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Thanks for the update from Mississippi. Some people think things will improve when the weather gets warmer, so I was wondering how things were going in states where it's already warm. In Boston, all kids are out of school through April and most religious institutions are closed. The Boston Marathon has been pushed to the fall. I agree it's going to be a huge hardship for parents and anyone who gets laid off.

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In Western Mass most schools are closed until the end of March; in Springfield there are sites throughout the city for students to get a take home Breakfast and lunch for free. (Springfield has a very high percentage of students living in poverty). It is the hourly workers and parents with younger kids who are suddenly home with no one to watch them that must be scrambling. In our state there can be no gatherings of more than 250 people, so concerts, our local huge St. Patrick's day parade and road race, churches, etc. are all closed. Restaurants are deserted. Our local grocery stores have some shortages, but not like what friends and family elsewhere are experiencing. We have a local MGM casino, it is closed for at least 2 weeks. Scary times, odd times, I worry about our seniors, parents, low wage earners and small businesses. We have so many friends and family members who work in the medical field; I worry about them! I read today that sunshine is good for killing the virus; I kind of doubt it because it sure has walloped Australia (where it is summer!); but it is good for our mental health. Trying to practice conscious gratitude every day, and getting outside for some fresh air and movement.

It almost doesn't seem real. Hope everyone is staying healthy and hopeful.

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On 3/11/2020 at 5:44 PM, AZhiker said:

The virus has been seeded throughout the country and I think the next couple of weeks will show a lot more cases as all the ones incubating now will pop up. Most of us will eventually get exposed and develop immunity - just like with West Nile Virus that now lives among us. The biggest problem is the disruption of services and the financial impact on businesses and families. I work in a hospital and masks are in short supply already. Most of our masks and protective equipment are made in China. China has shut down a lot of these factories, so that is a very real issue. Some hospitals are shutting down services like elective surgeries in order to save supplies for emergencies.

Bottom line - we will get past this. The more we can slow the spread, the better off we will be. The elderly are the most vulnerable and I worry about my 86 year old mom in a care facility. People will die, yes, but up to 40,000 people die in the US each year from the flu and still, a lot of folks won't get a flu shot. In another year, this will just be another virus that lives with us.

My take on the whole thing is that it is an excellent rehearsal in preparedness for a really BAD pandemic, with a much higher mortality. If the avian flu ever mutates and goes person to person, it will wipe out over half the world's population. If we can learn lessons from this Coronavirus outbreak, it could actually be the best thing to happen. People need to be prepared with food, Water, medicine - for ANY disaster. FEMA, the CDC, and state health departments have been saying this for years, but people still don't even have enough TP in their homes to last 2 weeks!

This already is a real bad Pandemic . Take care.

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Yeah , us special dieters cant buy alot of things we have to eat. Even those that are elderly and disabled with special diets. Even kids !

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