I live in a rural community along the foothills of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range - a little town on Highway 395 called Bishop. No "reported" cases of the virus. In Inyo and Mono counties, I don't think anyone has shown symptoms that would require testing.
While I was getting gas today I saw a lady using a towelette to fill her car. I had rotator cuff surgery in December. I was at Physical Therapy today and one of the techs was wearing a face mask and gloves. Her job, apparently, was to wipe off all the equipment.
My union is canceling all training sessions. Sporting events are being canceled all over. Heck - the annual local fishing tournament that was s'posed to take place 2morrow has been canceled.
Yesterday on CNN they were interviewing some guy that had the virus. He had come into the local hospital a few days ago. They asked if he'd been out of the country and when he said no they sent him home - thinking probably just got the flu. He came back 3 days later and was really-really messed up. I guess he'd been in the hospital for a few days and was just then starting to turn the corner towards a full recovery. He talked about going to church the Sunday b4 and singing in the choir. He said that now several people in the choir were coming down with the virus. I think what pulled at me was the look in his eyes 'cause he was thinking they were sick on account of him.
I work at a community college. We are making plans to continue classes in an on-line environment ala Zoom. No cases reported in Kern, Tulare, Inyo, or Mono Counties yet. Hand sanitizer stations are all over the place. I saw them mounted at the local ARCO gas station.
My wife works in the hotel industry. I consider her job and mine as somewhat high-risk positions for coming in contact with the bug.
I remember, many-many moons ago, practicing bio and chemical hazard decon back in my military days. Cut off/remove clothing, and then shower/scrub and test. The last thing that came off was the gas mask. New clothes and then form back up with my unit.
So I'm into the ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I had a talk with my wife. Any running around we need to do now we do before or after work. When my wife and I come home we go to the bathroom, remove our clothes, take a shower, and put on our 'jammies. Our clothes go into the washing machine.
My wife thinks I'm over-reacting but she's got rheumatoid arthritis and is on drugs that reduce her immune system. And I'm not playing around on this and in truth, with all of the different information and rumors going on, she's kinda scared. Me too. I saw what that dude had on CNN and I don't want any part of that. My WAG is that, since I'm a pretty healthy guy and only 57, I'd drop into that 80% low symptoms\effects side of the equation. I'm not so sure about my wife falling into that 80%, and when it comes down to me losing her, I'm fine if I'm actually over-reacting.
I try to live by two words - tenacity and gratitude. Tenacity gets me where I want to go and gratitude ensures I'm not angry along the way. - Henry Winkler.
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. - Herbert Spencer