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How long can we carry on like this for?

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Pseudosudocrem Sat 18-Apr-20 09:35:20

Anyone else starting to wonder just how long we can carry on like this before everything irrevocably falls apart?

How will we ever recover as a country?

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ilovedjerrymore Sat 18-Apr-20 14:07:57

After the next 3 weeks we need urgently got get some kind of normality back! All shops need to reopen but have measured in place like supermarkets only so many in and social distances etc.
Schools...well I have no idea how that is going to work in regards to social distancing I must admit. But for our economy to have any chance of survival we can not carry on like this after the next 3 weeks are up!

PerspicaciaTick Sat 18-Apr-20 14:15:01

On a household level we could carry on indefinitely, we aren't missing being sociable at all.
At a country wide level I would rather take a little longer to see that we clearly passed the initial peak and to ensure that the return work and school is properly planned.

Pseudosudocrem Sat 18-Apr-20 14:33:19

I agree with you @ilovedjerrymore How can we social distance in schools etc? I work in a large cafe, how can we social distance in there? It's not feasible. Struggling to see how we can realistically return to normal, or how much of an economy will be left. And I think that it's all going to take a lot longer than 3 weeks...this is going to take months and months.

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ilovedjerrymore Sat 18-Apr-20 14:49:44

@PerspicaciaTick I have racked by brains to think how this could work in schools and to be honest the social distancing isn’t going to work here ☹️
In regards to cafes and other eating places all I can think of is less tables? So social distancing between tables?? Obviously I know that would mean less people but with a takeaway service still available would this work? You would know better then me if that would work??smile
I work in construction not a lot has changed for us apart from we are finding it hard now to purchase materials as they are all stuck at docks etc.
We really need to reopen everything as much as possible as yes the coronavirus is very scary but looking at what could happen to our economy If we don’t that is equally scarysad very worrying times.

Redglitter Sat 18-Apr-20 14:49:47

I cant see anything changing for a few months yet certainly not at the end of this 3 weeks - not a chance

BirdieFriendReturns Sat 18-Apr-20 14:50:07

The upcoming austerity will kill more people than CV. The people we are shielding now will be hit by the brunt of health and social care cutbacks.

Longer NHS waiting lists. No dentists. Unemployment will hit 20%.

5zeds Sat 18-Apr-20 14:53:45

I think it’s forever, just nobody wants to say so.

HandfulOfFlowers Sat 18-Apr-20 14:56:04

I think there will come a point where people's desperation at being out of work, or trying to work and homeschool, or isolation at home will override their feelings of societal responsibility for the lives of people they neither know nor care about.

TeddyIsaHe Sat 18-Apr-20 14:56:24

It’s not forever 🙄

It’ll be relaxed a bit in 3 weeks. The Tories want the economy back up, they won’t hang about. And as a pp said the ensuing austerity is going to be worse than CV.

BirdieFriendReturns Sat 18-Apr-20 14:56:59

5zeds - do you really think this is “forever?” I’m intrigued to see your thinking behind this.

Strawberrypancakes Sat 18-Apr-20 14:57:25

But how can it be forever? People won’t survive it, businesses, education. There’s no way this is forever.

ilovedjerrymore Sat 18-Apr-20 14:58:01

@5zeds hmmplease tell me how this will last forever??? Very intriguedconfused

IcedPurple Sat 18-Apr-20 15:00:18

I think it’s forever, just nobody wants to say so.

Oh but YOU want to say so!

Life has got back to normal after pandemics which were much more virulent than this. What is the scientific basis for your believing this will be an exception?

5zeds Sat 18-Apr-20 15:00:39

Because there is no cure and until there is how can life go back to how it was before?

LilacTree1 Sat 18-Apr-20 15:02:27

Please write to your MP if you want lockdown to start easing

If, as some people think, the government are influenced by public reaction, it’s worth doing.

HermioneWeasley Sat 18-Apr-20 15:02:39

Outside care homes and hospitals the infection rate is less than 1 - another 3 weeks and the main population infection rate will have flattened and be manageable in terms of NHS. Large gatherings, theatre etc will probably be banned for a while.

I don’t see how any of the shielded group can go out until there’s treatment or a vaccine though?

shineaflight Sat 18-Apr-20 15:02:44

@5zeds well that won't be the case forever will it?

DeathByBoredom Sat 18-Apr-20 15:03:00

Why would most people agree to it being forever? The risk isn't that high for most people or most age groups.

LilacTree1 Sat 18-Apr-20 15:03:13

Teddy “ The Tories want the economy back up, they won’t hang about. ”

I see no sign of this, despite desperate searching.

Wannabangbang Sat 18-Apr-20 15:04:49

I think we will have lockdowns and releases until this is over. Which could be up to 18 months until a suitable vaccine is found and that's if one is found that actually works. Scared for the future tbh, this isn't going to be over properly for a long time. Think businesses will have to think of new ways to trade remotely and cafes etc have one in, one out, eat at home rules. Not sure how schools can realistically open safely as kids aren't exactly good at staying distanced from eachother and it will risk staffs health and parents who drop off health. Whilst people don't follow lockdown correctly this will make the whole situation last longer and unfortunately people are still not always following the rules. Witnessed this yesterday in my local corner shop, staff protected all in ppe, markers on floor, signs up, 10 people rule but some cow in there kept going over the lines and thinking she could just keep getting close to me, behind my arse picking up beans then she gets far to close well over lines at the till again. Stupif woman

5zeds Sat 18-Apr-20 15:05:00

@5zeds well that won't be the case forever will it? well we have yet to find a cure for the common cold.

Hippofrog Sat 18-Apr-20 15:05:02

I’ll not being going back to normal, shopping fortnightly, working from home and staying home. My new normal, I’ll take the kids to parks etc but nowhere crowded.

LilacTree1 Sat 18-Apr-20 15:05:12

Hermione “ I don’t see how any of the shielded group can go out until there’s treatment or a vaccine though?”

The only shielding I know is desperate to get back to his life. He wasn’t supposed to hit 30, never mind 49, and he doesn’t want to spend in isolation and lose his career.

user1477391263 Sat 18-Apr-20 15:06:22


We'd be Venezuela before too long.

The lockdown will be lifted no matter what. It's just a question of how many deaths we'll have to accept in the process.

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