Gransnet forums


Corona virus in UK

(57 Posts)
Daisymae Fri 31-Jan-20 12:02:08

Just reading that the UK had its first cases. Guess it was only a matter of time. Let's hope they manage to contain it

EllanVannin Fri 31-Jan-20 12:14:21

The two cases are in a hospital in Newcastle.

My local hospital is housing those who are coming into the UK today, Arrowe Park hospital, where I once worked.
They'll be in the old " nurse's homes " buildings which will be equipped with all facilities for the next 2 weeks.

I don't envisage the virus will be any worse than others have been, apart to those who have existing illnesses. I hope not anyway.

vampirequeen Fri 31-Jan-20 12:25:32

Sounds like it's a nasty bug I don't think this is the apocalypse virus.

harrigran Fri 31-Jan-20 12:30:42

I just hope the isolation unit in Newcastle is well isolated IYKWIM.
These confirmed cases have been staying in a hotel in the centre of York, just imagine the number of contacts. Planes, trains, hotel staff and all the premises that they have eaten in and walked round. To have developed the infection now means they have left China during the outbreak.

EllanVannin Fri 31-Jan-20 13:10:55

This is going to be the biggest problem, harrigran, those who left China before/during the outbreak. The incubation period being around ten days in which they wouldn't have been aware that they had the disease.

FlexibleFriend Fri 31-Jan-20 13:12:56

Apparently it's less contagious than the flu.

craftyone Fri 31-Jan-20 13:18:02

yes, centre of york, were staying in a hotel. Incubation is 5-14 days

yggdrasil Fri 31-Jan-20 13:39:25

"Apparently it's less contagious than the flu."
And only slightly more lethal.

FlexibleFriend Fri 31-Jan-20 14:30:01

With a 2% mortality rate, 98% recovery rate.

harrigran Fri 31-Jan-20 14:38:16

It is fine to quote mortality rates if you are a fit young person but what about our age group ? Most of my family, over 70, have serious illnesses, several different cancers and one with a brain tumour. What happens when the carers get a virus ?

Missfoodlove Fri 31-Jan-20 16:21:00

I don’t think we can trust that we have an accurate picture of how the virus is affecting the Chinese.
Their media is heavily censored.
Until we have faced it and monitored it in Europe it will be hard to ascertain exactly how lethal it is or hopefully isn’t!

GrannyGravy13 Fri 31-Jan-20 16:58:00

The price of all face masks has shot up dramatically in the U.K. this week.

We are having difficulty sourcing a variety of brands for our regular customers at normal buying price and inundated with enquiries from general public.

rubysong Fri 31-Jan-20 17:16:28

It prompted me to phone the Health Centre and ask for a pneumonia vaccination as I am over 65 and haven't had one. They haven't any vaccine and don't expect to have any until April! Does anyone know if I can get it done at the chemists?

MiniMoon Fri 31-Jan-20 17:40:24

The RVI has a specialist isolation wing equipped with every type of barrier nursing suits etc.
This was the hospital that looked after the Ebola virus patients.
They have a dedicated team specially trained to deal with exotic diseases and viruses.
I really think that the risk of us contracting this coronavirus is pretty low, so I'm not worrying although DH is.

rubysong Fri 31-Jan-20 17:51:49

I've been googling and found the pneumonia vaccination can be done at Boots for £70. (In case anyone else is wondering.). I shall wait until the health centre gets some vaccine.

sweetonion Fri 31-Jan-20 17:59:56

I’m not going to get my panties in a bunch over this...not with over 7000 dying so far worldwide from the regular influenza! Yes, seven thousand. Take care of yourself and eat chicken soup!

timetogo2016 Fri 31-Jan-20 18:55:36

Well said sweetonion.

Calendargirl Fri 31-Jan-20 22:11:48

What will happen to the people who are in isolation after the 14 day incubation period if they are ok? They won’t be able to go back to China to their jobs etc. for ages I imagine.

Callistemon Fri 31-Jan-20 23:04:44

The patients in isolation are not being kept from each other so we did wonder what would happen if one develops the disease after 14 days. Does that mean the other people are kept in isolation for another 14 days? And so on?

Callistemon Fri 31-Jan-20 23:05:10

Sorry, not patients - people!

ladymuck Sat 01-Feb-20 07:36:49

I presume simply covering your mouth and nose with a scarf will be just as effective as wearing a mask?
It's a good precaution at this time of year anyway.

Hetty58 Sat 01-Feb-20 07:44:42

rubysong, the pneumonia vaccination protects against bacterial pneumonia - not viral pneumonia!

Grandad1943 Sat 01-Feb-20 08:35:28

I feel that it is not the number of deaths that this virus causes being the major issue at present as that would seem to be low. It is the fact that those who are infected are generally "laid up" for at least ten days it would seem.

Therefore, it is the threat to the overall infrastructure that has to be considered if large numbers of people were off work through illness.

To give a very basic example to the above, who will keep the lights on if a great many employees at the power station cannot work through illness. There is also the very likely situation that any business could be forced to close by the authorities if persons working there are found to be infected.

Like many businesses in the last few days we worked until late last night thinking through who, and how, our employees could possibly work from home should a situation arise where ether of our offices was forced to close.

The situation with those that work by way of going into other people's offices and homes we are going to address later this morning at another meeting.

The above are only precautions as it may well be that such plans will not hopefully be needed. However, in the current situation, many organisations are laying out such plans which are a necessary requirement we believe at this time.

inishowen Sat 01-Feb-20 09:29:30

It amazes me that the bus drivers bringing the people to isolation wore no protective clothing. They have been told to stay at home for 10 days. Presumably they have families. Are they to be isolated too? Also the crew on the aircraft that flew them home. What's happening to them?

mistymitts Sat 01-Feb-20 09:52:49

From a well known TV programme "Don't Panic"!