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Started by dreams99 on Mar 16, 2020 2:04:33 PM
The Pandemic Experience Thread

To separate out discussions of how we're coping with it, and those we know, from general news on the pandemic.

fogger - 16 Mar 2020 14:08:50 (#1 of 1496)


If I have to self-isolate, I suppose that means I should keep my kid out of school, right?

elghunden - 16 Mar 2020 14:09:58 (#2 of 1496)

I guess it depends why you are self-isolating?

AlanII - 16 Mar 2020 14:12:27 (#3 of 1496)

Great idea, thanks, dreams.

fogger - 16 Mar 2020 14:18:26 (#4 of 1496)

I guess it depends why you are self-isolating?

Take a wild stab in the dark.

dreams99 - 16 Mar 2020 14:19:53 (#5 of 1496)

Have you come into contact with someone with the virus?

fogger - 16 Mar 2020 14:23:25 (#6 of 1496)

I have no idea. I've just developed a sore throat and a bit of a cough. Most likely, it's just something from one of my twins, as he's had a snotty nose all week.

But if I did decide to self-isolate just to be a good citizen, I suppose it's kinda pointless if my other household members are out and about?

cozzer - 16 Mar 2020 14:23:29 (#7 of 1496)

Fogger, do you have a temperature, and are you having any breathing difficulties?

cozzer - 16 Mar 2020 14:25:02 (#8 of 1496)

How dry is your cough?

(an early, rejected, BeeGees draft)

dreams99 - 16 Mar 2020 14:25:47 (#9 of 1496)

You don't need to self-isolate as such unless you have symptoms or you've been in contact with someone who's positive. But social distancing might be sensible.

As cozzer suggests, primamry symptoms are fever and aching limbs. A cold and a cough could be a normal virus.

spartak - 16 Mar 2020 14:26:24 (#10 of 1496)

Sensible stuff from cozzer. Take your temperature. Normal is 36.6c. Fever is 37.7

fogger - 16 Mar 2020 14:30:20 (#11 of 1496)

Can't take temp as thermometer has gone walkies!

elghunden - 16 Mar 2020 14:34:32 (#12 of 1496)

Actually, it wasn't as stupid a question as you want to think. I was wondering if you were self-isolating because you had just come back from somewhere where there were a high number of cases, or whether it was because you were having symptoms. The advice from the government where I live is different depending on which of the two it is.

davedanon - 16 Mar 2020 14:35:05 (#13 of 1496)

I've had vague cold symptoms - sneezing, phlegm, slightly scratchy throat, for a few days. just keeping a weather eye on it.

davedanon - 16 Mar 2020 14:36:32 (#14 of 1496)

dottir has arrived with a brand new laptop supplied by her job, they're all to wfh for the foreseeable.

fogger - 16 Mar 2020 14:38:47 (#15 of 1496)

I've got what Dave has got.

(Not a daughter with a new laptop).

PaperRustler - 16 Mar 2020 14:40:00 (#16 of 1496)

If Merkel is right and 60/70% of the population gets the virus, this is going to be a mighty long thread.

davedanon - 16 Mar 2020 14:41:16 (#17 of 1496)

I think you'll know if it's something to genuinely worry about, fogger. I've heard anecdotal stuff about people 'getting colds', then getting better, and then...whammo. But that could be all nonsense.

cozzer - 16 Mar 2020 14:42:45 (#18 of 1496)

Not nonsense.

fogger - 16 Mar 2020 14:44:39 (#19 of 1496)


That sounds fun!

dreams99 - 16 Mar 2020 14:44:58 (#20 of 1496)

Guy in our local corner shop had a rubber glove on to handle the cash he took for me and change he gave to me. Of course, I don't have a glove on, so whatever was on that cash (and I work in Soho, it could be all manner of things) is now on my hands and in my pocket.

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