14 Mar 2020 13:16
Surely the longer a given level of risk lasts for (e.g. if we carried on as normal vs doing something) it means the older and those with weakened immune systems have to completely shut them selves out for even longer. I'm thinking of my mate who is being treated for cancer, my mum with asthma, etc. I have had a mild cold so have been staying at home, it's no big deal.
And the 'keep things open' economic arguments are odd (especially about the advertising industry being effected?) as surely there is some unavoidable economic harm but that the tactics employed to reduce spread probably mean less pain in the longer term. Must be terrible for smaller businesses, self-employed (etc) - would like to see some form of bailout / stimulus for them.
14 Mar 2020 13:58
my sister works in the NHS as a researcher with a desk job but is likely going to be pulled into the wards in the next couple of weeks - shows how important it is the just slow it down more than anything.
14 Mar 2020 14:03
Me and the family have kinda started social distancing already. Just having the weekend at home and going on dog walks in the middle of nowhere. I have stopped going to the gym and are just working out at home. Actually only bonus is it has made me start actually putting my home gym together rather than just talking about it.
I am self employed so having to take a extended time off un paid wouldn't be great but if it needs to be done then so be it.
14 Mar 2020 14:34
Hopefully this thing will reset a lot of b******t in the world. Destroy the economies.
I know I won't be able to pay my rent if I get told to stay home from my job (hourly wage/casual worker) but my parents might die and then I can finally buy property! So downside and upside for me.
The virus could mutate like the Spanish Flu. In Wave 1 it took out old people, then it mutated in Wave 2 to attack healthy young people. So if I'm dead I won't care anyway.
I'll watch laserdiscs until they evict me. Then I'll be homeless for a while, then I'll either inherit and buy a house or I'll die on the streets. Could go either way…
posted 14 Mar 2020 16:17, edited 14 Mar 2020 16:17
NHS prep is poor. Even if this transpires to be ‘just flu’ consider the annual winter pressures and backup in EDs across the country with respiratory tract infections.
There’s already a shortage of respiratory support facilities in the UK, and ICU/ HDU beds at capacity at the best of times. Importantly, China was able to generate beds very quickly. The mortality in Italy > China is likely to be a combination of the elderly population and saturated clinical capacity.
It’s likely that we’ll face a non-functional health service for the foreseeable future. My clinical research has been suspended and I’m bracing myself to be ‘redeployed’ to acute medicine in the next week or so.
14 Mar 2020 17:20
Its all gone a bit nasty in here.
14 Mar 2020 17:24
Was reading that this thing is high risk for anyone on meds for hypertension, so that's circa 30% of male pop (?) and quite a sizeable % for females in the UK.
posted 14 Mar 2020 18:38, edited 14 Mar 2020 18:38
It's flattering (read: very fucking weird/nankid-ish) that you're still messaging me Nige, son, but my life is far too busy to engage further with people like you, so disappointingly for you, I'm not reading them. Keep trying if you like. Breathe, lad, breathe.
14 Mar 2020 18:42
Nigel Benn confirmed bubble boy / nan kid