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To go out with a cough, sore throat and runny nose?

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JustCantShakeIt Sat 28-Mar-20 12:05:54

The cough I’ve had for nearly two months. It’s intermittent but can go on for a while and knowing my luck will start in the queue for the supermarket!

The runny nose and sore throat is due to sinusitis from said flu like illness two months ago.

I need to get food in today. Don’t want to send teenagers as worried they’ll forget about touching stuff, social distancing.

I am well in myself.


dementedpixie Sat 28-Mar-20 12:09:01

If it's not a new cough and your symptoms are from a previous illness a while ago then you could go out. Be prepared to be treated like a leper though. Is there not anyone else who could go for you?

NearlyGranny Sat 28-Mar-20 12:12:23

Time for the teens to step up, I reckon!

user1483387154 Sat 28-Mar-20 12:15:01

Send the teenagers

iMoan7 Sat 28-Mar-20 12:15:47

I hear you. I have a cough that won’t go away. The comments!!

Strongmummy Sat 28-Mar-20 12:16:16

Send the teens

Sh05 Sat 28-Mar-20 12:16:27

You can still go but beprepared to get comments and horrified looks from others.

Just before the lockdown I went in to a store, it was very warm in there and I always get a tickly throat in warm surroundings. I'm glad the lady at the tills knew me otherwise it was a bit awkward standing in the queue trying to surpress my cough

TheReluctantCountess Sat 28-Mar-20 12:17:52

Send the teens.

dementedpixie Sat 28-Mar-20 12:19:40

Do you have a scarf or something you could wrap round the bottom of your face and that would both muffle and look as if its offering protection

Oldraver Sat 28-Mar-20 12:20:39

I have a cough due to medication, the last week or so travelling on the bus was hard.

Many many people have smokers coughs etc like my OH.

Did I read that Tesco will evict anyone with a cough ?

SpoonfulofDragon Sat 28-Mar-20 12:20:59

YABU. Send the Teenagers. With winter gloves on.

ButteryPuffin Sat 28-Mar-20 12:21:03

Send the teens, give them a list and make them wash their hands really well on return. You shouldn't go for your own sake and others.

Cunninglittlevixen Sat 28-Mar-20 12:21:17

You should all be self isolating

ChewChewIsMySpiritAnimal Sat 28-Mar-20 12:21:54

Send the teenagers. If they can't cope with buying a bit of shopping maybe it's time to look at why they're not capable of it.

Songofsixpence Sat 28-Mar-20 12:23:12

I hear you too

I’ve got a very intermittent cough that’s been hanging around from a stinking cough and cold I had a couple of months ago

dementedpixie Sat 28-Mar-20 12:24:45

It depends how old the teens are- 13 is very different from 17.

You should all be self isolating - why do you think this?

ludothedog Sat 28-Mar-20 12:30:05

I'm the same, been I'll for around a month, sore throat, runny nose, cough and lots of mucas. Most likely just a bad cold. I keep checking on the nuts website but not same symptoms. Anyway, i'm not going out.

I suggest it's time for your teens to step up and do the shopping. They might just surprise you and if they miss a few things, so what. I'm sure you will survive!

IOnlyWannaBeWithYou Sat 28-Mar-20 12:30:15

The supermarket my DH went in yesterday had signs saying anyone coughing would be asked to leave.

AintNobodyHereButUsKittens Sat 28-Mar-20 12:30:52

DH and DS have photic sneeze reflexes. When they’ve gone out for a walk on the last two sunny days they’ve felt like lepers. It’ll be even worse once hay fever season kicks in.

JustCantShakeIt Sat 28-Mar-20 12:39:34

Hmm. Teens are perfectly capable to pick up a few bits but it would be a weeks worth of shopping for 6 people! They could get a few bits for tonight and tomorrow but then more shopping would be needed on Monday and although I was told that this cough could last up to 8 weeks by my GP, and it is lessening each day, it won’t be completely gone for a while yet.

I was thinking to wear a thick fabric face mask so if I do cough any spitum (love and hate that word!) will land on it, not on other people!

Also want to avoid multiple trips to the shops. Teens are a bit stoopid as well (much as I love them) and I don’t want them to go into a high risk place like a supermarket and potentially bring the virus home with them!

Thanks for replies. Will mull it over some more.

Chillicheese123 Sat 28-Mar-20 12:39:41

I have hayfever. It’s a nightmare !

SolemnlySwear2010 Sat 28-Mar-20 12:41:47

I went shopping in Wednesday with my little girl (no one to leave her with) and she coughed after drinking too much water - you would think she had spewed pure poison with the looks that we got.

diddl Sat 28-Mar-20 12:42:19

Take one teen, wait in the car & pop in to pay?

Patch23042 Sat 28-Mar-20 12:43:02

I’m sure they’re not stupid, OP. They’ll be ok.

slartibarti Sat 28-Mar-20 12:43:51

You shouldn't go out. If you cough or sneeze you'll expel droplets.
If you've become infected with coronavirus and don't have symptoms yet then there's the potential to infect other people.

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