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Is it realistic to expect over 70s to remain in their homes for 4 months?

Over 70s will be asked to self-isolate for up to four months, as the UK escalates its fight against coronavirus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it is a “very big ask”, but it is a measure which is for their own “self-protection”.

Every Briton over the age of 70 will be told “within the coming weeks” to stay at home for an extended period to shield them from coronavirus.

In an acknowledgment of the almost wartime measures being introduced, Mr Hancock said the steps are “very, very significant and they will disrupt the ordinary lives of almost everybody in the country”.

The gearing up of the Government’s efforts comes as the UK’s Covid-19 death toll rose on Saturday from 11 to 21, while the number of people testing positive for the disease passed the 1,000 mark.

Mr Hancock said that people aged over 70 will be asked in the coming weeks to self-isolate for up to four months, in order to protect them from the virus.

Asked if that was in the Government’s plan, he told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “That is in the action plan, yes, and we will be setting it out with more detail when it is the right time to do so, because we absolutely appreciate that it is a very big ask of the elderly and the vulnerable, and it’s for their own self-protection.”

Pressed on when the measure will be introduced, he said: “Certainly in the coming weeks, absolutely.”

He said coronavirus is “a very significant challenge” that will “disrupt the lives of almost everybody” in the UK.

“The measures that we’re taking, the measures that we’re looking at taking, are very, very significant and they will disrupt the ordinary lives of almost everybody in the country in order to tackle this virus,” he said.

The intention is that the over 70s will be well and safe and cocooned in their own home, and well members of their families and community would offer help and support as needed.

What are your views?  Are you over 70 or do you have family members who fall into this age category? How will this impact your life?

Is it realistic to expect over 70s to remain in their homes for 4 months?

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jeaniembe
2 days ago
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We don't want to go out! No food if we don't. Only going once a week for fresh veg bread and milk. Eating a lot less to eek out supplies. Can do online shopping but tried them all to no avail. So choice of not going out taken from us. You can't even get a newspaper delivers today. Although I do believe other places do still get milk and newspaper deliveries.
nicelady
28th Mar 2020
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I live in the US and I am isolating in my home due to the virus. I am over 90, still active and live alone. I have been in the house for 2 weeks now and so far I see that I will be OK physically and emotionally and I will be able to do this as long as it takes. I do have a lot of interests that I can do from home so my days go quickly and I don't get bored. I will look forward to the time that I can resume my outdoor life again as I always went out every day to do things that I enjoy, but we don't have a choice now and must do this to protect ourselves.. I plan to do this a day at a time and hope it will end soon and we can all get back to our normal lives again.
mercury
27th Mar 2020
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No, not if you don't care if they are at risk out in the open among crowds, by all means wander about regardless. Otherwise, do as you are instructed and be protected. It's not a difficult decision if you want to live.
JulieB45
27th Mar 2020
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Yes it will be hard at times but it will help to keep everyone safe and I am sure I will appreciate and enjoy the freedom more when it returns
Felix1
26th Mar 2020
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With the right support, yes. I only go out once a week now. I hate shopping, most of my family have gone. Luckily I can order on line. My cousin, carer for his sick 90 yr old mother, does not use iPad etc. He has to go out. Finds it distressing not to be able to buy what he needs. His solution, economise. Now they have half a sandwich and half a bun for their lunch! Has plenty of money just nothing to buy. Being proud they will not allow me to buy them food on line. Rationing will be good for them.
Mikehaver37
26th Mar 2020
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If you wish to stay alive YES
LindaG48
26th Mar 2020
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We all need to use common sense. Something which is often in short supply these days. I consider myself extremely lucky even though I am just short of 70 and have an inherited problem which affects my lungs. I have no other health issues.

Living here in Cumbria, U.K., I can easily slip down the road and into the woods where I rarely meet anyone. I have a decent sized garden and a wonderful little dog. A friend who has offered help with shopping. A postman who always asks me whether I am ok.

I have noticed that everyone I do come across, even though at a distance, is being especially friendly. After all, a smile, a wave, a shouted greeting can all cross the two metre divide.

I can video chat with family and friends and leave silly comments on Facebook. Order just about anything online. I joined Silversurfers! Yeeee!

Hang on in there, everybody! Be sensible and we will all be here next year.
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softly40
24th Mar 2020
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I am in Australia, and although it is made clear about not going out unless it is absolutely necessary, to me the responsibility lies with ourselves, but consideration for what important travel means is a bit daunting when you are older, eg I have to visit an optometrist to keep my licence I am just hoping the waiting room is not full, because when I rang them they had no plan for the patients who spend an awful long time in a small waiting room (no correct distance considered). The waiting room is always full. There-in lies another problem. When you question the procedure, not all staff know much about it, but to say we wash our hands. ?
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Hello and welcome Softly40 it is a difficult decision, I have cancelled my dentist's routine appointment as I felt that they get
a little to close to other people during the day, other dentists have closed. You may find your optometrist makes the decision for you
and hopefully you are near some local shops or someone can help you get your essentials.

Sue
KarG
23rd Mar 2020
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I think everyone will be confined to their homes for months,within the next few days.
PurpleHat
23rd Mar 2020
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So it has come to that except for those who still have to work, and my son-in-law is one of those and is terrified of bringing the virus home. We are doing our best to be careful and keep apart. He and my daughter are both 62. and we share the house. I keep to my room when he is home, and we wash down surfaces and handles, spray as much as we can, use the dishwasher at 70 degrees and of course wash hands. I have to wave to him through my window, and he won't come near me! Of course we think What if? We all have our problems. Just take it day by day..
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Well done PurpleHat looks like you are all doing a great job it must be so difficult with a wide range of ages in your home. But
it sounds like you are doing a good job staying in separate rooms and wiping surfaces.
Keep safe.
Best wishes
Sue
MollyUK
23rd Mar 2020
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I think there are many people who will "fall through the cracks", myself and my husband included. We're both over 70 (he's closer to 80) and, despite several serious health issues, have been self-reliant and independent all our lives. Thus we aren't on any social or medical services radar. The idea seems to be, "You can drive, cook and clean for yourselves, so why would you need help?" The over-70s self-isolation rules don't seem to apply to us - we're left to get on with it and take our own chances. I'm not moaning about that (I've always been fiercely independent), I'm just saying that a blanket rule just doesn't hack it because what on earth counts as "vulnerable"?
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Hi Molly, yes it must be very difficult for you hopefully you will make some new friends on Silversurfers they are a friendly bunch. If you are on Facebook does your Town/area have a Facebook page you can join as many of these pages are now starting groups to help people in isolation and who cannot get out and about.
Sue
JE
24th Mar 2020
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Hello Molly
I know what you mean but can I suggest that you look at the website for your local council and you may find that you can register that you need assistance.
Good luck and take care
Jennie
JE
25th Mar 2020
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Just came across this while browsing. Please try registering through GOV.UK website under Coronavirus(COVID-19):what you need to do
Hope it helps.
shrew1742
23rd Mar 2020
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Are the powers that be really thinking this out properly ??

Probably the worst place for the elderly to be at the moment is in a Supermarket, and the elderly being put into the same shopping slot as NHS workers and carers is a bit stupid.

I think the managers of Supermarkets should make the public use 'baskets only', which would cut the overflowing trollies scenario maybe !!

One of our local Supermarkets had no security on the doors yesterday when it was elderly/NHS shopping slot. There were scores of 'other shoppers' waiting too so to avoid trouble he let them all in at the same time. Completely defeats the object.

I can see really, really tough measures (the Army) being brought in very soon to stop the greed and inconsideration of some people.

Have nothing but the utmost admiration for all NHS and other carers for the way they are coping. Bless you all.
Wilf
23rd Mar 2020
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It looks like we are finally clamping down now on people going out which is a good thing an should have been done a few weeks ago. I agree with you about the NHS. One of our friend's daughter is a nurse and she is the most wonderful person.
JE
24th Mar 2020
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Good points well made. Because of the rapidly changing situation and reaction to individual issues “joined up thinking” has not happened yet.
Wilf
24th Mar 2020
1
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I think the government is now getting there. Seems like the supermarkets are doing a brilliant job as well.
JustMaureen
23rd Mar 2020
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I totally agree with over 70s (AND others who are vulnerable because of underlying illnesses) staying at home for 4 months. What price safety? I am 64 myself and have been at home for 10 days now (underlying health issues) - yes it's lonely, yes it's a nuisance when I need things but, with the technology we have today, it is not an impossible ask. I have always been fiercely independent but now I AM asking friends and family for things that I need in the way of shopping etc. We have TV, internet (although I know not all have the internet) and phones, Many years ago there were no such 'luxuries' and people coped but it is always better to be safe than sorry. There are also numerous communities offering help to those people in isolation, to ensure everyone gets what they need. Stay safe and well people :o)
MollyUK
23rd Mar 2020
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I agree with JustMaureen to an extent but nobody seems to be wondering how people get along who don't have family & friends to turn to. I have no family at all. My husband has one brother who lives 2 counties away and in any case is even older than both of us. We have no friends locally because we moved from one end of the country to the other when we retired and my husband promptly had 2 strokes as soon as we arrived, so we've had extreme difficulty in joining things and making new acquaintances. Effectively, it's just me and him against the world. The people who are making decisions about what constitutes "elderly" & "vulnerable" just don't seem to have any idea of what it's like to be alone in a crowd with everyone else intent on their own worries.
Wilf
24th Mar 2020
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MollyUK I hope you are well and I have been on Silversurfers for some years and there are lots of friendly folk to converse with on here. We are self-isolating and you are right it is tougher on your own, especially in these tough days. Feel free to message me or anyone else on here we are all in this situation together. Take care-Wilf
Jo4
28th Mar 2020
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Caro1000
23rd Mar 2020
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I’m getting tired of reading the ‘I need’ comments. We all have needs, we all have choices, if you want to risk getting seriously ill or die, carry on as you are and block the NHS , fill their respirators and use all the oxygen. This is serious, this is a pandemic, look at Italy? Do you really think the government would pay 80% of peoples wages and put all the other financial measures in place if it wasn’t deadly serious. No, it’s not fun to stay in for four months especially when we live completely on our own and I think the government has been far too slow about doing anything about the shopping, it is horrendous, I didn’t realise how many greedy selfish people we have but we have to do what we can. Thank heavens there are more positive people around who are planning on how to fill their time. I personally felt sure we should shut absolutely everything down in February as I was positive it would eventually come..
Wilf
23rd Mar 2020
1
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I think the vast majority of people have now got it. The situation has changed massively in only a few days. We now have no cars going past our house. I took the dogs out today. Nobody out walking it is like a ghost town. I think Boris should have got tough a few weeks ago with the lockdown but we all have a "degree in hindsight" as my old dad says (he is 91!). Stay safe and all the best.
McGilchrist
23rd Mar 2020
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I usually have a really busy week with all the groups To which I belong. I do have lots of craft work I could be doing and books I have yet to read but as I have arthritis it is essential to get everything moving first thing and a walk to the bus stop will do that.
Rhodiola
22nd Mar 2020
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It's a long day at home for the over 70's without going out. Most like to catch a bus and travel - socialising and chatting along the way - to break up their day. Day time TV can be quite boring and most are fit enough to get out and take some exercise - which will be restricted by staying in - and detrimental to their joints if they suffer with aches and pains. They feel they have stayed in long enough - what with all the storms we have experienced so far this year.
Greenise
22nd Mar 2020
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If it's staying home or getting seriously ill, even dying, it's a no-brainer.
I wish the stores offering privilege shopping time for the elderly would make other shoppers stick to this. I have no stock of anything other than normal but I always miss out on toilet roll and see younger people with trolleys with two or more packs of 24.
I think I will be doing more real cooking as I have bought unusual things for me like dry lentils and beans.
Stay safe everyone.
Wilf
22nd Mar 2020
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I think the government need to think about rationing food. In our local shop today some chap was buying 2 packets of tea and was only allowed 1 which is a good thing.
Nicky5419
22nd Mar 2020
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Went to Sainsbury's this morning and there were families shopping (mum, dad and the children). The parents were letting their children get in people's way and bumping into them as well as not respecting a safe distance, so as not to transfer the Coronavirus if they happened to be infectious.

I do doubt that the measures in place are going to work as the panic buying is forcing the active elderly with no one to do their shopping for them into a very unsafe environment. Keeping children off school is just making matters worse as some of the parents obviously can't be bothered to make their children respect the space of other people shopping. Also if both parents are at home, why can't one be at home to look after the children, as let's face it, shopping is a pretty boring activity for them to be dragged along to, and the other parent do the shopping!
Wilf
22nd Mar 2020
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I think the way it's going with all shops. I saw Primart is closing on Monday
Nicky5419
22nd Mar 2020
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So we are supposed to keep away from people as much as possible but all the shops we use are closing, except for supermarkets, which are overcrowded because people are trying to find things to eat because of panic buying and profiteering e.g. eBay sellers and Amazon etc. Saw 6 packets of pasta on eBay for £225! What is the Government doing to police this outrageous behaviour by sellers.
Wilf
22nd Mar 2020
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I think the government need to think about rationing food. In our local shop today some chap was buying 2 packets of tea and was only allowed 1 which is a good thing.
geeljay
21st Mar 2020
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Not realistic, but absolutely necessary, to prevent the awful virus, from claiming new victims, by the day. I belong to a friendship group of about 30 regulars, who are each over 65 years, and we meet up weekly in a local church hall. The church have now asked us to suspend our weekly get-togethers for the foreseeable future. Some of us keep in touch by mobile, but until the virus is stopped from spreading, that will have to suffice for the time being. Most do shopping every couple of days, but even this is discouraged by our advice from government advisors. Strange way of life, for us all. But looks like we have to bear with it.
Wilf
22nd Mar 2020
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I agree I saw the local church had a service outside on chairs on the village green-everyone was about 6 feet apart
patmca
21st Mar 2020
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Completely unrealistic. I am classed as high risk as well due to cancer and recent ops but I couldn't stay at home for 4 months. We have no one to shop for us and there are no deliveries where we live. We have to go out. Like most people we know we will continue to walk the dog and shop but obey social distancing rules. No clubs or meals out but for the sake of our mental health we need to get out.
geeljay
21st Mar 2020
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I agree, that to get out is necessary for our mental health.Like many, I am now alone, after a bereavement and being aged 80+, though I have my grown and married offspings, I need to converse with older folk of my era. I would like to find a mate, for regular chats, but have found 'dating not really the way for me.. There must be thousands of us
Catton
21st Mar 2020
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It is not a question of realism. We do not have a choice. I am in my sixties and live alone and I will be self isolating. I can go for a walk and drive my car. I have made a list of things to do at home....some fun, some boring, some educational. I can work in the garden which is not something I enjoy particularly.
I think a lot of people are in denial of the seriousness of this. We are nowhere near the peak of this and Lord help us and all the wonderful medical staff when we are.The attitude of because 'I am healthy so will be alright' is totally selfish. I have family and friends living in Italy and believe me what they tell me about their lives now is upsetting
Do I want to stay in ? Of course not but I want to live more. I do not want any of my family to get this either. So if I have to do it I will. What is 4 months versus the rest of your life.
Mozy
21st Mar 2020
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This virus is something we have never seen before and I really think it’s sensible to follow our governments plans ,I have self isolated myself as I am on steroids so have no immune system,and my partner is just out of hospital after having two stents put in for his heart .It is what it is I’m sure I’ll have plenty to do my garden and fence painting so bring it on .
shrew1742
21st Mar 2020
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Back in the 1960's I was serving in the military. In those days most of the talk - besides nuclear war = was about germ warfare. Then there was Ebola, AID's and SARS etc. There is always the threat that these virus's are going to cause havoc to the human population, but when it happens no governments seem to have prepared a contingency plan for these types of outbreaks. This one is no different.... all of the governments seem to be thinking as they go along. I know its difficult because there is no vaccine for this one, but surely certain things could have been planned for !!
25 years ago I read "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston, and even though I was serving at the time of the Cuba Crisis, which was a bit iffy, this book scared me immensely. I am re-reading The Hot Zone again and it is even more scary second time around.
Yes, this one is not nice, especially for people with respiratory problems, but it would have been a hell of a lot scarier if it had mutated with something like rabies.
Also I would feel more comfortable if the scientists & WHO were giving the daily updates rather than politicians. I do find it hard to believe what comes out of the politicians mouths sometimes.
I have nothing but admiration for the NHS and other Services who are trying to get us all through this. Stay optimistic people and I am sorry if I have scared anyone a bit more than they are already.
AnnS9
21st Mar 2020
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Already going crazy with not getting out as I can't walk only in pain for about 40 yards..Now as my OPPERATION should have been last week and was cancelled the day before .I had just packed my cass and prepared my mind for having to stay awake during the Op.. So cruel as it's the second time it has been cancelled. Kings mill in Mansfield already stopped all knee and hip Ops In the winter worried now it could happen again and I will be confined to bed then by how bad it is now to walk and nothing takes the pain away.was on urgent list so I'm sure they could have done us urgent casses before they stopped operating. I would like to know if all Hospitals in the Country are closed for orthopaedic Opperations. Sorry to moan but being in worsening pain for 2yrs is getting to me and many others I know.Another summer stuck in .and the burden on my family taking me back and forth to appointments with nothing at the end .My Daughter is my salvation. ,but she works and has a family to care for as well as me. I am often on my own days. It ok saying go out take a walk in fresh air, work in your garden ect when we can't do any of this.so upsetting.anyone else think they will go mad sooner than later....?
McGilchrist
23rd Mar 2020
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Hi AnnSg,

I two have just had an operation cancelled for arthritis in my ankle. The way I keep it going is to go for a walk . Or walk to the bus stop to go to the groups which have all been cancelled. It is a tough time.
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It is a tough time do you have a garden you can get out in while the weather is nice and just to a bit of walking around it.
This will all help.
AnnS9
21st Mar 2020
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AnnS9
21st Mar 2020
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Guess we have too ,but it won't be much different for myself and other people waiting for surgery will it.i have been in pain and waiting 2yrs now for a new hip opperation
JE
20th Mar 2020
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I think it is important that we all do as much as possible and appreciate the reasoning behind it. BUT it is unrealistic to expect people to be confined and with limited personal contact for such a length of time. Their general well-being and mental health will be greatly affected.
HJR58
20th Mar 2020
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I'm 61 and my husband is 71. My Mum lives in an annex to our house and is 82. She's accepted the isolation to a large degree although she's upset about not seeing my brothers. I still work in the NHS part time and my husband walks the dogs and does a lot of the shopping and most of the cooking. I'm worried about either of us getting infected and then my Mum getting ill. I see her every day and do my best to ease her isolation. She's got an iPad and is on FaceBook and WhatsApp! She gets lots of calls from friends and relatives, too.
My husband is refusing to isolate and is basically carrying on as normal - albeit with additional hand washing and social distancing.
Not every has friends or family to shop for them and I can see many becoming lonely and isolated.
Wilf
20th Mar 2020
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Anyone who works in the NHS is an angel and deserves all our respect-thank you so much. I think we should all be self-isolating. This situation will not be resolved without us doing so asap.
HJR58
20th Mar 2020
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I agree to a large extent, Wilf. The situation at work is very fluid at the moment with pretty restrictive measure in place to reduce footfall in the hospital. Even on lockdown people will have to shop for food. Wishing you well at this difficult time.
Wilf
20th Mar 2020
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Many thanks and you take care HJR58 and thanks for all you and your colleagues are doing at this time for us all-hugely appreciated!
JeanM474
20th Mar 2020
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I understand it is to hopefully keep us out of hospital and need a bed! My husband is 84 with P D ...so vulnerable , but ! We share a home with m.y daughter and family so difficult to isolate within the house ? We can keep away from other people but impossible to do it within the home
cassien
20th Mar 2020
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If people want to protect their health and well being then yes it is realistic. However all the over 70s should be able to have food, medcine ect delivered to their homes.
It is not realistic for the government to tell them to stay in if systems are not in place to ensure their well being. Nor is it realistic to expect
volunteers to go around. Some over 70s live in very isolated country
area with no family near. What are they supposed to do?
JeannieM
20th Mar 2020
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There is probably only one really safe place to be for you, and that is at home. The reason that doesn't bother me is because I have been used to it. But, I appreciate that for some people it would be a real lonely time, and there are lots of very good advice out there.
(My husband had a stroke just before all this escalated, so we have been in a lot anyway. As he has been left partially blind he can no longer drive, and it has been such a change of life already. )
This virus, stops our interaction with family and even appointments.
I need to stay strong and healthy so I can take care of him, so , yes, I agree withthis isolation. Better safe than sorry, and " Don;t worry, Be Happy"
Tedbaxter
20th Mar 2020
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We are in Spain where the Total Lock Down is initially for two weeks but we expect it to go on for at least four weeks.

We could have gone back to the UK but to be confined for four months appears a step to far. Two many in the UK do not appear to be taking note of the advise and want to carry on as normal. This will make the situation so much worse in the long term. It needs total lock down as has happened in China, Spain,France etc to put the breaks on this killer.The police stop people ignoring the ban and fine them on the spot. The Uk could learn a lot from that.
Wilf
20th Mar 2020
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The government have shut all pubs and restaurants from tonight. I agree with you in China they have shut down cities for months and we probably should have done this weeks ago.
witch1
20th Mar 2020
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I live with my son who is 50 but he still has to go to work
alexlempicki
20th Mar 2020
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I am over 70 and very fit with no ongoing illnesses.
our biggest problem is shopping, by the time we get to the supermarket, most of the shelves are empty due to selfish people buying up everything. i can see a lot of food will be thrown away because being out of date. Italy has NO PANIC buying at all. I cant see this government helping people like.
The media are just spreading panic and a lot of people are very gullible.
Wilf
20th Mar 2020
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Hopefully, the panic buying will stop when everyone has enough. I think the police or army should be at stores to stop the panic buying. You are right it's the media driving it just hope it will stop.
HJR58
20th Mar 2020
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The supermarkets themselves need to step up. We went to Costco today and everything was very organised. The numbers of people in the store, how many of which items they could buy etc. There were also staff checking the trolleys before customers got to the tills and removing any excessive items. Oh, and the handle of every trolley was disinfected before you used it!
MaxineD4
20th Mar 2020
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No. I don't think it's reasonable to ask over 70s to stay at home for 4 months, as long as they are sensible when they go out.
Janishall
20th Mar 2020
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This is such a big ask of people. 70 is not elderly but there is clear evidence that anyone around and over that age group is at greater risk. I think it is a necessary evil.
Marraway
20th Mar 2020
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My husband who is 70 is self isolating. However I am 66 and still visiting my Mum who is 87. She won’t come and live with us and my sister who works in the NHS is still visiting. I am practicing safe distance but my sister is taking Mum for drives. I feel very mixed about what to do going forward and split loyalties.
MaddyT5
20th Mar 2020
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I think the alternative is unthinkable and if it means keeping well and keeping NHS beds free then we don’t have a choice.
JillAB7
19th Mar 2020
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We (my husband and I) are both 77 and I have chronic kidney disease, we are partially self isolating but it will be almost impossible to completely, my husband will have to do the shopping, we have a fair stock in but no way would it last for so long. What will people do who have younger family members who live with them also and their jobs entail them travelling a lot, however you try to keep separate it is impossible to isolate yourself from them and live a normal life .
RogerW79
19th Mar 2020
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Please write your comments here.. we enjoyed Dick Barton, ITMA and just being alive to escape Hitler 1940 to 1945. Carpe diem.
Liviola
19th Mar 2020
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I am taking walks in the local wildlife park which is lovely, but the odd people I come across which isn,t many, one out of about 5 say hello, the others put their heads down and march on. You won,t catch it by being pleasant!!
McGilchrist
19th Mar 2020
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I am walking the canal bank on my own and staying away from others.
quietlady
19th Mar 2020
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I am just 70 without underlying health issues. I am happy to stay indoors a couple of days a week, but I feel that I am able to shop for essentials, and do some exercise like a nice walk as we have some lovely open spaces nearby. I hope with all my heart that the government does not stop me doing this
Wilf
20th Mar 2020
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This is the problem we can self isolate but need food. Mind you our Tescos chap today said they wear gloves and disinfectant the vans so they are really essential and are doing a stirling job!
PatL45
18th Mar 2020
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I am self isolating as much as possible by not mixing with groups or crouds of people but I do not think it is feasible for elderly people to shut them selfs away for several months. I am fortuate enough to live by the sea so will continue to walk my dog every morning as usual.
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Yes, I agree Pat its must be very hard not seeing anyone. How lucky you are to be by the sea keep enjoying your walks.
CiaoP
18th Mar 2020
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The latest Ive read on Govt website is that healthy over70s CAN go out to shop for essentials(recommended at quieter times to aid distamcibg)..take sensible walks,again keep our distance.
I will be unhappy if I have to call on a 69year old to help with my shopping..Im 71.
CiaoP
18th Mar 2020
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PS.
Above typed 16.41 on Wednesday 18/3/20
Stenmark
18th Mar 2020
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I am not sure it is a question of whether the 4 month isolation is acceptable or not, pleasant or not. To put it another way the government are suggesting by doing this you will significantly reduce your increasing chance of being infected and die.
At the moment it is voluntary and the choice is yours, however, I would point out if you ignore the advice and get infected you risk passing it on to others who would prefer not to be infected by you and risk death.
Babs75
18th Mar 2020
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As I live alone with only over 70's for neighbours and my family don't live close, having to be shut away for 4months with no one to talk to would make me depressed.I feel it's akin to being put in solitary confinement in prison.Those who suggested it should be made to try it.
MarilynG7
18th Mar 2020
6
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I am a fit 78 and think 16 weeks is too long to isolate oneself. It could cause mental health problems and a decline in physical fitness.
Westminster
18th Mar 2020
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I do agree MarilynG7, the so called cure could be worse than the disease.
spencer1
18th Mar 2020
1
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I'm middle of the road on this one I'm 84 and will do my best but dont think we can totally isolate we can shop online but have to accept things that are delivered as to the social side of things this is where hobby comes in for myself knitting and patchwork but whatever yours is you can occupy your mind I live alone and will miss my craft groups but needs must .
Rod Barry
18th Mar 2020
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I'm 73. For the duration, how about having an over 70's Olympic Flame Club for mutual support. Olympic Flame? Never goes out!
JazzeR77
18th Mar 2020
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My advice is not to take "the advice" too literally. If you still drive do what we intend to. Go for a drive into the countryside but instead of our usual lunch-time pub stop for 'soup and a roll' we'll take our flask and sarnies, not forgetting the disposable rubber gloves for when we visit the public loo and have to open doors etc. Job done, nice day out without coming into contact with people and their virus germs!
NickiF
21st Mar 2020
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I agree with you, nice walks in the country with the dog, especially when the sun is shining, so good for the soul. Picnics on a bench with a view. Many public loos seems to be open, quite a necessity for over 70s (!). We visited a National Trust property yesterday and they were doing take away coffees and had loos available.
olivep
18th Mar 2020
1
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I am angry and upset at the 4 month suggestion of self isolation for people aged over 70. Why this amount of time when the "norm" is 2 weeks - surely it is a form of discrimination? How are people on their own, with no family nearby; with friends/neighbours of the same age as themselves, and no internet/social media to cope with the loneliness etc?
The over 70's can still protect themselves with hand washing, sanitizers etc - the same as everyone else - surely?
viking
18th Mar 2020
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The wording is " up to 4 months " so obviously the scale and spread can not be predictible, hence the wording.
You will not be " discriminated" your words, one way or the other by the virus.

Surely it is better to be safe than to vanish forever more ??
MargaretW58
18th Mar 2020
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If it keeps us safe and helps others stay safe and still be around for our families in 3 months time I will self isolate with my husband we have already video linked one of our grandchildren for a trial run. Be safe.
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Brilliant Margaret and a sensible move glad you are keeping in touch with video calls. Once you get the hang of it it's really easy.
Tr1sh
18th Mar 2020
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Sensible approach Margaret. Stay safe.
SueR33
18th Mar 2020
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I can understand having to self isolate but why 4 months, everyone else does 2 weeks so why not the over 70’s?
Rod Barry
18th Mar 2020
2
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I am widowed and live alone. I have plenty to do in the garden and I have no problem being alone. I have already prepared for isolation, but here's the rub! I shop regularly at my local Tesco, this morning I joined their delivery service so that I can avoid human contact as much as possible. Silly me! No slots at all this week or next week! So I will now have to go to the store on Friday for my groceries.
ArnieS
18th Mar 2020
3
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Some older people are already isolated from society it is criminal to ask people over 70 if they are fit and active.
Felix1
18th Mar 2020
1
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I am doing my best to isolate but I have a sick cat, he needs a vet. There is no one else to take him. I have glaucoma and need treatment soon. Cancelling either of these appointments can have disastrous consequences.
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Have you tried calling the Vet if as in this climate they may be doing some different services.
CiaoP
18th Mar 2020
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Felix..there will very likely be organised groups willing to help out within your area.
Have you heard of Next Door? Join up and see what's out there.
Also your local council will have information on vomunteer groups.
Im sure you'll find someone to take your cat to vet.
Good luck&let us know how you get on..
Peter
CiaoP
18th Mar 2020
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Volunteer..not vomunteer!
MariaM39
18th Mar 2020
1
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PurpleHat
17th Mar 2020
1
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My son in law works for the council so is one of those keeping the town etc clean and tidy at risk to himself (and us) I am well over 70, and have an asthmatic daughter all in the same house, and all over 60. We are busy practicing "Social distancing" indoors with him, having different times in the kitchen and wiping down all handles, all in good humour (for now) This is more difficult than you think! As I walk round the house I realise how many surfaces we touch without even thinking about it, above the door, the kettle, the stair rail and the post I swing round at the top.They have threatened to barricade me in my room! Ha Ha! but naturally we are all anxious. Just try to be sensible and carry on as best we can!
Jakeandzak
17th Mar 2020
2
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Not every body has family and friends near to where they live and friends are probably of the same age group and are in the same boat so to speak. From a personal point of view I am 76 and still work in a job I love and have no intention of giving it up. I would struggle without this income to lead a reasonable social life.
ChrissiD
17th Mar 2020
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Yes we can with support! I'm isolated through illness .. its going to be difficult but many of our older generation have lived through wars and know far more than youngsters on what hard times realy are. Give some credit. It would be useful if one tv channel was given over to the elders in our country, no bad news, no doom and gloom, sing along, films, armchair exercises etc. So many would benefit!
spencer1
18th Mar 2020
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I love your reasoning chrissi well said I'm in my 80s and luckily have my knitting and patchwork to keep me going rita.
Lorac226
23rd Mar 2020
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I agree with you, it’s depressing see the same old news being bandied around, yes I know we need to be kept up to date with what going on but every programme has to have their own input, sadly the BBC seem to be the worst offenders. Yes I will comply with the self isolation I live on my own, my daughter and family are high risk so I can’t ask them to shop, my only saving grace is my little dog.
Keep well everyone.
JeanE56
17th Mar 2020
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Some 70 year olds are fitter than 60 year olds!! An arbitrary age threshold is ridiculous . Those of us who have reached so called “old age” have also learned a lot of common sense along the way !!
MichelleH51
19th Mar 2020
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I am 76, nearly 77 and am healthy apart from osteoporosis and anxiety. I have to exercise a lot, walking is very important. I live on my own in a very small flat, so I find it quite impossible to isolate for 4 months, I can use my common sense and not socialise but I would go insane if I have to be shut in my small flat. It's not loneliness, I just need to go out to see the flowers in the parks, trees, a bit of shopping.
NannyC2
17th Mar 2020
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It's going to be a logistical nightmare but we have to just do our best and be sensible.
mikemalley
17th Mar 2020
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this is a new situation with no guidelines but ther are lots of us out there with internret connection lets get together to help each other through this
PaulineD23
17th Mar 2020
2
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Whilst it won’t be easy for the elderly to self isolate, it will be catastrophic for an overburdened health service if we don’t. As an ex nurse I can only thank the lord that I am not working on the front line today. If I had to choose between working in the health services. Being a recipient of their care in ITU or self isolating then it really is a no brainer.
For those who feel they will ‘go mad’ if confined for an extended period of time then I really do think they ought to look at the bigger picture and try not to be selfish!
Wilf
17th Mar 2020
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I agree Pauline I think we need to be sensible so we keep ourselves out of the hospitals and the only way I can see doing that is to isolate all ourselves for as much as possible. This situation seems to e getting more drastic so its time for a lot of common sense.
Teggles1
17th Mar 2020
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I am almost 70, but I look after my grandchildren while my daughter is at work... She works for Essex police and as front line emergency services, has been told she must go in. ( even though one of her boys is sick) high temp, cough, sore throat and headache! She was allowed 2days off with him. My husband has brinchectasis (chronic lung probs) and is on oxygen 16hours a day! What do I do? I have to help my daughter or she can't work...( little scrotes try to spit and cough on her,) I have to protect my husband as he is very vulnerable and I don't want to take anything back to him! How can I and people like me shut ourselves away for 4months? The schools are not shut so I have to do school runs too...... Any suggestions?
Wilf
17th Mar 2020
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I don't think we can Teggles as everyones situation is so different and we can only do what we can. I have very elderly parents and are trying to get food to them. Meanwhile we all just need to take care and look after each other. I think the schools will shut soon they have to! I wish you all the very best-Wilf
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Sounds like you are doing an amazing job at the moment looking after your husband and grandchildren.
MaureenB18
17th Mar 2020
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, I'm sure a lot of over 70s look after their grand children to let their son/daughter out to work , so what happens if their isolated for 4 months, also loneliness is a terrible thing and getting out to social clubs is the only thing they have to look forward to , it could be any club they attend where they meet friends and have a blether a laugh something they look forward to , that's not going to happen so the loneliness gets worse, there's also the social clubs where they go to listen to the groups singers , and enjoy themselves also as it's mostly over 70s who frequent these clubs , eventually they will probably have to close. So the over 70s will have to stay at home , no enjoyments to look forward to no friends to meet up with and feeling more lonely . No I don't agree with this 4 months isolation. That's just my opinion maybe a lot of people won't agree.
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Hopefully, you will be able to get outside and take some walks and maybe chat with other locals at a sensible distance as the weather is getting nicer. It is amazing how much better you can feel from just getting outside for a bit.
ElisabethR
17th Mar 2020
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It's all closing down already. Round here coffee mornings, U3A, fund raisers, book groups, yoga, almost anything that has up to 30 people attending. Looks as if churches go next......... And we don't need to lock down until the weekend.
MaureenS88
16th Mar 2020
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We live in a fairly remote area so could self-isolate. I think it's a sensible idea, but not very practical - or workable - for a lot of people.
MarianS74
16th Mar 2020
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I am over 70 and have health issues, asthma, type 2 diabetes, plus others so happy to isolate for 13 weeks or more if it saves my life.
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Hi, Marian, this is good to hear and that you are taking the sensible approach!
K9Colin
16th Mar 2020
6
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As I live alone in a very rural area, I am virtually in self isolation full time !!
Lionel
17th Mar 2020
3
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AnneA434
16th Mar 2020
3
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Too long to stay in
suehalfp
16th Mar 2020
4
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My husband (78) and I (74) have a dog, who will need walking daily. As a general rule, we do, and will continue, to avoid crowded places when we walk our dog, but shopping is a different matter. I’m hoping that our local supermarkets might open for an hour for elderly and vulnerable customers, but I won’t hold my breath, having seen the debacle that has ensued so far, with most of their shelves empty. If there are many people self isolating and having to shop, said shops could still be crowded!!
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Hi Sue, it shouldn't be a problem walking your dog at the moment, are there any local shops that you can purchase food from I know that I have a few and they are still fairly well stocked up!
StephanieY
16th Mar 2020
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Im of older age (near 70) l have a full life, l own a horse, have dogs, a husband, etc., l certainly would not self isolate for that length of time. What about the people who have no-one, those that rely on district nurses, carers etc., even by self isolating they can not be sure the people they depend on are not infected by coronaV and bringing it to their door, even if they are able to have food delivered who is to say that those delivery people are not infected. Elderly people are lonely enough without them having to shut themselves away for that length of time its too much to ask.........thats my opinion anyway.
ElisabethR
17th Mar 2020
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You may have to put into a balance. Stay home or die. Remember it could come down to no treatment if older....... However fit you think you are.
StephanieY
17th Mar 2020
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Im sure it might, but my choice will be my choice. Thankfully I do not have underlining illnesses, if I felt unwell I would stay home.
BrendaS54
16th Mar 2020
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There needs to be some time allowed out of home or people will suffer mentally of being"stir crazy" especially if live in flats with no outside space
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ElisabethR
16th Mar 2020
4
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Yes I shall not like it but will comply. Live in a house with large grounds so I don't expect it will be in a small room. As I have health issues and am over 70 it's unlikely to get medical treatment......... Like a cousin in Italy this is probably the only way to stay safe. I have friends who have no intentions of going into lock down but intend carrying on as usual. We'll all I can say is good luck with that.Feel this is rather selfish...... They cannot see they might be a risk to anyone. Most of the things we used to go to have closed for the duration now. Cinemas and theatres will be next, pubs and restaurants will close. It will be a very changed life afterwards. Good luck everyone.
Wilf
16th Mar 2020
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I think the best thing to do is all be sensible and isolate as much as possible and when we need to go out just use commonsense and not go into crowded places
KittyCK
16th Mar 2020
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I would love to live in house with large grounds, this I could live with. I live in my own 2 bedroom flat with nice neighbours and friends, but we have problems with one flat that houses drug addicts. We have been threatened (I am 73, 2 neighbours 80 and 65) police raids often, we have tried everything to get them removed. If I didn't have some space from flat I know I would end up with severe depression. I am sensible, do not overstock, have a face mask and will do my best to keep away from people.
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Sorry to hear about the problems in your block of flats. At the moment you are still allowed to go out for walks this is the best medicine for helping clear the mind especially as we are getting some nicer weather at the moment. So hopefully you are able to get out and about keeping your distance from others.
ElisabethR
17th Mar 2020
1
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Yes I realise how fortunate we are..... Will probably save me from committing very bloody murder. Not sure how I would cope in your circumstances. My sister lives in 1 bedroom flat with a husband who is younger but has physical and mental issues........ She says there is no way she would survive cooped up with him all that time. I worry for her, she lives in a town notout on the edge of the country. Worrying time for us all.
ElisabethR
17th Mar 2020
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Please read the government guide lines. After the weekend I think not. Trouble is much of what is being told us comes under "advice". It would almost be easier if they said "you must or you will". Relying on us to do the right thing. Hello Boris........ Won't work. You want to lock down... Then copy other countries who already have. This could end up as a mishmass.
Jezmed
16th Mar 2020
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No I think it is unrealistic to expect
70's to stay in who is going to police this? ( Starzi) how can you tell
doedavid4gmailcom
16th Mar 2020
3
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Many over 70's are very isolated with little support. What are they supposed to do? Their mental health will suffer badly unless they get good support. I don't believe for one moment that will happen. I also have a friend who still works to pay his mortgage, what is he supposed to do?
JoanD5
16th Mar 2020
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everybody is vulnerable especially the over 70’s. We all need to help smooth the amount of people effected by the virus. So if and when someone is in need of a hospital bed or even an intensive care bed there’s got to be enough for all who need one. I wouldn’t want to be in need of a hospital bed and there not be one for me or someone I know. This situation is unprecedented and although it’s not what anybody would choose in my opinion the recommendation makes sense. I feel It would be selfish not to self isolate if that is what the experts have recommended.
DianeW41
16th Mar 2020
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We're early 70's and both fit and healthy - as well as sensible. and the thought of being effectively incarcerated for as long as four months is appalling. And all around us, the grabbers are grabbing what they can lay their greedy hands on, whether they need it or not. I despair about the level this has brought many down to. Would they like to just march us 'oldies' out and shoot us? And have done with it. That is what it feels like.
SallyF53
16th Mar 2020
4
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Not good if you dont drive a cant walk far.
Gill Smart
16th Mar 2020
3
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We need to go out to buy our food and necessities like loo rolls, medication. .Not all of us have family to help us and we are an independent lot many of us remembering what the war was like when we had ration books etc.
bigal358
16th Mar 2020
6
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Many over 70s are more active now than in past generations. To expect them to remain at home, relatively house restrained is un-realistic and will also make them feel worse.
JulieN2
16th Mar 2020
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So if someone goes out who is going to stop them , the police? We cannot even get them to patrol the village for anti social activity. Guess that would be a plus point if they actual cruised around the village looking for escapee oldies, they might actually spot a burglar or two at the same time.
clareq50
16th Mar 2020
1
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I think it's absolutely ludicrous I am 70 in a few weeks and still work part time and have no intention of not going into work.
hughsuddick
16th Mar 2020
13
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to remain in our homes for 4 month NO!

to isolate ourselves from physical contact with most people, as far as possible , OK.

The majority of over 70s are not stupid and have a reasonable amount of common sense, more so, it seems than most members of the government and the media!, with the ill thought out policy and release of information before the whole process and the logistics of the proposed 'plan' have been worked out.

Most of the people in this age group have survived WW2, the Asian flue, bird flue, etc. etc. served in the forces, worked and payed into the system all there working lives and are not the ones 'Panic buying' and getting into a major flap.
So shouldn't we be the ones given some thought and respect, including proper information and advice and not locked away to save the load on an overloaded and under funded NHS?
IreneG89
16th Mar 2020
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Apart from visiting my family, shopping is my favourite thing, I am making a concerted effort to stay away from the shops, and avoiding crowds, i,m lucky that i have lots of family who will shop for me so feeling very blessed x
JaneW76
16th Mar 2020
7
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I understand that there are 21 MPs over the age of 70 and almost the entire House of Lords is occupied by members in their 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s.. I wonder if they will be forced into a lock down alongside all the other over 70s in the country, The measure to “protect” older people from the virus is actually a ruse to clear the limited NHS wards for younger, more productive members of society. Once the peak in the virus is over we will be released having had no opportunities to build up any sort of immunity.... The death toll will be unimaginable but of course the Dept of Work and Pensions will be saving a fortune. I think we should at least be offered a euthanasia option!
LindaB353
17th Mar 2020
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Too funny but true. agree with every word you have written
JaniceE2
17th Mar 2020
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This made me laugh!
Babs75
18th Mar 2020
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I agree with you I feel they are not putting us in "lockdown"to protect us, but to make sure we won't be a drain on the nhs, they are assuming all elderly people will get the virus, some will be also a lot wont.
PaulineH66
16th Mar 2020
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Both my husband and myself feel/think we've already had the virus having had a cold, cough sore throat for the last 2/3 weeks and, bearing in mind we both had the flu/pneumonia jabs at the beginning of the year..... what else could it have been. To be on the safe side we both stayed at home rather than go down to the surgery where we could just spread whatever it was we had. So our thoughts now are..... if it was the C.Virus what is the likelihood of us getting it again...…. the thought of having to stay at home for 4 months is very daunting.
PennyC5
16th Mar 2020
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I think there would be more suicides with the older generation having to stay away from family. friends, and just taking a walk to the shops. If you weren’t lonely before you would be after that long
ChristineM197
16th Mar 2020
2
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I'd go to prison first rather than be alone
VictoriaS5
16th Mar 2020
11
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I am a 76 year old fitness tutor for mature ladies and am passionate about maintaining mental as well as physical health. Many of my pupils are widows as I have been and the opportunity to make new friends and meet up with old one is invaluable. There is a strong possibility that the community centres I teach in will close. In that case I will encourage my groups to develop a fitness routine at home. However what is absolutely vital to mental and physical wellbeing is walking. We all need fresh air, sunshine with protection and company at a distance. To deprive over 70's of this healthy free and harmless activity is not only dangerous but foolish beyond words. Staying indoors for four months will undoubtedly lead to mental health problems and most definitely depression. Exercise and social interaction are essential for our mental and physical health. Think again government before making such drastic decisions about the welfare of people who need to keep fit and healthy in order to come through this virus.
MichaelB91
16th Mar 2020
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82, partially disabled, and with other life threatening problems, living alone, only relative a son living in Canada, yeah, I'm going to have a great time. My only hope is that I at least have good neighbours, but it is difficult to keep asking for help.
ElisabethR
17th Mar 2020
1
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There are lots of local groups being set up to help. Age UK can put you in touch with reputable people. The councils can also put you in touch with local groups who will and can help.
Wilf
16th Mar 2020
1
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It's not being able to see the rest of the family that worries me but at least we have the phone and skype so it's much the same with the latter.
Louisa1
16th Mar 2020
1
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I am over 70, we are moving to have all our staff working from their homes so will I. so that will keep me busy, I am well over 70 live a very very busy work and a social life that I will miss, Most of all I can not believe I will not be able to go to Church but will do as I am asked as it is for my benefit and others mind you Ido not expect to come out of it the same person. I have Children, Grandchildren and Gt. Grandchildren not being able to see them for 4 months is more than I can bear to think about.
Anne McShane
16th Mar 2020
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Not bloody likely . I would get cabin fever . The whole point of life when you are retired is to go out and socialise
LesleyA32
16th Mar 2020
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That's a sure fire way to shorten your life and that of others. How selfish!
Wilf
16th Mar 2020
2
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But it is a bit difficult if we may catch this horrible virus
KathH63
16th Mar 2020
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Why. The only person at risk is her. That should be an individual choice.
Normalee
16th Mar 2020
8
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Indiscriminate quarantining of all over seventy year olds will have a negative impact on those who are still employed; charities and volunteers who support food banks and voluntary organisation's. Many within this age cohort mind grandchildren after school and during school holidays which will prevent parents and cares from working. Many over seventy year olds have developed healthy lifestyles such as walking, involvement in sports and environmental projects and once these habits are neglected it is possible that they will become irrelevant. Whilst we understand the rational behind this proposal it would be preferable to monitor the virus and to adjust the lengths of isolation in line with risk assessments. The lack of women involved in decision making at the Coronavirus level is concerning and perhaps a panel of representive and knowledgeable individuals could advise and inform these experts ...and the PM of course.
cathycade
16th Mar 2020
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No problem for my husband - it's all he needs to become even more of a hermit. The meetings I go to are being canceled anyway. Meanwhile, our two dogs need walking and we both need exercise.
Our children live 2 hours drive away (except for the one in New Zealand). Our local friends are over 70. Are we expected, on a pension, to pay extra for home delivery shopping?
Who picks up hubby's prescription meds?
With a diabetic husband I'm hardly going to take risks to bring a disease home, but a four-month ban is unrealistic and just asking for government advice to be ignored.
SheenaW9
16th Mar 2020
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Being shut in worries me a lot, I will not cope even with my husband with me. Those on their own it will cause huge problems.
EdithT48
16th Mar 2020
2
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Both me and my husband are 70. Our daughter in law is a nurse and works nightshifts. We have our grandchildren when she needs to sleep after a nightshift. How do we help in that situation.
GeoffF2
16th Mar 2020
2
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I am 71, active and no underlying health issues. I also volunteer on a regular basis. If I remain healthy, should it not be up to me to decide? In the past I have had to make more serious, sometimes life or death decisions during the course of my working life.
Goldensurfer1958
16th Mar 2020
2
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Both my stepmum who is over 70 and my Dad who is over 80 and both are diabetic have already self isolated from last week. My stepmum's family will be shopping for them and leaving the shopping in the lobby side door to their house so they don't have to have physical contact with them. They feel that they really need to do this because even a cold can have a bad affect on their diabetes let alone something like this coronavirus.
Jillybabe1
16th Mar 2020
8
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Having recently moved to a new area due to bereavement I find it hard to do any shopping when I do theres not much left!! So at 80 years young what is the government's plan on feeding the elderly?? And getting the necessary repeat.medications??? 3 months is a very long time I am aware that it is possibly for the common good !! But please let the elderly know of your intentions after locking us up.for months on end we are not criminals!!
MillieMoll
16th Mar 2020
4
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I believe if they have under lying health issues that they should. A lot of over seventy people still work and need the money will companies still pay these people
Porky
16th Mar 2020
2
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I don't mind isolating if it helps keeping me alive.
BarryS21
16th Mar 2020
4
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Remain at home...Yes. But only if the government, local and national, gets all to register so shopping and the like can be guaranteed!

Not all of us are IT literate, be it with some form of computer or smart phone, nor do we all have a reliable service for broadband.
Yodama
16th Mar 2020
5
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I do hope this is a knee-jerk reaction and not panic.
I wouldn't like Matt Hancock's job right now.
There are people of all ages who are very vulnerable to this beastly virus.
Some older people are remarkably healthy and sprightly.
They are speaking of this pandemic continuing until spring of 2021.
I think everyone should just be sensible and stay home if possible, reduce contact.
That means people of all ages.
Lionel
16th Mar 2020
3
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Yodama, your last two lines could be summed up as Common Sense.
JeanM474
16th Mar 2020
2
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We are old enough and experienced enough to stay at home when poorly. We do not need enforcements .... if we choose to go out and catch the virus ... we hopefully then will build up a resistence. The only reason for making us stay at home is in case we overload the hospitals ! I would keep my 84 year old husband from mixing in crowds ...he has PD and a weak chest.. but l find it insulting to expect me to do the same. I am 76 and would not go to the cinema etc. But to impose the curfew on me isn’t fair.
MargaretM374
16th Mar 2020
1
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I couldn't agree more.
VictoriaS9
16th Mar 2020
1
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I fully understand your frustrations. My concern for you would be you being exposed to the virus and catching it, you coping with it but inadvertently passing it on to your husband. You would be contagious for a few days before the symptoms present, so you wouldn't know you have it.
JosephineM14
16th Mar 2020
2
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What happens when you have someone over 70 and someone who is not in there 70 in the same house how does that work,?
AnnP51
16th Mar 2020
2
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I go my classes of yoga fitball legs tums and bums Pilates step etc 5 days a week. Not sure if can give it all up for months as I have been doing it for 9 years.
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I have just published this feature about moving your exercise routine indoors - https://www.silversurfers.com/health/diet-exercise/moving-your-exercise-routine-indoors/ - hope this is helpful 🙂
f1esta
16th Mar 2020
1
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I am in a similar position and am setting about down loading exercises onto my laptop and iPad. I cannot live pain free without doing my regular exercises and am certainly not giving it up. I shall miss the social side with meeting up with friendly people, but Remaining safe and well for my family is just as important. Good luck.
AliceM6
16th Mar 2020
3
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The act of protecting our eldest citizens will be in fact a death sent to many who will become depressed isolated and despondent
Some may physically survive but at what cost to there mental health
Without the contact with the world outside friends neighbours community they will stagnate into a stupor if boredom and depression
For what ?
We are told this self isolation only prolongs the inevitable catching of this virus so that when they come out of isolation they will be able to access the medical care needed
This is Armageddon the war of the worlds
What bombs could not do a tiny germ may do wipe out most of mankind
Elwin
16th Mar 2020
7
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The elderly are lonely anyway, so isolation will only decrease their situation and alot of over seventies are very healthy. Some need to keep moving for their health and fresh air does them good. The government should be sending out help and advice for practical information for us to stay well and only advice isolation. They are not helping them pay the Bill's while in isolation using more fuel. And who is going to make sure they are alright and coping with the stress?
Susie Cornwall
16th Mar 2020
9
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I am not 70 yet but have friends who are and are still very fit, active members of the community, some of whom are very busy still working or child minding grandchildren so that their own children can work. I would have thought 80 would have been a more sensible age than 70 for the restriction, as that age group may be more likely to be vulnerable to the illness. I have my own health issues which make me vulnerable so I am taking care of myself by limiting my life now, which is still an option for individuals over 70 if needed, instead of a blanket directive to self isolate.
Wallace 1
16th Mar 2020
4
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I am 71, fit and active with no underlying health conditions. I work part time to keep my brain active, and to get me out of the house. Being stuck at home for an extended period would do me more harm than good.
lavenderpicker
16th Mar 2020
2
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Does anyone else find the minimum spend that supermarkets set for online shopping difficult to reach making one buy unnecessary items that aren’t needed to reach the set spend? Anywhere between £40-£60. I only began online shopping in November because I was confined to home having had a hand operation. Initially buying wasn’t too bad, I made up my basket with washing liquid and dry goods but now I’ve had my other hand done and not driving again I find reaching the target quite difficult. I’m a single household and don’t need stuff simply to reach a target figure yet I’m dependent on deliveries of daily basic items approximately every couple of weeks. I was confined to home Nov-Jan, drove for two weeks and now it’s Feb. to end of April. Then I guess there’ll be 4 months compulsory self isolation. I have no one who can shop for me or neighbours I could ask.
My ipad is my best friend, along with my dog, It looks like I’m probably going to be home alone for the best part of totalling 9months when I can’t just shop online spending unnecessary money just to make up a basket of goods. Perhaps £25-30 is more realistic. Would welcome other’s views. Thank you.
JenniferB123
16th Mar 2020
6
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Surely you are doing yourself good to keep walking and I truly feel you are doing no-one else any harm if you still do this. Luckily I live in an area which is very countrified so sometimes never meet anyone but I would keep clear of them even so if I did. To be told to self isolate for 4 months will affect the mental capacity and this will not help anyone. I'm trying to keep a level thinking on all of this. Surely keeping shutting down businesses will very soon destroy the capacity of any country to keep trading, then what?
SheilaW93
16th Mar 2020
8
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I am a fit and active 72 year old and love the outdoor life .In no way can I face staying in my home for 4 months I will go barmy.
Maureen50
16th Mar 2020
7
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There are a lot of over 70s work in health care, I myself work for the NHS as HCA with District Nurses, who will do our jobs.
AvrilK1
16th Mar 2020
4
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Yes, they are also bringing Doctors and nurses out of retirement. How many of those will be over 70?
BarrieC9
16th Mar 2020
6
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I work full time, and specialise in certain equipment repairs. Due to the security implications I cannot work from home. By gong out I will be keeping fit and well - I am active - if I sit and do nothing as these so called experts say I will end up with serious health complications.
Buckler
16th Mar 2020
9
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I am a fit 70 year old who walks up to 5 miles a day, I am careful in hand washing etc I find it's a ridiculous suggestion
StephenB318
16th Mar 2020
12
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I am will be 72 tomorrow. I work driving school buses five days a week, and enjoy it. I am fit and healthy, and will NOT be forced against my will to stay home as long as I stay that way. We do NOT live in a police state. Of all the stupid ideas this government has come up with, this has to be the most ridiculous.

Of course things can change, and yes I might get ill, but closing the doors and hiding away will not cure anything. For people who are already lonely, it will make it worse.
Elwin
16th Mar 2020
2
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Gillyflower5
16th Mar 2020
3
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It isn’t just about the social isolation, you’d need to have enough food for 4 months as well! I haven’t seen anything this government is doing that reassures me that they have proper measures in place to deal with something like this.
JohnM394
16th Mar 2020
5
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I'm in my 70s, still run most days 40 to 80 minutes. Enjoy strolls on the beach. Don't mind missing the shops but if a diy problem arose I would need to get parts! All day in the house I'd go stir crazy and that would be more detrimental to my health and the hospitals! I have the same risk in catching Corvid-19 as a 30yr old.
JuliaD61
16th Mar 2020
3
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Although I acknowledge this to be a significant challenge, I really think blind panic has taken hold. All the cancellations are gonna be very difficult, especially for niche, small and newly established (or even not yet established) businesses to cope with. Let’s be real, from the moment we‘re born, we are all on the same route n we’ll all reach our destination sooner or later. I also think this is a correction n wake up call to medical science n scientists who have found devious ways of enabling long life, no matter the quality of that so called life in many cases - nature is answering back. We have outlived our usefulness n purpose as human beings which is, in essence, to provide the next generation. That bit’s done n dusted - we should move on or aside!
Dunkirk spirit needs to be regained n I would therefore like the powers that be to pursue the so called herd immunity more positively. We can’t all survive but well done to those that do!
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
2
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ok so lots of you are moaning about isolating ,well i for one am quiet happy for those people to go out as often as they like, and break the rules for trying to protect the elderly ,but with condition from the goverment,,THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO AN INTENSIVE CARE BED SHOULD YOU GET THE VIRUS , seems fair to me
KimP72
16th Mar 2020
2
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Sometimes you have to go out as self isolation can be a killer on it’s own, and as I am under 70 dose that also mean that I have to self isolate.
MurielO
16th Mar 2020
8
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I am over 70, fit and healthy. I walk the dog twice daily and walk at night all year round, whatever the weather (a minimum of 4miles). I also walk during the day at every opportunity. I am utterly convinced that I would be far more unhealthy and prone to infection if I were to be incarcerated in my home for that length of time! I would also be a mental case.
Trex
16th Mar 2020
7
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I think it's ridiculous and unnecessary. I live alone and have no relatives nearby to shop for me,etc. I don't mind as I like being independent for as long as possible. While I am happy enough in my own company, I object to it being forced upon me.
JenniferM22
16th Mar 2020
3
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I'm so angry about this my comments / thoughts are mostly unprintable! Hitler herded the Jews to the Warsaw ghettos prior to sending them to their deaths in the various camps and this is basically what this government is doing to the old & frail, from what I have read Dominic Cummings stated on Saturday that we old ones will be put into FORCED isolation & if the epidemic becomes too much people over the age of 65 will stop being treated should they become ill so as not to 'overwhelm' the NHS. Watch this space, should we take bets on how long it'll be before we are herded into ghetto type establishments where we'll be left to die? It's an exercise in extermination of the older generation. We've been fine whilst we've been able to work but now it's time for us to put our feet up & get our pensions, which most of us have put into for the last 45+ years this government wants rid of us to make way for the younger generation, God help this country, the majority of youngsters are lazy, foul mouthed, selfish morons with the intelligence of amoebas!!
AnthonyB263
16th Mar 2020
2
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It's a or to ask,but I was thinking of doing this anyway.If I fall foul to virus, it's goodbye to me. My age and heart condition gives me little chance of survival. The number of critical care beds in the NHS is far less than could cope. The virus has mutated into a more virulent form in Iran so the future is really uncertain. All because of ignorance and carelessness in the diet of those in Asia. This could be the beginning of the end so let's hope the World's governments can stop any further incidents by banning eating diseased flesh .
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
3
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simple, my husband and i choose to live , we have a roof over our heads , food be it rationed, and a warm bed ,many do not, stop making a fuss and get on with saving your life while health workers and the emergency services try to save others. We have made plans as far as we can with the medical problems we have
No1 spring clean the house from top to bottom.
No2 do and decorating that we can manage
No3 the bettter weather should be here by the time we reach No3
so we move into the garden cutting grass, weeding , planting, if we are released after four months i should have lost weight and look good my hubby too so bonus all round i say, stay positive folks xx
LindaB353
17th Mar 2020
1
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Lucky that you have a garden,many have not
Jo4
6 days ago
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Jo4
3 days ago
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Jo4
3 days ago
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Sorry Linda didn’t mean to repeat my post,Think the isolation is doing something to my brain,lol,take care
LynM81
16th Mar 2020
3
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I think it's realistic, IF it does really get to that stage, but I think it's going to be incredibly difficult. I'm 75 and I have lots of family, so I know I'll have someone to chat to often, but for those with no family, I think it will be very hard.
MaggieJ1
16th Mar 2020
3
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It is an awful prospect I am dreading it but the prospect of what will happen if we don't do this is worse. We simply do not have enough hospital and intensive care beds to deal with this awful virus. In Italy it is like a war zone they are not treating people over 65 or with pre existing conditions, they can only treat people with the best chance of surviving, that is the grim reality.. Even if you are healthy your immune system declines with age, so the best chance of getting through this is to protect yourself, this also gives our NHS the best chance of being able to treat you if you do fall ill.
Bob Walton
16th Mar 2020
8
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Total isolation for 4 months is too long, you can take steps to avoid contact with others without "locking peopl;e away"
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
2
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total isolation for four months is nothing if you want to live, i am 73 and while i am isolated i will be very grateful to everyone who is looking after the sick and all the emergency services. it is never total isolation anyway you can phone friends and family, talk to them on messenger , we have TV's radio , mobile phones, groceries can be delivered a little hardship never hurt anyone
Linpar
16th Mar 2020
1
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We all need to be as safe as possible so if it means staying in so be it
AnniePink1
15th Mar 2020
2
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It depends how mobile n active the over 70s are. Do they have a garden or at least a balcony. ? They need some form of exercise to keep fit otherwise they will eat out of boredom n put on weight n muscles become weak. My husband n i are both 73 and i am a diabetic on insulin and prone to upper respiratory infections. We are trying to avoid people and take all precautions . Those seniors lucky enough to have a car should be able to drive to somewhere deserted -beach ,countryside n take a flask n folding chair to get fresh air n rid of stress. It should be possible to walk without coming into contact with others or touching surfaces. we have only been isolated by choice for two days and it's really hard n stressful . Maybe allocate a park or open space where seniors can exercise - maybe an outdoor tai chi class with plenty of space between. May God help us all .
Kathy Fairweather
15th Mar 2020
7
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I am 74. I live alone so would hate to be in my own for 4 months. My sons don't live near me. I already suffer with anxiety and this would send me through the roof.
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
2
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Same here, no relatives nearby. I can see the logic re NHS services but not a practical solution. Supermarkets are overstretched so unable to provide a regular delivery service and potential suicides due to loneliness will be a bigger threat than coronavirus to the single person.
SylviaT87
15th Mar 2020
1
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Why not those people who suffer with COPD or heart problems , or diabetes, or other life threatening problems etc. they should be told to self isolate too , being victimized for being a fit and well 70 year old sucks.
JoanB5
15th Mar 2020
3
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I am 94 years old, reasonably healthy, live alone and look after myself, as well as scaled down versions of the things I've done most of my life. I would go crazy after a week never mind that length of time.
ClaireS88
15th Mar 2020
3
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A lot of over 70's are alone in life and do not have the required money to mass shop etc how can they manage for 4 mths. Are the Gov going to send survival packs to their houses every week as milk etc does not keep long neither does bread. I don't think they have really thought this through !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
AnnW73
15th Mar 2020
7
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It's far to long why cant they do like Spain 14 days or even one month. 4 months is far to long and will effect peoples movements to much .
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
1
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AnnieG94
15th Mar 2020
5
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The prospect of self isolation is VERY daunting and I'm a very fit and active 74 year old. I nordic walk every Monday, do yoga on Wednesdays, pilates on Thursdays and sing in Fridays. The thought of not being able to do any of these is REALLY not something I'm looking forward to but I've read various articles on the subject and I think the UK is doing a very good job and I think their reasons for doing it this way makes quite a lot of sense. And sobeit when the time comes that is what I'll have to do.

I'm currently decorating the whole house so as long as I've got all the 'tools' to do that I'll be kept busy. Then I've got a large garden so that'll keep me busy and when it's raining I'll have to get out my knitting or sewing and maybe EVEN treat myself to the odd jigsaw, something I haven't been able to indulge in fire decades as I've been too otherwise busy.

Just need to bite the bullet and think positively.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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Hooray common sense at last
PopW
15th Mar 2020
2
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The self isolation to me means, not mixing with people, keeping away from shopping, pubs and crowds...do your shopping on line, do your drinking at home and avoid close contact with other people.
TriciaH
16th Mar 2020
3
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How can you shop on line when there are no delivery slots?
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
0
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well i got mine same as usual, if there are no slots click and collect and get a family member or friend to pick them up, there is always a way but it may well be a little more difficult, come on , people are burying there dead for goodness sake get a grip we should be showing the youngsters how to cope when times get tough , not saying we cant cope because there are no delivery slots. write letters , learn to play an instrument,,, grow flowers if you have a greenhouse , sing to the radio ,,LIVE
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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Megpeg
15th Mar 2020
5
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You can still go for walks lam 78 and suffer with copd which is a lung desease so. I’m happy to stay away from shops or any where there is a lot of people but still take my dog out
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
0
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No., they say you should NOT go out for a walk if self isolating.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
2
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yes walk the dog if we can still go out to quiet places
MargaretM691
16th Mar 2020
1
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I also have COPD and need fresh air and a little walk to help my lung function if I just sat about doing nothing I would become ill so yes I won’t mix and will keep away from other folks but will go out for fresh air and a little walk
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
1
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From what I saw this morning they are now saying a walk would be allowed but don't mix with others.
Keepitreal
15th Mar 2020
1
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I help to look after grandchildren so the impact of self isolation would devastate me
AnneM727
15th Mar 2020
6
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A bit pointless if 70+ year olds live with under 70s. The NHS aren't going to treat older people, so they don't want the ethical backlash. Thats what this is about.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
0
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not pointless as long as the younger partner is careful with hygiene its about running short of HDU machines rediculous saying they don.t want to look after older people, stop the negativity and moaning get on with it
Elwin
16th Mar 2020
1
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Totally agree. The elderly,vulnerable and poor having trouble to cope now would help the government if they didnt have to pay them
Once again it's the rich that will benefit.
GarryD74
15th Mar 2020
7
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ChrisP38
15th Mar 2020
8
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PI think 4 months is far to long to be isolated. It will cause mental health issues and much more.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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well go out among people and die sane then, your choice
JanetP694
15th Mar 2020
4
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I am 74 my Mum is 94 I am her full time carer and call on her every day so i can not stay in.I am worried If I do catch it who will look after Mum.She is in sheltered but has no wardens because of Goverment cuts.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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follow all the Hygiene rules to the letter and remember that anything you put your hands on outside the home could have the virus on it anything,,,, and you will be ok , speak to age concern about your worries, they will tell you where to go for help should you become ill
WendyS24
15th Mar 2020
6
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I am a healthy 70 year old my family rely one me and my husband to help look after our grandchildren every day something that we enjoy immensely,without our help our daughter would have to give up work. I will not give up my dog walking and would suffocate if I had to stay indoors 24/7 .
AnnieG94
15th Mar 2020
1
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I understand what you say about your grandchildren but you WON'T have to stay indoors all the time and you WILL be able to walk your dog, you'll just have to keep your distance from other dog walkers.
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
1
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Oh no she won't. Self isolation means not leaving the house.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
2
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sorry but people have relatives dying , and health worries themselves ,if you both become ill the grandchildren won't be with you anyway, , its not about individuals problems with babysitting , its about saving lives, if you have the virus and go out you could pass it on, don;t you have a garden to walk round , you will find yourself in deep trouble if the rules are broken don;t be one of the stupid ones
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
1
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Looks like they are now saying a walk would be OK but don't mix with others
faohara47gmailcom
15th Mar 2020
3
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What about the grandparents who look after there grandchildren and take them to school every day all so being stuck in there homes having exercise doing nothing there's only so much housework we can do does that mean we've got to watch daytime television that's going to be good for our mental health not all people over 70 have got underlying health problems most of us are pritt-stick healthy rant over
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
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stop moaning and watch how positive the italians are on lockdown
KLR
15th Mar 2020
2
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Surely people can still go for walks; I live on the coast and don't see any problem with going for walks on the front-they're deserted anyway!
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
0
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No, you cannot leave the house
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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thats what i was hoping to do but its not been made clear what the rules are yet , but fingers crossed
ElizabethT65
15th Mar 2020
3
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I would be prepared to self isolate if as a healthy 78ry old I was allowed to take walks ....keeping a safe distance from others!
DaphneH3
15th Mar 2020
1
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I look after my primary school age, great-grandchildren.
Who else will do that for me?
I also drive my grandaughter to the stables daily, so she can look after her horses. There is no bus route. It would take her 3hours to walk there and back.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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hard times, what would happen if you where ever very poorly then
AngelaJ31
16th Mar 2020
1
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That is what parents are responsible for to look after their own children
MaureenB18
15th Mar 2020
8
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I don't agree with this ,
I'm sure a lot of over 70s look after their grand children to let their son/daughter out to work , so what happens if their isolated for 4 months, also loneliness is a terrible thing and getting out to social clubs is the only thing they have to look forward to , it could be any club they attend where they meet friends and have a blether a laugh something they look forward to , that's not going to happen so the loneliness gets worse, there's also the social clubs where they go to listen to the groups singers , and enjoy themselves also as it's mostly over 70s who frequent these clubs , eventually they will probably have to close.
So the over 70s will have to stay at home , no enjoyments to look forward to no friends to meet up with and feeling more lonely .
No I don't agree with this 4 months isolation.
That's just my opinion maybe a lot of people won't agree.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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would you rather go out and risk passing the virus on to them then, because that is what would happen one after another stretching our hospitals to breaking point, this is not about being selfish and wanting life to go on the same , it can;t we have a killer virus that spreads rapidly kills the elderly and no cure, i live isolated in the countryside not my choice and can be days before i see anyone to talk to , we have to get on with it , lives will not be the same and can;t be accept it
weerab
15th Mar 2020
9
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Is this government gone mad? Why should the over 70 be a target for isolation when they are probably the age group who goes out regularly, have the quietest social life and may already depend only on each other. This is a jail sentence for the elderly who have already been picked on over the TV licence.
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
1
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Absolutely. Might just as well break the law for some personal gain and get a 4 month prison sentence!
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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we have been targeted because we are at the most risk of dying from the virus, few of us would survive , for goodness sake it attacks the lungs and the elderly are at the most risk
AnneC912
15th Mar 2020
3
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I have concerns about the effect on mental well being especially those with memory problems and/or depression. There are of course well meaning people offering befriending and help but there is no way of vetting people you don't already know. When this period of isolation is over can be be sure that it is definitely safe or simply delayed.
BarbaraD88
15th Mar 2020
2
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some of us still work and need the money and its wrong to make this happen Leave it to choice please
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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you cannot choose if you want to risk getting infected or not, it's not about you and other selfish people , it's about us keeping hospital beds free and not catching a deadly virus that is deadly to older people, so no you should not have the choice
MairM
15th Mar 2020
6
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If the over 70 has any health problems fine. If healthy with no health problems then they shouldn’t have to
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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if they catch it they can infect many people, you can be a healthy 70yr old and still catch it and still take up a hospital bed in intensive care you may not die but still hospitalised for several weeks, its about pulling together to help everyone and not being selfish
CynthiaL7
15th Mar 2020
3
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It would be devastating to be confined indoors. I am over 70 but have a very active social life with clubs and choirs. I am also very fit walking a few miles a day. Definitely don’t want to be isolated from friends and family!
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
0
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Dear God , get over it
Lindacarole
15th Mar 2020
7
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At my age I think I can make my own decision 4 months is absolutely stupid..i am following all guidelines. I live on my own I am 71 have a little dog,I have made arrangements for dog walker and many local groups are offering to do shopping etc. I have my iPad and fèel if I needed to isolate I would. The government have no idea of my world and what it would do to me mentally and emotionally for that length of time, from what I have seen it's the younger ones who are not listening to guidelines.
StellaM2
16th Mar 2020
1
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I agree. How many of the schoolkids, teens etc are bothering to wash their hands and be careful?. They know it will not affect them much and so don't care.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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the younger ones are not dying from it
YSallis
15th Mar 2020
1
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I live in my own and do not have any health problems. Why should I have to stay alone.
BrendaF5
15th Mar 2020
2
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It is not right some people have no support network and need to go out if people take care sensible all okay we got through war will this Elderly are wiser stronger than given credit for
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
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the spreading of the virus cannot be stopped, washing hands can help slow the spread but it cannot be stopped , and the older people are the most vunerable , isolation is the only way to slow the spread and for that reason the most vunerable first, this will leave emergency beds for the very sick until more become available
EmiliaI
15th Mar 2020
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They as well shot me now, rather than ending up with agoraphobia, depresión, obesity, hart trouble , they probably be carting us out on a wheelbarrow to the morgue
sybclalee
15th Mar 2020
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I have no children or nearby family. My only close friend is older than I am. How am I to obtain food and other necessities if not allowed to go out?
HazelH45
15th Mar 2020
3
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It's only advice for now. You can still go out.
JulieB63
15th Mar 2020
1
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Whereabouts are you sybclalee?
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
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me too , but i order food online
Dafne
15th Mar 2020
2
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As someone in my late sixties with health issues that put me at considerable risk I have already been avoiding crowded places. If the over seventies are told to self isolate then I will be doing likewise for my own safety. It is a long time for the elderly to be at home on their own but I would rather be safe than seriously ill. With the telephone it is possible to have contact with loved ones.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
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this is the first sensible comment i have read all night Dafne , i too would rather be safe than seriously ill , to me it is a small price to pay
SueD26
15th Mar 2020
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I object to anyone especially the government talking of making decisions about people who are 70 as if they can't make their own choices, Just because you are 70 or over does not mean that you are not fit or healthy. Many of us are very fit and healthy and we certainly are not stupid. We can make the same decision as anyone else if we need to self isolate we will.. There are many people out there of all ages who are going to be vulnerable to this virus and people who will need help or advice. So don't patronize older people. I personally find it insulting
battyGma
15th Mar 2020
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I'm 78 years old with severe stage 3 COPD and would like to be around for a while longer. If I contracted Coronavirus I would not survive, I spend all my time trying to avoid catching a cold!!

I have a lot of things to do and might even get all the photos on the computer sorted out in a few uninterrupted months. It might stop raining and then I could do some long overdue gardening!
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
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thats the spirit me too
NeilH5
15th Mar 2020
7
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Least they could do is give us a free t v licence lol
Diny
15th Mar 2020
1
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Yes. That would be wonderful. Also we need our own Website and TV program
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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i belong to lots of online groups , peterborough oldies where i lived as a teenager, a 60's music group we post records with special memories , look out for similar online groups in your area
NeilH5
15th Mar 2020
2
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If true the least they could is give us a free t v licence lol
Diamondgirl60
15th Mar 2020
3
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Lock myself away for 4 months they must be joking. I am extremely healthy and active and I don’t see why we should be picked on because of age. I take all the sensible precautions when out and about, so I am going to continue going on day trips and holidays as long as hotels are still open for business and transport still runs
JudithL47
15th Mar 2020
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I agree. I am a fit 83 year old. I will miss swimming, badminton and Zumba but will cope. I can not though cope with being on my own for weeks on end. I am making plans to
Organise small groups at home. If everyone brings their own mugs and sits apart, and carry their own wipes I think we have to decide whether to take the risk. Of course with any symptoms we self isolate.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
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think you might be in for a shock in a week or two, its called burying head in sand
KeithB73
15th Mar 2020
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Still working I'm afraid. Healthy as far as I know! No family to look after me and to go shopping!
GrahamB23
15th Mar 2020
9
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Do we take it that the waste of space house of lords will be closed as they are all old, and when they stay at home they WILL NOT receive the £300 plus day for attending because they aren't allowed
faohara47gmailcom
15th Mar 2020
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Good point how long will that last definitely not 4 months
JuliaD61
16th Mar 2020
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That’s a good one...
Frank1948
15th Mar 2020
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It has to be an ASK because I cannot see how they can police it!
Lionel
15th Mar 2020
5
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We haven't got enough soldiers to fill a small football stadium so how could they possibly police this nation? What might happen, and it is a big might, is EuroFor steps in, and that means Jackboots on British soil, something we fought two wars to prevent.
HazelH45
15th Mar 2020
1
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It's not compulsory....just advice for now.
rickandeileen
16th Mar 2020
1
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Italy, France, Spain are policing it, why would you risk getting the virus and taking a hospital bed,
Stormtrooper
15th Mar 2020
3
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There are plenty of pastimes to keep one occupied if self isolating. Most 70+ have a basic knowledge of technology and can use mobile phones to face-time or learn a new hobby.Spend quality time in the garden etc. Worth it to eventually spend time with grandchildren when this slows to a stop.
AudreyH16
15th Mar 2020
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We have a family wedding in 3 weeks. Less than 150 so hopefully all the gran and grandads can attend. Too much to ask of all over 70's and especially if they are well with no underlying health issues.
Waterland
15th Mar 2020
5
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In our area virtually all of the community services are run by retired people over 70. Age Concern, the food bank, the credit union, library and community centre for starters. Who will run these if over 79s are locked up? If we're fit and well there's no more reason to lock us up than a 40 year old .
Sue McCanny
15th Mar 2020
1
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This scare mongering has gone too far. What he actually said was they would ask the over 70s to restrict their social activities in a bid to help them not get the virus. They can still visit close friends and family who they know dont have the virus. They can still shop if they're being careful. But at the end of the day, these measures are being suggested to help them not get ill. I hope the Scottish government introduces similar measures for us.
HazelH45
15th Mar 2020
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You are right but no one will listen. Some are suggesting that it's martial law practically. People seem to prefer scaremongering than actually looking at the facts. What bit of NOT COMPULSORY don't they get? So frustrating!
Gabejames
15th Mar 2020
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My lovely mother is a very energetic and healthy 86 year old who has experienced hardship in her life. I know she is very concerned that she is to become a prisoner in her own home. My mother has seen a lot throughout her life and can't believe that this virus is about to rule her and many more over 70's and feels that she is being discriminated on the grounds of age.
HazelH45
15th Mar 2020
2
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It's not compulsory...just advice.
GabriellaG
15th Mar 2020
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It’s an unrealistic ask. I have a husband who had an oesophageal cancer operation last year and of course we’ll do all we can (aged 78 and 80), but we’re both reasonably healthy. Even so we have very different interests and would probably go mad if we saw nobody else for 4 weeks, never mind 4 months!
AverelleN
15th Mar 2020
2
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I am 70, I work to pay my mortgage, my pension is inadequate to cover my monthly outgoings. Will the government guarantee to pay my mortgage If I am required to isolate for 4 months? I doubt it. If my mortgage is not paid we lose our home. I fear we are walking into Marshall law and can do nothing to stop it. Look at Italy, armed police on every street, Think it can't happen here, think again.
PamJ29
15th Mar 2020
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surely it should be about health and not age, there are plenty of younger people far less fit and healthy
PamJ29
15th Mar 2020
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Shouldn't be an age thing but a health thing. Plenty of younger people are far less healthy than the over 70's
HazelH45
15th Mar 2020
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Perhaps but older people's immune systems are less robust regardless of general health. This means we are more likely to contract the virus and less able to fight it.
JanetT27
15th Mar 2020
2
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I am already very depressed and scared , panic has set in since boris treat of losses in every family, and beleiving that the countries resources are not strong enough or plans strong and not yet in place, especially for us over 70s, we are active grandparents and have set duties to support family, it will be a big upheaval for the family too
catseyes
15th Mar 2020
2
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I have no family and my neighbours are all in the same age group! Whats wrong with wearing ( available) masks and hand washing!WE are likely to go out far less than those younger ones!
Bassa69
15th Mar 2020
3
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Not seventy yet and do not feel anywhere near that age, but as much as I love my wife of nearly fifty years marriage I would not relish being locked up for four months with her alone, would probably end up an alcoholic by the end of it.
RowenaC
15th Mar 2020
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This is ludicrous. At 84 I am probably healthier that a lot of people half my age. I live alone, with no-one to call on to even pick up a pint of milk for me. I do not bank online, so how can I shop online?? If I were the least bit ill I should be credited with the good sense to stay in. In the present climate I do avoid crowds.

If this four months' incarceration is enforced there will be an upsurge of anxiety and depression among the elderly, perhaps even suicides. It sounds like prison, and the only crime we have committed is to have lived a useful life and become OLD!
SheilaEJR
15th Mar 2020
2
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I think there will be an increase in dementia if people don’t have social contact.
DaveM52
15th Mar 2020
3
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4 months is an extraordinary amount of time to be stuck at home and for many it will be compromised by family members going to work/school/college. A big ask is an understatement.
JanetP91
15th Mar 2020
3
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I think I’d end up in an asylum somewhere. Surely we can be sensible without panicking?
SheilaEJR
15th Mar 2020
3
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Agree I’d go mad.
LeonidasK
15th Mar 2020
4
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Not a good way to proceed iam fit and well take care of myself self isolateby all means if symptoms arise.
LesleyB71
15th Mar 2020
8
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why is 70 a magic number? most 70 year olds now are fit and healthy. maybe look more at people with unhealthy lifestyles?
Mudge
15th Mar 2020
1
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A bit much for4 months ,will have to take it day by day and see what happens
HazelH45
15th Mar 2020
1
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It's not compulsory for now anyway.
AntoinetteJ
15th Mar 2020
1
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Since leaving hospital, having spent five weeks there, I have only been outdoors 3/4 times. I have become used to being housebound, therefore it will not effect me very much.To others who are far more active, you have my sympathy.
BrendaH240
15th Mar 2020
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My husband and I are both in our 70’s and I have health problems but I think 4 months is too long to be isolated . I think we should just be very careful, don’t take risks and use common sense. I think we should go out for fresh air and exercise but avoid people as much as possible.
kittysnowdon
15th Mar 2020
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That's our plan Brenda. My husband had a slight stroke 2 years ago but is now fit and healthy. A lot of his recovery has been down to walking our dog, Boycie, every day-they walk miles together and he is not about to give that up! I think it would be disastrous for his mental health. I can't walk far due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, but I ride an electric trike and intend to carry on doing that too. 4 months would be until about August!
MelB15
15th Mar 2020
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Utterly ridiculous and impossible for most of us ,coughs and cold are part of life ,with inevitable consequences as we get older but for God's sake get a grip ,at78 and fairly able ,I will NOt spend the next months of my life I quarantine unless jailed ,at least I won't have to buy a BBC licence
jeanmark
15th Mar 2020
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Whilst agreeing with your sentiments, the Corvid-19 is slightly more than common coughs and colds. This is a new virus and not fully understood, the older we get the less effective the immune system is, making us more susceptible to infection.
HazelH45
15th Mar 2020
2
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Yes and before you realise you're infected you will have inadvertently passed it on through coughs and sneezes...the very things we have been warned about!
MartinP11
15th Mar 2020
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It is mental to ask over seventies to stay in the house for months on end my wife and I are regular golf players ,which help to keep us fit, many golf clubs rely on there over seventies as a major part of there income.
playing golf is a major part of keeping fit
Exercise and a healthy diet will do more to prevent this illness,
if you should have the symptoms which is flu symptoms, then common sense and a duty to all is to stay at home till you get rid of all the symptoms
but to ask you to isolate your self when you are fit and well is not a senate solution from a health minister who seems to have very little common sense
Stop pannaking
JillG84
15th Mar 2020
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Loneliness is a huge killer and many will suffer unnecessarily. 70+ are the folks least likely to shop on line.
The range of health in a 70 + sample is huge and this is just crude and cruel
No other country is doing this.( Trump won’t do this because he is 70+ .)

What happens to 70+ year olds who work?
What happens if you choose to ignore this? Will 70+ population begin to fill the prisons? This is so badly thought through!
CaroleA43
15th Mar 2020
3
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I am 75 and have quite a busy life I know this is for my own benefit but don't know if it is doable. All my friends of the same age are very fit and active too
PhilB48
15th Mar 2020
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I suspect that the vast majority of the volunteer workers in the country fall into the over 70s. Foodbanks, charity shops, meals for the elderly etc. will all struggle to provide a service if this goes ahead. We're old enough to make our own choice.
TrudyC1
15th Mar 2020
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This is not going to help my mother mentally or emotionally.we have just lost my dad /husband christmas time.i have been taking her out and visiting her.she is not good at getting arround.been taking her out to lift her spirits up.this will destroy her being isolated from the world for 4 months.i understand we have a big problem with the carona virus but my mom does not suffer from any breathing illnesses or heart conditions.4 months is far too long.they cannot just say isolate for 4 months with no help or support for them.....
Littlewam
15th Mar 2020
5
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Totally unrealistic. I am 71 and have to work to pay my bills. I can't afford to stay at home and my employer would not keep my job open that long anyway.
AmandaQ6
15th Mar 2020
5
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A lot of people over 70 have great lives and outlook, however a lot of elderly are isolated at the best of times. I I know from personal experience that older people need to be able to mobilise as much as possible or balance and confidence can deteriorate very quickly. Also for a healthy mental state people, if they're able, should not be cooped up inside but outside with fresh air and mental stimulation!
JanetF36
15th Mar 2020
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It is not realistic we are told to get out and socialise for our mental and physical health. They should have stopped letting people from infected areas into the country with no isolation in place for them
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15th Mar 2020
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JenniferM22
16th Mar 2020
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probably hoping we'll die during that period of time!!
LindaB353
17th Mar 2020
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Haha, how true. think how much the government will save long term
Linnty
15th Mar 2020
4
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My husband is 71, he is my carer. I don’t drive. My daughter lives over 20 miles away single parent with primary school age daughters. . She doesn’t drive. Public transport to get to us to help is not an option.
We would be stuffed. Online shopping at the big supermarkets is all very well for the computer literate but what about the expense? We prefer Aldi and Heron (frozen food and cheaper groceries) for our shop to manage our budget.
Neighbours one side are in the eighties, neighbours the other side are health compromised same as us. I can think of no one locally in a younger age group who could help us.
This whole thing has not been thought through properly.
melisende
15th Mar 2020
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I don’t see it as a big problem as long as online grocery shopping continues to be accessible. My husband and I came back from Tenerife two weeks ago with bad colds and throats so semi isolated and are continuing to do so now. We have the capacity to self isolate being retired and dread catching the virus
RobertaW2
15th Mar 2020
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I will be tearing my hair out with boredom after a week
Sid Worth
15th Mar 2020
4
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I am 74 & very fit if I had to selfisolte it would be of no advantage, as I do a lot of walking to keep myself fit
JenniferT57
15th Mar 2020
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As always, they lump all the over 70s together, as if they were a homogeneous group. At this stage, I think most relatively fit people at the lower end of this age group would probably not fully comply with this, unless they were in a high incidence area. My husband is 73 and probably still has a far better immune system than me, although I am 10 years younger, judging by the number of colds etc that I get compared to him.
We currently do not use internet shopping, as we prefer to see what we are getting, but are internet savvy enough to do so if we had to. Many elderly people might not be able to do this. How will they get their food etc? Even things like getting a haircut would become problematic or impossible.
Also, social contact is very important for health and well-being. Months without human contact would be terrible for those on their own.
Linnty
15th Mar 2020
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On a lighter note response - My husband was a hairdresser in his younger days - would I trust him to do mine now if stuck inside? errrm not sure
MarilynM5
15th Mar 2020
3
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I agree that it should be my decision as to whether I live in isolation for up to 4 months. It may mean that I don't die of corona virus but clinical depression and hunger seem a worse fate to me. I have no family close by and most of my friends and neighbours are older than me. Delivery slots for online food ordering are almost impossible to get and we are all advised to eat fresh fruit and vegetables so what are we supposed to do.
Lily Lou
15th Mar 2020
5
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Of course l understand precautions and to stay in for 14day if l have symptoms but 4mths is totally unreasonable.All winter we long for the the spring and summer. Boot sales Garden Centres and coffee with our friends and family . We would be looking at the end of July before we could go out. I would rather take my chances.
Westerngirl1
15th Mar 2020
1
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KarenB126
15th Mar 2020
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What a total load of rubbish.If we have any symptoms of this we as sensible human beings would definitely isolate but for 4 months just in case.Are we going to not have anything to do with anyone in the house who is under 70.
EvelineG
15th Mar 2020
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who said 4 months was the expected time?
Waterland
15th Mar 2020
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Matt Hancock, the Health Minister!
KathS92
15th Mar 2020
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We are just over 70 and we run a pet service. If we were to remain in our homes for 4 months our business would collapse because owners would find other dog walkers to walk their dogs. Plus it would make me very depressed.
VeraS
15th Mar 2020
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That's ridiculous 4 months what fool came up with that idea how do we get shopping.I know just let us starve save NHS a fortune
SusanS879
15th Mar 2020
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If this is what it takes to survive this virus then so be it!
JohnS49
15th Mar 2020
6
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I don't see why a healthy 70 year old has to be confined to their homes. If they have respiratory health condition then it makes sense to self isolate but not if they are fit, healthy and active. Many grandparents are unpaid child minders for their grand children, if they are isolated then the children's parents or at least one of them will have to give up work. If they are health workers or employed in essential jobs then it exacerbates the situation.
SheilaEJR
15th Mar 2020
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I do a lot of childcare for my granddaughter and also voluntary work in school. I’m just 70 and fit and healthy and would go mad stuck at home all the time. I’m sensible enough to follow guidance to avoid the Coronavirus and would isolate myself if I had symptoms.
SandraG321
15th Mar 2020
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It should be up to the individuals. Since the retirement age altered, there are many over 70’s still working. Many are fit and healthy and I feel it is patronising to tell them they can’t go out for months!!
Over 6500 people have died from flu this season so far. This should be put in proportion with deaths from Coronavirus and the media should stop scaremongering!!!
Lionel
15th Mar 2020
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Absolutely. The media are driving this. But I'm very pleased to see Sally our Editor has seen fit to run this item. It gives our age a group a place to exchange views and ideas.

Thank you Sally.
Westerngirl1
15th Mar 2020
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Agree. Who came up with this stupid idea of four months isolation. Many fit and healthy 70 plus out there.
Westerngirl1
15th Mar 2020
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Agree, why four months too.
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We feel it's really important for our community to have a place to exchange views on this and hopefully ensure that members feel less isolated in these uncertain times 🙂
DeniseS83
15th Mar 2020
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four months seems a bit much at the moment but if I got any symptons I would stay at home, until clear but will avoid large crowds as much as possible for everyones sake
Rhino54
15th Mar 2020
4
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Over 70s get to stay home because younger people are not responsible enough??
SandraH863
15th Mar 2020
3
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.My husband and I are over 70, no family around, no friends around. How the hell do I get food. Nothing on the shelves and even if there was, no delivery slots.
What the hell am I supposed to. If the virus doesn't kill me, loneliness and starvation will!
AndrewR5
15th Mar 2020
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Reach out to a neighbour. I'd be more than happy to help a neighbour. In fact, I may print out some of these "help a neighbour" postcards for houses down my street
Westerngirl1
15th Mar 2020
3
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I hope the powers that be read these comments as they want to amend this new idea. Over 70’s who have underlying health problems should stay isolated. An awful lot of early over 70’s are fit and healthy.
Joka
15th Mar 2020
3
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I have a holiday bookies in May and I am about to move home. If I am unable to leave the house who will cover the losses I make. If my buyer, with whom I have signed a contract, cares to they will be able to evict me. Where do i go then. How many others in similar position.
CynthiaT9
15th Mar 2020
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My husband and I are both over 70, we realise why we are being asked to remain in our homes for up to 4 months! If we could drive ourselves into a quiet area of countryside and have a walk/picnic it would relieve the stress of being isolated and make isolation a little easier to bear.
AnthonyP59
15th Mar 2020
3
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I am 78 just had a total hip replacement abroad because I can't wait 12 months in England and i f you think I am going to stay indoors for months on end ...for JUST IN CASE ...forget it. I still have a part time job Fridays/Saturdays as cashier at a local supermarket and I will be back at work stopping people hogging all the toilet rolls and bags of pasta despite the idea of the Coronavirus i will be there. my motto is IF YOU'RE GONNA DIE WHEN YOUR TIME IS UP, IT'S UP.
SuzieBlu
15th Mar 2020
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By the time we reach 70 we have gained much experience and understand the value of common sense. There are many over 70's who still work, care for others and lead independent and active lifestyles within the community. Obviously the protection of the more vulnverable is absolutely right and should be prioritised but perhaps greater clarity as to the guidelines would be reassuring.
christofearn
15th Mar 2020
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How utterly patronising! No Government has the power to impose this on us. How will they enforce it? Perhaps by making us wear a badge so that if we choose to go out we will be readily recognised by some Brown Shirted police and arrested and then what, sent to a special isolation facility, a Ghetto perhaps!!

I'm 78 and healthy, I have no serious underlying health problems and am fully prepared to 'take my chances' with this Covid 19 virus. If I feel unwell with the widely published symptoms , I will stay at home until I feel better. So there is no way that I can accept this possible ruling, it is dictatorial to an extreme, a draconian measure to cover possible criticism of the steps the Government are or are not taking!

This Government, by it's own propaganda, is the "party of personal freedom"! If this is an example of "personal freedom" then God help us!!
LindaT71
15th Mar 2020
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I agree - I am 70, fit, healthy and active - I lead a full life, organise local bridge clubs etc., but live alone - how dare they try to force me to stay home, especially as there are younger, unfit people out there free to do as they please
Mogi
15th Mar 2020
6
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How on earth are people going to be able to stay in their home for 4 months. They will go stir crazy
SheilaB24
15th Mar 2020
6
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I am 81 and very fit in good health and active so feel that common sense is all I need to stay safe. My son 61 has asthma and copd more vulnerable than my goodself and he still manages to work.
EileenPatricia
15th Mar 2020
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My husband is 70 years of age and has a heart condition, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, for which he administers an immune suppressant medication, We have therefore already placed ourselves in self-isolation. So, it all depends on ones situation.
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Hope you are managing Eileen in these challenging times. If you want to you can stay in touch with our community, to tell us how you are coping, share your experience and perhaps lessen your feeling of isolation we have a new Forum topic here - https://www.silversurfers.com/silversurfers-forum/topic/daily-diaries-of-those-who-are-self-isolating-due-to-coronavirus/

All good wishes 🙂
Lionel
15th Mar 2020
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Sally, how about a graphic link on the top of the home page somewhere?
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Yes Lionel ... I will be working on a couple of ways to ensure our community know they have a voice and support, in the coming days 🙂 Sally 🙂
LilC
15th Mar 2020
3
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I'm 70 fit and healthy and a carer for my grandchildren. If I'm in isolation my daughter won't be able to go to work. Will the government pay her salary. I think not.
alasdairmcd
15th Mar 2020
5
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While people over 70 are in an "at risk" age group, that doesn't necessarily mean that everyone in that age group is actually at risk. I am 72 in April but I am in robust good health, I have an active lifestyle, playing golf several times a week Golf is a sociable hobby but one that generally involves groups of up to 4 people playing in relatively close proximity. A well managed and responsible approach to the "19th Hole" should minimise contact with others. I also have a dog who I walk regularly round my small country village. This morning I met a runner and two horse riders. Hardly a big risk. I also have a motorhome which generally involves me spending a lot of time alone with my wife and our dog, out in the open visiting tourist attractions here and abroad. We are largely self isolating anyway and well managed visits to cafe's bars and restaurants (mainly outdoors as my wife vapes) will minimise overall risks. I feel very strongly that self isolation should be a choice responsibly made depending on the individual's own lifestyle. When it comes down to it, if I chose not to self isolate I would not be a risk to others and would be very comfortable with the minimal risks to myself based on my lifestyle.
Cagsey
15th Mar 2020
7
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I think this is a ridiculous. There are thousands of over 70s in better health and condition then people half that age. I and my husband are both over 70 and there is no way we will be self isolating.

I can fully understand people of any age who have underlying health problems having to self isolate but asking or should I say requiring that all over 70s isolate is ridiculous.
Margret
15th Mar 2020
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This is a difficult one. I am one of the over 70's who still works full time rides a bike and does yoga. I do get very mild asthma every few years which is brought on by emotional matters.
I live alone pay my own bills so really and truly need to work.
How ever I obviously understand that I must stay away from crowds not mix very much with the general public and of course wash my hands 24/7.
I will have to obey the government but it will be very difficult.
Maybe they should say until further notice and not 4 months. Feels alittle better. Not all over 70's are fragile look at Churchill.
GinnyTonic
15th Mar 2020
1
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All in favour of restricting contact with others as I don't want to be a burden on NHS ( or hubby) - I will send my 69 year old Toy Boy to the shops. However, we should be encouraging exercise in the fresh air - walking but not stopping in tea shops; social golf while keeping a distance and no lingering in the 19th hole. We need to lobby for sensible restrictions and practical ideas to help those who live alone, without a network of family or close friends. Many of those will already be depressed by the shutting down of social interaction which they may rely upon to dispel loneliness - hear local U3A is suspended .
DavidG95
15th Mar 2020
3
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C0uld someone please tell me roughly , the number of people over the age of 70 who live in the uk.at present? Matt Hancock the health secretary said that the government stated ;- We are going to take the powers to quarantine people if they are a risk to public health, meaning that many of the over seventies are going to forced to suffer in many different ways.If this is what the government intends doing,yes by all means imprison us all ,then we will have the satisfaction of knowing that at least we will be better looked after.Meals , free t.v ,medical aid, etc will be provided
Rog47
15th Mar 2020
3
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I am 72 and live in a house with my 62 year old partner and her 30 something year old son. Both of them work. How am I supposed to self isolate?
Margaret Hart
15th Mar 2020
7
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i am 72 and my husband is 75 and to ask us to stay at home for 4 months is unbelievable. we are probably cleaner than many younger people and like many others are being doubly careful.
in ordinary times i could scream at people who come out of a lavatory and walk straight out of the door without washing their hands meaning they touch every door with soiled hands which i have to go through. needless to say i have things in my pocket to use and then throw away so i don’t touch them. for years now i’ve carried sanitiser as i have to sit on a toilet now something i never used to do. If everybody does their bit then we should all be much safer from the virus without such drastic measures being required. i would have thought cancelling Cheltenham would have been a much better idea instead of asking individuals to stay at home. there were thousands of people were mixing and i’m sure any were coughing and sneezing without thought there but where there’s big money involved he show must go on. Elderly people may have more chance of catching it but i’m sure there is little chance of them passing it on as they see far fewer people. Wake up and see reality elderly people may be more at rIsk but they are at no more likely to pass it on.
JanetW939
15th Mar 2020
6
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No I wont be self isolating for 4 months. If it became a law who would enforce it? I need to walk the dog, go shopping at least once a week. Luckily I am not alone but I know of those who are and they would be so lonely if they could not meet up for a coffee etc etc. My grandmother wore gloves both summer and winter as it was fashionable, we should start doing that plus washing hands and being sensible. Too much hype and panic. Would be very interested in seeing how many people do catch pneumonia and die in an ordinary year. Probably thousands and we take no notice. We don't see that reported in the media do we? Now they don't have Brexit to report about this is the next big thing Our generation got through Asian flu in the 50's life carried on as usual.
Judianne
15th Mar 2020
1
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As long as I can walk mt dog away from the crowds it's fine with me , my O/H has heart problems , so better for us we are doing it anyway. keep safe.
Joank90
15th Mar 2020
2
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How do we get food or prescriptions etc
Surfer Pete
15th Mar 2020
6
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If you have an underlying health problem then it might make sense to self isolate until things have calmed down a bit but those that are generally fit and healthy and showing no symptoms should be allowed out and about as long as the suggested preventative measures are taken.

Four months is a very long time to be on your own.
ladysmith72
15th Mar 2020
2
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i hope it does not mean we have to stay indoors all the time. we have to do shopping get money out .if you have the virus then stay in but then why 4 months.we hope we can still go in town and do shopping .also if we have to stay in can we get done to our all0ments. if we cant go out at least we can get done on our alloments to help fill the time.
SandraH87
15th Mar 2020
9
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I'm over 70 and consider myself fit and healthy certainly not vulnerable I think categorising "over 70" with "vulnerble" is dangerous to the health and well-being of a good many over 70's many of whom are still in employment. If Matt Hancock is referring back to wartime then he ought to realise that we were lucky to be alive over 70 ...it certainly was elderly then. Most over 70's are intelligent enough to take all the advice given and are more likely to spend more home time ...
AnneF72
15th Mar 2020
8
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I will find it impossible to remain in my home for 4 months. The dog needs exercise and only poos outside.
RussellS1
15th Mar 2020
7
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If any over 70s are in poor health or suffer with respiratory problems, then they should self-isolate to reduce their chances of falling ill. If however, they are generally fit, show no signs of illness, and possibly work as a good number do, then it is not realistic to expect them to self-isolate, and I feel that they should carry on as normal.
JeanneL
15th Mar 2020
7
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Don't know anyone of my age who will do this.
Munsterlander
15th Mar 2020
2
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To be fair we probably will. Not today isolation but we will be going out less and just being careful
spikey12
15th Mar 2020
7
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Barry Lack I am disabled and housebound and rely 100% on home delivery for my groceries etc.Now all of a sudden home deliveries are fully booked 17 hours a day for 3 weeks in advance!! I hope all the people who are obviously doing this to double up and get round the item restrictions in the supermarkets ROT IN HELL.How can you cause so much misery by being so selfish as i am undoubtably not the only one in this position who is now in a pani
Trotty49
15th Mar 2020
4
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I take the better safe than sorry attitude for this problem. Husband and I both in our seventies. It will pose a huge problem for one of our daughters as we look after her daughter after school and in the holidays. I feel really sorry for the older people on their own without internet to do online shop etc what on earth will they do?
GlendaH626
15th Mar 2020
7
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While I agree with the trying to contain the virus there are some ppl over 70 who have no family and also some who look after others that are vulnerable. What about those ppl ?
CristineS
15th Mar 2020
4
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I read that in Italy they're no longer treating people over the age of 60 that need ventilation cos they don't have the capacity - I'm hoping that's not true. However we may reach a point when nhs staff have to make those sorts of decisions and if quarantine enables the NHS to serve the whole community then it's got to be taken seriously unless people are happy to not be treated ?
Trotty49
15th Mar 2020
5
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I thought a different twist on this is that the more over 70's who self isolate they run less risk of infection and therefore they will not have to treat us. Reading between the lines are we being neglected or written off in a way, so they don't have to bother with us!
Margaret Hart
15th Mar 2020
0
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If you have visited anybody over 70 in hospital in the last few years you will know that we are most definitely a nuisance and must be sent out of hospital as quickly as possible whether or not we have care. we get blamed for everything which is wrong with this country and the young people say we have made all the problems when in actual fact some may to blame for discovering them but our lives began during or just after the war when nothing was easy and we made our own fun without bothering anybody and helping each other.
we’ve worked very hard and if we’ve saved now appear comfortable but as we have to replace anything our money cannot be replaced. i most certainly will not be staying i for four months but hopefully we will get some good weather which we can spend in our gardens.
BrendaP72
15th Mar 2020
8
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Asking for this amount of time is to bigger ask. I am healthy active 70 year old and I love life .This makes me feel worthless and more like a punishment.Ask me to keep away from crowds and be careful but don’t shut me away .you will also be very mature one day.l will be playing out (carefully)
pamgaskin67gmailcom
15th Mar 2020
7
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Four months in isolation is a very long time, especially if like us are the principal carers for our son who has disabilities, what are we supposed to do
MargaretW262
15th Mar 2020
5
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At the moment we have our daughter and grandchildren living with us. She has had major surgery in the last week and will be unable to drive for the next 4 weeks or more. Therefore it will be necessary for my husband to take the grandchildren to and from school.
JoyG25
15th Mar 2020
6
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My husband has COPD so obviously I am being and will continue to be very careful in what I do. I also have 2 large dogs which need to be exercised regularly. I routinely am careful about washing my hands etc partly because that's how I have always been and also with having the dogs and feeding and cleaning up after them it is an essential part of my life. I tend to self isolate anyway as I walk my dogs alone which is the way I prefer it. But I do need to be able to go out and shop and also would find it unbearable to be confined to the house.
JackieH54
15th Mar 2020
6
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My husband also has COPD, I am in reasonable health and have to do everything which is not a problem but as you say the shopping has to be done, hospital appointments got to , dog walked. I also look after my 95 year old mum who lives just down the road. I just don't see how we can be expected to stay indoors for four months, we need little breaks for our own mental health. Good luck and keep well JoyG5
JanT55
15th Mar 2020
2
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It will be very hard but it's necessary for survival. With the right support and the right plans in place, it is doable. It's no good thinking you can go on the bus and to busy places then think you won't get the virus and it's no good thinking the NHS will be able to help you. The NHS might not be able to.
YvonneT67
15th Mar 2020
1
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This sounds really tough to do. But if the aim is to just sit back, let the virus infect everyone to give "herd immunity" then keeping indoors will be the safest thing to do.
Obadiahthebadger
15th Mar 2020
7
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I’m nearly 72, with heart problems and keep myself going by walking the dog. I’m sure that had I not done this for the last 18 years I would be much worse. I’m fortunate to live in a small village and would self isolate by avoiding people while out with the dog!
SueW977
15th Mar 2020
3
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Whilst I do agree that something needs to be done, total lock down of all borders, noone to leave their houses for two weeks, once the virus has peaked. I do think that getting the elderly to stay in their homes for that length of time is questionable. There are elderly that need carers, need help with day to day things, there are elderly that live with families there are a lot of different scenarios.....so would it be possible. On top of which they would be so lonely, it would break my heart if I could not see my 84 year old mum every week. I am also aware there are 70's and over that are fit and healthy, but please think of our vulnerable loved ones.
SueS9975
15th Mar 2020
4
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Im already in self isolation as I have Asthma and my children want me to be safe. Look around the world and see what is happening to the oldies
LiaH6
15th Mar 2020
8
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There are many active, fit over 70's who are still working and caring for family older than themselves. It's not realistic.
June webb
15th Mar 2020
11
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I think as long as we take care, and make sure we isolate ourselves as soon as we know we are ill , I think it's going to be hard for the over 70s that are alone and still well being isolated for 4months , I've been looking forward to my son coming to visit for Easter and to celebrate his 41st birthday that is at Easter time, I only see him two or three times a year, as he is very busy with working and lives in Cornwall and I live in Chesterfield Derbyshire and takes around 4 or 5 hours to drive here, I feel so disappointed to hear about the 70 year olds having to self isolate for 4 month's, aspesially as I'm by myself , and at the moment I'm still well it's not very nice being alone for a few days never mind 4 months, I think this news will make some of us ill from just the thought of being alone for 4 months, if we get a cold we are sesable enough to isolate until we are well again , but to ask us to isolate when we are well is so scary for most of us that are alone.
JanT55
15th Mar 2020
2
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I'm sure the isolation is to protect the elderly and vulnerable from catching the virus. The virus is contagious before symptoms start so it's not good to wait. We are already inside and have distanced ourselves from people as we are at high risk of being very ill if we catch it. I appreciate we are a couple and others live on their own but you can still open your window and talk to people, just keep them out of your home and no closer than 6 feet. Friends or family can isolate together too if the right precautions are taken. Support is the key to successful isolation.
BettyH53
15th Mar 2020
8
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I live in a three generation household so how can I isolate myself? There must be many others like me.
LucyS6
15th Mar 2020
5
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We would probably be ok as we have a house where we can each escape to, but have friends who live in a small flat and I know Neither of us could cope with that. We would fall down on the outside help we would need as most of our friends and relatives are as elderly as we are. If this government had got its finger out right at the very start of the Coronavirus we might be in a different position now???
LisaM71
15th Mar 2020
3
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The concern I think for the over 70's is that when beds in hospitals are in high demand, you won't be offered one! Younger people will be given priority and quite rightly if they have children to care for. So yes it's a big ask, but for the right reasons.
AvrilL1
15th Mar 2020
2
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What happens if their are no younger healthy people in the family? Veg we can grow, chickens lay eggs & don't take up much room if you've got a garden but buying a cow for milk or even a goat is pushing it.
PatC81
15th Mar 2020
7
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I am 70 + 2 days still working as I don’t have a private pension and I like to have holidays and a nice car I am fitter than most 50 yr olds. Think it’s an insult to ask people because they are 70 to lock themselves away for 4 months. I would rather take my chances with the virus than lock myself indoors for 4 months expecting strangers to get my shopping for me. I pride myself on the fact that I am independent. Johnson and Hancock have a fight on their hands to keep us locked up
JudithA347
15th Mar 2020
7
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I think we are old and sensible enough to make our own decisions. Isolation likely to MAKE us ill - lack of exercise and vitamin D to start with not to mention our mental health.

Also find it upsetting they are using 70 as the bench mark when my husband and I are just approaching our 70th birthdays and trying to maintain a positive mental attitude towards reaching this age!!!
witch1
15th Mar 2020
2
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I should think you could see other elderly friends if they live near by, and what happens if like me you son lives with you at the moment
Polly-Rae
15th Mar 2020
12
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Talk about excessive! Of course it makes absolute sense for the older generation to take extra care of themselves during this time. However not everyone in their 70's is old either in mind or in body, indeed some will still be in active employment. Also for some of the much older generation staying indoors that long will cause irreparable mental distress because they will literally not see a soul. Not everybody has somebody.
StellaN5
15th Mar 2020
3
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We take our 6 year old grandson to school each day and one day bring him back.i also go to classes and out with friends I am 80 have health issues but am quite fit.idont think I could stay in the house fo more than 3 weeks
cleggt
15th Mar 2020
7
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We won’t be staying in for that length of time, end up driving each other mad! Plus we have to do shopping for fresh things like milk, fruit, veg and bakery item
Jenzie
15th Mar 2020
5
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Im 70 this year. Of course im worried but no problem with isolating. If you have a garden to sit in and family and friends theres no problem. But what about those people that dont have that??
Liz Dodson
15th Mar 2020
5
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Wondering if there will be exemptions for those over 70 who are fit, healthy and volunteer in the community?
GladysFriday
15th Mar 2020
7
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I think I can see some underlying good sense in this to help prevent deaths from Covid-19, but I worry more about the social isolation factors. What if someone lives a lonely existence without a support network or access to internet for shopping? Loneliness is already a known killer, are we looking at a Government sanctioned increase in such losses? Before such measures are enforced, communities must be made to form support networks.
jeanmark
15th Mar 2020
9
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As many over 70's are fit and healthy and many under 70's are not, one wonders what they hope to achieve - certainly not to contain the virus or to protect the elderly. Will the House of Lords be more or less empty?
Lionel
15th Mar 2020
3
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I can't see their objective either. It is said a population in fear in more manageable but perhaps they've bitten off more than they can chew this time!
PatF38
15th Mar 2020
5
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I went to the gym this morning and we were asked to clean equipment that we use in class which makes a lot of sense
Everyone was ok with doing this
We all want to stay healthy but staying fit is also part of it
So isolating myself is a non starter
If we all take greater care in our hygiene most people will, I feel be ok.
Just be aware of your surroundings wash your hands as soon as you get home otherwise use hand sanitizer when out
Helen Highwater
15th Mar 2020
5
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I'm 74, my husband is 79; we are both fit and well, have an active social life and also grandchild-mind once a week. I can see why this course of action seems appropriate, as at least people would be safe inside their own homes and not exposed to the virus. Our family members don't live nearby so to trust that neighbours and friends would help with shopping, etc. is the triumph of hope over experience IMO. And there is the social isolation too, not able to see our friends (all of whom are in the over-70s category) or family for four months is not a reasonable thing to ask of us.
carolparkhurst
15th Mar 2020
6
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Are we no longer capable of making sensible decisions for ourselves? We need to stay active to maintain good physical and mental health and cocooning us in our homes is not the answer.The real reason for keeping us apart from the rest of society is the lack of resources and staff in our neglected hospitals!
PatB2
15th Mar 2020
7
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I am 70 and live alone. My family live 250 miles away, so who will do my shopping for me? I have no underlying health issues and will go stir crazy if I am cut off from human contact for weeks, if not months.
SueW4472
15th Mar 2020
7
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More over 70s will be affected long term both mentally and physically from being kept isolated than from the virus. Not a healthy option
JanN14
15th Mar 2020
9
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We need a protest about this we must be allowed to go shopping and to small social gatherings I don't wish to buy my groceries on line We are on low income I don't want to pay for delivery and I choose the best bargains on the day I go and the freshest veg I can't afford to waste anything
Evil dad
15th Mar 2020
12
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Also are the house of lords going to stop at home and not collect the £300 pound every day
Munsterlander
15th Mar 2020
1
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LynT5
15th Mar 2020
0
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VirginiaL
15th Mar 2020
5
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If I had an underlying health problem then yes I would self isolate. I’ve gone through too much in my life to worry about what’s going to kill me.
Evil dad
15th Mar 2020
5
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After two weeks the wife and I will be at each others throat
MarilynJ13
15th Mar 2020
1
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In fact this is an alarmist piece from the government. If they were serious about protecting the elderly, they would issue advice immediately and not in the next 20 days. The virus is rampaging now. Elderly people are at risk NOW. They should be (as I am) limiting my social contacts drastically. Who knows what the situation will be in the next 3 or 4 months? Certainly with the current lack of action, without proper gudance, many elderly people will have been killed. Why not make sure that the prospect of home seclusion palatable with suggestions of community supportetc. No - this government ideology is suspect. Vulnerable people are at risk from their underlying philosophy.
Liz Summerfield
15th Mar 2020
5
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We don't have any relatives living nearby, and all our friends are our age. Our neighbours are friendly, but not close. There is no support network to keep us supplied for 4 months, and even if there was, we would be dpendent on internet banking to reimburse them. Many elders in our position will not use internet banking.
SusanM885
15th Mar 2020
4
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You can be 70+ fit & healthy or 50 with some disease like asthma or diabetes. Age doesn’t relate to vulnerability. What about households where one person is over 70 but other residents are much younger, perhaps grandparent living with children & grandchildren. Do all residents have to self-isolate to minimise risk to eldest?
Mount1945
15th Mar 2020
7
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It is not realistic, we are a couple just into our 70,s and enjoy daily walks which keeps us fit in mind and body.
Being told to stay at home for up to 4 months is impossible for any age group.
We are sensible enough to know if we are ill or not , any many people of our age still work.
Many elderly people rely on daily contact for their health and well being.
Please let sense prevail and ask ANYONE who feels ill no matter what age to isolate.
BerylC15
15th Mar 2020
6
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Someone says people in their 70s (but not 80s) are often fit and well
Well I am 81 and consider myself very fit and well thankyou
I am quite capable of looking after myself. I will stay away from crowds, public transport etc but as for self isolating, well I'd probably end up stir crazy. I will need to go food shopping at least and no, I havent been stockpiling. I buy only what I am likely to need.
Age is just a number - Dont tar us all with the same brush.
jjat8cv
15th Mar 2020
4
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I am over 70 and I will certainly not self-isolate for up to 4 months. I grow most of my own fruit and vegetables on my allotments and I will continue to do so as long as I am able. Leaving my allotments for 4 months at this time of the year would be ridiculous.
MerylE4
15th Mar 2020
3
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I am 71 & living in Spain on a 15 day lock down situation in the mountains, with my partner. I was horrified to think that if I was in the UK , I would have to be in my house for 4 months. Some people will just end their lives, sat at home, isolated, as not a lot of people nowadays have family near that would be able or want to help & what abuse will take place. I wonder if all of the over 70, MP's & House of Lords members will stay home? Also they have extended the age of working people to get her pensions. What happens to them. Crazy, we are not all so incapacitated to sit at home all day ! I am only on my 2nd day, I would not want to stay in my house for 4 months!!
JeanetteM96
15th Mar 2020
4
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My husband and I are in our 70' s but we are bringing up our granddaughter who is 17 and taking her A levels. She is my daughters child and we are her guardian. She is an only child as my daughter lost her partner in 2002 to PTSD as he was serving in the Army. My granddaughter never knew her Dad, he died before she was born. My daughter is suffering with Mental Health issues after having a breakdown when her daughter was 5. So it's important for us to keep our relationship with our granddaughter close. How would we do this if we had to Self isolate? It's a worry?
VeronicaS2
15th Mar 2020
2
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Considering people have to work until 68 now 70 is a bit low to be isolated most of my friends are fit active people my partner is 80 walks 3 times a day with our dog, what us going to happen to our dog if we can't take him out. I would suggest 75 or 80 unless you have a specific health condition
naughtynanny
15th Mar 2020
2
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I live with my daughter, who works shifts in a care home for learning disabled people, and my 13 year old granddaughter, who I am home schooling. When my daughter is working I look after my granddaughter who has learning difficulties. There are times when I have to leave the house, there is no other option especially if my daughter is on a 13.75 hour shift.
GwynethL3
15th Mar 2020
2
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Some elderly never get outside! The lucky ones are able to sit in the garden even do some gardening. Now is the time to get back to basics! Cooking sewing knitting reading. Audio books. Colouring. Spring cleaning! Thank goodness for tv, radio and telephones. Keep safe everyone. X❤
Mary Green Army
15th Mar 2020
4
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I work 4 days a week, and will still be working, as I live on my own my colleagues are my life.
LynneT97
15th Mar 2020
2
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I am coming up to 70 and teach English. I can't just stop, unless the students go home (to Spain) or the school closes.
PeteL5
15th Mar 2020
4
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no its not reasonable,but it could well be neccesary .if thats what we have to do to survive ,but.. goverment must introduce some form of rationing , another point how do we shop ? would we be allowed out ? so many questions but i intend to survive
Ann F
15th Mar 2020
5
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Totally unrealistic. I am 70 + 1 week, fit and well. I live alone so would be expected to have no interaction with another human for up to 4 months? I might as well be dead. It would be interesting to know the views of any MP’s over the age of 70. Who is going to police this and what would happen if someone doesn’t comply?
BevE5
15th Mar 2020
2
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Somebody has thought this was a good idea without engaging their brain!

Totally impractical. What about those people living with elderly parents or who has a partner who is over 70 but isn’t 70 themselves. Where can those people go? Will the government pay for accommodation? Don’t think so! People with symptoms have been asked to isolate for only 7 or 14 days, so where’s 4 months come from. Plus, how on earth will it be policed!

This is all because the Tory government has been running down the nhs for years and is now realising it should’ve been investing heavily and not privatising bits in favour of its mega rich buddies
Kitcars
15th Mar 2020
3
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This step is not, as the Health Secretary avows, to protect the elderly. It is to protect the fragile NHS, which had been weakened by many years of cut backs. It will only delay the onset of the illness by adding hardship and sadness to the lives of older people
LynneJ49
15th Mar 2020
7
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I would find it very difficult- as a 70 yr old I have responsibilities to my in laws 93 and 94 yr old and also provide childcare part time for my granddaughter. It would impact greatly on both sides!!
Dorothea4
15th Mar 2020
2
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This is all getting out of hand, I volunteer at my hospital and have been told to stay home as I’m 71 with Atrial Fibrillation and high blood pressure. Something will get me eventually, but I fear we will starve if we can’t get out that’s if the selfish public leave anything on the supermarket shelves !!! Who takes my dog for a daily walk etc. Good hygiene habits keeping a distance between you and other people etc should suffice
Alf70
15th Mar 2020
7
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I have just reached 70. I have to work full time & take my basic state pension to be able to live a normal life. Is Boris Johnson or Matt Hancock goi g to pay my salary while I sit indoors for 4 months. When I receive the first payment into my account I will self isolate. Until then I will keep working until I get symptoms in which case I will isolate myself for 2 weeks or until the virus has finished with me then back to work or I take my last journey in a box.
Now let's get on with living.
JosephineR1
15th Mar 2020
1
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This applies to so many..
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MargaretS624
15th Mar 2020
5
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I am 71 and will be 72 in May I work full time so how can I stay at home for 4 months ? I don't have any underlying illness and I don't class myself as vulnerable so no I would hate to be stuck at home alone
Fran70
15th Mar 2020
6
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Unless I am sick I will not be wanting to be isolated, especially not for months on end. It is unrealistic to expect anyone not to have contact with the outside world for so long. People’s mentality would be affected, mine certainly would. It is unnatural not to have human contact for so long.
pidgens
15th Mar 2020
3
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Yes mental health will be affected and this will create a new problem
RozM9
15th Mar 2020
7
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Medically I can see the reason for isolation but, mentally this is truly depressing. We 'vunerable' oldies have created a life after retirement, where we fill our time with many outdoor pursuits just to keep us alive. I can do without ever going to a supermarket again. But I will not stop going out or using my car. What will happen, will the prisons be full of pensioners who will not do as they are told. I will do all within my power to keep myself safe, but my freedom is my sanity.
JillR594
15th Mar 2020
7
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I cannot believe the hysteria people are exhibiting both in the ideas and shopping. My mum is 93 and if I asked her to stay at home for four months that would kill her not the corona virus

Adopting a sensible approach and heeding the D o H advice is the best we can ask for.

Stop scaremongering. That it in itself is far more stressful for us all
phydeau
15th Mar 2020
5
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Surely this should only apply to those who already have health problems. Most of us are fit and already taking reasonable precautions. Being forced to stay in would drive me up the wall
JosephineR1
15th Mar 2020
3
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What happens when you have regular blood tests.. Or hospital appointments.. Dentist etc?
SylviaW96
15th Mar 2020
6
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I am 78 my husband 83 we live in very rural Norfolk and own one very old car, no bus service to speak of, no pub or shop.
We do not have any family interested in whether we live or die apart from one non driving grandchild. It would be interesting to know how we would get good or our monthly medication.
MaryS11
15th Mar 2020
4
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Totally unrealistic, I appreciate the virus is killing people, but it at present seems to only kill people who already have a serious underlying health condition. Many older people are a lot healthier than the majority of the population. Many elderly people do not have family or close support, as most of their friends will also be forced to self isolate.
maryE
15th Mar 2020
4
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I am 70 and still work 2 days a week in a children’s nursery, I would really not be happy stuck in my house for 4 months, I agree if people are vulnerable or frail they probably need to isolate themselves but lots of 70s and over are quite fit and able to withstand this virus. Maybe it’s another sign that ministers are out of touch with people, many years ago most people 70 and above seemed old but today people are fitter and healthier.
pidgens
15th Mar 2020
1
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ValT84
15th Mar 2020
3
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I am just 70 no ill health and have things booked if not cancelled i would go stir crazy if i had to stay in for 4months I go out most days just for a bit of exercise
LizP63
15th Mar 2020
4
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My partner and I are both in our mid 70's, active and fit. I am also a carer for my elderly neighbour who is currently in hospital but who is likely to be discharged in the next week or so. So with no close family my neighbour will have no one to look after her if this is brought in.
I think in pricipal the move is good for those who have an underlying condition, but let the rest of us who are fit continue to care for others less fortunate in the Community!
Silverbell
15th Mar 2020
6
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We are in our 70's. Our daughter is asthmatic. A single working mummy with 2 children. We help with the school run. We all rely on each other. What are we to do ?
BerylH87
15th Mar 2020
0
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I live alone but with all the technology most of us have we have no need to feel isolated. Your can speak on the phone, face time on Facebook so you can at least see your family and friends. I have an Amazon Show which you can also see your friends and family on. Of course there is Television, DVD players etc.
I have plenty of projects to be getting on with, it would be a good time to catch up on all the niggly jobs that need doing. Yes I am sure I would miss face to face but it’s for our own benefit.
I think most areas now have people who are prepared to help those who can’t get out. I have seen lots of messages from willing people on Facebook. Yes I know not everyone has internet but I am sure their friends would let them know who to contact if they need help.
STAY SAVE EVERYONE
KennethN5
15th Mar 2020
1
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ginty001
15th Mar 2020
2
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Well in certain circumstances I can see the point, however, I am just over 70, by about 4 weeks, reasonably healthy, not any underlying health issues, check my blood pressure to keep an eye on it, so should i self isolate for 4 months
LindaP77
15th Mar 2020
7
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My husband is over 70 and I am under 70, what happens with us? Do we both stay in? What about elder people with dogs who need walking and the person lives alone? This is really not going to work.
page
15th Mar 2020
5
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This is of course a very serious issue but not entirely realistic. I am 79 I live alone i have no family for hundreds of miles and my few friends are over 70..I live in a rural area. This just isn't possible..I need exercise, like walking and I need human companionship at sometime of the day. This isolation will cause terrible depression in many old people who are in the same situation as myself...The need for caution is very serious, but surely a walk a day without mixing with people should be recommended.
CateyM
15th Mar 2020