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  1. I'll throw in a few cents here too... I had volunteer jobs up until I got to college at 18. Then I got a part time work study job in the science department, and eventually a second part time job off campus at a pet supply store. It was nice to have the extra money. Regarding the whole driving and getting my driver's license thing... I was "old enough" to get my license at 16, but I was not mature enough. Just the thought of learning to drive scared me to tears some days, so I got my learner's permit and never really gave it more than a halfhearted attempt until I finished college and moved back home. I didn't get my license till I was 22 or 23. Looking back on things, it was probably better that I didn't have my license cos there was a whole lot of undiagnosed mental health issues and medication issues going on from about 17 till I turned 22. Everyone grows up at their own pace. I'm 28 now and still have to have a lot of help creating budgets and plans to pay off debts, but I can hold a steady job as a manufacturing biotechnician for a company that manufactures laboratory reagents, clinical chemistry tests, and analyzers.
  2. http://www.diazyme.com/covid-19-antibody-tests basically talks about why antibody testing is important
  3. @saintalto I work for a lab that manufactures diagnostic laboratory reagents, kits, and analyzers. We also are manufacturing CoVID-19 testing kits and reagents. Making a dent in the ADA order. Got pulled away from that to file PCT and CoVID-19 paperwork. Gonna go to my friend's house to give the bowl back over my lunch break
  4. Today: make 3 no-sew masks, brush teeth before bed, get lunch ready for tomorrow, get new phone charging cable Tomorrow- Non Work: bring giant-ass soup bowl back to Auds. deposit pet sitting $$ into savings acct. do something to support local businesses Tomorrow- Work: finish labelling ADA reagent kit boxes and reagent cartridges, finish paperwork for CysC-C kits, start paperwork for 1,5-AG kits, help with APO-A/B calibrator value assignments (if needed) Wednesday- Non Work: cook Kabocha squash, get beef ribs (if possible) to make for Easter Dinner,
  5. Oh, one more good info source that just ran across my Twitter and YouTube feeds- https://zdoggmd.com/z-blogg/ run by a doctor turned public figure (he still does a lot with medicine and healthcare), this guy approaches everything about CoVID-19 and more with a serious, yet refreshingly funny take on it. sometimes uses strong language and can discuss upsetting topics such as end-of-life. material is definitely written on a level more geared toward scientists and healthcare pros, but it's easier to break his stuff down to a level folks can understand than JAMA articles his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ZDoggMD Another source for good info for the more medically/scientifically trained among us crazies: https://www.medscape.com/ creating an account is easy and free: you can even create an account if you're not a healthcare provider (whatever you may be, doctor, nurse, NP, CNA, CLS, manufacturer of healthcare goods/devices/test kits)
  6. Aw shucks, Saint. It's part of my job, really. I'm a scientist who lives on facts, not misinformation and fear-mongering. I'd rather see people armed with facts than idiocy
  7. MAY TRIGGER. READ AT OWN RISK: https://piphd.com/articles-2/2020/3/29/covid-19-the-road-to-a-new-normal Written by a San Diego scientist who aims to provide answers and facts about dealing with CoVID-19 and the aftermath.
  8. I've been cutting my own hair on and off for years but I really fucked up this time. Fortunately I can wear hats at my workplace (when I'm not doing bench work) and not get in trouble
  9. I gave myself a haircut. I fucked up with the guard on my clippers and my hair looks like I used a weed-whacker on it.
  10. a youtube channel called The Try Guys and their accompanying podcast channel (also on youtube) called The TryPod https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpi8TJfiA4lKGkaXs__YdBA/videos The Try Guys channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRrigpc864fw8ZNsJ2AnEJA The TryPod podcast channel
  11. If you would like me to find resources specific to your city/state/country, please comment here with the place and what you're looking for (prevention, under/unemployment, case maps, etc...) I will do my best to find responsible, specific information from trusted sources and get it to you. Please allow some lag-time as I am burning the candle at both ends between my job and life at home.
  12. http://www.labor.alabama.gov/ (Alabama) https://www.beavercreekohio.gov/ (Beaver Creek, Ohio) https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm (California- statewide) (unemployment due to CoVID-19) https://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/ (California- statewide) (disability pay due to CoVID-19 infection) https://www.centennialco.gov/Residents/Health-Environment/Coronavirus (Centennial, Colorado) https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/Epidemiology/HealthOfficerOrderCOVID19.pdf (San Diego, California) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html (CDC- USA wide) https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/notice-about-filing-unemployment-benefits (Colorado- statewide) https://www.englewoodco.gov/government/coronavirus-covid-19 (Englewood, Colorado) https://www.fortmadison-ia.com/ (Fort Madison, Iowa) https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=938 (Fredericksburg, Virginia) https://www.huntsvilleal.gov/ (Huntsville, Alabama) https://uiclaims.iwd.iowa.gov/UIInitialClaim/ (Iowa- statewide) (unemployment due to CoVID outbreak) MAY TRIGGER- CLICK AT OWN RISK https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 (Johns Hopkins CoVID-19 case map- can view at a global level, all the way down to a provincial or county level) https://www.kaysvillecity.com/ (Kayesville, Utah) (information) https://accessms.mdes.ms.gov/accessms/enter.do (Mississippi- statewide) http://ui.nv.gov/css.html (Nevada) https://rivcoph.org/coronavirus (Riverside County, California) (Department of Public Health) http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/ (San Bernadino County, California) (department of public health) https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV.html (San Diego County, California) (preparedness tips, prevention, hand washing guidelines, and more links to San Diego-specific resources) https://www.spanishfork.org/ (Spanish Fork, Utah) https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services#applyBenefits (Texas- statewide) (Unemployment due to CoVID-19) http://www.tupeloms.gov/ (Tupelo, Mississippi) https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/home/initialclaims (Utah- statewide, unemployment due to CoVID-19) https://dc.gov/ (Washington DC. USA) https://secure.esd.wa.gov/home/ (Washington State, USA) https://paidleave.wa.gov/ (Washington State, USA. Paid leave for residents affected by CoVID-19) https://www.who.int/ (World Health Organisation) (global)
  13. tip for freezing food, don't be a dingus like me and freeze a whole block of chicken thighs together if you're only gonna eat 1 or 2 at a time. if you do, ya gotta thaw the whole damn block or chisel off your individual servings. not worth the effort, in my experience
  14. some tips from my friends who are working from home 1) set up your workspace in a room that you don't sleep or eat in such as a spare bedroom, if that's possible 1A) if you can't do step 1, make a space in your room dedicated to only work- your work tools only on a desk with some pens/ pencils/ etc 2) wear clothes that you would normally wear when you're at your normal office 3) use productivity things like the Do Not Disturb function on your phone. my particular phone even has a "Focus Mode" that limits access to apps like facebook and your web browser 4) expect the first week or 2 of working from home to be chaotic and possibly less productive. 5) hang in there. yall are doing your best in a very difficult situation!
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