Any day now, we're about the see the toilet paper equivalent of bus bunching:I saw one...single...12-pack of Charmin Ultra Soft sitting unmolested on the shelf of the Somerville Market Basket today. No one was in the aisle. When I passed by 5 minutes later it was still there.
Could it be we're finally adjusting and getting over this hoarding fever?
Army Corps. of engineers is working with governments on this. They're being smart and efficient, mostly looking at quickly retrofitting hotels to have negative pressure through simple alterations to ventilation. They're also looking at convention centers and other facilities that local governments suggest. Whatever fits their curve of cost vs. efficiency and timeliness is on the table. NYC is a test-run of sorts, and they're going quick: I believe they mentioned they're looking at 10,000 rooms in the first wave that have already been scouted by engineers and are in prep for retrofitting, and they're looking at adding far more capacity afterward. Critical cities are getting more attention first, followed by less-impacted.In the short-term, they better turn that around fast with this virus sittuation.
It would be ridiculous to build new hospitals on high school football fields this week when all the bones of an infrastructure are already in place in downsized hospitals and motels.
But, yes, long-term there is no need to name this T stop after a hospital that won't be a major center for long.
Meanwhile, Pompeo is holding up a G7 resolution because no other country will call it the "Wuhan Virus". I'd say I'm surprised, but it's SOP for the US Government these days...Oh, FFS Seth!
At a time when Trump is fueling racist "Chinese virus" rhetoric and Asian Americans are being spit on and attacked, this seems like a terrible idea.www.huffpost.com
Is anyone primarying this tool?
I live in California where we started reacting the day the WHO declared it a pandemic so I'll say California is about 2 weeks ahead of Massachusetts. Here's what I've observed/experienced, just to give you guys a heads up:Any day now, we're about the see the toilet paper equivalent of bus bunching:
After a long gap where there was none of [the thing],
there will suddenly be more of [the thing] than we can use.
In this case, the thing is toilet paper.
Bullwhip Effect *kinda* captures it. Also like coupled-chaotic traffic jam propagation
As soon as toilet paper is in overstock, I'd expect other odd stuff to run out where even a small change in customer behavior propagates up the whole supply chain. Stuff like
Meat / Frozen meat
Also, good reason to suspect that hand sanitizer will be in oversupply at some moment before June 1. (I'm hoping that at the moment that everybody we know is sick, there'll be plenty of hand sanitizer, which, on some level, will be too late)
I work at a grocery store and I can attest to this being spot on.I live in California where we started reacting the day the WHO declared it a pandemic so I'll say California is about 2 weeks ahead of Massachusetts. Here's what I've observed/experienced, just to give you guys a heads up:
At the supermarket:
One advice is to plan ahead to prevent the need to hoard. Buy what you need for 14 days and not anymore. Grocery shop once a week. And for the love of god don't buy 16 gallons of milk.
- Alcohol wipes/hand sanitizers, toilet paper, water bottle, water filter (ex. britta filters), rubber gloves, masks are the first to go
- Then produce such as chicken, beef, pork, eggs, frozen vegetables and fruits
- Then non perishable food like ramen, crackers, pasta, canned goods
- High demand for flu/cold medicine (though it hasn't run out yet)
- Limiting the amount of shoppers inside the supermarket to allow social distancing
- Priority for the elderly
- Fresh fruit and vegetable are generally abundant, no need to hoard these
- No need to hoard milk either
- Prepared meal like frozen pizza and etc might run out initially during the first week but generally are abundant the second week once people discovered they can still order delivery
I saw an awesome photo book a few years ago of Tokyo scenes, mostly of their elevated expressways, with no traffic or people. I wish I had bought it. These photos here are very similar.Causway Street 10AM Friday March 27th.
Quincy Market @ 11AM on Friday the 27th.
South Station around noon Friday the 27th of March
It's breeding season. Means they'll be more aggressive than usual, which should lead to lots more amusing r/ tales when social distancing humans run into not- social distancing groups of fowl.The increase in turkey sightings/reportings is amusing. The r/boston subreddit had posts about a turkey in 200 Clarendon, and a turkey at Harvard Ave in Allston (more common). Maybe they're confused.
Last week I had to ride my bike through a gang of turkey thugs that had taken over a section of the SW Corridor path. First time I've ever seen turkeys there, let alone a large quantity.The increase in turkey sightings/reportings is amusing. The r/boston subreddit had posts about a turkey in 200 Clarendon, and a turkey at Harvard Ave in Allston (more common). Maybe they're confused.