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I was in a crowded room

A few weeks ago I was. Just thinking about it now fills me with dread. I think the last time I was in a crowded room was at the last Blarney Photography Club meeting and that’s when I first heard that a case of COVID19 was reported in Cork. Following an excellent presentation by Ann Francis of Cork Camera Club, Fergal came into the room and told us that someone suffering with COVID19 was in Cork University Hospital (CUH). It does not seem like just a week ago. We were reminded not to shake hands and avoid physical contact.

I’ve barely walked anywhere this week. Out with the dog in the morning for a quick walk around the park, and the same last thing at night.

The numbers shown in spreadsheets like the one Gavin Sheridan shared today are scary. This one presumes growth of 33% per day to April 3 in the US, UK and Ireland.

The Taoiseach mentioned 15,000 cases by the end of the month. That’s where this number came from. As Gavin said, numbers now are already locked in but if we stay apart we can play our part in slowing the spread of the virus.

From my home office at the back of the house I heard a yell from the front. Curious, I looked out a window and saw four boys who couldn’t be more than 12 years old talking and bouncing a ball on a hurley as they unhurriedly walked down the middle of the road. Too close lads, too close..

Ireland doesn’t have enough ICU beds. “Once you come to the ICU one in five patients in my intensive care unit lose their lives”

And then there are these idiots. Stay away from people.

Leaving cert and Junior cert oral and practical exams have been cancelled. I read elsewhere that everyone to get 100%, which means everyone passes Irish this year since it’s 40% of the final mark.

Emergency COVID19 legislation was passed today (only 50 TDs were allowed in the Dáil to ensure social distancing).

F*ck the bosses of GameStop for staying open.

Matt’s right, it’s physical distancing, not social distancing. We’re social animals. You

This is great, Judge Dredd Case Files 05 is currently free. Thanks Robin for sharing that.

not enough physical distancing

And then there’s the convoy of military trucks carrying coffins to another city in Italy for cremation because of the number of deaths. Heartbreaking.

Mini Metro and other games are free this week. There’s a bunch free on itch.io too. Check out this Reddit thread for more.

Affinity Photo is giving a 90 day free trial of all their software, with a 50% sale too. I would really like to try Designer!

I’m slowly getting used to the stress of living this way. I stayed off Twitter and Facebook more today. Any cough or sneeze is cause for alarm but the other bugs are still floating around. My wife is great, my son is obsessed with gaming and can play with his friends in virtual worlds online but it’s taking it’s toll on us. I’m looking forward to going for a drive somewhere by the sea tomorrow, hopefully where there won’t be anyone else.

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

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