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Lutz

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  1. My wife and I are over 70, as are many of our neighbours, and we are all going about out daily business much the same as before the virus except that we take care not to get too close to others including other members of the family, wash our hands even more often than usual and we wear masks when we go into supermarkets. There has not been any directive for us to do any more. I don't know what the picture is like in the UK at the moment but here in Germany there are a lot more people taking their daily exercise by riding a bicycle. Everybody knows that the risk of injury in an accident is far greater on a bicycle than in a car. In fact, only this afternoon, while driving home, I saw a cyclist doing a somersault over the handlebars and hurting himself quite badly.
  2. I appreciate that, but I was comparing case fatality rates and these should be comparable: The following example shows figures released by the Johns Hopkins University as of today. A possible explanation for the high case fatality rate in the UK is that people are dying before they have had a chance to be tested, but it still doesn't explain why there are so many more deaths per head of the population.
  3. That would explain differences in confirmed cases relative to the total population, but not in the mortality rate relative to the number of confirmed cases.
  4. I am still trying to figure out why the mortality rate in some countries is so much higher than in others. All that I can think of is that tests in those countries simply aren't being carried out early enough, but that has as much to do with the quality of medical care provided as with the behaviour of the people.
  5. Why would you think that the population in the UK is at greater risk of infection than in Germany? Theoretically, with all the measures that have been imposed in the UK the risk should be even less. One is taking risks, albeit minimal ones, every day, even when there is no threat of infection.
  6. I fully agree, but in view of the fact that the mortality rate here in Germany is less than 1 in 1000 of all confirmed cases and I'm not dealing with a confirmed case, I think that risk is so minimal that I can live with it.
  7. I'm glad that they're taking a more pragmatic approach here in Germany, where unless you are found to be congregating in a group of more than two people you can do more or less whatever you like. This afternoon we shall be driving to the sister-in-law who lives about 30 miles away. We are all over 70 so my wife and I will be sitting on the sister-in-law's garden terrace, she will remain indoors and we will have a nice chat through the French window. Later we'll go for a walk with her across the fields, keeping the required distance. I think we're taking all sensible precautions and I can't see any risk of contagion under such conditions.
  8. No but I would hazard a guess that proportionately a lot more accidents at home involve injury than on the road.
  9. No, I was just wondering whether things were clear cut in the UK, leaving no possible loophole for interpretation where a court would have to decide. I just cannot understand how the risk is any greater sitting in the car on your own is any greater than sitting or working in the garden with the neighbour in his and less than a stone's throw away.
  10. Judging by contradicting replies to my question my predicament seems to be grey area. Fortunately it doesn't apply to me because the restrictions here in Germany are less stringent. Apart from the need to maintain social distancing, not allowing gatherings of more than 2 people who are not part of the family, and shops, restaurants, etc. having to be closed, all other measures are only recommendations left to sensible personal judgment. As a result I can commute between house and flat as often as I like so long as I maintain social distancing. Just as a note on the side, Germany has about two and a half times the number of confirmed cases compared with the UK but only a third of the mortalities. One does wonder why this is.
  11. Quite apart from the fact that 7 miles is a bit far to walk there and back, I figure that I am a lot less likely to come into close contact with any other person by driving there than walking. Besides, the time that I am exposed to the outside world is a lot less, too.
  12. Just out of interest (it doesn't affect me because here in Germany because we don't have the same restrictions as in the UK) I would like to know what my position would be if I lived in the UK. I have a house and a flat, which are about 7 miles apart. I am currently redecorating the bathroom so it is not usable at the moment. In order to be able to take a shower I have to drive to the flat. On the other hand my bed is in the house and all the cooking etc. is done there. Would the trip to the flat be considered an essential journey in the UK?
  13. You do need to check whether the structure of the wall in the area where you wish to mount the bracket is strong enough to take the weight of the bracket and TV, especially if you want to travel with the TV attached to the bracket. I had serious doubts about mine. That's why I have the TV wall bracket mounted on a separate substantial steel bracket which, in turn is bolted through a relatively solid shelf, as in the picture below, and not to the wall itself.
  14. We in the West shouldn't be so pretentious. We buy live shellfish such as lobster, mussels, prawns, etc. to cook live and elsewhere in Europe I've seen some pretty unsavoury bits of animal being offered as delicacies in restaurants. I think the big difference is more in the hygiene standards and measures that normally apply in our part of the world than what we actually eat. What's the big difference, for example, between eels and snakes? The Australians really love their witchetty grub soup and horse meat is big in many parts of Europe.
  15. No restrictions here. Everything is basically normal so long as I don't get too close to anybody. I'm still going through a tank full of diesel every 3 weeks or so.
  16. That's if you want to protect yourself. If you want to protect others, the surgical mask is perfectly sufficient.
  17. No, the standard mask works perfectly in the opposite direction against larger particles such as dust or paint, but the material is too coarse to filter out the virus of nanometre size. It will stop the droplets that you cough or sneeze, though because they are so much larger, like the dust or paint.
  18. The basic mask that you usually see the general public wearing only works effectively one way, yes, but if everybody wears one, it does provide good overall protection.
  19. The object of wearing a mask in public is to protect others in case you have been knowingly or unknowingly infected, not to protect yourself, and for that purpose the standard mask is perfectly adequate. As I said above, for general use, i.e. not medical, the mask is not to protect yourself but others. As you don't blow water droplets through your eyes, there's no need to cover them up.
  20. One man‘s essential is another man‘s unnecessary, so who do you ask?
  21. My point was why turn the wheels at all? Whether the flat is there for a week or six months doesn't make any difference. It's not going to get so bad after a standing for many weeks that it won't get ironed out after the first few miles of its next outing.
  22. The governments of other countries have chartered planes for the express purpose of repatriating their nationals in the event of them being stranded overseas so why shouldn't the UK do so too? Lufthansa alone has brought back 160,000 Germans.
  23. I don't know where nationality comes into play. Whatever country you are in you have to abide by the laws of that country and here in Germany, unless you placed under home quarantine following a virus test, there are no restrictions where you can go and for how long you can leave your home just as long as you maintain social distancing and there are no more than two of you or other members of the household. In fact, if you can get out into the countryside, extended walks are even recommended. Now that seems logical to me.
  24. What's a mountain rescue or helicopter got to do with it? If I feel reasonably fit when I get up in the morning I'm not going to get so ill so quickly that I can't return home if need be. I'm not away that long. There's about as much of a chance of having to call emergency services while at home as there is when I'm out on a hike. I simply fail to see the logic of the argument.
  25. But a short trip to the supermarket, or even worse the use of public transport, is going to expose me (and others) to a lot more possible infection than a three hour hike across the hills where there's no-one in sight. The roads are almost deserted at the moment so an hour's drive out of town and into the hills is not going to get in the way of emergency services.
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