After a rather heavy post last night I am just bringing up a comment I saw on another form which may be of interest to any who are to self-isolate and who have family members who would normally be going out to work, with the attendant risks.
I don't know the details but this was sent out to staff at B&Q:
"Following the government’s latest guidance on the 1.5 million most vulnerable members of society, colleagues living with anyone who’s been identified as extremely vulnerable and received a letter from the NHS can now stay at home on full pay. Please share the letter with your line manager and they’ll make sure you continue to be paid."
I realise that by no means all companies will be as generous - but it does suggest that the government is providing a subsidy of some sort to employers for people in that situation and it is worth asking. My daughter (herself vulnerable) is still working as a nurse and is intent on continuing - so her daughter, who is also vulnerable, has moved out to her boyfriend's home for safety as his mum is on chemotherapy and must shield anyway. Not everyone is as lucky.
This is a link to a post I put up earlier:
which has more info about accessing support.
Here in Italy there has been a fall in new cases for 2 or 3 days running - a positive sign that the just over 2 week lockdown is now achieving something. That is how long it takes to work at all - the incubation period is about that. You are just starting in the UK and USA - but there is some light along that tunnel. That won't be the end, there will be restrictions for months before we are out of the woods. But it is a start, A glimmer of hope.
But the message is: STAY AT HOME! It will be worth it.