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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:27 PM

Just got an emergency alert telling 65+ to stay at home

On my cell with a warning tone - startled the hell out of me since I have tried to turn off ALL alert notifications to prevent getting any from Dolt45.

I do not see how my husband and I can stay at home all the time. We have no one to get essentials for us. In fact, my husband assists several friends so they can get essentials and to doctor's visits - and those people are younger than his 68 age!

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Reply Just got an emergency alert telling 65+ to stay at home (Original post)
csziggy Mar 28 OP
MuseRider Mar 28 #1
csziggy Mar 28 #12
Srkdqltr Mar 28 #2
milestogo Mar 28 #3
csziggy Mar 28 #5
CountAllVotes Mar 28 #4
MLAA Mar 28 #6
Hekate Mar 28 #10
totodeinhere Mar 28 #7
CountAllVotes Mar 28 #11
csziggy Mar 28 #13
totodeinhere Mar 28 #15
Ms. Toad Mar 28 #8
csziggy Mar 28 #14
Totally Tunsie Mar 28 #9

Response to csziggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:30 PM

1. That would be hard.

We have been letting each other on this tiny road we live on know when we need to go out. So far nobody has needed anything. I am not sure what we would do out here. Most of us are older than 60.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:51 PM

12. When I do go to the store, I keep distance from people

Use my debit card to pay and wash my hands before, during (since my bladder is about the size of a walnut), and after. I only touch the stuff I will actually buy, noto being as selective as usual.

I don't know if we can get deliveries and frankly I'd rather go myself than have some unknown delivery person coming here.

Our biggest exposure is that we have construction crews every day. This weekend they are putting the new roof on. Next week they will be completing the exterior siding and trim. So really, the electrician, air conditioning installer, and the drywall people will be the most invasive, if we can get that far before stuff is shut down. Oh! I forgot about the painters.

I do stay away from the crews and so far they have all been outside. But we're not done...

I think despite our ages (I'm still 67 though only a few months behind my husband) we both have pretty good immune systems. I've had a bunch of major operations and not one infection after any of them. A few years ago what I thought was my husband with a stomach ache turned out to be a burst appendix. Even with multiple pockets of infection, he healed up quickly once they were drained. We eat healthy and are careful.

AS I said, though, there are people who rely on him and they are his biggest exposure. I think I need to sit down with him about making sure he and they wash their hands regularly. One of his friends has had several strokes and he is not sharp mentally so he may have trouble remembering.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:33 PM

2. I am way older than you guys and I go when needed.

Tomorrow I have to pick up groceries that I ordered Thursday. No one notices or cares. I'm in Mi.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:35 PM

3. What state are you in?

If you are in NYC, don't go out, period.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:40 PM

5. Florida, but my part so far doesn't have many cases

So far...

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:35 PM

4. You learn

Real fast.

I spent most of yesterday trying to order groceries online. It took me all day.

I do not know if I will receive my order at all.

And besides the extra delivery fee, marked up prices, etc., they want a tip on top of it. Uh huh ...



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:42 PM

6. I've been using delivery as well

Now have to order several days ahead, ‘before’ it was same day. I have gotten anywhere between 30% of what I ordered to 70%.

Good luck! Have them leave it on the porch and wipe it all down before you put it in the. Upboard 🙂

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:48 PM

10. The delivery people are gig workers, hence the tip.



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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:44 PM

7. I would only go out if it's a matter of life and death if I were you.

I would take a good long look at what really is essential to your existence right now and if you decide you can stay alive without it I would do without for the time being and hope that this doesn't last too long. Also, your husband might want to consider temporarily suspending his assistance to his friends. It won't do his friends any good if your husband gets exposed to the virus. They might need to look at other ways to get assistance so your husband doesn't have to do it.

I know these are hard choices. But you and your husband should make doing what it takes to avoid this virus and potentially saving your lives your one and only priority.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:51 PM

11. +1

If this is a decision that must be made you must ask yourself what the price may be.

If I risk it and go out and get it, my 83 year old husband will contract it and is at the highest risk to die.

It is not worth the risk so we've both decided to just forget it and do the best we can.


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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:58 PM

13. We can't completely isolate since we're in the middle of construction

And there are crews here every day. I stay away from them, but in the next few weeks the electrician will have to work in the part of the house where we are living. See my message above about it.

I get less exposure going to the store.

As for our friends, at least one really gets no other support. He has a bad heart, has had several strokes, and can't get around well enough to take the bus. Plus my husband helps him financially, buying groceries, meeting copays for doctors and meds. Without my husband, that guy would be dead already without the virus.

IN will review with my husband about keeping social distance and washing hands and have him talk to the friend about those things. The friend is pretty isolated just by his situation.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #13)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 05:19 PM

15. Good luck to you. Thanks. n/t

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:45 PM

8. FYI - you can't turn off the national emergency alerts, if that is what it was. n/t

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 05:00 PM

14. Yeah, that's what I realized

The Amber alerts were driving me crazy. They were sending me alerts from the other end of the state, plus I am seldom out where I would see a suspicious vehicle and all kids look alike to me, pretty much.

Between the threatened Trump alerts and Amber Alerts, I turned off everything I could. And I still get alerts!

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:45 PM

9. Now we know why that test alert was done last year.

Someone knew we were going to need it.

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