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To think mumsnet is making more fuss of corona than anywhere else on the Internet, or in general society

464 replies

FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 11:48

Just that! Until I checked mumsnet I realised we had a serious situation on our hands, and that hand washing is essential, and isolating if you have symptoms. And that was that, carried on as normal. But coming on here, and it's people convinced they are going to die because they've got asthma, people refusing to go into work (even though they don't have any symptoms), people planning for the end of the world. I'm sorry, but this just doesn't reflect the rest of the world. I was at my friend's last night, and apart from mentioning her partner needs to be careful because he's got cancer, it wasn't mentioned. Same when I went shopping. On here it's sounds like the world is ending. Aibu??

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UsernameUnknownn · 17/03/2020 12:11

YABU to dismiss other people's feelings because you are going about your daily life.
Good for you OP but don't dismiss someone's fear of dying because they have health conditions and are shit scared of this virus. You have no right.
I'm glad you're going about your daily life now stop being so goady. You're over here acting like you licked the shopping trolley handle and still here so what's the big fuss.
Move along.


Josette77 · 17/03/2020 12:12

I'm in lockdown. Most things are closed. Government agencies closed other than emergency. Restaurants, theatres, all closed. Nothing is normal here. No school, no playdates. Nothing.


HoldMyLobster · 17/03/2020 12:14

I'm sorry, but this just doesn't reflect the rest of the world

I'm in 'the rest of the world', and I'm astonished at how little the UK is doing to prevent this pandemic spreading.


IndecentFeminist · 17/03/2020 12:14

I work in a school, there's not much being talked about tbh. You must live in a lovely little bubble.


Iwalkinmyclothing · 17/03/2020 12:16

It's people like you who are going to make this whole thing so much harder to manage, OP.


ChardonnaysPetDragon · 17/03/2020 12:18

I think all social media do, not just MN.

It’s utter madness.


TellMeWhoTheVilliansAre · 17/03/2020 12:18

Italy as a country had the attitude that the UK is displaying at the moment. Italy is now completely shut down, and treating critical patients in tents and storage containers, trying to decide which lives are valuable enough to ventilate and which lives are less important and can be left to die.

That's the reality of a nation that "carried on as normal" at the minute.

I know "Great" Britain has a superiority complex towards every other nation in the world. But I honestly don't see how they think they are more immune to this than other similar nations and economies.


aloealoealoealoe · 17/03/2020 12:21

@LittleYorkshireLass I'm really not. Even Trump is doing better, and that's something I NEVER thought he'd say.


aloealoealoealoe · 17/03/2020 12:22

I'd say.


Dramadrama · 17/03/2020 12:22

That’s not what ‘Great’ means. It’s a geographical term, referring to the island being the largest in the group.


woodchuck99 · 17/03/2020 12:22

I think you are living in a little bubble OP if you think everyone is carrying on as normal. Universities have generally stopped online teaching and some exams, schools will probably shut by the end of the week, the trains are much emptier, companies are already going out of business, cinemas and theatres have shut today, many restaurants and pubs will shut. Also try visiting a supermarket and seeing how much food is there.


Goldenbear · 17/03/2020 12:24

Where do you live? It doesn't reflect my experiences or my families, who live across London, south east, in senior professional jobs, trying to avoid the underground to commute, being told to not go on public transport if they can avoid it. These people I'm thinking of do not frequent Mumsnet. It is not hysteria and I think it is a very dangerous approach you have there.


Reallynowdear · 17/03/2020 12:24

It might be a good idea to educate yourself a little more on the current world crisis.

BBC news is a good place to start, but there are other information sources for you to choose from if you have a quick google.



TellMeWhoTheVilliansAre · 17/03/2020 12:24

The thing about mumsnet v general society. Is in general society you are surrounded by people living the same as you. Friends with similar attitudes. Listening to a prime minister trying to minimise this and pretend that the people of the UK are some sort of Super-race that won't go the way of other countries who thought "carry on as normal".

On mumsnet you are hearing from people living not in the UK. People who are living though consequences of carrying on as normal, or who are living with decisions made by governments to try slow this thing down so that the hospitals don't get to the point of treating patients in the carparks and tossing a coin to decide whose life to save.


TellMeWhoTheVilliansAre · 17/03/2020 12:26

Thanks for the education dramarama, I was actually using it as a word play.

But hey - that's the most important thing to take from my post!!!



ladybee28 · 17/03/2020 12:27

@HoldMyLobster it seems when OP said 'the rest of the world' she meant 'my friend's living room'...

I really do wonder what it would take to wake some people up. A few months ago I'd have thought 'maybe a global pandemic', but it seems not. Still farting about in their bubbles.


woodchuck99 · 17/03/2020 12:27

Listening to a prime minister trying to minimise this and pretend that the people of the UK are some sort of Super-race that won't go the way of other countries who thought "carry on as normal".

I don't think even their Prime Minister is trying to minimise it. They're suggesting we will have to shutdown for about four months. I don't see many other countries telling their citizens that it will last for that long.


Cyllie33 · 17/03/2020 12:32

You went to visit someone who’s partner is immuno compromised?

OP, you need to start taking this more seriously. You do understand that the measures and care people are taking are to prevent/mitigate the sorts of things that are happening in Italy? No, thousands of people aren’t dying at the moment, because we’re in the phase where we are trying to mitigate spread. If you and others like you don’t heed advice and comprehend the severity then the death toll is going to be far far higher.

You should be practicing social distancing and minimising all but essential contact.


ShanghaiDiva · 17/03/2020 12:34

It will last beyond 4 months, but restrictions will change over time. Some parts of China are in a new phase: no new cases except those coming from outside. So while my local restaurant has opened, restrictions and quarantine for those returning to China (nationals and foreigners ) have dramatically increased and the govt has a whole new set of problems to deal with.


Flixsfoilball · 17/03/2020 12:36

I suspect that people who in real life are appearing quite calm, are far more willing to share their fears and plans anonymously with strangers on the internet....


lapofhonour5 · 17/03/2020 12:38

Doctors groups on Facebook are also full of posts. It’s not just Mumsnet panicking, doctors are too. With reason.


woodchuck99 · 17/03/2020 12:43

I find it bizarre that someone would think that their friends opinion is representative of the rest of the population and MN isn't even though it has hundreds of thousands of users across many countries. Look at the news, look at everything shutting down, try doing an online shop.


puds11 · 17/03/2020 12:44

Oooh get you being super relaxed. Well done Hmm

Who has to die for you to take it seriously OP? Genuine question.


Piesandpants · 17/03/2020 12:44

This is the reality. Definitely worth a watch. It’s scary.


EasterEggz · 17/03/2020 12:45

Surely all those of us who consider ourselves to be reasonable can do is take the government's advice at face value for now? You are therefore unreasonable, because you were 'round at your friend's house', with a vulnerable person. The gov advice is that everyone should avoid unnecessary social contact. Why are you different?

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