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  1. Scheme today launched to get 250,000 volunteer responders to assist the NHS with tasks - ranging from delivering medical supplies to NHS sites, to delivering food to vulnerable / elderly individuals or even just being there for a chat over the phone with lonely, self-isolating individuals. Personally think this is a fantastic scheme, and will be investigating whether it's possible for me to contribute - though my Dad being in the vulnerable category and in the same home may put paid to this. Anyone else interested, all information can be found here: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders
  2. I'm currently working at home for an events-based business having to cancel every event we have under the sun, fretting every day for my job, or even the existence of our business once this is all over. At the same time I have to look out for my Dad, who was alerted today that due to his serious respiratory issues is in the 1.5m to receive NHS letters instructing of no movement outside of the house for 12 weeks, and a Mum who has been diagnosed clinically depressed. My bosses are great, but everything is a stress right now, everything is moving at 100mph, and all feels like I'm taking a bit of a mental battering. I'm sure this is a story familiar to others around here - this is the toughest of times for so many of us, and I've been avoiding the forum over the past week or so out of sheer sadness really to have lost that week in June to look forward to. I guess, I'm not sure what my motive is in posting all this - but I know from my experience this is a place of like-minded folk looking out for one another, and somewhere I thought I could poke my head above the parapet and spot others in similarly tricky predicaments. Look out for eachother, look out for yourselves and your families, and for f*ck sake, STAY AT HOME.
  3. For what it's worth my entire Summer break from work this year was centred around a trip to Rome for Euro 2020, followed by Glastonbury the week after - two full weeks off work with football and music. I completely agree with the decision here and absolutely think it is the right thing, but it sure feels like everything I've been looking for in 2020 has been ripped away in the space of days. Absolutely gutted.
  4. In a few months? The serious worry time has already begun fella.
  5. Those Buzzfeed quotes earlier actually were from an extremely reliable source - a report published today by scientists at Imperial College London, in accordance with the UK Medical Research Council and Department for International Development. If anyone fancies a read it can be found here: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf But the most sobering takeaways are that a) Mitigation (the policy framework that the government initially seemed to want to follow) could mean that "even if all patients were able to be treated, we predict there would still be in the order of 250,000 deaths in GB, and 1.1-1.2 million in the US". And b) "We therefore conclude that epidemic suppression (major cancellations across the board and dramatic social distancing etc) is the only viable strategy at the current time. The social and economic effects of the measures which are needed to achieve this policy goal will be profound. Many countries have adopted such measures already, but even those countries at an earlier stage of their epidemic (such as the UK) will need to do so imminently. " So it is true that the Government tact was changed on the advice that their policies were wrong and risking many lives - just because the journalist on Twitter was from Buzzfeed doesn't make this any less true, or indeed any less sobering or concerning.
  6. The panic-ridden narrative you seem to love is exactly why people are going mental and stripping stores of dried pasta and loo roll. It doesn't keep people safe, it whips them up into a frenzy.
  7. I can also assure you all that @Ozanne and I are not posting from the same room.
  8. Perhaps - I've just got umbrage with the above suggestion that questioning the cancelling of festivals / wanting to go to festivals is socially irresponsible.
  9. Whilst I agree with the final sentence of this, I'm not sure that being sceptical of the need to cancel festivals, while there are numerous other places and situations mentioned here where the virus can be passed on too, goes against being socially responsible. Being socially responsible in this case surely means maintaining high personal hygiene, self-isolating if diagnosed or showing symptoms, and following the advice of Public Health England - which so far seems to suggest that cancelling large events isn't necessary. If we reach a stage where it appears necessary to cancel such large-scale events, then I would suspect our confirmed "serious" cases should have to be in their multiple thousands, and I don't think it's unnecessary to assume this would also come alongside a massive curtailment of other forms of spreading, such as through the earlier example of public transport. Sure - festivals would be a large enabler of the virus, but as would hundreds of other activities too. I'm not questioning the risk of Glastonbury being cancelled, and if it ends up being a necessity then I would make the assumption this has been made directly upon medical and scientific advice - I'm just questioning whether (barring a huge increase in serious cases) it actually would be as useful as numerous other measures too, even though these would be more "economically damaging".
  10. I hear you - and what a shame that it's such an acceptable viewpoint for there to be a genuine trade-off between economic performance vs personal health and welfare - money driven policymaking at its peak. Though, I don't necessarily agree that cancelling a 5 day festival would be particularly worthwhile in slowing the infection down, asides from making a point of the authorities being seen to be "doing something". Let's say I had an as-yet unsymptomatic and undetected case of Coronavirus, and Glastonbury had been cancelled. This might remove my chance of passing it on in a field, but I'd just cancel the holiday from work and be hopping on the tube the next morning - probably passing it on, but in a different spot. Is this really "halting the spread of the virus"? If by June we have 20,000 + serious cases and still spreading, then maybe. But frankly I don't buy this argument of mass events being "luxury items" that should be fair game to cancel when those that 'drive the economy' are free to crack on as normal. If we reach a point in June where Glastonbury and other such large-scale events (Wimbledon etc, I'm looking at you) are at risk of cancellation, then I'd be pretty disappointed in those decision-makers if public transport and schools etc weren't in the firing line too. Cancelling Glastonbury without doing these, for me, would be little more than a PR exercise for the government. Protecting the public in this exceptional scenario should be the prime goal, rather than considering what would be the least economically disruptive option. I'm aware this might be an unpopular opinion which has probably all been said before in the 152 pages here (and I have no intention of running the same debates that have left this page on Hot now for days), but it's just my own reading of the whole current situation.
  11. As a daily London commuter I can give a big +1 to this - asides from the odd person looking up with a suspicious stare at each cough. As others have said, there's really little point cancelling events if we're leaving the tube running round with millions each day. I'm confident that the only thing that could risk a cancelled Glastonbury is logistical issues borne out of knock-on effects of Coronavirus, rather than being forced to do so over virus spread fears. Again though - it's the 8th March, if we're in a state at the end of June when Glastonbury is needing to be cancelled, then we'll have much more significant things to worry about than the festival itself. It's going to be fine!
  12. An Italian colleague of mine is adamant that the prime reason for Italy being in such a dire situation is because the general population have paid next to no attention to official directives from the government on improving hygiene levels, limiting travel and social distancing etc - up until now, where a quarter of the country is in forced lockdown.
  13. The fact this thread has gone from Glastonbury being cancelled due to car parking reductions to a reunited Oasis headlining in the space of 2 pages is peak eFestivals.
  14. Brownie30

    2020 New Music

    New single from Biffy and the lads is absolutely appalling - and that's even coming from a long-time fan of their older material!
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