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Over 70s to self isolate

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Dodie66 · 14/03/2020 21:36

Over 70s are going to be told to self isolate even if they don’t have the virus and this will be coming in 5-20 days and last 4 months
www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-coronavirus-over-70s-told-21694397?fbclid=IwAR2k9MqPf7vOzNcnqfVroLXVp0sQjYRmihHKBiL9pvdhSi5780WpYkgFNnI

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TheSpottedZebra · 14/03/2020 22:03

Oh Loppy I notice your posts as they are often so cruel.

MorrisZapp · 14/03/2020 22:04

So Boris wanted to callously kill the older generation five minutes ago, but now remains the bad guy for advising they self isolate? There's no way of dealing with this crisis that doesn't cause huge risk or inconvenience to some people. It's a pandemic.

What's the solution? How do we protect the elderly and vulnerable? All advice to them from the gvt is just that, advice. We won't become a police state and nobody will physically or legally force anybody to isolate.

Surely the advice will begin 'as far as is possible..' And not 'you must comply or face consequences'.

TabbyStar · 14/03/2020 22:04

My 86 year old DM has just lost my DF in circumstances she blames herself for (it was really not her fault, she was hospitalised whilst being his carer). Is she really going to be left to grieve a 60 year marriage completely on her own?

Bool · 14/03/2020 22:04

Omg just started another thread on this. I think it is genius

inselfisolationnow · 14/03/2020 22:05

Can I just remind everyone. This is just a story in the mirror. Not a government announcement

RancidOldHag · 14/03/2020 22:05

Many in their own homes will still need their carers.

How's that going to work?

Or do they just do their duty by starving to death in a pool of their own urune?

Bool · 14/03/2020 22:06

Think about it. Isolate the most vulnerable. They are the ones taking the majority of the hospital bed. Let the least vulnerable get it to create mass immunity. And then the beds are there for those who are unforeseen. Sorry if you disagree but this is genius.

Delatron · 14/03/2020 22:06

What if your DM is 69 and your DF is 70!

Dad stays in for 4 months and Mum swans around. Actually might work better than them both stuck inside together. She could do the shopping.

Taswama · 14/03/2020 22:07

Well Macron has just told over 70 year olds to self isolate in France so it makes sense. I have been trying to encourage my 70something parents to reduce their social contact.

Dodie66 · 14/03/2020 22:08
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wheresmymojo · 14/03/2020 22:08

I don't think people are taking this seriously.

It doesn't matter if your parents have chess on Tuesdays or whatever.

They either self isolate or run a reasonably high risk of death.

Sorry to be blunt but that's how it is.

And I'm really sorry to be blunt but for those whose parents are already ill enough to have carers you do need to start preparing yourselves that they will not make it through this year.

I feel horrible saying it but please do start to come to terms with that for your own sakes Thanks

inselfisolationnow · 14/03/2020 22:08

Oh well itv speak for the government I'm sure

chomalungma · 14/03/2020 22:08

Can I just remind everyone. This is just a story in the mirror. Not a government announcement

Robert Peston seems to be the source

Robert Peston
@Peston
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Revealed: elderly to be quarantined at home or in care homes for four months, in "wartime-style" mobilisation to combat Coronavirus. Full details here.

inselfisolationnow · 14/03/2020 22:10

Don't get me wrong I think the vulnerable will be isolated at some point (probably May) but it will more likely be for 1 month - not 4.

It will be a logistical nightmare as people need care etc.

SarahInAccounts · 14/03/2020 22:10

It's totally impractical. Over 70s need to eat, so need to shop. DH goes early when it's practically empty.

We both have regular out patient appointments for serious conditions. We are going to have to go out sometimes.

Yesterday we went for a drive and a walk in the country. No one else around. No one else at risk.

2 weeks maybe. But 4 months - not going to happen.

sleepyhorse · 14/03/2020 22:11

Is this definite or just speculation?

chomalungma · 14/03/2020 22:11

BBC reporting it now

Laniakea · 14/03/2020 22:11

We shut down the entire country - schools included. The NHS collapses, there is an economic catastrophe, people lose their jobs & their homes, the retail & hospitality sectors are obliterated. Taxable income drops off a cliff as unemployment rockets - there’s no more money for pensions or social care. Why? To protect a bunch of people who don’t want to stop going to the gym. They’ll be long gone before the country even begins to recover.

Whatevs ... my parents are isolating already (not that they can do much else they are skint now!); MIL has decided she’s off on a cruise next week. I’ve got very little sympathy left.

bemoreeverything · 14/03/2020 22:11

@artyone

Are you not going to come back and tell us who sent the text?

LizzieSiddal · 14/03/2020 22:11

Robert Peston is quoting “goverment sources” so yes he speaking for the government.

wheresmymojo · 14/03/2020 22:11

Again....surely self isolating is better than what is actually a very horrible death.

These deaths are not quick.

inselfisolationnow · 14/03/2020 22:12

Robert Peston is quoting “goverment sources” so yes he speaking for the government.

So why are the government not announcing it themselves?

TabbyStar · 14/03/2020 22:12

They either self isolate or run a reasonably high risk of death.

Sorry to be blunt but that's how it is.

And I'm really sorry to be blunt but for those whose parents are already ill enough to have carers you do need to start preparing yourselves that they will not make it through this year

My DF who died recently actually wanted to be dead for quite some time before he actually died. As did my grandma before she died. If they are in their last months anyway let them not spend it alone and miserable.

chomalungma · 14/03/2020 22:12

I suppose it's self isolate and only do what you need to do - which may well include medical appointments.

wonkylegs · 14/03/2020 22:13

My mum cannot self isolate as she has dementia and does not take her medication (in addition to dementia meds she also has to take thyroxine) and won't eat without someone not only making her food but also putting it in front of her and telling her to eat.
She also doesn't wash or dress herself but that's less of an issue. She lives at home but has carers 4 times a day (they also put her to bed & makes sure the door is locked at night)
Her day care has already been cancelled and the carer at lunchtime today also cancelled so we had to find somebody local and amazing to take her lunch.
My brother has said if his work shuts (possibility) he will move in and look after her (he lives elsewhere but can go to her)
I cannot go and help out because I live at the other end of the country, am disabled, and at risk myself, my DH is a front line nhs dr and I am already self isolating with 3yo DS2 who has a cough and temperature, thankfully DS1 is old enough to be fairly self sufficient and we have a big enough house to split spaces.
It's causing us really worry and stress

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