Pandemic: How will you continue to enjoy your hobbies?

ced1106

Explorer
"Because no one was immune to the new virus, “the majority of the population will be infected” absent the quick arrival of a vaccine or drastic public health interventions such as closing public places and canceling public events,"

There is no vaccine yet for the virus. Nobody in a first world country in their 20's to 40's, the "healthy" demographic for the virus, has lived through a period of time when a contagious disease has not had a vaccine. Polio, back in 1955, may be a similar situation to today, since at the time, Americans were waiting for a vaccine for it while it was virulent each summer. Even those who have not been vaccinated benefit from those who have, through the "herd effect", where a critical mass has immunity, suchthat any viral infection in one person is unlikely to spread to another.

The fatality rate, though based on Wuhan data is : "For those aged 15 to 44, the fatality rate was 0.5%, though it might have been as low as 0.1% or as high as 1.3%. For people 45 to 64, the fatality rate was also 0.5%, with a possible low of 0.2% and a possible high of 1.1%. For those over 64, it was 2.7%, with a low and high estimate of 1.5% and 4.7%." Assuming the same rate of transmissions and thus infections among age groups, those aged 15 to 44 can have the same fatality as those over 64 by congregating more often at work, school, and social events. A healthy person with a child and going to work five days a week has far more exposure and thus risk than a retired couple at home. Schools are being closed, but cases of elementary and high school children being infected have been reported in Sacramento, CA, and San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Children, of course, do not practice hygiene as well as older adults, so the chance of an adult with a child is much higher than one without. When one member of a household contracts a virus, everyone there typically does.

While healthy people are relatively immune, without a vaccine and without precautions, the expected high number of infections means that the actual number of infected healthy people may be higher than the seasonal flu. The high number of severe cases in older victims and those with pre-existing conditions means a shortage of hospital beds. As Dr. Harris' twitter feed put it, "It's the difference between finding an ICU bed & ventilator or being treated in the parking lot tent." Without vaccines, the only way to slow down the spread of the virus so that hospitals are not overwhelmed is by isolation, or "social distancing". Unlike vaccines, this is less meant so you, as an individual, are infected ("containment"), than to not overwhelm hospitals ("mitigation").

Taiwan started taking action against CoVid in early January, while only now has the San Franciso Bay Area, one of the area of the country with the highest number victims, taken action. Taiwan has had only one death from CoVid. Meanwhile, the number of US cases is now over one hundred. Perhaps social distancing will have the same "herd effect" as a vaccine for those who choose to still go out. My own hope is that we will have a vaccine by the end of the year so will have a better idea of the actual danger of this virus.

 
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atanakar

Adventurer
I devised a RTT last night. Real Table Top surface for our upcoming D&D game using Skype. I'm aware of Roll20, it's just not something I want to use.

I angled my computer camera a bit. The 2'x2' board is also on an opposite angle (using books). That way the models won't slide. I have a pot light in the ceiling and one desk lamp on each side for proper lighting.

 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
This is incorrect: The original source of viral transmission to humans remains unclear. The rumors in China say it's a US bio-weapon. So the prejudice goes both ways.
Dude, zoonotic transmission happens - several influenzas and coronaviruses, likely ebola, HIV - all zoonotic origin.

Releasing bioweapons... doesn't happen. This is not a thing in the modern world.

If you think looking to an entirely natural process that has happened before and is an obvious consequence of how humans operate is equivalent to a conspiracy theory, we don't really have much to discuss.
 

Aebir-Toril

Creator of the Elfgrinder Mech
@Umbran is correct in that, after much observation, significant evidence points to transmission of human COVID-19 coronavirus from bats, not as the result of a US or Chinese bioweapon.

Could it be? I suppose, but, it seems somewhat unlikely. Even if the disease did escape from a biomaterial-managing laboratory near the original place of first infection, that does not mean that it was a "bioweapon".
 

aramis erak

Adventurer
Of my hobbies, 2 are actually shut down:
the group I fence with called off all activities until late april.
dining out with friends and family is currently disallowed, as the gov'nor ordered all restaurants and taverns to close their seating areas.
And groups of 25+ are forbidden by same exec order,
 

LordEntrails

Adventurer
You know what I'm going to do during the Pandemic? I'm actually going to try and help others.

What I did was reach out to a cousin who is a single parent who lives far away from me. I said something like 'hey, what do you think if a ran a game of D&D online for your kid and his friends for the next couple of weeks?'

So yea, rather than arguing or complaining I'm going to do something really tiny, but helpful. Give a couple of kids an hour a day to socialize and keep building their friendships. To keep them being kids, and to introduce them to something I love.

How about some of you come up with some way you can help others too?
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Sure, they tested like crazy. That's not a matter of superior technology - we have the technology to test. What we don't have is sufficient resources applied to build testing inrastructure.

And, you realize we have this virus now because of really bad sanitary and husbandry practices in their markets, right? Cleanliness is not a great claim.
He's probably right.

However Shanghai is the best they've got.

Over there they grade the cities it's like the Soviet Union with St Petersburg and Moscow.

The higher the grade the prettier and better resources the city's are.

Shanghai and Hong Kong are the crown jewels, out in the countryside and lower grade cities....
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
You know what I'm going to do during the Pandemic? I'm actually going to try and help others.

What I did was reach out to a cousin who is a single parent who lives far away from me. I said something like 'hey, what do you think if a ran a game of D&D online for your kid and his friends for the next couple of weeks?'

So yea, rather than arguing or complaining I'm going to do something really tiny, but helpful. Give a couple of kids an hour a day to socialize and keep building their friendships. To keep them being kids, and to introduce them to something I love.

How about some of you come up with some way you can help others too?
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
What would be your recommendations for online play where many of the players are the same house and would have to share a PC? Google hangouts with just video chat? Does roll20 allow a single log in to have multiple PCs?

Im DMing and would present from my PC
 

LordEntrails

Adventurer
What would be your recommendations for online play where many of the players are the same house and would have to share a PC? Google hangouts with just video chat? Does roll20 allow a single log in to have multiple PCs?

Im DMing and would present from my PC
I don't know if Roll20 can do that. FG does allow a 'client' (i.e. player) computer to take control of multiple PCs. So your one local computer could be passed around those at home with you, or one person could just operate it for everyone.

We've done that where my son connects with his laptop, duplicates the display up to the TV so everyone else in the room can watch and instruct him what to do.
 

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