Posted 3/16/2020 8:18 PM (GMT -6)
At first the supermarkets ran out of hand sanitiser, then toilet paper, tissues and painkillers. Now food is taking a big hit: pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, jars of sauces, cereals (especially porridge), tea, flour, yeast (for making bread obvs), crisps, long life milk, eggs, butter, etc. People are still calm on the surface, but you sense it wouldn't take much to tip them over the edge.
The government is.... useless. And that's the politest term I can come up with for them. They designed a clever-clever "herd community" strategy that involved letting the virus run through the population, infecting the young and healthy whilst somehow magically avoiding the old and unhealthy. There was enough of an outcry about this that the government was forced to retreat, at least publicly. I wonder. They talk a good game but their actions contract their words at every step of the way: stopping community testing; not banning gatherings; not closing shops, pubs, etc. In fact, in a particularly cowardly act, they have just forced businesses to assume the reponsibility of deciding when to close. This means that if a business has to close, it can't claim on insurance.
Oh, and that herd strategy I just mentioned? Turned out the government got their modelling wrong and used a virus which required half the ICU beds of Covid-19. Another reason they were forced to backtrack on it. Guys, we barely have enough ICU beds right now, let alone if 60-80% of the population get infected.
Anyway, I probably don't have the virus yet. It is in my area, but the number of official cases are still tiny. I'm going ahead with my next Stelara dose on the 6th April. I do think the infusion dose must have helped a bit, because the urgency has deffo got worse again. Don't want to wait 2 weeks tbh, but have no choice.
As for toilet paper, I've got my Brexit stockpile >_>. I bought a load for a no deal Brexit last year, and didn't use it. As the threat of a crashout has not yet passed (we are in a transition period which lasts until December), I decided to keep my reserve of toilet paper. I think we're possibly the only country in the world which has two disasters waiting on our doorstep (albeit one of them 100% preventable).
@Habs - You can take cholestyramine in plain water... Yeah, it's disgusting but I just chug it down. Using ice cold water and/or a straw helps.
Keep safe, folks.