Poll on Boardies Covid-19 Impact

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How has Covid-19 affected you?

I know (or think) I have or had Covid-19.
8
7%
I do not think I have had Covid-19.
103
85%
I was employed before the pandemic hit, and am still employed.
72
60%
I was employed before the pandemic hit, but am now less employed.
8
7%
I was employed before the pandemic hit, am now unemployed, but expect to get my job back.
2
2%
I was employed before the pandemic hit, and am now unemployed.
2
2%
I was not employed or a student before the pandemic hit.
33
27%
I personally know someone who has passed away from Covid-19 related causes.
15
12%
I do not personally know someone who has passed away from Covid-19 related causes.
88
73%
I always wear a face covering in public.
90
74%
I sometimes wear a face covering in public.
23
19%
I never wear a face covering in public.
5
4%
 
Total votes: 121

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Re: Poll on Boardies Covid-19 Impact

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I also have a scenario that isn't covered on the poll: Unfortunately, I was re-org'd out of a position at the end of last year, and the lockdown has GREATLY hindered my chances at re-employment. I would say that about half the jobs I applied for, particularly from March to June, came back with "Sorry, we are in a hiring freeze until we can open". I live right in one of the early hotspots (I am one town away from Teaneck, NJ, where one of the early synagogue exposures caused an outbreak explosion), and a fair amount of jobs I would apply for would be in NYC. Even the concept of taking public transportation daily from NJ to NYC is frightening. For my social circle, my brother and my landlord were both tested positive, but fortunately both had relatively safe and easy quarantines and have fully recovered.

Since I am on ADHD/Anxiety medication and have been home even before the lock-down, it's frankly kind of difficult how much of my headache/malaise/weakness/exhaustion can be ascribed to the scenario, the medication, other physical issues, or even possibly a diagnosis. I live with my girlfriend and 17 year old son, and neither of them have shown any signs, so I tend to think that I have remained COVID-free. But yeah, that depression ... I simply cannot believe that this country and this world has gotten to the state it's in. Most days, I truly do not believe that we can ever repair the overall damage that has been done to this country. I had always lived as a person who embraces differences, and while sometimes flummoxed by other people's odd (to me) opinions, I remain their friends and am almost always up for a positive discussion of beliefs. But now, that person is gone.

I used to shake my head at people who were "unfriending" anyone who wasn't 100% on "their side"; I have been a lifelong Democrat and some of my closest friends were Reagan-era Republicans. The only way to get to an understanding is an open mind and an intelligent discussion, right? I would attempt to engage people with some of the more narrow-minded, conspiratorial posts and opinions. But damn if they didn't "win". I can't anymore. It's just too ugly. I have removed all of them on FB; my family has ostracized a couple of cousins and other relatives; I don't even try anymore. I genuinely hope and pray for some sort of major upheaval that can bring us forward and through this together, at least for my son's generation's sake.

I am, of course, disappointed that even a group like my fellow J-Boardies would still have some folks who would check that "Never wear a mask" box. I wish I could say I'm surprised.

Everyone please stay safe and well-informed.

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Re: Poll on Boardies Covid-19 Impact

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Time to update two of my responses. Just found out a great aunt passed away from Covid-19. Her husband was in the hospital with it, but is now home (and supposedly really confused--my mom said nobody knows if he even realizes what happened to his wife yet). I've seen them maybe twice in the past 15 years, so we weren't close, but still, Covid sucks.

Wear a mask, America.

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Re: Poll on Boardies Covid-19 Impact

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ouachiouat wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:03 am
Time to update two of my responses. Just found out a great aunt passed away from Covid-19. Her husband was in the hospital with it, but is now home (and supposedly really confused--my mom said nobody knows if he even realizes what happened to his wife yet). I've seen them maybe twice in the past 15 years, so we weren't close, but still, Covid sucks.

Wear a mask, America.
Oh, that's sad. I'm really sorry.

Thanks for the reminder to wear a mask. If anyone wants to commemorate and show respect to those we've lost, that's a good way to do it. It's a simple act that is both prudent and kind. I'd love to see the "I never wear a face covering in public" box on this poll go down to zero.

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Re: Poll on Boardies Covid-19 Impact

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An update on the Science: available evidence suggests that transmission of Covid from surfaces is rare to never. The dominant mode of transmission is from airborne droplets. Cloth masks cannot prevent virus from entering but can reduce viral load significantly and that is correlated with severity of the disease. So, wear masks for yourself and others. Stay outdoors and in well-ventilated areas if possible and keep social distancing.

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