Closed Businesses?

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I’ve been hearing a lot of people say there are gas stations around town that are closing down due to the virus today? Out of fuel or lack of staff or something. Is this true? What other businesses are closed or planning to close this weekend or week?

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Pugluvr1912 Mar 18, 2020 08:10 AM
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All movie theatres are closed

jak Mar 15, 2020 08:04 PM
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I moved to central Mississippi a few years back. Very rural. The local big city (population 4500) seems to always run out of stuff early. Currently the local Walmart is out of cheap brands of TP and bottled water. But gas is plentiful and just fell back below a buck ninety at the cheap places. I hear that there are significant shortages of some staples in Alabama and parts of Georgia. Friends in the Pacific Northwest are telling me of major problems. If I get back to paradise in the beach next month like I was hoping to, I guess I’ll be sure to bring some TP. All kidding aside, I am very thankful for the info that comes my way from edhat. It’s one of the few things (other than old friends and neighbors) that I miss having around. Stay careful, stay healthy.

a-1584544955 Mar 18, 2020 08:22 AM
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@JAK Please stay where you are at. Interstate travel isn't something anyone should be doing right now or in the foreseeable future. If you happen to be infected and asymptomatic you will simply be spreading the virus across the nation. Do you want to put others at risk? Everyone really needs to hunker down now. We are in a whole new world now and we need to think about every trip out of our home in a different way...

Minibeast Mar 15, 2020 04:22 PM
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My housemate is doing some shopping for me. He reported that Wholefoods' shelves are 1/2 empty. Same with Vons on Turnpike. Looks like people are panic-buying. I'm staying home because I watched that hour-long video presentation made by the Cottage Health Care Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Lynn Fitzgibbons . According to recent findings, many carriers of this SarsCoV2 (SarsCoV2 = actual virus; disease is Novel Covid-19) may well be asymptomatic (not showing any illness at all) and thus the virus is "hiding" among those who seem healthy ------- and, meanwhile, being transmitted to others. Masks aren't recommended for the general populace mainly because it's nearly impossible to fit them properly (re: N-95 masks). The upshot is "Time is Our Friend." The longer we can delay widespread transmission of the virus, the more time there is for supportive care and for researchers to find/develop better methods of dealing with this disease. Make no mistake: it is moving quickly. It is transmitted not only by touch and/or by coughing and sneezing. You can breathe the same air as an infected/asymptomatic person and contract this virus. Any person you come in contact with could be infected. You may already be infected. It's not time to panic, but it is time to be realistic and keep your distance from others as much as is possible. And-----as we keep hearing: Wash your hands and DO NOT touch your eyes/nose/mouth. ******* It's clinical, it's dry, but worth a watch: https://www.edhat.com/news/local-infectious-disease-specialist-discusses...
***********And here's an addendum which is, I think, worth a smile, if not an outright laugh: Housemate reports people at Wholefoods were wearing masks and " . . . some of them had on masks with a flowery design."

EastBeach Mar 15, 2020 05:50 PM
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I too watched Dr. Fitzgibbons talk last night. Twice. Great source of clinical information. BTW .... I've been in touch with friends in Seattle which everyone knows has been a hotbed in the U.S. They told me there was panic buying for a week or so. But the lines settled down and now it's almost quieter than usual in the stores due to self-quarantining.

REX OF SB Mar 15, 2020 03:59 PM
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Monday Night Trivia at the Uptown Lounge cancelled until at least March 30, per Quizmaster Tim.

Sagepup Mar 15, 2020 03:58 PM
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This is completely out of hand now!! Everybody knows alcohol kills viruses. ( just a little joke) But really, I'm really wondering how many businesses is about to go out of business because of this.

Pugluvr1912 Mar 15, 2020 02:57 PM
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Please only go out to get the essentials like food( no restaurants/ order delivery if you want ) and medication

a-1584300443 Mar 15, 2020 12:27 PM
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Is bowling alley open? Ice rink? What about the zoo? Lotusland? Botanical Gardens is open!! I’ve got 3-young kids (5-11), who live in 350sq ft with 2 parents who must work. We’ve been to beach already. Schools are closed. SBUSD has yet to send memo or work but we’ve only one old computer for the 3 of them so sticking to old fashioned book reading. We’d welcome daily EdHat postings of what is open. Is the Art Museum open? Later tonight: Is The Red Piano Bar open?

Pugluvr1912 Mar 15, 2020 02:41 PM
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Also stay away from the ice rink

Pugluvr1912 Mar 15, 2020 02:40 PM
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Zoo is open. Stay away from bowling please and museums and restaurants. Do a movie night at home.

jqb Mar 15, 2020 11:26 AM
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Beware of false information, such as claims that only the elderly and those with medical conditions have died ... this is simply not true (and so what if it were?). Of 83,052 closed cases, 6,456 have died ... that's nearly 8%. The increase in cases is exponential and the spread of this virus has just started, so comparisons to other causes of death are irrelevant. Although the number of cases in China has leveled off due to radical enforced social distancing measures, it has taken off elsewhere in the world. While the number of reported cases in the U.S. is 3,313, the number of actual infections is much higher due to lack of testing. See https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ for up-to-date numbers.

jqb Mar 15, 2020 04:47 PM
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Also, some things are technically true but misleading, like "As of yesterday, 81% of confirmed cases have been rated as "mild" by the WHO" -- "mild" is anything short of being hospitalized, and "mild" cases can become severe or critical. Also very very misleading, and tiresome: "At this point, and let's hope it remains so, a U.S. citizen dying of COVID19 is far less than "regular" flues and far less than dying in an automobile accident" -- Here's the reality: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/487489-worst-case-coronavirus-m... "One model from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that between 160 million and 210 million Americans could contract the disease over as long as a year. Based on mortality data and current hospital capacity, the number of deaths under the CDC's scenarios ranged from 200,000 to as many as 1.7 million." and "Globally, the numbers are even more staggering. Five researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health estimated that between 20 percent and 60 percent of everyone on earth — or between 1.4 billion and 4.2 billion people — could eventually contract the disease.

If the virus only kills 1 percent of those who contract it, somewhere between 14 million and 42 million people are at risk. In countries like Iran and Italy, where health systems are overrun, the mortality rate can be much higher. " -- as always, read the whole article. And then there's "If you are in good, or even reasonably good, health and follow good hygienic practices, your chances of having any serious problems related to COVID19 are extremely small and almost non-existent regarding actual death." -- gee, that's nice (though inaccurate), but not all of us, or the people we care about, are. This is addressed by this excellent and highly appropriate (not for delicate ears) PSA: https://twitter.com/minhtngo/status/1238680076088033282

jqb Mar 15, 2020 04:30 PM
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And note who tells the truth and who doesn't. "So far, 48 Corona-related deaths have been reported in the U.S. among a population of at least 300 million, and in every case the victims were either elderly and/or had underlying medical issues" and "I haven't seen anyone claim only the elderly or persons with preexisting medical conditions have died" were said by the same person.

Bobbyk Mar 15, 2020 03:49 PM
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Also anyone with a BMI over 38 is in the high risk category .

bigone Mar 15, 2020 12:48 PM
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JQB, the numbers I mentioned refer to the U.S only, so that's not false information. Also, I haven't seen anyone claim only the elderly or persons with preexisting medical conditions have died, but roughly 80% that HAVE died fell into that bracket and that's not false information, either. The numbers you mention are world-wide and mostly related to early cases before the virus was identified. I read that some in the medical community believe that the initial higher rate of deaths in China was attributable to the fact that the Chinese are very heavy smokers and their lungs were already compromised. As of yesterday, 81% of confirmed cases have been rated as "mild" by the WHO. At this point, and let's hope it remains so, a U.S. citizen dying of COVID19 is far less than "regular" flues and far less than dying in an automobile accident. To think otherwise is to fall prey to the fear and hysteria that is being spread much faster than the actual virus itself. As far as "social distancing", the world has always a communicable place and will remain so, which is exacerbated by a huge and growing world population. You mention Italy, but as of yesterday nearly 80% who died were older than 70, with less than 1% under the age of 59, so that figure seems to be playing out just about everywhere. If you are in good, or even reasonably good, health and follow good hygienic practices, your chances of having any serious problems related to COVID19 are extremely small and almost non-existent regarding actual death. Stress related to fear and anxiety have proven to be strong contributors to a weakened immune system. Personally, I will be prudent regarding "social distancing", but I don't plan to go live in a cave.

jqb Mar 15, 2020 11:40 AM
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Also, death isn't the only thing to be concerned about ... a stay in the ICU on a ventilator is no walk in the park. Some recoveries leave people with reduced lung function of 20% - 30%.
As for what this means for personal behavior ... panic buying? No of course not; there's no reason for that. Social distancing? Yes, absolutely. Flattening the curve is necessary to prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed, which would cause far more deaths, as is happening in Italy. It's particularly a problem in the U.S., which has very few available hospital beds and ventilators. Flattening the curve is an ongoing process ... it makes no sense to ask whether it's been done yet. https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/flatten...

bigone Mar 15, 2020 10:31 AM
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OMG! Have you heard the latest news that's causing panic, stress, and economic chaos? If you haven't, here it is: "36,560 dead, 90 people die every day...." - these are the 2018 auto related deaths. I am astounded about the world's reaction to COVID19, especially in America, and also especially that no one seems to worry about other flu strains in this country that claim many thousands of lives yearly. So far, 48 Corona-related deaths have been reported in the U.S. among a population of at least 300 million, and in every case the victims were either elderly and/or had underlying medical issues. Of the roughly 136,000 diagnosed with this virus, 70,000 have already fully recovered. Covid19 is certainly a major concern, but to see most of the media and people react the way they are doing is what is really frightening to me; this hints at what a real disaster would unleash.

a-1584295925 Mar 15, 2020 11:12 AM
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Thank you for your post. The ripple effects to panic are devastating; fueling hysteria is counter-productive. Opening homes to care for children out of school while their parents work is critical to our health care industry. Staying calm to carry on is challenging with closures.

mp805 Mar 14, 2020 05:20 PM
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have we flattened the curve yet?

Bobbyk Mar 14, 2020 05:57 PM
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Not even close, you ain't seen nothing yet.

a-1584221697 Mar 14, 2020 02:34 PM
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All toilet paper sales in the county have been halted for the next month.

All Sides Mar 14, 2020 06:05 PM
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Mattyboy-I closed my business and got a job riding shotgun on a TP delivery truck.

MountainMan4865 Mar 14, 2020 01:37 PM
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The mister is in town and just reported they've closed Tucker's Grove...

MountainMan4865 Mar 14, 2020 03:30 PM
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Ah, sorry - apples and oranges. Tucker's Grove is closed for the upcoming weather. "Tucker's Grove Park will be closed through Sunday, March 22, 2020. Tucker's Grove is located directly below the Cave Fire burn scars; therefore, due to the impending rain, the park will be closed.
03/12/20 "

Pugluvr1912 Mar 14, 2020 01:24 PM
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The apple store is closed for 2 weeks.

humungous Mar 14, 2020 12:05 PM
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The pumps at Valero gas station on Calle Real were closed yesterday.

CloudsInSky Mar 14, 2020 12:02 PM
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Grant House sewing is open. Art from Scrap store is closed and their workshops cancelled

a-1584210583 Mar 14, 2020 11:29 AM
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No businesses are closed and there is not a gas shortage. It's a virus, not an earthquake. I really feel like some ppl are so bored with their lives they purposefully need to stir up nonsense and drama. Like they get off on it.

Bobbyk Mar 15, 2020 07:47 AM
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How much does grocery delivery from Ralphs or Vons cost ?

Bobbyk Mar 15, 2020 07:44 AM
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Exactly , The radio said there were about 700 people waiting outside Goleta Costco Saturday morning .

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