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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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Blobby10 · 17/03/2020 13:29

@FreshFancyFrogglette I'm with you.


lazylinguist · 17/03/2020 13:30

I'm not goady at all. Just perplexed.

So precisely what is it that you think MNers are wrong about or wrong to be worried about wrt coronavirus then? Do you think we should be ignoring government instructions to socially distance ourselves? Do you think the people that medical experts say are at risk of dying from cv are not really at risk of dying? Not sure what exactly is 'perplexing' you tbh.

I suspect it's case of 'I don't want to take this seriously, so you should all shut up about it'.


HoffiCoffi13 · 17/03/2020 13:32

Well my IL’s are in a locked down country. They can’t leave the house, apart from individually to get food (only 20 people allowed in the supermarket at a time) or to quickly walk the dog. They have to carry ID at all times to show where they live, and risk a huge fine if they go out for any other reason. BIL has already lost his job (hospitality). SIL runs her own business in a public facing industry and is likely going to lose that too.
But yeah, all a big fuss about nothing.


Mypathtriedtokillme · 17/03/2020 13:33

Not in the UK but it’s likely my kids entire school network won’t be open tomorrow with no warning because they have decided it’s too much of a risk for students and staff and govt plans are reactive, not actually preventative.

Do you live in a bubble OP? Because the rest of the world is a red alert.


Pebbles574 · 17/03/2020 13:34

I think people who have been following the news/ reading quality articles are a little behind the others in their appreciation of the implications of this.

DS was meant to be going on an inter-Uni trip elsewhere in the UK this week. He was still keen to go but we talked through what the worst-case scenarios were:

  • the events he was going for being cancelled by the other uni
  • the other people he was sharing a room with getting sick and needing to isolate
  • the trip members needing to bail out and make arrangements to get home early.

In the end he decided not to go.
Yesterday he found out all three of the risks we'd talked about have now actually happened and he is so pleased he didn't go.

Helenj1977 · 17/03/2020 13:34

Did anyone else watch Sky news at 12? The reporter in Rome had just spoken to a Dr in Lombardy.

They're running out of oxygen and now treating their colleagues in icu. I'll see if I can find it.

If your not worried about this, good luck to you.


TheCanterburyWhales · 17/03/2020 13:34

Do you think the OP has just come;
A) out of the Big Brother house
B) from the outposts of the furthest galaxy where she's seen things we humans can only dream of
C) out of a fucking heavy weekend (or three) of psychedelic drug taking


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:36

I suppose it depends on what kind of life you live in the first place what your reaction will be.. I'm poor, and on a zero hours contract, with severe mental health problems, and an addiction. My state of normality has not been altered by this virus, because already, I don't live in a state of normality. I am going about life, living hand to mouth as always, and this virus has not altered my priorities. Yes, I am washing hands a lot more. But I'm still seeing family and friends, and going to the shops. And I'm certainly not panic buying, I think it's selfish, and I don't have the disposal income to do so, even if I wanted to.

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MyShinyWhiteTeeth · 17/03/2020 13:42

I think that mumsnet has some very well informed, logical and experienced members (as well as the ignorant, the selfish and the downright stupid!)

The research paper that was mentioned on here last night is a prime example. Today it's being talked about in the news.


WiseUpJanetWeiss · 17/03/2020 13:42

I'm not goady at all. Just perplexed

Well educate yourself. It’s people like you who are endangering lives. Do you not know what has happened in Italy? Why do you think that we will be spared the same?


TheCanterburyWhales · 17/03/2020 13:44

Well, you just won the dripfeed of the century for sure.
But yeah, you need to get informed and pdq.


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:48

How did I? So many people on mumsnet assume that everyone lives like they do. The rest of the world doesn't, actually. You make up a small proportion of the general population, and I think the overall reaction on here has been disproportionate to the overall rest of the world.

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DoubleAction · 17/03/2020 13:49

Maybe be a few days ago out not now.

My boss, who is the most level headed and hard nosed person you could meet, has been dismissing concerns for the least few weeks but today is completely serious in her use of the word "apocalypse"


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:49

Even people on lock down in Italy aren't panicking as much as some people on here

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FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:50

And plus, I acknowledge the seriousness of the situation, totally. Just don't think panicking and planning out funerals, and our children's (as some people are hunting at doing!!) is very helpful.

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WiseUpJanetWeiss · 17/03/2020 13:50

I think the overall reaction on here has been disproportionate to the overall rest of the world

Oh come on, have you seen what’s happening elsewhere?


MissBax · 17/03/2020 13:50

I don't see what your erratic lifestyle has to do with not understanding the gravity of the situation? Have you read anything online? from the WHO? people's own personal stories living in other countries in lock down? Any of the concerns of the consultants and frontline staff in this country? Just because you and your pals are cracking on as always doesn't mean everyone else is overreacting.


HoffiCoffi13 · 17/03/2020 13:50

even people on lock down in Italy aren't panicking as much as some people on here

Aren’t they? How many people on lockdown in Italy do you know?


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:51

*people on here are doing

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TheCanterburyWhales · 17/03/2020 13:53

I thought you didn't know anything? How do you know about the people on lockdown in Italy?


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:53

People's reaction, justified or not, have caused more problems than the actual illness itself. The panic buying, the overuse of phones, the shouting and berating of eachother. We're not even in an apocalypse yet, and already people are trampling over eachother. Its fucked up.

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FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:54

When did I say I didn't know anything?

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FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 13:58

Do you think it's reasonable for someone with asthma to assume that they are going to die? I don't. I think that's an over reaction. Do you think it's reasonable to start making memory boxes for your kids and lamenting the old life, because things will never recover? I don't. Sorry, educate me if I'm wrong, but these posts I've seen today. Seem like an over reacrion to me. I mentioned my situation because I thought it might go some way to explain why my reaction could be different to some people on here, but I don't think that's the whole of it.

And I like to think I'm pretty informed @TheCanterburyWhales, never once did I say I dont know anything. I think my opinion is pretty informed, although I'm interested in others.

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AvonBarksdale99 · 17/03/2020 13:59

@DoubleAction I’m sorry but if your boss has gone from completely dismissing it to seriously thinking it’s an ‘apocalypse’ then they certainly aren’t logical or sensible. It certainly should never have been dismissed, but to say it’s an apocalypse is ridiculous, that would be a meteor hitting the earth or nuclear war or something. Even if 80% do get it and 1% die (which hopefully won’t happen) society will continue, houses will be standing, power will be on etc.

All your boss has done is hold two stupid positions, and swung between them alarmingly quickly.


TheCanterburyWhales · 17/03/2020 13:59

"until I checked Mumsnet"

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