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 Post subject: Re: I can breathe again.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:17 pm 
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Well, imagine that instead of just having a continuous “smell survey” of your surroundings, you get bits and pieces. A waft here, a whiff there, despite that what you’re cooking usually fills the whole house with the smell of garlic and butter. Like, I’ll go “ooh, I smell garlic” and then realize “well, duh, I’m standing over a pan full of it.”

And I just can’t smell certain things. Like bleach - at all. I used to use bleach solutions for sanitizing my homebrew equipment, but I had to switch to one of those fancy sanitizers that breaks down to vinegar because I couldn’t smell when the bottles had been rinsed enough.

The most frustrating thing (aside not being able to quickly assess whether your pets cages are clean) is not being able to detect potentially dodgy food. I can stick my nose into a container, and aside from a vague odor of the contents most basic scent, it’s not really specific enough to tell if it smelled “off” or not.

This varies day to day, and breathing steam helps, but it’s definitely not back yet after almost a year.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:45 pm 
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Nanohedron wrote:
Damn.


Yeah. Mask up, people. I got lucky, comparatively speaking. As a woodwind player I am exceptionally lucky I didn't lose more.


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MadmanWithaWhistle wrote:
Nanohedron wrote:
Damn.


Yeah. Mask up, people. I got lucky, comparatively speaking. As a woodwind player I am exceptionally lucky I didn't lose more.

Indeed. I know of someone online who is young-ish (30s?) and fairly healthy-- as in, would ride her bike for long distances daily, etc.-- and got sick... it's been months and she is still unable to even walk very far, cannot work full-time (and is starting to think about finding out what she will do if she can't ever return to full-time work).

People talk about this as if either you die or you're completely fine... that's not the case, and plenty of people are left with long-term or lifetime health problems. Frankly, the above scenario scares me far more than dying from this thing. If I die, my troubles are over, so who cares. But if I suffer lifelong damage, I will have decades of figuring out how to pay my bills and take care of the basics of life.

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We just had a scare. I developed the symptoms of a cold, and we have a family friend who developed cold symptoms, was routinely tested and came up positive. So I went for a test and was banished into quarantine in the basement. Happily, the test came up negative.

I have no idea how much we can count on that test, but we have nothing else really to go on. I'm hoping that a rational federal government can manage this better, but it's fascinating to look at the variation in how the disease has affected different countries. In the meantime, we are wearing double masks and gong back to ordering groceries online

This pandemic will be the subject of discussion and scrutiny and analysis for decades.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:33 pm 
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it's fascinating to look at the variation in how the disease has affected different countries


We're in our third lockdown since before chirstmas. There was a brief respite before that but the new more virulent strain of the virus from the UK has become the dominant strain and lockdown is to continue for at least another month. If anything, things seem to become harder as time goes on.

I know you have some of the new variants there too but I am not sure to what extend, but be prepared to see things worsen when they become the more prevalent strains. Some of the vaccines appear less effective against some of the new strains, particularly the South African and South American ones.

It'll be a while before we see the end of all this.

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Sure I'm not the only one who's noted this topic's a classic example of thread drift! :wink:

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Peter Duggan wrote:
Sure I'm not the only one who's noted this topic's a classic example of thread drift! :wink:

The last few posts are completely related
to the original. My relief is due to a menace
who has been muted for the time being and
most of the infections in the US are a direct
result of that menace. The breath of relief
is a fleeting one at best. Stay tuned and
wear yer ****ing mask!

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Peter Duggan wrote:
Sure I'm not the only one who's noted this topic's a classic example of thread drift! :wink:

When you're trying to avoid the ignominy of thread lockage, sometimes it's the only thing you can do. And this one's on a razor's edge.

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Mr.Gumby wrote:
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it's fascinating to look at the variation in how the disease has affected different countries


We're in our third lockdown since before chirstmas. There was a brief respite before that but the new more virulent strain of the virus from the UK has become the dominant strain and lockdown is to continue for at least another month. If anything, things seem to become harder as time goes on.

I know you have some of the new variants there too but I am not sure to what extend, but be prepared to see things worsen when they become the more prevalent strains. Some of the vaccines appear less effective against some of the new strains, particularly the South African and South American ones.

It'll be a while before we see the end of all this.


Yeah, remember last March when everybody thought this would blow over in like two months, tops? LOL.

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