I live in a metropolitan area and there seems to be a lot of cases coming out of one county in particular, so much so that it was announced that due to the increased community transmission rate they won't be testing anyone unless they're in the hospital with symptoms. We have very limited tests so they're having to do this to preserve what they do have. Plus they're telling people to stay away from hospitals unless their condition is bad. Oh boy. Good thing I have two more puzzles 😂
thallisa said: WHO didn't single out any country directly but everyone speculates it was directed @ Trump.
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Same thing was happening in Spain for a bit. At first they tested only people with symptoms who travelled to China, Italy, Japan etc. and those who had direct contact with them, but then they announced that they'll test only severe cases that needed to be hospitalised and everyone with mild symptoms will be advised to stay away from the hospital, just do the quarantine and that someone will be checking on their condition over the phone 😑 But yesterday our government changed their mind again after the new WHO announcement that criticised various countries for not doing enough tests and apparently they'll start testing everyone with any symptoms now. I've read that some people with mild symptoms who were advised to stay home before were already contacted about the test, so that's great. Hopefully they'll do the same thing in the US soon as well because apparently WHO didn't single out any country directly but everyone speculates it was directed @ Trump.
It's such a relief to see a lot of forum members being aware of the seriousness of the situation. Those of you who are lucky enough to stay home, don't go outside unless you really have to. And those who, like myself, have to go to work, stay safe and take every precaution. I don't care if people say I'm being silly, if I have to wash my hands a thousand times a day and keep my distance from others I will. I do it for my family.
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I do need the money so I'm going in for core shifts (9hrs a week) and the odd shift if they're direly understaffed but they're taking no precautions for us staff or for the public besides giving us half empty hand sanitisers at our checkouts, and it's so busy we can't go to the toilet mid-shift to wash our hands (which is more effective anyway than hand sanitiser). They're so reluctant to let anyone take time off if they're showing minor symptoms (which is dreadful as I live in a village full of elderly people and commuters from London).
I'm checking my temperature every day but if it raises at all or if I have any symptoms I'm calling in and they can give me whatever disciplinary they want- I'm not risking other peoples' lives because management didn't take extra precautions to protect us in the first place.
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Oh it definitely is. WHO offered the tests and he wanted the CDC to develop their own (why? I'm sure it's related to $$ somehow) It doesn't help that the CDC is having to make contradictory statements because false information is being spread by those in charge. Unfortunately, dummies are likely to listen to one over the other. I'm sure you can guess which one.
As I mentioned in another thread, I live in South Korea, the 2nd country to be widely contaminated. We had a few cases here and there, until February 20, where it all exploded. So it’s been a month now of living in this tense atmosphere, with the feeling that I couldn’t really talk to anyone about it and no one understood my worries because it was only affecting Asia, so who cares. Nobody was really taking it seriously because it only happens to others.
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I'm glad you managed to get in contact with your grandparents finally, it must have been so anxiety-inducing to deal with all the fear about them until just recently. I really really hope she doesn't give into those pressures- no employer is worth her health, whether it be physical or mental health. They shouldn't even be asking her to in the first place, ffs!
And I feel you on your partner, mine works in London (thankfully part-home part in central so his risk is lowered a bit and he drives to see me so no public transport on that front at least) but I don't know what I'd do without seeing him on the semi-regular 😔
The UK and UK corporations really are not doing enough for their employees or their customers (like how apparently Primark and Urban Outfitters have closed all physical stores, they're the only two I've heard of actually doing something but I do hope they're still paying their employees). Who needs to be out buying stuff from department stores in person right now? Can't it wait or be done online?
Please do reach out to your friends about how anxious you're feeling, or if you need a stranger my DMs are always open! Hate to know you're going through this same feeling right now, everything is so uneasy at the moment and Boris Johnson really isn't doing enough to help regular people 😔
@dpeters this is exactly it, like if they increased the amount of home deliveries we could do (especially as so many people are looking for short term work right now, like being a minimal-contact delivery driver where you can just leave things on the doorstep and ring their doorbell) they could reduce the traffic in-store, but we also have so many customers still coming in clearly ill then complaining about our lack of stock at 9pm, honestly it's a nightmare! But it's got to be done, hopefully people will start acting and buying more sensibly in the upcoming weeks!
@soundspretty See this is how a company should run, at least to some extent! I really hope they don't take your vacation pay and instead take from their own massive amounts of profits to pay you if you do need to isolate. That's literally the same as where I work regarding people still coming in, I had an 85 year old man come to my checkout saying he wasn't scared of Coronavirus and wouldn't change his routine but by god did it make me scared for him. But a lot of people have come in saying they're healthy and buying on behalf of elderly and immunocompromised neighbours which gives me some hope for the public!
I'm glad you get to see your partner, hopefully if he stops going to work he still gets paid so you can relax a little bit without having that added stress. And same goes for you if you ever need to message a a stranger, sometimes that's easier 💕
(edit) I've just been told my store will not be closing, my makeup counter is in John Lewis & because we have a Waitrose in store we have to stay open 😩
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