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Unless you've been living under a rock, no getting away from the Coronavirus over the past 6 weeks. At the moment majority of the public are taking extra precautions by stocking up on grocery and medical supplies, washing hands regularly and self isolating if feeling unwell at home. Although maybe a little quieter than usual, Manchester seems to be going as normal and open for business. The airport is currently hit the hardest with dozens of cancellations and the collapse of Flybe.

The government has forecasted both cases and deaths to rise across the U.K. Manchester has seen one of the first deaths in the country, the total cases in the North West currently stands 37 with close to 400 across the U.K.

We've seen other countries in Europe taking major steps. Arenas, football stadiums, shopping malls, schools, libraries, museums, cinemas, churches, development sites and all mass gathering banned. Italy hit the hardest with 10,000+ plus confirmed cases and 600+ deaths and rising. 62 million people, the entire county under quarantine and placed on lockdown.

Meanwhile, in Manchester and across the U.K most events are continuing as normal. Manchester Arena still open for business, the Metrolink running as scheduled, the Trafford Centre as hectic as usual and cranes moving across our sky.

As things get worse in the U.K, major cities like Manchester could be effected in terms of economy and public health. Instead of clogging up threads, any Covid-19 discussions or news can be posted here!
 

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What is happening in Italy is terrifying, especially when the situation over there could be replicated over here in a few weeks time.

Personally I am feeling quite anxious about my daily rush hour commute by train (particularly when I could effectively do my job from home). I'm trying my best not to touch hand rails or grab handles and washing my hands when I reach my destination.
 

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Anybody know if business has been affected by Covid19 in Manchester? I've read that several London based offices has been closed and staff advised to work from home. Haven't heard or seen any precautions like that in Manchester yet.
 

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Anybody know if business has been affected by Covid19 in Manchester? I've read that several London based offices has been closed and staff advised to work from home. Haven't heard or seen any precautions like that in Manchester yet.
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Anybody know if business has been affected by Covid19 in Manchester? I've read that several London based offices has been closed and staff advised to work from home. Haven't heard or seen any precautions like that in Manchester yet.
I work as a training instructor and we've been asked if we have the facilities and are able & prepared to deliver courses from home via webcam (we already do in-class courses with people watching over webcam) in case things get a bit more serious and we're unable to get into the office. I'm teaching in London next week and have 4 people in class and 7 on webcam - numbers are usually the other way round.
 

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I was going to a talk at The Lowry by Dave Haslem and the ex Fall Hanley Brothers on 28th March; just seen on Facebook that it's been cancelled because of Coronavirus
 

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I'm surprised that, given the scale of the restrictions in Italy - we seem to be doing little to nothing here at the moment.
 

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Italy was the first country to ban flights from China and look where they are now. What would you suggest we do? I listen every day to the CMO’s presentation every day and have every confidence in the action taken to date. Yes, it will get worse in the UK, we have to accept that.

Basic hygiene in the UK is absent amongst a lot of men and with the evidence shoved under their noses, would still ignore recommendations on how to minimise exposure to the virus. It dismays me to see guys using a toilet and walking out without washing their hands and I’m sure that wouldn’t change any time soon.
 

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I don't think the italians barring flights from china is a causation...

There should be clearer advice on self isolation - there have been conflicting messages between the official government advice and the NHS advice.

I know people who should have self isolated, but they haven't because they followed the government advice rather than NHS.

Testing is really slow, someone I know from milan who phoned 111 and advised they had a dry cough wasn't tested for 4 days and wasn't advised to self isolate.
 

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Ireland closed schools, colleges till 29th March, advised against social gatherings.

I think we'll be looking back in a few weeks wondering why we were so slow to react.

I hope not, but it seems we haven't learnt the lessons from others.
 

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Quite a few offices closing next week, the company opposite us in Manchester saying 4-6 weeks! London seems to be ahead in closing their offices as some with northern offices have already closed down there but not here yet.
 

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I was going to a talk at The Lowry by Dave Haslem and the ex Fall Hanley Brothers on 28th March; just seen on Facebook that it's been cancelled because of Coronavirus
No offence but I couldn't think of anything worse personally. Dave Hasbeen is a ****.
 

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Ireland closed schools, colleges till 29th March, advised against social gatherings.

I think we'll be looking back in a few weeks wondering why we were so slow to react.

I hope not, but it seems we haven't learnt the lessons from others.
Let’s panic then and ignore those cool heads! Time will tell who was right!

We didn’t join the Eurozone, a wise decision in hindsight, trust the experts, not the Sun et al!
 

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Ireland closed schools, colleges till 29th March, advised against social gatherings.

I think we'll be looking back in a few weeks wondering why we were so slow to react.

I hope not, but it seems we haven't learnt the lessons from others.
Closing schools is pointless as children are the least at risk group.

So all closing schools will do is put more pressure on the NHS because nurses and other workers will need to take time off work to mind them.

Also unless you keep the kids at home they will socialise more outside and come into contact with more people during the day.

Another issue is that grandparents may be asked to babysit, therefore exposing a vulnerable group to infection.

A more sensible precaution would be to advise people to not visit eldely relatives for mothers day.
 

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Well, it seems we're headed down a "herd immunity" route, which would be interesting to watch play out, unless you had immediate family members in an at risk group.
 

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It does seem strange to me that Mothers day hasn't been mentioned in the media yet.

We have a possibility of thousands of people traveling around the country visiting people in the at risk group, and then potentially large groups of these high risk individuals congregating in restaurants and pubs.

Or even worse, visiting people in nursing homes.
 

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Currently in Didsbury.

I wouldn't say it's a ghost town yet, but it's very quiet.

Cafe Nero which is always packed was very quiet.

All the charity shops are quiet as well.

The bars are deserted.

If this is anything to go by, Corona Virus will have a huge and long-term negative impact on high street businesses.

Saying that. I work part-time for Costco. It's heaving. It's similar to Christmas period trading every day. Pallets are being stripped bare.
 
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