With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing in Australia recently,
it’s led normal day Aussies to stockpile items like toilet paper and
canned goods. Even though the government has said there is no need to panic, it
seems Australians are still fearful. COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 3.4% and
there are over 40 confirmed cases of the infection across Australia.
LiveTribers, are you worried about coronavirus? Do you think the media is adding
to the stress?
Posted by on 09 Mar 2020
Yes seeing other countries like itly maked me panic as I got toddlers and am
scared of failing to protect them.
I think that the media is competing for attention in giving us too much
information too often, and being too critical of our government.
Being 82, I am very worried for my self and others in our age group.
I am also very concerned about the lack of control during the last couple of
months about people permitted to go home from their overseas trips without being
Yes we are a little worried as we are both over seventy. Having said that living
in Mackey we are moderately exposed as long as we stay within the rules. There
are only 4 cases here at present & with all activities curtailed I think we will
be ok . Scott Morrison & the states are doing their best to keep us all safe.
Moderately concerned,I live with Asthma and COPD.
I trust My Prime Minister to do what needs to be done to keep us all as safe as
We will get through this pandemic,it will be difficult at times.It may be months
before we see the end of it ,together we will see the other side of all this
I am a little concerned over COVID 19 as infection rates are definitely
increasing despite measures and restrictions the Government has implemented
(social distancing, closing of non-essential businesses, pubs, clubs,
restaurants etc) I work in essential services myself and this is something I
don't want to get in any case. Despite it being a 'mild' illness, it sounds
We always buy bulk when its on a god discount , in saying that had to atock up
on uth milk and Amond milk , every thing else we can get through or do with out
for 2 months . I am a pre cancer patient still not that well so will not be
going out for at least 2 months may be 3 ,on line ordering if we need to , the
out come if l get corona virus may not be very good for my self , also l am a
great believer the more that do go out the more that help spread the virus .Some
have to go emergencys .
I'm actually more concerned about the effect on the economy. I worked my butt
off for so many years working 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 16 years straight
and just saved money so that one day I could retire early. So two years ago I
retired at the age of 44, but now because of the coronavirus and the
government's attempt to slow it down which has basically caused the economy to
collapse. My investments have gone crap and I have now applied for work packing
shelves at Woolworths and Coles. Personally I'd rather just die from the virus
than live with an economy and life the way it is now!!!!!!
It may be overplayed by the media, but if you are over 60 you cannot ignore it.
I believe that the new laws forcing people arriving back in the country to force
isolate are overdue. A few over indulgent people have put all our lives at
Yes I am very worried about the virus and also about the unAustralian attitude
of people towards others we are Australians we don't do the things I am seeing
done at the moment we look after each other we are Australians.
Make no mistake. When loved ones are removed from your home by ambulance because
the virus has hit them hard, you are not going to be able to follow them there,
sit by their hospital bed and hold their hand.
You are not going to be able to pop in at 7pm for visiting hours. They are going
to have no one other than exhausted and brave hospital staff to see them through
days or weeks of barely breathing through a ventilator until they either die or
They are not going to be well enough to text you.
You are not going to be able to phone the ward to check in on them regularly
(staff will be too busy for that).
During that time, they will be completely alone, while you sit at home waiting
to hear whether they have made it through.
Imagine that person is someone you love dearly. Because it's going to be a
reality for many in the coming weeks.
And if that person in hospital happens to be you, going through that ordeal
completely alone, it would be nothing less than terrifying.
Never in my life have I wanted so strongly to say that if anyone is not feeling
even a little afraid right now, not only for themselves but for their loved ones
and others in general, then they are a bloody fool.
Don’t be a fool stay safe, be healthy and vigilant!
Stay at home!
Please consider any contact with the vulnerable - I know I would hate to cause
someone to get sick.
Please people, THIS IS THE REALITY!
our problem is we have been overseas and come back and were to to self-isolate
for 14 days. We are doing it but before we left as usual when we go on holiday
we run all our food down. We are now relying on our son to get us food but I
give him a list but he can only get less than half of it. I don't understand why
the super markets have stopped their home deliveries. You would think it would
be everyone if they would deliver so people don't go out.
Media over emphasises it as a way to reduce the immediate impact through
propaganda and hyperboles. They do it in order to scare people into submission
and agreement with the polices designed to minimise the impact on Australia's
economy. What the Government is doing is good because it is in the interest of
its citizens and the economy, however the propaganda released about the issue is
beginning to get out of hand.
No ! Not at all , It's all an overreaction created by the media , of which we
have all been brainwashed enough . This so called virus , is a man made move by
the Chinese , retaliate at the US and other NATO nations , for instigating a
large tarriff on the importing of chinese goods and the theft of I.P. which has
been costing the US billions . China used to be a major economic power and is
running out of money .They have spent billions on building supercities that are
all abandoned and also on it's military . They have devalued the YUAN by 20 % ,
the first time in 20 years , and as they put it to remain competitive in
international trade , what they are doing is lowering their costs of goods , to
push nations like India out of their market , who coincidently provide the world
market , with textiles , silk , automotive products , raw materials and fuel
So effectively they are dumping , which we all miss because of a virus . Btw the
chinese markets have been handling meat , fish using the same chopping boards
and knives and no sanitation is taking place . Funny the chinese have been
trading in their small markets , in the same manner for centuries . So where
does this virus come from ?
The damage to China's own economy was extensive and they would be smart enough
to know that, so i'm sorry but your theory is outrageous on that point alone.
I do agree with you however on the point you make about over reaction to the
By the way if we have all been brainwashed then how is it possible that you
possess the capability to write something contrary to the matter we have all
supposedly been brainwashed with. Our government is a democratic monarchy with
freedoms and rights, not a communist regime.
Concerned by idiots believing crap they read online/hear on radio instead of
what health experts say, the actual people who see it first hand. It's not like
they are forcing you to pay them for advice on how to all save some f**ing lives
while they risk their own! I think there is very little hope for our species if
we don't step back sometimes and take a deep breath before letting ego or
emotions effect our thinking process. Bring on the down votes if this offended
you. I love it.
Yet another thing to instil panic into the general public. Yes I am concerned
just as I'm concerned about all health matters. I've always practised good
personal hygeine so there won't be any difference to that, and I'm not one to
kiss, hug or shake someone's hand so that won't change either. I also use
tissues when I have a cold and stay home until I'm better, I've never 'soldiered
on' by taking medications that may lessen the effects of the cold/flu but doing
nothing to prevent one from sharing it with others!
More worried about unemployment than covid 19 The press are being ridiculous
lets only have the real professionals on not Lee Sayles and her desire to win an
Emmy .she should go to the overstretched public and private hospitals and see
for herself what fear has done
Because of the press we are going overboard and people are suffering
This will go away it’s a small percent who die ,no more than any other disease
Sure it’s scary but would be less so if we did not have it in our faces every
day As one shopper said I am so over this
People are fools this so called virus is more a way of destroying the economies
of the world. Who is behind this we can only guess. Look to the countries who
are not badly infected or seem to be coming out of it.yes we do need to take all
precautions but because we haven’t had a world war for over 70 years the world
is grossly over populated which is causing the changes to our climate system.
Take the number of deaths from this virus as a percentage of the world
population it’s very minimal
The media has blown this out of all proportion. They should be charged with
treason for forcing the people into fear and panic. I usually believe two things
in the papers, the price and date even that can be wrong sometimes. Getting sick
to death of hearing about it like many others. If the government had shut the
borders when they first heard about this back in the end of December we wouldn't
have this problem now.
Further to my last post I am so sick of the extended news going over and over
the same things. Yes they need to report the facts but not make it all doom and
gloom and hours of it every night. If people have not realised how serious this
is by now then they are very foolish.
Our infections are now up to nearly 2000 known and I am sure it is much higher.
The time is nigh when we will be locked down and are the press going to keep on
about how bad it all is and telling the numbers minute by minute adding to the
stress and worry of everyone.
The press need to do their job yes but they also need to bring it down a few
notches and lets not have all the extended news every night repeating what has
already been reported on the 4, 5, 6 o'clock news and all the bulletins in
between. I would actually prefer the reruns of old shows.
People should go and do something else instead of watching/listening to news
foaming at the mouth. I'm personally interested in what's happening as it
unfolds and effects our lives and appreciate that there are regular updates.
There are always other shows on. People saying it's being blown out of
proportion ect are usually the ones constantly thinking about it themselves.
Really gotta question what the hell people are thinking sometimes.
I am concerned about COVID 19 because I am over sixty, and my young grandson has
bad asthma and ends up in hospital after catching the common cold so I fear for
his well being too. I think the media is necessary but sometimes they do over
dramatise with virus bubbles floating in the background of the news reports,
very staged. People too are often complacent and are not adhering to the
guidelines posted by the Government and Health Department. I have just got back
from a walk with my dog and people are not clearing up after their dogs either,
whereas before they did, I just don't understand as the local Council supplies
doggy bags for this and rubbish bins too. Unemployment too is very concerning. I
am vegan and I enjoy a healthy plant based diet and i have never been healthier.
Everyone stay safe and listen and practice good hygiene and what the
professionals are telling us to do.
I agree I am 70 and it is worrying. I have isolated myself other than when I
take my dog for her walk. People in my area are already isolating. Most of my
neighbours ask me if I need help which is lovely and if I do yell out of the
window or send a text etc.
I think reporting if great but this over reporting is causing more harm and
fear. Yes you can change the channel but most channels are doing the same thing
at the same time. Yes the virus bubbles are a bit over the top.
We are only at the beginning of this and it will get worse but if people keep
their distance, wash their hands properly, listen to the doctors advice, be
considerate of others and we will limit the infections.
I am concerned about the huge number of people being unemployed. This could
potentially impact families, especially where the main income earners who have
children or sick family members who need ongoing medication are unemployed.
People need to be more considerate of others.
People may look healthy but may have health issues which could become critical
if they are exposed to this virus.
If we as a community just lock down/isolate as we are told, we could beat this.
We are coming into the colder weather, where people are more prone to colds &
flu. Take your Vitamin C tablets, eat more veg & fruit, drink more liquids &
please isolate if you are not well.
It is a very difficult time. Health wise for so many of older folk who are also
having to deal with the greedy people who have stock piled goods they may never
use or need. Many older people live from week to week and can not afford to
double up on items. Then I also feel ashamed to be Aussie after watching the
horrid way the staff at shops are treated, and the disrespect of the rules about
the virus. Staying home, covering mouth when coughing and washing hands seem to
be someting that many just do not understand.
I could not get my toilet paper, pasta, rice, etc. for about 3 weeks even when I
went to the 7am shop time for us oldies there was not much on the shelves at
all. However, the shops are starting to have stock again but I can only shop
once a fortnight and there is nothing left to buy extra food with. I went to
Coles and Woolies and I found the people shopping were polite and considerate at
the 7am shop and also the following fortnight when I went early afternoon. The
staff were also lovely. I think the bad behaviour is mostly in certain areas.
I hope they are now calming down.
We are entering new territory in Australia with lock downs beginning tomorrow.
The spread has been exacerbated by idiots who have come from areas where the
virus was rampant and not self isolating themselves or going out in public willy
nilly. Look at the fools at Bondi Beach and even the young at the clubs in
Brisbane etc. As for the cruise ships being allowed to let passengers off that
actually have been in contact with the virus on the ship is criminal.
Personally I think our borders (international) should have been closed weeks
To see the people fighting over of all things toilet paper shows a level of
selfishness I have never witnessed en masse in my country. I feel ashamed of
how some of our citizens have acted. I am 70 and yes I am very nervous about
this virus but am shocked at how blase people I know and others are. I am
keeping social distance and have been for some time.
I have not been able to buy much needed essentials even if I go to the shops at
7am which is supposed to be when we elderly can stock up but as there is nothing
on the shelves I basically walk away with only a couple of things. I have not
been able to buy toilet paper for weeks. I still have a few left but I need
supplies. I cannot get any masks as again these are out of stock and also the
hand sanitiser. Dog food is another staple I have not been able to buy. I only
have a small fridge freezer so cannot stock up much anyway.
I live alone so being isolated will be hard as I also have not been to the
library and have no books to read. The vibe is even internet will be under
pressure and I have only just recently gone through all my cupboards and
had a big clean out of old stuff, clothes, etc. so I cannot even amuse myself
As for the press, I think they have added to the stress in the beginning with
announcements of each and every new case. We do not need doomsday reporting but
facts such as this is working i.e. social separation, isolation, etc. and then
perhaps to show things that will amuse people and make them laugh whilst in lock
I wish all Australians good health and please listen to the advice which is
being given all the time.
This is the first occurrence, of a disease so severe, that I have ever known in
my lifetime. In my opinion this virus is capable of wiping out the entire
population of the world. It has now reached the stage where countries are in
imminent lock down. I'm staying indoors apart from having to go out and buy
essential products. I think the media is well justified in informing the public
about the progress and management of this pandemic, We need to be scared! This
is devastating. Businesses are collapsing because people are not paying,
Selfish people buying up big for their own use, self isolation not being
observed. Its a respiratory illness, easily spread within groups of people. Yes
I am worried and will be until this disease is under control.
I am not worried. I realise that there are people in Australia with it. I do not
live in a major city and where I live there is 1 reported case in my region. I
am continuing with my normal routine and as a nurse I already follow correct
hand washing procedures. I have less work now. My girls in Sydney do not want to
travel to see me or want me go see them so it will probably be a while till I
see my family. I did have holidays booked over the next few months and not sure
if they go ahead or not as cant cancel before officially notified by the travel
provider. I also think that the media makes it alot scarier than it is which has
caused the panic buying etc.
I am feeling less confidant than I did a week ago as the number of cases
increase. I do wish the government would introduce temperature taking at all
entrances. They are doing it in Singapore and it is effective. If you have a
temperature you don't get in. I would feel much happier if I were in a shop
knowing no-one in there has a temperature. I am maintaining the social distance
rule and I am finding people are being very good about it, but there are still
greedy selfish people out there in the supermarkets. In some cases it is
bringing out the best in people and I have found people are stopping to say
"sorry" when a couple of weeks ago they wouldn't have. Not everyone will catch
this Chinese flu so I am making sure my husband and I have a healthy immune
system. Getting together with the family over Easter is gong to be tricky
I'm just hoping that a cure can be found soon, we need to get back to a normal
way of life otherwise I fear there could be some serious issues within the next
month or so. I don't think Australian can afford to be in isolation for 6
months, it will turn to utter chaos. Once a cure us found and people know they
can be cured if they attract the virus than we can go about out business.
Not only did Chine not tell the world they actively covered up by destroying the
test results. They made the doctor who blew the whistle apologize online for
telling lies and causing rumors. He was sacked from his job, was arrested then
died of the virus. It sounds very fishy to me. In addition to all of that
Wuhan is also the home of The Institute of Virology. This institute makes bio
chemicals for the army. Coincidence? China has admitted that it has a serious
problem due to the one child policy. There are far too many elderly people with
not enough younger propel to care for them. They have even relaxed the one
child policy in some places. If you wanted to get rid of the sick and elderly
what better way could you come up with. I think the Chinese government is
capable of anything.
Because it was a cover up, why they killed the first doctor who tried to warn
people, but they said he died of the virus and people believed it, why would a
doctor who found the virus not protect himself?
I'm not stock piling or too worried. I just hope myself or anyone in my Family
don't get it. The way it reads up it can be catastrophic for anyone with other
It's totally unfair, that so many people are hoarding to such extremes. I havent
been able to get Toilet paper for a month, thankfully I still have a few weeks
Whales are already making a comeback so no need to worry about the whales. The
planet will breath a little, with less CO2 emissions, pollution and humans
trampling all over it. Even the canals of Venice have already gone clear with
Not worried..... this too shall pass.....it will run it's course....of course I
have compassion for ALL affected.....time for human awakening and real change in
Yes media adds to stress absolutely.
We just need to take simple precautions.
I understand need to limit travellers and close borders etc for containment.
The sun will rise and set tomorrow........
Only worried about all the idiots in the supermarket buying everything in site
nothing left for everyone else also have stopped watching the news all they talk
about is the virus sick of it enjoy watching other shows now so much more
Yes I am worried about it but think that all this panic buying is making things
a lot harder for everybody. We do need to keep a cool head and follow all the
advice given by the appropriate authorities. Although I will miss going to my
regular classes and the movies, I have enough interests/hobbie to keep me
occupied while I self isolate, which my daughter and grandkids are insisting I
do seeing I am nearly 70!!!!!
Things is going worth if we still make a panic this things happen from thousand
of year it's not a new virous .we must be patient and helpful friendly loyal to
our society and the importance is that old people and the people how have a
mental health that they had anxiety .be sure that the situation will be fine day
after day .don't be panic its normal thing from God .to give the human beings
lesson to not be selfish. So please don't be selfish.if anyone need help ican
Sensationalise the news to make money off you!!!!!!!!! They are also sponsored
by many of the products they tell you that you might miss out on!!! All you are
doing is wasting your hard earned money which I believe most people would
normally be using for bills kids etc, so now that you have gone and been a
complete jerk buying up everything without a care for anyone else and blowing
your money you expect the banks utilities and landlords to go easy on you!!!!!!!
What a joke the people and you know who you are involved in the latest round of
mass stupidity should be made to shop in supermarkets full of empty shelves for
the next 6 months as punishment!!!! However the scaremongers on breakfast
television and radio should be held accountable for their actions and face
criminal charges at the very least!!!!! The lies and irrationality they promote
to the intellectually challenged has the ability to affect the whole nation and
I believe that they are directly responsible for the current situation and
should be held accountable!! If not we can expect to see the recent behaviour
every time people mostly the media don't understand a situation and hit the
panic button straight away. The idiots will have completed their take over,
rationality and common sense will have been bred out of the Australian race, the
survivors with the ability to think for themselves will die off or kill
themselves for fear of becoming like the rest of the idiots, then all you will
have left is the bunch of moronic overreactive telephone addicted blobs eagerly
absorbing the next advice from breakfast shows, unable to construct a thought
process they will happily oblige there new overlords fruitlessly scurrying
around while every last right they ever had is stripped away, luckily they will
be to stupid to realise! Maybe they will have enough dumb baby's that they will
loose their past, genetically bred down to such a low level that the human race
will just die out!!!!! You people are idiots stop believing what you see on the
internet or TV as well as read! You are allowed to use your brains assess a
situation and make an effort to make a responsible choice! If sunrise said to
jump off a cliff would you do it?? But you'll devote your time and money to
anything they tell you too!!! Grow up!!!!!!!! Seriously it's just sad!!!!!
The media drove us insane with the bush fires now it's the Chinese flu. You get
drained listening to it, and unfortunately some people turn off thinking it's
just the usual rubbish. The real message gets lost in the dross. The media
should be forced to stick to the facts, but that would mean we don't have a free
and independent press.
The media told these idiots to go out and stock up on the basics coz there may
be a shortage, the idiots listened and panicked because they are unable to live
without their endulgences, they decided to waste an incredible amount of time
and money buying everything the media said they couldn't live without and are
probably so over stocked they will end up throwing away alot of what they have
bought, still blissfully unaware that they were never in any danger of going
without!! The selfishness and lack of intelligence has been sickening to watch,
Australians should be ashamed they dropped to such a low level!! T.v, your phone
If we all work together and stop hoarding food so everyone has enough,and use
proper hygiene and cover our mouths when coughing and sneezing and not
congregate in large numbers and listen to the experts we will be fine
Like everyone else, I am honestly worried about this coronavirus for the sake of
my family especially that I have a 2 year old daughter. I am worried because
everyone is hoarding and we feom rural areas aren't able to buy diapers, rice,
formula milk etc.because they are no longer available in the markets that we
used to go. The people are panicking because the media doesn't tell us the
number of people who already recovered, only the number of people getting
Yes I am extremely concerned. I have a comprimised immune system and catch
things like colds, the flu and gastro easily. Been trying to avoid going to the
shops too often as I'm worry I'll catch it from there but when you're trying to
buy stuff and it's not there it's extremely annoying. We have been without
toilet paper 3 days now and have resorted to tissues. I had a German grandmother
and she went through rations after ww2. People today can't cope. I now
understand what she went through. Once a fortnight I also go to a discount
grocery store, I went there today and was told they might not survive this if
they can't get enough supplies as supplies and supermarkets they deal with are
with-holding stock. It's crazy. Stay safe everyone, and remember to wash your
hands after going to toilet and before handling food and when you come home from
I know how you feel Katie as my immune system has been compromised somehow.
It has happened to me previously so I am on immune boosters. Vitamin C, zinc
and Elderberry, or any immune booster or immune defense. One of my sons had
chronic fatigue and while it wasn't a cure he said he felt much better after
taking a course of immune boosters. It is worth an online search.
I agree with Coaster, it is a disgrace how some people are acting so selfish.
I read in the Herald/sun how in many cases two bus loads of Chinese tourists
have many Victorian country towns. These people have left the buses and gone to
all the supermarkets or shop where they stripped the shelves.of any items that
were useful before the buses left.
This is a disgrace and makes people feel bad towards tourists.
I am more concerned about the selfish acts of people who have the virus and know
and yet decide it is OK to fly, not self quarantine, go out in public etc. They
should be prosecuted. What if someone does catch it off them and dies. The law
prosecutes drunk and drug affected drivers who injure and kill people. What's
the difference. They have been told not to do something for the safety of
others and ignore it.
Since you wrote this on 9th the confirmed cases has shot up into the 100's and
Yes I do think the media is adding to the stress and misinformation sometimes.
All the time we hear of each new case, each new possibility etc. One such
report said 500000 people will die in Australia. Not sure where that figure
came from as it has not hit 10000 globally. Scaring people is not right.
Common sense instructions and deterrents are what is needed.
Everyone wash your hands and use sanitiser when out and about often.
Everyone keep their distance
Everyone do not shake hands or hug each other
Do not visit the elderly in nursing homes etc.
Check on the elder relatives via internet, phone etc. and do their shopping for
them and leave it at their front door to limit the chances
Everyone do not make a crowd of people - ie sporting arenas, theatres, etc.
Everyone stop panic buying. This is Australia. We produce most of our own
stuff including toilet paper. The reason the shelves are empty is due to the
selfish acts of bulk buyers.
The common annual flu kills more people
I think the number will go up especially in countries with poor health systems
but doubt if it will go into millions or at least I hope not.
China led the way with isolation which seems to have limited the number of
infected people and probably deaths and I think we are headed into that same
The media is always over the top reporting these days and it is always dramatic.
I rarely watch the news as it is more about their ratings than about just plane
common sense factual reporting.
I work in a nusring home - as of Wednesday we are in lockdown, no visitor
allowed except under compassionate grounds. Also only doctors and 1
physiotherapist is allowed but physio is not allowed to go to any other site. I
think this will eventually happen with all nursing homes.
I visited my 93 year old mother at her nursing home on Wednesday and one of the
staff told me she had just returned from NZ on Sunday. There they were telling
me if I had returned from overseas I couldn't visit.
The media is the major contributor to all the fear mongering and sensationalism
all in the pursuit of 'ratings'. Sadly however, as a 63 year old
insulin-dependent diabetic who has just been through a triple bypass operation,
I am concerned.
Concerned as all age groups are able to contract the virus. It's best to educate
yourself with facts, not from media, to reduce panic buying, stocking up and
abusing the Asian/ Italian communities. It is because of overreacting that
causes fear in individuals, this in turn causes sickness and low immunities as
we know causes illnesses. Practicing proper heigene is paramount, nothing has
changed in our household. We all need to take proper precautions and isolate
ourselves from all viruses. This is another strain of SARS only that it has come
in massive numbers of casualties. Take care all in your own personal safety and
we will all get through this.
Wrong! Missvanillaxo! We all get it, It is mainly we SOF's (Silly Old Farts)
who get knocked off out twigs by it. As me dear old Dad said "Once you get past
70,something is trying to get you, and one thing is about as good as another.
All OK, as long as you have a good GP who is prepared to prescribe "pain relief
as required". Like, a 4-gallon bucket of Endone! Stay positive.
Should close schools, why wait for a student to get virus then close that
school, then grandparents would only get virus if kid has contacted virus, so
the government is waiting for kid to get sick, to send home to make everyone
I would love to see some facts. The media claims there are 210 victims in NSW.
Is that a fact or is that the number of people who have been diagnosed. If that
is the case how many of these 210 are now well and living a normal life?
There have been people who didn't know they had it. It is still a concern
because it is infectious when no symptoms are showing and because of the
vulnerability of certain people. We quarantine livestock but not people. This
has really shown how much people take for granted skipping from one country to
another with no quarantine. I was aghast that planes were still flying direct
into Australia from Wuhan and of course with infected people. Too late too slow
Yes worried, not so much about the virus but feeding myself. I live off 580.00
per ft . With everyone stock piling it has left near nothing for us dole
bludgers. Excuse the expression. Myself I cannot work, I have a pre-exsisting
health condition and a foot that doesn't function due to an incorrect procedure.
I'm suffering now, what does the future hold for me! Not a lot. Yes I'm worried
for me and my children and grandchildren and elderly parents.
Yes quite concerned but not alarmed.
Enough food etc for at least 1 month if required. Being sensible & taking more
caution in regards to personal hygiene & home cleaning. Still intend to go out &
as per normal..
No i am not to worried. The media seem to be making a lot of money from this
epidemic, they are the ones causing panic. I never believe a word i hear from
the news as it is propaganda and they are pushing an agenda. I will worry when
people start dying, not be quarantined in their own homes for 14 days.
We should be careful as we go about our daily activities but I myself am trying
not to get caught up in the anxiety levels .I feel people with health issues
are at risk and should take precautions.and we should all follow health guide
Even though it is classed as a very BAD flu virus I am slightly concerned as my
immune system is compromised due to Crohn's disease and a lot of people (even at
work) do not have good personal (bathroom) hygiene - I am slightly older but
plan to boost my vitamin supplement intake and eat fresher during the present
outbreak. Fingers crossed I am OK - and we might be able to work from home. I
have not bought heaps of toilet rolls (for the flu??) but have increased my
No not concerned,its all the Media Hype causing the alarm bells.1919 the Spanish
flu killed 5 million people world wide,most dont know that pandemic is part of
our history as there was no media like todays internet.
Almost everyone knows about the Spanish flu. There was no vaccine then. Since
then we've usually been able to develop vaccines to fight off the virus'. We
won't have one publicly available for this very infectious one for some time by
the looks of it. I'm not personally worried about dying but I'm concerned about
carrying it and infecting other people who are more vulnerable.
I am 72 years old seen many virus' come and go and still here - yes this another
bad one but like them all if you get it chances are you will survive - the media
hype is a typical response to any such event and adding to people's panic -
common sense is needed - which seems to be lacking in so many people at present
- and I am still trying to figure out WHY people need so much toilet paper -
geez if you do get it you are quarantined for 14 days only HOW much toilet paper
do you need for that time - wake up people and stop panicking the end of the
world is not near - we are not all going to die, and if you do are you going to
have all that toilet paper buried with you ??
No, sick of the media beat-up that has escalated the 'toilet paper apocalypse'.
So embarrassed to be an Aussie with this unnecessary hoarding. People who have
little chance of having this virus at the moment are wasting hospital and
medical staffs resources that are needed for those who may genuinely need help.
I'm sure many people will get this virus, but this panic will just make it
happen faster, and our hospitals and medics will struggle.
No I am not as concerned about acquiring the virus as I am of running out of
toilet paper and hand sanitizer. I have no idea why people are stock piling it.
Not only is it greedy and selfish it is also very un-Australian and anyone
doing it should, be ashamed of themselves. There are morons walking around
wearing masks, which won't stop them from catching it, and there are people who
need those masks. People who have depressed immunity, nursing homes, doctor's
and dentists. These places are also running out of toilet paper, tissues, hand
sanitizer as well as products for people who are incontinent. I had no idea my
fellow Australians were such a load of thoughtless sheep. I am trying to live
as normal a life as I can, but every day I come across yet another problem
caused by this idiotic panic buying. The real pain hasn't even begun yet, and
frankly I don't think I want to think about how these morons and cretins will
behave when things get tight.
I am fed up with the media. The news began on Thursday morning with "the Corona
virus has exploded", 12 more people had become infected. That's an explosion?
All that does is send the morons stampeding into the supermarkets to empty the
shelves again. The true death in this story is the "FACT".
Yes. Apart from the increased risk to the elderly and those with underlying
medical conditions everyone is going to be effected by the financial
consequences. Already superannuation savings are taking a belting. If it
continues as is likely for at least a year until a vaccine is available there
will be huge disruption to travel, jobs, schools, foreign income and there will
be many businesses that fail and many people will fall between the cracks of
Government assistance. The cost to the economy and budget will be substantial.
I hope it does not last a year, we will see the whole of Australia suffering a
recession, and a bad one.
Vaccines are not going to do anything, it will not cure it, and if it is rushed
through without proper testing such as most vaccines it will be dangerous.
The people who are stock pileing toilet paper what's toilet paper going to do
it's airborne toilet paper is going to do jack shit excuse my french but come on
people hounstly Go buy yourself a p-2 or more mask
A mask won't help you not catch it. They aren't just stock piling toilet paper.
It's also rice, flour, pasta, sugar, baked beans, cooking oil, tissues, liquid
hand soap, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, disinfectant, disinfectant wipes, bleach,
long life milk and cold and flu meds. I went to the dentist on Thursday where
they told me they are having trouble obtaining masks, yet there were people
walking along the streets wearing masks. Then I went to the supermarket in the
next suburb and there again were people wearing masks. It is starting to make
me very, very angry.
The financial costs are mounting for us and our relatives. Our small town is
starting to see accommodation cancellations which does not bode well for our
community. Festival planning for May is looking sad and it was to be a big deal
for our town. Then because many of us are over 60, the real worries begin.
Undeveloped countries are not even seeing it! It is strange isn't it that if you
look at where it is focused it is mainly developed countries that have a high
economy, they are using this to bring it down.
Yes as I have been diagnosed wirh cancer and had very heavy chemo and surgery
which has eliminated the cancer so far but has reduced my immune system . I
also do not have a spleen which further reduces my immune system.
Yes I am. In the previous 12 months I have had recurring chest infections that
have required heavy medication to resolve and while I have taken steps to
improve my level of health and fitness I am not relaxing my guard against this
evolving situation and following instructions.
I am concerned about the ability of our medical services to cope. They already
are near capacity. If this virus really gets a hold then the Governme will be
forced to take more direct action. Lives are more important than freedoms.
Yes I am very worried for myself and others like me but also greatly concerned
by people's ignorance and absolute stupidity in stock piling toilet rolls and
hand sanitiser which just shows their total ignorance of this disease. It is NOT
the Flu! It does not cause diarrhoea! But while it is a bloody nuisance for most
people who contract it and have only mild symptoms, for many people like me
with a very low immune system and who has suffered a life time of lung problems
including cancer and bronchiectasis, as well as being in my 70s - it probably
would be a killer! That is the concern and with so many complaining they are
missing out on their Footy games, their flights to Whoop Whoop or having to
stay home with their own at risk children offspring - it will continue to
spread. People can be carriers and not know it, just as with unvaccinated
measles, chicken pox and whooping cough carriers who infect innocent people some
of whom, especially children, die. This current pandemic isn't just in Australia
- it is virtually world wide and until we all come to our senses and ALL ACT
RESPONSIBLY many more will become sick, many die and our whole economy will go
into melt down.
So stop with lining your house with toilet rolls and behave intelligently. It
might be you, your parent or your child who dies!
It is not worldwide, only those countries with high economy, have a look at the
tracking of it, it is to bring the economy down so the rich can get richer, stop
over-reacting. Un-vaccinated do not spread disease that they have not got, it is
a total myth
Not worried about he virus, worried what the Government and decision makers will
do next in taking our freedom away. Search Bill Gates event 201, all planned,do
not use google or bing to search you won't get the truth. They are bringing down
the world economy, the recession that had to happen, why is it not effecting
poorer countries? Why was the GP cancelled but other events not until Monday?
Why is one football game allowed but not more after that? Does Dutton really
have the virus? Why isn't Scomo being tested? Why does Trump refuse to be
tested? Keep questioning and do not believe everything you hear from the Murdoch
empire. Gilead a big pharm corp's stocks went up $12 billion dollars! Part of
the plan for rich to get richer, bring the sharemarket crashing down and buy up
when it is low. Happens during and after every global crisis. This is a man made
I am sure all those people in hospitals or who have had a loved one die are so
thrilled with your conspiracy theory. The reason poorer countries so far are
free is obviously because the majority of population have not travelled
internationally or come into contact with those who have!!!
It looks and statistics and current behaviour mass panic. My mother, is going to
the doctor she fears she has it after visiting my sister and her children. My
sister’s children have it even a teacher at their school has had it. I don’t
think they can go to school at the moment. My uncle rang from Italy things look
tough there too. I sure hope I don’t get it, I stay mostly out and in the
garage and my tomcat keeps me company. I sure hope I don’t catch this virus.
My sore back enough to keep me in bed at times. Good luck world. Best wishes on
a good recovery and quick. All my unconditional love surrounds the word. Amen
I am concerned because my sister has COPD and if I catch a cold is in danger of
pneumonia so if I catch the coronavirus my sister is in deep trouble. The first
case has just been diagnosed in Rocky just 1 hour away. It is getting close and
it is getting real.
I do think the media is adding to the stress. Things seem to be changing rapidly
was watching the news tonight the Easter show has been cancelled the NRMA
centeneary celebrations for my town has been cancelled this weekend, sports
events to take place with no fancy, Peter Dutton confirmed to have the virus and
be in hospital. Why not shut the country down for 2 weeks and see if that
contains it. Olympics still going to be held? do they think it will be contained
the worst will be over by then?
I should probably be a bit worried, as I have emphysema. However, as I live in
a small country town and only go to a larger town once a week for shopping I
feel fairly safe. I refuse to spend my time worrying about it, if it is meant
to happen, it will. I also continue to practice the basic hygiene habits taught
to me as a child, but that is an everyday habit, not just because of a virus.
I firmly believe the media is over-reporting on the pandemic and causing more
concern than is actually warranted at this stage in Australia.
The media is adding to the fear factor. People from other countries who live
here are buying up and either sending it back home or selling it on-line, adding
to the panic.
Practice good hygiene and socially distance; same as we do for other health
Yes, it is a concern but I'm not letting it affect my life. I'll continue to
wash my hands just as I've done since childhood, and I'll continue to not sneeze
or cough over anyone (or allow anyone to do it to me). In the meantime I'll
live my life. I think the media is playing a large part in the rising hysteria
including the panic buying
From what I understand this virus is similar to Hepatitis A. People that
practice basic hygiene like washing your hands after going to the toilet and
before eating will be fine.
I suspect the prevalence of open air raw food establishments that they have in
China and other third world and quasi third world countries may be to blame.
There is no proof it started at raw food establishments or markets or from
eating wild animals. Wuhan is a polluted place that just before it broke out
burnt 100's of pigs that died from swine flu that filtered through the air and
the bacteria was then breathed in, that is one of the theories I have read
Yes to a degree, because I am over 70 and have undergone heart surgery . From
what I read I may be vulnerable so I am extremely conscious of being careful of
my surroundings and taking care not to expose myself to crowded areas.
Just another flue bug, most of those who have died, did so from things not
related to the virus, fighting over toilet paper in a supermarket, with arses
that size they probably need it, grow up get over it
I think the media is definitely adding to the paranoia. How many Australians die
from influenza each year? We have a vaccination for the flu that reduces our
risk of contracting the disease but many refuse to be vaccinated. Will that be
the case when a vaccine is developed for this virus? Simple measures such as
good hand & cough hygiene dramatically reduce the risk of contacting most
disease but is this way too simple for the media to advocate? Let's calm down &
be more open to simple solutions listening with respect to each othet
I wasn't initially, but I am now. Given the rapid spread of the virus and WHO
has officially declared it a pandemic, plus the rising cases in Australia I am a
little concerned I might catch it and have to self isolate missing work and my
pet visiting jobs
Hmmmm. Okay presently I can say I'm not really worried about the spread of
corona-virus because I see it would leave Australia soon as preventive measures
are been taken by the health care sector and the fatality rate is kind of low.
Within the next few months we should be done talking about Corona
The yearly coronavirus kills tens of thousands around the world each year, and
the economy doesn't go into free fall. The media, as always, catastrophises
everything, instead of giving positive information such as Wash your hands with
soap, and dont touch your face. Oh, and turn off the media!
Not worried can't afford to travel and are not living in a capital city so I
consider that me and my family are in a low risk category.
Plus don't watch the news or read the paper keeps me in a low stress position
Whats the hysteria about. Currently just over 100 cases and 3 deaths in
Australia, Out of our population of apprx 22 million these are tiny
Leave some toilet paper for those who may need it more.
No , I don't see anything to be worried about . I believe that this is something
that has been cultivated in China . Why would Wuhan be the starter for this
virus ? It's a province like many others and all of the chinese markets treat
meat and poultry the same . I admit that the way meat and poultry is slaughtered
, chopped and presented is absolutely atrocious , but bear in mind that this so
called virus is from animals . And the cutting process isn't very sanitory and
meat , fish , poultry is all cut on the one chopping block . I note that Wuhan
has somehow contained the virus . I believe the chinese government , is behind
this and creating thanks to the media widespread panic . Why would china do this
? Although the propaganda has China as an a world power in economics , military
etc. But , the truth be known that China is falling off this grid , the reasons
being trade tarriffs set by the US and limiting the manufacturing process and
IP , other nations are following suit looking for another source of labour . The
billions spent by china on supercities is failing , the ideology is terrific ,
but due to a healthy export market , the chinese are getting wealthier and the
money spent on these new cities are now ghost towns . While China has been
taking advantage of these situations , they have lost sight on keeping up with
it's military technology . China in itself is extremely wealthy in terms of gold
reserves , but is cash poor .
So to level the playing field , instead of going up in an economy that thrives
on US dollars , bring the western economies down . How better than an invisible
and little known malady and let's call it a virus ! One will notice the
paranoia on the stockmarket and shelves in the supermarket . In fact , the media
beat up has been so successful that other nations are not only repatrionating
gold from countries that hold their gold , but dismissing US dollars as currency
. I also note the protests in Hong Kong have dissipated . My advice , for what
it's worth , is to be careful in the next few years , as i believe the US dollar
will not be the world standard , but partially retreat to gold , as a value
which is fungible . With that said the so called money that we trade , will not
exist and a new form of currency will come into play !
That is one theory but there are many more floating around. One major thing is,
it is not a virus it is a bacteria and more people die in China from TB but they
are not reporting that. Also just before the "virus" started they burnt 100's of
pigs that had died from swine flu and the already polluted Whuhan had bacteria
flying around for them to breath in. Seems to me that it is not about bringing
China's economy down which is now recovering but the western world, why is it
not happening in poorer countries?
I am concerned for the elderly, especially those in confined areas, but
am not overly concerned myself. It appears to be another form of the
flu, and just as many people die from the flu each year. The toilet paper,
tissues and hand wipes stock up is way beyond paranoia!!
Unfortunately the media let the word out on stocking up … and boom,
before you know it, the shelves are empty.
As a health professional worker I would suggest people stop panicking and just
do as recommended, such as taking everyday precautions like washing your hands
if you have symptoms then isolate yourself.
The media is making this way more stressful than it should be,
It is called the corona HYSTERIA making following sheep panic buying and I just
found out why we cannot find hand cleaners in the supermarkets.... it is because
people cannot find toilet paper to buy! Most doctors are not bothered by this
hysteria as the few people who have died from it have been in their 80s or 90s
and were reaching the end anyway, but the media are forcing politicians into a
total waste of money just to please the sheep baaaah for goodness sake it is
just a cold!
I am concerned about COVID-19 in that there are vulnerable people in the
community who would not survive if they contracted it. I do think the media
harps on incessantly but that's preferable to having no information at all I
I am not worried about Corona virus. I will take the same precautions I do with
any other flu. It is the insanity and the greed exhibited by people that I am
worried about. They are turning into uncivilised savages. Even wild animals only
take what they need.
Coronaviruses were first discovered in the 1960s. The earliest ones
discovered were infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two viruses from the
nasal cavities of human patients with the common cold that were subsequently
named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43. Other members of
this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in
2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as
2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract
So it has bee arou d since I was born... Am I worried "Yes" am I panicking
"No".... So ling as everyone sticks to their own health plan and if they show
symptoms they do the right thing and self contain as you would if you had the
Mildly concerned....not panicking....until a vaccine is available the bug will
eventually be found in most populations. A percentage of the elderly and
respiratory compromised will contract pneumonia and if viral combined with a
secondary bacterial many of these will die. Most humans will survive after a
mild cold like illness....the panic will abate and normal life will go on. The
only winners will be surgical suppliers, vaccine manufacturers and undertakers.