Covid-19

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These are very strange times.

Covid-19 is flu, that can kill (well, all flus can kill, but there is no vaccine for this one, and it seems more agressive).  So stay safe.

I wanted to just comment that it seems that every club you are a member of, every online account you have and every programme you see on TV is bombarding you with care advice and their policy on staying well.  Its information overload and sometimes seems like a CYA exercise.

Just be sensible and do what the scientists say.  Don't buy stuff you don't actually need, just in case, and do support your local businesses that can stay running but need your custom.

Feel free to comment here with any news about how it is affecting you. It gets a lot more real when someone you know gets it, but if the transmission can be limited/stopped, there is a chance of keeping enough ventilators available for the worst off.

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I think people who are over 60 and have outstanding health issues [thats most older folk] have reason to be very frightened by this, the evidence from Italy suggests their older generation is being scythed down by disease.

There is according to the BBC World Service a strong link and high poulation of Chinese workers in Northern Italy in the garment clothing trade, who were possibly circulationg the infection long before it became apparant. Add in 25% of the Italian population being over 65 and you understand why its so devastating there.

A vaccine looks a fairly long way off, end of the year at the earliest so hold tight, be cautious and prepare for the worst by drawing up a will. My kids are already fighting over who gets the G-Wagen so this makes sense for meblush

 

 

 

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Ha. You have a point. I always mused I would write my memoirs on my death bed, but I think when it happens you have plenty of other things to worry about, if you are even up to it. Like being diagnosed Stage 4 big C... You have some time but there are other things to take care of. If you are unlucky enough to die while you are still young enough to still have life insurance, it's worth a lot to your family! Right now, self isolation is still very novel. I've never seen as many locals on the streets of my village, all taking the opportunity to clean up their houses and gardens, and take walks. Which is all fine in my view if we all keep the separation going. And the food in the shops will return. It's just the effect of everyone just buying one more item they wouldn't normally. Asides from the actual hoarders who should be castrated on sight or slammed in jail for profiteering if they attempt to sell it on.
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As one of those recommended to self isolate due to age,  I have nothing but contempt for the hoarders and proffiteers who have been emptying the supermarkets.  Should be treated like looters in war time.   Hung or shot whichever works out cheapest at the time.

Did read a facebook post from Holland which was quite good.  " For those of you who now have too much tiolet paper and too much pasta.  Tomorrow the butchers are selling brain".

Keep safe and don`t forget to excercise.

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The Highlands have not exploded... yet. Please, please do *not* come and visit just to make sure.
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Today I just sat in my G and started the engine.  :(

I was hoping we wouldn't go full lockdown, but it was a bit daft in the shops and unfair on the workers there (although they were getting paid! unlike many now).

Problem is that many have it with mild or no symptoms and it spreads for over a week that way.  I think if we go full lockdown, all non-essential companies shut and repayments get deferred (including monthyl council tax).  That way our overheads are zeroed, except for food/living.  Government wouldn't need to pick up that aspect of the tab - let all the lenders do that for 12 weeks.  Even landlords can freeze rent (I am one) and get their backend loans frozen too.  Those in essential working get paid and also don't have the overheads, which seems fair for the risk and service.

Sadly the financial services sector has to wait for their payments, but they'll make it crashing the stock markets on the way down and then on the way up again later.  Simples.

Imagine, no wages, no rent/rates/mortgage.  Just living/food - we could all get by on a few hundred a month and entertain ourselves. Government could offer £3k loans, repayable after, for those with zero savings for food.  It would be a lot cheaper, fairer and spread out than the current 'pay PAYE wages'