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uhsguy  ·  135 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

Yeah I’m trying to figure out how to prepare but it’s unclear to me what sort of basic prep works here. Basically seems like we all go on as normal and some of us will die not much you can do. Basic service like medicine will probably get all fucked so save your antibiotics but beyond that and maybe a month of food what do you do? Maybe stop investing in real estate but it seems like the developed world might see third world death rates from this one. Areas with high birth rates might come out ok as its business as usual for them





kleinbl00  ·  134 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Yeah I’m trying to figure out how to prepare but it’s unclear to me what sort of basic prep works here.

Presume that you and your family will get the flu. Presume that the likelihood of you getting the flu from interacting with the public will go up. The ball pit is probably a no-go. The grocery store is probably fine. Minimize moshpits.

    Basically seems like we all go on as normal and some of us will die not much you can do.

Mortality mode is pneumonia. Be well-rested, be able to avoid shocks and be able to keep up your nutrition and you will likely survive.

    Basic service like medicine will probably get all fucked so save your antibiotics

It's a virus. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. They are useful against secondary infection brought on by compromised immune response but in general, flu care is palliative care.

    but beyond that and maybe a month of food what do you do?

Expect to get sick and expect to get better. The issue is not that the world is about to get incapacitated, it's that the world is about to go on sick leave. Might be an extended sick-leave. During the 1918 epidemic, some schools closed for a day, some schools closed for two weeks, a very select few closed for longer.

https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.28.6.w1066

    Maybe stop investing in real estate but it seems like the developed world might see third world death rates from this one. Areas with high birth rates might come out ok as its business as usual for them

Well now you're just being alarmist. It isn't the plague, it's like a bad case of flu.

user-inactivated  ·  134 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Well now you're just being alarmist. It isn't the plague, it's like a bad case of flu.

To be fair, the media is being a bit alarmist in that very few of the articles that talk about the rate of the spread also talk about severity of symptoms and how much the every day person should be concerned. The media really likes alarmism. It attracts eyeballs.

kleinbl00  ·  134 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The media is not at this will wipe out enough people to reverse the housing crisis

uhsguy  ·  133 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It doesn’t take much to reverse a speculative trend. If all of a sudden people feel poorer, less secure and more interested in living in the burbs that might be enough to trigger a correction. On the other side are already record low interest rates that are driving prices the other way and possibly any future government incentives.

user-inactivated  ·  134 days ago  ·  link  ·  

True, but it is being a bit nebulous and our imaginations tend to get the best of us when we consider the nebulous through an emotional lens. I mean, the fact that this isn't the first time I've heard similar questions during this news cycle says something. I think on the part of the media, it speaks to a lack of properly communicating perspectives and scope. On the part of us, as media consumers, I think it reflects an inability to keep our butts from getting antsy. Three of the most active articles on Hubski in as many days are on the subject, and I don't think it's because Hubski users are alarmist, but because Hubski users are thirsty for real information and it's frustratingly hard to find.

Just my perspective, is all. Too be fair, I've been pretty annoyed of how the media has been dialing things up and keeping an eye out for the next big thing these past few years. So, I know my perspective has a biased tint.

kleinbl00  ·  134 days ago  ·  link  ·  

part of dealing with the very problems you discuss is NOT giving runaway "28 days later" scenarios a bye as if they're forgivable

user-inactivated  ·  134 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm aware. I'm just trying to give the guy the benefit of a doubt a bit.

necroptosis  ·  134 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The main idea is to just follow basic precautionary procedures. Minimize contact, wash your hands frequently, and don't touch your face. Excessive prep couldn't hurt but probably isn't necessary unless you're frequently interacting with an immunocompromised individual. What antibiotics do you have to save?