How is the Cat family travelling?

LATE MAIL. Heads up for a thoughtful piece by our man in Tasmania Logic the First Casualty of the pandemic.

Has any  of our family been infected?

Any member of our immediate family and close friendship network?

Any of our more diffuse family, secondary friends, casual acquaintances, workmates and clubmates?

How many feel a sense of threat due to red flags – age, lung and respiratory conditions, compromised immune systems?

How voluntarily embraced the more extreme forms of lockdown in advance of directions?

All ok personally although  some close family have multiple predisposing conditions and started to take a lot of care very early in the piece.

Something a bit lighter from Jo Nova.  Courtesy of  Heath Robinson , not just the inventor of whacky machines!

 

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74 Responses to How is the Cat family travelling?

  1. Up The Workers!

    What a different world it would be today if only President Xi’s parents had practised a little “social distancing” all those years ago.

  2. iamok

    Nope but one of my 100 staff has pneumonia and is clear of CV19. I don’t actually know of anyone with the virus.

  3. MatrixTransform

    yesterday i reported somebody front-line who got tested.
    came back (-)ve

  4. yarpos

    No family or friends affected. Had a few people get tested but all returned negative results and just had regular colds and flu. We are sensitive to it as my mother in law has a couple of other conditions and only 50% lung capacity, and we are in the front end of the risk group ourselves.

    So we have retreated to home base , which happily is regional these days so it does actually give real distance. The only definite going out is weekly shopping at this stage, and we try not to travel otherwise except when the aforementioned mother in law needs help. As we are in a bushfire area we have always been lite preppers and wound that up back in January so we can stay home comfortably for 6 weeks if need be.

    Not really noticing much change in behaviour in my regional location, I think people have a false sense of security even though we are only 2 hrs out of the city. This morning the neighbour over the road has her extended family visiting from Melbourne (?!) My sense is generally , despite all the talk, people are only complying with what they are forced to comply with when things are shut and directly controlled/enforced.

  5. Delta A

    All fine here. We have socially isolated ourselves, much as we’ve done for years now. It works for us.

  6. Farmer Gez

    Not a soul.
    Country people have big family and social groups but no one from the extended network has reported a case.

  7. Botswana O'Hooligan

    79 this year, family and extended family from little ones up all healthy, frantically casting runes, examining goat entrails, burning chook feathers, anything to stem the guts falling out of our self funded retirement investments.

  8. WolfmanOz

    Immediate family OK, but my 83yo Mum is in full lockdown in her retirement village in Auckland, NZ. Also my Aunty in the UK tested positive a few weeks ago but has fully recovered (she’s in her mid 70s).

  9. Shy Ted

    Not I but the MSM is ablaze with apocalyptic scenarios so it must be true.

  10. Robber Baron

    Has any of our family been infected? Zero

    Any member of our immediate family and close friendship network? Zilch

    Any of our more diffuse family, secondary friends, casual acquaintances, workmates and clubmates? Nada

    How many feel a sense of threat due to red flags – age, lung and respiratory conditions, compromised immune systems? Yes, its a hot button because we all have elderly parents or grandparents. This is how they are getting us to comply. Neil Mitchell on 3AW is awesome at scaring people and supporting draconian government intervention. He is an enemy of freedom.

    How voluntarily embraced the more extreme forms of lockdown in advance of directions? Not well. I detest government authority.

    We live in a big house in communist Darebin in a quiet street and can easily avoid people. Despite all the above, I wear glasses, gloves and mask when I enter stores….not because I am afraid of catching the bat flu, but because my wife will kill me if I do. I’m living with her 24/7; self isolation would be preferable.

  11. Ellie

    I work for a frontline, essential service and know of two people infected. I have a heart condition and asthma. Have age on my side though. People with health issues, including mental health issues, please take care. X

  12. thefrollickingmole

    Nothing here in Bartertown.
    Town completely closed as of 9:00 this morning, if you go out you stay out or return and are locked down at your house for 2 weeks no pay.
    Unless the business has required you to go out or emergency/reasons, in which case the 2 weeks still applies but you are paid.

    Oldies are both very vulnerable with heart conditions but are limiting as much as possible contact with the outside world.

  13. Val Majkus

    I’m in Tamworth where there are 9 reported cases (as of yesterday 27/3). some are in hospital and daily welfare checks are being carried out for the other confirmed cases. Playground equipment in parks is off limits to children; a lot of shops are closed but the book shop remains open and of course the supermarkets. A lot of restaurants have branched out into takeaway. People are self isolating and going out for shopping and exercise only. Have friends who are nurses and I worry for them. Have cousins in Port Macquarie and worry for them. However, we’ve been through two world wars so I think we can handle this. It is concerning that people are still going to the beaches … the crowded beach photos I’ve seen from St Kilda; Coogee, Manly and of course Bondi … what are they thinking?

  14. Tintalrella di Luna

    Has any of our family been infected? Nessuno

    Any member of our immediate family and close friendship network? Nessuno

    Any of our more diffuse family, secondary friends, casual acquaintances, workmates and clubmates? Nessuno

    How many feel a sense of threat due to red flags – age, lung and respiratory conditions, compromised immune systems? Not in this house but staff have sick and elderly parents so are very very careful — our office is closed to clients and all teleconferencing is the go — as are civil cases by and large, by and large most court cases have been suspended until the end of April –

    How voluntarily embraced the more extreme forms of lockdown in advance of directions? Not well. I detest government authority.

    We live in a very quiet dead-end street that people only come down if they’re lost or live here. Our older son lives with his wife in the Municipality of Waverley, in the house be brought him home to as an infant, in a suburb which my dear departed Italian uses to call “il cimitero dei vivi — the cemetery of the living” where everyone lives behind a high wall and you don’t see a soul out and about from dawn to dusk., which I suppose is a positive.

    The Municipality of Waverley has the most diagnosed case of COVID-19 (as at yesterday according to the Oz it was 160 or thereabouts) Waverley Municipality contains the wealthy suburbs of Rose Bay, Double Bay and Vaucluse where many of the good burghers (and/or their gap-year offspring) have probably returned from overseas or from skiing hols in Cortina d”Impezzo or Livogno or thereabouts in Nothern Italy.

    We have voluntarily let staff work from home, which we had a trial run of last year due to a building defect which forced the evacuation of the building for at least 2 weeks (me three months due to proximity of my office to the problem) and for staff who come to the office we can comply with the 4 sqm rule.

    We have not voluntarily embraced the extreme restrictions, nor do we support more extreme measures – we loathe authoritarianism which this is. Instead of tracking and forcing the isolation of all those who have returned overseas and isolating all known cases the bureaucracy have led the politicians by the nose to shutting down business, causing at least a million if not more (I haven’t kept up) of people out of work who haven’t been overseas and who haven’t been, and are never likely to go skiing in Northern Italy.

    Keep well

  15. Tintalrella di Luna

    OOOPs block-quote fail, sorry

  16. Tony

    No one in the family thankfully. A few people at work have got it.

    Am currently in quarantine after being at a wedding where another guest later tested positive.

    The wife has very bad asthma and diabetes, so is in the high risk group. Quite a few other family and friends are on immuno-suppressants. So, everyone has been self isolating for the last week or two. A few partners and family of the high risk groups only have so much leave and work they can do from home, so will have to return to work at some point and someone will need to live elsewhere.

    I am working from home for the next few weeks, but once back at work, will be unlikely I can start any new projects and am expecting to be fired. There are jobs out there in my industry, but currently all new positions are frozen.

  17. custard

    Has any of our family been infected? No

    Any member of our immediate family and close friendship network? No.

    Any of our more diffuse family, secondary friends, casual acquaintances, workmates and clubmates? Nup

    How many feel a sense of threat due to red flags – age, lung and respiratory conditions, compromised immune systems? Zip

    How voluntarily embraced the more extreme forms of lockdown in advance of directions? Nup

    I’m in Perth and it’s just me and Mrs C. I got told not to come to work Monday and yet only two people have died in WA from the WhuVirus.

  18. Dr Faustus

    An Expert opines:

    Public health expert Gerard Fitzgerald from the Queensland University of Technology said if Australia moved to a stage three shutdown it would send a clear message to Australians to stay home.

    “Closing down non-essential shops and services won’t necessarily provide us with greater protection against the virus but it will help reiterate the message about social distancing,” Dr Fitzgerald said.

    So would randomly shooting family dogs belonging to former cafe owners and other non-essential persons.

    We might be short bogroll, but still plenty of experts to go around.

  19. Dr Faustus

    Oops. Wrong thread.
    While here, one family victim. An NHS doctor in London – trivial symptoms.

  20. Roger

    I heard someone from the gummint state that in Oz less than 1% of tests are positive and those cases are invariably connected with overseas travel. This thing could have been shut down without shutting down the economy.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We are enjoying home isolation, thankful that we didn’t fly in from LAX a day later, when we would have been shunted to a virus-incubating hotel. I have ways of sanitizing hotel rooms, but aircon is more difficult (although I did carry duct tape to seal it off it necessary if you couldn’t turn it off) and I’m glad we have avoided further hotel time with my stocks of Pine-o-Clean wipes and Glen20 spray running somewhat low (free plug for those goods there). Friends and family have all offered help, but we are fairly self-sufficient now, having mastered Woolies online horror show and ordered in some things we like. We are still well.

    No-one else we know is in any way affected with illness that may be this virus. Many friends and rellies are older and have self-isolated already. The younger ones, with kids and jobs, are finding it hard though.
    However, one of my sons lives in an apartment block where the drug dealer behind the opposite door in the corridor received a visit from a contact tracer and he heard them arguing in the corridor about ‘quarantine’. This dealer has a client who is positive, and is supposed to home isolate himself, although he is not doing so. Thus my son has moved to friend’s house for the duration. I told my son to sanitize entry doors everywhere and wear a mask if he briefly returns there to get anything. Sanitizing is the best thing we can do as a population, with hand alcohol, or a disinfectant soaked cloth in a glad bag. Quarter household bleach and water can also readily disinfect, and can be placed in a spray bottle.

    We’d love to go for some isolated blowy clifftop walks but it seems the recent rules have now excluded those for mandated ‘isolators’ like us. Doyles of Watson’s Bay have left all locals a leaflet saying they will do take out for us, pick up or delivery. As with many restaurants, they are falling back on the local population now that the tourists have gone.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This thing could have been shut down without shutting down the economy.

    Yes. Their public health advice has been sadly lacking any seriousness about true infection control via travel and also about self-isolation and what it means with everything left on a voluntary basis. Even the form we signed saying on entry on Wednesday that we would ‘self isolate’ simply referred to a website for information and at the bottom said you didn’t actually have to sign it, i.e. not mandatory for entry as far as we could see.

    Too many people in our health system have no idea; they seem to have studied ‘public health’ looking more at diversity and inclusion, ethics and rights, ‘natural’ nutrition and other unscientific things rather than virology and bacteriology, infection control in communicable diseases, and epidemiological methods, imho.

  23. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Nothing seems to have been coordinated. I was relieved early on when flights from Wuhan and other parts of China, having been free entry, were suddenly greeted by eight people with sprays creating an antiseptic walk through for arrivals. At least it showed there was concern, and temperature taking was also introduced. But that was all for show, a PR response to immediate public outcry till China flights were stopped, for there was little follow up after entry and a lax approach seems soon dominated at most airports and seaports, with some doing more than others. Australia says it relied heavily on contact tracing, and I am sure in some ways and places it did so, but the thing was pretty ad hoc, and viruses are not selective in this way.

  24. old bloke

    Lizzie, what is that deadly arsenal in your gravatar?

  25. Cassie of Sydney

    All fine here…thanks Rafe.

  26. Roger

    Their public health advice has been sadly lacking any seriousness about true infection control via travel

    I do wonder if our brightest medicos in the field aren’t working overseas?

  27. Cassie of Sydney

    Lizzie…love the arsenal!

  28. All fine. Does anyone want to swap half a dozen eggs for a toilet roll or two? What’s the going rate?

  29. A Lurker

    No incidence of the plague in the family or our extended network of friends. Still we’ve pulled up the drawbridge and our castle is fully stocked for our voluntary self-isolation. Would feel happier if we had a ballista or a trebuchet at our disposal, but there are sufficient sharp pointy things lying around (from our medieval re-enacting days) to discourage any barbarians from seeking entry.

  30. shatterzzz

    I’m 72 living with my youngest who is just wrapping up her 14 days SI after flying in hours after the ruling came in .. she’s not sick, never was and I’m feeling great .. biggest annoyance is closing the swimming pools buggered my favourite hobby .. swimming.. gone back to the bike to stay fit and putting in, at least, 50kms a day ..
    Very little has changed out here (Fairfield, NSW) other than the RoP isn’t drinking coffee all day in the shopping precinct .. CentreLink queues haven’t reached the footpath .. very few masks .. rest of my family (kids, grandkids) live elsewhere .. all well

  31. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Apparently, and this may be apocryphal, some of these forms were signed by Micky Mouse and the address given was Parliament House. It certainly seemed to me that there was a lack of seriousness about them. Ours were hardly given a glance before being placed in a pile at immigration. A woman in a biohazard suit was calling out in a desultory fashion to see a biosecurity agent if you felt ill during the flight. No-one took any notice of her.

  32. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cassie, the arsenal belongs to my cousin, in Louisiana. Covid 19 is quite bad there now.
    Hope he doesn’t have to make any use of it. He’s ex-military, also a keen hunter.

  33. OldOzzie

    Finally down in Ski House Isolation – added antibiotic azithromycin, which is better known as Z-Pak to meds – did telephone consultation with Doctor and had prescription faxed to Pharmacist in Snow Country and has been issued.

    Used following for Dosage

    IHU-Mediterranee Infection in Marseille, France, stated, “A treatment with the hydroxychloroquine combination (200 mg X 3 per days for 10 days) + Azithromycin (500 mg on the 1st day then 250 mg per day for 5 more days)

    So Mini ICU – Oxygen Regenerator, Tamiflu, Hydroxychloroquine, sold under the brand name Plaquenil, Lopinavir/ritonavir, sold under the brand name Kaletra and antibiotic azithromycin Z-Pak

    Still waiting to hear from RNSH ENT Cancer Clinic re Immunotherapy Trial

    Son picked up Meat Order from Online meat supplier on way down.

    Suggestion for Cats (Elle note Lamb Shanks)

    The MillyHilly Meat supplier mainly supplied Restaurants, said trade has disappeared and would love support from Australians as they will expand to home deliveries

    As can be seen from MillyHilly Online Order

    They supply

    . MILLY HILL LAMB
    . PEPPERWOOD BEEF (FROM THE NEW ENGLAND)
    . WILLI WILLI CREEK PORK (FROM THE MACLEAY VALLEY)
    . CHICKEN

    PS – had first wine delivery, plus N95 masks to Ski House yesterday.

    To all Cats. stay well and look after yourselves and your Families

  34. BorisG

    Best friend of my sister in law died in London overnight after 1 week on a ventilator. Just got the news from my daughter 5 min ago. 76 yo retired doctor.

  35. BorisG

    I heard someone from the gummint state that in Oz less than 1% of tests are positive and those cases are invariably connected with overseas travel. This thing could have been shut down without shutting down the economy.

    That’s because until 2 days ago they only tested overseas arrivals with symptoms and close contacts of existing cases. We shall see the real picture in a week or so.

  36. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Old Bloke, as I said to Cassie, it is my cousin’s pride and joy. We stayed with him in the Louisiana very recently. He displayed it out on the bed to show Hairy, who thought it was terrific to then allow them to dress him up as Rambo and take a few demo pics of the various guns – which include two double-barrelled shotguns, three types of rifle, an AK47 with night vision scope, another sort of assault gun, and two pistols – a colt 45 (‘muh Daddy’s gun’) and a black nightmare called The Judge.

    I put up a bit more detail about this cousin and his Cajun culture on an earlier Open Forum thread.

    It is now my Gravitar to say don’t mess with me. 😀

  37. a happy little debunker

    Tasmania’s actions have been consistent with Federal Actions, in all but one unfortunate exception.

    Telling people who were already here (prior to self isolation requirements) to leave.

    This targeted grey nomads (& other incidental non residents) – who may well have decided to ‘shelter in place’ & or otherwise cannot easily or readily move holus-bolus to another state.

    I understand that they didn’t want gadabouts causing endless grief – but this overly zealous approach is redundant.

  38. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    in the Bayou country of Louisiana

  39. TBH

    No known cases amongst myself, my family, circle of friends in OZ or overseas, work colleagues, suppliers, clients or frankly anyone I’ve known in the last 20 years. The mother in law would be cooked if she contracted it, due to her age and unhealthy lifestyle and pre-existing conditions, but other than that no major risks.

    The case rate really isn’t exploding here in OZ from what I can see.

  40. Infidel Tiger

    I’m doing very well.

    I’m now a functional alcoholic and getting about 3 hours sleep a week.

    Putting on a huge amount of weight has also been of great comfort to me.

  41. Infidel Tiger

    Best friend of my sister in law died in London overnight after 1 week on a ventilator. Just got the news from my daughter 5 min ago. 76 yo retired doctor.

    3 score and 16. A good innings.

  42. TBH

    Looking at the charts here: http://91-divoc.com/pages/covid-visualization/ we seem to be following a similar path the South Korea, but with the magnitudes lower. They did a shitload of testing and apparently we’re no different.

    The US cases are exploding, NYC is by far the biggest problem, but on a per million of population it’s nowhere near as bad as Italy or Spain.

  43. Rohan

    All good in Victoriastan. Had a frantic week so today I’m a couch potato.

  44. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My medical specialist Big Sis has many health issues associated with her serious Type 1 diabetes and is 78, her husband has cancer and is in treatment, he’s 82. She tears strips off me for my insouciance about our recent travels, but she’s always been a catastrophist, a greenie to boot. However, for her, SARS CoV2 is a very real threat, so I let her anger at me rip. Such venting does her good. She’s in total lockdown, best thing for her. We intend to go out a bit when our two weeks is up. Till then, can’t freak out the neighbours by being seen.

  45. Dave in Marybrook

    Our Family is shit.
    This Pandemonium is the work of the devil.
    My wife has warned me off talking to our circle of friends, because the debate is so acrimonious.
    Her vet practises have shut their shopfronts, and will only conduct care thru a double-hatch handover- impossible, seeing as unpicking owner observations is such a crucial part of diagnosing stuff in non-verbal beasts.
    Our kids are of the 20-30% who are still attending the state primary.
    Quisling teachers are crowing NAPLAN’s demise- it will never return. It’s the end of accountability in state education.
    My kids cannot visit their great-grandmother in a care home, and she could well die by a simple factor of time before they do again.
    No more ammunition, for what is the most effective time for shooting bunnies and foxes.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a proxy end to firearm ownership- a “rescue/retraining learn-to-code payout for dealers will just be a lil slice of the 2020 New Deal.
    My B-i-L is hauling 400km to buy ag parts from Newdegate, before the boys in blue attempt to close the roads.
    We can’t visit him.
    His kids cannot come back home for easter.
    We’ve had three 21sts and a 50th canned, and a wedding last week hobbled.
    Our own anniversary trip is all off.
    The Pandemonium is the work of the devil- it has sundered families, economies and culture to the insect overlords.
    On the plus side, homeschooling the kids will be a massive boost for them.

  46. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    All the Democrat states are in trouble in the US.
    That says something about their populations and health standards in the big Democrat ‘open’ cities.

  47. max

    Same as this:

    Has any of our family been infected? Zero

    Any member of our immediate family and close friendship network? Zilch

    Any of our more diffuse family, secondary friends, casual acquaintances, workmates and clubmates? Nada

  48. DrBeauGan

    Same here. No signs of viruses in me, family or friends. In fact the coronavirus might be a myth created by the msm.

    I do notice the shortages in my local IGA.

  49. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That’s an interesting representation of the curves there, thanks TBG.

    Most seem to indicate beginning of a lengthening and flattening trend.
    US started testing late and has a huge varied population, so still on the up there.

  50. BorisG

    Curves of cases are meaningless because of variability of testing regimes both between countries and within one country over time. For instance sharp increase of US cases is almost certainly due to increase in testing. Need to look at fatality curves only. Not perfect but certainly more accurate.

  51. Leo G

    A cousin listed as an active case after contact with a client who susequently tested positive to CV19 PCR test. She has no symptoms and is yet to be tested (as of Friday). Probably only listed because she was manager of the Sydney Airport Medical Clinic and the listing enabled closer monitoring.

  52. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Curves of cases are meaningless because of variability of testing regimes both between countries and within one country over time.

    Agree, Boris. A rough guide in comparisons, at best. All we’ve got at present though unless we drill down on each country individually to see the points of difference.

  53. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The article in Quadrant Online by Aynsley Kellow, link given above as a thread addendum, provides an excellent overview of epidemiological opinion and risk management issues.

    Everyone should read it.

  54. Leo G

    No signs of viruses in me, family or friends. In fact the coronavirus might be a myth created by the msm.

    As expected at this stage. Three thousand active cases in Australia in isolation, with indications from new cases that there is only a small number of new inections each day, mostly as a result of an even smaller number of new overseas arrivals in Australia.
    Your chance (at present) that any particular randon encounter is with a CV19-infected person is probably less than one in a million.

  55. The average human IQ seems to have dropped dramatically and it’s giving me a headache watching and listening to this shit …. One Hypochondriac associate who has already had every disease known to man , shut down the factory he works casual in because he thought he had it …… You know the rest of the story !

  56. Iampeter

    I’m doing very well.

    I’m now a functional alcoholic and getting about 3 hours sleep a week.

    Wait…are you saying there’s an alternative form of existence?

  57. Helen

    Daughter negative yesterday

  58. Beachcomber

    All clear here but I have gone into self-isolation.

    Not to avoid the phoney virus epidemic but to avoid the frenzy of aggressive hysteria from the media and ruling establishment. It’s depressing how the closet totalitarians amongst us all so eagerly embrace the government statist excesses, getting positively orgasmic about the next level of shut-downs and controls they will impose.

  59. Anne

    I’ve been trying to style my hair like Farrah Fawcett.

    Not working. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  60. Beachcomber

    Dave in Marybrook at 12:21 pm

    The Pandemonium is the work of the devil- it has sundered families, economies and culture to the insect overlords.
    On the plus side, homeschooling the kids will be a massive boost for them.

    Hey, at least you did find a plus, and it may be a very important one in the long run.

  61. yarpos

    “It is now my Gravitar to say don’t mess with me. ”

    Not too smart in Australia Lizzie especially if you are using real name, gun owners in Oz tend to keep a low profile as the alternative can be an aggravated burglary if the bad guys can match name , location, perception that you possess firearms. I am not making up stuff to be a doomster, a friend of mine went through this scenario.

  62. Motelier

    No,

    No,

    Some, hypertension for me, MIL at 83 with a leaky heart valve to be replaced, Eldest son retrenched last week, youngest son doing well but stood down on full pay.

    Soo, I have been too busy to comment, but still look in fondly every day.

    Cheers

  63. BorisG

    3 score and 16. A good innings.

    What that is supposed to mean?

  64. Chris M

    Boris – 76 years, ref. Psalm 90v10

  65. I don’t know what this exercise was supposed to prove. It is still early days here. We know the current infections will multiply at an exponential rate until the virus is starved of targets.

    Unfortunately the large number of travellers from the (infected) cruise ship register who were released unchecked into the community will likely generate not only symptomatic, but asymptomatic victims.

    And no family or friends are yet infected – & I hope it stays that way.

    We are at our rural “bunker” & intend to stay here until this pestilence subsides. Friends have locked their gates. They have also got the “shotty” ready – not only because of unwanted visitors – but, with the soaring price of cattle, to guard against livestock theft.

  66. Don’t know anyone who has had any sniffles/snuffles/ wet farting.
    Immuno suppressed.
    Age
    Treating all and any symptoms with alcohol.
    Staying away from any and all gardening in case of leprechauns with Wuhan Zombie Virus, as well as armadillos. I can beat the WZV or Leprosy, but not both together.

  67. Rafe Champion

    Vicki this exercise was not supposed to prove anything.

    Many of us on the list have been exchanging thoughts for years, though very few of us have met, it is a a kind of family and I wanted to give us all a chance to let others know how we are being affected.

    Almost inevitably some among us will have more or less tragic news to report, if they wish to do so, indeed as Boris has done,and in that event some of us might like to reach out to them, for what that is worth. Some might even be in a position to offer some kind of assistance. For example I will be happy to shop or do light duties for anyone in the vicinity of Lower Neutral Bay who is isolated without support from family or friends nearby.

    Thank you for your contribution, and thanks to everyone else who shared.

  68. Hay Stockard

    I’m high risk. Have had open heart surgery, have a pacemaker, few other annoying ailments. No of no one who has caught the Kung flu. I have a smokers cough which gets me some interesting looks.
    Missus is working from home. So I can’t get out in my Halloween grim reaper costume and walk up and down Macquarie Street with a bell calling out bring out your dead.
    I find it astonishing that women of Eastern European background whose families have suffered under the Nazis and the Reds cannot help themselves but want to metaphorically pull on the Hugo Boss and oppress the citizenry.
    My mental health is suffering as I am supposed to go to the pub and drink with my mates as preventative treatment formPTSD. Who am I to argue?
    On the other hand the misuse had to get to Bondi Jumction early. The only sizes packs of date roll they had in Coles Westfield were twenties. We right there for a long long time. Still no tonic water anywhere.

  69. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “It is now my Gravitar to say don’t mess with me. ”

    These are all legal registered guns belonging to my cousin in Louisiana, United States of America.
    I doubt anyone could trace him from here. They would also be unwise to try do so. 🙂

    Land of the free and home of the brave. He is ex-military and a keen hunter and shooter.

  70. Quibbler

    I work in an essential service in WA (no personal direct client contact, however) and know no one, either a colleague, acquaintance, family member or friend either in Australia or overseas who has tested positive.

    Nearly half of my colleagues will be working from home from tomorrow.

  71. stackja

    Up The Workers!
    #3380327, posted on March 28, 2020 at 7:46 am
    What a different world it would be today if only President Xi’s parents had practised a little “social distancing” all those years ago.

    What a different world it would be today if only President Xi’s [insert name of past dictator] parents had practised a little “social distancing” all those years ago.

  72. Actually, I woke up at 0300 this morning, running a mild fever – 38.0 c. Aching all over, snuffly nose.
    No cough.
    We’ll see what happens…

  73. Anne

    Winston, you’ll be fine.

    …unless you’ve been consuming Adrenochrome, in which case you have AIDs and you will die.

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