13 Mar 2020 13:03
It's basically enormous amounts of disruption to save the elderly and sick from a slightly increased flu mortality rate.
The question is whether it is worth the upheaval and economic downturn, which will inevitably in actual fact kill the most economically marginalised & vulnerable at higher levels than this flu will.
Already got friends in the events sphere who have been made redundant. I mean they will be okay in the long term but gig economy workers and for those on the breadline this will be horrific if society grinds to a halt for 3 months….
Can't help but feel the reaction has been majorly politicised, mainly by fear mongering newspapers selling ad space off the back of apocalypse type stories.
13 Mar 2020 14:06
Media love a story like this - Undoubtedly a worrying time made much worse by fear mongering stories that are based on hearsay and guess work. Now that the yanks are involved it will turn into a blame game for compo.
Our office is full of bolshy blokes who are apparently impervious to corona - "I've shook loads of peoples hands in meetings" etc - think this attitude is just plain wrong as no one really knows??
13 Mar 2020 14:13
Pad tell them to man up and lick their hands after shaking hands
13 Mar 2020 14:59
Coronavirus kills nans and nan kids alike
13 Mar 2020 14:59
Biggest killer since spicy monster munch
13 Mar 2020 16:13
Cheaper strippers and brasses…what’s not to love
13 Mar 2020 16:29
I wouldn't bother with the tinhat duh duh ladbible laddddds. They're too 'ard for This. 'ARD!
13 Mar 2020 22:43
Yeah basically the tough guys in this thread who are blaming media hype are the most ass backwards deluded fukers in every thread. They usually just say Trump is orange and is illegitimately president, climate deniers are flat earthers and a UBI has no drawbacks.
Can any of you (including Fudge who I usually agree with) tell me why every government on Earth is willingly destroying their own economies to try to slow this down if it's just "media hype"?
The thing is the intel that they have says with SARS and MERS that it had very low transmissability. COVID has lower mortality that those (but 10-30 times higher than the flu) but very high transmissability. It's actually the perfect bio weapon (non detectable for weeks) and and many say it was actually leaked from a Chinese military lab.
It could easily also run in waves just like Spanish flu.
Look at the stories of St Louis during the spanish flu and how they stopped the staggering death rates in their city by social distancing.
We are overdue for a deadly pandemic that takes off in our connected world. It will hopefully destroy the world as we know it and reset a few things that have been getting out of control. Hopefully it will take out my parents and I'll finally be able to buy a property. If I die (which I could, history of asthma when I was a kid, and, by the way, plenty of middle aged men are getting killed by this thing) then I won't care because I'll be dead.
BRING IT ON.
14 Mar 2020 00:33
I'm afraid you will be sparred. 'history of asthma as a kid' is not proper asthma. Nor is mild to moderate asthma for this particular strain. More lung disease type (emphysema, bronchitis, COPD).
14 Mar 2020 01:13
its just another distraction along with brexit to keep us occupied whilst the one true threat to humanity continues unabated