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Coronavirus check-in thread #4

It is March 39th and time for the latest check-in thread. As previously ([3][2][1]) this is for actual news, updates, personal experiences, and more mutual support from and to people dealing with this virus in their daily lives. All hail the mods for continuing to provide this sanctuary for us, and good health to readers and commenters alike. How is one doing?
posted by Wordshore at 12:40 PM Apr 8 2020 - 57 comments [24 favorites]

COVID-19, Domestic Edition

Lately I've seen many a fine recipe, sewing pattern and/or general quarantine project idea gracing various COVID threads on the blue, green, and grey. I thought it would be nice to have someplace central to store and chat about that sort of thing. So, are you doing something amazing or hilarious or at least vaguely interesting with your home-bound time? Building something new, cooking or baking something awesome (or at least awesomely terrible?) Reading or watching something that makes you happy? Whatever you're doing with yourself to make your lockdown time a little less stressful, share it here.
posted by invincible summer at 7:04 AM Apr 6 2020 - 86 comments [15 favorites]

Masks made with love by Mefites

Over the last few weeks, I've seen comments from Mefites, infinitely more crafty than myself, who are making masks. Are any of you selling your masks on the Etsy or elsewhere? I'd love to buy a few for myself and Mr. Computech. Links please!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 5:04 PM Apr 7 2020 - 9 comments [13 favorites]

162: Grip It And Rip It

Jessamyn and I do what we do best: manage to show up and record a podcast despite it all. We talk about (a) a bunch of COVID stuff and (b) a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with COVID and (c) the whole process of trying to navigate that balance. I drink most of a tall beer. Jessamyn is hopped up on decaf coffee. It's wild. Runs about 80 minutes.
posted by cortex at 6:38 PM Apr 3 2020 - 26 comments [5 favorites]

Corona Virus Check-in Thread no. 3

I can't improve on Gotanda's intro for the last check in thread so here it is again updated: A third catch-all thread for mefites living in areas directly affected by novel coronavirus (aka SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19) picking up from the last one. Again, please no idle speculation, catastrophizing, or chat. Let's stick to actual news, updates, personal experiences, and more mutual support from and to people dealing with this virus in their daily lives. How you all doing?
posted by glasseyes at 11:35 AM Mar 23 2020 - 1067 comments [32 favorites (3 in the last 7 days)]

Chatfilter in the Time of Coronavirus

I've noticed an increasing tendency of the Covid19 Metas to tend towards chatfilter.
posted by arabidopsis at 4:43 PM Apr 3 2020 - 77 comments [3 favorites]

Feature request: plaintext

Give us .txt, please. In an expandable box beneath the main post on the blue.
posted by Sterros at 9:43 PM Apr 6 2020 - 34 comments [3 favorites]

Metafilter Mutual Aid for COVID-19

Many local organizations are developing mutual aid organizations of neighbors helping neighbors get their basic needs met (grocery shopping, phone calls for wellness/connection, etc.). I'm working locally in my physical neighborhood, but I consider metafilter my neighborhood as well. Would others be interested in sharing their needs and seeing if anyone in the community can meet them? For example: I have toilet paper to share (as long as you don't mind the recycled eucalyptus sort) and can do grocery shopping for vulnerable mefites in the L.A. area. If you're very low on tp I can mail you some and also toss in some local fruit from our backyard tree. I could use: if you're making fabric masks, I could really use them for my aunt (ICU nurse). She's running low and I'm working extra hours at work (I know, I'm lucky to be working) so I don't have time to sew myself.
posted by arnicae at 10:26 AM Mar 22 2020 - 23 comments [21 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]


The Covid Card Swap (previously discussed here)is a go! If you want to send cards/postcards/notes of encouragement and connection to other Mefites, follow the simple instructions inside.
posted by Sparky Buttons at 12:12 PM Mar 27 2020 - 34 comments [14 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

April Fun Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Trying to run with a regular April Fools gag feels super weird this year, so...let's just have an indoor scavenger hunt! Can you find THE ROUNDEST THING in your home? Find a thing that needs finding, post a picture and/or description of it in the thread, suggest something else for folks to look for!
posted by cortex at 8:49 AM Apr 1 2020 - 138 comments [11 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Game runners UNITE!

To combat some of the *gestures at everything* in the world I've been running Jackbox party games for my IRL and online friends. It's a low-key way to get connected with people for some easy, fun socializing online. I'd love to hear from anyone else here who's been running online games and would welcome more participants.
posted by odinsdream at 8:35 PM Mar 31 2020 - 27 comments [3 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Poems for Coronavirustimes

Did we not have a thread with uplifting poems etc relevant to the current catastrophe? I can’t find it.
posted by HotToddy at 4:44 PM Apr 3 2020 - 5 comments [2 favorites]

Fuck! Fucking Fuck, Fuck. Pandemic edition.

Everything is cancelled, we're worried about everyone, and the world is upside down. I presume that MeFites, too, need a place to scream. Here it is. FUUUUUUUU-----
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 10:30 AM Mar 12 2020 - 886 comments [37 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Dangerous advice on COVID-19 on AskMeFi

People are answering AskMeFi questions about COVID-19 with incorrect advice, endangering at-risk populations. Preventing the use of MetaFilter to distribute dangerous misinformation is a matter of life and death.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 9:25 PM Mar 8 2020 - 130 comments [35 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Terrified of COVID-19? Want to do something about it? Come sit by me.

Lots of us are terrified without a sense that we can control anything about the COVID-19 pandemic besides staying in our homes. But there are plenty of things we can be doing as citizens to organize and help each other out. Let's create a space to talk about what we are personally doing and why to keep one another safe.
posted by sciatrix at 9:02 AM Mar 19 2020 - 35 comments [26 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Do you make music?

Do you have an instrument at home? Or a voice? And a camera or a microphone? Willing to upload to Youtube or Facebook or Vimeo or Soundcloud or your provider of choice and link to it here? Better to be at home sharing music than to be at home not sharing music!
posted by clawsoon at 6:15 PM Mar 28 2020 - 42 comments [9 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

sole artifact left to explain humanity

Regarding the recent one-man Godzilla film that was posted over on the blue, MCMikeNamara commented:
If this was the sole artifact left to explain humanity, it would be impossible to truly explain without the cultural context, but I honestly don't care and would happily nominate it to be the sole artifact to explain humanity.<>
Has me thinking what the rest of the community would choose, so let's open it up to debate. What would you choose as the sole artifact left to explain humanity? I'm thinking that MCMikeNamara is on the right track with this one-man Godzilla film. Stay safe everyone.
posted by Fizz at 9:59 AM Mar 30 2020 - 54 comments [6 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

What if recent activity was limited to recent things?

While we're on the subject of ponies... What if recent activity showed, say, the last ten comments in the last 8 or 24 hours?
posted by kaibutsu at 8:56 AM Mar 24 2020 - 18 comments [2 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

🎂 Cake? or 🥧 Pie?

As the Highlander always says: “There can be only one.” Are you team cake or team pie? Discuss.
posted by Fizz at 11:46 AM Apr 8 2020 - 83 comments [1 favorite]

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