Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Don't panic Captain Mainwarring

The name in the heading line is pronounced very differently to how it is written.

First thing to get out of the way is we have secure incomes. The lines of people queued at Centrelink for government benefits are distressing to see, reminiscent of lines at soup kitchens in the 1920s depression except this time it is in colour and not black and white.

We have supplies of everything for at least two weeks. As a supermarket CEO said, buy what you need and perhaps a little more. I am not normally an advocate for big business like our supermarket chains, but I think they have done really well and thanks to the staff on the floor who bear the personal brunt.

R went to his volunteer job this morning but of five drivers, he was the only one working. He was not allowed to stop off for food or coffee. He had to sanitise the work car after each person left. He took one man to the big green hardware shed and R's boss wondered later if such trips should be disallowed and restricted to supermarket and medical appointments. Well no, I suggested. Check what he wants to buy. It could be a rubber washer to stop his toilet flooding.

I went in to town on a a very empty tram and had my hair cut. The boss of the salon arrived to decide whether she would shut the salon down. I think it will be. My hair cutter thought hairdressing salons should be shut down. She was a few centimetres away from me, not the recommended 1.5 metres. It was a straight in and straight home trip with lots of hand sanitation. I so wanted to go have some food and good coffee.

Curious as to why COVID-19 hasn't broken out in Japan to any extent. Are they behind with testing and too much focusing too much on hotspots? There is not one case reported in the prefecture where our friend lives and aside from schools being closed, life goes on as normal with packed trains of workers.

I wondered why our private for profit public transport operators are still running a full service of almost empty vehicles. But if services were cut, it would mean more people on each vehicle.

Door handles and lift buttons in our building are being cleaned three times a day now. I use my finger knuckle now to press any button.

As I type in the US 38,000 are infected and its poor public health system is struggling. Trumpet ignored the matter until it became serious. Shame on him.

Today my state has 355 cases in a state of 5 million with no deaths. Not bad odds at this point.

Nevertheless I am fearful, not of death but of the shortages and the way people are behaving.

44 comments:

  1. I share your fears. Though I also worry for/about my partner who is totally blase about any risk and definitely in a vulnerable group.

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    1. I wish I had wise words you could say to him EC, but I don't.

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  2. Boris has just announced a few minutes ago that we are not allowed to go out unless it is for food or medicine or you are a keyworker. The reason being that people are ignoring the advice. He has said this will continue for the next 3 weeks at least.

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    1. Marie, reported here on our Tuesday morning news.

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  3. Non-essential services (list to be provided tomorrow) to be closed for 14 days.
    Everything in building is constantly being cleaned.
    TTC ridership down 60% but still on full service.
    Costco lineup 75 people outside this morning, only letting so many in at a time.

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    1. Never done Costco here Jackie. Supermarket supplies here are pretty well normal now. No eggs, but the nearby green grocer had plenty.

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  4. Oregon has only 161 cases in a state of nearly 5 million. Not too bad I'd say but we are now on a semi lockdown, where some but not businesses are closed and all gatherings are banned now. We can still go out however, as long as we are either alone, with family we live with, or meeting someone to exercise who we remain six feet from. Or something. I'm not worried about it since I only go out alone and am always six feet or six miles or more from everyone.

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    1. Straye, 5 million is the same size of our state. We have a lot more cases.

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  5. As we have a different flu and different other illnesses every year I'm rather surprised at the reactions last couple of years I have a cough and runny nose most of winter months wonder if I got it would I notice unless I died maybe then.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, government allowing, I will come to your funeral.

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  6. Our supermarket will stay open but a number of the shelves are totally empty. And the chemist shop is also open, thankfully. But my espresso bar, where I do all my reading, is closed except for a hole for take-away.

    I heard Boris on the news this morning.... and police on every corner seems a bit over-the-top.

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    1. Hels, I don't know if police on every corner is over the top. Good that you can still get coffee. We dared to today and sat in Prahran Square to drink it in horrid takeaway cups.

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  7. That is true ..... Trumpet ignored the matter until it became serious.

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    1. Haddock, hasn't he been a nightmare of a president and in a time of crisis, he has not improved.

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  8. Cases increasing exponentially on our island at the moment. Many provinces now under State of Emergency (SOE) as it's starting to gallop. However nothing like our neighbour to the south who are worried about stockprices, etc. And a clown running the circus.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, a worrisome time but thank someone that you live in a relatively civilised country.

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  9. Hubby clean all handles in our home today.

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    1. Why Dora? Once you are home within you environment, there won't normally be any transmission.

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  10. There are a lot of people burying their heads in the sand. Such irresponsible behaviour (by mostly younger people) is putting everyone in danger. Stay in, and do a crossword.

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  11. Anonymous3:45 pm

    As of yesterday afternoon, we have one, possibly 2, confirmed cases in my prefecture in a city about an hour away. It was inevitable, I suppose. Bunyip

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    1. Bunyip, things change quickly. Be careful.

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    1. Fell so sorry for those in the Centrelink que.
      This tragedy is bringing out the worst in so many people, each for himself I'm afraid, thank God not all us are like that.

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    2. Margaret, the queues are truly awful. I assume like ours, your income is secure. I feel so bad for those who are in queues.

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  13. Chatting online to an Australian friend who has been living in New York. He's coming home tomorrow. He says "people have been stocking up on guns..."

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    1. James, a couple of days ago there was tv footage of queues at gun shops. What are they going to do? Blast the virus away? Shoot someone who might be infected who comes near them, even though they may themselves be infected? New ABC Podcast series, Trying to understand Americans.

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  14. Pulling together, separately, we will make it through this.

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    1. I really hope so Travel. Stay safe by your own wits. #45 is not protecting you.

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  15. I'm trying to keep cheerful and positive. Still having to go to work, and we seem to be busier and busier at the Clinic with non-stop phone calls from anxious people who think that getting the flu vax or the pneumonia vax is going to save them from becoming infected. Some get a bit short-tempered with us, but I have to understand they are stressed. Even though we are short of time we still have to sterilize the door, counter, eftpos machine, and our hands....we have spaced the chairs out, removed magazines and toys and ask people to wait outside if possible until the Drs call them in. I hope we get through this quickly!!

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    1. Sami, thanks for the inside view.

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  16. There are 77 confirmed cases and 1 death here in Hawaii.

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  17. It's a bit of a disaster all this Andrew. If only everyone would do the right thing it could all be over much sooner but as always the human factor let's us down! Our IGA two minutes away has been brilliant, we at no point have stocked up, just pop in when need to and usually all good. As long as I never run out of coffee, couldn't handle that 😊 it really is unbelievable that a small group of people in a far off land eating disgusting things could cause such a world wide disaster, I can't get my head around that! Stay safe you two 💙

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    1. Grace, generally, as I thought, people can only hoard so much and things are getting back to normal. We so enjoy going out and having a decent cup of coffee each day but we aren't. We should have bought a coffee machine. Too true about what those people were eating.

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  18. Our local shop has been very good. Everything but eggs. I have enough for now. I have self isolated both Jack and myself.
    We have a woman Infectious Disease Doctor, Dr. Birx, who is amazing. She came on board the Public Health in Washington, DC about a week or so ago.
    The last 15 years she has been studying AIDS. She feels they have made great progress there.
    I feel reassured that Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci, another Infectious Disease doctor spearheading the Washington disease center are both doing a great job.
    When I heard that China had this illness and that it had affected some passengers on the Diamond Princess, I knew. I slowly began to buy extra frozen foods, I put aside an extra package of TP (No I did not go crazy) I bought cleaning items, and canned goods.
    My theory was, if it got here I was ready.
    I feel that so many people are careless and blase. The man who brought this to New Hampshire knew he had it, and was supposed to isolate. He did not. We went from having 1 case to 101 and now we have 1 death.
    There are similar stories across the country.
    I feel we are in for it for a while.

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    1. Interesting about the man who did not self isolate Maribeth. I expect there have been quite a few who have disobeyed.

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  19. Our supermarkets have been outstanding as well - they have updated customers as needed, decreased hours in order to sanitize more (the shops are pretty empty anyhow), they have senior/disabled hours every day, and they have given their workers all a raise. I am so impressed.

    Trump not only didn't take the virus seriously, now that he believes in it he is spewing false information on a daily basis, undercutting the message the experts are trying to get out and whining like a giant toddler. Some folks say "that's just how he is" but he is directly negatively affecting millions of lives in a crucial time now. He has no conscience or empathy at all. I'm so glad we live where we do, but feel so badly for Americans.

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    1. Jenny, while it took our supermarkets a while to get their act together, they did. Yours sound like they are on the ball. I too feel badly for Americans with such poor leadership at the top.

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  20. By the way, how DO you pronounce the name in the title? I'm curious now!

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    1. Mannering. Old English comedy tv show Dad's Army. It stands up reasonably well still. I watched an episode or two when flying last year.

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    2. Aha - thanks :)

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  21. Beautiful photos. Stay safe.

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