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End of Summer COVID 19 Poll

COVID Poll Heading Into Flu Season   28 members have voted

  1. 1. Currently In My Area

    • Schools are in-person; I wish they were not
      0
    • Schools are in-person; I am OK with it
      6
    • Schools are Online; It may be a struggle for the family but this is best
      4
    • Schools are Online; I wish they weren't it's too difficult to manage
      2
    • Schools are both online and in-person
      16
  2. 2. My job:

    • Tele-commuting; it's good
      13
    • They said come back to office or there is talk that this is coming soon
      7
    • Was laid off / never went back / business closed
      1
    • Unemployed/Retired/Disabled
      7
  3. 3. For Me Personally (NO "Facebook friends") (again its two separate questions please answer both)

    • I know no one who has been diagnosed or died of COVID 19
      5
    • I know someone who was diagnosed, had minor symptoms and is recovered
      15
    • I know someone who was diagnosed, had serious symptoms but survived
      4
    • I know someone who died of COVID 19
      8
    • I have not been tested for COVID 19
      18
    • I have been tested and the result was negative
      8
    • I have been tested and the result was positive - my experience was asymptomatic or very modest symptoms
      0
    • I have been tested and the result was positive - I have/had serious symptoms but ain't dead yet
      1

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New question on Schools otherwise the same as last time.

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Re: work - my scenario did not fit any of the options.  We have never closed our office and I have been in to work almost every day.

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1 hour ago, Eric said:

Re: work - my scenario did not fit any of the options.  We have never closed our office and I have been in to work almost every day.

I don't think I ever offered that option. What are the rules about masks and social distancing? Do clients come to the office regularly?

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On the testing question, my wife and I have been tested twice (once separately and the timing on results varied). We both took a test offered by Rite Aid and we had the results back in two days, I took one in July for a colonoscopy and, again, results were received in two days. She had one in July and didn’t receive the results for 14 days; useless. The run up to her last week was peculiar. Hopefully, it’s the exception to the general rule: she called her doctor, who said the hospital would call. The hospital called and said the testing center would call.  She never received a call (despite calling the hospital several times) and it was at that point she had a test administered by one of these medical emergency clinics. 

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The Museum I worked for here in DC is still closed to the public, as are 95% of all DC museums. Two for-profit museums are open with limited visitors, as is the National Gallery (not part of the Smithsonian).

The museum I worked for (for ~7 years, in Administration, in the office of the executive director), ultimately laid off about 90% of the entire staff. And the remaining literally 12-15 people are only working half-time (or less), or so I’ve heard through the grapevine.

So I remain my wife’s personal chef (i.e. unemployed), as Washington DC remains on semi-lockdown (phase 2). Though the lockdown has gotten and kept our positivity rate down, currently around 2.6% last I heard (last week). Rates have been much higher in Northern Virginia and surrounding Maryland (close to 7% each, iirc), again, as of last week.

To be honest, I haven’t even seriously looked at more than a handful of job possibilities, since the unemployment rate is sky high around here. I’d hoped to find something as a contact-tracer, but those jobs seem to have been filled early on by out-of-work healthcare workers (though that wasn’t a requirement), and lately they’ve had multilingual requirements added as well.

Fortunately my wife’s Federal job is solid, and she’s working from home 4-5 days a week - only going into her offices downtown about 3-4 times per month.

We haven’t eaten out even once since March (not even with all the outdoor seating that’s popped up out in front of many restaurants), though we do get takeout about twice a week.

We rented a car and took a nice day-trip through Southern Maryland, following the Underground Railroad and an extensive mobile-phone narrated tour with over 100 stops  that stretches up into Delaware and on to Philadelphia, though we only covered about the first 40 stops.

Never went into any businesses, and took all our own meals. Only even remotely “contact”-related thing was when I stopped for gas, and to use the restrooms as two deserted Starbucks locations. Otherwise we were in the car the entire day, but it was nice to get out for a change, after 5 months nearly always in the same 800 city blocks (roughly 2 square miles).

Not complaining though. We’ve been listening to lots more music than we have in years (over a decade), and enjoying TONS of documentaries on-line, and lots of PBS. 

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9 minutes ago, Rooster_Ties said:

The Museum I worked for here in DC is still closed to the public, as are 95% of all DC museums. Two for-profit museums are open with limited visitors, as is the National Gallery (not part of the Smithsonian).

 

I was told by an archivist that the Smithsonian has plans to open September 17 but not all staff would return. No idea if that's been pushed off or not.

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1 hour ago, Dan Gould said:

I was told by an archivist that the Smithsonian has plans to open September 17 but not all staff would return. No idea if that's been pushed off or not.

I am hoping to get back on at my museum, but probably in a different role. But my hunch is that they won’t be hiring back significant numbers until 2021.

Due to unforeseen construction required by the Federal agency that maintains our building, our museum was closed to the public starting last November(!) - i.e. NO admissions or rental revenue for the 5 months prior to the pandemic shutdown. As a result, they had to cut 20% of the salaried staff at the end of January (so the financial picture wasn’t super rosy even at the beginning of the shutdown).

I’m absolutely certain they’ll do whatever they have to, to emerge and continue on - but I suspect that will be with a bare minimum staff for another full year (just my wild guess). My position was eliminated, as were others back at the end of January - so if I can go back, I’m sure it will be in some other capacity (but probably lower on the totem pole too, c'est la vie).

But given the overall employment picture here in DC, with tourism down to a bare trickle, that may be the situation for thousands of others here (and tens of thousands more generally, as long as we’re still in phase 2 lockdown).

The National Gallery has a Billion(!) dollar endowment (iirc), and similarly the Smithsonian. Most other museums in DC, were operating in an entirely other world, in terms of reserves - being private entities unrelated to the Smithsonian (or National Gallery, which is similar, but distinct).

When things turn around, the shift will be abrupt, with lots of hiring. Until then, I’m reading online that what few openings are getting 500 or more applications. I keep reading horror stories about people applying to 100 and even 200 jobs, without getting more than 1 or 2 interviews (or none). I have to confess to having zero stomach for trying fight that battle hundreds of times over (and failure after failure) - so I’m gonna wait a few more months and hopefully things will be better by then.

And ideally I can get back on, (unfortunately more at the ground floor), with my old employer. Fingers crossed.

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1 hour ago, Dan Gould said:

I don't think I ever offered that option. What are the rules about masks and social distancing? Do clients come to the office regularly?

Masks on unless you are in your office or alone in a cube.  Rarely do we have third parties, but all required to wear masks.  Every morning we have our temperature taken and have to answer a series of questions.

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I'm still working from home full-time. 

My daughter, a senior in high school, is 100% online -- although there's talk that they're going to return to school before the end of the semester.  However, I think it will be optional.  

 

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Our employer is softly pushing people to come in to the office to try things out.  I'm biking in 3-4 days/week and have been doing that for close to a month..

In Toronto there are two options for schooling - either 100% on-line or roughly 30% in-person/70% on-line.  We're going to have the kids go in-person (as long as this lasts and isn't shut down by another Covid wave).

Generally not eating out, though ordering pick-up from time to time.  I am going to the gym about twice a week, and went to the movies twice.

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Fortunate (like Rooster's spouse) to have a solid federal job (just passed 25 years of service). Teleworking from home, and I don't anticipate ever going back regularly. More like office visits when my government-furnished laptop has issues, or I need a book from my office.

Mother (who just turned 88!) flunked a test in mid-July with fairly minor symptoms, did 2 week quarantine, and then tested negative. [Not sure if I've previously shared this.] A few weeks later, fell down, hit head, went back to hospital and flunked covid test. Got shuffled around at physical therapy places and tested negative 3 days later (so believe first test was false positive, but at this point who the hell really knows). Scary given her age and underlying conditions. Fortunately no severe symptoms (at least so far). Frustrating about the lack of communication within/across medical system.

Haven't gotten a test myself. Vacationed with another couple for a week around July 4. Just four of us in a large farmhouse. Mostly outdoor activities (bikes, grill). Have met another couple in their backyard, with social distancing kept in mind. My wife just flew cross country (on fairly full American flights) to visit/help her parents in smoky California.

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I think your percentages for 3 are wrong, perhaps not taking into consideration that almost everyone voted twice as they were asked  to.  

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7 minutes ago, medjuck said:

I think your percentages for 3 are wrong, perhaps not taking into consideration that almost everyone voted twice as they were asked  to.  

To cover both friends and personal experience I had to set it to allow multiple answers. Otherwise I would exhaust the number of allowed questions.

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I take it this is a US-only poll.

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14 minutes ago, J.A.W. said:

I take it this is a US-only poll.

???

Any O member can vote as far as I know.

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19 minutes ago, Dan Gould said:

???

Any O member can vote as far as I know.

OK. I assumed you'd be mainly interested in the situation in your country; I guess I was wrong.

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5 minutes ago, J.A.W. said:

OK. I assumed you'd be mainly interested in the situation in your country; I guess I was wrong.

No one has ever been restricted from participating and I have no idea why you thought that.

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3 minutes ago, Dan Gould said:

No one has ever been restricted from participating and I have no idea why you thought that.

I've seen quite a few polls on US-based fora with an international membership that were mostly US-centric, so I assumed this one was too; my mistake. 

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Dan, I had difficulty choosing an answer for Question #1 because the comments were not appropriate for me.

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26 minutes ago, GA Russell said:

Dan, I had difficulty choosing an answer for Question #1 because the comments were not appropriate for me.

I am not clear why; if the problem is no kids of school age, my wife and I have no kids at all but I still answered based on what I know is happening in the county.  

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Far as the other non-job questions go, my wife and I don’t have any kids (we know our limits!), and I think(?) most schools around here are mostly only-line only, or a few are trying staggered shifts where kids are only in school in person ~2 days/week (but have the options for all on-line). Without kids, and there being 3 different ‘state’ jurisdictions (DC, VA, and MD), it’s a little hard to keep track of it all.

And neither one of us have ever been tested. We both think there’s a 30%(?) chance we both got Covid back in late (iirc), because we both had mild symptoms and some odd headaches - but at that point, the idea of largely asymptotic carriers wasn’t even being talked about. I really have no idea if either of us got it, and I’m inclined to say we probably DIDN’T, but I can’t rule it out either.

I have a cousin in Chicago, and she’s pretty she her husband got it (and he has asthma), and it kicked him pretty hard, though he was never hospitalized. Had him half on the ropes for a solid 10-11 days, but he wasn’t able to get tested. This was back in April, iirc.

And my wife knows some people through work who have had relatives who have gotten it - though not people we know personally (so I guess that’s one degree of separation more than was asked about in the polling) - but my cousin’s husband certainly qualifies.

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On 9/8/2020 at 4:47 PM, Dan Gould said:

I am not clear why; if the problem is no kids of school age, my wife and I have no kids at all but I still answered based on what I know is happening in the county.  

Dan, here in Raleigh, all grammar schools are online.  Neither of the comments which followed state my views.

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