Are You Worried About Coronavirus?


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

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    Sahar

    Yes seeing other countries like itly maked me panic as I got toddlers and am scared of failing to protect them.

    Posted by Sahar on 28 Mar 2020

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    Robot37

    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 tested.

    Posted by Robot37 on 28 Mar 2020

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    Janice

    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.

    Posted by Janice on 28 Mar 2020

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    Jannette

    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 possible. 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 craziness.

    Posted by Jannette on 28 Mar 2020

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    Kitty000

    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 pretty nasty

    Posted by Kitty000 on 28 Mar 2020

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    palgal

    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 .

    Posted by palgal on 28 Mar 2020

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    BuzzDot

    I am worried about Coronavirus, however do think if we all follow ‘safety’ guidelines, we will be safe.

    Posted by BuzzDot on 28 Mar 2020

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    snake hair

    I'm buying extra tomorrow so I don't have to go out.

    Posted by snake hair on 28 Mar 2020

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    Sheryl

    Of course you would have to be worried about this virus it's affected all our lives and what we do day to day now

    Posted by Sheryl on 28 Mar 2020

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    michelle

    Yes. However, I think the government are doing their eat to control it.

    Posted by michelle on 28 Mar 2020

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    Madmarty008

    The use of ADVIL in treating the effects of Coronavirus can be FATAL.

    Posted by Madmarty008 on 28 Mar 2020

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    Loreen

    Yes very worried.

    Posted by Loreen on 27 Mar 2020

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    Diana0777

    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!!!!!!

    Posted by Diana0777 on 27 Mar 2020

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    Namratha Kashyap

    Please do not say that! Life is much much important than money and retirement. As long as we are healthy, we can always try to work and fend for ourselves. Stay positive

    Posted by Namratha Kashyap on 27 Mar 2020

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    Manya

    Yes, I am. I’m a diabetic with hypertension and cardiac problems and I’m over 60 so yes I am !

    Posted by Manya on 27 Mar 2020

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    Neil

    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 risk

    Posted by Neil on 27 Mar 2020

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    storky1234

    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.

    Posted by storky1234 on 27 Mar 2020

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    Thrice

    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 recover. 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!

    Posted by Thrice on 26 Mar 2020

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    palgal

    Well said , you covered it xtreamly well .

    Posted by palgal on 28 Mar 2020

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    fossie

    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.

    Posted by fossie on 26 Mar 2020

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    Jesse

    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.

    Posted by Jesse on 26 Mar 2020

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    Gia

    Yes I am, also the effect on our normal every day life.

    Posted by Gia on 26 Mar 2020

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    Anna

    Yes media does add stress .

    Posted by Anna on 26 Mar 2020

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    Niki

    Yes I am and listening and staying home only going out for dog walking and shopping

    Posted by Niki on 26 Mar 2020

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    Ian

    I am not particularly worried. Use common sence

    Posted by Ian on 25 Mar 2020

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    robert

    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 ?

    Posted by robert on 25 Mar 2020

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    BuckEyeDuo

    I agree with you!

    Posted by BuckEyeDuo on 27 Mar 2020

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    Jesse

    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 media. 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.

    Posted by Jesse on 26 Mar 2020

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    8181

    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.

    Posted by 8181 on 25 Mar 2020

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    Jezemeg8

    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!

    Posted by Jezemeg8 on 25 Mar 2020

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    Living free.

    I'm glad this isn't being blamed on 'climate change.'

    Posted by Living free. on 25 Mar 2020

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    wens

    Was told by a reliable source that a hairdresser had a client who told her she was in isolation . That next day she closed her shop wondering what was next . Go figure.

    Posted by wens on 25 Mar 2020

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    Rickroo

    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

    Posted by Rickroo on 25 Mar 2020

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    Trunko

    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

    Posted by Trunko on 25 Mar 2020

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    Amber Ebony

    The media are definitely adding to the stress.

    Posted by Amber Ebony on 25 Mar 2020

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    Neil

    I am surprised at the very low fatality rates in Australia, there has to be a rationale to this. Its not just testing.

    Posted by Neil on 25 Mar 2020

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    Namratha Kashyap

    Maybe people here have better immunity levels?

    Posted by Namratha Kashyap on 27 Mar 2020

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    John

    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.

    Posted by John on 25 Mar 2020

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    coaster

    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.

    Posted by coaster on 25 Mar 2020

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    8181

    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.

    Posted by 8181 on 25 Mar 2020

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    Ulysses

    Yes, I'm worried. My Mum & her hubby are in their eighties and both have respiratory issues, If they get it, I suspect they will die.

    Posted by Ulysses on 24 Mar 2020

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    Sven

    Media and Facebook have blown this far out of Proportion.Gvmt are on the same Bandwagon and Leading the Country in to Armaggedon

    Posted by Sven on 24 Mar 2020

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    boodle

    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.

    Posted by boodle on 24 Mar 2020

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    coaster

    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.

    Posted by coaster on 26 Mar 2020

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    Priscilla

    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.

    Posted by Priscilla on 24 Mar 2020

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    John

    No not worried at all At my age nothing worries me.

    Posted by John on 24 Mar 2020

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    Ann

    Respect the processes and policies in place but more people still die in wars or from flu shame they dont direct same resources to helping the starving, lonely, disadvantaged.

    Posted by Ann on 23 Mar 2020

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    algemyone

    A worry in country areas is city people arriving in busloads and clearing out our local supermarkets. So far people have been polite and understanding in our shops, not like city people. Scary.

    Posted by algemyone on 23 Mar 2020

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    Living free.

    I'm wondering what nationality are these people?

    Posted by Living free. on 24 Mar 2020

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    flapper

    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.

    Posted by flapper on 23 Mar 2020

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    coaster

    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.

    Posted by coaster on 26 Mar 2020

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    Alexandra

    Yes because people don’t do the right thing

    Posted by Alexandra on 23 Mar 2020

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    Colleen

    Come on people obey the rules

    Posted by Colleen on 24 Mar 2020

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    Brutus

    No More worried about chinese invasion Spot on Coaster

    Posted by Brutus on 23 Mar 2020

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    Brutus

    No More worried about chinese invasion

    Posted by Brutus on 23 Mar 2020

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    Geoff

    Prepared not scared.

    Posted by Geoff on 23 Mar 2020

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    coaster

    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 ago. 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 doing that. 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 down. I wish all Australians good health and please listen to the advice which is being given all the time.

    Posted by coaster on 23 Mar 2020

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    Annbee

    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.

    Posted by Annbee on 22 Mar 2020

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    Heather

    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.

    Posted by Heather on 22 Mar 2020

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    Padma

    I am 75 yrs. old and very worried about Corona. I am mostly at home, cance all the Hydrotherapy, physio therapy , GP appointment. Only go to get groceries, normally about 2 weeks supply.

    Posted by Padma on 22 Mar 2020

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    Greg

    Just think of all the employees who will be out of work when people start using their stock pilled toilet paper. So sad

    Posted by Greg on 22 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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 though.

    Posted by Paula on 22 Mar 2020

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    John

    Not worried personally. Just pissed off at all the idiots stockpiling and hoarding for no sensible reason.

    Posted by John on 21 Mar 2020

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    Sean

    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. Hours hopefully Sean Jones

    Posted by Sean on 21 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    Will be no cure except you need to build up your own immunity, just like any other type of virus.

    Posted by musicveg on 22 Mar 2020

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    pinkf

    Yes worried would love to know is why the China gov didn't warn the world about this it's like chemical war fair

    Posted by pinkf on 21 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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.

    Posted by Paula on 22 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    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?

    Posted by musicveg on 22 Mar 2020

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    Diane

    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 health problems. 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 supply.

    Posted by Diane on 21 Mar 2020

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    Living free.

    Isn't nature wonderful? It has a natural way of culling. I feel very sad though for all the innocent people caught in the crossfire. I'm now waiting for the 'Revenge of the Whales'.

    Posted by Living free. on 21 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    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 fish returning.

    Posted by musicveg on 22 Mar 2020

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    Katherine

    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 our system! 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........

    Posted by Katherine on 21 Mar 2020

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    fixing

    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 enjoyable

    Posted by fixing on 21 Mar 2020

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    Vonnie

    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!!!!!

    Posted by Vonnie on 21 Mar 2020

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    Yamen

    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 help .

    Posted by Yamen on 21 Mar 2020

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    Sam

    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!!!!!

    Posted by Sam on 21 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    True same the media love feeding the feed, but it is all part of the plan all layed out in Bill Gates event 201.

    Posted by musicveg on 22 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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.

    Posted by Paula on 22 Mar 2020

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    Sam

    TV your phone or the internet aren't always telling you the truth WAKE UP!!!! They sensat

    Posted by Sam on 21 Mar 2020

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    Sam

    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 o

    Posted by Sam on 21 Mar 2020

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    Sue

    I think people should stop panic buying. The press is somewhat the cause of this. We should be more cautious with hygiene and should be educating the public how to avoid the virus.

    Posted by Sue on 21 Mar 2020

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    Maria

    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

    Posted by Maria on 20 Mar 2020

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    Love-love

    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 positive.

    Posted by Love-love on 20 Mar 2020

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    Pauline

    Yes, media is adding more panic to people

    Posted by Pauline on 20 Mar 2020

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    Karen

    The media is doing a great job highlighting the importance of hygiene, social distancing, NOT stockpiling... the more careful we are now, the quicker this bug will die out.

    Posted by Karen on 20 Mar 2020

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    Big sis

    This is the greatest threat to our coubtrys health & well being as is evidenced by extreme measures being taken. Hopefully its not too late to stop the spread

    Posted by Big sis on 20 Mar 2020

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    Katie

    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 shopping/work etc.

    Posted by Katie on 20 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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.

    Posted by Paula on 22 Mar 2020

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    Monna

    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.

    Posted by Monna on 19 Mar 2020

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    coaster

    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.

    Posted by coaster on 18 Mar 2020

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    coaster

    Since you wrote this on 9th the confirmed cases has shot up into the 100's and rising daily. 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 direction. 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.

    Posted by coaster on 18 Mar 2020

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    Katie

    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.

    Posted by Katie on 20 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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.

    Posted by Paula on 22 Mar 2020

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    vera

    I do worry because I have autoimmune decease and also just turn 80 so I am at high risk!

    Posted by vera on 18 Mar 2020

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    LUCINDA

    The best wishes for everybody . I have nothing more to say. Survival for everybody. Sad is not strong enough. Hope Hope

    Posted by LUCINDA on 18 Mar 2020

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    Brinny 5

    I am concerned about the virus

    Posted by Brinny 5 on 18 Mar 2020

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    Bruce

    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.

    Posted by Bruce on 18 Mar 2020

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    David

    With only 5 deaths so far, the media has a lot to answer for. How many people die from the normal flue each year? Ten's of thousands, but we do not worry, wake up, get things in perspective!

    Posted by David on 18 Mar 2020

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    Dij

    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.

    Posted by Dij on 18 Mar 2020

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    Missvanillaxo

    Yes but it doesn’t worry me a lot because mostly older people are getting the diseases more then the younger adults

    Posted by Missvanillaxo on 18 Mar 2020

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    coaster

    No not true. Another piece of misinformation. The main people are 30 - 39

    Posted by coaster on 18 Mar 2020

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    OIGLE38

    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. Ancientmariner38

    Posted by OIGLE38 on 18 Mar 2020

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    Angela

    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 sick

    Posted by Angela on 17 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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?

    Posted by Paula on 17 Mar 2020

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    GrumpyTruckr

    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 the reaction.

    Posted by GrumpyTruckr on 17 Mar 2020

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    Adriana

    I think the Media is sensationalising the virus which is causing chaos. Yes I am worried about the virus and I take precautions with good hygiene.

    Posted by Adriana on 17 Mar 2020

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    Suzanne

    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.

    Posted by Suzanne on 16 Mar 2020

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    sweetanne

    Yes. We are young family and often babies are vulnerable with any virus.

    Posted by sweetanne on 16 Mar 2020

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    Maudie

    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 & about as per normal..

    Posted by Maudie on 16 Mar 2020

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    T33

    No. Its just an excuse for the media to use "catastrophic" again!!

    Posted by T33 on 16 Mar 2020

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    GJ

    Not particularly worried, just annoyed by the parasites who are buying all the toilet paper etc. We know someone who had to pay $24 for two rolls. It is becoming utterly ridiculous!

    Posted by GJ on 16 Mar 2020

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    dadh01

    More worried that people are acting like sheep and following a lot of stupid people whom are using unfounded information to scare people.

    Posted by dadh01 on 16 Mar 2020

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    Mia Bettina

    I'm more worried about people's behaviour.

    Posted by Mia Bettina on 16 Mar 2020

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    intrepidarts

    More worried for other people - the sick, weak, young and eldery are at risk but personally there is no threat

    Posted by intrepidarts on 16 Mar 2020

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    Bobbee

    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.

    Posted by Bobbee on 16 Mar 2020

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    Caroline

    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 lines.

    Posted by Caroline on 15 Mar 2020

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    madmax

    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 Panadol supplies.

    Posted by madmax on 15 Mar 2020

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    Boothy

    No I'm not really worried about it. After all there's millions of people who are more vunerble that get the viruses

    Posted by Boothy on 15 Mar 2020

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    Graham

    I'm not concerned as long as people relax and avoid large gatherings and not panic buy

    Posted by Graham on 15 Mar 2020

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    Jannette

    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.

    Posted by Jannette on 15 Mar 2020

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    8181

    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.

    Posted by 8181 on 16 Mar 2020

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    Camelot

    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 ??

    Posted by Camelot on 15 Mar 2020

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    Moviebuff63

    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.

    Posted by Moviebuff63 on 14 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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.

    Posted by Paula on 14 Mar 2020

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    Ernest

    Yes the media always adds to stress!!!

    Posted by Ernest on 14 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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".

    Posted by Paula on 14 Mar 2020

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    Kellie

    I think there is some incorrect information circulating which cause people to panic as they don’t understand. I am healthy and fit and make sure I maintain my normal daily routine.

    Posted by Kellie on 14 Mar 2020

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    Carstairs

    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.

    Posted by Carstairs on 14 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    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.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    Glenn

    I think it should have beem stoped befor it started.

    Posted by Glenn on 14 Mar 2020

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    ere

    Ever considered being a politician Glenn? They also talk a load of crap without having a clue - you'd fit in well with them

    Posted by ere on 20 Mar 2020

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    mact

    Yeah....good one Glen....how do you come to that conclusion . mate?

    Posted by mact on 15 Mar 2020

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    nhockey

    No if we stay we will be ok

    Posted by nhockey on 14 Mar 2020

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    summerjay

    I am no more worried about covid-19 than any other illness because I am fit and healthy.

    Posted by summerjay on 14 Mar 2020

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    Stafsta

    It's nothing like hep-a mate

    Posted by Stafsta on 14 Mar 2020

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    Stafsta

    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

    Posted by Stafsta on 14 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    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.

    Posted by Paula on 14 Mar 2020

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    Stafsta

    It's bad and only going to get worse it's more dangerous than the plague

    Posted by Stafsta on 14 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    Bullshit! Stop spreading lies.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    John

    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.

    Posted by John on 14 Mar 2020

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    TUBZY

    no only the hoarders worry me

    Posted by TUBZY on 14 Mar 2020

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    Deepika

    Nope, not worried because mortality rate in developed countries are very low. People need to stop BB panicking.

    Posted by Deepika on 14 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    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.

    Posted by musicveg on 15 Mar 2020

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    socker

    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.

    Posted by socker on 14 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    It wouldn't be so worrying if we could be sure everyone who catches it does self quarantines themselves. But like the panic shoppers there are people out there who just refuse to obey the rules.

    Posted by Paula on 14 Mar 2020

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    Barry

    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.

    Posted by Barry on 14 Mar 2020

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    Ralph

    Any health issue is a concern.

    Posted by Ralph on 14 Mar 2020

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    vera

    I am very worried because I have autoimmune disease so am prone to infection!

    Posted by vera on 14 Mar 2020

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    Graeme

    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.

    Posted by Graeme on 14 Mar 2020

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    Paula

    Coming into flu season makes it even more of a concern.

    Posted by Paula on 14 Mar 2020

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    Eileen

    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!

    Posted by Eileen on 14 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    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

    Posted by musicveg on 15 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    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 fiasco.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    Eileen

    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!!!

    Posted by Eileen on 14 Mar 2020

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    socker

    Or have the money and equipment to test for the disease

    Posted by socker on 14 Mar 2020

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    LUCINDA

    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

    Posted by LUCINDA on 14 Mar 2020

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    kerrbear1967

    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.

    Posted by kerrbear1967 on 13 Mar 2020

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    Rosie765

    Very concerned. However why is our PM refusing to be tested, given his contact with MP Dutton? Bad leadership No comprehensive management plan.

    Posted by Rosie765 on 13 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    Trump is refusing to be tested too? Makes you wonder why.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    Helen

    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?

    Posted by Helen on 13 Mar 2020

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    Joyce51

    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.

    Posted by Joyce51 on 13 Mar 2020

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    Iggy's mum

    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 scares.

    Posted by Iggy's mum on 13 Mar 2020

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    Jezemeg8

    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

    Posted by Jezemeg8 on 13 Mar 2020

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    HENNA

    Yes I am worried as it is a pandemic now. Just mindful and making sure of hygiene especially after touching anything if I have been out.

    Posted by HENNA on 13 Mar 2020

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    1redladybird

    No not really

    Posted by 1redladybird on 13 Mar 2020

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    UncleBluey

    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.

    Posted by UncleBluey on 13 Mar 2020

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    ubetido

    Why blame China, in 2019 America had 15,000 deaths from the flu if it was just the flu why did they try to conceal it and keep it secret. Maybe this virus started in America which wouldn't surprise me

    Posted by ubetido on 19 Mar 2020

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    Stafsta

    It's nothing like hep-a mate it's airborne

    Posted by Stafsta on 14 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    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 about.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    Barry

    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.

    Posted by Barry on 13 Mar 2020

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    Pedro24

    Guarded but NOT worried

    Posted by Pedro24 on 13 Mar 2020

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    lordofthekitchen

    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

    Posted by lordofthekitchen on 12 Mar 2020

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    Footywife

    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

    Posted by Footywife on 12 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    Flu vaccine does not work anyway and neither will a new vaccine, it is not a virus it is bacteria, just take antibiotics if you get it.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    Kitty000

    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

    Posted by Kitty000 on 12 Mar 2020

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    Solomonjed

    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

    Posted by Solomonjed on 12 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    Hope so , I am sick of hearing about it and scared what the Government will do next, taking our freedom away even more.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    Brutus

    No I’m not It’s no different from other world ending bs we have had in the passed

    Posted by Brutus on 12 Mar 2020

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    Austin

    With basic hygiene practices, and general healthy living, there is no cause for alarm. Humanity has experienced and defeated worse diseases. I pray people stop panicking

    Posted by Austin on 12 Mar 2020

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    Margaret

    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!

    Posted by Margaret on 12 Mar 2020

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    mact

    Margaret I think you mean influenza kills more annually than the current Coronavirus.

    Posted by mact on 12 Mar 2020

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    Irene

    Stop panicking and be hygienic

    Posted by Irene on 12 Mar 2020

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    Lux

    People aren't taking it serious enough

    Posted by Lux on 12 Mar 2020

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    Neil

    Only the idiots who are supposed to self isolate

    Posted by Neil on 12 Mar 2020

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    sootyblack_14

    No. The media has blown this way out of proportion and aren't dealing in facts anymore...

    Posted by sootyblack_14 on 12 Mar 2020

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    Elloura

    not at all, the vast majority of cases are a mild cold- this is so completely overblown

    Posted by Elloura on 12 Mar 2020

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    Stephen

    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

    Posted by Stephen on 12 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    Stress lowers your immunity anyway and can give you heart disease which is the number one killer.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    Zaib

    Nah, got stuff to do and I'll only take the advice of health professionals. Not stuff floating around the web.

    Posted by Zaib on 12 Mar 2020

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    powerstart

    Yes they are

    Posted by powerstart on 11 Mar 2020

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    zac4wd

    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 percentages. Leave some toilet paper for those who may need it more.

    Posted by zac4wd on 11 Mar 2020

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    Dasi

    I’ve been living fn a bubble not watching news etc. I’m so lost. And what’s with the toilet paper frenzy?

    Posted by Dasi on 11 Mar 2020

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    Sarahg8

    No, i am not worried because God is caring for me

    Posted by Sarahg8 on 11 Mar 2020

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    squeekums1

    Nope, I'm more worried About the mass hysteria sending people crazy before corona kills them

    Posted by squeekums1 on 11 Mar 2020

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    Alison

    No. Most people don't die from it and alot only have bad cold symptoms. I don't think it's as scary as everyone thinks. It's not the first time we've had this type of outbreak. Life goes on.

    Posted by Alison on 11 Mar 2020

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    Tonyporritt

    No.

    Posted by Tonyporritt on 11 Mar 2020

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    Raissa

    Yes it is, but I feel like ppl should also stop accepting everything that is thrown to them but stay calm as told

    Posted by Raissa on 10 Mar 2020

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    Debsy

    I’m worried for the vulnerable, but any flu will have a huge impact on the elderly

    Posted by Debsy on 10 Mar 2020

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    robert

    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 !

    Posted by robert on 10 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    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?

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    Dee

    Melissa's comment is right on the money. Couldn't agree more.

    Posted by Dee on 10 Mar 2020

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    quorn

    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.

    Posted by quorn on 10 Mar 2020

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    Melissa

    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,

    Posted by Melissa on 10 Mar 2020

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    Huib

    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!

    Posted by Huib on 10 Mar 2020

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    Jennifer

    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 guess.

    Posted by Jennifer on 10 Mar 2020

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    Jesse

    I’m more worried about everyone I love and care about, I don’t really care what happens to me just every one else

    Posted by Jesse on 10 Mar 2020

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    Dallas2255

    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.

    Posted by Dallas2255 on 10 Mar 2020

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    Cookie_Wookie

    Coronaviruses were first discovered in the 1960s.[8] 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.[9] 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 infections... 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 flu !!!!

    Posted by Cookie_Wookie on 10 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    China has successfully been using intravenous vitamin c to help people recover quickly, but we don't hear about that in the media.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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    mact

    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. Cheer's Mact

    Posted by mact on 10 Mar 2020

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    musicveg

    And the rich who are buying up shares as they fall, follow the money, it happens every time their is a global crisis, and then they get richer.

    Posted by musicveg on 14 Mar 2020

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