I can’t help but feel that the government is terrified to make a decision. I think if they showed leadership and clearly told people that schools were closing and to work from home that people might relax a bit.
I work in finance and it seems to me that they’re desperately trying to keep everything “ticking over” for the City of London. The MPs are probably more concerned about keeping our economy afloat than anything else. Investments are apparently more important than people. One thing I am struck by though is that they’re saying to self-isolate with mild symptoms only now that fellow MPs have it - they’re trying to protect their own.
It’s hardly reassuring though, is it? Telling people that their loved ones are going to die whilst not really introducing any measures of value.
My employer have finally provided hand towels, rather than normal ones, but only did this yesterday. One of my Company Directors is self isolating at the moment as he was in close contact with someone who got back from an affected country. My employer only really started contingency planning today and it’s not making me feel hopeful that they will roll out alternative working arrangements any time soon. They’re rather relaxed about the whole thing. I agree with others that without stricter guidelines from the Government and PHE, workplaces will think less of their employees for choosing to self-isolate.
In one sense though, I can understand the government’s position. Whilst we have an open border with the EU, it doesn’t matter what we do anyway. We aren’t able to stop people coming here from there and they could continue to spread the virus, even if we were to close our airports to the rest of the World.
This is a complete mess and whoever it was selling nasty bloodied snakes to eat in Wuhan has a lot to answer for.