Candid Journal Entry #3

in #candid2 years ago

         On Friday, Utah governor Gary Herbert announced the Stay Safe, Stay Home initiative. It is a list of recommendations for residents of the state to follow. You can read in greater details over at the state's website.

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https://coronavirus.utah.gov/full-text-governors-stay-home-stay-safe-directive/

         For the most part, I am not seeing the hysteria at the store or pumps. It snowed here for a bit as well. While the scenery looked beautiful, I couldn't help but feel a Silent Hill vibe to it.

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         The gas stations now offer paper towels for those who might not want to touch the keypads and pumps. It does make one wonder how long before the toilet paper bandits decide to raid them.

         The grocery stores are still out of paper towels and toilet paper. Good thing I have bought some since before the hysteria. I only go there for fresh food items now. The idea is to not dig into the storage supplies until the family has to.

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         In the stores, there are stickers on the ground that tell how far people should stay from each other while in queue. In fact, there's a sign outside saying that only 25 customers inside at a time. How are they enforcing it? I have no idea.

Rising Numbers

         For some people, they look at the numbers and see no end in sight, even in Utah. The cases keep on rising despite the social distancing efforts.

         For one, the labs are still catching up on all the pending tests. When I left work on Wednesday morning, I heard there were still over a thousand tests pending. Even if the people have managed to flatten to the spread, it would not show in the near future.

         Don't believe me? Go check out @suesa's post about her experience working in the lab. This is also complicated by the fact that my state doesn't test people who do not display symptoms. In essence, we don't even know how many asymptomatic carriers are there among us.

Hive Stuff

         I have seen a few initiatives around on Hive. Kudos to @theycallmedan and @anomadsoul for announcing them. I'm sure a lot of people will participate in them.

         For me, I'm undecided on those. I'm not super big on introducing myself again or recycling a post about my feelings for Steem, but in Hive. But, I'm all for community engagement. There are definitely people I have seen who were quiet on Steem breaking out to say hello.

         Anyways, time will tell if this was worth the time and effort people put in. This time, no one will have STINC to blame. I do hope the consensus witnesses and people will give in their A effort for this fork. There's always something to blame, but there's no excuse for inaction.

         Take care and stay where you are.

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