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Chris Whitty has symptoms

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growstuff Fri 27-Mar-20 16:33:15

Prof Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, is self-isolating for the next seven days after experiencing symptoms of coronavirus last night.

sandelf Sat 28-Mar-20 09:48:51

Feel sorry for them all trying to do their jobs...

A little illustration of why WE should NOT travel.

I feel well. I get in the car and drive 5 miles to lovely 'local' spot for a walk... - Stir Crazy from Clean Town 5 miles away in the opposite direction, gets in his car and drives to the same lovely 'local' spot. I open a gate along the path - so does Stir Crazy. Four days later, I get ill. By bad luck Stir Crazy has picked it up from the gate I opened. And is unknowingly spreading it in Clean Town before he too becomes ill. If lots of us do this simple, apparently harmless thing - you have rapid transmission into new areas.

CaroleAnne Sat 28-Mar-20 09:51:47

Thank you everyone for the science especially Jane10. The more info the better.

vegansrock Sat 28-Mar-20 09:56:00

Daily deaths in Italy are 900, doubled every few days that’s the way we are heading if we don’t follow the rules. Stay home folks.

Yearoff Sat 28-Mar-20 09:57:37

Also finding Michael Gove’s “thunderbird” look very annoying.

Neilspurgeon0 Sat 28-Mar-20 10:03:00

@eazybee I am sure you are absolutely right, I think it is more surprising if those three hadn’t caught it, let’s hope it is the milder version

Mal44 Sat 28-Mar-20 10:06:55

I agree Anniechip and no family member able to visit or say goodbye.My heart goes out to anyone with a relative suffering from this virus.Lets hope and pray that a vaccine is developed soon.
I have just received my first food delivery and I am so grateful to the lovely delivery man who smiled and acknowledged me through his mask.

growstuff Sat 28-Mar-20 10:12:33

Anniechip I feel angry because some of those deaths (and future deaths) could have been prevented by more prompt action. Even now (today)we're being lied to by being told WHO guidelines don't apply to us.

Grannyjacq1 Sat 28-Mar-20 10:32:59

Yes, the death numbers are tragic, but important to remember that 26,000 died from the flu in the UK in 2017-18. Every death is a tragedy, but sometimes it helps to put things into perspective to prevent panic.

maddyone Sat 28-Mar-20 10:39:01

All these deaths are too sad. I don’t know how others feel but I feel my anxiety levels rise whenever it comes on the news.
I’m not surprised that members of the government and royal family have got it, they meet so many people all the time. It must be very difficult for government to manage a situation such as this without being in the same room at times. However they all became ill on the same day so I doubt they’ve infected each other, I suspect it’s a common source of infection such as another MP some days or up to two weeks ago. I’m not a scientist so only speculating.

maddyone Sat 28-Mar-20 10:40:21

growstuff I also feel angry, I feel angry about the lack of proper protective clothing for our medics.

georgia101 Sat 28-Mar-20 10:46:04

When I hear the death number each day, I feel sad because these aren't just statistics, they're all people that are loved by their friends and families. And I'm also very sad because I know that those numbers will increase every day for a long while. I wish everyone would recognise how dangerous this illness is. I think they should have called it a plague, and that might have had more impact on people's psyche.

Txquiltz Sat 28-Mar-20 10:54:38

A very concerning report on the news tonight. In a major US city hospital frontline doctors and nurses predict 73% of them will contract the virus even with the precautions they take. Hopefully, if that does occur it will be diagnosed immediately so they can be vigorously treated. Please keep the health care professionals in your thoughts.

grannybuy Sat 28-Mar-20 11:08:49

I had an email from DD last night. She works in a hospital. She said, resignedly, " I'll no doubt get it at some point ". That shook me, and really brought home the implications. She has a DH, working from home, and two DD's, home from school.

allule Sat 28-Mar-20 11:10:28

More anger much fulsome praise for health workers, but no-one cutting through red tape to get them the protection they desperately need.
Boasting about generosity to workers, but unable to see that money in June will not make it easier for workers to stay at home now.
I'd have given an immediate cash payout to everyone, then reclaimed it where appropriate through the tax system.

Barmeyoldbat Sat 28-Mar-20 11:19:44

I am also angry about the death toll, we had a chance and we blew it. And Boris with his attitude I can do it and not go in with the EU for more ventilators is criminal. We should have been stricter sooner and closed our borders, which are still open. As for Boris getting the virus, he should have filled his own advice.

maddyone Sat 28-Mar-20 11:23:30

My daughter said exactly the same thing to me, she’s a doctor.

maddyone Sat 28-Mar-20 11:27:14

As I understood it, the EU we’re in talks about getting more ventilators some three years ago. At that time Boris Johnson was neither Prime Minister nor in charge of the health department, Jeremy Hunt was in charge of health and Theresa May was Prime Minister. Let’s put the blame where it lies.

Barmeyoldbat Sat 28-Mar-20 11:28:40

Yes Maddy lets put the blame where it lies, with the Tories.

Eglantine21 Sat 28-Mar-20 11:31:36

The EU procurement would have distributed the ventilators across all the member states n a yet to be defined basis, so we wouldn’t have necessarily got any more than procuring them independently. And possibly fewer.

vegansrock Sat 28-Mar-20 11:42:57

Well never know.

Millie22 Sat 28-Mar-20 11:49:39

I like that lady doctor Jenny as well. She gives very clear and concise answers to the questions and really sounds like she knows what she's talking about. Chris Whitty reminds me of someone but I can't think who.

humptydumpty Sat 28-Mar-20 11:49:49

It is completely tragic for the families concerned, but some of these people would have died anyway in the normal course of things - the figure of 8,000 flu deaths a year is the number of deaths above and beyond the normal mortality, but comparable numbers for coronavirus will only be available after the epidemic..

Jane10 Sat 28-Mar-20 12:06:25

So many armchair experts! The sheer logistics of it all are astoundingly complicated. Its amazing what is being done.
Just be glad that we have a functioning health service, economy and a government that is taking expert advice as to what to do and, crucially, when to do it.

Revis Sat 28-Mar-20 12:14:42

Just found out that Chris Whitty is the eldest son of my English teacher at secondary school in the 50s. He looks nothing like her - she had a mass of red curls! His father was murdered in Athens by terrorists when Chris was young.

MTDancer Sat 28-Mar-20 12:36:28

Are you sure? 26,000 seems a huge amount