USA experience of coronavirus reactions

USA experience of coronavirus reactions

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Eagleye

Original Poster:

550 posts

14 months

Saturday 18th April
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I was wondering if any of our USA members would like to comment on their view of how this situation is being handled.

Here is a link to how BBC are reporting.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-5233053...

Matt Harper

5,938 posts

160 months

Saturday 18th April
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"Sh!t-Show" is a gross understatement.

thainy77

3,278 posts

157 months

Saturday 18th April
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They are lifting some restrictions here in Texas on Mondayrolleyes It's too early in my opinion.

Saleen836

8,114 posts

168 months

Saturday 18th April
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thainy77 said:
They are lifting some restrictions here in Texas on Mondayrolleyes It's too early in my opinion.
I spoke with a friend in Texas a week or so ago,she said it was around 60/40 split with people sticking to the lockdown which surprised her as in her words.."everything is closed so i've no idea where they are going!"

Dont like rolls

3,798 posts

13 months

Saturday 18th April
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Eagleye said:
I was wondering if any of our USA members would like to comment on their view of how this situation is being handled.

Here is a link to how BBC are reporting.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-5233053...
Anybody else surprised the BBC are reporting negatively about the USA/Trump ?

midenginedcoupe

5,361 posts

91 months

Saturday 18th April
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Dont like rolls said:
Anybody else surprised the BBC are reporting negatively about the USA/Trump ?
What positive news do you think they're missing?

Dont like rolls

3,798 posts

13 months

Saturday 18th April
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midenginedcoupe said:
What positive news do you think they're missing?
I do not know, have you ever seen one ?

Eagleye

Original Poster:

550 posts

14 months

Saturday 18th April
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Dont like rolls said:
Eagleye said:
I was wondering if any of our USA members would like to comment on their view of how this situation is being handled.

Here is a link to how BBC are reporting.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-5233053...
Anybody else surprised the BBC are reporting negatively about the USA/Trump ?
To be honest, I posted this just to get some views directly from our American friends and show them how their country is being reported over here for comment.

thainy77

3,278 posts

157 months

Saturday 18th April
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Saleen836 said:
I spoke with a friend in Texas a week or so ago,she said it was around 60/40 split with people sticking to the lockdown which surprised her as in her words.."everything is closed so I've no idea where they are going!"
That's about right, I've had a few guys from here call up and ask if I want to come over for a beer, they're always surprised when i say no.

MC Bodge

14,425 posts

134 months

Saturday 18th April
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My sister spoke to a friend in Wisconsin last week. My sister told me that her friend didnt appear to know that much about the CV19 issue (she was telling her about what we'd seen of the US on the news) and her impression was that there wasn't much change in behaviour going on.

Matt Harper

5,938 posts

160 months

Saturday 18th April
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There seems to be a lot of regional variance - I'm in central Florida and this state and my particular county has quite a lot of exposure. My work ordinarily involves a very significant amount of travel, both within the US and overseas. Needless to say, that has completely ceased.

My immediate neighborhood has been really good about following the guidelines and maintaining sensible precautions. The result (so far) has been no positives among those tested who live in my zip code, which has a population of approx 7000.

Unfortunately, our Governor (Ron DeSantis) is a Trump lackey and as a result, there are moves to relax the social-distancing and large-scale gatherings restrictions, with immediate effect. Jacksonville area beaches were crowded (with morons) this morning.

I read somewhere that the 1918/19 Spanish Flu pandemic killed twice as many US citizens in it's 2nd wave (caused by premature relaxation of quarantine) and taking our foot off the gas now could have the same effect with this pandemic.

Our President (whether you love him or loathe him) is fixated with re-energizing the US economy - arguably sensible - if the motivation is sensible and risk-averse. Being hell-bent on getting re-elected, whatever the cost, is neither. Whilst I recognize the dilemma - I think Trump is careless, reckless, foolhardy and self-serving. That makes me question his rationale - for the good of the people, or the good of his chances in November?


ewolg

1,592 posts

238 months

Sunday 19th April
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My sister is in Houston and staying at home with the exception of exercise on the bayou nearby. She says it’s almost like normal with lots still out & about with no apparent awareness of social distancing.
I’ve been nagging her from the UK to keep isolated for as long as possible because if the current lax situation continues the death rate will be millions, not thousands, mark my words.

MC Bodge

14,425 posts

134 months

Sunday 19th April
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Matt Harper said:
There seems to be a lot of regional variance - I'm in central Florida and this state and my particular county has quite a lot of exposure.
WWE "essential"

... ah, all becomes clear from this link

thainy77

3,278 posts

157 months

Sunday 19th April
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ewolg said:
My sister is in Houston and staying at home with the exception of exercise on the bayou nearby. She says it’s almost like normal with lots still out & about with no apparent awareness of social distancing.
I’ve been nagging her from the UK to keep isolated for as long as possible because if the current lax situation continues the death rate will be millions, not thousands, mark my words.
That's where I am, it's not the same as normal but there are a lot of people that don't take it seriously, as above, it's probably 60% following the guidelines. I think it varies massively by neighbourhood too.

alabbasi

1,249 posts

46 months

Sunday 19th April
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People in Texas are pretty spread out by nature so we've not been hit as hard as the NE of the US. It's a bit of a mishmash as in some cases , cities are asking people to wear masks and in others, they're trying to be as close to business as usual as possible. Of course there are now nimrods protesting , spurred in by right wing influencers, who are suggesting that it's all some sort of hoax or conspiracy. I've tuned out for the most part but did get a tickle from this protester who showed up in full hazmat gear to protest the covid hoax.



Edited by alabbasi on Sunday 19th April 16:44

Brightonuk

68 posts

32 months

Monday 20th April
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Stop making fun of the Trump supporter

kilty2

214 posts

130 months

Monday 20th April
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I'm in Illinois (30 miles west of Chicago). Our county (Dupage) has @1700 cases. People here are pretty civilised - we are not under quite a strict lockdown as the UK - we can go out at will to exercise and there are lots of people walking around in our housing development - social distancing is very well observed. I believe we have 62 confirmed cases in our town and only 294 test have been performed!

Local shops have a capacity limit and operate a one out, one in policy - supermarket aisles are now one way as well. People are going a bit stir crazy, but realise that we have to buy time to allow healthcare to be prepared. I live in Naperville - a town of around 300k. It is a very affluent neighbourhood so there is not quite the same urgent desire to open up. I have heard that the average American is only $400 away from bankruptcy, In Naperville I would bet that the majority could take the rest of the year off. That said, the way the economy works over here is slightly different to the UK. Money circulates faster - people get paid more (at least here) and rather than save it all, it tends to get spent on "stuff".

TimLam7

625 posts

84 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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I'm in Philadelphia.

Locally, in my social circle and through work it seems to be taken very seriously. The city itself is very quiet. Certain neighborhoods seem to be taking it less seriously than others.

At a state level, we have a fairly sensible governor (Tom Wolf) who's making all the right noises. Philadelphia is a bit unusual in that it has st loads of hospitals, a lot of the big University Hospitals are here, so we are (apparently) nowhere near capacity.

At the national level, it's a complete st show. It feels to me like the final chapter of the Trump Doctrine - this point where people deny all fact and reason, and listen only to what they're told by the guy they support even as thousands of people die around them. Echoing what I think others have said, the economy is all that matters to him.

Sadly I think it's going to get a lot worse here.

The test driver

1,000 posts

118 months

Friday 15th May
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I'm New Jersey, living in the North of the county.

NJ and NYC have been getting there poop poked in with Covid so most locals are taking it pretty seriously, the individualistic character of the nation does show through quite often though.

One in one out with supermarkets and other essential businesses however it's not to much of a stress though.