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Marigold
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A sort of Nature Notes thread, perhaps?
What have you spotted in your community?

- one of the vets at our practice in Andover is in self-isolation following a visit to parents in
N. Italy.
- Also students at granddaughter's school, following holiday trips.
- assistants in local chemist wearing masks today, and people looking nervously at each other and trying to spread out in the queue, instead of chatting away as normal.
- I got out more cash than usual - I seldom use cash nowadays but if the supply chain dries up and the computers go down maybe cash is a better bet than cards.
- and I filled up the tank in the car, same reason.

So this is a mild dose of flu for most people, and so far has killed a far lower percentage of people than normal seasonal flu, and as with normal flu mainly those who are vulnerable anyway for health and age reasons. Is it sensible to be worried, except about the consequences of mass panic causing social breakdown?
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I'm not worried -yet! No reported cases in Scotland. Of course we're so isolated here we wouldn't know if there were any locally. Only place with any numbers of people is Stornoway, and we only go about once a week.
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I feel really sorry for the people who are on holiday and forced into "quarantine" with others who are possibly infected. A British man who was on the Diamond Princess has died in Japan. Media reports about the cruise ship mentioned passengers in inside cabins who didn't have a window, so presumably their air supply was from an air conditioning unit. How can you be quarantined from airborne infection when you're breathing recycled air?
I worked in a "sick building" in the 1970s where a lot of us had mild chronic sore throats Monday to Friday.

Both the cruise liner and the hotel in Teneriffe have echoes of the Black Death plague villages - I'll take my chance in the UK thanks.
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I find it difficult to imagine how or why anyone chooses to go on a 'holiday' on a boat with over 1,000 strangers in cramped conditions and no windows, with no escape from the endless 'entertainment', and at risk of various illnesses including tummy bugs and viruses. No doubt one day it will be made into a film - sort of Agatha Christie plot, like the one that used to be called '10 Little N....... Boys' in less enlightened times. The hotel sounds hardly any more appealing.
Having worked in Butlins, Skegness as a waitress when I was a student many years ago, my sympathies are with the staff on the ship. Apparently they shared cabins in very close quarters, and of course they had to mingle to work together to feed and tend to the passengers. But nobody told us how many of them got sick, it all seemed to be about the passengers.
At least in Eyam it was the villagers' selfless choice to isolate themselves.
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Eyam, an amazing village, and a wonderful place to visit and read about the selfless souls.
Cruise,our idea of hell also.
People behaving stupidly around here, bulk buying especially toilet rolls, hand sanitiser, and Pot Noodles !!! Wanting bus drivers to spray money with disinfectant before handing it over as change
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Two South African crew members have tested positive ...

I agree that I can't think of anything worse than a cruise and I'm not desperately keen on hotels either for a long (more than 3 nights) stay.
If you've ever watched an episode of "The Cruise" (I get reduced to watching that on catch-up sometimes!) you can see how cramped the crews and entertainers are - not the officers of course as they seem to have single cabins.
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Many years ago, my husband was asked to do a series of meetings on a cruise to the Bahamas! We lived in the US at the time, and we sailed from Miami to the Bahamas, and back. Four days. I really didn't enjoy it. There seemed to be a constant supply of food available. Breakfast. Mid morning buffet. Full lunch. Afternoon tea buffet. Dinner. Night buffet. But what I really didn't feel comfortable was how sort of servile the crew were! I'm not at all used to or comfortable with, my every wish being anticipated, and being waited on hand and foot. Like, if you took a notion and went to your cabin mid morning and took a shower, by lunchtime, your used towels had been replaced with fresh ones. The tour leader explained that crew on cruise ships were very poorly paid, because they were expected to make up their income with tips. We got chatting to some of the waiters, who were so lovely to children in the group, giving them little treats, and spending time teaching them things, like napkin folding (not in "classes" or anything. Just at the table). They were all men with families, who spent nine months of every year at sea, and one said he hadn't been home at Christmas for several years. He had two children. And he was sending as much money as he could back to his family in South America.

As to the Corona virus, in the chemist this week, they had boxes of masks on the counter. I was laughing, and asked the girl "Are you selling many?" She said "Are you kidding? We can't keep them in stock! We have to contact people who are waiting when we get new stock in!" And I told daughter this, laughing about it.
But she didn't laugh. She said "If you are in again, will you get me some?" :o She's worried because of having a young baby. So, I got her some.
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I see that both Lidl and Ocado are reporting increased sales as folk are preparing to face periods of self imposed quarantine. I have to admit to buying a stack of tinned foodstuffs recently. Apart from baked beans and tinned tomatoes I don’t normally eat tinned stuff but needs must.
Slice of Fray Bentos Chicken Pie anyone? (out of a tin of course).
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Steady stream today of young women going to get their eyelashes dyed, gel nails done in case they have to be quarantined. People have been emptying the shelves in Poundland of rice packets.
What else have you been up to Hen-Gen, as I see Typhoons have been scrambled to Shetland due to mysterious objects flying over the island. How big are your hens :D :D :D
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Hen-Gen wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:31 pm
I sSlice of Fray Bentos Chicken Pie anyone? (out of a tin of course).
I think I'd rather have Corvid-19 than a tinned meat pie thanks...

Having lived through various epidemics and had (& survived) swine flu, I'm encouraged by something that I read online yesterday. It said that most people who've had Corvid-19 so far haven't needed to seek medical assistance. Only people who've been badly affected have seen a doctor, which is why a relatively "high" percentage (less than 2%) have died.

If we knew the real number of people who've had the virus, it sounds as though the true mortality rate would be far lower.
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