Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I is returned

Obviously I will post about our Tasmanian holiday soon but I will just write this one post about COVID-19, that is unless anyone I know is infected, especially me.

We were idiots. We didn't hoard before we left. There wasn't a shortage of anything in Tasmanian supermarkets. Why didn't we load up the car? Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Prahran supermarkets have very empty shelves. We have enough fresh food, but we do need toilet paper and rice. However we won't die from the lack of either.

Herd mentality really kicked in and shame on those who kicked it off.

I've seen/read/heard about child torture in Africa, the brutal rape of women in war situations around the world and men having to mutually castrate each other in the Balkans. I can distance myself. I keep reading of such horrors, keep listening to such horrors, keep seeing such horrors.

But this virus, well the world wide effect, has me spooked and for the first time in my life I tuned out today. R at times insists the radio is turned off, but I don't. Today I didn't listen to radio news. I didn't read the electric newspaper. I only watched the 6pm commercial television news.

What I need to do is focus on logic. In a country of 25 million people, 300 people have contracted the virus, mostly from overseas. It may become worse but our medical system seems quite well prepared.

What is shocking is how governments around the world, including our own, have been so slow to react. Yes, looking at you Italy. As in all areas, Trumpet in the US has been a disaster and over the next few weeks people of the US will pay the price of having such an incompetent leader. A hoax Trumpet?

I am not so concerned for myself but R has reached his three score and ten and Mother is about to turn 86. Should either of them contract the virus, it could be serious.

Outside one of our major hospitals, The Alfred, there was a long queue of people waiting to be tested. I assume they are at risk people who have returned from overseas and have a sniffle or worse. Or are some the worried well? I don't think so as the queue was mainly younger people. A little common sense in this photo.

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  1. It is lovely to see you back.
    I suspect you will be able to get your toilet paper and rice if you hit Woollies between 7 and 8 in the morning which they have reserved (until Friday) for older people and the disabled.
    Like you, I am worrying for other people. Himself has now had three collapsed lungs and believes he is invincible.
    I hope Tasmania was blissful.

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    1. Don't hold your breath, I went early and the shelves (store too) were already sold out. Everyone else waiting outside to get in at 8am would have been as disappointed as I was.

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    2. Thanks EC. That is sweet. It all went wrong for the queued oldies this morning at our local Woolworths. Some old and infirm had queued from the early hours only to find the shelves just as bare as normal when it opened.

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    3. River, I figure people can only stockpile so much and supply will return.

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    4. And River, sorry that you made the effort to no avail.

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  2. Believe it or not, some of our benighted electorate think that our Dear Leader is handling the crisis very well.

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    1. Cynthia, would that be those lining up in queues to buy guns?

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  3. Good to hear you are back. I am returning home tomorrow, much earlier than I planned but travel is going to be restricted soon so I need to get home. I didn't stock up before I left but I did take a toilet roll from the hotel yesterday to take home with me!!!

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    1. Marie, we didn't even do that although we had plenty of opportunities. We are ok for a week or so with toilet paper.

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  4. The herd mentality is more contagious than Covid-19, I think!!

    Take care, Andrew...welcome back. :)

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    1. Lee, quite so. We have two things to worry about. Hoarding first and then the virus.

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  5. It is a scary state of affairs. Our girls have grounded us and said we are not to go out. We started Woolies delivery system but I see that has already collapsed in Victoria due to panic buying in the stores. Hope you had a great holiday. We had to cancel ours and don't know if we will get any refunds yet.Hope you and R and Mum stay safe.

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    1. Diane, thanks. We did have a good holiday. It is crazy here and sorry to here you had to cancel. Many people will lose holiday money. You can still go out for walks in the bush at least, surely.

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  6. Anonymous1:15 pm

    Welcome home! The panic buying is ridiculous. This situation has really brought out the worst in a lot of people.

    I've just been ordered to take my temperature every morning for the next 2 weeks as a precaution. It's a bit of a nuisance but I understand why it's being asked of us. At least I haven't been confined to home! Bunyip

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    1. Yet Bunyip, there is also much kindness too, with people looking after neighbours and communities. A nuisance for you but a fair enough precaution I think.

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  7. Welcome back...I think the whole world has plenty to say. Thanks for sharing your thought, Andrew

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  8. No shortages here, other than hand gel. We are now self-confined, and have even been told NOT to associate with family; which for us is a bit tricky.

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    1. Cro, it is tricky. You are the ones at risk from the family. But if they stay reasonably contained, hopefully not a problem.

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  9. R has reached 70 and your mother is about to turn 86. Should either of them contract the virus, it could be serious. It could be VERY serious since older people have more co-morbidity than the rest of the community. My sister in law's care home is in lock down for that very reason.

    Be healthy and careful

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    1. Hels, while we have altered our normal lives, there is a family get together at the weekend and I assumed it would be cancelled, but it hasn't been, instead being changed from a venue to my Tradie Brother's house. All are low risk.

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  10. Anonymous7:11 pm

    South Melbourne market will be opened

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    1. Good to know Anon. We will be there on Friday. Thanks.

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  11. I'm at risk because of my asthma, so I'm concerned, but not overly so. Take care, both of you.

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    1. River, quite low infection rate in Adelaide. I think you will be ok.

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  12. Welcome back Andrew.
    I'm confused with all the panic buying. If you need to stay home for 2 weeks how much more do you need over the normal stuff? Not much. And why not rely on a friend or relative or online shopping to do the normal delivery if you can't get out? I was food shopping for my birthday party last week and there was no rice, no pasta, no flour, no kitchen rolls or toilet rolls, and many empty shelves. People have become selfish and mean with all this panic!
    As you say I think Australia is doing quite well considering the size of the population. Friends who were travelling to New Zealand and other to Vietnam had their flights cancelled, and my boss just told me today her family's flight to the UK in May had been cancelled too.
    Good luck to you and R and your Mom, take care.

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    1. Sami, so agree. How much do you need? I am mega puzzled as to why tinned beetroot has sold out. How much beetroot do people eat? Flour is a curious one too. Who now knows what to do with flour nowadays? I had to have blood tests across the road at a medical clinic today. I expect you know how Doravitch whatever works in clinics. There were good procedures in place. You are in the front line. I hope it is the same for you. Thanks hon.

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  13. Welcome home, we returned from Ireland last night, one of the last flights that allowed UK-Ireland citizens to come to the USA. I need to go into the office today, to set me up for telecommuting, I needed a new computer and that can't be set up without me being there to log onto it.

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    1. Thanks Travel. I hope you enjoyed yourself in spite of the bad timing.

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  14. We have a lot of restrictions in Oregon right now including all bars and restaurants closed to sit down customers and Trump says no gatherings over ten people. But this changes nothing for me, that's how I've lived my entire life. In Lebanon at the Veterans Home though there are 14 or a higher number infected now. Welcome home. I hope there will be Tasmania photos to come!

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    1. Strayer, yes, for some people like yourself nothing changes, but do be careful when out trapping.

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  15. In Belgium the shops are open, but schools and everyting else closed, also the University. I don't understand the rush on Toilet Paper all over the world it is really crazy. I try to live as normal as possible we 3 friends get together keep our distance, our scrabble works too, but the painting class is closed. Nicole's granddaughter is stuck in the Philippines and doesn't know when she can come back, and Myriam's son is stuck in Morrocow, others in Spain, no plane !

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    1. Gattina, it is ridiculous about toilet paper. There are so many more things to worry about. That is not good about your friends' relatives. They need to be home where if something does happen they will receive proper care.

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  16. Welcome back. Sorry you need toilet paper and rice.

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    1. Gigi, we can manage without for a while. People can only stockpile so much.

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  17. Welcome back and please stay safe! Hugs, RO

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  18. We're in lock down here in Toronto. Staying calm.
    Building is doing what it can to sanitize everything even our suite knobs. Parcels will be delivered to our doors.
    Must say Trudeau is doing a great job!

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    1. Jackie, Trudeau has now closed your borders to all but Canadians. Good move. Ours are open, but anyone arriving has to self quarantine for two weeks, and who would want to do that.

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  19. I do worry about Jack. He is 82 and not in the best of health. They just announced 3 people close by that have the Virus.
    I refuse to allow Jack out.
    And I wash everything constantly. My hands are raw.
    At least I have plenty of supplies. I think enough for two months.

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    1. Maribeth, I think once home you don't have to be so fussy about washing. It is when you come into contact with the outside world that there could be a problem. Good thing to do for Jack.

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  20. Welcome back Andrew. The world certainly has gone mad over the last month or so. If everyone did the right thing it would be easy but the human factor makes that a definite impossibility. Don't even talk about #45, he is a total disaster, for the US and the world!

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    1. Thanks Grace. He certainly has been and the country is now paying the price of trying to catch up.

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  21. The infection rate of this virus is exponential, so there is a very real possibility that even a good health care system will be overwhelmed without the dampening effect of social distancing.

    Worrisome times.

    Welcome home - always good to be back in our havens when there is stuff like this happening.

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    1. Jenny, it was good to hear there were no new cases in China today, but few countries controls the citizens like China can and does. Thanks.

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  22. I'm pretty annoyed that the schools are being kept open for reasons I cannot comprehend. I do not think our PM is being given good advice on that and I suspect it will turn out very badly because this is very contagious and while children are not so much affected by the disease they can carry it to those who would be quite affected.

    As far as keeping schools open for the health workers who need their kids in school, newsflash, those workers might bring COVID-19 home to the kids who might take it to school who will give it to all the other kids and the teachers.

    Someone needs a big wake up call and I believe he is going to get it, at the cost of many Australian lives. But he will not care, he thinks it is God's will. :(

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    1. Morrison acted too late. Schools are closing regardless. Jo's secondary school closed today and she must study at home, but there was no known infections. Close schools, parents can't work, if they have a job still. I am not sure at all and I try not to think about it. Australia is doing a lot better than the US but our restrictions should have been in place earlier. #45 put his head firmly in the sand and the country is now paying the price. In a country of 25 million, there are 850 cases, all by returning travellers from overseas and those in close contact with them. No community general transmission. Be alert and alarmed but don't panic. Caution but don't overreact.

      I liked your stab at God's will. Did you hear of Greek Orthodox church members saying they were protected from the virus because the communal wine cup was holy? These are people who could be eliminated from society.

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