Coronavirus: what do you think of this?

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Anonymousamie
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51895873
I think it’s wrong to force the elderly to self-isolate. I know it’s for their own protection, but some may be unable to actually collect the supplies on their doorstep and they may require a carer to visit them every day like my grandmother, so I’m worried how she’ll cope. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but I learnt when reading a guardian article a few weeks ago that they’ll obviously feel more lonely which increases the likelihood of getting dementia
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A 70-year old guy rang the radio this morning to say he and his self-isolating wife are now living on scraps because their local supermarket (Edgware Road, London) is cleared out!

One hope might be a volunteer from AgeUK
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A 70-year old guy rang the radio this morning to say he and his self-isolating wife are now living on scraps because their local supermarket (Edgware Road, London) is cleared out!

One hope might be a volunteer from AgeUK
Oh that’s terrible Let’s hope so
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If you really want to help them, instead of thinking that it should be government and charities that should be the only one to help them, if you know any older person living nearby see if they need help getting the supplies they need.
Dont forget many of them dont have access to the internet for online shopping so if younger people panic buy toilet rolls and food, tins etc. It will be these older people that will suffer the most.
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(Original post by Anonnorth)
If you really want to help them, instead of thinking that it should be government and charities that should be the only one to help them, if you know any older person living nearby see if they need help getting the supplies they need.
Dont forget many of them dont have access to the internet for online shopping so if younger people panic buy toilet rolls and food, tins etc. It will be these older people that will suffer the most.
I understand that and I’m more than happy to help, but are we supposed to just leave the shopping on their doorstep? My gran has to travel on a wheelchair so it really isn’t convenient.
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Two points:

1. Someone knocks on your door and says they'll get your shopping for you - how are you going to pay them?

2. Just how long are they supposed to self-isolate given current wisdom is this virus isn't going to peak for another 2-3 months?
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(Original post by ghostwalker)
Two points:

1. Someone knocks on your door and says they'll get your shopping for you - how are you going to pay them?

2. Just how long are they supposed to self-isolate given current wisdom is this virus isn't going to peak for another 2-3 months?
They are talking about up to 4 months
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They are talking about up to 4 months
4 months!!!! Anyone here think they could cope self-isolating for 4 months, on your own, not in a hospital, no visitors, let alone being over 70.
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I was talking to my Grandparents about Coronavirus on Friday and they seemed quite sanguine about the whole thing.

They said they have lived a happy and fulfilled life and if they get infected then that is simply what happens. They aren't going to impede their quality of life if they only have a few months left to live.
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Fat chance that my 76 year old dad is going to want to self-isolate.
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The government isn’t planning on forcing the elderly to self-isolate. The article says they will be “told to”. But yes loneliness might become a problem especially with relatives cautious about visit them.
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Let’s be honest. Whatever the government do it won’t be perfect.
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(Original post by Andrew97)
Let’s be honest. Whatever the government do it won’t be perfect.
There is no perfect.
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I understand that and I’m more than happy to help, but are we supposed to just leave the shopping on their doorstep? My gran has to travel on a wheelchair so it really isn’t convenient.
Advice is that if you are healthy you can enter the property if you stay 2 metres away from the other person.
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This seems to be more them advising them to rather than locking them up, as it were? At any rate, good luck enforcing it. I rather doubt some of the more irascible types are going to be cowed by some poxy little virus. Never mind the exceptionally bad optics on tasering an elderly person who refuses to be placed under house arrest.
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I'm quite unbothered about this.
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