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Should we report this?

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Growing0ldDisgracefully Mon 16-Nov-20 16:04:04

Needing a rant and wondering if we should report this. Apologies in advance for the long post.

My son has had stinking cold/flu-like symptoms for a number of days, and has now tested positive for covid.

There are 2 potential sources: his own workplace, where someone tested positive but this is a colleague who he has never crossed paths with, as they go in on different days of the week, on just 1 day of the week each.

The more likely culprit, is a colleague of my son's girlfriend. My son saw her last (for the inevitable amorous temporary farewell) before lockdown started, so the time line fits. The colleague is full of coughs and sneezes, apparently her husband has tested positive, yet she is in denial, spreading her germs to the other staff and apparently also going out socialising. What compounds this behaviour, is their employer is discouraging the staff to get tested and if they do, to be vague about contacts, or the business will have to close if they all have to self isolate.

My son's girlfriend has now tested positive, my husband and I are a few days behind our son in having nasty symptoms (been a really horrible few days of nasty flu-like symptoms) and we've gone for a drive-through test ourselves today. I suspect our tests will be positive as well.

It would be very difficult to find out this bl**dy woman's name and report her, and the employer, without causing problems for our son's girlfriend.

Really angry about it, and the fact that the irresponsible colleague is carrying on infecting people. Also that the employer, admittedly a small independent business, is taking such an ostrich head in the sand approach to this.

Its extremely unlikely we got this from anywhere else, the only places we have been, are in isolation in our caravan, and the supermarket each week, and I do the supermarket run alone.

I suppose the consolation is that we haven't died from it, and will have some immunity pending access to the vaccine.

It just seems so wrong that we've stuck to the rules, yet someone else's poor conduct has caused this.

felice Mon 16-Nov-20 16:14:18

Have you tested positive, I have read your post twice and do not see confirmation of this, perhaps hold the blame game until you are sure.

eazybee Mon 16-Nov-20 17:24:55

Up to your son to report it, not you.

petra Mon 16-Nov-20 17:36:13

Their employer is not alone. There are many companies doing this. It's the same reason that people aren't giving their phone number out: they can't afford to isolate.

FannyCornforth Mon 16-Nov-20 17:41:18

My husband has been shielding since February as have I.
He is currently in hospital with Covid related pneumonia.
There is absolutely no way that you can point the finger of blame at anyone.

rosecarmel Mon 16-Nov-20 17:44:14

The culprit is your own son-

Whingingmom Mon 16-Nov-20 17:44:33

You could have contracted from the supermarket on your weekly trip. I don’t think blaming anyone would be helpful.,

Madgran77 Mon 16-Nov-20 18:02:30

Whether you caught it via this person or not is irrelevant in my view. As you know what is happening I think you need to report the business!!

They and their employees are the source of this on a wider level.

Yes, your son meeting up pre lockdown knowing what is happening at his girlfriends work - shouldn't have done it ...and he is culpable too. But the business and employee are the main culprits and it needs addressing as it will carry on!

V3ra Mon 16-Nov-20 18:06:52

If the colleague's husband has tested positive she should be isolating for 14 days.
She shouldn't be socialising in any case at the moment.
Her employer is encouraging them to break the law.

You're quite within your rights to report them, what happens after that isn't your responsibility or problem but might save someone else being infected or worse.

Jaxjacky Mon 16-Nov-20 18:45:42

Unfortunately, whilst her behaviours is appalling, your son or yourself could have picked it up from an asymptotic carrier, so be careful.

NfkDumpling Mon 16-Nov-20 19:04:51

And this is why, however hard the government tries, track and trace can and will never work. It may help but too many people are ignoring it.

petra Mon 16-Nov-20 19:30:12

Any fool without an 'ology' knew what was going to happen ( or not going to happen) which is more the case.
My friend told me that her granddaughter ( at school) had recieved a letter requesting her to take a test. The mother threw the letter in the bin, why? Because if the test had proved positive the parents would both have had to isolate and they both have to work.

Now we have the situation where people with 'ologies' are ripping apart the testing system happening in Liverpool.
Pissup in a brewery springs to mind.

Lollin Mon 16-Nov-20 21:09:16

and some people just keep quiet if their symptoms allow them to.

EllanVannin Mon 16-Nov-20 21:17:47

You can be positive without symptoms but you'll likely pass it on and give someone the worst illness. This virus is an instant killer. Nobody should be around and about at all-----which is why the damn thing keeps returning with a vengeance.