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post #1 of 262 (permalink) Old 03-20-2020, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Coronavirus COVID-19

I noticed this forum has threads about all other "First world problems" (i.e. gas tank stickers, motor oil, tires,etc) so I figure it might be a good idea to have a dedicated thread for (minor thing) like Coronavirus or COVID-19 for everybody to chime in.

The thing is that a fair number of members (including me) is (by choice) not connected to most popular "social media platforms" i.e. facebook, twitter, instagram etc. instead we visit this forum to "keep touch" with the world and fellow FJR owners and motorcycle enthusiasts in general. Yes I know we are already bombarded with the latest and the greatest news about Coronavirus, but it is nice to hear what other forum members have to say about this global problem, especially now when everybody needs to exercise "social distance" and isolation.

This forum is a good place to share any information that might be helpful to us all, and also to keep the sanity in check with some "biker humor" as a medicine ...and did I mentioned; "wash your hands, wash your hands and don't touch anything (including your wife)"
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Here is to date statistic diagram for Alberta,Canada COVID-19 cases, surprisingly the most cases for "male" and "female" cases is in age group 35-54.

Is it because older then 54 folks are hiding better, because they take it more seriously ? :-)
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Damir, this thread will logarithmically expand with additional contributors as the days go on. I'm afraid you started something.....
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Damir, this thread will logarithmically expand with additional contributors as the days go on. I'm afraid you started something.....
ha,ha yes that's the idea, I think this forum should be setup more like YouTube and financially compensate members for their valuable contribution, on "pay per number of views basis" some of our most active members would actually be able to make a couple of dollars, to buy more tools, Service manuals, toilet paper and Viagra
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Self isolation, though a great idea if I could, is out of the question right now. I work for a company covered by,

"The US Department of Homeland Security has identified the food & beverage packaging industry as “essential critical infrastructure” during the COVID-19 pandemic."

We've shifted our product production mix to meet unusual demands but otherwise it's business as usual. We are constantly being reminded and reminding each other about hand washing, distancing, no face touching, etc. The big difficulty has been getting the supplies and bulk materials we need to continue operations.

Thus far a few confirmed cases have been identified in surrounding counties but none here where we are. But we're a big employer and our people live in a wide area. We think it's just a matter of time. What will happen if an employee tests positive is anyone's guess, the company won't discuss it with we peons.
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I'm taking this very seriously. Other than my daily rides which originate in my garage, last an hour to an hour and a half, with no stops, unless I need gas (at which point I don disposable gloves) and ending in my garage, I'm not going anywhere until they tell me it's safe to do so.

Today our governor announced either stop the reckless behavior or he will force people to.(Like California and New York). He isn't kidding.

Wonder if the spring breakers have gone home yet?

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Motorcycling seems to be a safe thing to do now... You're in your own little cocoon. And with the money you save by not going out, you can spend on your cycle or other hobbies. Stay safe out there folks.
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Here is to date statistic diagram for Alberta,Canada COVID-19 cases, surprisingly the most cases for "male" and "female" cases is in age group 35-54.

Is it because older then 54 folks are hiding better, because they take it more seriously ? :-)

The graph is interesting for a couple of reasons. Initially travel was the culprit moving the virus around the globe. That shows with Calgary having more cases than Edmonton. More international flights in Calgary. Same thing occurs in other centres with international connections like Vancouver and Toronto. Each country has more cases where there are more travellers entering a country. Now North America is in a second phase of infections from within the community as the virus spreads from travelers to nontravellers and then spreading out further.


China has had 2 consecutive days with 0 new cases in a population of 1.4 billion. The infection rate there has been dropping since February. North Americ being late to experience the virus will not peak for a few weeks yet. The governent actions in the last week were too late in stopping the virus from getting established, but will reduce the spread.


This is where the economic impact will be. All the people laid off due to closed businesses will have a significant impact. Locally mortgage companies are giving foregiveness for missed payments. Renters may not be so lucky. The aid packages by Canadian and US governments will soften the blow, but a short recession is likely.



The good news is once the restrictions are removed there is a lot of pent up demand that will flow through the economy. We will most likely have a couple more months of pain before things get better.


The really good news is it will not be long before the ice disappears from my culdesac and I can finally get some two wheel therapy.
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That makes a lot of sense to me.

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the food & beverage packaging industry as “essential critical infrastructure” during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Russ, seems you are the packaging authority, I am wondering how come the packaging's are kind of neglected in this fight against virus transmission, when you think how many hands will handle that cereal packaging before it gets picked up by a customer, nobody in the media, ever mentioned that one should at least use the Lysol wipe or any disinfectant to prevent the virus from being picked up.

Are you guys treating the packaging with anything that would prevent the virus to survive on plastic, glass, Styrofoam paper or cardboard. I read once that you shouldn't pop the bubble wraps because they might carry virus inside?
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