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Old 9th Mar 2020, 05:10
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Me. Swiped some Ryanair flights to Milan for a fiver next weekend. Will be happy to make the most of having the city to ourselves, no queues at the bar, every cloud and all that.
As I said last week your bookings of a last minute cheap holiday was irresponsible and I read today that the Department of Health has stated you must go in self quarantine for 14 days. Hope the holiday was worth it.

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Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms:
i suspect though that you will not bother to self isolate.

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Old 9th Mar 2020, 05:34
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Confused. So what happens to operating crews or is airside considered safe? Likewise transit.
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Very good points but I expect air travel to northern Italy to end for no other reason than there will be few passengers wanting to travel there to make flights viable.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 07:10
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This is worth watching

This is well worth watching and difficult to challenge but will give the airline industry an idea of how long this is going to last....

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Old 9th Mar 2020, 07:12
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Here in Thailand and last week in Singapore, the reaction to the virus is a lot more measured by the general public. Before we headed out here both countries had way more cases than the U.K. 35 and 90. Now the situation is reversed and for all the people who were worried about us going travelling we are now saying that we are more worried about coming home than being out here. There is no mass panic or crazed purchases of shop supplies. People are getting on with their day to day lives and just taking sensible precautions. Hand gel is everywhere in all public places and in shopping centres, public buildings and attractions in Singapore are taking your temperature before being allowed in. The same experiences here in Thailand at a couple of hotels we have stayed in. Some people wear masks but most people tend to stick to the advice that masks are only useful if you are high risk or ill yourself. The government of Singapore has provided masks for all of their citizens to use if they become ill and airports have medics checking temperatures of arriving passengers with teams on standby to take you into quarantine should you raise any concern.

Anyway my point is that the west seems to be in mass hysteria and south east Asia is not.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 07:23
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Very good link and should be compulsive viewing for those that want a understanding about the growth in infections
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 07:27
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And another update from China, in a bizarre twist, China now saying anyone from even low risk countries like UK must undergo 14 day quarantine at home. France and Germany are medium risk but the logic is if low risk countries are not separating themselves from medium risk then low risk is just as bad.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 08:49
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Anybody fancying taking the Golden Road to Samarkand would be well advised to read the UK Government Travel Advice:


British nationals arriving in Uzbekistan from the United Kingdom, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Malaysia or UAE are subject to 14 days medical supervision at their place of stay/residence and are advised not to visit public or crowded places and to limit contacts with other people. Arrivals from these countries are subject to medical monitoring by medical personnel during the 14-day period. This will include physical examination, measurement of body temperature and medical consultations by telephone. If symptoms of acute respiratory viral infections are detected the person will be hospitalised in a medical institution for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment.

Under the measures introduced by the Uzbek authorities, any person subject to quarantine or self-isolation who breaches these controls is liable to a minimum fine of 11 Million UZS (approx 900) or up to 3 years imprisonment.
These measures may be subject to change. Entry requirements may vary and further restrictions could be applied at short notice by the Uzbek authorities.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 10:11
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China has the right idea. We and Europe have been too lax. Decisions are being taken for economic reasons although a slow response to take action will cost more in the long run. The youtube link shows the increase is by a factor of 10 every 16 days. What is happening in Italy now is our tomorrow. All we can do is to try and slow the growth rate but there isn’t much sign of that happening.

Another argument would be just to do nothing and just let it run its course as it can’t be stopped.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 10:11
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To paraphrase that YouTube video (above)...

If sufficient numbers of the population are worried then there is a lot less to worry about.

But if no one is worried, then that's when you should worry.

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Old 9th Mar 2020, 10:26
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That is because worried people are more likely to wash their hands more often while those that don’t worry do nothing.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 11:45
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There are over 3,250 deaths per day on the roads worldwide LTNman. Therefore we should take all vehicles off the roads don't you think?
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 12:57
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Mass Hysteria caused by the gutter press who are hell bent on scaremongering. It is only now we are seeing a decrease in cases in China - another week or so and it'll hopefully be something and nothing.

Amazingly looking at the cases that have been diagnosed and then recovered - the numbers are very high. Why don't the press report that? Or does it not fit in with their evil peddling of poison into the public. Said it before, will say it again, the only disease spreading its self around the world is the press.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 13:09
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I find it a bit controversial. Is it ecologically acceptable to carry out almost empty flights just because the payments were made much earlier and the cancellations would mean returning the money to all customers?
I don't think any carrier thinks like this.

However, understand there is concern about reducing flights at slot restricted airports like Heathrow, that others may come in during the interim and grab the slots. So far there has been no statement about any concession. In any event, even if there was such a concession announced there is no guarantee that someone keen for a slot (Qatar, Delta, your list may vary) would not mount a legal challenge to it, when it's all down to what some non-aviation judge gets persuaded, or that in the interim the Greta Gushers get the ear of politicians and have the reduction made permanent. Airlines have to look to the long term protection of their interests and their assets, well beyond this issue.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 13:48
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There are over 3,250 deaths per day on the roads worldwide LTNman. Therefore we should take all vehicles off the roads don't you think?
What a bizarre post.
Road traffic is regulated with laws and safety standards for that very reason!!
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 15:13
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Deaths on the road aren't infectious diseases. Neither is stupidity, thank goodness.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 15:53
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I disagree. There is much infectious stupidity with this virus.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 15:59
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Doesn’t matter what I think but I note that vehicle deaths don’t go up by a factor of 10 every 16 days and don’t shut down countries, cause stock markets to plummet and oil prices to go into free fall.

The only affect on me so far is a few empty shelves and a drop in my multi asset income funds but I know it won’t be long before you and I are affected big time. I have holidays booked up in April and May and am giving them around 50% of them going ahead due to either both of us having the virus or not being able to get to the destination due to a lockdown.

All this because someone in China sold some wild animals at a market for no doubt pennies.

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Old 9th Mar 2020, 16:05
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"the numbers are very high" is nearly an exact quote from Trump about the recovered..
There are 111 000 confirmed cases of CoVid-19 and 62 000 that has ben reported recovered. Possibly because full recovery can take as much as 4 weeks, and 4 weeks ago there was hardly any casees in sample Italy.
Since the only 2 possible outcomes are recovery or death I don't think reporting on that basis will reduce fear/panic.
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Old 9th Mar 2020, 17:50
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I think some of you scaremongers missed my point, but never mind! I'll leave you to your paranoia. By the way, just for the record, I'm in my early 70s, with heart disease and diabetes. I still think that there are a lot more dangers out there. Furthermore, those of you who, unlike me, are not stupid, may just have spotted certain interesting patterns regarding areas of high infection rates.
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