" and it's awesome... then other times it's "oh god, the days are all meaningless and my flat walls are closing in on me and I need to get out of this waking hell right the fuck now."

So.... a mixed experience, all told.


I think it maybe gives life a bit of a slower pace, especially if you are working from home and don't have to commute as well as be in an office or wherever.

I am definitely getting fed up not being able to go anywhere or do anything though. Everyday feels the same.

I had basically no life before covid to be honest, but at least there was the prospects of doing something about it like joining a gym or meeting new people or whatever.
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Re: Covid

Unread postby René » 23 January 2021, 22:45

GaySpacePirateKing wrote:I think it maybe gives life a bit of a slower pace, especially if you are working from home and don't have to commute as well as be in an office or wherever.

I am definitely getting fed up not being able to go anywhere or do anything though. Everyday feels the same.

I had basically no life before covid to be honest, but at least there was the prospects of doing something about it like joining a gym or meeting new people or whatever.

I've been working from home since I was 16, being self-employed, so not much change there in my case. :P

As for joining a gym, you can still order weights, a pull-up bar or whatever you might need and get fit at home! Much cheaper in the long run anyway.
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Re: Covid

Unread postby GaySpacePirateKing » 23 January 2021, 23:07

René wrote:As for joining a gym, you can still order weights, a pull-up bar or whatever you might need and get fit at home! Much cheaper in the long run anyway.


I've used dumbbells before but felt it was a bit pointless and boring. I don't think I would really know what I was doing or could commit to it without a physical place to go to, a membership I am paying for, classes to join or people to go with.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 23 January 2021, 23:12

How did the title change?
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby Brenden » 23 January 2021, 23:13

poolerboy0077 wrote:How did the title change?

*raises hand*

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Re: Covid

Unread postby René » 23 January 2021, 23:30

GaySpacePirateKing wrote:
René wrote:As for joining a gym, you can still order weights, a pull-up bar or whatever you might need and get fit at home! Much cheaper in the long run anyway.

I've used dumbbells before but felt it was a bit pointless and boring. I don't think I would really know what I was doing or could commit to it without a physical place to go to, a membership I am paying for, classes to join or people to go with.

Of course it can take a few weeks or months to see/feel results. But once you do, it can really boost your self-image. And that's the case regardless of whether you do it at home or at a gym. It's also not going to be any less boring at a gym.
Also, you should see the weight you can lift in different exercises gradually start to rise sooner, which already feels good.

The physical place to go to could be a (semi-)dedicated room in your residence. Brenden and I have a room that's part store room, part guest bedroom and part home gym. :D

Doing it at home means you don't have to kinda throw away time and possibly money getting someplace all the time. And you have much more freedom when it comes to surrounding yourself with entertainment to keep it from being boring. You can have a TV or tablet, speaker system, whatever you want, all ready to go so you can get right to your workout and not feel so bored. Also means you can do it for a few minutes here and there (which can be just as effective) instead of needing to kind of justify the resource expense of getting to a gym by spending a lot of time there all in one go.

There's a lot of good advice on what exercises to do for specific goals and how to do them online. Even just watching some YouTube videos can take you a long way. :)

Remember, it doesn't have to be absolutely optimal. You're just trying to achieve something rather than kinda sitting still all day, right? Anything is better than nothing.

I really would never exchange our home gym for a gym membership even if there was no pandemic and even if I got it for free.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby OutsideIn » 24 January 2021, 04:17

Not much has changed for me. I have always had a very strange and reclusive life.

I don’t think we will ever truly be over Covid. There are still a lot of unknowns about the vaccine. We aren’t sure how long it will last, how much protection it offers, or whether the virus will be able to mutate to get around it. We have gained an unprecedented amount of knowledge in a very short time, but it still may take years before we fully understand it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have to get yearly shots and still never fully eradicate it.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby Frigid » 24 January 2021, 11:44

I think we’ll be experiencing Covid as a year round version of flu. Hopefully though, with mass vaccination and better public health we will be able to restore normality within the next year. My current concern is that none of the vaccines are licensed for under 18s in the UK.

I’m still fortunate to be getting my dose of socialising from work.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby Eryx » 25 January 2021, 01:01

I'm coming forward and assuming to everyone that I will stop giving a fuck 12 days after my grandma gets her second dose.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 25 January 2021, 02:16

The president of Mexico tweeted an hour ago that he tested positive for COVID-19. Always refused to wear a mask (except that one time he came to the US to grovel at Trump), always downplayed the pandemic, refused to do mass testing, and just overall fucked the response and laughed cynically about it. And now he’s a victim of his own stupidity.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby Jzone » 25 January 2021, 05:21

I, too, expect Covid will be with us for a long time — probably becoming another seasonal virus to contend with. Hopefully between vaccines and natural immunity the effects will eventually become minimal. We will likely be wearing masks and having limited public interaction into next fall/winter.

The worst part for me is missing the birthdays, graduations, weddings, funerals, and holiday family gatherings. Yes, I actually enjoy those. We have had 3 weddings and a funeral postponed so far (almost a movie). Holidays and birthdays have been via zoom; which is fun, but not the same as being together. I also had travel plans postponed. My business has been negatively impacted, but will stay afloat.

Staying active has been a challenge, only because I let myself get into a lazy routine. I have recently begun regular 8 km walks, several days each week. Some are from my front door and some on forested trails. I look forward to swimming again, either when gyms reopen or the nearby lake warms up. I have also been playing my musical instruments more, which is great for exercising the brain.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby René » 25 January 2021, 13:31

Jzone wrote:The worst part for me is missing the birthdays, graduations, weddings, funerals, and holiday family gatherings. Yes, I actually enjoy those. We have had 3 weddings and a funeral postponed so far (almost a movie). Holidays and birthdays have been via zoom; which is fun, but not the same as being together. I also had travel plans postponed. My business has been negatively impacted, but will stay afloat.

Aww. Fun funerals are the best funerals.

Brenden and I didn't get to attend my grandma's funeral in person. We were among many who watched the service live through the internet (despite most of them being in the Netherlands and us being in Scotland). The virus was surging in NL while Scotland was doing pretty well. We were okay with it; it wouldn't have made a massive difference if we'd been there in person. And I did get to take part in the service by making a piano recording which was played as the casket was carried out of the church (link for anyone interested in hearing me play; should start playing at the point where it's just about to start).

Travelwise in general, ironically the year of pandemic so far has seen us travel (very carefully) more than ever before, as, unlike for most people, it's indirectly given us more reason to while simultaneously generally making it easier and cheaper. We never took any significant risk of acquiring or transmitting the virus. I'm not looking forward to the pre-travel testing requirements being introduced everywhere (although I'm sure they're very sensible), as the nasopharyngeal swabs seem to often be very unpleasant, even painful. Hopefully more pleasant tests will become available, and/or we'll get to do them ourselves at home and mitigate the unpleasantness with painkillers / numbing agents. :P
I don't care about having to quarantine/isolate before and after travel. I'm doing that anyway, all the time, only occasionally getting out of the apartment for essentials/walks and wearing N95/FFP2 masks or better when going anywhere near other people.

As far as business goes, it's dropped a bit, but support grants from the UK government have more than made up for it.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby Jzone » 25 January 2021, 15:25

René wrote:Aww. Fun funerals are the best funerals.

I seriously agree. For both of my parents (my mother, just before the pandemic began) we had more of an Irish wake. Family and friends gathered to tell stories, play games, share meals, drink, sing, and laugh. I spent days with cousins I hadn't seen in years. There were tears, of course, but the events were more celebration than sadness. I hope I enjoy my own as much, when the time comes.
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby René » 25 January 2021, 16:54

Jzone wrote:
René wrote:Aww. Fun funerals are the best funerals.

I seriously agree. For both of my parents (my mother, just before the pandemic began) we had more of an Irish wake. Family and friends gathered to tell stories, play games, share meals, drink, sing, and laugh. I spent days with cousins I hadn't seen in years. There were tears, of course, but the events were more celebration than sadness. I hope I enjoy my own as much, when the time comes.

I would be quite impressed if you were still enjoying things by that point. :P

The reception for my father's funeral was a similarly joyous occasion, as he would have wanted it. :3
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby Raynethemagi » 28 February 2021, 03:54

So, before I say this, I don't have a death wish. I love life. If you can't see that with the posts I make, then you need glasses (or contacts, whichever you prefer)

But, to be honest, I'm really not that scared about Covid19. Which is funny, cause my immune system isn't as strong as it used to be, but honestly if I get it, I get it. If I die from it, I die from it. I think I've gotten it 4 times already to be honest.

Everywhere I go, I always put a mask in my pocket, so if someone asks me to where a mask, I'll wear it. But if no one says anything, I don't wear it.

I went through 7 years of fear. In other words, I wasted 7 years of my life. I don't really fear much anymore. I don't even fear death. Because to live in fear is honestly robbing you of living. So live fearlessly....
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Re: Covid-19 Pandemic

Unread postby OutsideIn » 28 February 2021, 04:45

Masks are not just for protecting yourself. You can spread it asymptomatically to vulnerable people without realizing it. Germs don't care whether you fear death or not. They are opportunistic like every other form of life on the planet.
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