Have you noticed?

@GardenGerty (158080)
United States
May 10, 2020 6:54am CST
Maybe it is just me, and I am grumpy and a little anxious. When we first began to shut down, and began to be concerned about the covid-19 people were kind, and affirming and supportive of one another. As we have been on lock down, and social distancing, and inconvenienced by things, I see people fighting, picking and tearing each other to shreds. The sense of community in general seems to have dissolved. The internet is full of conspiracy theories and alternative treatments and worry about health, and finances. We are getting grumpy. At least I am getting grumpy. And I feel as if my head is going to explode with all the news flooding my feeds. Let's be kind, and supportive, and uplifting again.
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@moffittjc (118940)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 May 20
I have noticed the same thing. When the crisis first started, our customers at work were very understanding and kind, and understood that the employees were fumbling their way through this just like everyone else. Now, our customers are rude, demanding, angry and downright nasty towards employees, blaming them for everything instead of realizing we are all going through the same emotions as them due to the situation. I wish we would all take a collective breath and realize that we're all in this together, whether we like it or not, and return to treating each other with kindness and sympathy.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
12 May 20
I know I find those little "demons" in my mind, projecting negative thoughts and purposes on others. We need to all chill a bit, but it is hard.
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@moffittjc (118940)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 May 20
@GardenGerty I agree, it is hard. It's easy to forget that we're all experiencing the same thing as everyone else, and that this is a new and unprecedented experience for all of us.
@FourWalls (62972)
• United States
10 May 20
I truly can understand why people are being “grumpy.” 1. On March 16 the CDC told us ”FIFTEEN DAYS to stop the spread.” Within a week they’d changed it to “15 days to slow the spread.” NOW, two months later, we’re being told that the states that are reopening are doing so “too soon.” If we could get a straight answer from the CDC it’d go a long way to calming people. 2. People are losing their jobs, their businesses, and their homes. There’s no telling how many people are going to end up homeless because of this. That’s stressful, not only to the people experiencing it but also to the people who care. 3. The “conspiracy theories” exist because the news narrative keeps changing. Stories about how many people tested have the antibody for COVID-19 show that the mortality rate is less than 1/10 of 1%...then they bury that news story and start with the “phase two is going to be worse, if you survive the murder hornets!” Fear is a powerful weapon. Politicians have used it for centuries; and, I’m afraid, that’s exactly what’s going on right now. And, sad to say, the anger seems to be geared toward certain political persuasions more than others....
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
12 May 20
I know that there are people who are absolutely crushed economically. I do not like it. It seems from what I read that the virus is more complex than we had figured, OR it has mutated to become more complex. Anger is not helping anyone, and it may lower our immunity. Because of the internet we are on information (and disinformation) overload. My mind is boggled, I would like to escape.
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@FourWalls (62972)
• United States
12 May 20
@GardenGerty — that’s why I went to Tennessee for a couple of days last week.
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@LeaPea2417 (36660)
• Toccoa, Georgia
10 May 20
@FourWalls you summed it up perfectly.
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@cherriefic (10400)
• Philippines
10 May 20
It seems like it. All I can see in social media are people ranting and dooign virtual violence.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
That is what is disturbing. I do not like it at all.
@cherriefic (10400)
• Philippines
13 May 20
@GardenGerty Same here. It seems that the lockdown causes other people to behave this way.
@JudyEv (327759)
• Rockingham, Australia
10 May 20
I think people are mostly still pretty good here but it's easier for us as our numbers are good and restrictions are easing off.
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@LadyDuck (461555)
• Switzerland
10 May 20
@JudyEv They were too scared to protest when there were too many contaminated.
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@LadyDuck (461555)
• Switzerland
10 May 20
Same here, people are still pretty good, a few protested against the past restrictions. I thought it is ridiculous to protest now for restrictions that we had 15 days ago.
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@JudyEv (327759)
• Rockingham, Australia
10 May 20
@LadyDuck Haha - yes, you're right. Not much point protesting at this point in time.
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@JohnRoberts (109848)
• Los Angeles, California
10 May 20
It is human nature. Mankind was not meant to be caged like animals with limited human contact.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
12 May 20
We need to be creative in our connections, I did have socially distanced coffee with a friend last Saturday, outdoors, at a lake that just reopened, in our own cars.
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@thelme55 (76585)
• Germany
10 May 20
Yes, I have noticed it. I just scroll down all those conspiracy theories and other coronavirus posts on fb. I don't want to get stressed from reading them.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
12 May 20
I am now thoroughly muddled so I am doing what feels best and safest.
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@popciclecold (35891)
• United States
10 May 20
You are so right, now people don't seem concerned about anyone else. It's to the point where I live I have to change my shopping strategy, people are so mesn
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
I am convinced that going in early is the best. This last week some of the restrictions were relaxed and that made things much more crowded.
• United States
13 May 20
@GardenGerty You are so right.
@BarBaraPrz (45773)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
10 May 20
I haven't really noticed it.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
I think I must just be online too much, or hear too much news. I have friends who feel that their rights are being violated, and also acquaintances who are absolutely positive that this is a government plot to take all our freedoms away and make us dependent.
@BarBaraPrz (45773)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 May 20
@GardenGerty And how do they explain the fact that it's happening all over the world, and we don't have a world government?
• Pamplona, Spain
10 May 20
They keep saying on the television that we are more kind and caring to each other when this is not really true in some cases. I have just put the tele off again as its off with all the deluge of information and always about the same thing on and on. Its my way of disconnecting from it as much as I can. I cared and have always cared its inherent in me to be like that and there was no virus when I was very small.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
That is correct, some people are always caring. I step away from the internet or go play a game. I am more concerned with my internal dialogue. I felt really calm and positive when we first shut down, now I am feeling anxiety. It will change again, I am sure.
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 May 20
@GardenGerty What you are probably feeling is the aftermath of it all all the hyped up stuff. We have been living it here very much so and its hard to explain to anyone out of here what its been like really but now its hard to feel indifferent to all around you. I have had the television off for most days now only on just to watch something from ages back to keep my head together. I prefer real card games and board games as its real people and real get together Whom I most feel for are the ones who have been shoved out their jobs and not got paid at all during this time. I am British and they will always tell me chin up Sue look ahead .
@LeaPea2417 (36660)
• Toccoa, Georgia
10 May 20
I noticed the same thing.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
12 May 20
I do not like it at all and I am grateful for the people who have positive things to say and to point out.
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@Jessicalynnt (50525)
• Centralia, Missouri
10 May 20
so true. Mental health has soooo much importance!
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
I am pretty sure some of the bad behavior is how people are coping with their fears, but the politics of it all is disgusting.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 May 20
@GardenGerty People's health and wellbeing should be just a thing we have a right too, not something people can mess with to get re-elected.
@just4him (309711)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 May 20
I agree. We need to be kind, supportive, and uplifting. I've heard a little about people's reactions to this long lockdown.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
12 May 20
I cannot imagine how some people are feeling, because many of the things they are missing are things that were not part of my regular life. I am missing being able to go to work, but I do not think closing the schools was a wrong choice. I am missing restaurants, but I absolutely agree they needed to close. I appreciate the positive things I read. I read your FB posts. There are kind, positive people here that are interesting to see. I do not regularly go to salons, I cut my husband's hair. What is most problematic right now is his medical needs that will not be addressed until June or later.
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@just4him (309711)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 May 20
@GardenGerty It can be hard when you have a busy life to suddenly be unable to go anywhere or do anything. I miss church, the Y, and rock painting. Those were the heavy-duty social aspects of my life. I agree those were the right choices. The virus would spread faster of those places stayed open. It's great you cut your husband's hair. I cut my bangs yesterday to keep it out of my eyes. It's far from perfect but I can see.
@mnglsp (3614)
• Philippines
10 May 20
There are many negative things that I observed while we are on lockdown or enhanced community quarantine. But I can see positive things too. And yes, this is not the time for quarrels. This is the right time to do good for each other
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
I think I need to refresh my focus and see better people and things.
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@mnglsp (3614)
• Philippines
13 May 20
@erictsuma (9726)
• Mombasa, Kenya
10 May 20
Yes we should support one another during this time of crisis as we know that togetherness is strength. Have a nice day.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
You are right. I am looking around today for some nicer people to interact with. Here on myLot most people are quite nice.
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@erictsuma (9726)
• Mombasa, Kenya
13 May 20
@AmbiePam (86258)
• United States
10 May 20
That is so disappointing. It does seem we are hearing more and more about bad behavior. I really hope we don't have to have a second lockdown.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
I hope not as well. I am not sure that as we did it it was necessary everywhere, but it is better to err on the side of caution. I am out more than hubby, but I feel healthier. I do not feel like wearing a mask violates my rights. Not comfy, but sometimes shoes aren't either but I wear them.
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@msdivkar (23359)
• India
10 May 20
I am worried for ever increasing deaths and infected cases not only in my country but all over the world more than anything else.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
One thing many people point out is how many people are actually recovering. I do not like that the virus and the response to it has turned into a political game in my country.
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@msdivkar (23359)
• India
13 May 20
@GardenGerty Some politicians are judging their response by number of tests they are conducting.
@marlina (154165)
• Canada
10 May 20
No, it is not just you. I don't read all those news about the virus because it makes me more anxious.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
Yeah, I think I am better off here. People are nicer, and not so many arguments and scare tactics.
@LadyDuck (461555)
• Switzerland
10 May 20
People are still friendly and supportive here, but I have noticed the ridiculous conspiracy theories and fake news on the web.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
That is a lot of my problem. I am not around people, except if I go in a store mostly. It is the online constant arguing that is hurtful.
@LadyDuck (461555)
• Switzerland
13 May 20
@GardenGerty You are right about the constant online arguing. People who have to stay at home seem to become aggressive.
@DianneN (247216)
• United States
10 May 20
I haven’t been grumpy at all. I’m enjoying life more than ever actually.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
Actually the people here are not grumpy. It is the people who are protesting everything that are grumpy. It seems here we can find things to be happy about. I am glad you made your trip safely.
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@yoalldudes (35040)
• Philippines
10 May 20
My mind tend to set aside these events and focus on ones where people are donating and trying the best their can to help. Or maybe I'm not consuming much social media.
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@GardenGerty (158080)
• United States
13 May 20
No, you are right, we should look around for the good that is happening.