CoronaVirus Covid-19 Has Arrived
I live in a small town (some would call it a village) in Northern Ireland, with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. We sort of thought we were a bit distant from all the CoronaVirus hooha but suddenly, it has arrived.
The first news came at about 2pm today, when a message cancelling a regular children's club (Brownies and Rainbows) was sent out, saying that someone had come down with a serious infectious illness and they had been a regular visitor to the Church Hall where these clubs are held.
Of course, the rumour mill immediately swung into action, with suspicions it was Coronavirus and this was confirmed a short while later, without mentioning the person's name.
Of course, small rural villages are not immune to illnesses in the wider world. Our inhabitants go on holidays or have relatives and friends who go away.
We needed some doggy poo bags this afternoon, for our current canine guest but the local supermarket was packed with people buying (it's not normally full) and there were no dog waste bags, nor bread of the kind we normally eat. Luckily, there was another shop that had dog waste bags available. I think we are going to have to change the brand of bread we eat!
The UK is at level 2 of the Risk strategy. Level 1 was containment. Well that was a flop!
Level 2 is delay, so don't let everyone get it at once, spread it out. That's where we are now.
The Republic of Ireland has closed all schools but there is no word on that here. Large social gatherings may also be stopped. The local social gatherings for kids and adults are being cancelled by the people who run them, so Brownies, Men's Saturday Kids club, Crafting club, etc.
Should We Panic?
No, of course not. But we will now all be looking out to see if we get the symptoms. We don't know whether we know the person who has got covid-19, so we don't know if we have been near them. People apparently have the virus for 5 days before showing symptoms, so that was 5 days the person could have been passing on the virus around the town, unknowingly.
Wait And See
It's a wait and see game now. Nothing else we can do, apart from wash our hands.
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