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#21 2020-03-12 12:24:22

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Re: Corona virus

colak wrote #322179:

We are saved!!!

Oh. Em. Gee. *shakes head*

cf. phiw13’s note above about Patient 31.


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#22 2020-03-13 16:35:19

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Re: Corona virus

Here’s a 2014 article by Zeynep Tufekci on the Ebola virus epidemic. She said that we should panic not because it threatens the US or the EU but what it reveals about our failing institutions.
medium.com/message/ebola-the-real-reason-everyone-should-panic-889f32740e3e


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#23 2020-03-14 00:21:15

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Re: Corona virus

colak wrote #322182:

Here’s a 2014 article by Zeynep Tufekci on the Ebola virus epidemic. She said that we should panic not because it threatens the US or the EU but what it reveals about our failing institutions.

That is about right… both public and private organisations / institutions are failing spectacularly.

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#24 2020-03-17 11:56:21

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Re: Corona virus

As from yesterday, Cyprus is under a state of emergency. Everything has closed down, so it is much easier to say what is open.

  • The building industry
  • Pharmacies
  • Take away restaurants
  • Supermarkets
  • Kiosks
  • Corner stores
  • Medical places (doctors, labs, etc)

Although I should feel OK re the building industry, I had 2 projects postponed until the emergency is lifted. Also, there is a scandal behind this exception.


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#25 2020-03-17 12:28:51

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Re: Corona virus

Hi

Here at Algiers( Algeria) they shot down Supermarket, mosque, festivals, gardens, and all places where people gather.

It become quiet on the street, less cars, less people outside. I have the chance to work at 200m of my house then i continue to work (i have only one person with me on the office).

Hope things goes well.

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#26 2020-03-17 12:37:06

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Re: Corona virus

Watched Boris bumbling his way through another public address yesterday evening. Despite his obvious lack of ability for public speaking of any calibre, whoever wrote the brief for our illustrious figurehead to try and read was shrewd. Pulling all support for emergency services at events is exactly the same thing as banning the events – since they can’t go ahead for health and safety reasons – but it’s a far better approach than outright saying they’re illegal. Gives people the illusion of choice.

Doing the latter would mean people try to find a way around the law, because banning anything makes it attractive. It’s the human condition (shades of: “See, we only have 74 people at this event so it’s okay as it’s below the legal minimum…”) and does little to help flatten the contagion curve. 74 potential interactions is still waaay too many for comfort if one person in the group carries the virus.

Me? I’m going to go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over. While it’s still open…

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#27 2020-03-17 13:33:09

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Re: Corona virus

I think that it is very irresponsible of Boris not to close down everything, including the tube. Many of our cases here were people who arrived from London. From what I hear from friends who live there, there seems to be little to no information, and no measures against the spread of the virus.

In Cyprus we started with 2 then it increased to 9, 19, now it is over 50 infections in about a week.

Although the virus is fatal for those over 60, we all know and love many people in that age group.

For once, this is about civic responsibility and solidarity. Maybe this is why Trump and Boris are doing nothing.

On a lighter but relevant note here’s a piece prepared by the Juice Media in Australia.


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#28 2020-03-17 13:48:05

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Re: Corona virus

Bloke wrote #322203:

Watched Boris bumbling his way through another public address yesterday evening. Despite his obvious lack of ability for public speaking of any calibre, whoever wrote the brief for our illustrious figurehead …

… reminds me of this (twitter but worth it!)


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#29 2020-03-17 13:57:10

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That ad’s very good! Much better than most of the ‘advice’ on social media. EDIT: and so’s that ‘handler’ video, jakob! Genius indeed.

The only reason Boris even started looking at this was because it landed on his doorstep. If it had been any other part of the country than London (which, due to population density, is statistically significant) he’d have continued peddling the wash your hands and everything will be fine mantra.

Tube: Yeah, maybe. But according to some people I know in London today, the underground’s a ghost town anyway. People, it seems, are doing the right thing and staying away from work, or working from home.

There were rumours abound he’d shut schools for the remainder of the academic year. With the number of doctors and nurses I know doing the school run – and assuming this is indicative of the general ratio of medical professionals to other workers with primary age kids – I’m not sure preventing those people from going to work is going to help our health service cope.

Maybe it’s a trade-off. A few hundred thousand fewer medical staff vs countless millions of potential interactions between carriers in the playground pick up/drop off cycle that could overwhelm those staff anyway.

I don’t have the answers, but I’m surprised that with the amount of reasonably balanced information out there about other countries (mis)handling the situation, that corporations and individuals are so slow to take any sensible actions and precautions until some numptees in Whitehall decide to wake up and pretend to care.

As soon as news started to break of the level of contagion, if I were a CEO, I’d relax the rules on insisting turning up at the office immediately and encourage remote working for anybody that can. Adjust shift patterns to minimise crossover. Brief people on good hygiene, keeping distance wherever possible. Simple, sensible stuff.

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#30 2020-03-17 13:58:02

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Re: Corona virus

France has joined Italy and Spain in a general lock-down since this noon, though nobody understands yet what it means. Statistically my family is not at danger, but some of my best friends are doctors, and I would hate doing something that would expose them to dealing with hard cases. So avoiding contacts as much as possible.

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