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newforest

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Everyone is different and we maybe going through the same storm but we are not all in the same boat I realise.
I feel I can breathe because the tourists have gone. We've had them here in their thousands since goodness knows when. So maybe I am just feeling very tired and I want my town back.
We've still got tourists as I think they are trying to keep it going until the end of October. But I don't feel as anxious as I did at the start being decended on with Water, Mothering Sunday etc etc.
 

Trewsers

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Yeah you are right newforest - we are all different yet all going through the same storm. The tourists are still lingering up here, but I'm still amazed at the amount of people who live here yet don't seem bothered! None of our friends seem even in the slightest bothered, their lives are really truly back to normal - and not the "new normal" either!
I'm just doing my best to remain safe as I can be - and not letting it rule my life. Even though I'm not a great socialiser in general, I still do miss certain things, but I'm trying to adapt those too. One day I'll feel safe enough for a beach walk. Not atm, there's too many people and too many loose dogs. Normally the loose dogs would be welcome - but not atm.
 
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Ale

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Barely anyone wearing face masks at uni, despite it now being a rule that they are now compulsory. And we did group work again. Make a poster together. Which you can hardly do socially distanced.
 

newforest

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The safest places to be is probably the hospital and the doctors etc. They have aimed to be covid secure since day one. They shut their doors! They are still using the same system, the doors are still shut.
Now it's out there in the community, they don't want us in.
 

newforest

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I still stand by its coming in from abroad.
Other countries have different rules, so you abide by the rules of that country. Pick up the virus and bring it back.
Isn't that how it got here in the first place.
 
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Skib

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My daughter's back at uni today, though it's online lectures. She got told her placement too - infectious diseases ward - don't know whether to laugh or cry!
Agree with Gary - The NHS people who may be exposed to the virus have highest protection. Provided the students themselves take care and use it properly.
One reason she may be on infectious diseases is that NHS staff who have been doing that work all summer and did not have children of school age are now at last going on holiday. And may be exhausted. My NHS surgeon daughter is about to go away for 2 weeks. But to reassure you Huggy, she has been working non stop since March and none of her colleagues has caught it.
On the other hand she hasnt been near OH and me. Not even to the gate.
Will your daughter need to keep away from you?

Both my Oxbridge uni student grand daughters who have looked after us will now be going back to their unis. They have both already been allocated rooms.
 

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Agree with Gary - The NHS people who may be exposed to the virus have highest protection. Provided the students themselves take care and use it properly.
One reason she may be on infectious diseases is that NHS staff who have been doing that work all summer and did not have children of school age are now at last going on holiday. And may be exhausted. My NHS surgeon daughter is about to go away for 2 weeks. But to reassure you Huggy, she has been working non stop since March and none of her colleagues has caught it.
On the other hand she hasnt been near OH and me. Not even to the gate.
Will your daughter need to keep away from you?

Both my Oxbridge uni student grand daughters who have looked after us will now be going back to their unis. They have both already been allocated rooms.
We are her support bubble, as a single parent. Her two boys will stay with us, the days she's working. We're (touch wood) reasonably fit and healthy, with no underlying issues, so should be fine. No alternative, I'm afraid - she'll be off to work at around 6.30 am and not back until after 6, so 4 days a week, we need to have them overnight, and take to school, nursery etc. I'm sure, as you say, she's probably landed one of the safest areas to have her placement.
 
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Skib

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We are her support bubble, as a single parent. Her two boys will stay with us, the days she's working. . . . . . 4 days a week, we need to have them overnight, and take to school, nursery etc. I'm sure, as you say, she's probably landed one of the safest areas to have her placement.
If you are grandparents having small children come back as you say, that doesnt sound too good. Depends on your age I suppose.

We have been lucky. Our daughters have husbands. The people in our family suffering in isolation are the other Grannies, widowed or divorced, less able bodied than OH and me, and needing carers to come to their homes. But even they have stayed Covid free so far.

Your daughter is lucky to have you. I wouldnt have the energy to look after little ones.
 

chunky monkey

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Ive not read news either. Just here people say this areas in lock down, that areas now in lockdown. I just heard a bit of news that said from tuesday somewhere else is in lockdown. Well excuse me but todays friday. Why allow another 3 days of movements to spread the virus further. It should be instant decision. We are locking the town down today. I must be missing something.
 

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Yes they should lockdown asap. It's almost silly because I did wonder if folk just go out more - in the lead up to a lockdown just in case they don't manage to get everything they need / see people they want to. It probably causes more movement giving people three days notice!
 

newforest

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I think we are walking on a tight rope of heading towards another lockdown if we don't sit up and pay attention.
Cases are rising and so are hospital admissions.
Saying that our area has lost people in the care homes again- the residents are not going anywhere, sadly others are bringing it to them.

Schools are sending kids home, we knew that would happen. But we didn't realise just how disruptive that is because a child under 14 needs a parent with them, so the adult is off work- are they paid?

A business here is closing, the offices not going back means not enough passing trade. That's just one of many that we will lose.

They give you notice re local lockdown to try and reorganise your life. I don't think people are doing the panic buying that they did last time. We were told local lockdown would happen. It's happening.
 

Ale

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We need to look at fixing this as a long term solution, a vaccine is just covering up the issue (I'm not anti vaccine). Did anyone see the Attenborough show? Climate change is partly to blame for pandemics spreading. Human life as we know it needs to change to fix this.
 
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Skib

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I didnt see the Attenbrough, no. and I agree that international travel allows viruses to spread. But it doesnt make sense to me to blame global warming for Covid.
There were pandemics throughout history and long before the combustion engine or mass travel. Archeologists show how much international trade there was even in the Bronze age.
London theatres were regularly shut down due to Plague in Shakespeare's time. Maggie Farrell's brilliant novel Hamnet describes how a flee brought plague from Venice to Stratford upon Avon. There were massive cholera epidemics in UK and Germany in the 19th century.

And far from covering up issues, vaccines have prevented major diseases. I am old enough to have lived through the polio epidemic which Phliip Roth describes in Nemesis and knew someone affected. It was scarry and they shut all the swimming pools in a nice hot summer.
 
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