Here where I live in MD there are now 34 cases in the DC/MD/VA capital region. A rector at Georgetown Episcopal got COVID19, and that put the entire church on lockdown, and just this morning all of Loudoun county schools are closed because one kid attended church there. At work most of the large scale meetings are cancelled and they are pushing telework. Scientific conferences are cancelling. I get at least 5 emails a day from a variety of places on what to do about the virus. Seems like for us here most of the cases are related to travelers, and people who had contact with those travelers.
5:25pm EST Looks like the Smithsonian is closing according to the news. We took our secretary out for lunch today on her 70th birthday. Later on in the day she says that she was exposed to someone who might have been exposed. Ugh. The thing that bugs me is you are contagious before symptoms, and after recovery up to 37days. Howard CO schools just shut down.
Employer is forcing us to mandatory telework tomorrow. This has spawned a series of problems with VPN access to the work servers. There is an eerie feel at work. Some are wearing masks and gloves. Others are going about things as usual. Some make fun of it by maximizing distance. My wife works from home the rest of the week tomorrow. Son is at home from university for rest of semester. They are going to refund board. Still some issues with getting his stuff back from the locked down dorm. Wife bought a chest freezer last Tue, and had it filled by Wednesday, before any kind of shortage. Been sharing stuff with neighbors and asking elderly if they need anything when we go out. Amazon guy tossed the package from a good 10yds on delivery. So far so good, all clear here.
Been teleworking from home since St. Patrick’s Day. Wife is also now on full time telework. Son’s classes are just resuming online. Heard today that NYC has the rate of increase doubling every 2 days. Think of that as the second derivative.
Some plusses and minuses to this telework. Been spending much more time family. Been working harder and not goofing off as much, when you would think the opposite. Butt gets really sore and have to take periodic breaks. Wife and I do some kind of exercise.
Neighbors are outside a lot. Never used to see this many people outdoors. Parks are seeing heavy use.
My workplace now in maximum telework policy as 2 cases from a related site cropped up. That site now instructs people to wipe down anything they touch before and after. State of MD may force lab closure, not sure. I have started self study of Labview, so that is a bright spot. Also can work on a paper.