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General Discussion / Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Last post by hmaria1609 on Today at 06:21:38 PM »
DC's Metro rail and bus service will have new service hours until further notice:
https://wtop.com/coronavirus/2020/04/metro-to-now-close-at-9-p-m-until-further-notice/
I saw a photo of Metro Center Station in the print "Washington Post" Metro section today--it was lightest number of people I'd ever seen in the station.
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General Discussion / Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Last post by dismalist on Today at 03:44:12 PM »
But it gets better, too:

New York Considering Loosening Requirements for Funeral Directors as Bodies Pile Up

https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2020/04/03/new-york-considers-loosening-requirements-for-funeral-directors-as-bodies-pile-up-1271316
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There's an intrusive ad in my news feed that can tell you how much TP you'll need based on number of folks in the house, etc.

Is that like in case you have no experience to figure it out???? Does it have an accompanying video showing how many squares to tear off at a time?

Oy.
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General Discussion / Re: The Inhale Thread !
« Last post by Vkw10 on Today at 03:19:36 PM »
Just had the first meeting of my new online music theory class!

All four expected students attended, all participated, they seemed to understand what we were doing and they seemed to enjoy it!

Whew!

More work to do to prep the next one, but this is a new venture, and I'm happy it's working.

Yea!!!

M.
Congratulations, mamselle! I'm glad your new venture started well. Always good to hear of people who are enjoying learning.
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There's an intrusive ad in my news feed that can tell you how much TP you'll need based on number of folks in the house, etc.

I've deleted it so often I don't see it anymore.

But if you look for it, it's there...

M.
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But, I do not think many TP hoarders knew about that.

Yeah, the timeline doesn't make sense. The run on home TP shouldn't have started until after at least a couple of weeks of people working from home. (Unless there are lots of people who are very conscious of their bathroom habits and anticipated needing more TP when they'd be working from home.)

Well, now that makes a certain amount of sense.  People who knew that they (and their children) were going to be spending a lot more time at home figured they need to stock up on TP.  That produced a run on the stores, and once that got under way the conventional wisdom became grabbing all you could possibly grab the moment it hit the shelves, resulting in stores selling out of their periodic deliveries almost immediately. 

So is there a usual rush just before the Christmas holidays? Before school gets out in June? Before March break?
By the same logic, there should be at all those times if people are buying more in anticipation of everyone spending more time at home. I've never seen that, and I don't recall seeing extra big mountains of TP in stores leading up to those times either.


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I've tended to think that relatively few people are actually hoarding ridiculous amounts of it.  It's mainly a matter of tens of millions of people going from buying a little each week to suddenly all wanting two weeks' household supply, plus some for good measure.  Such an extreme change in demand is surely going to produce temporary shortages.

It's way more than two weeks' supply. Do most households use a pack of 12 or 24 in two weeks?? I'd imagine the average person uses maybe a roll a week, and the average household is 3 or 4 people which works out to
a pack of 12 being about 3 weeks' supply and a bag of 24 being about 6 weeks' supply for the average house. (And for households smaller than that it's enough for months.)


Is there anyone here who has a relevant research area? Inquiring minds want to know. This could be your moment of glory.

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General Discussion / Re: The Inhale Thread !
« Last post by mamselle on Today at 12:55:19 PM »
Just had the first meeting of my new online music theory class!

All four expected students attended, all participated, they seemed to understand what we were doing and they seemed to enjoy it!

Whew!

More work to do to prep the next one, but this is a new venture, and I'm happy it's working.

Yea!!!

M.
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But, I do not think many TP hoarders knew about that.

Yeah, the timeline doesn't make sense. The run on home TP shouldn't have started until after at least a couple of weeks of people working from home. (Unless there are lots of people who are very conscious of their bathroom habits and anticipated needing more TP when they'd be working from home.)

Well, now that makes a certain amount of sense.  People who knew that they (and their children) were going to be spending a lot more time at home figured they need to stock up on TP.  That produced a run on the stores, and once that got under way the conventional wisdom became grabbing all you could possibly grab the moment it hit the shelves, resulting in stores selling out of their periodic deliveries almost immediately. 

I've tended to think that relatively few people are actually hoarding ridiculous amounts of it.  It's mainly a matter of tens of millions of people going from buying a little each week to suddenly all wanting two weeks' household supply, plus some for good measure.  Such an extreme change in demand is surely going to produce temporary shortages.

Still not sure why TP has stayed in short supply for weeks now.  Actual use of certain cleaning supplies like bleach and sanitary wipes has gone up tremendously.  But surely people aren't using that much TP!
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In a cutting edge interview on NPR a couple of days ago, a large New England toilet paper manufacturing co. CEO was to give his views on the hoarding
of such. I missed it. Did anyone here catch it? Perhaps it should be rebroadcast? Expiring minds need to know!

Maybe this from Maine Public Radio? https://www.npr.org/2020/03/31/823820779/toilet-paper-startup-ramps-up-and-rolls-in-wake-of-coronavirus-pandemic

I can't remember where I saw it, but one story explained that there are two production paths for toilet paper, one for commercial customers, another for home consumers. Right now, demand is extremely low for one and high for the other, but it's not simple to switch commercial production over to consumer.

I've seen similar explanations for why some kinds of food items have run short.  The proportion of meals eaten at restaurants abruptly nose-dived, with a corresponding surge in demand for supermarket goods.  Restaurants buy food in bulk packaging unlike much of what is seen in supermarkets.  It has taken time to shift production from the one market to the other. 

Re the toilet paper situation--at our local tissue mill, they produce paper in large runs for each customer (They make it for all the well-known brands.  You probably have something in your bathroom that was made within two miles of where I'm typing this!  Well, maybe that's not really something to brag about...).  Each run is made according to the customer's specs.  So it's plausible that the sudden shift in demand is indeed catching manufacturers flat-footed.  I think our own local mill mostly made consumer TP in the first place, and they're now going all out.  Which still hasn't kept distribution issues and local hoarders from keeping our shelves cleaned out.
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General Discussion / Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Last post by FishProf on Today at 12:38:37 PM »
I spent a couple of hours doing the online demos so people *could* use this software package if they want.  No one is required to do so, but a lot of people are choosing to.

Your incredibly immature tantrum about academic freedom and being forced to go online (you are, not by me) and  having to use THIS software (you don't, but you can) was really pathetic.

What I want to say: "I didn't understand what you just said, but it should have been 'thank you', so 'you're welcome'."
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