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It seems like is getting bad over there with the virus and getting worse. I hope you are all staying out of harms way.

We are doing pretty well. Nearly all our cases are people returning from overseas, particularly USA. We have very low infections transmitted locally.

Of our over 2,000 cases, only 190 needed to be admitted to hospital and only 17 of those had you go to ICU to be put on a ventilator.

I feel really sad for anyone in Italy or Spain. It must be pretty scary in those countries.

All the best and stay well
 

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In the states I do not think we really know how we feel. My family has been self-quarantined for about a week, except that we went to the grocery store four days ago; does that mean that we need to start a fourteen day regimen again? And we have not been tested; however, 90% of those tested so far are negative.

So who knows? All I know is that I want to go back to work.
 

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I am lucky:
I can work from home
I already homeschool my children so no disruption in education

others not so fortunate here in the USA
 

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As nearly all our cases have been imported from overseas. Particularly from the USA. Thanks for sharing. Most things are still open, including schools, but people are doing the right thing and only going out when necessary. We have shut social gathering points like clubs, pubs, casinos, restaurants, etc.

But we have good state and federal governments where the leaders meet regularly and we have consistent actions across the whole country. This stops any rouge areas that do not want to go far enough or too far.

So I am about to go to the hardware store to get something I need and then to the supermarket.
 

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If you have free time, you can read about how Americans are responding to the social distancing and isolation orders.

sometimes I am embarrassed of the USA’s inhabitants. There are a lot of good people here, but even more idiots.
 
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If you have free time, you can read about how Americans are responding to the social distancing and isolation orders.

sometimes I am embarrassed of the USA’s inhabitants. There are a lot of good people here, but even more idiots.
I watch the PBS Newshour each day, so I get at least 1 perspective of what is happening in the USA. As I previously posted, the Sate and Federal leaders here are all speaking in the same voice with the same rules nationally. The police are enforcing the self quarantine and other rules. I believe that people are getting the message to take this virus seriously.

Even though our retail shops are not required to close, many are now closing because they have no customers. They are all staying at home. The supermarkets are still very busy, the traffic in hardware stores are down but reasonable as they have things that you need now rather than things you can put off like buying clothes, furniture, electronics, etc.

I did see a USA news item where your gun stores had long queues outside. Obviously people think that either the virus can be killed with a gun, or the victims turn into zombies.
 

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oh, I must confess, I bought a few thousand rounds for my AR, my shotgun, and my 9mm also. It’s not to fight the virus (or zombies), but to protect oneself against mob mentality due the mass majority of Americans being dumb as a rock and shepherded by fear.

I also filled up all of my rotopax jugs in case somewhere else becomes more appealing
 

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I think the main thing in this situation is to be responsible and if the government says to stay at home, then you need to stay at home, and not go for a walk. Have a nice day, everyone!
 

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I think the main thing in this situation is to be responsible and if the government says to stay at home, then you need to stay at home, and not go for a walk. Have a nice day, everyone!
I believe that you will find that most people will stay at home anyway. Here basically all the retail stores are allowed to stay open. The only places that have to close are public gathering places, like theatres, bars, restaurants, etc. Even though the retail stores are allowed to stay open and people are allowed to go to them, a lot have closed down as there are simply no customers. Everyone is staying away.
 

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I think the main thing in this situation is to be responsible and if the government says to stay at home, then you need to stay at home, and not go for a walk. Have a nice day, everyone!
Well, I would make my own conclusions about staying at home even without government recommendations or demands. Why? Cause it's all about your own health.
 

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I started this post 4 months ago when you appeared to be in a bad way. I cannot imagine how it has got so bad since. Every state in Australia is down to single digit cases, most have been at zero for some time. Our state is not doing so well. Some idiots at a quarantine site did not do the right thing and we have had a few thousand cases just because of those couple of people. It just shows how easily this virus can spread. Our state is back to our restrictions covering mainly socialising and from an hour ago wearing of masks were mandatory. $200 fine for not wearing a mask, $1,600 for breaking any of the other restrictions. We are the bad relatives of the other states and none of the others states will let us travel there.
 

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That sucks, but it is good that there is a genuine effort being made to contain the virus and drop cases.
Cases have been spiking here in the States again, but we don't really have any repercussions for breaking any of the restrictions, and as is usual here, the virus has been turned into a political battle. The stupidity of the average American doesn't help. Everyone should be working together to bring down cases, but that isn't happening, and we are seeing the aftermath of that mentality with increased cases and hospitalization. Hopefully we can unite to bring cases back down, but I don't really see that happening any time soon, especially with everything else that is going on over here.
Hope everyone is doing well.
 

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It isn't much different on the other side of the pond here either.

People are attending to raves in the thousands, they flock to beaches, again in the thousands.

Whether we self-quarantine or work from home doesn't matter when you have most of the population mingle like there is not a deadly virus out there that can kill people.

I just want to go forward in time when this is all over because one thing COVID-19 taught us is that people are inherently stupid.
 

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There are some people that are selfish and will not do the right thing. That is why it can only be solved by Government forcing people to do the right thing. $1,600 fines help. Every night on the news they highlight how many fines have been issued in the previous 24 hours. 10 people at a party and they get hit with $16,000 in fines. The message gets through.
I listen to the debate you are having about the opening of schools, I will use one example here that might help in that debate. No, the kids do not generally get too sick, but they take it home and spread it to others. Over 200 cases in the last couple of weeks have been linked back to a single school with a single infection. As said earlier we now have 5,000 or more cases linked to someone not taking enough care at a quarantine facility. We had to cancel holidays and a whole state have had the movement restricted because of 1 or 2 idiots. So people not doing the right thing are not tolerated well by others anymore.
 
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