Are people overreacting about the Corana virus?

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Everyone has heard about the Corana virus by now. The schools are closing and students will now have to adapt to learning online. But are people overreacting about the Corona virus? For example, if you have a fever on a plane you will be put in quarantine for two weeks in which time they will examine whether you have the virus or not. But for young people this could be a very traumatic experience,being abonadoned from their families or missing education for two weeks just to come out two weeks later to be told that they don't actually have the virus. I understand that the Corona virus could be deadly but being in quarantine for two weeks is not worth the mental experience young people might go through.

You also know that if any of your family members have symptoms of Covid-19 they will be in self isolation for two weeks. I don't really think it's safe for them to be with people for two weeks who have Covid-19 symptoms. This whole self isolation thing could be really stressful especially if that person is used to socializing everyday with people other than their families.

In addition, we learnt at school today that people with autism have a harder time adapting to changes. If an autistic person would have to do their lessons online and not go to school it would effect their lives dramatically and it would take them weeks to get used to these changes.

Some might say that this is all to protect people from the Corona virus and I understand that the government wants the best for the people but I think there should be another way of preventing Corona virus other than self isolation.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    19 Mar 2020

    Thanks for sharing your opinion. You're right that this is a really tricky situation, and will be especially difficult and stressful for certain people. The important thing is that we follow the advice of the health experts and government, and keep in mind that the measures (although they seem extreme) are necessary.

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  • Hammond School logo sociable_volcano | Hammond Junior School B
    20 Mar 2020

    I think that people are over-reacting a lot as some people think it will never end. People are buying all the toilet paper in co-op and Tesco’s and all the water that there is. I know this because my dad went shopping and half the shop was empty. Toilet paper is only used sometimes and water is essential.

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    20 Mar 2020

    I agree, however, the government are taking precautions towards it. Recently, in Italy, over 400 people have died due to the Coronavirus. This is quickly breaking down the population of the earth. It is a big thing, and needs to be stopped. The Government also do not want to face major conflict from the public, and wasn't to ensure the public stay safe. Therefore, they are taking these precautions.
    I also agree with you. The Plague was a major illness that killed many, but no major precautions were made. This illness is not as bad, therefore we could be overreacting.

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  • Hillyfield School logo genuine_engineer | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    20 Mar 2020

    I agree that many people are overreacting about the Coronavirus. For example, many people are stock-piling food, soap, toilet paper and a lot more stuff. Also, the government may be unnecessarily closing down schools because many young children's lives are stable because school is there for them. Year 6s and year 11s must be going through a lot, they are leaving their entire phase of school without preparation, not knowing if they're ever going back.
    I also agree that online learning will be a lot harder for children with autism or a mental illness. They could write something inappropriate online and be excluded.

    genuine_engineer

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      genuine_engineer's comment 20 Mar 2020

      I'm certain that many teachers will be aware of the consequences and risks of online learning and taking steps to make sure everyone can learn the best they can.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_wallaby | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    22 Mar 2020

    This is a situation where you need to be aware about if you are going somewhere that will be crowded. If you go near someone who has it but might not know then you can easily catch it. However, it will effect people who are older who has COPD and people who are pregnant. This does not mean that we need to panic buy because people are leaving the shelves empty ,which means that there will not be enough good for other people .

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      free_wallaby's comment 23 Mar 2020

      It can affect a range of people, free_wallaby, but you're right to mention that the government have given extra advice to those you mention.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_dinosaur | Portobello High School
    22 Mar 2020

    Most clubs, lessons and fun that I have been doing have now gone down the digital route using Skype and WhatsApp. I think that the whole issue on the caronavirus will make or break technology.

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    23 Mar 2020

    The word to describe the Coronavirus pandemic to me wouldn’t be overreacting; it’s more like overpanicking. If you are put in isolation it is because you might have the virus, and they don’t want you coming into contact with a lot of people. We are using the isolation and quarantine methods because they reduce the amount of people likely to get it. And also if a young child was in quarantine they are most likely with their family since they would have gone to the same places. This means it wouldn’t be incredibly traumatic (like you thought it could be) and they could still be with their family. We shouldn’t stop doing something necessary just because it is inconvenient or that it is most of the time pointless; it could still be useful occasionally. In addition, when it is not effective it is better to be safe than sorry, like a lot of people say. We should just listen to the expert advice because they know more than us what is the right thing to do, and what way to approach this.

    Now to why I think we are over-panicking. With a virus like this, it is okay to panic a little bit as long as it doesn’t distract you. You might feel worried that you could get the virus, and like I said that is completely fine. But what isn’t fine is when people are stockpiling non-perishable foods and toilet paper, so other people can’t have any. On the news, I heard a nurse who was working long hours to save our lives, and when she went to do her shop all the food and toilet paper was gone. She was even crying because people are being told to buy what you normally do, but they are not meaning people who work into the night can’t have any food. I think we should have rations like they did in the wars, so every person gets the same amount of food. It would also cause less panic because some people, seeing the empty shelves and the fights for toilet paper (I’m not joking, some people are actually fighting for it), start panicking themselves because the food is running out.

    by @succinct__leaves

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      succinct_leaves's comment 23 Mar 2020

      The stories of NHS staff, elderly and vulnerable seeing empty shelves is a sad one, and many supermarkets have brought in special hours to let these groups shop and have access to items. You make an interesting distinction between over-reacting and over-panicking. What do others think?

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_whale | Portobello High School
    23 Mar 2020

    i think people are overreacting because over 500,000 people die a year, and the old people that died from corona might of died from old age the day after you don’t know so i do understand that people have anxiety etc. but some people are over reacting. so longs you do what the NHS/government say the numbers will go down.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      easygoing_whale's comment 23 Mar 2020

      Where did you get that statistic from, easygoing_whale?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg charismatic_location | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    23 Mar 2020

    yes because Panicking about a global pandemic won’t help, experts say that, we will denying the reality that novel coronavirus is a totally different disease from influenza, as could be its potential impact if the disease is allowed to spread.
    Hundreds of thousands of people die from the flu every year, a fact some people have pointed out in an effort to quell anxiety about the coronavirus. So why are people social distancing for coronavirus if they don’t do it for the flu

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      charismatic_location's comment 23 Mar 2020

      There's a number of reasons why more social distancing is recommended for the coronavirus - there's lots of unknowns about its dangers, and quickly it spreads, and of course - there is no vaccine yet because it is a new disease.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    23 Mar 2020

    Genuinely, I do not think we are 'overreacting'. With 24 doctors dying and the increasing amount of people being tested positive for the Coronavirus, isn't it quite a worry? Because if we don't have any doctors (savers) to treat the patients (suffered) due to the coronavirus, it does make a few people quite anxious as too many things happen every second, making every NHS staff count. However, if we spend money on the NHS to get vaccines and supplies for THEIR health, would there be enough for ours? This could also be qualified as manslaughter as they could kill most of Britain without even noticing if the NHS only care about themselves. However, Florence Nightingale put herself before others and did not care about her health as much, which lead to her early death. The NHS cannot afford to lose any more staff as they can't afford to hire anymore, and considering applicants may be discouraged in applying due to the states the NHS staff are in. Especially, as the NHS needs all the staff they can get to get a cure to the Coronavirus, the NHS may have to be a little selfish to be well and healthy to attend to us. In conclusion, we are not over-reacting as it really is a do or doesn't situation where you really don't have the easy option...

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    24 Mar 2020

    I think people are overreacting. However, every year thousands of people die of flue and other diseases, so it’s nearly the same amount of people who die from flue. I do understand why people are getting worried, maybe because of their older families or even their relatives losing their lives, but if people wash their hands and be careful, it is more likely for them not to get the Coronavirus. If you want to stay safe I think my only advise is that you should wash your hands more often and only go outside if needed.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      generous_seagull's comment 24 Mar 2020

      The statistics show that Covid-19 has a higher mortality rate than seasonal flu, which is why people are being especially careful. You can be vaccinated against the flu, but at the moment there isn't a vaccine available for Covid-19.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School inspiring_orange | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    24 Mar 2020

    I think some people are over reacting a lot because millions of people lose their lives due to the flu ever year . In my opinion people should not worry that much but also not be relaxed because this is a serious issue.My advise is to wash your hands more then you do and not go outside that often .

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      inspiring_orange's comment 24 Mar 2020

      The statistics show that Covid-19 has a higher mortality rate than seasonal flu, which is why people are being especially careful. You can be vaccinated against the flu, but at the moment there isn't a vaccine available for Covid-19.

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