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Life after Corona Virus

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kittylester Sun 15-Mar-20 11:09:56

It looks as though those of us who are over 70 will be 'advised' to stay at home for 4 months.

I am 71 and, apart from tablet controlled bp, I am healthy. I am also quite busy with dgc, volunteering for the Alzheimer's Society and community initiatives and have an active social life.

I can see the logic of staying put but I do worry about how easy it will be to get back to 'normal' afterwards.

Will we find staying at home depressing? Will we be as healthy? People dont think of DH and I as old now but will this crisis make us older than our years?

Gemini17892 Sun 15-Mar-20 17:34:38

I will be thin . My house will be sparkling clean after all that disinfecting. And tidy after I have time to declutter. I will appreciate family more after the break. I will be well read having finished all the books in my to read list . The glass doors will be free of fingerprints . The toy room organised into boxes. Every drawer and cupboard in good order.

Outside the garden will be weeded and the junk in the garage sorted. The car will be polished and gleaming. My journal which is for the grandchildren after I’m gone will be bursting at the seams. My charity knitting box will be overflowing for when all this is over .

Alternatively I might be in prison after taking a hatchet to the OH or he might divorce me for all that nagging. Who knows ?

Four months ago my daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby boy after sadly losing a baby the year before. That four months has flown. Let’s hope the next 4 months pass as quickly so I can cuddle him again.

Teetime Sun 15-Mar-20 17:42:57

I think we shall juts carry on as usual. Only one of us is over 70 and he can live in the back bedroom or the shed- I shall post toast under the door at regular intervals. Joking aside I think DHs indoor bowls needs to be sorted out he picks up enough colds there as it is. As for golf we will be in the open air on our own and just not go in the clubhouse. I think we just have to hope that the these very bleak predications are not realised as they were not with SARS in the UK anyway. I know this is different but its also unpredictable so there is hope.

yggdrasil Sun 15-Mar-20 17:54:56

How are they going to enforce this? Will we all have to carry a birth certificate and be stopped by vigilantes on every corner?

tessagee Sun 15-Mar-20 18:01:01

My worry is about how to keep up my physical fitness if I'm unable to get out walking daily. Four months of limited exercise is bound to have a very negative effect on our limbs no matter how hard we try to up our indoor exercise regimes.

Oopsadaisy3 Sun 15-Mar-20 18:02:13

As long as it’s advisory, I think we are all sensible enough to stay away from close contact with others.

If they try to enforce it there will be so many problems.

ninathenana Sun 15-Mar-20 18:02:57

? ygddrasil

Was saying the same to a friend earlier. DH is over 70. I'm the driver and am younger so theoretically we could do it but DH would go stir crazy.

ninathenana Sun 15-Mar-20 18:06:09

Should we go on our Warner's break to Hampshire ? They have assured us they are taking extra precautions.
They say all ok for now but have to ring 7 days before.

grannyactivist Sun 15-Mar-20 18:17:58

I finished my antibiotics on Tuesday, but I'm still recovering from yet another two infections in the last four weeks and I have the mother and father of all coughs (again!) so I've stayed in my PJs all day feeling rather decadent.

The Wonderful Man has already started working from home and as he usually travels a great deal he's already begun to make the most of his increased free time by beginning a huge 'house project'. This involves me having to de-clutter every room in the house as he moves from room to room.

So, I fully expect that life after the virus will be lived in my newly decorated post-cluttered home, where my family pay me frequent visits because they're so delighted I'm still around. I shall of course accept their offers to get my shopping, help with my cleaning, host our family holidays etc. - or, more likely we'll just slot back into our usual routine and be thankful for the time we spend together. grin

grannyactivist Sun 15-Mar-20 18:20:33

tessagee I've been ill for the past six months, so have had virtually no exercise during that time, but I do have a hula hoop and plenty of disco music - I'm not saying I've used it much yet, but the possibility to exercise is there. grin

mumofmadboys Sun 15-Mar-20 18:25:41

Tessagee I think we should carry on walking. Go out at quiet times and do your usual walking distances. I intend to.

Suki70 Sun 15-Mar-20 18:36:37

We shall find sparsely populated areas to walk in, do multiple laps of the garden plus regular trips up and down stairs. My Pilates teacher has just sent a message to say she's setting up a free online class as most of us are over 70.

phoenix Sun 15-Mar-20 18:42:57

I'm 61, still working as apparently I'm fit and able, according to DWP, but have COPD, so am classed as
"elderly and vulnerable" confused.

As an "elderly" person, an I allowed to say bollocks to the lot of them, and point out they can't have it both ways?

M0nica Sun 15-Mar-20 18:45:23

We are very lucky. We live in a village and I walk in the early morning and rarely meet anyone. If I do it will be very easy to give them a wide birth, then there will be my large veg patch to nurture, so fresh air and exercise will not be a problem.

The people I worry about are those in cramped flats in towns and cities.