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How are people still getting infected

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Jenasaurus Thu 23-Apr-20 18:14:40

when we have been in lockdown for 4.5 weeks, is the incubation period longer than 2 weeks?

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Tableclothing Thu 23-Apr-20 18:16:06

Because it is not possible to remove all risk of transmission.

TheFaerieQueene Thu 23-Apr-20 18:18:27


Jenasaurus Thu 23-Apr-20 18:18:37

I suppose so, and the NHS staff, carers and key workers are exposed and then their families too.

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LetTheCabbagesDie Thu 23-Apr-20 18:19:46


AmelieTaylor Thu 23-Apr-20 18:20:15

Because people are contagious before they have symptoms (some people don't ever get any) so they're still spreading it at work, at the pharmacy, at the petrol station, at the shops, while out exercising and whilst visiting people they shouldn't be. Thousands of people still coming into the country - not tested.

Our lock down is half hearted - the Govt didn't want to STOP transmission, just slow it down.

Jenasaurus Thu 23-Apr-20 18:21:47

AmelieTaylor I was just hoping the cases would be a lot lower each day than they are, but I can see what your saying, zero transmission is impossible.

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Hairyfairy78 Thu 23-Apr-20 18:24:00

I think it’s possible to get it very low but you have to follow China’s draconian measures to do so. No one goes out, food is delivered etc etc. Not for me!

manicinsomniac Thu 23-Apr-20 18:27:00

From work? Millions of us go to work every day. And from supermarkets.

SpudsAreLife84 Thu 23-Apr-20 18:28:49

Literally millions of us still go to work every day, the NHS is just the tip of the iceberg!

Newgirls Thu 23-Apr-20 18:29:42

I think it’s a good question because petrol stations, shops, exercising surely no one is going in coughing and we are mostly social distancing. So infection rate will be low. Far lower than in Feb/March when we had no idea what to do. It seem unlikely to me that will have a spike like this again as we will all be on alert for signs.

kimlo Thu 23-Apr-20 18:34:30

@Newgirls you don't have to be coughing to spread it, there's nothing to look out for when people are spreading the virus before they are showing sypmtoms. I could be now, you could be you don't know until the symptoms start. The rate of transmission has slowed because theres less contact between people.

britnay Thu 23-Apr-20 18:34:41

Because there are still far too many people out and about unnecessarily.

Andorra155 Thu 23-Apr-20 18:36:08

Lots of people are still working.

Andorra155 Thu 23-Apr-20 18:38:22

Complete social distancing is impossible in nurseries, schools and food production/packaging lines.

JackChaffinch Thu 23-Apr-20 18:39:41

We're not testing and tracing and isolating to try to eradicate it. That's why people are still getting infected.

Ninkanink Thu 23-Apr-20 18:43:35

It was always going to keep spreading...millions of people are still going to work every day!

kingkuta Thu 23-Apr-20 18:48:14

I'm just incredulous that people dont realise that millions upon millions of people are still having to work every day. Where do people think even basic things like food and gas and electricity come from if everyone is sat isolated in their house?
So yes, people are out and about. Even those who arent need to go out and buy essentials so are mixing with people in supermarkets etc

PatriciaHolm Thu 23-Apr-20 18:53:37

The government's own slides today said that 49% of adults in employment said they worked from home at some point in the past week, compared to 12% last year.

So that leaves 51% of adults in employment not working from home.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 23-Apr-20 18:55:36

* The government's own slides today said that 49% of adults in employment said they worked from home at some point in the past week, compared to 12% last year.

So that leaves 51% of adults in employment not working from home.*

Do those figures account for people still 'in employment' but furloughed?

thedevilinablackdress Thu 23-Apr-20 18:58:55

People in care homes and similar too.

midgebabe Thu 23-Apr-20 19:00:54

I think furloughed is separate ...up to 20%

PatriciaHolm Thu 23-Apr-20 19:08:34

Errol - Interesting point. I think they are in the 51% as it says "it is not known if those who say they are not working from home are in their usual place of employment or had stopped working".

So a decent % of that 51% are probably furloughed. I've seen one stat that suggests about 20% of the workforce is right now so that would suggest about 30% are still going to work? About 10 million people.

totallydevoidofideas Thu 23-Apr-20 19:22:34

This is why they need to track and trace, because it's a very good question and so far no one really knows! Mad, isnt it?

Usuallytootiredbuthappyanyway Thu 23-Apr-20 19:44:54

I am 100% staying at home, live alone and have all food delivered but have had daily visits from nurses post surgery and ended up getting it. There was nothing more I, or they could have done to prevent it.

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