Corona Virus: How Are We Doing?

You have the virus

  • Yes

    Votes: 13 5.7%
  • I've been quaranteened

    Votes: 13 5.7%
  • I personally know someone who has been diagnosed

    Votes: 63 27.6%
  • Clear as far as I know

    Votes: 152 66.7%

  • Total voters
    228

Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
Location
Inside my skull
We’ve had a week of staycation as our UK holiday cottage was cancelled due to lockdown. Not been too bad a week and got out every day exploring our local area in different ways.
 
As winter comes on and the virus is still spreading there is no doubt It is affecting me mentally.

I worry about my partially sighted son who lives alone in his flat and works from home and tells us he is fine, but I know he wouldn't want to worry us if he wasn't.

I worry about my daughter in London who teaches in a sixth form college and my granddaughter that we have seen just once since her first birthday in late February.

I worry about my sister who lives alone in Merthyr and tells me she feels like crying all the time.

I worry about my nephew, who has problems with depression and tried to hang himself after being made redundant after furlough a few weeks ago.

I worry about my own health as I have been referred by my doctor for possible prostate cancer . I am optimistic that it is just old mens' problems but the delays seem interminable, possibly due to Covid pressures.

I apologise in advance if I sometimes get a bit snippy in my responses on this forum because of my mood. I have done so on occasions recently only to think better of it later and then delete the post.

I work at acting as if everything is fine, but am definitely not doing well with this virus.

And to cap it all I'm not getting out on the bike enough.
 
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lane

Veteran
Some people from my workplace really very poorly with it even several weeks after first contracting it. One has been in hospital twice and expected to be at least 12 weeks off work in total.
 
As winter comes on and the virus is still spreading there is no doubt It is affecting me mentally.

I worry about my partially sighted son who lives alone in his flat and works from home and tells us he is fine, but I know he wouldn't want to worry us if he wasn't.

I worry about my daughter in London who teaches in a sixth form college and my granddaughter that we have seen just once since her first birthday in late February.

I worry about my sister who lives alone in Merthyr and tells me she feels like crying all the time.

I worry about my nephew, who has problems with depression and tried to hang himself after being made redundant after furlough a few weeks ago.

I worry about my own health as I have been referred by my doctor for possible prostate cancer . I am optimistic that it is just old mens' problems but the delays seem interminable, possibly due to Covid pressures.

I apologise in advance if I sometimes get a bit snippy in my responses on this forum because of my mood. I have done so on occasions recently only to think better of it later and then delete the post.

I work at acting as if everything is fine, but am definitely not doing well with this virus.

And to cap it all I'm not getting out on the bike enough.
Best Rusty, and whilst my circumstances are somewhat different, your description very much reflects a lot of what I feel.

I managed 30 minutes on the bike in freezing rain this morning. That cheered me up! (Really!)
 

Globalti

Legendary Member
As winter comes on and the virus is still spreading there is no doubt It is affecting me mentally.

I worry about my partially sighted son who lives alone in his flat and works from home and tells us he is fine, but I know he wouldn't want to worry us if he wasn't.

I worry about my daughter in London who teaches in a sixth form college and my granddaughter that we have seen just once since her first birthday in late February.

I worry about my sister who lives alone in Merthyr and tells me she feels like crying all the time.

I worry about my nephew, who has problems with depression and tried to hang himself after being made redundant after furlough a few weeks ago.

I worry about my own health as I have been referred by my doctor for possible prostate cancer . I am optimistic that it is just old mens' problems but the delays seem interminable, possibly due to Covid pressures.

I apologise in advance if I sometimes get a bit snippy in my responses on this forum because of my mood. I have done so on occasions recently only to think better of it later and then delete the post.

I work at acting as if everything is fine, but am definitely not doing well with this virus.

And to cap it all I'm not getting out on the bike enough.
My God, I thought my worries were real and legitimate until I saw your list. Don't underestimate the effect of all this on your mental health, admit you might need a helping hand and go and see your GP.

Not doing the things you used to enjoy is one symptom of depression.

Mirtazapine is helping me a little but I'm still paralysed by anxiety and slipping slowly into a worsening situation. Realistically there's nothing anyone can do, I just have to take each day as it comes.
 

srw

It's a bit more complicated than that...
Very useful article by Tim Harford in this weekend's FT.

Why Covid-19 vaccines face a new obstacle course - https://on.ft.com/2IZDbNk via @FT

Might be accessible via the link - the paywall is effective.

If not - he's carefully thought about the practicalities of getting people vaccinated and the risks involved. There are plenty of points in the process at which things could go wrong and we'd need competent government to avoid it.
 

lazybloke

Let's go sledding
Location
In a cemetery
Very useful article by Tim Harford in this weekend's FT.

Why Covid-19 vaccines face a new obstacle course - https://on.ft.com/2IZDbNk via @FT

Might be accessible via the link - the paywall is effective.

If not - he's carefully thought about the practicalities of getting people vaccinated and the risks involved. There are plenty of points in the process at which things could go wrong and we'd need competent government to avoid it.
The article raises some good points but does seem to focus on the storage requirements of the pfizer-biontech vaccine. Other vaccines will be much easier/cheaper to store and transport.
 
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Unkraut

Master of the Inane Comment
Location
Germany
As winter comes on and the virus is still spreading there is no doubt It is affecting me mentally.
I doubt is anyone cannot identify with that, the more so the older you get.

Personally, I am trying to steer a course between pretending the virus isn't that serious (covidiots, it's just flu) and living permanently in its shadow. Regarding the former, it is true that most of the population will come through this without serious problems, especially the younger. Statistically (I know ...) I have a 99,3% chance of surviving infection. That is at least encouraging. Even very old people with serious existing conditions can and do survive the virus in reasonable numbers.

On the other hand, I recently saw a piece on telly featuring a man from Elsass (Alsace) in France who was exactly my age and fit through biking, yet had only just survived infection. Oh dear. This was at the beginning in March and I wonder if he received a huge dose of the virus pre-mask wearing. Also seen a German MP, 48, who thought her end had come, came through but is breathless going up steps, cannot sing anymore, and doesn't know if this will heal or not. That has to be taken on board.

So I try to be sober about the virus but without living in constant fear. Easier said than done. From this side of the Channel I get the impression this is harder to do in Britain as the press is constantly whipping up hysteria, and coupled with the govt's attempt to micro-manage behaviour leads to an atmosphere of panic.
 
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