Here in SF Bay area, today (Monday) we were told to “shelter in place” and all non-essential businesses are supposed to close. Yesterday the library was closing, so my wife and I snagged an armful of books and DVDs. The most popular grocery store, Trader Joe’s, started limiting the number of customers inside at one time, so it had a line about half a block long at the door this morning. I got groceries, instead, from a couple mid-sized shops, two that cater to Hispanics and one that’s Halal.
I haven’t been in a major grocery since the panic set in, but I hear it’s impossible to find TP. I also read that gun sales are up. I guess people have to protect their TP stashes somehow.
I work a few hours a week database coding for a hospital. They informed me not to come in. So I’ll be doing some offline dev for them. I’m going to give their IT department a few days before hitting them up for a VPN line.
My other job is mostly “fulfillment” and sales at a music store. It’s been deemed non-essential and we were told today it’s closing. I HOPE to at least be able to use the accumulated “Personal Time” to keep my income going for a couple weeks.
Workers don’t get paid. Banks still want their loan payments. Landlords still want their rent. Business owners don’t want to have to fork over money if the store is shut down. Thus, arguably, the majority of the expense and the burden falls on the worker.
The “oh it’s nothing” followed by “panic” is a pretty apt call. I don’t know that it is unique to Germany. From what I’ve heard, the UK is going to be fcked over pretty badly, given the lack of response. Staying home is probably the wisest thing, princec!
Take care everyone!
P.S. Stats from South Korea, where we’ve had the MOST testing, shows that the age group with the highest incidence is 20-29! So, hanging out together in bars or whatever, probably not a great call right now.