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brisinger  Male  Lancashire 22-Mar-2020 14:53 Message #4773410
Make no mistake this virus is VERY SERIOUS. They let me out last night and said that it was only a one hour visiting. I said that I'd back off for such a short period of time because it's more likely to distress LO with Alzheimer's. I've just had a phone call from Ward 5 and apparently it's been escalated to management and I'm getting special permission to get in for afternoon and evening to help cover staff. They are really panicking and she was speaking at ten to the dozen. She was virtually pushing me off the phone. They are working at skeleton staff level and it's being reviewed on an hour by hour basis. My advice for everyone it treat this as if you are in a pod. If you don't need to go shopping, DON'T. It's very rare that they take this stance and it seems we are going into unknown territory. It's scary stuff. Yesterday they were walking around in masks and there's temporary 'pods' been set up outside. I've got to take my own meds. in with me in case they have to go into lock down at a moments notice. It was eerily quiet yesterday to the point you could hear a pin drop. None of the hustle and bustle you normally expect on a ward. I've never known anything quite like this.
BOYDEL  Male  Surrey 22-Mar-2020 15:32 Message #4773416
If I heard correctly they say the number of respirator beds needed is doubling every 3 days - which translates to a 1000 fold increase in a month and a million fold increase in 2 months.
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex 22-Mar-2020 15:44 Message #4773418
I guess the virus is similar to a full blown germ war, and must be treated as that. Instead of a live sniper round the corner that could take a pot shot, it is an unseen germ, but one that can be avoided if you keep you distance. I think if one follows the guidelines, your chances of getting hit would be low.
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 22-Mar-2020 18:07 Message #4773423
As I said on another thread just now people are ignoring it, coming down to stay in their caravans and crowding around Snowdon and other beauty spots, I saw news footage of people in London parks, groups of people all ignoring social distancing advice. If people don't start taking this seriously we will become another Italy with deaths in their hundreds or thousands, it is scary, but what to me is scarier are the people ignoring advice to stay at home. If people keep behaving in such an irresponsible way then we could see a total lockdown, enforced by the police and nobody allowed out except for food and medicines.
BOYDEL  Male  Surrey 22-Mar-2020 20:51 Message #4773440
I am sure some form of martial law is imminent over next few days after all the nicely worded warnings.
brisinger  Male  Lancashire 22-Mar-2020 20:58 Message #4773441
The local Trust has already ordered 5000 more respirators.
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex 22-Mar-2020 20:58 Message #4773442
I went for a jog this evening. A car stopped and called me over, asked me if I'd seen a man running down the road carrying a black sack. Apparently he'd stolen food from a food shop. I hadn't seen anyone. Somehow couldn't get my head round that.
BOYDEL  Male  Surrey 22-Mar-2020 21:20 Message #4773445
Where had you hidden the sack?
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex 22-Mar-2020 21:25 Message #4773446
It was up my jumper, but he didn't notice. haha
BOYDEL  Male  Surrey 22-Mar-2020 21:28 Message #4773447
So he told you to jog on lol
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex 22-Mar-2020 21:36 Message #4773448
that would have been the sack all over the pavement!
BOYDEL  Male  Surrey 22-Mar-2020 21:41 Message #4773449
And there's me thinking melons were out of season lol.
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex 22-Mar-2020 21:43 Message #4773450
They are.
BOYDEL  Male  Surrey 22-Mar-2020 21:44 Message #4773451
Oh just a wardrobe malfunction then.

Gilpin  Female  Middlesex 22-Mar-2020 21:48 Message #4773452
ok, wardrobe malfunction … nope, whatever that is.
Seasons-Greetings  Male  Essex 23-Mar-2020 11:09 Message #4773471
I think he's talking of a failure of the "over shoulder boulder holder"
Swing low, sweet chariots!!

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