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Covexit - how would YOU manage it?

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BradfordLass73 Sat 18-Apr-20 13:12:21

If I were in charge, I'd regulate Covexit street by street to prevent the previous hysterical rush by binge buying locusts to the supermarkets and hairdressers.

Some have suggested all the previously shielded vulnerable should be allowed out first but I think too many would be overcome with that first taste of freedom we'd never make it to the starting line.

What would YOU do?

All sensible and/or highly unlikely Covexit strategies welcome.

Lilypops Sun 19-Apr-20 09:08:16

Gran 52. COVID19 the non existent pandemic.
What on earth do you mean. !!!!

Keeper1 Sun 19-Apr-20 09:29:51

My hairdresser is going to organise appointments in the order they were cancelled.

As for the freedom etc my husband is waiting for transplant assessment so our lives will not change much we haven’t been able to go out for the past year and apart from shopping and going into the office Instead of working from home I am not sure ai will see much difference.

Essex59 Sun 19-Apr-20 09:31:39

There won't be binge buying, we have seen in recent weeks that people have accepted that there isn't any need, indeed supermarkets are only placing limits on very few items now, perhaps that would continue for a short while.
As to Covexit? We desperately need people back in work, so reopening the schools would allow parents back to work. I would still ban mass gatherings such as football and concerts, and keep cinemas, pubs, and clubs shut. Also businesses such as hairdressers where close contact is necessary (?) Some regions may need to stay in lockdown longer, such as London and Birmingham, a gradual lifting in the least affected areas might be sensible.
The vulnerable would still need to stay home until a vaccine is available.

Polwal Sun 19-Apr-20 09:33:03

I agree ...from my point of view (I think young people may feel different)...I would still be cautious. Still distancing/sanitizing/perhaps even a mask. I don't think I'll be going to any crowded events/trips on planes etc until next year.
The problem will be when we can 're mingle with our families young and old. Some of them will still be taking it seriously and some will not. Covexit will be truly difficult.

Soniah Sun 19-Apr-20 09:34:14

It seems one or two people here still have no idea what we are dealing with here or how serious the situation is, the oldies and vulnerable amongst us may be isolating for a year not hopping on a coach with a lot of others or having a street party

Lucca Sun 19-Apr-20 09:34:44

I am distraught at the headlines today. Over 70s to stay in lockdown for a year possibly. I can’t stop crying. Feel like life is effectively over. Everyone talking about how lovely it is gardening and listening to the peace and the birds, please stop.
Will I ever see sydney family again? Will my British grandchildren be more than a year older before I see them?

Hetty58 Sun 19-Apr-20 09:40:04

Gran52, social distancing and lockdown had/have a very clear purpose.

The whole point is to slow down the rate of infection, those falling ill and needing NHS care.

If the NHS were overwhelmed, there would be even more avoidable deaths.

Annecan Sun 19-Apr-20 09:40:43

Goodness me, what next, shave their heads? Tar and feather?

polnan Sun 19-Apr-20 09:41:03

well I am looking at this from my perspective. over 70, no, repeat no, underlying health issues.. I just want to be able to go out more than the allotted half hour. once a day..
that will suit me.. however in that I would drive over to my gks house.. and keep social distancing, as they would also.

Family, for those of us who have them, and are not estranged or too distant.....
and being able to get out of the house..

so yes, just looking at it from my perspective..

glad I don`t have to make the decision, whatever decision is taken, it will be criticized... and judged.. or should that be the other way round,, judged, then criticized..

good new (?) I think Boris is back

Hetty58 Sun 19-Apr-20 09:41:53

Lucca, better than the alternative, surely? You'll still be around to see them all later!

Hetty58 Sun 19-Apr-20 09:44:52

Essex59, I agree that we need a longer lockdown here in London. It's very inconvenient, but necessary!

Nannapat1 Sun 19-Apr-20 09:47:12

I'd put measures in place to regulate the large amount of people still flying into the country untested, then deal with ensuring that social distancing was happening for all those who've continued to to travel to and from work without these measures being taken either during their journeys or at their place of work. Then, when we've all learned this new way to live, gradually businesses can reopen, with these measures in place, bearing in mind, many couldn't go back to work unless schools are reopened. No easy way to do it I'm afraid

TATT Sun 19-Apr-20 09:47:28

I don’t envy the people having to make these decisions at all, because there will be criticism whatever measures they adopt. COVID-19 will become endemic like measles, so until a vaccine emerges, we will have to be on constant alert. A reliable antibody test is crucial too, so that we can see who has contracted the virus.
I’m really struggling to get a feel of what things might be like this time next year.

JenniferEccles Sun 19-Apr-20 09:51:07

And then of course there is the problem of a global recession.

There has been a little bit of good news. Parks are now re-opening and it’s been made clear that we can drive somewhere for exercise providing the walk is for longer than the time it took to drive there.

Little things, but definitely a step in the right direction.

Hert2Hart Sun 19-Apr-20 09:51:12

In the Guardian- Saturday April 18th-Journal Section Jonathan Freedland likens lock down to hiding in a log cabin having been chased by a bear. The question is not when will lockdown end? but when will it be safe? When the bear's claws and teeth have been removed- by a vaccine, otherwise we face rounds of relaxation and lockdown. While we're waiting for that to happen (!) we need to adopt the new normal.

juneo Sun 19-Apr-20 09:51:13

Hi, just thinking about booking the delivery slot, last Christmas my Dil booked her Christmas slot very early and ordered lots of goodies and all the usual Christmas dinner stuff, thinking it was all sorted, unfortunately even though she had booked very early they still only put the order together on the day of delivery, so therefore a lot of stuff was out of stock! She ended up with about a quarter of what she ordered!! ?

Hellsbelles Sun 19-Apr-20 09:53:36

We've just had that conversation at home. When ( if) in the next month or so , things are relaxed and a few more places open, we will not be the first to spread our wings. We live in Cumbria and are a stones throw from Buttermere, and are missing our lake district walks, so as long as we can still manage the distancing we will venture out for walks out in the great outdoors once again.

Joesoap Sun 19-Apr-20 09:58:27

Is this the follow up to Brexit, Covexit, that will keep us going for a time.I think when restrictiona are lifted it should be done slowly.Shielded people should wait a while, I think that would be wise
I dont think people will rush out, as they have been saying, they are so used to a quieter life they might continue for a while, to let the panic covexiteers get on with it.Everyone is used to less shopping trips,and seem to cope, money isnt plentiful either, and many shops will take a while to open, if at all.
Lets all take a day at a time, so we arent back to square one again,we will get there in the end.

Kittymae Sun 19-Apr-20 09:58:58

I've already decided I'm not going to pubs or restaurants or anywhere where there is likely to be a crowd, just because the lockdown is lifted doesn't mean Coronavirus has gone away.

BusterTank Sun 19-Apr-20 09:59:20

Who would be in a rush to go out side and catch the virus . Just because they are letting you out doesn't mean the virus has gone . I would rather sit it out a bit longer .

Eglantine21 Sun 19-Apr-20 10:00:23

Annecan (and a few others) I thought from the OP with the cartoon, that it was a lighthearted thread. I was being frivolous. ?

I was obviously out of step. Actually I made a few lighthearted comments yesterday (or was it the day before) that didn’t go down well.


Nannan2 Sun 19-Apr-20 10:02:08

Oh dear God,have they coined a made up phrase for it like with brexit??well i hope it doesnt stick like that one did,it used to annoy me no end.angrygrini fully agree with Ellanvannin,i wont be rushing to go everywhere 'just in case'- i may venture to a hairdresser once all the rush is over,but not when its packed out,i agree with Eglantine21,its better to know who to avoid!(didnt they put gention violet on ringworm at one time as a cure?yes,they could do that,so we'd know)grinAnd its people like notanan2 who are probably still spreading it,if they think its a 'waste of time' etc,then people like that are the idiots still going out& about or flouting the rules,thinking it doesnt matter!

SunnySusie Sun 19-Apr-20 10:06:42

I dont hold out much hope for a vaccine in the shorter term and maybe not in the longer term either. There has never been a vaccine for diseases like Zika and Dengue Fever, nor indeed for SARs which was a coronavirus. To develop something guaranteed safe to give to the whole world without fear of the sort of backlash we saw over MMR would take years. SARs (which wasnt so contagious pre-symptoms) was eventually controlled by contact tracing and testing. This is why the WHO said very early on countries should contact trace and test. Germany followed their advice, we didnt, and we still are not apparently doing any contact tracing or much testing. To ease out of lock down we need to re-start primary schools for those who want to send their children, and rigorously test every child and family. I see no reason why businesses that can operate outside with 2 metre distancing, contactless payment etc cant open now e.g. garden centres. I went to an outdoor farmers market yesterday which was doing just that and it worked like a dream.

Eglantine21 Sun 19-Apr-20 10:07:56

Oh I had impetigo as a child and had gentian violet on my face. I was like a little purple nosed piggy.

And now I am being frivolous again?

SeaWatcher Sun 19-Apr-20 10:10:57

Totally agree with yorkie20.