The corona virus COVID-19

 
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
My wife was taking some photos of the empty shelves in a few of our local supermarkets last night - amazingly, at past 7pm one even still had toilet paper.

She sent them to her father in Poland, and he replied ‘looks just like back when we under communism to me’. He remembers a time when the only product on polish shelves was vinegar.

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  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
The freezer buying is panic buying. It seems many homes are buying a couple of freezers, then either cooking meals or storing food in the freezers to last a few months at least. So hopefully when all their freezers are full they will slow down their mass buying, leaving other members of the population to buy some food too.
themetptc
If things get to the point where the food they have stockpiled is needed, one or more of the following will have eventuated:
  • There will be no electricity to run the freezer and the food will spoil.
  • Those who haven't stockpiled food will be taking whatever they want from those who have.
  • There will be nobody left to eat the stockpiled food.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
She sent them to her father in Poland, and he replied ‘looks just like back when we under communism to me’. He remembers a time when the only product on polish shelves was vinegar.
"Aaron"
Why would you want vinegar for polishing?Embarassed
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
If things get to the point where the food they have stockpiled is needed, one or more of the following will have eventuated:
There will be no electricity to run the freezer and the food will spoil.
Those who haven't stockpiled food will be taking whatever they want from those who have.
There will be nobody left to eat the stockpiled food.
"graham4405"


Or person or persons unknown will empty the freezer's contents onto the floor, and pinch the freezer.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
My wife was taking some photos of the empty shelves in a few of our local supermarkets last night - amazingly, at past 7pm one even still had toilet paper.

She sent them to her father in Poland, and he replied ‘looks just like back when we under communism to me’. He remembers a time when the only product on polish shelves was vinegar.
Aaron
Gun shops in the US are doing a roaring trade! Just remember someone's getting rich Razz
  Carnot Minister for Railways

My wife was taking some photos of the empty shelves in a few of our local supermarkets last night - amazingly, at past 7pm one even still had toilet paper.

She sent them to her father in Poland, and he replied ‘looks just like back when we under communism to me’. He remembers a time when the only product on polish shelves was vinegar.
Gun shops in the US are doing a roaring trade! Just remember someone's getting rich Razz
Groundrelay
Yeah, and they're calling 911 if they run out of loo paper:
https://www.fox5ny.com/news/do-not-call-911-just-because-you-ran-out-of-toilet-paper-oregon-police-say

Meanwhile, in Rosebud:


As I said, food stamps and rationing soon.
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
Welcome to Fallout 5: Covid 19. You don't need Steam to play this.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Let’s get all the power stations to start shutting down for emergency maintenance on ALL their generators so that there’s blackouts everywhere randomly for 36-48 hours.

Our generation capacity gets brought up to top notch condition, AND everyone who’s hoarded perishables is now F’d!!

Scare tactics- maybe..... But what’s to say that’s not going to happen anyway?

Regards
  7334 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the workshop wondering why I started 7334 in the first place
Let’s get all the power stations to start shutting down for emergency maintenance on ALL their generators so that there’s blackouts everywhere randomly for 36-48 hours.

Our generation capacity gets brought up to top notch condition, AND everyone who’s hoarded perishables is now F’d!!

Scare tactics- maybe..... But what’s to say that’s not going to happen anyway?
davesvline
That sounds frivolous, and to some extent it is, but it has a serious side as well.

I think it is quite possible that essential services (power among them) could be curtailed simply because the number of staff that are available to provide them is reduced by illness leading to them having to be quarantined and thus not available to go to work.

If the absentee rate reaches a certain point in a power station it is not going to be able to continue to run at full capacity.  Similarly if you get enough train drivers sick and unavailable then the train service is going to be curtailed.  

Even  your local supermarket, whether it has toilet rolls available or not, may not be able to open for its usual number of hours due  to  a lack of staff.

7334
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

You need a solar power solution, an agm/lithium battery, and a 40+L portable fridge freezer (you would be amazed how much you can store). If power is interrupted for extended period, plug the portable freezer into the battery. If power does not return at all through the mains, recharge the battery via solar power. Or, buy a decent sized home generator.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

I think it is quite possible that essential services (power among them) could be curtailed simply because the number of staff that are available to provide them is reduced by illness leading to them having to be quarantined and thus not available to go to work.

If the absentee rate reaches a certain point in a power station it is not going to be able to continue to run at full capacity.  Similarly if you get enough train drivers sick and unavailable then the train service is going to be curtailed.  
7334
In South Australia at least, there are already strategies in place for businesses which are covered by essential services legislation with different measures for different stages of the management plan.

If things get really bad then staff shortages in public transport won't matter because all services would be cancelled already.
  Carnot Minister for Railways
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Tasmania isn't closing its borders:
"Carnot"
There's no need; nobody wants go there anyway.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Just talking to a mate who works in the bottlo at the local pub, may be closing on Friday.
Panic time.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
I do a couple of half days a week volunteering at a couple of Nursing Homes near me, I have said to the people there I won't be coming back until this crisis settles down, I also take immuno-suppressant medication due to a kidney transplant I had about 12 years ago, it's a very low risk I know, but still, better be safe than sorry.

I made that decision on the basis that I don't want to take any bug in there, nor do I wish to catch anything either.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Tasmania isn't closing its borders:
There's no need; nobody wants go there anyway.
Valvegear
and lets not even bother to touch on
- instantly result in a high court challenge for which they will loose 7-0
- The Airports are governed by Federal law, not state law (unless changed)
- The greater northern cash cow that funds Tas would cease immediately

And while we are at it, WA and less SA, also NO you won't do it for all the same reasons so stop pretending.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Just talking to a mate who works in the bottlo at the local pub, may be closing on Friday.
Panic time.
michaelgm
I was told last night that one of the pubs in Castlemaine was shutting, Sunday is apptly their last day until this blows over.......
  themetptc Junior Train Controller

Location: Ballarat
One of my colleagues partner works at a hospital and told them that they (and their colleagues) have seen, both in the flesh and on security screens, members of the public rip off hand sanitizers of the wall, put it in their bag and walk out of the hospital. It is stunning.
2020 -  the year of Covid-19 & me, me, me and stuff everyone else. The last part also known as the 21st century.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Southern Downs Steam Railway have ceased operations as their operation is not deemed essential transport. I guess all T&H operations will be doing the same. Sigh...
  tpw Station Master

Anyone seeing impact of the virus to freight train services yet? Thinking at some point, mines & industries may have to reduce production, either because a worker is infected or running smaller teams to reduce risk of catching virus.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Tasmania enforcing the border:
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Anyone seeing impact of the virus to freight train services yet? Thinking at some point, mines & industries may have to reduce production, either because a worker is infected or running smaller teams to reduce risk of catching virus.
tpw
If anything an increase in Interstate traffic at present to keep up with the run on supermarkets etc.  Plenty of big superfreighters noted on Gheringhap Loop website.

Passenger trains may stop soon, but freight trains will continue.  Perhaps at reduced capacity down the track.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
One of my colleagues partner works at a hospital and told them that they (and their colleagues) have seen, both in the flesh and on security screens, members of the public rip off hand sanitizers of the wall, put it in their bag and walk out of the hospital. It is stunning.
2020 -  the year of Covid-19 & me, me, me and stuff everyone else. The last part also known as the 21st century.
themetptc
During the fire crisis my wife and I were looking at how we could donate to support those back home, however we asked ourselves some questions.
1) If they have insurance they are covered?
2) if they don't have insurance why should we bail them out?
3) How do we ensure our money goes to the right people who worked to help others?

After reading your post and seeing all the panic buying stupidity and profiteering we are so glad we only gave money to support animal welfare and direct to some organizations not involved with human welfare, such as RFB. I know this isn't everyone and likely a few but I cannot help but wonder if any of these people had their hands out a few months ago.

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