All Non-Essential Services Are Shut
On Friday night, the Irish government announced further measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. This basically includes shutting down all non-essential services, and the limitation of travel aside from the bare necessities, such as grocery shopping. The effect of this ruling is immediately felt this morning, while I was out to doing so - the Gardai has already been patrolling at 8am, interrogating people on the streets to where they are going.
Guess Who's Back
So The Girlfriend came back on Monday, with a sense of relief that at least she won't be stuck on her own.
We're now pretty much home-bound, and trying our best not to be venturing outside, aside from a quick walk once a day for our own sanity. But whenever we were out, it seemed like my suburb was actually a little more crowded than usual - kids out playing, snaking queues at the supermarkets, people on the thoroughfare.
I'm not entirely convinced that people are adhering to social distancing, and the number of infections doubling seems to affirm that. It may be that more forceful interventions will have to be imposed, to which I've stocked up more non-perishables in anticipation of a longer lock-in period.
Otherwise, there's nothing new, aside from cooking, eating and busying around the house. (You can see my amazing cooking masterpiece in the featured photo above! >_<)
Woo hoo! More Work from Home
Company imposed work from home measures, in line with what's prescribed at the country level. Flights out to other EU countries are also discouraged at the moment. All of these are reasonable precautions.
The Girlfriend is in the midst of freaking out at the moment after someone in her school got infected with the virus. Given she's far away at the moment, there's nothing much I could do, aside from giving support and advice whenever it makes sense.
It also means that my scheduled trip to Berlin might have to be cancelled, or postponed for a later time.
Back to the Office, Snacking
One thing about being the in office, is having complementary snacks. It's a good thing, and a bad thing - nice to have something to eat when you feel like it, but hard on imposing self-restraint.
But aside from this first-world problem, everything else has been relatively uneventful.
2nd Week of Home
Another week of self-isolation, as ‘best practices’ suggested by company. Not to mention some of my colleagues wouldn't be too thrilled to see me in the office either.
In any case, I got myself set up, and am comfortable in working from home now, so it's becoming much less of a bother anyhow. So yeah, stay home it is. The weather around Dublin is gyrating between sunny and rainy, but it beats better than simply having constant monotonous cloudy days.
Not much occurred this week, maybe aside from a brief bout of sore-throat and transient fever on Tuesday night. Woke up on Wednesday having the sweats, but got better quite quickly. I don't think it's the dreaded COVID-19 (wouldn't be let off that easily I'm sure), but maybe not going to work for the week mightn't be such a bad thing after all.
Beats better than causing panic and pandamonium at work ;)
Stuck at Home
Touched down in Dublin on Monday. Seemed like nobody thought it was an issue for me returning from Singapore. It's a change from being hyper-aware about it to hardly any news or concern about it. But to be sure, I'm still staying put at home and not risk any possibility of potential transmission of anything.
You Should Always Carry A Towel With You… Just In Case
The Girlfriend was feeling a little bit of the nerves for her course work, and it got her rather pessimistic and down. I tried my best to make her feel a little better, even though I had an issue that I have to resolve that's making me a bit worried myself. In the end, the call seemed to have calmed her down a little anyhow.
Panic, (no) Shortages
Singapore's Ministry of Health has elevated the infection threat level from ‘Yellow’ to ‘Orange’. Unsurprisingly, this has upped the citizens’ Kiasu/Kiasee-ism levels correspondingly - supermarkets all around the island were cleared out after the announcement was made.
Me? I'm just hermiting in at home. Talk about no fun :)
Mostly working this past week, so I'm not being much of a tourist. Not that it's conducive environment to be one right now - there's not much to gain from being in out in people-dense, touristy areas, given the potential spread of the Wuhan virus.