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Scared of the Chinese?

#1  Postby Keep It Real » Feb 10, 2020 10:42 am

I just heard on the radio from a caller that his Chinese takeaway arrived after 10 mins last night instead of the usual 45. He asked the delivery man, who was, unusually, wearing plastic hygiene gloves, why it was so quick, and he replied that business was "dead" - presumably because of coronavirus. It wouldn't surprise me if this same thing were happening in every Chinese restaurant and takeaway in the country - and beyond. Rational reaction, paranoid, or what?
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#2  Postby Sgt Kelly » Feb 10, 2020 11:38 am

People are dumb. Next.
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#3  Postby Svartalf » Feb 10, 2020 2:39 pm

I've not had Chinese food this month, due to a lack of funds, not for fear of catching the new virus, we're in France, our resident Chinesefolk are not in regular contact with their cousins from back home.
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#4  Postby Keep It Real » Feb 10, 2020 2:51 pm

The dialogue I normally have (on the rare occasion I splash out on a dear takeaway) is: "Chinese or Indian, Chinese or Indian, Chinese or Indian...hmmmmm." I can imagine my brain might ATM interject "Coronavirus, so, Indian."
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#5  Postby Svartalf » Feb 10, 2020 2:55 pm

well, in France, the choice is Chinese of Pizza, Indian takeaway is harder to get and more expensive.
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#6  Postby aban57 » Feb 10, 2020 2:56 pm

Keep It Real wrote:The dialogue I normally have (on the rare occasion I splash out on a dear takeaway) is: "Chinese or Indian, Chinese or Indian, Chinese or Indian...hmmmmm." I can imagine my brain might ATM interject "Coronavirus, so, Indian."


Well you're not really known here for your ability to think critically, one might explain the other.
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#7  Postby laklak » Feb 10, 2020 2:58 pm

They just caught another Chinese restaurant up in Tampa using "unidentified" meat. I'm guessing cat or dog, since we don't have wildcats or pangolins around here. Or rhinos, or hippos, or pandas, or whatthefuckever they eat over there.
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#8  Postby aban57 » Feb 10, 2020 3:00 pm

laklak wrote:They just caught another Chinese restaurant up in Tampa using "unidentified" meat. I'm guessing cat or dog, since we don't have wildcats or pangolins around here. Or rhinos, or hippos, or pandas, or whatthefuckever they eat over there.


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#9  Postby laklak » Feb 10, 2020 3:01 pm

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#10  Postby Keep It Real » Feb 10, 2020 3:08 pm

aban57 wrote:
Keep It Real wrote:The dialogue I normally have (on the rare occasion I splash out on a dear takeaway) is: "Chinese or Indian, Chinese or Indian, Chinese or Indian...hmmmmm." I can imagine my brain might ATM interject "Coronavirus, so, Indian."


Well you're not really known here for your ability to think critically, one might explain the other.


That's as rich as BBQ spare ribs, coming from you Cindy! :lol:
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#11  Postby aban57 » Feb 10, 2020 3:14 pm

Keep It Real wrote:
aban57 wrote:
Keep It Real wrote:The dialogue I normally have (on the rare occasion I splash out on a dear takeaway) is: "Chinese or Indian, Chinese or Indian, Chinese or Indian...hmmmmm." I can imagine my brain might ATM interject "Coronavirus, so, Indian."


Well you're not really known here for your ability to think critically, one might explain the other.


That's as rich as BBQ spare ribs, coming from you Cindy! :lol:


Hum what are you refering to, exactly ?
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#12  Postby felltoearth » Feb 10, 2020 3:29 pm

Chinese people here work everywhere, in all kinds of restos and even grocery stores. Best not to eat at all if you’re worried.
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#13  Postby Fallible » Feb 10, 2020 3:34 pm

I was just thinking. ‘Rational reaction’? How could it be a rational reaction?
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#14  Postby Keep It Real » Feb 10, 2020 4:18 pm

Increased risk of contracting corona due to having one's food prepared by (overwhelmingly, round these parts anyway) Chinese nationals.
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#15  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Feb 10, 2020 4:36 pm

Unless they've very recently been in the Wuhan area or in contact with someone who has caught it, no. Being Chinese doesn't increase your risk of having the novel coronavirus. You have to actually catch it.

Four people around Vancouver have been confirmed to have it. None of them have required treatment. It's limited to two households: one in which the dude had just returned from Wuhan, the other in which two folks were visiting from Wuhan. All four infected are in self-isolation at home, checking in with the health department. It's really not a big deal when people are informed and the services are available.
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Re: Scared of the Chinese?

#16  Postby felltoearth » Feb 10, 2020 4:38 pm

Keep It Real wrote:Increased risk of contracting corona due to having one's food prepared by (overwhelmingly, round these parts anyway) Chinese nationals.


The problem with humans is that we’re not very good at calculating risk, so a poorly posed question isn’t very helpful.

What is the likelihood that a restaurant worker in a Chinese takeaway has been to or has had any contact with someone who has visited the coronavirus epicentre in the last month? How about anyone else who is not Chinese? How about someone who has a strain of flu floating around out there that is not the Coronavirus?

Bottom line, given all the risks in daily life, it’d be foolish to limit your risk taking avoidance to Chinese takeaway if you are so inclined. I recommend living the life you have rather than have it limited by limited risk.
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Re: Scared of the Chinese?

#17  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Feb 10, 2020 4:42 pm

Not to mention, if you do contract it, unless you're immune-compromised, you'll be fine. It's a cold you can't leave your house for the duration of. I'm going to leave the stressing for people it might actually hurt.
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#18  Postby Keep It Real » Feb 10, 2020 4:53 pm

Rachel Bronwyn wrote:Unless they've very recently been in the Wuhan area or in contact with someone who has caught it, no. Being Chinese doesn't increase your risk of having the novel coronavirus. You have to actually catch it.


You really think I didn't know that, Rachel? :sigh:
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#19  Postby Keep It Real » Feb 10, 2020 5:00 pm

felltoearth wrote:
Keep It Real wrote:Increased risk of contracting corona due to having one's food prepared by (overwhelmingly, round these parts anyway) Chinese nationals.


The problem with humans is that we’re not very good at calculating risk


True, but when an Indian takeaway is just as appealing, why "cross the road" other than "at the zebra crossing?"

felltoearth wrote:so a poorly posed question isn’t very helpful.


Everyone's a critic. "Understandable" then, if you prefer, not "rational."
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Re: Scared of the Chinese?

#20  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 10, 2020 5:33 pm

Fallible wrote:I was just thinking. ‘Rational reaction’? How could it be a rational reaction?


Keep It Real wrote:Increased risk of contracting corona due to having one's food prepared by (overwhelmingly, round these parts anyway) Chinese nationals.



That's an 'irrational' reaction. The coronavirus isn't endemic to Chinese nationals.
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