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To have not done anything about the c virus?

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bingbangbing · 06/03/2020 08:25

Despite a member of my household being in an at risk group?

We always washed our hands anyway.

We haven't bought hand sanitiser. We haven't started stockpiling. We're still going to work etc

I think the current coverage is irresponsible. It's mainly causing people with underlying anxiety issues to panic.

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bingbangbing · 07/03/2020 14:37

Still not getting it.

I think someone worked it out that you're more likely to win the lottery than die from this.

Those getting regular updates etc, just feeding your anxiety. Why?

I still think that buying more paracetamol than you need is pretty low, when there is a shortage.

So much for our Dunkirk spirit!

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spongejack · 07/03/2020 14:53

Still not getting it.

I think someone worked it out that you're more likely to win the lottery than die from this.

Those getting regular updates etc, just feeding your anxiety. Why?


undead · 07/03/2020 14:54

I am not worried about people with other health issues. It's their job to take precautions. I am not taking extra care because of Coronavirus.

sonjadog · 07/03/2020 15:00

The thing is, all these statistics, predictions etc. are based on what might happen in the future. It isn't happening now and now is where I am living. If these predictions come true, then I will worry about them when they are the "now". Me worrying about what might happen and obsessively reading about different scenarios will have no effect on what actually happens. It will only serve to decrease my own quality of life. I would rather enjoy my life here and now rather than worry about something that may or may not happen. Yes, I am aware of the shortage of medial supplies and beds at hospitals. But again, what is the point in me worrying about that? I can do absolutely nothing about that, so worrying is a complete waste of my time. I like to think I have generally good hygiene so will be continuing with that, and if people in my immediate area are starting to get sick then I will take precautions as recommended by the state, but worrying about future scenarios and things I can´t control now? Nah, I don't want to do that.

bellinisurge · 07/03/2020 15:09

I'm a general prepper so for me it's just another thing that may happen. Like getting snowed in - that has abated until next winter. Or losing my job - seems ok but who knows. Or other health issue - I have MS so I'm a bit more careful about bugs anyway. It's an unpredictable condition so set backs go with the territory.
No need to panic buy. If I'm forced to self isolate, I have all I need already so that's no big deal just an inconvenience.
People aren't buying what they are buying in a panicky way in order to stop the virus . I wish people could get that. They are doing so to be ready to hunker down for at least two weeks at short notice. And probably don't have enough in to do that. So they are "panic buying ". I don't need to.
Is that so hard to understand?

Porcupineinwaiting · 07/03/2020 15:11

I think someone worked out that you are more likely to win the lottery than dies from this

Oh please do link to that calculation because I'd love to see the underlying calculations.

Janus · 07/03/2020 15:21

I bought paracetamol yesterday as we had none in the house, well actually Panadol as there wasn’t any. So I wonder if this is panic buying? I didn’t have any as daughter had a migraine and used the last lot. So no one had a headache but I thought I’d better get a packet in. To be honest I had no idea there was a shortage so when I couldn’t see them on the supermarket shelf I went in their pharmacy and I got the distinct impression the lady thought I was a pita!! I wanted to say we literally didn’t have a single tablet in the house so I’m not stocking up as such just replacing the last one used. Maybe that is stocking up??
I don’t have a massive cupboard of food and we are a family of 6 so if anything happened I wouldn’t be able to survive 2 weeks on what we have. I’m not going to shove loads in my trolley for something that might not happen. So far I’ve put in one bag of rice and a packet of penne in the cupboard because we were running low, that’s not going to make much difference though is it?!!

Lweji · 07/03/2020 15:29

I think someone worked out that you are more likely to win the lottery than dies from this

Considering the number of dead, I'm not sure it's true.
Even so, the odds of winning the lottery depend on buying a ticket.
On this one, everyone plays.

Lweji · 07/03/2020 15:32

I wanted to say we literally didn’t have a single tablet in the house so I’m not stocking up as such just replacing the last one used. Maybe that is stocking up??

That's just keeping a stock for emergencies.
I always buy the largest packs and have some in the house because of headaches and period pain, and for when needed for fever so that I don't have to go to the pharmacy late at night.
It's unfortunate that everyone decided at least to do the same at once or really are stockpiling.

Janus · 07/03/2020 15:43

Thank you Lweji, I did feel a bit judged. I have daughters who suffer migraine and period pain so we use them quite regularly so I like to have them in the house. I couldn’t tell her all that but she’s probably fed up with everyone grabbing it all I suppose! I only took one small packet.

T0tallyFuckedUpFamily · 07/03/2020 15:45

So much for our Dunkirk spirit!

The Dunkirk spirit comparison doesn’t really work, as those that fight for freedom, looked after each other and fought against the odds. Compared to the spirit of those who expect everyone else to look after them, because they haven’t had the foresight to simply organise in case things deteriorate. That’s not the Dunkirk spirit talking, that’s a sense of entitlement and expectation from a nanny state.

T0tallyFuckedUpFamily · 07/03/2020 15:51

The chance of winning the National Lottery jackpot is 1 in 45,057,474, according to the Lotto website, while there is a 1 in 7,509,579 chance of getting five numbers plus the bonus ball. To win the Euromillions jackpot there is a one in 1 in 139,838,160 of all your numbers being drawn.

Just for those asking.

Willow2017 · 07/03/2020 15:54

I think someone worked it out that you're more likely to win the lottery than die from this
You need to buy a ticket to be in with a chance of a lottery win. You dont need to buy a ticket to get this.

Mar-20 14:54:56
I am not worried about people with other health issues. It's their job to take precautions. I am not taking extra care because of Coronavirus
So you are quite happy to go around spreading potential illness to more vulnerable people cos you cba to take precautions yourself? If someone gets ill because of you.then tough? Nice! What a wonderful attitude. If everyone took thd same precautions the risks would drop considerably its just common sense.
I bet if you get sick and have to self isolate or worse still, be in hospital soley because you cba to take precautions you would expect someone else to deliver food to you or attend to your medical needs and put themselves at risk doing so? How selfish is that?
Nobody is advocating hysteria just common sense and decency towards others.

Lynda07 · 07/03/2020 16:01

bingbangbing, I doubt most people have actually done anything - what can you do anyway apart from being scrupulously hygienic?

There are no reported cases anywhere near where I live & apparently 216 in the whole of the UK. If there was an outbreak near where you live or work you'd obviously have to take more precautions but it may never happen.

pourmeanotherglass · 07/03/2020 16:06

Maybe washing my hands slightly more often and for slightly longer. Obviously i've always washed them after going to the loo, but I'm now washing them at other times.
Otherwise, continuing as normal, including work, school, church, shopping, hobbies, etc.

Savvyblonde · 07/03/2020 16:09

I live in the UAE. Schools are closed from tomorrow for 4 weeks, all social gatherings are cancelled, all extra curricular clubs have been cancelled since last week. Next will be cinemas and malls. We are not allowed to travel without our headteachers permission and if we do travel we have to self quarantine for 2 weeks (without pay). All flight tickets are being refunded for teachers, mid term break moved for students and cancelled for staff. The government are taking this very seriously over here and I suspect that the UK will follow soon.

Tootletum · 07/03/2020 16:09

@Porcupineinwaiting why the rudeness. She isn't saying she isn't concerned. We are all concerned, but there's a difference between following the guidelines, maybe buying the odd extra pizza for the freezer, and going batshit crazy in a way that puts the most vulnerable at risk. Stockpiling depletes supplies for old people who need them and often don't have the mobility or technical skills to shop around. They need the hand sanitizer the most, so as you smugly contemplate your stash of 20 bottes, think about 20 lonely old people who have none, go on the bus and catch coronavirus from a surface, as they trek about trying to find some.

Savvyblonde · 07/03/2020 16:13

But there is plenty of hand sanitiser and toilet roll and noone that I'm aware of is bulk buying beyond their normal weekly shop.

Willow2017 · 07/03/2020 16:15

So much for our Dunkirk spirit
Which part of "i am doing nothing to protect myself or others thats someone elses responsibility" is "Dunkirk spirit"?

Designerenvy · 07/03/2020 16:21

I'm not doing anything extra but obviously washing my hands a little more frequently.
I've also emphasized the importance of hand washing to the DC's.
Other than that life is going on as normal.

I am secretly worried as I know a good few people in the "high risk " group.
I'd hope, if I got it, it would be no worse than a flu but I'd be afraid that I'd spread to my "high risk" friends/ relatives.

I'll be ok if schools close too, we can work around it , but I know a lot of families will struggle to continue to work if this happens .
I'm not in UK, I'm in Ireland, it has landed here and numbers are still low but rising daily.

There is widespread panic here, I'm staying calm ( for now ) but watching closely to guidelines and recommendations .

Porcupineinwaiting · 07/03/2020 16:24

@Tootletum I just dont think that spreading misinformation helps. Either of the "oh my God we are all going to diiieee!"or "I'm too cool to give a shit" kind. And quoting some facile nonsense about the lottery is really, really stupid - anyone w 2 brain cells to rub together can see the flaws in that comparison.

Tootletum · 07/03/2020 16:33

Sorry porcupine I misunderstood what you were replying to. I thought you were replying to the quite reasonable view that we should be following the guidelines. I also deffo don't think it's " just flu" or some made up stats about the lottery but people aren't helping the situation with crazy panic or conspiracy theories (of which oddly there are none on MN!)

Lynda07 · 07/03/2020 16:49

206 cases in UK not 216 which I put earlier (I'd misheard).

Lynda07 · 07/03/2020 16:53

I don't see what 'Dunkirk spirit' has to do with coronavirus and most of us, even an oldie like me, were not even born until long after WW2.

I've no doubt if we did have an epidemic, people would rise to the occasion and do whatever they could to prevent spread of disease and to help those stuck at home. We might be stuck at home ourselves!

In the meantime we can't really do anything other than be extra careful about handwashing.

bingbangbing · 08/03/2020 12:41

Stockpiling, hoarding and campaigning for schools to be shut run completely contrary to the whole Dunkirk spirit thing.

It's selfish, mean behaviour. Only one step up from those people ripping hand sanitiser off the walls in hospitals.

All we need to do, is keep basic hygiene, keep calm and carry on. That's the responsible response.

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