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

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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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DishingOutDone · 17/03/2020 12:50

Now you've saved me a job OP because I was going to come on here and say I'd like to talk to people who think its all a big fuss over nothing. Because I wanted to understand other people's point of view - Mumsnet often challenges my beliefs and that's the way I like it.

It seems you've beaten me to it, but so far all I'm getting is people saying it isn't dangerous cos they say so. I'd like to talk to those who have evidence on which to base their view that no action beyond washing your hands is required.


ProfessorPootle · 17/03/2020 12:54

I though mn had obscured how bad things were, I’m in sw London, according to the official figures there are 2 confirmed cases in my borough. All carrying on as normal as possible, kids at school and doing after school clubs. I work at home anyway.

Then this morning I spoke to my sister. She’s frontline NHS staff at the local hospital. There are 8 confirmed cases in ITU, 300 confirmed in the community in this area. These figures are not on the ‘official’ figures? I don’t know why. The ITU has 12 ventilators, the hospital planning documents say 50% of patients will need one, that’s 256 people needing 12 ventilators. This is already far worse than I thought in this area. Speak to people you know who work in the NHS. It’s an eye opener.


ChequerBoard · 17/03/2020 12:56

Just go online and look at the videos of the crisis in the Italian health system. That will be us in a few weeks.

I despair of people putting their head in the sand. Look at the evidence. Use your loaf.


SD1978 · 17/03/2020 12:59

All groups on social media and social media itself is the same. And there's no toilet roll or other staples in the shops. So not sure where you are that your social media is t full of this and your shops empty.


TheMemoryLingers · 17/03/2020 12:59

Husband read in Daily Mail that Mumsnet was "full of people swapping tips on where to buy loo rolls."

I said: 'No, it isn't.'
Husband: 'But it says here ...'
Me: 'I spend half my life on Mumsnet and I can assure you it isn't. That's just what a Daily Mail person thinks people who've never been on Mumsnet would expect to happen.'



Sparkles9768 · 17/03/2020 13:00

Where I live we are under lockdown. The economy has come to a grinding HALT.
We do not know how dangerous this virus will be, even to healthy people. We don't know how long this will last.
You must live on a different planet lady!!


EnthusiasmIsDisturbed · 17/03/2020 13:03

Yes obviously

Experts from all over the world and country leaders have been reading MN and realised that we are into something and decided to take action

Who knew we were so powerful


FabulouslyElegantTits · 17/03/2020 13:04

I had to put my phone down and take the dog for a looong walk this morning. I feel much better for it


lazylinguist · 17/03/2020 13:04

Sorry but YABVU and totally naïve. People aren't talking about it as much in rl as they are on MN because this is a place where people come to rant and vent their worries in an anonymous way, rather than worry their nearest and dearest.

Lots of people will die, including people you know. The NHS will be overwhelmed. Businesses will fail. People will be out of work. Society will not be as we knew it. It will take years for the world to recover.

Why, what do you think is going to happen, OP? We'll all stop going to the pub for a week or two, nobody you know will die or be hospitalised, and everything will be back to normal in a few weeks? Hmm


ChardonnaysPetDragon · 17/03/2020 13:07

No, enthusiasm it’s that.

Panic on social media, MN included, puts pressure politicians to take decisions that align with it, even thigh that might not always be the best decision.

Of course I don’t know if that’s the case at the moment, but panic and scaremongering never helps.


AngelicaKauffman · 17/03/2020 13:11

When you say it doesn't reflect the rest of the world, do you mean all of us outside the UK who are in actual lockdown, with hospitals overrun and military presence on the streets?

This always comes as a surprise to some, but Europe and the US is not the whole world. Most of the world is not on serious lockdown.


nachthexe · 17/03/2020 13:13

Um. Where I live we have closed all daycares, schools and post-secondaries. Our town facilities (pool, library, skating rinks) are closed. Most bars and restaurants are now closed but are offering deliveries so that they can retain some staff and pay them. (DS not so lucky as he works at the pool). I spent yesterday administering the closure of our arts facility. The government has restricted entry to the country.
One of my staff is pregnant and her restaurant worker boyfriend is on a zero hours contract with no work, but as he’s technically still employed he can’t claim.
The rest of the world are indeed aghast at how lax the UK measures are. But I’m guessing you know that and this is some sort of reverse to get people to froth.
If not, I wish you luck. Hopefully you won’t need it.


Josette77 · 17/03/2020 13:13

In Toronto where I live a state of emergency has just been declared. So yes, for some of us, life is very different.


Justanotherlurker · 17/03/2020 13:15

Most of the world is watching Britain and thinking its being handled extremely negligently, I'm ashamed to be British right now.

What utter rubbish.


nachthexe · 17/03/2020 13:15

We aren’t in lockdown. These are just the ordinary measures taken to encourage social distancing. Not seen the military lol. No one is going to shoot me for leaving the house.


buttermilkwaffles · 17/03/2020 13:19

"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. "

The UK advice has now gone much further than that, avoid bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, work from home if possible, avoid all non essential travel outside UK etc.


nachthexe · 17/03/2020 13:19

I was literally just reading a message from a friend.
‘How did they fuck that up so bad?’ (The Johns Hopkins figures on the forecast UK trajectory)
I know it’s unusual for the UK to be reviled. But it is happening.


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:20

I'm not goady at all. Just perplexed. I really don't understand how I've come across as goady by asking the question. Some people on here have lost their marbles.

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woodchuck99 · 17/03/2020 13:21

Panic on social media, MN included, puts pressure politicians to take decisions that align with it, even thigh that might not always be the best decision.

Given that we are only three weeks behind Italy now I think it unlikely the change in tactic is anything to do with public pressure. They are getting plenty of pressure from the World Health Organisation and other experts.


DishingOutDone · 17/03/2020 13:22

@FreshFancyFrogglette I don't agree with your point of view but I really want to discuss it, FFS people lets hear from those who think otherwise - we need to understand each other!!


Inkpaperstars · 17/03/2020 13:24

Washing hands and going about as normal is not an adequate response OP. I am not sure if you are ignorant or in some kind of denial or what, but you need to wise up.


myrtleWilson · 17/03/2020 13:25

All the most goady posts I have seen always deny goadiness and then smear the rest of the thread with a MH jibe...


chinateapot · 17/03/2020 13:26

You should see the doctors Facebook groups.

There is huge anxiety there.


AlphaJura · 17/03/2020 13:26

Most people I know in real life are taking it seriously and talking to each other about how it affects them/what they'll do. Some people are very worried about family members. Many people on Mumsnet seem to be strangely complacent ie not even knowing WHY some people may choose to keep their kids off of school (when nearly every other country in Europe has closed schools).


Mintjulia · 17/03/2020 13:29

OP, people with small children, many of whom don't have a job to keep them busy, are scared. That's hardly surprising.

They aren't making a fuss, they are just sharing their concerns. If it helps them cope, then let them get on with it.

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