Coronavirus (COVID-19) alerts.. Including any Paranoia

I've mentioned this before, but in hospital in France a year ago I was on Nil By Mouth and, in the middle of the night, absolutely gagging for a drink, unable to get to the sink because of drips etc, I drank a couple of mouthfuls of my own piss from the potty bottle.

The warmth was a bit disconcerting, but otherwise it wasn't too bad.

When you're really thirsty almost anything will do.
Still better than the tea in France
 
Rumours (unfounded) went round this week in Hong Kong that toilet roll was about to run out as the border with china was closed

I got 12 rolls yesterday by going to the supermarket on my way into work as they were restocking - I was wary of being mugged all the way home :D

 
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And Ukrainiains are normally so rational.;)

'Dozens of protesters in a Ukrainian town have attacked buses carrying evacuees from coronavirus-hit China. The evacuees were brought to the hospital in Novi Sanzhary, in the central Poltava region, where they will be held in quarantine for 14 days. President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the protesters to show empathy.

'Ukraine's security service (SBU) said a fake email claiming to be from the health ministry falsely said some evacuees had contracted the virus. SBU officials are now investigating the apparent hoax, a statement said. Ukraine has no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, which originated last year in China's Hubei province.'


 
Wow. That's pretty desperate. A least my nurse gave me some ice chips to suck.
There's the difference between socialised medicine and having medical insurance.

The usual suspects in 3...2...1...
 
No worse than so many people I saw when coming back through Changi airport last weekend, with face masks positioned under their noses, taken off and then put back on or simply worn without an airtight seal around the edges. The Singaporea government has been doing quite a bit of messaging that it does no good for the well to be wearing them anyway, but that hasn't stopped a lot of scared muppets from increasing 3M's profits.
 
The joys of authoritarian states.

'Around 2,500 people arriving in Moscow from China have been ordered to be placed under quarantine for the coronavirus and are being monitored by the Russian capital’s facial-recognition technology, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Friday.

'All arriving passengers from China are required to undergo a physical examination and coronavirus test at the airport, Sobyanin wrote on his website. They are then given an order to place themselves under two-week quarantine, even if no symptoms are shown. “In practice, this means that any person arriving from China must not leave their home or hotel for two weeks,” Sobyanin said. “About 2,500 two-week isolation orders have been issued to date. Automated facial-recognition systems and other technology will constantly monitor compliance with the [quarantine],” Sobyanin added.

'Sobyanin added that law enforcement and medical authorities were carrying out “unpleasant but necessary” raids in hotels, apartments and dormitories where Chinese nationals are thought to be staying. His announcement follows widespread reports this week that public transportation authorities have ordered drivers to alert them whenever a Chinese passenger boards their bus or tram. '



Just like back in the 'good old' Tsarist days. Anyone for a pogrom?

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Russia's government has frequently hired the Cossacks to enforce security at public events, where they have developed a reputation for vigilantism and extralegal actions. Mikhail Tereshchenko / TASS

'Cossacks have begun patrolling a predominantly Chinese neighborhood in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg in search of signs of the coronavirus, the Znak.com news website reported Wednesday. Members of the “Urals Cossacks” volunteer association started roving the streets of northwestern Yekaterinburg twice a week beginning Feb. 2, its chief Gennady Kovalyov told Znak.com. Those found to be coughing or sneezing are advised to visit the hospital, he said. Others are given face masks. Similar coronavirus patrols are active in at least two towns south of Moscow, Kovalyov added.

'Russian respondents are three times more likely to “avoid contact with people of Chinese origin or appearance” or “avoid eating in Asian restaurants” to protect themselves from the virus than respondents from other countries, a recent Ipsos poll said.'


 
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Has anyone any experience of (or seen) these pods? Do they mean those hooped bags they use for NBC casualties?
The 'Coronavirus Assessment Pod' at Watford General looks like badly-put-together COLPRO of blue polythene and scaffolding, and lots of black tape - you know, the TACEVAL 'this will convince the TACEVAL team that we could build COLPRO if we had to' style. I'd rather die at home than catch pneumonia in these Cold War Civil Defence 'special rest centres'.
 
No worse than so many people I saw when coming back through Changi airport last weekend, with face masks positioned under their noses, taken off and then put back on or simply worn without an airtight seal around the edges. The Singaporea government has been doing quite a bit of messaging that it does no good for the well to be wearing them anyway, but that hasn't stopped a lot of scared muppets from increasing 3M's profits.
There were several East-Asian-looking people on the Tube this morning on the Jubilee Line heading for Canary Wharf. I have this overwhelming urge to pull the masks off and sneeze. They were also wearing disposable gloves.
 
There were several East-Asian-looking people on the Tube this morning on the Jubilee Line heading for Canary Wharf. I have this overwhelming urge to pull the masks off and sneeze. They were also wearing disposable gloves.
An interesting observation you make, as at least half the people I saw at Changi wearing masks were Caucasian in appearance.
 
An interesting observation you make, as at least half the people I saw at Changi wearing masks were Caucasian in appearance.
I regularly see what look like tourists in London with masks on, and have done so for a few years. I have seen no Caucasians in London with masks on (unless they are Lycra-warriors on bikes). Our office building how has hand sanitation stands by all the entrances and staff and visitors are 'invited' to clean their hands before approaching reception or the turnstiles. Internally, we have been advised to stay at home with any sniffles.

ETA: A friend of mine who is a freight pilot for an airline based in East Asia is instructed to wear a mask AT ALL TIMES away from the aircraft. Failure to do so is instant dismissal. I would imagine a lot of other companies might impose similar restrictions; we are limited to holding inconveniently-timed VTC these days - no travel under any circumstances to or from China, HK or Singapore (including transits).
 
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The joys of authoritarian states.

'Around 2,500 people arriving in Moscow from China have been ordered to be placed under quarantine for the coronavirus and are being monitored by the Russian capital’s facial-recognition technology, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Friday.

'All arriving passengers from China are required to undergo a physical examination and coronavirus test at the airport, Sobyanin wrote on his website. They are then given an order to place themselves under two-week quarantine, even if no symptoms are shown. “In practice, this means that any person arriving from China must not leave their home or hotel for two weeks,” Sobyanin said. “About 2,500 two-week isolation orders have been issued to date. Automated facial-recognition systems and other technology will constantly monitor compliance with the [quarantine],” Sobyanin added.

'Sobyanin added that law enforcement and medical authorities were carrying out “unpleasant but necessary” raids in hotels, apartments and dormitories where Chinese nationals are thought to be staying. His announcement follows widespread reports this week that public transportation authorities have ordered drivers to alert them whenever a Chinese passenger boards their bus or tram. '



Just like back in the 'good old' Tsarist days. Anyone for a pogrom?

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Russia's government has frequently hired the Cossacks to enforce security at public events, where they have developed a reputation for vigilantism and extralegal actions. Mikhail Tereshchenko / TASS

'Cossacks have begun patrolling a predominantly Chinese neighborhood in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg in search of signs of the coronavirus, the Znak.com news website reported Wednesday. Members of the “Urals Cossacks” volunteer association started roving the streets of northwestern Yekaterinburg twice a week beginning Feb. 2, its chief Gennady Kovalyov told Znak.com. Those found to be coughing or sneezing are advised to visit the hospital, he said. Others are given face masks. Similar coronavirus patrols are active in at least two towns south of Moscow, Kovalyov added.

'Russian respondents are three times more likely to “avoid contact with people of Chinese origin or appearance” or “avoid eating in Asian restaurants” to protect themselves from the virus than respondents from other countries, a recent Ipsos poll said.'


Russians are intolerant racist thugs you say? I never would have guessed...
 

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