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  1. Given the level of Chinese ownership of UK and US assets, that may not be an easy thing to do.
  2. How on earth would a radio wave cause a virus???? https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/03/broadband-engineers-threatened-due-to-5g-coronavirus-conspiracies
  3. It's worse than that. There's quite a false-negative error with the tests. You can be tested negative when you do actually have the virus. This is why the NHS often does two tests. I have two friends who only tested positive on the second test. One is fortunately recovering and has been discharged. Hope the other one recovers too.
  4. It's noticeable that the air is cleaner. I love walking the dog now the roads are quieter. I do hope that many of the people now working from home continue to do so.
  5. I think a number of people accidentally disclose the information when asked the purpose of their journey. Given that it's never cost me more than a token amount to add business cover, I always did so. Indeed I still have it despite being retired. I do a day a week of electrical work (PAT testing etc) for a charity and I'd hate to have an argument come claim time.
  6. I too wore a mask to the supermarket, and some disposable gloves. We also wiped down all the packets before putting the groceries away. We're caring for my 92-year old mother in law, who had a heart attack 2 weeks ago. Her heart is significantly damaged, and it won't take much to push her over the edge. She's fairly sanguine about things, but would rather like to live long enough to see her new great grandchildren (twins born a few days ago). I realise that the mask I wore is not surgical standard. But then, I'm not barrier nursing a C-19 positive patient where it's important to get close to 100% protection. For my circumstances even 50% risk reduction is worth having. I was glad I was wearing it when the bad language removed behind me in the queue to get into the supermarket suddenly coughed all over everyone without even attempting to cover his mouth. Admin comment: More bad language removed from this posting - please stop doing it.
  7. There is some rot spouted about things that could invalidate your insurance. The most common being that not having an MOT makes your insurance void. If you search the ombudsman database, very few of them have any basis in reality. And especially the no MOT garbage. You are required to keep your car roadworthy - which is normally taken to mean tyres, brakes, steering, body. Claims have been rejected (and the insurer upheld by the ombudsman) for bald tyres, for instance, where that contributed to the accident. You can look here for yourself: https://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/data-insight/ombudsman-decisions
  8. Agreed. The review that follows this outbreak will be interesting.
  9. Not sure if you're agreeing or disagreeing with me? Chris Whitty is the Chief Medical Officer for England, and the "we" he referred to is the other Chief Medical Officers. The change in strategy seems to have happened when the modellers saw the numbers coming from Italy (which were much worse than the numbers from China had led them to expect). Agreed.
  10. I didn't even bother opening it this month. Straight into recycling. The magazine is such a waste of the planet's resources, Reviews that suck up to the manufacturers. Letters that suck up to the club. And pointless drivel inbetween the adverts.
  11. I'm not Boris' biggest fan, but you're aware that's what was being recommended to him at the time? Indeed, on 24 January, Chris Whitty said "We all agree that the risk to the UK public remains low, but there may well be cases in the UK at some stage. We have tried and tested measures in place to respond. The UK is well prepared for these types of incidents, with excellent readiness against infectious diseases." https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cmo-for-england-statement-on-the-wuhan-novel-coronavirus
  12. If he has severe asthma that puts him in the shielded group and he should be in isolation. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
  13. It's only a couple of weeks ago that the government was getting loads of flak for not bringing the the 'lockdown' in quickly enough. The experts said they didn't want to do it too soon as people would find it tough. We're one week in, and some folk want to rebel already!!!! And the papers are stirring it.
  14. Given that forklifts are central to keeping the country fed, I'd say that was reasonable, unless he's in a vulnerable group. If he's being called out to customers who are not key, then he has grounds for complaint. He should, of course, keep to the 2m rule as much as he can. The aim of the isolation strategy is NOT that we all hide in our houses until this is over, but that the transmission be slowed to a rate which allows the NHS to treat people. The actual guidance for people like your friend is: "Certain jobs require people to travel to, from and for their work – for instance if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services. If you cannot work from home then you can still travel for work purposes, provided you are not showing coronavirus symptoms and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating. This is consistent with advice from the Chief Medical Officer. Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available)." https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others (Edited to add the official government advice)
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