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Corona virus in UK

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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

Callistemon Sat 01-Feb-20 10:11:19

Presumably a full risk assessment was carried out; the bus drivers would be volunteers and wouldn't have been able to see to drive if they were wearing full protective clothing with masks.

Annabelle01 Sat 01-Feb-20 10:54:14

If you look at the back of your Dettol bottle, you'll see the Corona virus listed.... Its been around for a long time.... Is it a different strain this time?

Gwenisgreat1 Sat 01-Feb-20 10:58:23

I can't decide whether to panic or not!! I live in a touristy town not far from York. Last year I had Pneumonia, 5 years ago TB, so I know I am vulnerable. On the other hand I will probably just live my life and hope!!

grandtanteJE65 Sat 01-Feb-20 11:37:51

I heard yesterday that there will soon be a vaccine against the corona virus will be available soon.

Sunnysideup Sat 01-Feb-20 11:40:20

Just throwing this out there as a matter of interest. Cats get FCoV which is feline coronovirus. But it is NOT transferable to humans or other species of animal. I used to work for a cat charity so knew I had heard the name of this virus before. It’s probably very different to what we are dealing with but strange it has the same name.

moggie57 Sat 01-Feb-20 12:20:42

i was talking to my brother about this .what if someone in china was contaminated and they worked in a plastic factory. what if they contaminated the plastic items that get sent to the uk in its millions every week.doesnt bear thinking about .does it?

Americanpie Sat 01-Feb-20 12:23:51

I had a pneumonia vaccination done at Boots last year when I was 62. My doctor refused me one as I have no other illnesses.
However having read up on it and knowing that a couple of people I was acquainted with had died from it, I went ahead.
I used my advantage card and got the points too. It doesn't protect against all types but the vast majority.

fluttERBY123 Sat 01-Feb-20 13:45:56

On today's figures .5% of cases are fatal. Wondering what figures are for bog standard flu.

4allweknow Sat 01-Feb-20 14:09:00

Not all face masks screen out viruses. The ones readily available are okay for say a bit of smog, smell. The more effective ones have aspirators built in, are awkward, uncomfortable to wear and are expensive. The reports from China have stated those who have died have had other health issues, mainly respiratory ones.

janeainsworth Sat 01-Feb-20 14:17:09

Gwen you are only at risk if you have been in close contact with a person who is already infected.
Public Health England defines close contact as being within two metres for 15 minutes or more.

So I think you can stop worrying.

Baggs Sat 01-Feb-20 14:45:55

sunnysideup, I think coronavirus is a type of virus rather than a single one. The one people are concerned about at the moment is identified as 2019-nCoV.

Maremia Sat 01-Feb-20 15:09:05

Don't want to freak out Folk who are saying there is a cat version of this virus but... the present outbreak came from an animal!!!!

janeainsworth Sat 01-Feb-20 15:24:19

Yes Maremia, probably a bat in a Chinese market.
I doubt if many bats will make the flight from Central China to the U.K.

Sparklefizz Sat 01-Feb-20 16:09:34

Coronavirus is a family of viruses - cattle and pigs can develop it, also birds. There's no point in panicking.

Aepgirl Sat 01-Feb-20 17:06:14

At least we have been forewarned and can nip it in the bud.

Callistemon Sat 01-Feb-20 17:12:36


It is a family of viruses as others have said, the particular name is as Baggs has posted.

The family includes SARs, MERs and others producing symptoms like the common cold.

We can develop immunity to some of the older ones but
viruses mutate.

Perhaps this one should have been given a particular name.

Callistemon Sat 01-Feb-20 17:13:40

ie, A particular name which is easily recognisable and not the same name as others in the family.

Grandad1943 Sat 01-Feb-20 17:19:42

How this virus transferred from animals to humans is now "water under the bridge". What is now paramount is that infection has become person to person by way of being airborne from an infected individual.

Therefore, close proximity to others is where the risk of infection is at its greatest, and workplaces are where long period contact with others is at its highest.

The above is the reason the Chinese authorities have closed public transport, theatres and many workplaces etc in affected areas in an effort to reduce that high number close proximity association between persons.

The above is also being seen as the greatest risk to the UK, for it does not take any great vision to realise, by example, how this virus could drastically reduce the numbers of employees fit for work in any large food distribution centre and the ability of that centre to carry out operations.

I feel that it is not the number of deaths this infection has brought about is the great concern, for that seems to be low. It is, however, the effects this virus could cause in Britains infrastructure if large numbers become infected.

The above is the problem that China is having in attempting to keep its infrastructure and economy running in the present situation.

Callistemon Sat 01-Feb-20 17:31:45

Let us hope it can be controlled.

The seasonal flu is still going around the UK, about four viruses being responsible.

Only testing will tell if someone has the seasonal flu or has contracted the new virus which could mean laboratories could be extra busy and resources stretched.

Saggi Sat 01-Feb-20 17:53:21

Grandad 1943....I’m assuming we’d cope same as the ‘70’swhen we had three day weeks and the electric going off at all times of day and night...we got in s loaf of candles and survived

Saggi Sat 01-Feb-20 17:53:49

‘Load of candles’

Grandad1943 Sat 01-Feb-20 18:11:02

Saggi, I don't really fancy eating candles. 😄

Callistemon Sat 01-Feb-20 18:12:20

Or fork 'andles

Shizam Sat 01-Feb-20 20:07:07

The so-called smart motorways are so far killing more people in Britain. And much more expensive.

Vivian123 Sat 01-Feb-20 21:26:24

I have been drinking Corona for years. Never had a problem with it. The man used to come round, with his truck and sell new bottles of the fizzy stuff and take the empties away, giving us 3d for each empty bottle, returned. Most enjoyable, as a child. Dandelion and Burdock was my favourite. Now Corona is a Mexican lager, which is not the same, but I am older and it goes down just as nicely, but no refund on the empties.
This post is tongue in cheek and not meant to offend anyone, I assure you. My sympathies are with those suffering from the real disease.