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    Just read a report in the latest New Scientist (which I now get online rather than going down to the shops to buy the paper version at about twice the price) looking at the effectiveness of face masks.

    In particular, the studies they cited have shown that:-

    • re-useable and washable cotton masks are much more likely to get the wearer infected than single use medical masks
    • if you have to make your own masks then vacuum cleaner bags (strangely) were the most effective material, tea-towels were reasonably effective but cotton and silk were the least effective


    Overall, they found that there was a small benefit of protection to the wearer in having a mask but that they were much better at protecting others from an infection that the wearer might have.
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    One thing most important is, Do NOT stop the quarantine, Do NOT rush out and return to normal, if we quickly rush out and resume our paths outside, interacting closely with other human beings respiratory spit, sneezes, coughs, the pandemic will resume once again, and re-surge again, infecting millions worldwide.

    Jacksonville FL has re-opened beach's, as people there complained that having the beach's closed was torturous to their lifestyle. And Michigan people are complaining there, that they can not have large public gatherings, can not operate their motorboats, and can not travel in State to their summer vacation homes. They will find this a huge mistake, and will find their lifestyle permanently interrupted, and ceased forever, when they get coronavirus, from relaxing quarantine prematurely.

    I can see myself playing Trainz at least until January 2021, and beyond, until this pandemic gets better, and building my route, playing with all my payware

    I am learning so much about how TS19 works. I surely have plenty to do in Trainz, to help keep me occupied during this difficult pandemic. Thank goodness for Trainz
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    No activity in this forum thread for two weeks. That's the self isolation time so maybe everyone is now out of quarantine and free. Probably not .

    One change in my habits that this pandemic has caused is that I am now buying things online - necessity can change all things. Previously I had to see and feel the product in a store before I would purchase - the exceptions being software (Trainz, AV and the like). Now I am regularly trawling the online pages of well known local retailers for all sorts of things - even groceries.

    Online grocery shopping has turned out to be a disappointment. The best (from one of the two biggest supermarket chains in Oz) took 3 days to deliver and could not supply everything we ordered. The worst (a smaller more local chain) took 11 days to deliver (yes, 11 days! but they told us that when we ordered). We thought that we could avoid going to the supermarkets and thus limit our contact with potential covid-19 carriers. The supermarket deliveries have been struggling under the increased demand even when restricting deliveries to "oldies" such as ourselves. It turned out that going to the supermarket was cheaper (no delivery fee), simpler, quicker, easier and we get to choose our own alternatives when the brands we wanted were not available, so that is now our method of grocery shopping.

    I have purchased entertainment hardware and software and communication hardware online - something that I would never ever have considered doing. A new larger HD TV (my partners old TV was just not good enough anymore), a WiFi mesh extender to get the WiFi signal to every corner of the house, and some BluRay movies and TV series sets. Most of these all arrived within a few days of clicking the "Submit" button except for some of the movies which I had preordered before their official release date - they should be here early next week.

    I am about to order an Android TV device - one that connects your home WiFi to the TV so that you can stream TV shows and browse the web. We do not have any subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon, Disney, etc but there is enough content on the free-to-air streaming services to keep us happy.

    So it has been a learning experience for both of us. We have taken "baby steps" into new areas that others have taken for granted.
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    I've been out maybe four times since early March: once to a hardware store (Bunnings), once to the local chemist to get an oldies flu shot, once to a shopping centre to get some prescriptions, and once to the green recycling area at the tip. Not sure if the tip counts. But I've trimmed all the hedges, picked up about a million leaves and mercilessly pruned (hacked) a tree in our back yard. Up here we consider Anzac Day to be the start of winter although I confess we've had our heater on for a while. It was foggy this morning that might ground some flights but then there no flights anyway.

    If you are bored you might consider joining in the Multiplayer Surveyor (MPS) beta trials Tuesday and Friday (Oz time). Its kind of fun when it works. Yesterday it crashed on me 5 times in the first half hour and then came good. Someone asked what we were supposed to be testing and Tony responded (on the Discord channel) "beta user patience". Sometimes you need a sense of humour to be a beta tester.

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    Our Level 4 Lockdown in EnZed ends at 11.59pm on Monday 27th, when we'll return to Level 3.
    Level 3 here is almost as strict as Level 4, but with a few more workers in certain industries allowed to return to work (with severe physical distance and other restrictions) and some school children and teachers allowed to return to schools (mainly to allow those essential workers to return to work) whilst most others stay at home for home-schooling/ distance education. Most retail stores will remain closed, but greater allowance is being made for an extended range of online ecommerce goods purchases and deliveries to be made.
    New Zealand has (and a number of neighboring Australian states have) managed to get the infection rate for Covid-19 down to an Ro less than 0.4, so hopefully, we won't see a resurgence of this epidemic in the near-term, especially as all borders remain closed to external passenger traffic, except for a handful of repatriation flights destined for quarantine.
    We are still not allowed to carry out any of our usual conservation work on public lands such as national parks and regional forest parks like mine, so we eagerly await Covid-19 Level 2 conditions for resumption of our kiwi-handling, restoration and pest trapping volunteer work.
    In the meantime, my productivity levels have been execrable, given my addiction for lurching from local and global news reports relating to the pandemic to constant Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings with all and sundry.
    I did manage to download, install and test the Platinum version of TRS19 and have made some tentative forays into further route and session-building again. (Good to see that my existing routes and sessions from TRS19 build 105096 all came over with zero issues.)
    Mildly annoyed by some of the new Pause-state behaviours in Surveyor and the difficulty in Driver mode of adding new consists/ commodities to wagons, in sessions on the fly... (Accordingly 'Plus' is a Minus from my point of view).
    Have a gigabit broadband connection here, so seriously considering looking at joining the Multiplayer Surveyor trials sometime, if only to enjoy more of Tony's sense of humour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PC_Ace View Post
    Our Level 4 Lockdown in EnZed ends at 11.59pm on Monday 27th, when we'll return to Level 3...
    Just curious - are you allowed to travel between the north and the south island? There was some talk here about opening up links between OZ and NZ. Some states here have closed borders. Not sure if that is even legal.

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    Nope - Cook Strait ferries are for cargo and trucks/ trains only. At Level 4, all internal traffic is for essential purposes only and strictly local.
    Yes, given the similarities and extent of control of the virus in both nations, as long as that continues in months to come, it would make sense for us to extend our 'bubble' across the Tasman as a first step to opening up our borders to the rest of the globe.
    Don't hold your breath, though. Will probably take a lot longer than our League and Rugby teams would like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC_Ace View Post
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    Don't hold your breath, though. Will probably take a lot longer than our League and Rugby teams would like!
    (+10........)

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    I have to chuckle when I read of folks' newbie experiences about being in lockdown. (not just on here).
    I've been in solo 'lockdown' since December 2017 when I had a traumatic fall in a shopping centre (mall), it affected me physically and mentally, but that's another story.
    I am now very much used to not seeing the outside world these days, so I make use of the technlogy available.
    I use Google Earth for my outdoor adventures and sightseeing.
    I have excercise equipment to keep me fit.
    I use forums for chit-chat and serious discussions like Trainz
    I love to watch my favourite football team play using live steams, but sadly, that's a pleasure that I no longer have due to Covid19.
    Music is online too either via Spotify or YouTube videos.
    All of my shopping is done online, including groceries.
    I also use YouTube to watch trains in the real world via their 'Live Now' links, right now I am watching Warsaw Zachodnia station on another screen whils typing this out.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/Urz%C4%85d...olejowego/live

    The most important thing for me is that I have Trainz! What a lifesaver it has been for me.

    Honestly, going out is so overrated
    Welcome to my world!

    Stay safe my friends
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    Quote Originally Posted by PC_Ace View Post
    ..it would make sense for us to extend our 'bubble' across the Tasman as a first step to opening up our borders to the rest of the globe.
    And I for one, welcome our new Kiwi overlords. As a trusted Trainz personality, I'd like to remind them that I could be useful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by euromodeller View Post
    I have to chuckle when I read of folks' newbie experiences about being in lockdown. (not just on here).
    I've been in solo 'lockdown' since December 2017 when I had a traumatic fall in a shopping centre (mall), it affected me physically and mentally, but that's another story.
    I am now very much used to not seeing the outside world these days, so I make use of the technlogy available.
    I use Google Earth for my outdoor adventures and sightseeing.
    I have excercise equipment to keep me fit.
    I use forums for chit-chat and serious discussions like Trainz
    I love to watch my favourite football team play using live steams, but sadly, that's a pleasure that I no longer have due to Covid19.
    Music is online too either via Spotify or YouTube videos.
    All of my shopping is done online, including groceries.
    I also use YouTube to watch trains in the real world via their 'Live Now' links, right now I am watching Warsaw Zachodnia station on another screen whils typing this out.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/Urz%C4%85d...olejowego/live

    The most important thing for me is that I have Trainz! What a lifesaver it has been for me.

    Honestly, going out is so overrated
    Welcome to my world!

    Stay safe my friends
    Graham - much is the same as my world. In 2012 I found myself a pariah because I was no longer a useful worker in society. I went from an IT support person handling close to 700 people in an office to a twit unable to do much else but sleep. I had issues with falling, nearly fell at work, and developed some executive function issues. I essentially became a risk for my employer and ended up going out on disability which later turned into full-time disability and on a pensioner's budget with a nearly 50% cut in income.

    I did make a couple of trips when I could afford it, but those ended when I fell on one of them. Freezing in place and doing a face plant in a restaurant was the most embarrassing thing anyone can do. After that, I became a hermit after that only venturing out when I had to, or going out with others so I didn't have to drive.

    Like you I spend my time traveling through proxy. There are some gorgeous cab rides available across the British Midlands by Don Coffey whose videos I enjoy as well as some by others taking place in Austria and Germany. This is in addition to the numerous tram videos which are fun. I mean seeing Zurich and Frankfurt from a tram is fascinating!

    When I'm not Trainzing, or chatting in the forums, I'm busy with my music. I studied piano for years and studied a bit virtually in 2017 with someone in Belgium. Those were the best lessons I had and we still do stuff together with various projects, and that inspired me to practice and play again and spend about an hour or two a day at it.

    The thing is, like you, we did it. We found ways to keep ourselves busy without the need to be constantly entertained by others. My doctor asked me if I went out. I said I do occasionally but it's not necessary; I get along better with myself.
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    I'm not under any financial stress as I'm retired with ample super which I had in cash and neither are my family members as all have essential jobs , but I think we should spare a thought for those of us who are not in this situation. most workers in Australia at least have some superannuation payments that they can access, but there are those who had casual jobs or who were self employed who do not and of course most welfare benefits are woefully insufficient to cover daily expenses.
    I send my sympathy to all who are now unemployed and have no or very limited incomes and who are facing eviction and financial ruin. Let's hope we do not lose too many of this community either to the virus or because their internet connections are severed due to lack of funds. It's going to be a very long road , many of us retirees are not particularly inconvenienced by this disease , we don't have to go out a lot and if sensible can probably avoid being infected, but many may not be in this position, trainz can help get us through the day as long as we can afford to play it, let's hope those who are not as fortunate can still get access during the months ahead so we can keep the majority of our community connected.
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    For the past two years not going out anywhere outside the house apart from medical appointments has been my world so a lockdown makes no difference at all to me, but as Dan says many folk and their families are having a rough time at the moment. I was poor as a churchmouse when my two now adult children were small and times were tough, but nothing like what many families are facing now. My heart very much goes out to them.
    I'm supported by the OAP, but years of having to do without have taught me how to make a little go a long way. Even when I had a good well paying job after the tough times had ended old habits died hard and I was still careful with my money. I look on my high speed broadband connection as being an essential household expense since it's my main form of contact with the outside world. I count Trainz as being essential too since I've loved trains and railways ever since I was small. It's also good therapy, not only in that it gives me a creative outlet, but also with making my sleepy brain work to solve problems.
    Having an invisible disability like I do can be a problem sometimes especially since in all other ways I'm fit and healthy. I have been called lazy more than a few times and suffered comments like, 'Perhaps you should try to go to bed earlier,' from folk who just don't get that the part of my brain that acts to keep human beings awake and sleep regulated is faulty and it can't be fixed.
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    People can be very quick to judge others - out of prejudice, ignorance or whatever. Unfortunately, that trait can also be found in politicians who often use their quick judgements to denigrate those who are not as fortunate as themselves as a way of making quick political capital.

    In forums, such as these, disabilities are rarely obvious and they do not matter.
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    I am glad that Trainz is a helpful pastime for you Ann, we are very fortunate to have you and your creative talents here with us! I am work-from-home since early march, but I don't complain. I have some of the traits they put out as extra vulnerable, so I really don't want to catch it if I can avoid it. What bothers me is those that think they should be free to go out and do what they want. They give no thought whatever to those they may unknowingly spread the virus to, including members of their own family. I told a friend of mine that wanted his "freedom" that it was OK, but that I myself would have a hard time living with it if I brought it back to my loved ones and someone suffered and/or died from it...
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