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Cremona is semi-deserted these days and there are a number of people with face masks. The only real advantages I have seen is that I don't have to fight for a parking spot and that there are hardly any customers to speak of. This has a positive side because I'm always behind in my work so I've taken advantage of the unusual calm to catch up on the backlog. Museums are closed as is La Scala in Milan. Mostly any place where there are public gatherings have been either closed or restricted. There are supermarkets in Milan where you have to get in line with a mask and wait your turn as they are limiting the number of people in the store at any one time.

All of the intensive care units at the hospital are occupied.

It's amazing to me how fast the virus spread over the globe. The world is getting smaller all the time.

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34 minutes ago, Bruce Carlson said:

Cremona is semi-deserted these days and there are a number of people with face masks. The only real advantages I have seen is that I don't have to fight for a parking spot and that there are hardly any customers to speak of. This has a positive side because I'm always behind in my work so I've taken advantage of the unusual calm to catch up on the backlog. Museums are closed as is La Scala in Milan. Mostly any place where there are public gatherings have been either closed or restricted. There are supermarkets in Milan where you have to get in line with a mask and wait your turn as they are limiting the number of people in the store at any one time.

All of the intensive care units at the hospital are occupied.

It's amazing to me how fast the virus spread over the globe. The world is getting smaller all the time.

Hah, is Lake Fenton, Michigan looking pretty good now? ;)

I'll lend you a 650 horsepower car if you want to come home for a while.....

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5 hours ago, violins88 said:

David Sora,

Can you give us updates about life in Cremona today because of the virus? My brother has plans to work in Turin soon. 
 

Thanks

 The situation is a little disturbing, even if so far here in Cremona everything is still quite normal and I still go freely to the bar to drink my coffee;)
However, these are the limitations foreseen in the city, from a local online newspaper :
 
"Premises closed from 6pm to 6 the following morning, suspension of public events of all kinds, closed schools of all levels (with a stop to school trips), but also the closure of museums and other institutes and places of culture: this is a part of the provisions contained in a Decree of the Lombardy Region, which will be signed in the next few hours and which concerns the so-called "yellow zone", which includes the Cremona area."
Similar restrictions are active in several cities in Northern Italy as well.
The most severe restrictions are in the very few "red zones" where outbreaks occurred, which are completely isolated with checkpoints on the access roads, but in Cremona (and practically everywhere in Italy) people move freely and the situation is not at all dramatic.
I think there is some unjustified panic around, this kind of thing is to be taken very seriously, but it is not the Manzonian plague of 1630.....:)
However, reading these things from the press always makes a worse impression than reality even to me who am experiencing it, the real perception is not so catastrophic but these situations are constantly changing, we'll see.
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3 hours ago, Davide Sora said:
 The situation is a little disturbing, even if so far here in Cremona everything is still quite normal and I still go freely to the bar to drink my coffee;)
However, these are the limitations foreseen in the city, from a local online newspaper :
 
"Premises closed from 6pm to 6 the following morning, suspension of public events of all kinds, closed schools of all levels (with a stop to school trips), but also the closure of museums and other institutes and places of culture: this is a part of the provisions contained in a Decree of the Lombardy Region, which will be signed in the next few hours and which concerns the so-called "yellow zone", which includes the Cremona area."
Similar restrictions are active in several cities in Northern Italy as well.
The most severe restrictions are in the very few "red zones" where outbreaks occurred, which are completely isolated with checkpoints on the access roads, but in Cremona (and practically everywhere in Italy) people move freely and the situation is not at all dramatic.
I think there is some unjustified panic around, this kind of thing is to be taken very seriously, but it is not the Manzonian plague of 1630.....:)
However, reading these things from the press always makes a worse impression than reality even to me who am experiencing it, the real perception is not so catastrophic but these situations are constantly changing, we'll see.

Long ago wasn't  Andrea Amati the only surviving violin maker in Cremona of a similar event?

Please take care.

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It'd be a good Idea to do pre-emptive shopping for stable goods and food that keeps, get it now to avoid needing to go out of your area gets hit hard....Your already seeing panic buying in Hawaii at the Costco. Get some Iodized salt and vitamic C, bleach, toilet paper basic first aid stuff. You'd like to think that most have this already in place, but most don't

Hand washing is very important and one of the most important things one can do for their own personal health safety.

Regarding wearing masks, just like surgeons what you are doing is preventing others from getting your germs, so even if you are not infected, it is a 'sign" of courtesy to others around you, not really going to prevent you from getting it, but may help you not spread it around if you become a dormant carrier.

What do "we" know about this so far....things that are NOT GOOD.

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

kep in mind China has not been adding figures for over week, so 85k is way off

this is most likely a "seed" bio weapon that was being worked on at Chapple in South Carolina, it was sold to the Chinese and illegally taken out of the country {everyone working on creating bioweapons should be "dealt with"} then modified at the Wuhan bio lab, which is less than 300 yrds away from the open market that was blamed as the initial ground zero site, caused by eating bats, nope sorry it has HIV in it among other things, clearly a manmade weapon. This information is coming from Dr. Francis A Boyle, the guy who wrote the international bioweapons Act that has been adopted globally {supposedly} He has some rather revealing interviews with an un named host on an un named website that if you google his name you can find the video interview and find out for yourself whats REALLY going on, because if you'r getting your information from "the tv" you'r getting mis-information.

this has a ridiculous incubation period where one could be walking around infecting others for over 2 weeks showing no signs, it has a ridiculously long life span on objects that have been exposed by infected, things that were held,coughed on, sneezed on are potential dangers, it is areosolized and can therefore transfer into any mucus membrane including the eyes { so touch a shopping cart, rub your eye, get infected} It can be air born and ride on dust, People that were sick and have recovered are relapsing, it is proving very lethal for for the elderly and anyone who may already be sick, it is hitting smokers very hard and complicating pneumonia,it seems to have a tendency to hit leftists who want open borders too :},  the only good news so far is that it seems less lethal to the young

As we see, the market and finance is reacting to the virus and will continue to do so.

Besides the virus itself,panic will be the largest killer in all this. be prepared ahead of time by getting supplied up so you don't have to fight the hordes waiting in line, with potential infected.

This is truly going to be very bad, if you put your mind to it, you can find videos online of whats going on on the ground in China....it's bad as it gets, if this gets foothold in high density low development areas like India and Africa you'll see the death rates dramatically increase.

If you are religious, it'd be a good time to pray, and if your not, it be a good time to hope everything is going to be okay.....In the meantime

 

because in the long run, everything will be ok

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7 hours ago, Davide Sora said:
but in Cremona (and practically everywhere in Italy) people move freely and the situation is not at all dramatic.
I think there is some unjustified panic around, this kind of thing is to be taken very seriously, but it is not the Manzonian plague of 1630.....:)
However, reading these things from the press always makes a worse impression than reality even to me who am experiencing it, the real perception is not so catastrophic but these situations are constantly changing, we'll see.

Davide,

Your words remind me of the SARS crisis here in Toronto, Canada and surrounding area back in 2003. That strain was less contagious but more deadly, even killing healthy hospital workers. I'm glad I stopped being a Respiratory Therapist by then.  Southeast Asian and Chinese markets were like ghost towns, but I still frequented my favourite Vietnamese restaurant for Pho and spring rolls.  Now SARS is a distant memory for most of us who lived through the worst of it.

The other dangerous microbes haven't gone away: Norovirus and E.Coli are foodborne and direct-contact spread so be careful what you touch and what you eat when you go out in public.  Wash your hands often and thoroughly.  Remember that humour is the most powerful weapon and the strongest defense in any war.

"The only thing we have to fear is fear it self". Franklin Roosevelt

In the same time period drunk driving and distracted driving will kill and maim more people (like I was) than this virus will - but bad drivers aren't being quarantined.  And we don't need to theorize about who is to blame. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for human stupidity.  So drive sober and alert.

Keep a positive mental attitude.  Something is going to kill each of us someday - so keep on living life to the very end.  Go to the opera. It ain't over 'till the fat lady sings.

Let me leave you with this:

One day things were going very badly for me. I sat alone in the dark - tired, sad, and worried. Soon, a little voice inside of me chirped, "Cheer up! Things could be worse.". So I cheered up. And right away, things got worse.

Yours truly,

Randy O'Malley

Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA

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1 hour ago, jezzupe said:

if you'r getting your information from "the tv" you'r getting mis-information.

 

Somewhere you have to stop and think.

If thousands of scientists and doctors, with a public record, goes public and says just about the same thing, and you decides to trust a Dr, that supposedly did things and who said things on a unnamed website without any record of truthkeeping.

It is very sane and extremely good NOT to trust everything you hear on TV, but is even better not to trust odd things in wierd places by strange people.

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16 minutes ago, fiolmattias said:

Somewhere you have to stop and think.

If thousands of scientists and doctors, with a public record, goes public and says just about the same thing, and you decides to trust a Dr, that supposedly did things and who said things on a unnamed website without any record of truthkeeping.

It is very sane and extremely good NOT to trust everything you hear on TV, but is even better not to trust odd things in wierd places by strange people.

You are free to think what ever you want to, as well as believe what you want to. FWIW Francis Boyle is not just "some guy" BTW....and we don't name sites in the era of internet censorship for FEAR of reprisal against this website, we wouldn't want facebook or twitter to ban anyone for unpopular opinions and alternate facts that go against central bank media 

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Just now, jacobsaunders said:

I couldn’t help thinking that this virus seems tailor made for violin makers, after all most of us “self isolate” in our respective workshops all day every day anyway.

I had to go shopping at safeway today { a large food store} and now I feel sick, I;m not sure if it's because I've got the plague or because I had to be around a bunch of useless eaters.

If you want survival stats you can do this also by going to safeway, just look at the ratio of idiots who will wait for 30 min in line to get checked out vs. those that are "brave enough" to figure out how to use the self check out and have themselves out the door in 5 min. It really shows you how it is, those that will do for themselves and then those who will wait for someone else to do it for them, you know, like berniebros

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1 hour ago, jezzupe said:

I had to go shopping at safeway today { a large food store} and now I feel sick, I;m not sure if it's because I've got the plague or because I had to be around a bunch of useless eaters.

If you want survival stats you can do this also by going to safeway, just look at the ratio of idiots who will wait for 30 min in line to get checked out vs. those that are "brave enough" to figure out how to use the self check out and have themselves out the door in 5 min. It really shows you how it is, those that will do for themselves and then those who will wait for someone else to do it for them, you know, like berniebros

You do realise that Safeway makes you wait a half hour on purpose, so that you willingly do their drudgery for them for free:)

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39 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

You do realise that Safeway makes you wait a half hour on purpose, so that you willingly do their drudgery for them for free:)

Hey, if it gets me out of there quicker so I don't have to huff zombie fumes, but ya you're right, next thing you know they'll charge us for bags...oh wait'...

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8 hours ago, Violadamore said:

Not to change the subject, but by applying that logic, wouldn't you have to distrust most of what's posted on MN?  :huh:  :ph34r:  :lol:

I'm trying, but it is just so hard to distrust what is written on MN since most of whats being said is contradicting eachother so It is hard to find a concensus to distrust :rolleyes:

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4 minutes ago, fiolmattias said:

I'm trying, but it is just so hard to distrust what is written on MN since most of whats being said is contradicting eachother so It is hard to find a concensus to distrust :rolleyes:

coffeescreen.gif.ba07bfb02e094a658a882fa308bdc3e6.gif   Yup.  The violin universe in a nutshell.  Amazing how the first cousin to a cigar box can be complicated enough to inspire so many diverse opinions.  :)

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