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It’s time to take Coronavirus seriously

By Lauren Fruncillo March 12, 2020 - 9:35 pm

Today Boris Johnson confirmed that the UK is moving from the contain phase to the delay phase of the Coronavirus pandemic. He was very direct, emphasising the seriousness of the Virus as much more virulent than the common Flu. He was also very blunt to point out that although there have only been 10 deaths many more loved ones will die. He went on to say that the true number of cases were many thousands more than the official figure of 596 and much more of the countries population will become infected. There is nothing the Government or NHS can do to stop the spread and the main aim now is to delay instances as long as possible into the warmer months of the year where there are less flu and respiratory illnesses, giving the NHS a better chance at helping those most affected.

Realistically a large percentage of the population will become infected with Coronavirus and the worst case estimation is at 80%. A number of measures are likely to be introduced including future quarantine of entire households where just one person is infected. Currently the government have announced 4 key steps and it is certainly time to start planning how your business will cope.

  • UK to move into delay stage to tackle Coronavirus.
  • Elderly people in poor health to stay at home.
  • All international school trips to be cancelled.
  • Only people in hospital two be tested. (People coming from abroad will no longer be tested as localised outbreaks are impossible to contain anyway.)
  • Everyone exhibiting flu like symptoms such as a fever of persistent cough will be asked to self isolate.

Start to prepare your business for the Coronavirus

For your business, it is time to seriously consider sending certain members of staff off to work remotely from home. This not only reduced the risk of infection spreading in the workplace but also on their commute. Warehouse staff will obviously have to come into work for your business to continue running but staff members working in Customer Support, Accounting, SEO, Amazon sponsored listing and eBay promoted listing optimisation, Staff listing new items and almost anyone who’s main work is computer based.

Businesses big or small can be impacted by the spread of the Virus so make sure you’re taking all action needed for the survival of your company.

  • Barry S.
    4 weeks ago

    Self-employed/one-person operations will all but shut down for the next weeks/months and have to either apply for Universal Credit (no idea how this will work yet, since self-employed people running businesses over 1 year old can’t claim the tax credits element under the current rules), take out credit cards or live off savings if they have that luxury. Especially if they are older or have an underlying health condition and/or live with someone who does. For many of us it is just not worth the risk and I for one will be shutting up shop until May, June, or whenever the situation is under control.

  • Dav
    4 weeks ago

    There’s a lot of misinformation and fear mongering being driven by the media and even the experts (which are almost always wrong) and too many sheep are buying into the hype. Same people I’m sure that are all over internet comment sections predicting doomsday and going out buying 1 year’s worth of toilet paper, filling their carts with water, hand sanitzer, as if they would never have to leave their homes for food? Absolutely ridiculous. Coronavirus is NOT more contagious than common influenza (see wiki link below) and seems to be slightly more dangerous for the elderly so far. That’s all! Some will say there’s no vaccination for it which is true but that does NOT mean humanity is ending! Vaccinations for influenza are a 50/50 chance of success IF the correct strain was chosen for that season. Not being vaccinated does NOT mean you’re going to be seriously ill or die from influenza OR coronavirus. This is being blown WAY out of proportion!!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_reproduction_number

    • Tite
      4 weeks ago

      Yes, we young people are not going to die from it. But the problem is that around 20% of infected people will need medical attention and if everyone gets infected at the same time, the healthcare system will collapse and many people will die directly or indirectly because of lack of medical attention. Please inform yourself, look at what is happening in Italy or Madrid healthcare systems and prepare for what is going to happen here. We don´t need to panic, but we also need to be responsible and try to isolate ourselves a much as possible until this goes away.

    • Dav
      4 weeks ago

      @Tite Using the words “will” or “going to happen” are exactly what I’m talking about. I suppose you also believe this from the article above: “Realistically a large percentage of the population will become infected with Coronavirus and the worst case estimation is at 80%.” That is asinine. The rate of transmission is the same as common flu and approximately only 8% of people get the flu each season. Please tell me how the rate of coronavirus transmission is going to be 8-10x greater than common flu when precautions are being taken? Ridiculous.

    • DaveP
      4 weeks ago

      Dav, the scientific community don’t know how contagious it is yet. It is however at least 10 times more deadly than Flu. Unlike flu, it can be passed on before you get symptoms – it can take up to 12 to 14 days before you get symptoms with the average being 5, all the while you are exposing others. You or I might have it now and may have had it for a few days unknowingly, yet passing it on.

      Those are the facts as we know them today.

      We all need to wise up and help protect those around us 😊

    • Dav
      4 weeks ago

      @DaveP “Unlike flu, it can be passed on before you get symptoms”. That is false, flu can also be transmitted before showing symptoms. The rate of coronavirus contagiousness is already published and averages the same range as common flu. Same ways of transmission, most common is air droplets from coughs, not surfaces. Same symptoms. Almost identical rates of serious illness and death for everyone but older folks. Using phrases like “at least 10 times more deadly” is nothing more than the usual sensationalism going around.

    • DaveP
      4 weeks ago

      0.1% vs at least 1% (7% of those tested though), 0.5-1 day vs 2-14 days.

      I guess you have it right and the rest of the world are having a sensational shutdown costing an untold fortune eh? 🙂

    • Dav
      4 weeks ago

      @DaveP I’ll just let you believe then that this is so much more deadly… It’s been suggested the actual rates of sickness and death will mirror that of the flu because of cases not seeking or needing treatment. Also Spring is coming and viruses tend to regress. Seems that some people are always hyping worst case scenarios which end up being wrong every single time. Let’s also forget about the many multiples of sickness and death from the common flu and other maladies EVERY year, including China, Italy, Iran, Spain, name your country. In the grand scheme this is affecting a tiny percentage of the population, and most of those affected would have been susceptible to getting the flu anyway. I think I’m done here trying to rebuke the nonsense…….

    • DaveP
      4 weeks ago

      Dav, it kills 8% of 70-80 year olds who contract it. 8%. Just think about that for a while. Flu is 0.11% for the same age range. None of us have any immunity at all, whilst there is a vaccine for the flu. So yes, it is MUCH more deadly than Flu. I’d prefer my parents not to contract it if at all possible.

      We have no idea what will happen to it in the spring. There is no data, unless you have something up your sleeve?

      I for one shall be taking it very seriously, as I do believe it is a huge risk to our society along with most of the governments of the world as it happens, so should we all.

      But sure, you crack on as normal.

  • Robert C
    4 weeks ago

    Wow

  • Barry S.
    4 weeks ago

    Dav, you sound like another one of those people who says “it can’t/won’t happen here”.

    Of course scaremongering is dangerous, but so is burying your head in the sand.

    The common flu doesn’t cause the stock market to crash either… investors don’t get spooked without a good reason

    • Dav
      4 weeks ago

      @Barry S. Yes but the media pumping fear is far more dangerous than the actual condition and it was also a convenient time after a long bull market for Wall Street to start raiding everyone’s investment accounts so they can buy shares cheap again. Money being lost is going somewhere, where do you think that is? Another thing, I’m no Trump fan, in fact he’s an absolute disgrace, but in my opinion there’s an agenda behind all of this coronavirus fear mongering especially in the US to hurt Trump in the upcoming election. A virus “outbreak” and stock market crash tends to help those things along.

  • DaveP
    4 weeks ago

    As mail order business I think we’re particularly exposed as we are reliant on couriers. With couriers doing 120-150 drops per day, plus collections, they are somewhat more at risk than those of us working in one location.

    All it takes is one person in the couriers depot to become infected and that’ll surely shut down the entire depot for a couple of weeks. The risk of having someone who is possibly infected delivering parcels and spreading it around would be too greater risk for them to take.

  • jim
    4 weeks ago

    @dav
    were delighted your done rebuking nonsense
    you spend most of your life sensationalising ebays failings
    yet discount an actual emergency that kills people

  • Dav
    4 weeks ago

    When it’s said and done and the actual numbers come in including estimated unreported cases the numbers of actual sickness and death is going to go way down. Near the same range as, guess what, the common flu. This is a worse flu season than usual as well. Why is that not being reported? Because “common flu” or “influenza” doesn’t get the clicks like “coronavirus” does. This is another flu-like virus that comes around once in awhile since the beginning of mankind but the problem now is the media driving everyone into a frenzy. People so easily go into a panic. It’s out of control and the sheep are buying into it big time. Example are the few dummies above that think this is the apocalypse lol. You’re the ones being sensationalistic, not myself.

    • Dav
      4 weeks ago

      I meant *percentages* of actual sickness and death
      in the first sentence, not numbers, for those of you who wouldn’t understand
      or refuse to understand… you know who you are…

  • Dav
    3 weeks ago

    Looked up some random facts for those of you that are overblowing the real seriousness of this along with the media coverage and hysteria:

    Seasonal flu deaths: 291,000 to 646,000 yearly
    Food poisoning deaths: 420,000 yearly
    Falling deaths: 527,000 yearly
    Suicide deaths: 817,000 yearly
    Auto traffic deaths: 1.35 million yearly
    Workplace deaths: 2.3 million yearly

    You never see daily tallies of these things in the media do you? People need to get a fvcking grip. Coronavirus is not the Black Death, nor anywhere near any of the above or many other random causes. I didn’t even include a very long list of medical conditions that dwarf all the above numbers. Think of whatever else you like and look up the facts yourselves. This is a small blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. But if you wanna keep believing it’s the end of the world, sure go ahead and hide cowering in fear inside your homes for months.

    • Barry S.
      3 weeks ago

      1. Except for seasonal flu, none of those things in your list are viral contagions

      2. Those numbers you quote are worldwide statistics (thought you should mention this)

      3. Covid-19 has not even really “began” outside of China yet. It will infect/kill more people exponentially

      4. if you extrapolate the death rate to the world’s population covid-19 will end up killing hundreds of millions if action isn’t taken

      5. your theory in your previous post about this all being a conspiracy to depose Trump is insane. Not everything in the world is about America ffs.

      6. you’re going to feel incredibly stupid in 6 months time when you realise that you are wrong

    • jim
      3 weeks ago

      its not the overall numbers of death,
      its the concentration of death at a specific moment that causes the problem
      you best hope you dont have a health problem or accident in the next few months because the health system may not have the time or the equipment available to fix you

  • Jim
    3 weeks ago

    Its the intensity of deaths over a short period not the total compared to other infections
    That matters
    The health services are swamped
    A little like
    If you all your Receive all your yearly rain in 2 weeks you get washed away ?

  • jim
    3 weeks ago

    so where are ebay and paypal in all this
    what are they doing to mitigate this crisis ?
    whats the situation with paypal loans and ebay fees

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