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has anyone's life not changed at all yet?

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ellanwood · 16/03/2020 12:38

Apart from a few cancellations of concerts by school and community choirs, and conspicuously empty loo-roll shelves in the local supermarket, nothing here has changed. Schools are open and only one school friend of DC has been pulled out of school (but was allowed to come to a party at the weekend.) Work meetings in London continued face-to-face as planned. Trains still running, cafes still open, went to cinema, restaurant, pub, wander around RHS Wisley all this weekend with other people around. No one coughing, no one quarrelling for the last tin of beans. Church services as normal, except no shared communion cup.

I'm just a bit baffled by the extreme differences between some areas and ours. There's so much upheaval and panic described online but I can't see any changes yet.

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bellinisurge · 16/03/2020 12:39

Yet.

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Inextremis · 16/03/2020 13:19

The world is changing around me (am in Ireland, schools, pubs, restaurants etc. all closed) but nothing has actually changed in my life. I stay home with our animals most of the time anyway, apart from a weekly trip to do a roast dinner at a local friend's house. Said friend is also a stay-at-home person so there's minimal risk in driving the less than half a mile to his house - we're very rural here.

My husband will still have to go to work as usual, as he works in support services for a healthcare agency - but he'll be driving there and back, as usual, and spending his day in a locked office with very little contact with others.

We do a weekly click 'n collect order from Tesco - nothing changing there either. Neither DH nor I have any living family to worry about, no kids to entertain, we have enough land to exercise the dogs without leaving our own property (it's only half an acre, but plenty big enough for 2 dogs to run around). We paid off the mortgage some years ago, so even if DH's work closes down (unlikely) we don't have to worry about housing costs.

Yes, we are bloody lucky and I'm very aware of our privilege in the current situation. We are by no means rich but we get by. We can ride this out if neither of us get seriously ill (which is quite a big if), but I worry for my friends in the UK, because I'm not sure the government's approach to the situation is necessarily the best, and am very glad to be living in Ireland myself.

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Ariela · 16/03/2020 13:38

I think the only 'problems' I've encountered are first world issues eg only just managed a parking spot in the village Waitrose. Not unusual for Saturday morning, very unusual for lunchtime Monday. Then when I got in there, there was no loo roll. Won't massively inconvenience if it was for me, but it was for an old lady I shop for who needs it. I shall pop to another shop for some.

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LiveatCityHall · 16/03/2020 13:42

Not many cases in my area so business as usual here. I went to an event on saturday and all seems ok so far. I'm a bit worried as I have asthma but it is completely under control. Schools are still open although I spoke to my boss today about home working for the others in the office (I already wfh) and we're starting to implement that now. My mum is more worried than I am I think. She's 70 and is getting prepared to be told to self isolate for 4 months!

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mrbob · 16/03/2020 13:53

Not much yet. I am in oz though with no kids so no need to think about schools or clubs. I work in healthcare so am working as usual and we haven’t seen much escalation yet. I don’t tend to go to many big gatherings anyway or use public transport. I am still seeing friends on a one to one basis but I guess it won’t be long before that stops. I have enough food for a couple of weeks at a push but I will need to keep an eye on that and do a little shop this week.
The big change will happen when work starts to get overwhelmed. I don’t know when that will be but it may be brutal

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mrbob · 16/03/2020 13:54

Oh and I am starting to get nervous about my family in the UK. That is new

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Rhubarbpeony · 16/03/2020 13:57

Mine hasn’t changed much. Harder to get my normal shop from Sainsbury’s and the train was a lot quieter than it used to be but everything else is the same. Work are still expecting us in (and we have to be for certain things) but I expect that will change before too long.

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TheCountessatHotelCortez · 16/03/2020 14:02

Not much in my rural area if Scotland and no cases in our region, shops have some empty shelves. I am mainly concerned about schools closing before any cases have even got here as I am frontline nhs staff and would need to stay home for an undetermined amount of time which is unsustainable money wise and taking valuable staff from the floor

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GooodMythicalMorning · 16/03/2020 14:02

Dh works in a superstore so it is affecting us that way and we can see what it's causing. We did go to the cinema yesterday but was dubious about it but haven't had many ill in our area yet. The cafes, restaurants and places like butchers and takeaways have started to modify what they do. like delivery if they didn't already with option of dropping off at doorstep for contactless delivery. It feels like the calm before a storm. People around me are starting to worry about letting the kids go to school.

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Todayissunny · 16/03/2020 14:04

I'm in Switzerland. I'm a teacher.spent the whole weekend preparing work for kids to take home today.
My kid are home (their school hasn't given them work). We haven't settled into a routine yet.
We have decided to distance ourselves from the outside world. No friends over and no meeting outside with friends.
Public social events are cancelled anyway.
I've cancelled all other social events.
Dh has to go to work, but they are strictly not allowed to mix. Having temperatures checked on arrival.
I had to drive on the motorway today. There wasn't much traffic but noticeably only swissnumberplates.

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Lynda07 · 16/03/2020 14:06

Mine hasn't really changed yet.

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Apolloanddaphne · 16/03/2020 14:09

I had my trip to NY cancelled but that is about it. I have been able to get most stuff in the shops even though some things are low in stock. Other than that all is much the same as normal.

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DingleberryRose · 16/03/2020 14:13

DH had I have had a couple of holidays cancelled but other than than it’s life as it normally is.

Not having children is a plus in this situation (and about a billion others).

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BeyondMyWits · 16/03/2020 14:15

Not yet - other than getting REALLY busy at work (pharmacy!).

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GulliBelle · 16/03/2020 14:17

Not really, Saturday went to Sainsbury's, got pasta, (one p acket) no toilet roll, but got some last week, cinema, then pub. Sunday, shopping, bought nice soap (from a huge selection) as had run out, then meal in a fairly packed diner.

A few things have been cancelled, but more or less the same.

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tallah · 16/03/2020 14:19

Nope! I'm still on holiday and loving it. Am totally stocked up for when I get back and ready to work from home because I'm one of the few who took this seriously a month ago so prepared. Life is def going to change when I get back but trying to ignore until I get off the plane

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Meruem · 16/03/2020 14:25

I was lucky. I had my big holiday over Christmas/New Year and also managed to visit family that live far away, just before all this really kicked off. I WFH anyway at the moment so nothings changed there. I don't go to the gym or out much at all usually, so again no major changes. If I do have to isolate it won't change things much either!

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LadyLindaT · 16/03/2020 14:25

I was pretty sanguine and measured about the whole situation, until I saw the webcams of places in Europe over this weekend.
It was eerie, and very worrying.

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Anotheruser02 · 16/03/2020 14:26

Not here but I was having a quiet no spends month until a drink in London on the last weekend, so nothing to pull out of yet. I am lucky to work a lot from home so other than supermarket shortages no changes for me yet. I think I'd be behaving differently if I had a busier social life. I feel differently now to how I felt about it even just a week ago.

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homemadecommunistrussia · 16/03/2020 14:28

Not yet, everyone at work school and uni as normal, but I don't expect that to last for long. Shopping is a bit of a problem, but so far I have got everything we really need.no chive cottage cheese, but I'll live.Grin

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CatBatCat · 16/03/2020 14:31

We both work from home anyway and we only had plans for a 'big crowd' outing at a gig was last month. Our holiday isn't until end of July and not making plans to change that till closer to the time.

So, nothing has changed much for me recently.

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Shodan · 16/03/2020 14:32

Not really- I suspect we may be in the same area OP. I do expect karate classes to stop soon, as a lot of them are held in school halls, and I'm waiting for the school to post that they're closing, but other than that it's business as usual so far.

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soupforbrains · 16/03/2020 14:32

I'm in the south of england and nothing really has changed for me. As you say the conspicuously empty loo roll shelves are present but schools, colleges, shops and businesses are all still open. churches still offering services like yours (although no wine and also no sign of peace).

Unless the government close the schools it's likely to stay largely normal for me too. The company I work for are keeping a close eye on things, our HQ is in Milan so obviously they've already had to take significant steps and close offices etc. Here we haven't closed anything yet, and even when they do close the offices my role which is largely site based, is considered business critical so I will still be working and travelling to our sites. Even if the government cracked down really hard on buinesses with strict rules for closures our activities are more than likely to be exempt. If/When the government closes the schools then I will need to figure something out but as my DS is secondary age and can 'fend for himself' at home it still won't really change anything for me.

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LauraChant · 16/03/2020 14:33

Nothing really. I work from home anyway and so does DH. None of my work has been cancelled yet , although some of his future work has. No events I was going to in the future have been cancelled...yet. Town centre was as busy as you would expect at the weekend. Went to the garden centre Sunday, that was busy too. Still had friends round as planned last Friday. Local shop had no empty shelves last time I was in there although DH says it now doesn't have any paracetamol. Kids still at school, Scouts and Cubs still on.
Only things so far are: couldn't get an online shop when I wanted, so have had to wait six days; I have stopped looking at organising summer holiday just in case; a sporting club DS goes to is not on tonight; and haven't organised anything for DS's birthday next month when I would normally have booked something by now.

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thatmustbenigelwiththebrie · 16/03/2020 14:33

Nothing has changed in my life so far. Work is still open, gym is still open, shops are still open, friends still meeting up. I haven't noticed any difference on the streets, everything just seems the same.

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