The corona virus COVID-19

 
  allan Chief Commissioner

Also, if team/crew members start to test positive that means that surfaces and equipment they’ve been in contact with or near are going to need sanitisation. Quite some equipment in a F1 garage probably wouldn’t cope too well with that.
Aaron
Current information is that the virus has only a short life on surfaces - around a couple of days max. A lot of the enthusiastic disinfection being done at present is only expensive PR.

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  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
New York city thinks about doing something unprecedented - winding down services on account of a huge fall in patronage - from ZeroHedge:

As of mid-week New York City Subway ridership sank about 20% over coronavirus fears, prompting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to begin consider scaling back operations which see 5.5 million people ride each weekday. Depending on the potential extent, it would be a historic first: "Subway service in New York City could be scaled back as the novel coronavirus outbreak leads to falling ridership, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority official said Thursday," WSJ reports.

The MTA is considering service reductions for buses and some commuter railroads, however, to give an idea of just how monumental a subway closure or even reduction would be, it must be remembered that it hasn't closed in over a century.

The WSJ points out: "The subway system has never shut down because of a health scare. But its 100-plus-year history is scattered with dayslong closures because of storms, labor strikes and blackouts."

So if we do reach the point to where the MTA actually moves toward unprecedented reductions or even closure, this would most certainly be a 'canary in the coal mine' moment signalling to the rest of the country just how bad this could get - as in China and Italy levels of outbreak.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Have a look at this muppet.

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/do-i-wear-a-mask-on-the-plane-latest-on-staying-healthy
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
It would be reassuring to read that our major public transport operators, Metro Trains, V/Line & Yarra Trams are stepping up their cleaning & hygiene procedures as a result of COVID-19 but I haven't seen anything to that effect.

I don't think that it's unfair to say that the cleanliness of our public transport leaves a lot to be desired & it would be good to know that it is being addressed.
mike49
To be fair, urine is sterile when its released. Laughing
  allan Chief Commissioner

To be fair, urine is sterile when its released. Laughing
RTT_Rules
Urban myth...

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/gory-details/urine-not-sterile-and-neither-rest-you
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Went to Coles today and the shelves were looking quite empty.  No toilet paper, tissues, meat was low, pasta and sauces low or gone.  Then to IGA for some other food was not available at Coles.  They stated thye same epople come in everyday and buy the toilet paper.  How selfish.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Went to Coles today and the shelves were looking quite empty.  No toilet paper, tissues, meat was low, pasta and sauces low or gone.  Then to IGA for some other food was not available at Coles.  They stated thye same epople come in everyday and buy the toilet paper.  How selfish.
"bevans"

I managed to get a large pack of the precious dunny paper the other day at Drakes IGA and I've also seen it at Woolies but it wasn't there today along with dried pasta and a few other weird things. The really dumb thing was that Woolies were playing some message in between the music about "don't panic everyone" and I think that was only making the atmosphere worse!

The same daigou lady was operating at my local Woolies again today and someone complained about her at the expressed checkouts when I happened to be there - the staff member said "there's nothing we can do about that but if you ask us for a particular brand of infant formula we have a policy of always keeping some spare out the back - so just ask".

I didn't have any problem getting all the things I'd gone there for but I did notice there was a lot of stuff not on special -
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Went to Coles today and the shelves were looking quite empty.  No toilet paper, tissues, meat was low, pasta and sauces low or gone.  Then to IGA for some other food was not available at Coles.  They stated thye same epople come in everyday and buy the toilet paper.  How selfish.

I managed to get a large pack of the precious dunny paper the other day at Drakes IGA and I've also seen it at Woolies but it wasn't there today along with dried pasta and a few other weird things. The really dumb thing was that Woolies were playing some message in between the music about "don't panic everyone" and I think that was only making the atmosphere worse!

The same daigou lady was operating at my local Woolies again today and someone complained about her at the expressed checkouts when I happened to be there - the staff member said "there's nothing we can do about that but if you ask us for a particular brand of infant formula we have a policy of always keeping some spare out the back - so just ask".

I didn't have any problem getting all the things I'd gone there for but I did notice there was a lot of stuff not on special -
don_dunstan
I would have thought after a week or two, the whole toilet paper issue would have settled down.

I would hate to think these people make up some of the crowd that we celebrated only a few weeks ago for bush fire relief.

Perhaps its time for the Supermarkets to take the lead and only sell toilet paper in pack of 4 rolls of less and prevent repeat buyers. The toilet paper manufacturers can support this by simply ceasing large pack distribution.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Stockpiling tinned tomatoes from Italy (mostly). Don’t see the corona virus going nuts there dinting people desire for eating Italian produce or not??

Stockpile toilet paper made here Shocked. The companies making it just put on another shift or increase overtime, and production continues to meet the demand. Then, when all the Ftards hoarding it stop buying it (when sanity prevails), the companies making it will be putting their employees on leave due to an inevitable lack of demand.

Why are you stockpiling? Cos they are! Well, they’re Ftards! Yes agreed, but if they’re buying it and I don’t then I might miss out, and when I then need some - now what? So I stockpile to not miss out, not because I actually need it.

Should stockpile grog. The joints gone to crap!!

Regards
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: I was here first. You're only visiting.
To be fair, urine is sterile when its released. Laughing
Urban myth...

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/gory-details/urine-not-sterile-and-neither-rest-you
allan
Meh.

The message won't get through to conservatives that pick and choose which scientists to believe. Wink
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Should stockpile grog. The joints gone to crap!!

Regards
davesvline
Whadayamean should be? If we get locked down I WILL be prepared!
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Stockpiling tinned tomatoes from Italy (mostly). Don’t see the corona virus going nuts there dinting people desire for eating Italian produce or not??

Stockpile toilet paper made here Shocked. The companies making it just put on another shift or increase overtime, and production continues to meet the demand. Then, when all the Ftards hoarding it stop buying it (when sanity prevails), the companies making it will be putting their employees on leave due to an inevitable lack of demand.

Why are you stockpiling? Cos they are! Well, they’re Ftards! Yes agreed, but if they’re buying it and I don’t then I might miss out, and when I then need some - now what? So I stockpile to not miss out, not because I actually need it.

Should stockpile grog. The joints gone to crap!!

Regards
davesvline
There should be a photo shamming things done. Take photos of the Ftards with their piles of dunny rolls loading their cars and post on social media.

Of all the companies loosing money the dunny roll business won't be one of them.

I fear sanity was lost along time ago and will never recover as now part of some people DNA.
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

People are ready to carry out social distancing now that the Supermarket shelves are bare and I am not talking about schools with a distance of 1.5m. How absurd?

I think Scomo had a missed opportunity this afternoon in not announcing a lockdown of schools and non essential workplaces.

The only sensible info comes from people who have posted comments ( reaction to Scomos latest press conference) in major news service websites this evening.

Is this a zombie apocalypse? Read what is happening in the hospitals of the nations most impacted. They are first hand doctor accounts. There are insufficient ICU beds to save everyone.

Any plane flying into Oz needs to have pax herded into quarantine camps. Not voluntary isolation.

There is no time to waste. The nation is war ready.



https://youtu.be/znJ9RD8gYsQ
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Perhaps its time for the Supermarkets to take the lead and only sell toilet paper in pack of 4 rolls of less and prevent repeat buyers. The toilet paper manufacturers can support this by simply ceasing large pack distribution.
Woolworths have confirmed that they have requested the manufacturers prioritise smaller packs, I wouldn't be surprised if Coles was involved as well.

There's plenty going around if you look outside the big three supermarket chains. Even the service stations affiliated to Coleworths have plenty.

The problem with trying to prevent repeat buyers is that you'd be relying on the floor staff being willing to get into arguments with customers over a management issue. After two weeks of this nonsense I bet that many staff would be quite happy if all the toilet paper sold out in the first hour of each day to make the rest of their shift easier.

Of all the companies loosing money the dunny roll business won't be one of them.
RTT_Rules
The way that Coles/Woolworths/Aldi squeeze their suppliers, the cost of overtime or casuals might well exceed the additional income.

Come to think of it, maybe that's why there's no shortage at the independents? Supply the big three as contracted, but give the higher paying buyers first call on any increased production.


Went to Coles today and the shelves were looking quite empty.  No toilet paper, tissues, meat was low, pasta and sauces low or gone.  Then to IGA for some other food was not available at Coles.  They stated thye same epople come in everyday and buy the toilet paper.  How selfish.
bevans
The panic buying seems to be localised.

The Woolworths at Marion (SA) today looked a little low for some foods, but not significantly worse than it normally would be on a Sunday afternoon.

I bet there's a strong correlation between the areas with toilet paper shortages and high numbers of MAFS viewers.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Woolworths at Green Valley was low on cheap pasta but plenty of the more expensive stuff. They even had a special on toilet paper, and plenty of it.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE

I bet there's a strong correlation between the areas with toilet paper shortages and high numbers of MAFS viewers.
justapassenger
Haha,

Side note, on the radio in Dubai that started to critise the show Love is Blind (LIB). just another BS......

I've watched the show and read the wiki page so I know the ending and someone wrote in a said.

If you were say 30'ish struggling to find a partner, would you sign up for a 30 day program that had a 20% success rate of getting married at the end of the 30 days and still be married 18mths later???? In addition, another 10% hooked up, broke up at the alter but later reconnected and still connected 18mths later.  

Not quite MAFS and I have no idea of the odds of that one, but LIB seems to have a good success rate and the girls were mostly smoking and yes for the female audience here, yes I'm sure the guys were also pleasing to the eye too.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
People are ready to carry out social distancing now that the Supermarket shelves are bare and I am not talking about schools with a distance of 1.5m. How absurd?

I think Scomo had a missed opportunity this afternoon in not announcing a lockdown of schools and non essential workplaces.

The only sensible info comes from people who have posted comments ( reaction to Scomos latest press conference) in major news service websites this evening.

Is this a zombie apocalypse? Read what is happening in the hospitals of the nations most impacted. They are first hand doctor accounts. There are insufficient ICU beds to save everyone.

Any plane flying into Oz needs to have pax herded into quarantine camps. Not voluntary isolation.

There is no time to waste. The nation is war ready.



https://youtu.be/znJ9RD8gYsQ
ANR
Yes I'll agree the opportunity has been lost. Just close the schools/uni's down for two weeks and send the public servants home, its not that hard.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The NRL may now have to cancel its season and has immediately asked for money from the fees to survive. I now understand how precarious their game is financially hand to mouth.

Round 2 onwards probably be cancelled.

AFL no news news on what is going on. Round 1 starts this week on Thursday I think when the tigers will play carlton. No one will attend. I guess there is a chance the AFL season may also be cancelled ?
  LeroyW Junior Train Controller

Location: Awaiting MM2
Seriously though, how is the NRL or AFL different to any other business in hospitality/tourism/entertainment/travel that will basically have to shut because of nil revenue coming in? People are going to be doing it tough all over.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

A multi-million dollar business asking for a handout while the elderly and infirm who have trouble getting to the shops once a week walk out empty handed because there's nothing on the shelf. Yeah that sounds about right.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Announced today major attractions in Melbourne have been closed until further notice.  State Library, National Gallery and others etc.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

So why the heck is Crown Casino still open?  Seriously?


You would be losing more than $$ if you were stupid enough to go there.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

So why the heck is Crown Casino still open?  Seriously?


You would be losing more than $$ if you were stupid enough to go there.
Carnot
Casinos will be one of the last public places to remain open.
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

Throughout this corono crisis, I want to know the answer to the following question:

Why do people dislike Risoni, elbows, and macaroni?

We need to put an end to this discrimination and get an education campaign running. I happen to think Risoni is unbelievable.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-hamish-blake-reveals-the-food-item-abandoned-by-panic-buyers/news-story/21f8aa816573b77e5c15cc94079b15d8
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Seriously though, how is the NRL or AFL different to any other business in hospitality/tourism/entertainment/travel that will basically have to shut because of nil revenue coming in?
LeroyW
Because these sports are mostly funded by TV rights revenue, which does not apply to a restaurant or hotel.

The lost ticket sales will also be offset by the lower costs of operating the venue without spectators.

It will be interesting to see how the first week of crowd-free matches go, if they go ahead. The crowd-free ODI between Australia and NZ on Friday did not make for good viewing.

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