Browsing the usual daily news feeds about everything of interest to my blog, I came across this regarding Government plans to make UK population become immune to the virus. But in order to do so, one needs a vacination (which they have not got supposedly) or enough people to be infected with the virus and then survive in order for it to work. The Government has been strongly criticised for not doing enough to slow down the pandemic which Donald Trump declared an ‘International Emergency’.
Things you should do to protect yourself from the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
It is all common sense to implement this into your daily routine, however people are complacent and this needs to be now drummed into our heads.
Wash your hands. Make sure you wash your hands frequently, especially if you have touched foreign objects that are not personal to you. Try to use antibacterial hand soap or hand sanitiser. Stay clear of hand dryer blowers they spread germs, even if you are passing one that is in use and make sure to not touch the taps with your bare hands.
Avoid touching your face. You mouth has around 500 to 1,000 different types of bacteria so touching your mouth you are re-contaminating your hands with bacteria, so avoid touching your mouth unless you are brushing your teeth and even then wash your hands straight after and avoid touching your face at all unless your hands are clean.
Maintain distance. If you suspect someone to be ill avoid close contact with that individual and maintain a distance of around 3 feet between you and the person.
Don’t share personal items. Consider your personal belonging to be your own and you should not share at all (no exceptions) . Some people for example drink from the same coke bottle (disgusting I know) so consider who has touched the item you are about to touch.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you have a cough or you sneeze cover your mouth at all times. Some people are saying cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow, but for me that means you have just contaminated your clothing so if some one was then to touch you, you would then contaminate them. I recommend straight into a tissue which you can dispose of quickly or your hands which you can then clean immediately.
Stay home if you’re sick. If your unwell stay at home, do not risk contaminating others no matter how insignificant your cold may be. Do your shopping online or ask a friend, neighbour or family member but remember to not have close contact and stay 3 feet away.
Clean surfaces. Everyday items we take for granted such as handles on doors (including cars) light switches, flooring, keyboards, touch pads, trolley handles, product packaging in shops all carry germs.
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You may also want to watch this, the figures estimated are very scary………
The government is in talks on “Operation Cobra” to move from stage “phase” to stage “delay”. This should be from immediate effect. If schools and colleges are being closed in the “Republic of Ireland” then, schools and colleges in England, Scotland and Wales should follow suit promptly.
People such as the elderly, people with underlying conditions and people with low immune systems should stay at home. full stop.
Grocery shopping should be done online for home delivery. If you can avoid going out then stay at home.
Its not just the sick that need to be isolated it is the vulnerable as well.
People have a mindset of “it won’t happen to them” are just plain stupid and ignorant, as imagine if it did happen to them, then they have just put their family and friends, work colleagues at risk also.
Do not be complacent as I am reading on many group chats, do not risk your life or others.
Symptoms to look out for are:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
However I have read that you won’t contract the virus form packaging and food on the NHS website, which is a contradiction as germs linger on packaging and food, hence why is the whole world going mad buying surface sprays. From the Germ Expert clean all packing and food as set out below…………Better to be safe than sorry!!
Panic Buying – what is all this about??, its not the end of the world and people should just shop more responsibly………….You don’t need a years supply of toilet paper or antibacterial products. You can double up by all means but not be stupid about it and leave the rest of the world without hand gel for example. I know manufacturers are having problems sourcing plastic bottles so obviously it causing delays in manufacturing and shipment. Do not be selfish people. Even I, whom has ‘OCD’ do not buy in bulk apart from my disposable gloves which come in packs of 10 boxes straight from the manufacturer but other than that I use antiseptic disinfectant products sparingly not over use them. I use as and when required, two litres or 4 x 500ml usually lasts me a month.
People who can work from home should work from home, everyone has a computer nowadays so there is no excuse there unless of course you are working in a factory and are manufacturing and packing goods or a trades person, then a safe plan of action should be implemented. Schools can have online tutoring where students have to login, no excuse there either.
Obviously factories and tradesmen have an obstacle to overcome. People in factories and tradesmen should wear protective PPE clothing and use PPE equipment – https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm Companies such as Accountants, Solicitors, Insurers etc, have to just tread caution and should have hand sanitiser on all entry points and clean door handles regularly.
Its not just about washing hands its also about touching surfaces and products that have been touched by other people such as, door handles, pens, desks, computers, touch pads, ATM machines, everyday products and cashetc, it all has germs.
I suffer from contaminationOCD so you could say i’m an expert on germ contamination.
All goods you buy in a shop has been handled by another person before you.Fruit and Veg is another example which you can wash with a mild solution of diluted antibacterial washing up detergent and water. (make sure you rinse thoroughly). Taps on sinks and soap dispensers, door handles all have germs. I personally when I handle anything wear disposable gloves, I go through over a thousand pairs a month even in my home, on good days.
What we take for granted and touched by some else other than yourself should be sanitised.
If you make sure you thoroughly rinse your fruit and veg after you have washed them, then it will not give you adverse tummy problems or effect your health in anyway. Besides I would rather clean my fruit and veg by this method rather than risk contamination of any germs. Veg you can boil and that itself will kill germs. Tins and packets should be cleaned using diluted antibacterial washing up liquid and products in paper packaging should be wiped over with a slightly damp antibacterial wipe or diluted antibacterial washing up liquid solution saturated sponge or cloth. Raw meat bacteria obviously gets killed at high cooking temperatures, (so there are no worries there), but make sure to not cross contaminate and keep raw meat on the bottom shelf away from cooked meat and other products such as dairy etc.
Eating out – I have started and this is before covid-19 came out, having an anxiety of eating out using the restaurants own cutlery, I have now invested in my own travel cutlery that I carry around with me. Drinking from glasses I always watch where the waitress holds the glass so that I do not touch the glass in the same place, if anything something I have adopted of late is to get a napkin and cover the glass with the napkin so that I can hold the glass indirectly. I also use my own travel metal straw so that my lips do not touch the glass, after all how do the bar staff take out the glasses form the glass washer, some use the bottom of the glass whilst others use the top of the glass, plus the fact in top restaurants and bars glasses are also polished by hand to remove any watermarks (I know this as I worked in the hospitality industry many years ago). All cutlery and plates are handled by other people before your food is brought to your table. We assume that people wash their hands appropriately but we should not be complacent about it, as with what is going on today you would think people would take appropriate measures to protect themselves and others but this not always the case, as how come so many people have died from this virus if everyone was a germ freak like me and I for one do not want to take that risk of not sanitising something before I use it.
Its ironic how people used to mock my OCD and now everyone is doing literally what I have been doing all along for many years now.
I avoid public transport with a passion, the amount of times I have been brushed by someone has made me fell so uncomfortable. So now I avoid public transport all together. If you are going to use Taxi’s consider the car door handles, they have germs and paying with cash. Cash has germs.
***Also why are we being told to avoid crowded public places, so why is it the schools, colleges and universities are still open and why can parents not self isolate and not take their children to school if they are concerned about the implications? Boris Johnson needs to do something quick time and not wait for it to be too late.
We should also ask ourselves if this virus was genetically engineered, then the inventor/scientist would have an antidote, he would not make the virus airborne risking his and his families lives. If this is genetically engineered biological warfare, we also have to ask ourselves why has this happened?
Your welcome to share your thoughts on this and I will respond to the most relevant of comments.
My final thoughts, my daughter who has a low immune system due to a treatment she had last August for ‘Multiple Sclerosis’ has just asked the NHS MS Team today 13/01/20 if she is safe and the person on the other end of the phone simply played it down and said there is nothing to worry about as we are all in the same boat so to speak and we all have the same chances of contracting the virus.
‘Rhianon’ from the MS Team Cardiff just said take the same precautions as everyone else and avoid crowded public places. Well what is a hospital if not a crowded public place, but my daughter has to have her bloods tested every month. ‘Rhianon’ went on to say well we write down your bloods every month, well that is so comforting to know (not – sarcasm on my part), considering she seemed complacent about the scenario. For her sake I hope my daughter is OK as I have a name now and i’m good at standing my ground and fighting battles.
Someone needs to be held responsible for this! If as some are saying the virus originated from a wet market selling illegal tropical animals in Wuhan, we have to ask the question the chinese have not overnight starting selling this type of produce and they have been doing it for centuries so for anyone to believe this is slighlty on the naive side. Remember the media have to give an explanation and its up to us to believe it or not…………. I prefer not to.
This is the third run in I have had with this company.
Yesterday I visited a bar and this is my third run in, in the centre of Cardiff called the Barocco, situated
12 Wharton Street,
I am 56 years of age and here is my problem. I proceeded to order two for one cocktails and a jug of Pimms.
Once I had made payment the female bar tender then said the person I was with needed to show some ID.
Granted she was well within her rights to ask for ID but she should have done so before taking payment.
I said no problem. but could she do it after she has made up my drinks as I planned to drink all the drink myself.
She insisted that she would not serve me until ID was produced, but she took my money….
I have a question what would have happened if ID was not produced would I not have had my drinks? I was getting distressed at this stage as my OCD and anxiety levels were kicking in and I simply did not want to drink there no more and wanted my money back which she refused to do.
Now going back to two other incidents of which I have mentioned in my blog before one was in Costa which at the time was owned by Brains SA where the trumped up manager was very rude and another time in the Pear Tree Wellfield Road where I witnessed a managers dog placed on the table where food get served on.
This company needs to train their staff properly and I will never step foot in a Brains SA establishment again.
Brains SA do not give a monkeys about their customers all they care about is getting money from them and that is it.
Coffee giants such as ‘Costa Coffee’do not care about customers, they just care how much they can sell. If they loose one customer due to bad customer relations they are not worried as they will gain multiples more.
Its up to the area managers to intervene if a complaint is raised and not sweep the complaint under the carpet and pasify the complaintee.
Costa Coffee 50-52 Albany Rd, Cardiff CF24 3RR in particular over a month ago had such a complaint when a customer asked for a drink but without the coffee.
The reason why the customer asked for a drink without coffee was because she was ordering it for her daughter who has MS and is not allowed to have too much caffine.
The customer was prepared to pay for the full price of the drink yet the barista refused.
When the customer asked “why she could not have a drink without the coffee” the store manager who spoke broken English said “the till could not process the order”.
The customer then said “how would the till know if the barista put coffee into a cup or not?”.
The store manager was adamament that the customers daughter had to have the drink with the coffee potentially endagering her life.
At that point the customer became angry and what she should have said was “if you use your common sense and not but coffee in the drink”, but what she actually said what “if you use your brain”. At this point the store manager then retaliated and said the customer was banned.
A few days later after the customer brought the complaint to customer services, she was assured that she was welcome at any Costa Shop and an apology was made on behalf of Costa including having points added to the loyalty card.
Following the conversation the customer then went back to the same shop again a few days later, where she was greeted by the same store manager who continued to refuse to serve her.
The customer’s daughter then went up to the counter seperately and was greeted by a male barista who told the daughter she too was also banned.
This is disgraceful as the customers 17 year old daughter was brought to tears in the shop and hobbled out on crutches in disbelief.
This had nothing to do with the customers daughter other than she could not have caffine.
Since then the complaint was raised with the owner of Whitbread who passed the complaint down the ladder with the assurance that the franchise owner would be in touch. On research Costa is owned by Whitbread and they do not have franchise owners.
At the end of the day all the customer wanted was a written apology and so far she has not had anything, which brings me to the point that Whitbread/Costa simply do not care.
So imagine if they upset a CEO of a Marketing Company would they just loose one customer or hundreds or even thousands?………….the saga continues…..
Anyone reading this should take their custom else where, unless you too want to be treated with disrespect and humiliation……….. Before you say anything the customer did apologise to the store manager for using words out of context. But none of this should have happened or escalated to this level in the first place if the store manager simply did not add coffee into a drink that the customer requested.
On 07/08/18 The customer received an email from the Franchise Company www.larentia.co.uk which so happens their website does not load?……….. Stating that they will refuse to give an apology and continue to stand their ground that the customer was rude and intimidating. (Even if that was the case which it wasn’t, why was the customers daughter banned? she did not utter one word?)
Well the customer so happens to be the CEO of ‘Cymru Marketing’.
We will be actively promoting the following coffee shops free of charge for the next 12 months just so that Costa loose more than one customer.
Here is a list of local coffee shops that serve customised drinks without the rudeness from the staff and their coffees are just as nice or even better.
The Best Coffee Shops/Cafes in and around Albany Road Cardiff. UK.