Everything is starting to open back up around here, even as the global rate of infections is increasing. I think a lot of people are assuming that hot summer weather in the northern hemisphere is going to slow this thing down, in spite of the fact that we can observe it running rampant in places that have almost constant hot weather. A lot of people are acting like life is a nihilistic crap shoot. Without coordinated plans, every chain succumbs to its weakest link.
I think a lot of people are assuming that hot summer weather in the northern hemisphere is going to slow this thing down
Iran proved that hot weather doesn't slow the virus down. They got hit hard after all. Even after all the regulations and lockdown, we get infected here in Germany and infected are only those who go to a hospital or doctor, which a small numbver. Pwople still die from covid-19 every day And all the stupid protests lately will have a negative effect. You'd think protestes would wear masks to be anonymous but nope, they don't and thus....infections will happen again.
The numbers are already on the rise in many of the states already due to people not wearing protection, the protests, and the celebrations of Memorial Day Weekend. This is not ending any time soon. Thankfully, it does appear at least 2 vaccines are showing promise and may be available before the end of the year.
With my massive heart issues (1/3 dead tissue) and my wife with MS, we are both given a death sentence if we get it. So we have been ultra careful. My job cared enough that instead of laying me off until things settle down, they out and out fired me because they want someone to work through the pandemic, and brought in a foreign worker who needs the job to stay in country. Is what it is, we are living off my savings right now and I guess When thats gone I'm looking for work again. Was playing a lot of SMS Sonic emulated but my old logitec controller crapped out and since my laptop is 15 years old it'll take abit of hunting to find another.
How is everyone coping in the currently difficult circumstances? Hoping everything is okay whatever part of the world you are from.
Is anyone using time at home to spend more time with their Master System and other retro gaming? I managed to get my 6 year old hooked on Pacmania a couple of days ago. 🙂
Busy with work and stuff. We're lucky that not much has changed for us. I sold most of my retro collection to go full digital with almost everything. Playing through Alyssa Dragoon currently! Kid is into Atari 2600.
It was 1998 my father was in the hospital waiting for a lung transplant and that is where i got my genesis/segacd i loved the way sega did games nothing can compare to the. genesis and what it did also my father died in the hospital waiting for his transplant
Currently Playing: Penguin Land, Phantasy Star, Tennis Ace Last Game Beaten: Parlour Games
Here in Germany it's still a blinking shitshow, especially here in and around Munich. We have once again regulations, some are so stupid, it's unbelievable, like no alcohol can be sold after 11 pm...as if that changes anything about the virus. Concerts/Events are still a no-go, while they can be done in limited capacity everywhere else (like, not even fans are allowed in football stadiums) I am sick and tired of all this bullshit and having to wear a mask pretty much everywhere... All the while this pandemic made people go crazy seemingly. Demonstrations everywhere, this idiot Attila Hildman is going around claiming covid was created by the evil USA and Bill Gates, merkel is secretly a communist and the worst thing is: He has thousands of followers who believe this nonsense.
We need an effective vaccine for this virus so we can go back to a semblance of normalcy. Until then, we have to take measures to reduce the risk of injection but they do need to be sensible precautions. The sad part about the conspiracy theorists, is that their garbage gets repeated and there are people who believe them.
I am sick and tired of all this bullshit and having to wear a mask pretty much everywhere... All the while this pandemic made people go crazy seemingly. Demonstrations everywhere, this idiot Attila Hildman is going around claiming covid was created by the evil USA and Bill Gates, merkel is secretly a communist and the worst thing is: He has thousands of followers who believe this nonsense.
We have similar morons in the UK, conspiracy theories, people trying to make it political, it's pathetic.
Post by Transatlantic Foe on Oct 24, 2020 12:08:40 GMT
Made the mistake of going to the supermarket at peak times (Friday lunchtime) because it was nice and sunny outside. People seem to think a face covering is a magical invulnerablity shield, because there's no respect for personal space - never mind pandemic physical distancing recommendations.
Doesn't surprise me that this is spreading, people have either stopped giving a faeces or they think they're invincible.
The UK government is an absolute shitshow in this too though. Billions on a test and trace system that doesn't work properly. You had all summer to prepare for kids going back to school, yet the sudden demand for tests at that time "couldn't be predicted". You knew autumn would be risky, but instead of preparing measures in advance you're reacting - based on the daily figures, which often don't report a positive case until 7 days after the test was taken, then also the nature of the virus means the infection took place 5-10 days before the test was even taken. When you're more than 2 weeks behind, you're always going to be on the backfoot. Financial support measures coming and going on a whim, often because someone keeps shouting "what about X worker/sector" and they finally realise they're forgetting about entire chunks of the economy.
The media is a shitshow, reporting on fear and anecdotal scare stories instead of a full spectrum of news. We keep hearing "it'll never go away", "vaccine may never arrive", "lockdowns until next summer", "it'll cripple you if it doesn't kill you" - usually a combination of baseless assumption, opinion, guesswork and poor contextual research.
For anyone interested, the scientific journal Nature has a summary page of recent research/developments about COVID-19, free of media scaremongering:
There's a lot of good work being done in understanding why the virus does what it does, how the immune system reacts differently in people and what the real medical research on treatments/vaccines is uncovering.
That's why I generally go an hour before closing time. No crowds to worry about. I have, mistakenly, gone earlier and have had to deal with what you describe. People crowding together, blocking aisles, etc.
Vaccine trials are, thankfully, moving forward and are promising. The Oxford vaccine has shown good immune response recently in some recent reports.
People here go crazy by now, another lockdown, we have propaganda faeces on the radio (telling us that the lockdown is a good thing, that we should make the best of it, that we should just stay home even for christmas....honestly, the propaganda we have going on here would make Göbbels blush!) and it works I was buying my usual ration to drink (a crate of water, a crate of beer, a bottle of rum, a bottle of whiskey, some bottles of ice tea) and there was a line at the register, i went behind, some people bumped into me, including one bumping also into a crate of beer destroying it and i took a step forward, brushing the woman in front of me and she went nuts how about there's a safety line and 1,5 meters, blabla, i (i was wearing a mask and all that) told her to look behind me - she still called me out for "endangering" her by being so close....
That sounds like a familiar situation here (UK) ShadowAngel - weather they know it or not, most people are stressed and on edge and people are doing or saying things that they wouldn't have otherwise said/done if life was normal. Where I am I hardly see anyone not wearing a mask which is encouraging at least.
It is sad this and other stories show that us western countries are mostly facing the same challenges... managing the infection rate as we go in to winter; lockdown fatigue; anti lockdown people; anti-vaxxers.
At least pastime of ours is usually done indoors eh!
At least pastime of ours is usually done indoors eh!
True, altough i really miss all my other things. No Golf, no concerts (i have a stack of tickets collecting dust for nearly 1 year now) And there's no ending soon. We're still in lockdown until January 31, here in Bavaria it's so that we're not even allowed to go outside past 9 pm - and the polticians now think about extending this to 24 hours! Like, you're only allowed outside to shop for grocieries or if you need to go to the Hospital.
This was the saddest Christmas and New Years. As i told my friends: The first time since 1999 i spent New Years Eve not with friends but at home (we still had fun playing games online and watching wrestling and stuff, but still)