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So how is everyone going with this virus panic that seems to have spread worldwide, seemingly faster than the virus? We've been told to self isolate as much as possible and kids sports have all been cancelled. Most schools are still open but I can't see that lasting for much longer the way things are going.

I went to the local supermarket last night around 8:30pm and it was unusually busy. The pasta, rice, tissues and toilet paper sections were all mostly empty, along with some other stuff. Of course we have had the crazies stockpiling stuff like toilet paper for a few weeks now. I guess in hindsight now they will say they weren't crazy but really if you're punching on over a roll of toilet paper in the supermarket and selfishly refusing to share one of your tower of packs with someone then it is safe to say that you are a disgrace to humanity, if not at least a little crazy.

This kind of thing has made me realise how very little it would take for people to completely lose their minds. I always used to watch those end of the world or apocalypse movies with a lot of scepticism, but in reality maybe they were understating things. Look at how these clowns behave with just a little minor inconvenience. Imagine how they would be if things really got bad.

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17 March 2020 - 11:26pm
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How about standing in line in the rain for hours amongst loads of other people. Sounds like a good idea? This one is outside a Costco in California. At least they are being civilised, not like us Aussie drongos!

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We can thank Apple Inc for teaching us all how to line up patiently over the years. My Saturday weekly shop at the local fruit and veg store turned into an hour plus expedition with the line waiting to pay resembling these in the images attached.

These scenes of fighting over toilet paper are what you would expect if the world was ending, it really doesn't take much for people to revert back to basic animal instincts. Sad.

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I'm honestly not sure whether it is dumber to line up at midnight to buy the latest Apple phone that you could walk in and buy at any time in the next week, or to hoard toilet paper because you might get a flu virus.

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What's even sadder is that many of those hoarders are now getting rich selling a 12pack of toilet paper for $80 and a 2 pack of hand sanitizer for $40 as reported in the Herald today.
Perhaps the police should set up a sting and raid the houses of people selling these basic necessities online and confiscate their whole stash from ALL of those selling online.
Someone always has to cash in on other people's misfortune.
Karma is a bitch and I hope to hell those hoarders get whats coming to them because they obviously don't have a conscience.....tsk tsk tsk

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18 March 2020 - 12:09pm
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I noticed it getting bad slowly here. At first it was the TP that was gone, and then I noticed some canned food seemed a bit light on the shelves. I went to get some milk the other day and almost all the meat, canned meat, veggies, and mostly everything else was bare.

Here they've closed schools for three weeks, restaurants are closed through at least March, and it looks like they may implement quarantines. Never seen anything like it.

I should note that I am a wannabe hermit, so I'm living my best life right now! 🙂

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I'm happy to learn that it's not just Canada that are going insane over the toilet paper lol.

I was catching the train home after a long day at work, right around 9pm, and there was nobody there, not inside or outside. It was extremely eerie, there is a walmart and shopping mall right that both close at 9pm and 10pm. So there should have been some people around one would think. But there was nobody.

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All the schools and organized sports for kids have been cancelled now, bus routes have also been cancelled. Businesses have shut their doors until further notice.
I'm going to just keep living the way I have been everyday. I've lived by a moto, among a few more but this one keeps the stress levels way down.

" Dont worry until you have too" meaning, why trouble your mind with things out of your control.

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18 March 2020 - 6:18pm
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It seems like you in Australia and North America have been a bit too late in schedule to join the panic party compared to Europe guys.

What Ed mentioned in the initial post have been happening here since the last week...but now also the schools are closed, most of the people not going to work, and those who're able to work from home...doing exactly that, Sofia has around 2mill of population unofficially and most of those people are now out of town, so the city is literally empty.

But you know why I'm more frustrated about...not the panic and all that...it's in the human nature after all...me and my girlfriend have been to a dentist last Saturday and then we had to buy some painkillers (nothing related to the virus like face masks and all that) but we've had to wait like half an hour just to enter the drug store...and then we noticed all the medicament prices have been increased at least double...in some cases triple or more the normal price...those shitty merchants...let me know when if that's the case in your countries as well guys..I'm just curious....cause usually I'm used to see such things happening only and exclusively here.

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If you ever gone into a dogfight for the last roll of a toilet paper with this guy...well you've probably lost that one😉

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Funnily enough, in all this time, my least concern was running out of toilet paper. Hasn't even crossed my mind. But in reality, the situation is getting quite depressing, the streets are empty, businesses are gonna suffer, people are fighting over ridiculous things and the uncertainty of what's gonna happen is worrying. Hope you all guys are staying safe.

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It seems like you in Australia and North America have been a bit too late in schedule to join the panic party compared to Europe guys.

What Ed mentioned in the initial post have been happening here since the last week...but now also the schools are closed, most of the people not going to work, and those who're able to work from home...doing exactly that, Sofia has around 2mill of population unofficially and most of those people are now out of town, so the city is literally empty.

But you know why I'm more frustrated about...not the panic and all that...it's in the human nature after all...me and my girlfriend have been to a dentist last Saturday and then we had to buy some painkillers (nothing related to the virus like face masks and all that) but we've had to wait like half an hour just to enter the drug store...and then we noticed all the medicament prices have been increased at least double...in some cases triple or more the normal price...those shitty merchants...let me know when if that's the case in your countries as well guys..I'm just curious....cause usually I'm used to see such things happening only and exclusively here.

Haven't been to the pharmacy in a while (thankfully hadn't had the need for it) but I wouldn't be too surprised about that.

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18 March 2020 - 10:26pm
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Karma is a bitch and I hope to hell those hoarders get whats coming to them because they obviously don't have a conscience.....tsk tsk tsk

Yeah I agree. And of all the things to hoard... if things were really dire I could maybe understand stuff like canned food, rice, flour, pasta, but toilet paper? Seriously?

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and then we noticed all the medicament prices have been increased at least double...in some cases triple or more the normal price...those shitty merchants...let me know when if that's the case in your countries as well guys..I'm just curious....cause usually I'm used to see such things happening only and exclusively here.

I haven't noticed that but to be fair I haven't been to a pharmacy. We do have laws supposed to stop that sort of thing happening but they are rarely used. All the supermarkets are limiting people to buying maximum of two of anything now. One brought in a special hour at the start of the day during which only the elderly and disabled people can enter and shop.

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Jumping in on the topic,over here in Ireland, we're getting ready for full lockdown, all major events including st patricks celebrations were all cancelled, we also have all school and colleges etc closed for at least another 11 to 14 days, weve got over 366 cases in 2 weeks, each day were almost seeing double 😢 getting very scary over here, especially with the social media scare posts making these people buy all the stock of every store they can find,i went to do my shopping just for the next few days and there was nothing on the shelves of a Tesco store.. you'd think we were at Zombieland or something its inasne!

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The Australian Government is trying the slow but cautious response. So schools are still open, only those flying in from overseas, those who are not well, have the virus or those who have come into contact with the virus are to self isolate.

Those who can, have been asked to work from home, so we do have quite a few people out and about in the suburbs. Loads of people at supermarkets, still eating out and in bars/pubs (though not as many). But the flu season and winter is on it's way so I think it's only a matter of time before we experience the same lockdown.

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all major events including st patricks celebrations were all cancelled

Same here, Anzac Day marches have all been cancelled. The Easter Show, which attracts over 900K people over 2 weeks is also cancelled. The CEO of the Easter Show made the announcement last week, in tears. Apparently it's the first time since it's inception that they've had to cancel it - even the Spanish Flu couldn't keep them down!

Despite all these closures and cancellations, the Olympic Committee remain optimistic about the Olympic Games, reassuring everyone that it's 4 months away and the show will go on. Glass half full kinda people I guess.

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They're not acting fast enough, the virus killed almost 500 in one day in Italy over the last 24 hours, Britian was the same, only closing down the schools soon, where it should have already been done a week ago, All Nightlife, Pubs, Clubs, all that is locked down here and no large groups no mass gathers over 100 people etc its very serious as 2 or 3 weeks ago we didnt have many cases, then we got 2, now we have 366 and its doubling the spread through normal transmission like touching surfaces , people coughing incorrectly that are infected etc.
The schools everywhere should be shutdown because the virus has a 14 day incubation period and that alone is enough to have a countrywide episode, within about a month from i think this will go away or it will become the worst virus to plague the planet since god knows what lol

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Just back from the supermarket.

I saw a guy whose trolley was full to the brim with hand sanitisers, baby wipes, soaps, everything that people need!

I called him a selfish prick, gave him a run down about the elderly etc, who need these types of things. Told him he should be f***ing ashamed..

He said: “That’s all good and well, mate. But, I work here, can I carry on filling the shelves now?”

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Hahaha thats hilliarious!!

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Just back from the supermarket.

I saw a guy whose trolley was full to the brim with hand sanitisers, baby wipes, soaps, everything that people need!

I called him a selfish prick, gave him a run down about the elderly etc, who need these types of things. Told him he should be f***ing ashamed..

He said: “That’s all good and well, mate. But, I work here, can I carry on filling the shelves now?”

Hahahahahahaha. Total Ed move. 😉

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Hahahaa that's hilarious Ed! I was really intrigued while reading this, interested to see what the persons' reply will be... 😂

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I haven't noticed that but to be fair I haven't been to a pharmacy. We do have laws supposed to stop that sort of thing happening but they are rarely used.

I wouldn't go to a pharmacy if I wasn't visited a dentist before that as well...

I thought here's a law in place to prevent us from that as well...but it seems like too many times that have happened before already ...the special bonus prices appear to be exclusive local feature😉

I think it's somewhat back to normal now at least in terms of human traffic in front of the pharmacies in the last couple of days...don't know if someone have done anything in regard to the prices though...but I doubt.

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Just back from the supermarket.

I saw a guy whose trolley was full to the brim with hand sanitisers, baby wipes, soaps, everything that people need!

I called him a selfish prick, gave him a run down about the elderly etc, who need these types of things. Told him he should be f***ing ashamed..

He said: “That’s all good and well, mate. But, I work here, can I carry on filling the shelves now?”

Good job Ed...I guess it's easier for you teasing people when you have that black karate belt😛😂..it couldn't be of any harm anyway.

But a noble intentions anyway...👍

In my hall of shame...that wouldn't even make to top 20😀

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Ah ok folks.. I have to admit it. It wasn't me, just a joke.

But hey we all need a good laugh these days! 😂

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My wife was exposed to Covid-19 when she took our puppy to the vet (she's been fine thus far), and I fear that I may have caught it. Yesterday I was working and I all of a sudden felt really tired. I barely got to the couch and fell asleep. Later in the day I started getting a dry cough. Nothing too terrible, but the cough is certainly annoying.

I ate dinner and felt a little more energy, but an hour later I got really tired again and started to crash. I slept a ton last night and woke up with a sore throat, and I still feel exhausted. My cough is still here too.

I'm immune-compromised, so I called the doctor to ask what I should do. Thus far he said I have symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and I was told to stay in my house. Right now they don't want me to go in for testing or anything like that, just to stay home. I think its because they don't have enough tests.

If I do have it, I can say that the worst part (for me) is the fatigue. I've never felt tired like this, and you can feel the energy leaving your body. Of course, other people have it way worse. I really hope I don't have it, but there's no way to tell at this point.

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It started here a bit earlier than others, like late January. At first, everybody was not worried, but here, one religious cult group got it from China and spread it between themselves, in and out of a major city, and all over one province. Everybody got really worried and panic at this moment.

Now, it seems to be going down a bit and under control, but, can't be relieved yet.

We all gotta be prepared to cope with the longer situation like now.

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I'm immune-compromised, so I called the doctor to ask what I should do. Thus far he said I have symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and I was told to stay in my house. Right now they don't want me to go in for testing or anything like that, just to stay home. I think its because they don't have enough tests.

I really hope it's not that slim, I'm not a religious man but my thoughts and prayers are with you man...get better and keep us in touch.

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Esophagitis can cause the dry coughs and extreme fatigue.
If your symptom comes with hard breath, it can be reflux esophgitis too.

But, corona is also known to get to nose and throat firstly, to cause similar symptoms...

So, I am afraid that you gotta be extra cautious.
Hope that it will be just another type of cold or short symptom.

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I also really hope you're ok Slim, make sure to let us know how you're feeling. Sending you good thoughts.

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It seems that currently in my country have started to be infected with Covid-19, but while only major cities have the most cases, and now the government has closed school activities and appealed to all citizens to keep their distance, hopefully this outbreak will soon end and return to the situation where we feel safe in doing all activities, stay safe guys. ilove you❤️

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To be honest, I'm starting to read the news less as all it gives is more anxiety which is unnecessary. Just trying to limit any contact with people, mostly staying in and trying to stay healthy- that's all I can do for now.

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Yeah, we have to keep distance from each other, or wear masks face to face.
You still can do exercise outdoors.

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