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So... this is going to be a thing isn’t it?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51708550

It does feel like we’ve probably missed the boat on containing this virus and it’s going to get into the general population.

 For most of us it’ll be fine, but as someone with elderly parents, if they contract it they could be toast.

So yeah... general thread for what will either be the end of all life as we know it, or over by Easter.

 

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Just been in the smaller of the two Tesco in Lincoln. Things were pretty much in stock apart from loo roll and pet food. Did see one guy at the till getting told by the checkout girl that he couldn't

No wonder she’s worried!

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First case in Essex is being treated at Princess Alexandra, @johnnyboy- so could be spreading into our ends soon

We had a review at work today within our department to arrange contingency plans in the event of an outbreak, which is starting to look likely. If you've been to Northern Italy, China, Iran etc within the past month, work from home for 2 weeks. If you start coughing, work from home for 2 weeks. If there is an outbreak, everyone work from home until further notice. We're all going to be working from home very soon by the looks of things. Luckily they shelled out on new laptops for everyone to help with 'agile working' a couple of months ago.

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Just got to the 'laminated signage' stage at my work, but the other half's company are doing full-on WFH 'drills' where they're getting whole departments to work from home a day a week over the next month to check the impact on BAU. One of the dopier regs they've declared is that, if you have cold symptoms, you can't come within ten feet of a colleague.

I personally fancy getting it, just because I've never had a proper TKO flu before.

Despite the media hysterics, I do see this as a gone-by-Spring pint-of-Lemsip-down-the-Winchester situation.

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12 minutes ago, PunkStep said:

First case in Essex is being treated at Princess Alexandra, @johnnyboy- so could be spreading into our ends soon.

Diagnosed at PAH, but since transferred elsewhere.

 

30 minutes ago, Loki said:

It does feel like we’ve probably missed the boat on containing this virus and it’s going to get into the general population.

Sadly, I think you're right Loki.  People can be asymptomatic for so long that unless everyone beds in for the next fortnight it's going to be endemic here soon enough.  Then we hope for a vaccine and effective treatments.

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11 minutes ago, CavemanLynn said:

I personally fancy getting it, just because I've never had a proper TKO flu before.

Real flu is nasty.  I had Swine Flu when it hit, what 9-10 years ago (?), and even on Tamiflu, as the wife had it first so I should have had the edges knocked off, I was wiped out for a week and it took the best part of a month before I was 100%.

It's not a bunged up nose so I'll catch up on Netflix and bash out some Xbox heavy cold, it's keep your temperature down so you don't fit at night and drag yourself to the toilet so you don't piss the bed for a few days.  I personally wouldn't recommend having it just for the experience.

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I started to feel a bit run down with a cold yesterday and woke up this morning half dead. I'm not saying I've contracted the virus, but it has knocked me for 6. More so than a usual cold. 

And it is quite possible I've picked it up via my boss who travels overseas a lot and recently came back from Dusseldorf and "sat next to a Chinese with a face mask" (his words).

There's no real way to tell based on symptoms alone. And it's more likely I have a common cold. But it's easy to get swept up in this and worry about those around me I might have infected.

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I've just moved to a small city in Spain to start a new job and on Thursday morning I woke up feeling like utter shit. It started as a really sore throat but quickly progressed until the Friday-Saturday peak of the shivers, fever, a throat that felt like it'd be rubbed with a cheesegrater and a terrible cough. I also felt so pitifully weak and frail like a toddler could beat me up and even holding a phone to text felt like climbing a mountain. As each day has passed, I've felt a little better and now it's a constantly running nose, watering eyes and that damned cough. Hoping the recovery continues more tomorrow.

Coincidentally, the first 2 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in this small town today. Could very well just be a regular virus as is quite common to get when you move to new surroundings but I can tell you that it has definitely sucked. 

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Having suffered from viral pneumonia I never ever want to have anything like that again. I couldn’t climb a set of 10 steps without gasping for air, took weeks and weeks to recover. 
 
Two more weeks stuff will start getting shut down and panic buying will be happening fuelled by the media. 
 

The fucking mail ran a story saying Hyde park would be used as a morgue if needs be. Utter pricks 

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Yeah, anyone saying they fancy a run with the flu has never had it properly.  I got bog standard influenza about a decade ago, and was delirious for 3 days, I could barely walk the dozen yards from the bed to the loo on the rare occasions I was compus mentis enough to even get up.  It is NOT nice.

Looking at the infection rates and fatality rates (2%), this could end up being the most serious health crisis this country has seen since Spanish Flu.  In a very bad year, flu can kill 30,000 people in the UK in a winter.  Given that we have no vaccine, and the fatality rates are four times that of flu, this is worth taking seriously at this stage.

Edit: @wordsfromlee that's not true any more, there are a number of cases now in the country where people have the virus who've not got it from an obvious source.  Which means containment, essentially, has failed.

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6 minutes ago, wordsfromlee said:

I thought I’d read that everyone in the UK that has contracted it had either just got back from or been in contact with someone who had just got back from one of the most infected countries ie. China/Italy/Iran?

But they would have probably spread it themselves before getting sick.

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I know it’s irrational but I’m really fucking panicking about this. My Mum and my little niece have lungs made out of paper as it is, if they contract it I don’t see it ending well. I also have a four year old daughter and I’m petrified of her nursery getting it because it would spread like wildfire in those places.

Its all made worse by the fact that if you call 111 and they think it’s possible you have the virus you have to go to a drive through test at Thatcham Hospital. I don’t know if this is just people in Berkshire who phone or if it’s as much as the South of England. But either way there are loads of cars driving round Thatcham Hospital potentially with this fucking thing floating around their body, and Thatcham hospital is right opposite my house! I can almost feel Covid walking over and knocking on my door. 

Im so panicky I’ve told my wife I want to stop trying for a baby and I’m getting closer and closer to just becoming a hermit. Somebody hold me and say it’s all going to be ok! 

@Loki you mentioned Spanish Flu, everyone at work talks about how bad that was, how did the world pull through that one?

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Just to be clear, I don't for a minute think this will be as bad as Spanish Flu, either in the UK or worldwide.  Spanish Flu killed more people than WW1 - maybe 50 million.  With modern healthcare, that wouldn't happen today.

Spanish Flu was a one-and-done in that it seems to have mutated quickly to a less lethal variety, so its impact was mainly limited to 1918.  Considering the world was recovering from WW1 the impact of the pandemic was almost wrapped up into that.  There was a population wobble but people got on with having a lot of babies and within a decade it was ancient history.  Odd, but we're a resilient species.

 

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2 hours ago, johnnyboy said:

I personally wouldn't recommend having it just for the experience.

To be fair, this is a forum where a bunch of people took a load of stuff to make them poo a lot, so they could experience pooing a lot. So your warning may fall on deaf ears. 

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I’ve had flu twice, the second time being about a year ago. I was so delirious I was convinced I was being held captive and about to be shot dead. When the cat escaped from her litter tray, I honestly thought the click of the door was the gun being loaded. I’ve never felt fear like it. I also fell down the last 4 steps of the stairs when I decided that, for some reason, I should go down them. Flu is fucking horrible and I’d wish it on nobody.

My biggest fear is that my wife is immunosuppressed. It’s easy to overreact, but something like this could genuinely kill her.

I’m feeling less and less interested in going to the London ExCel tomorrow for work.

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