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by sheddi
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "COVID-19 Bug In tips exchange"
Replies: 42
Views: 1007

Re: "COVID-19 Bug In tips exchange"

I did not know where to put this information; here in 'tips' or in the COVID-19 thread. British Medical Journal The Lancet Rational use of face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic (Excerpt) Universal face mask use in the community has also been discouraged with the argument that face masks provide no ef...
by sheddi
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

UK national status: 14543 confirmed cases (+2885), 759 fatalities (+181), 135 patients recovered (no change). Hampshire local status: 317 cases (+50). Birmingham still leads with 366. Another day at home Local area remains quiet, nothing much to report. Went for a 10k walk this afternoon (we're allo...
by sheddi
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

UK national status: 11658 confirmed cases (+2129), 578 fatalities (+115), 135 patients recovered (no change). Hampshire local status: 267 cases (+16). Birmingham has overtaken us with 290 confirmed cases. A day at home. Didn't achieve very much; replaced the spark plugs and air filter on my daily dr...
by sheddi
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: COVID-19 Thread
Replies: 1053
Views: 24778

Re: COVID-19 Thread

Stercutus wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:35 am
More than 3 Million people filed for unemployment this month in the US. This isn't just the most ever, it is the most by lots.
Three million in a *week* (week ending Mar 21) unless the British news has really misunderstood things. There's another week of March to come.
by sheddi
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: COVID-19 Thread
Replies: 1053
Views: 24778

Re: COVID-19 Thread

According to their latest infographic , cases in Italy seem to have plateaued. Which is to say, they're still getting around 5000 new confirmed cases a day but it's been that same number for the past 3-4 days, rather than increasing by ~30% a day as it was before. Deaths seem to have also levelled o...
by sheddi
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

UK national status: 9529 confirmed cases (+1542), 463 fatalities (+41), 135 patients recovered. Hampshire local status: 251 cases (+44). Fatalities still aren't reported by locality although the Guardian has come up with an estimate by collating reports. Another day in work, my last for the week as ...
by sheddi
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

UK national status: 8077 confirmed cases (+1427), 422 fatalities (+87). Hampshire local status: 207 cases (+36). Fatalities aren't reported by locality as far as I can see. Another day in work for me. A relatively quiet commute, there are definitely fewer vehicles on the road than usual. There were ...
by sheddi
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Area hospitals are now begging supplies so that they can provide patient care. The hoarders have completely screwed over themselves by buying out the stocks that hospitals need of gloves, masks and sanitizer etc. There will be a lot of irony when people die from their own foibles of trying to prote...
by sheddi
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

My wife and kids had a full day at home. Total achievements were essentially zero unless you count watching half a season of Agents of Shield and growing gazillions of crops in Farming Simulator 19 on the XBox ... I went to work as normal. Management have decided that some of us are essential worker...
by sheddi
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: COVID-19 Thread
Replies: 1053
Views: 24778

Re: COVID-19 Thread

The UK has just joined most of the rest of Europe in an effective lockdown for the next three weeks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlEFrbLeDks Main points copy-and-pasted from the BBC: Here are the major points of his speech: From tonight, people in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for ...
by sheddi
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: COVID-19 Thread
Replies: 1053
Views: 24778

Re: COVID-19 Thread

A very quick update while I'm cooking dinnner:

UK:
5683 confirmed cases (+665)
281 deaths (+48)

At face value that's a slowing of the rate of increase from yesterday, but I really wouldn't hang any hopes on that. We've had outliers in the past and I suspect this is another.
by sheddi
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Stocks, Retirement funds -- Post Economic Crash
Replies: 12
Views: 222

Re: Stocks, Retirement funds -- Post Economic Crash

I've got at least ten years to go before I'm going to start spending my retirement funds. I'm sticking with it. The cash value of the fund is down about 15% (it's not all stock market) so this month's contribution will buy a larger number of units than last month's did.. I'm hoping that by 2030 we'l...
by sheddi
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Here in the UK it's been a slow Sunday. It's Mother's Day, which would usually involve a walk in the countryside and lunch out somewhere. The weather's great so the walk happened but lunch was off. I'll be cooking at home for dinner instead. Mrs Sheddi and I spoke with both our mothers; they're in g...
by sheddi
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Hampshire has 138 confirmed (which effectively means hospitalised) cases, that's roughly 10 cases per 100k poulation. For comparison, central London has closer to 50 cases per 100k population. Tomorrow morning I'm hoping to venture out to Lidl. Went to Lidl, arrived before 9am. Plenty of produce on ...
by sheddi
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: COVID-19 Thread
Replies: 1053
Views: 24778

Re: COVID-19 Thread

The UK as a whole has 3983 cases, a daily increase of 714 ( source, live site, will change daily ). We have 177 deaths and 79 recovered. Interestingly, London has ~10% of the UK population but ~40% of cases (1588). It seems the pandemic is more advanced in London than the rest of the UK. One London ...
by sheddi
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?
Replies: 48
Views: 2093

Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Not sure if this counts as a second wind for prepping, but here in the UK it's noticeable just how many times individuals, organisations and even our government have said that the preps they made for Brexit-related supply chain disruption are proving invaluable for COVID-19. That turned out to be a...
by sheddi
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

The situation around me hasn't changed much since yesterday (although I've not really gone very far to investigate). My children have now finished school, most probably until the new school year starts in September. My eldest's exams have been cancelled and he will be assigned grades based on his sc...
by sheddi
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Brits told to stockpile food in case of hard BREXIT
Replies: 25
Views: 5481

Re: Brits told to stockpile food in case of hard BREXIT

I don't know about you, but my Brexit planning is coming in very useful right now. I've heard (well, read) the same from others.
by sheddi
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "COVID-19 Bug In tips exchange"
Replies: 42
Views: 1007

Re: "COVID-19 Bug In tips exchange"

Not sure if it's a bug-in tip or not, but I've got a little (1/2 oz, or so) pocket-sized spray bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Or I did, until it ran out today. So I've refilled it with the denatured alcohol I use in my Traangia alcohol stove. It doesnt't smell of lime much anymore, and I m...
by sheddi
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Are we prepared for this?
Replies: 19
Views: 352

Re: Are we prepared for this?

Some great replies in this thread.

My family (wife and two teenagers) watch the news and keep up to date with developments but thay have never asked "do we have enough food?"

My wife did ask if I have any extra TP stashed anywhere (that's in addition to the stuff she knows about) ...
by sheddi
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4559
Views: 253664

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Having finally caught up with the last 12 pages of this thread, my takehome is ... Whelp my 90 day prediction didn't work out. I'm going to go ahead and make another one. World Economy is over and done with. We will all be eating out of dumpsters by the end of say... March. Remember you heard it her...
by sheddi
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "COVID-19 Bug In tips exchange"
Replies: 42
Views: 1007

Re: "COVID-19 Bug In tips exchange"

Not sure if it's a bug-in tip or not, but I've got a little (1/2 oz, or so) pocket-sized spray bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Or I did, until it ran out today. So I've refilled it with the denatured alcohol I use in my Traangia alcohol stove. It doesnt't smell of lime much anymore, and I ma...
by sheddi
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 477
Views: 6687

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

77 cases in Hampshire now but no eaasy way to identify how many deaths. The slightly worrying numbers from the gov.uk website here is that we're 103 deaths but only 65 recovered; I guess it's because death taakes less time to confirm! Further to Wee Drop's latest updates, English schools close on Fr...
by sheddi
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: COVID-19 Thread
Replies: 1053
Views: 24778

Re: COVID-19 Thread

In news of "really, monstrously, horrifically bad ideas"...... https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-inmates-coronvirus-release As coronavirus runs rampant through Iran’s overstuffed and dilapidated prisons, the embattled regime this week announced that it had freed some 85,000 inmates in a desperate ...

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