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Old 03-26-2020, 12:09 AM   #51
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Hope we can work from home soon, and off work for this week at least.
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Old 03-31-2020, 11:09 AM   #52
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I'm sorry to hear how everyone is struggling with this.

I'm a dog walker, working for myself, and people aren't allowed out except for food/medical things. I have also done online transcription, but now there is such a flood of people trying to earn online that it is really hard to get any work, or the stuff that is available is so terrible you want to tear your ears off. Before lockdown I was applying for a lot of other jobs, and I still am, but I don't even know when or whether those jobs will actually exist again. I managed to buy enough non-perishable food for a few weeks but have no money left. As far as I can see, registering for unemployment where I live requires that you have been working and have been let go from your job. I basically employ myself (and it's not a proper business at all) so can't claim unemployment.

With not working I'm doing a looooooooot of art. We're locked down for three weeks and I'm nervous that after this I'm going to find it even more difficult to leave my place than usual (anxiety, depression etc).
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I'm a dog walker, working for myself, and people aren't allowed out except for food/medical things. I have also done online transcription, but now there is such a flood of people trying to earn online that it is really hard to get any work, or the stuff that is available is so terrible you want to tear your ears off. Before lockdown I was applying for a lot of other jobs, and I still am, but I don't even know when or whether those jobs will actually exist again. I managed to buy enough non-perishable food for a few weeks but have no money left. As far as I can see, registering for unemployment where I live requires that you have been working and have been let go from your job. I basically employ myself (and it's not a proper business at all) so can't claim unemployment.

With not working I'm doing a looooooooot of art. We're locked down for three weeks and I'm nervous that after this I'm going to find it even more difficult to leave my place than usual (anxiety, depression etc).
Yes, I am really concerned about people's food situations. I notice that in many stores, the inexpensive items are what is out of stock--the stores that I go to have stopped offering rainchecks, etc. I hear our food banks are running out plus the church groups that a lot of charity are on lockdown as well. Can you ask a family member to send you an Amazon or Walmart shipment. Also, on the radio here, I heard one county sheriff tell the community to call if they are unable to get food. There is a portion of our city which is a food desert so this puts the residents without vehicles in a bind. Please don't be afraid to ask for help.

I have noticed that my online work has slowed down a bit. What helps is that I have some regular students but I am not getting any new students lately. I am thinking that I have to find another niche. Many people are going to be changing what they do because of this. I bet a lot of small restaurants never open back up but new businesses will be born too. Would it be an interesting topic to teach how you do your art online? Sometimes if you teach an art class on Youtube well, you can get endorsements from places that sell you your art supplies. I was looking at Outschool (https://outschool.com/teach#abk8e4et7l) the other day thinking--I should create some type of course as a learning experiment (to see what I am capable of learning/doing).

Hang in there and reach out. Maybe Covid-19 will bring some of us together.
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Old 03-31-2020, 04:20 PM   #54
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Yeah I think aside from the obvious losses of life there will be a massive fall out across all society. I try not to think about it because it's like looking down a sheer drop off a cliff edge.

Focusing on the here and now I can say things have changed again at work. Divine's description of her town's situation a couple of weeks ago is pretty much ours now. It's slowing, the numbers instore are managed and we are one way, constant tannoy announcements about the social distancing. Customers are very grateful I had a couple personally thank me today.

I would give anything to have our old life back.
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I have no job, and that has been exacerbated by the fact that I have less chance of getting a job now.

I hope that made sense. I read it over like ten times.
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I have no job, and that has been exacerbated by the fact that I have less chance of getting a job now.

I hope that made sense. I read it over like ten times.
That made perfect sense.

I don't know where you are and what you are prepared to do but in the UK the supermarkets are hiring a lot of temps, either in store or warehouse/distribution.
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This isn't about me, but about my husband. He continues to work with the public, and because of the recent news stating everyone should now be wearing masks, he had to buy masks and could only find one of the last available packages of TEN for $158 on eBay. Other packages were over $200 and up to $300 on eBay! Unbelievable that people will increase the cost for a profit right now for a much needed public item!!! We looked everywhere online, and every single store had none in stock. It was scary.... so his masks will arrive Monday, but not soon enough. He has to work today and Friday with the public and I am worried sick!
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Here is the thing that is driving me nuts. I thought I would have time to do things for me working at home. But so far, not at all. Everything takes triple the time, and thus, so far... I am unable to get much done outside the work period. I am also frustrated beyond belief with my boss. I can't tell if he is trying to aggravated me or just doesn't understand... but he is constantly e-mailing me and I truly think it is because he thinks I am not working. You wouldn't mind but he isn't producing anything.
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I work for a nonprofit that provides counseling to at risk kids. We normally see the kids at school. With schools on distance learning in our state that's a no go. I initially the agency suggested we do home visits. I freaked. I am one of those people at high risk if they get this dam virus. The powers that be quickly decided home visits were not a good idea. I suspect someone pointed out the liability risk if we did them. For all the happy talk about everyone in the agency being family, the reality is they don't give a rat's teeny tiny backside about us.

Anyway.... we are now all working from home. I've never really like phone counseling, but it's the only way to provide services right now. Oh yeah, the powers that be at the agency suggested we use Skype, Facetime, Zoom, etc for sessions. I made myself unpopular when I pointed out those apps are open to hacking and not HIPAA compliant. I was told HHA will not fine anyone for using a non-HIPAA compliant app right now. I pointed out that just because the Feds might not fine us, it's still not ethical.

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I work for a nonprofit that provides counseling to at risk kids. We normally see the kids at school. With schools on distance learning in our state that's a no go. I initially the agency suggested we do home visits. I freaked. I am one of those people at high risk if they get this dam virus. The powers that be quickly decided home visits were not a good idea. I suspect someone pointed out the liability risk if we did them. For all the happy talk about everyone in the agency being family, the reality is they don't give a rat's teeny tiny backside about us.

Anyway.... we are now all working from home. I've never really like phone counseling, but it's the only way to provide services right now. Oh yeah, the powers that be at the agency suggested we use Skype, Facetime, Zoom, etc for sessions. I made myself unpopular when I pointed out those apps are open to hacking and not HIPAA compliant. I was told HHA will not fine anyone for using a non-HIPAA compliant app right now. I pointed out that just because the Feds might not fine us, it's still not ethical.

Sorry, I got on a roll.
Zoom gets routinely hacked and isnt safe at all. Most school districts only use it as a meeting time for adults and not on confidential topics. Not talking to children. I am surprised they want to use that for counseling. Id say phone conversation is the safest.
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