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soul-123
soul-123

Is it just me or is anyone else worried about the virus ?

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I’m sure many are worried but we can only hope it doesn’t escalate too much. China seem to be doing their best to keep it contained but of course people travel. Not knowing the incubation period is scary.

We’re just carrying on as normal and are always careful with hand hygiene etc. Xxxx

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to sassy59

Yes we are all doing are bit re hand washing fingers crossed take care XXX

sassy59
sassy59
in reply to soul-123

You too soul-123. Xxx 😘

I am a bit, yes. There seems to be no information anywhere about how it affects people with COPD.

All I know is we are vulnerable but im not trying to scare people just wondering how we are all feeling mentally and physically X

I keep remembering that when I was a child, there was a company that used to deliver bottles of pop. It's name was Corona!!! 🙄

Yes me too apparently people are linking it to Corona Beer lol

Also a brand of cigar....I think

If you have a health weakness like the heart or lungs your immune system may be lower than others and as a result we would have less resistance to it. However, more information is constantly being updated. It appears our government have got things under control so don't worry too much. Keep on top of your hygiene by washing hands regularly and be wary of being amongst crowds of people and children. Keep abreast of the news and follow the advice given out.

Yes you are right they do appear to have it under control .

You are far more likely to catch something else from the vast amount of other viruses floating around. If laid out in a line they would stretch for 100 million light years

This is interesting. Viruses get swept up into the atmosphere and deposited on a different continent. That's a happy thought isn't it? dailygalaxy.com/2018/07/3776/

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to Inamoment

Yes I agree but hay ho just wondered how others were thinking x

Well if we're going to get it, we'll get it. Nothing we can do about it. 😷

I agree, if we're gonna get it we're gonna get it. Worrying won't keep it away, worrying just keeps you from enjoying the here and now.

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to KatherineK

I agree party round my house lol x

KatherineK
KatherineK
in reply to soul-123

Sounds like a plan stan.....lol 😀

I really don’t know how much more proactive I can be than the already hand washing, hand sanitising, mouth covering when out & keeping away from potential germ sources. As always I’ll just do what I can & hope for the best.

Just saw a mini-documentary and the Doctor in it said Hans -washing was the most important. You can infect your own mask by pulling it down and shaking hands with someone who has it. Masks are pretty useless because the disease control people wear different ones than the general population. And the virus can enter through the eyes as well. Do I’m not bothering with a mask! Hand wash everyone!

I saw something similar, no protection whatsoever from anything but the largest droplets from sneezes/coughs.

My slight worry is that I have youngsters living with me, and students. Can’t be helped! Hand washing well though.

That all we can do take precautions and take care.

That’s the best thing to do anyway

Damon1864
Damon1864Volunteer

I am worried but have faith in the health service and government. We all have to be careful and try and keep ourselves as healthy as possible. Have a good weekend everyone and take care of yourselves 🤗 Bernadette xxxxx

Well if people are not worried they should be.

Yes,I have a lung condition,I’m worried about the virus

It was said by a specialist on the news on TV this evening that the common cold and flu are far more infectious than this coronavirus. I am more concerned about catching a cold or flu which are doing the rounds at present, having been very ill last winter purely through catching a cold.

As Damon1864 said we need to be careful and do our best to stay as healthy as possible.

Yes-a lot of common sense. And if everyone would practice good sneezing etiquette as well, and wash their hands often. Masks are useless unless you have the special ones made for infectious lab workers etc.

Worry is just exhausting, better to wash hands, not to touch face with hands (unless just washed). When come home from shops etc, wash hands before putting food away and then afterwards. I use wipes on door handles, fridge handles etc. Have done this for a bit as my main med. is actually to reduce the efficiency of my immune system.

Gladwyn
Gladwyn
in reply to SORRELHIPPO

I use wipes on shopping trolley handles and I also hold a wipe on my finger at the cash points etc .... sounds a bit overkill but better safe than sorry as I struggle to breathe at the best of times. I prefer not to catch any bugs if I can help it😷🤒🤧😀

Yep! I wear a mask where ever I go in Michigan. USA Janet127

I think people will worry about this virus, but it needs to be put into context. I not only have a severe lung condition but immune deficiency also, am I worried not really!

The flu kills 350,000 people worldwide each year. and as of yet there is no cure. Two coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, cause much more severe respiratory infections in humans than other coronaviruses.

In 2012, the coronavirus MERS-CoV was identified as the cause of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In late 2002, SARS-CoV was identified as the cause of an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Coronavirus infections in humans most frequently cause symptoms of the common cold. Coronaviruses 229E and OC43 cause the common cold; the serotypes NL63 and HUK1 have also been associated with the common cold.

I do understand that China are doing their utmost to contain this virus by limiting travel and introducing self quarantine, by limiting movement of people within the infected provence.

I dont know about others but I do believe this has been sensationalised by the belligerent press, and news agencies. As said above basic and very simple cleanliness, hand washing and and minding others whilst in public, like covering mouths when coughing etc. I f you consider how many people have been affected by this virus and the population of the area of the first outbreak, it's only a small % of people who have been affected.Everyone stay safe, be practical, and use basic cleanliness. Wishing you all well.

kpm346
kpm346
in reply to sunrise2801

I fully agree with you but is this the scenario and precautionary exercise in case the equivalent of the Spanish flu arises. Just a thought.

Well. As far as the Spanish Flu is concerned, we’ve come a long, long way in the realms of medicine, communication, vaccine preparation etc etc. So while I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that by mutating too much, I doubt it will.

I’ve started wearing thin so called inner gloves when in supermarkets etc the gym too .

Not too worried about it, so far it hasn’t shown up in Ottawa Canada where I live! Planning on taking precautions though as I live with two young kids and two hospital employees. Hopefully it will all pass! Have a great weekend all😁

I am worried. I’ve had pneumonia 4 times with my bronchiectasis. I’m wondering if this latest virus will get me. I’m vigilant with hygiene. I carry wipes. I keep a bottle of soapy water and towel in my car so I can wash my hands after going to the supermarket etc. Apart from becoming a hermit on a remote island, I don’t know how to avoid the virus. It’s symptomless for ages. Just trying to be logical and calm. There are a lot of viruses already and flu kills people but this latest virus has drawn worldwide attention.

I am a hermit on a remote island. But I'm soon going to be travelling via five airports to go visit family. I must say I have been extremely worried but I just read an article on the BBC about the people returning from China being bussed to quarantine. The drivers of the five busses were told they don't need to wear any protective clothing. This despite the person next to the driver wearing something that looks like the suits NASA provides for space walks. The article also says the virus is only contagious if you're within two metres of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. I'd have thought the bus drivers would come in to that category. But apparently the drivers weren't at risk 🤔 in which case I'm less worried now.

I can’t believe the 15 minutes part. Surely that’ article’s wrong?

Apparently the reason we catch viruses/infections on planes is because our nasal passages dry out due to the low humidity. I read that using a saline nasal spray works well and also drink plenty water (as well as the G&T obviously!) to keep hydrated. Wipe everything in sight and never, ever touch the seat pocket. I too have to fly to visit family and nearly always catch something so I’m going to start doing all this stuff. Good luck!

I noticed that too surely the drivers should have been offered protection as when the buses went back to their depot they would have been cleaned and disinfected b4 being used again

Someone must be supremely confident that the bus drivers won’t be at risk, because they’ll go home in their regular clothes and be around other people. The passengers on the busses will be put in quarantine but the drivers will be out interacting with people. 🤔

I think I read on the BBC app that they’ve been told they’re not at risk but to self isolate as a precaution.

do you honestly think they would endanger the lives of the bus drivers and their families, I did remark to my husband about this the people who were travelling with the people were in full hazmat suits and the drivers were not, if the virus is as bad as what is being suggested in the press why did the drivers at the very least not have a mask on?

Perhaps be wary of being in air conditioned environments that drying - allowing bacteria and viruses in so I am reading. Also badly maintained AC systems.

Worried? Yes. Overly concerned? No. Just take the precautions we always take with a bit of extra and importantly stay away from crowds. Take care soul-123 . xx 👋😁

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to Caspiana

Yes im the same worried and not unduly concerned but really wanted to know how everyone felt! X

It's made me tell my family the security code to the house alarm! Worrying never changed anything or added anything to my life so I try not to do it! Wont make a jot of difference except tire me out . Stress reduces immunity. I want to be positive. ;)

I think as we all have lung conditions we have all had the pneumonia shot. Apparently the body can't fight the coronavirus and pneumonia at the same time. This seems to be what has actually killed people. So we may have that protection ironically.

Has anyone else gone off the idea of Chinese take-away? We know it was Chinese New Year and many of them have had family visit or visited themselves. Am I being paranoid or has it put you off too?

Kakariki
Kakariki
in reply to Copey399

No your not the only one we have stopped having takeaways and might see silly I dont order anything on eBay either from China or made in China

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to Kakariki

Curry it is then !

Kakariki
Kakariki
in reply to soul-123

Curry kills all known and unknown diseases on the planet and tastes better than dettol lol

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to Kakariki

Ha Ha so true

I don’t think that will make a difference over here.

Think of all the nurses and doctors faced with sick people, I feel for them, and I'm a bit wary of my lung consultant appointment on Monday, and traveling there in an enclosed car with the hospital transport man. With my bronchiectasis I get seriously ill for months if I catch a 'cold', normal folk recover in a week or two, yep, I'm concerned soul-123.

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to zube-UK

Thinking of you but we all have to remain optimistic and take usual precautions take care X

Hi, all of us with asthma and lung conditions are likely to be worried. I also have an MBL immune deficiency (my level is now 15 as healthy norm is 1300) which means that I catch all viruses, bacteria and fungus much easier. I don’t think we can avoid the virus getting to us (apart from obviously avoiding where possible public places and airplanes), that’s why we have to make sure that we are as healthy as possible, so if it gets us our bodies are stronger and more likely to fight it off. Last winter I was sick for around 4 months with chest infections and had 3 courses of antibiotics and ended up in hospital. I was working as a manager in a patisserie cafe and was constantly dealing with the public, cleaning their plates and coffee cups, talking to numerous people every day, especially weekends. This summer I’ve changed my job, I work in a small biscuit factory, our company has very strict cleaning rules, everyone has to wash hands every time they sneeze, cough, touch their face... I have been eating very healthy home cooked meals and loads of fresh fruit. So end of January and I haven’t even had as much as the sniffles this winter so far- that a first in my entire life, I’m 43. (Touch wood). That shows me that avoiding crowds and having healthy lifestyle protects my body a lot. I am very worried the Coronavirus can get me with pneumonia due to my asthma and immunodeficiency, but I believe we have to prepare by eating healthy and keeping our bodies strong. Also I hope as others say that it’s more scaremongering by press and that our NHS is as prepared as they say (I read that seasonal flu complications kill around 1000 people in the uk every year). Best of luck everyone. X

So far it's not spreading around the country (only 2 visitors in safe hands), so we are not in real danger. Normal flu is more of a concern actually and easier to catch and people don't worry excessively about that, even with lung disease. So it's the usual: wash hands when appropriate and often, especially after being in places where people touch things a lot , avoid physical contact or kissing people you don't know!

I think you can relax.

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to Response

Yes I understand but with our conditions it does make you think im not panicking just wondered what every was thinking and relax must stop kissing lol

I just don't understand how an 80 year old woman who has COPD can travel to China to visit her grandson ,and now she traveled back to the UK,with all the other British expat.

I am allowed to travel but not on long haul flights.

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to Susan1200

It does make you wonder what is going on Sue x

That was my thought when I so her on the news.

I just do what I have done since my first lung cancer, I don't travel, haven't even gone out of state in a few years. I do my best to stay away from crowds, sneeze/cough into my elbow, wash my hands often, use hand sanitizer when I am unable to wash. I have hand sanitizer in my purse, my car, and almost every room of my house.

soul-123
soul-123
in reply to KatherineK

You are doing all the right things take care Sue X

Yes, a bit worried, but I think the powers that be are doing everything they can. Hand hygiene is so important - I’ve always carried hand sanitizer with me in public, even before my Bronchiectasis diagnosis. We just need to be extra cautious. But yes, I’m still a bit worried and I think as part of the group of high risk members of the population, we have every right to be. Hand gel and anti bacterial soap at the ready!! 😀

Hi, soul,it is worrying. I have COPD and I caught swine flu years ago and was in intensive care,so anything like the new virus sends alarm bells ringing.so I guess it is no public transport or crowded places for me.x

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