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3 hours ago, Evil Sid said:

so if you need to be in contact with an infected person for at least fifteen  minutes why did the drivers have to quarantine themselves and why are the coaches undergoing a deep clean.

brize norton to arrowe park is 3 plus hours drive.

 

That has rather inverted the logic- for tracing purposes the WHO guidelines say that a person is treated as a close contact if they were in the same space for 15 minutes. That is not the minimum time needed, as one sneeze in your direction is enough to infect you. Rather even if you do not remember a sneeze or cough but you were in the space for that 15 minutes you are a close contact who should be monitored.

The quarantine of the drivers may not be strictly necessary if they were not close to the patients. For travel by aircraft the WHO close contact rule for this kind of virus is anyone who sat up to and including  two seats away from the infected person in any direction. Flight attendants who served them and anyone who came into contact with body fluids are taken as close contacts for tracing. This is apparently because the virus is spread by coughing and sneezing. It is not spread by recirculating air.

The quarantine of the drivers is a very sensible move using the precautionary principle the firm just got the government to pay the wages of four drivers for two weeks at a low time of the year for coach operations. A deep clean of the coaches is probably a very good move for brand purposes by the company and again the government are paying.

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Think there are now three cases in the UK; why the surprise if they are still allowing flights in from China or F/East, some sponsored by HMG.   

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Stealers Wheel have released a revamped version of their classic song - "Stuck in the Wirral with Flu"

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Can't say I'm impressed to date with the response to this outbreak. 1) Although China has responded better than most Countries ever could, they were in denial for at least two weeks, when a lock down of the site of the outbreak could have contained further spread.  2)  Western Governments flying their own nationals back home, was idiotic, they should have been isolated in China.  3) The WHO response was clearly too slow; ALL flights to a from China should have been cancelled in the first stages of the outbreak.   

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Every cloud has a silver lining. Due to a combination of Chinese New Year and the shut-down caused by the Coronavirus, pollution levels in China have dropped by around 50% and up to 70% in cases. The downside being that any manufacturing in the West that relies on Chinese manufactured components may be hit badly. Swings and roundabouts eh?

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Can't believe the degree of laxity being shown by HMG,  folk are still flying in from China, one got an uber taxi to A&E, before being found she had the virus and was isolated.  So the plane, the taxi and the A&E need a deep clean, and everyone she came into contact with should self isolate.   One problem seems to be that folk are contagious before they show symptoms, so the potential for rapid spread is huge. On the upside, it hasn't mutated yet and appears survivable for young, medically fit folk; just leaving the old and infirm to die; which will no doubt reduce the costs of elderly care in the future. Maybe that's the Gov plan ?

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