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People are going mad

Honestly people are going mad! I live in a pretty big town, it's one of those places where there are a tonne of small villages in the area and I live in the big town where all the stuff is, the shops, the swimming pool, the council offices that sort of thing. So we have large supermarkets, too many if you ask me (the town is not that big) within a 10 minute drive of my house we have a Sainsbury's, a Morrissons, 2 Asdas, 2 Lidls and an Aldi, there are at least 4 more supermarkets within another 10 minutes of us. Every single one of them has had their shelves emptied of soap and hand sanitiser!

Now I get it, people are scared of Corona Virus but for goodness sake it's not that bad. I mean do these people not wash their hands normally but now suddenly feel the need to buy soap? It has just gone crazy, toilet paper is also in short supply and apparently pasta is running short. I mean this is not the end of the world we are talking about here, and if it was you wouldn't be around to use all this extra toilet paper you are bulk buying anyway.

What worries me though as a health professional, is that we don't go nuts like this over other viruses, swine flu for example or even last years particularly nasty influenza A which killed thousands. I am a sceptic and cant help but wonder why we are being advised to self-isolate and all these other things now all of a sudden, I cant help but worry that there is more to this than we are being told. I mean flu is pretty deadly in the right circumstances and this virus apparently has a fatality rate of 1% (although if you do the numbers yourself it works out higher) and is harder to catch then regular flu.

Also someone has died from it in Milton Keynes and guess where I am going for training in 2 weeks! I may now not be allowed to go and if I do I might not be allowed to go back to work for 2 weeks after coming back which sounds fun only there is a specific reason I am going on this course which involves me being in work on the 1st week in April.

I know people panic and that means they panic buy but what about the people who can't afford to do that? I mean I consider myself financially comfortable but I could not go out and buy a years worth of groceries in one day which seems to be what people are doing, what about people on low incomes? They just have to deal with what is left? how is that fair? They are going to have to start limiting how much of an item you can buy the way they do when things are on offer although I guess that doesn't stop people going in more than once, or in a town like mine just going round all of the ridiculous number of supermarkets in the same day.

People are seriously going mad! What is happening where you live? are the shelves as bare as they are where I am?

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MegL wrote on March 7, 2020, 2:57 PM

I was in Belfast yesterday (Friday) and the city was empty! Very few people there, yet there have been only four cases of Covid19 in Northern Ireland and they had all returned recently from infected areas, as far as I know. This coronavirus is far less infectious than measles or mumps and apparently it is very mild in children. It's the oldies, over 80 and those with other illnesses, like Asthma, diabetes and heart disease who are most at risk. I haven't seen empty shelves in the supermarket (I was there this morning and there was plenty of toilet paper then) and haven't actually looked for hand sanitiser. I have stocked up on some things but that's mostly because I had already started stocking up for Brexit at the end of December 2020! If people are stocking up, they only need about 30 days' supplies. In our house, we use approximately one toilet roll a day, so that equates to 30 toilet rolls if we had to self-isolate. I wonder where people are stocking all these items, not everyone has a big house and I certainly hope the items will not be wasted!

VinceSummers wrote on March 8, 2020, 9:29 AM

I both agree to some degree and sympathize with what you are saying. It may well be blown out of proportion. Yet... So I will try my best to listen and do what I can to avoid Coronavirus. Still, in the back of my head, there is this prophecy in scripture that I can't entirely dismiss... "There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs."- Luke 21:12. Now the flip side to this is, over a good many years, these things would be seen. It's already been just over 100 years. Still, notice the word "pestilences". The first was the Spanish Influenza in the first part of the 20th century. Could Covid19 prove to be one of them?

Added: Keep in mind... Even Ebola is not as bad as this one. Why? Not because it is so violent and deadly if the average person gets it. But because it spreads like wildfire and affects so many people! If a disease has a 50% death toll but only affects a million or so people, 500,000 die. But if it has a mere 2% death toll yet affects the WORLD. Well, what's 2% of 8 billion people?

Last Edited: March 12, 2020, 8:13 AM