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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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Pebbles574 · 17/03/2020 14:00

Even supposedly intelligent people never cease to amaze me. A friend with a science doctorate was still planning to host our book club later this week, because she thought it "would still be OK" and she only cancelled when book groups were specifically mentioned on the news as the sort of activity which should stop immediately Confused.


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 14:03

Agree @AvonBarksdale99

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TellItLikeItReallyIs · 17/03/2020 14:03

Do you think it's reasonable for someone with asthma to assume that they are going to die? I don't

Many more (and when I say many more I mean 100,000s of people) to survive and recover will need ventilation that isn't available on the NHS. People over 60 will probably not be treated at all because of lack of capacity.

Even if you don't die, the type of pneumonia causes permenant lung damage for many.

So no people aren't over reacting and you will come back to your posts here in a couple of months when people you know have died or have struggled to breath alone at home and frightened because they cannot access health care and you will be embarrassed at your own stupidity.


YouAreTheEggManIAmTheWalrus · 17/03/2020 14:04

You sound self absorbed, ignorant and arrogant. Inform yourself with all the facts. Asthmatics will die, its SARS 2, the virus that causes COVID19 is literally called “SARS-Cov 2”. So to belittle their very justified fear is nothing short of disgraceful.

The world might not be ending, but life as we know it is and will. Permanently. Many lives and businesses will be lost. Many people will have permanent damage physically, financially and psychologically. You clearly have absolutely no idea of what’s about to happen and I’m not sure if I pity or envy you.


RubaDubMum89 · 17/03/2020 14:07

OP, I don't really think you understand the gravity of the situation, if you did you wouldn't be so dismissive of it.
It's highly likely that somebody you know will die during this, most likely more than one person. Life is going to be a hell of a lot different when we get out of the other side of all this.

You berate people for panicking, I have family in Italy who are in the thick of it right now. They have neighbours who have had a family member die at home and nobody came for days to collect the body. Just imagine that for a moment...

Obviously I'm worried, you're an idiot if you're not. For me, I also live hand to mouth and all my local shops are stripped. I can't even get nappies for my daughter, who BTW is in the risk category. A cold puts this girl in hospital on oxygen without fail, every year. We were there for 3 days with her in December. I couldn't give much of a fuck about myself, I'm unlikely to die from it. She probably will die from it if she gets it. That's my reality and I cannot tell you how angry it makes me people like you saying "I'm going to carry on as normal".

And before anything is said, I came down with symptoms 7 days ago, luckily whilst my DD was on a caravan holiday with her dad. She's not been home yet as I'm self isolating. 7 days has been bad enough, I cannot imagine what it's like for those in other countries who have been in their house for weeks.

Wake up op.


Aufgehts · 17/03/2020 14:12

people refusing to go into work (even though they don't have any symptoms)

The government advice is for people to self isolate if they live with someone who has symptoms, even if they don't have them. So yeah, a lot of people who don't have symptoms will still be self isolating as per official guidelines.

Older people and people with underlying health conditions are also being asked to minimise social contact where possible. We're all being told to work from home where we can.

So yeah, a lot of people with no symptoms are going to have to stay home in the coming weeks and those measures are designed to save lives.


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 14:13

You can't quote me as saying "much of a fuss" @TellMeWhoTheVilliansAre, when I haven't used those words. Remember I asked if I was being unreasonable or not? Have yet to see anything to convince me that I am being unreasonable so far. But am taking it on board.

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Cyllie33 · 17/03/2020 14:15

But OP you shouldn’t be carrying on seeing friends and family as normal. The reason others aren’t is because we are following advice aimed to minimise the numbers of people who will die in the coming months.

Your work/lifestyle do not mean that the advice doesn’t apply to you in the same way in applies to the rest of the population. It really, really does.

You really need to follow that advice too - I can’t understand why you visited someone who’s partner is immuno compromised. Why did you do that?


Cyllie33 · 17/03/2020 14:16

This isn’t about panic, it’s the opposite - it’s about being rational and sensible.


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 14:17

Is it reasonable not to go into work if niether you, nor anyone you associate with has any symptoms?

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EarlyMorningStart · 17/03/2020 14:19

people convinced they are going to die because they’ve got asthma
I take it you’ve never had an asthma attack Op? If you had, you would be doing everything possible to avoid being infected by CV - a virus that attacks the lungs.
Almost 1.5k people died from asthma attacks in the UK in 2015 during ‘normal’ circumstances.
Your ignorance is astounding.


Cyllie33 · 17/03/2020 14:22

Is it reasonable not to go into work if niether you, nor anyone you associate with has any symptoms?

It depends on your work. Use common sense, if you can work from home then yes it is reasonable to do so as advised by Govt. if you can’t then it’s reasonable to go in in the situation you describe.

It’s not reasonable to continue visiting family and friends as usual, especially those who are immuno-compromised. Why did you do that?


OneHanded · 17/03/2020 14:22

Yes but I’m not on Facebook. Life very much normal here.


HoffiCoffi13 · 17/03/2020 14:25

It’s nothing to do with being on Facebook or not. Life should not be carrying on as normal, that’s the point of the measures set out by the government. We all need to be doing our bit.


DressingGownofDoom · 17/03/2020 14:27

Are you fucking kidding? Don't you watch the news? Have you been out on the streets today? You're in for a rude awakening soon.


Helmetbymidnight · 17/03/2020 14:28

Yes but I’m not on Facebook. Life very much normal here.


The very large company DH works for is now 100% working from home. But yeah, it's only on MN where people are making a fuss. Perhaps they are all MNtters?


CoronaIsComing · 17/03/2020 14:29

I’ve heard nothing but corona virus for weeks!


PrettyMuchDone · 17/03/2020 14:31

I don't think you are worried enough. I was at Asda a few minutes ago. Empty shelves. Spoke to the manager who said that this was going to be the situation for weeks. They have stock and are receiving multiple lorries a day but people are clearing the shelves. There have been riots, so they are closing overnight from tomorrow to prevent that chaos. Its much worse than you think.


TellItLikeItReallyIs · 17/03/2020 14:32

Have yet to see anything to convince me that I am being unreasonable so far. But am taking it on board

did you read what I posted?

Hundreds of thousands of people will need ventilation -even those who started healthy - and will not be able to get it because of NHS overload. There will be no treatment available for many many people. If you get it, get pneumonia and survive, it is likely you will have permanent lung damage and reduced capacity.

Imagine being at home unable to breath and not able to access any kind of treatment. Yeah just a load of MN fuss about nothing.


LEELULUMPKIN · 17/03/2020 14:37

I for one have been very thankful for the Mumsnet threads about it. I did at first think it was probably an over reaction, however I have been buying a bit extra every time I have shopped and have enough now should we have to self isolate.

I kept telling family members to do the same and got laughed at.

They ain't laughing now.

I think Mumsnet have been one of the online forums that have taken this seriously thankfully.


AnneOfCloves · 17/03/2020 14:38

OP, the government advice is that anyone offered the flu jab for health (rather than occupational) reasons self-isolate for 12 weeks.
In addition, the whole household to self-isolate if even one person has symptoms.

Yes, it’s reasonable to stay off if you have no symptoms. Because you might be particularly at risk or you might be a carrier and the NHS can’t cope with a rapid spread.


PeterPanGoesWrong · 17/03/2020 14:39

You’ve asked a question, then thrown your toys out of the pram when people took the time to answer you!

People with asthma or heart disease or diabetes can die, THIS IS SERIOUS.

Stop acting so pious, you really don’t know anymore than the majority of posters.

As for mumsnet making more of a fuss....Bollox, it’s social media, people can and will say what they think!


Notredamn · 17/03/2020 14:42

Yep, absolutely no one in real life where I live is worried or panicky like people are online. It's easy to get caught up in it all when most of the active threads are about the virus.


lazylinguist · 17/03/2020 14:45

Is it reasonable not to go into work if niether you, nor anyone you associate with has any symptoms?

If you can work from home, yes. Because that's what government advice says. Plus presumably lots of people who work in bars, restaurants, theatres, clubs etc won't be going to work because there will be nobody using them.


FreshFancyFrogglette · 17/03/2020 14:51

OK, I've got a severe smokers cough, I've had it for months. My daughter is asthmatic. NOT severely so. Reading this makes me want to cry, then I look elsewhere in the world, and am reassured a bit. I'm sorry, mumsnet has not been good for me during this outbreak. I think people's morbidness is disproportionate. Someone on here has come on and told me people I love are going to die in a horrible way, and they sound quite pleased about it?!? Like wtf, that will serve me right for trying to be level headed, and assess the situation before putting myself into self imposed lock down. I come on here, feel doom. Look outside, feel a bit better. Sorry, I think people on here are acting very strangely.

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