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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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3 minutes ago, Fairy In Boots said:

I don’t think people truly appreciate the travesty that is unfolding in Italy. 
Basically their ICU Is overrun so they don’t have ventilators or beds to accommodate the Numbers requiring critical care. Because of this they’re going with below 70 years old and letting the 70+ die. 

its inflating the death rate because if beds and ventilators were available many of these people would be ok instead they’re dying in makeshift hospitals, literally drowning in their own lung fluid. Horrible situation and I feel for the Italians 

People in the UK still don't seem to understand this and think stuff like closing schools is an overreaction or that it's alright to still go to the pub if you're not in the vulnerable group, or that stopping social gatherings isn't required if all over 70s are self isolating out of the way anyway.

It doesn't matter who gets it or whether they'll be fine. Everyone is likely to pass it on to at least 1 or 2 other people and it snowballs from there.

I really worry that too much of our population have the "it'll be fine" attitude because they've never lived through anything like this before and collective responsibility is an alien concept to too many of them. I hope I'm wrong.

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36 minutes ago, Inverted said:

Things are getting pretty grim at work. I work customer service for a high street bank.

We're at under half strength with people sent home or off sick, and the number of calls is getting overwhelming. It's like Christmas or New Year, but worse, and with less staff. Today our automated directory broke, meaning people were being routed to the wrong teams for their queries, or being left on hold for hours, or being hung up on after hours of waiting. 

We've not yet worked out a comprehensive policy on mortgage holidays - things are still being assessed on a case-by-case basis. We're also dealing with lots of desperate or misinformed  people who call under the impression that there are schemes offering reprieves on loan repayments, or even emergency overdraft facilities. 

People are broke, and when told that there isn't really any way set up for us to extend emergency funds to them, they're basically reduced to begging over the phone. 

Most people are sound, and almost apologetic for taking up our time. Some people are obviously very tense and the stress understandably is getting to them.

A large number of people are obviously still being pricks and wasting our time complaining about stupid shit like our interest rate reductions - at a time when UK rates are at a historic low - or calling us because they've mindlessly thumped the wrong details into our website 5 times and locked themselves out of their accounts. 

 

Went into HSBC today to sort my mums bank accounts out for probate. 2 staff in the entire building. 

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This whole pandemic reaching UK has opened people's eyes to the best and worst of society.

The worst being those cunts stockpiling for absolulely no reason and having no care in the world for fellow members of their local communities. Sheer panic leading to utterly nonsensical decisions and total selfishness. Total lack of awareness and disregard for anything but themselves.

Then to the other more positive extreme you see loads of businesses and smaller organisations going the extra mile and offering out delivery services while their restaurants are shut. Members of the community offering delivery services to those isolated or vulnerable/elderly.

I really hope that most people come out of this whole catastrophe with a new found respect for the finer things in life. To ask for all people to do so would just be deluded. Not everything revolves around work, being overworked & underpaid and getting little to no recognition for going further than normal. There are more important things in life - friends/family, respecting others in society & the community. A respect for life let's say given how many people could be affected, directly or indirectly, by Coronavirus. 

Sadly I think it's going to get worse before it gets better. It dawned on me even more today there's gonna be a long time coming of all this doom and gloom.  

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5 minutes ago, DeadLinesman said:

Went into HSBC today to sort my mums bank accounts out for probate. 2 staff in the entire building. 

Yeah I can imagine it's equally as bad in branches, if not worse, than for us in the offices. I presume every bank is experiencing basically the same problems. 

A lot of our branches are having to reduce opening hours to due to staff shortages, and most appointments are being cancelled. This is something each branch is having to decide on it's own; there's no overarching policy. 

So we are told to refer to branch as required (security checks, document hand-ins, etc), and book appointments if the customer wants one, in the knowledge that there's a high likelihood that they're not going to be seen. 

Again, because this isn't happening as part of some overarching policy, we aren't to communicate these issues to customers. If they turn up and the branch is shut, or their appointment is cancelled, then that's just an "individual" branch issue. 

Everything is falling apart at the seams, but on paper we are just supposed to be soldiering on as if nothing has happened. It's a feeling a lot of people in a lot of workplaces have at the moment, I can guess. 

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36 minutes ago, Toinho said:

How come? I must’ve missed something in this thread.

We can't get back to Canada as things stand.

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We've got it (officially):

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Going to be pandemonium over the weekend.

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2 hours ago, Inti Brian said:

My dad right now is reaching out to as many news reporters and government officials as he possibly can.

Obviously we have to put our part, but I find it embarrassing that they aren't trying to find us.

You're in Peru, as a Peruvian citizen, right? Why would Canadian officials come and find you to take you back? 

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Just now, Stan said:

You're in Peru, as a Peruvian citizen, right? Why would Canadian officials come and find you to take you back? 

I have a Canadian passport, and my dad needs to be closer to work. So technically we do qualify.

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The US govt is flying out my coworker & other Americans trapped in Peru, so I imagine Canada would do the same thing.

I do know that dual nationals aren’t always afforded the same protection though while they’re in a country they’re a citizen of.

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1 minute ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

The US govt is flying out my coworker & other Americans trapped in Peru, so I imagine Canada would do the same thing.

I do know that dual nationals aren’t always afforded the same protection though while they’re in a country they’re a citizen of.

Just now I got an email about getting all Canadian citizens out including me and my dad. About time.

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1 hour ago, Stan said:

Less of that please.

Its true

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Complete quarantine here at least till March 30th, only exceptions are to fetch supplies or to go help family members. Fucking useless idiots always taking half-mesures, what about the people that actually need to work to live?, how the fuck are they supposed to buy food & paid for services and bills if they're not allowed to go work? fucking bellends.

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8 minutes ago, LFCMadLad said:

Its true

It's not though is it. 

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19 minutes ago, Stan said:

It's not though is it. 

Yes 

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George Conway may be a knob but he really makes me laugh.

 

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Very nice gesture from Universitario - gonna allow their stadium and training grounds to treat the Coronavirus patients. Not sure how it will work, but the intention is good.

 

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This is going to kill more in the states than the standard mortality rate, the reason obesity if your diaphragm struggles anyway you’re fucked. 
 

saw today 3 out of a family of 11 are dead imagine that

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64 now here, we had 16 more new cases. None in my city the capital of the country xD. The smile enjoy is because it is not true, probably no one got tested or is afraid to get tested. the streets are emptier, the public transportation has been shut down. Lot of people still work, how can they get to work?

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9 hours ago, RandoEFC said:

People in the UK still don't seem to understand this and think stuff like closing schools is an overreaction or that it's alright to still go to the pub if you're not in the vulnerable group, or that stopping social gatherings isn't required if all over 70s are self isolating out of the way anyway.

It doesn't matter who gets it or whether they'll be fine. Everyone is likely to pass it on to at least 1 or 2 other people and it snowballs from there.

I really worry that too much of our population have the "it'll be fine" attitude because they've never lived through anything like this before and collective responsibility is an alien concept to too many of them. I hope I'm wrong.

My mate was in Tesco's yesterday to get some bits and bobs. Not only were queues going down the aisles, but the majority form what I saw were easily 50 and over. 

Quite concerning when these are supposed to be the people who are being looked up to in this sort of time. 

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This piece reads like a fabulously written fiction story, except it's real.

Kinda explains how the virus spreads in different situations. Great read this.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2020/03/the-story-of-a-coronavirus-infection.html?utm_campaign=The Interface&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue newsletter&__twitter_impression=true

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Spain on worse trajectory than Italy. UK bad, outside of zone 1 in London there is barely any lockdown at all. Alarm bells.

 

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WHO said it was considering airborne precautions for medical staff after a study showed that COVID-19 can survive in the air in some settings.

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46 minutes ago, IgnisExcubitor said:

This piece reads like a fabulously written fiction story, except it's real.

Kinda explains how the virus spreads in different situations. Great read this.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2020/03/the-story-of-a-coronavirus-infection.html?utm_campaign=The Interface&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue newsletter&__twitter_impression=true

Read it earlier today too. Some people are saying its irresponsible writing but I think with the current situation and people not taking enough precautions its good fiction. 

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Quite a lot of doctors and medical staff have been infected and some died while treating

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26 minutes ago, Mel81x said:

Read it earlier today too. Some people are saying its irresponsible writing but I think with the current situation and people not taking enough precautions its good fiction. 

I think one of the purpose of that article was to scare people into taking this pandemic seriously. If it achieves that purpose, I will be glad.

@topic

More entitled idiots.

 

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Germans efficient as ever. 

Meanwhile UK have apparently put no orders in to an established British ventilator manufacturer... 

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A nice one, at last, it helps an old cronie pensioner like me, Iceland up the road from us 10-11 every day now for us pensioners then the others can just follow after. 

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Supermarket opening times: Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Iceland and Tesco opening hours amid coronavirus pandemic

As customers continue to stockpile amid the coronavirus pandemic, some supermarkets are changing their opening hours to restock shelves and allow elderly people to access certain items.

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/lifestyle/food-and-drink/supermarket-opening-times-sainsburys-morrisons-iceland-and-tesco-opening-hours-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-2502270

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