• Question: Should people worry about pandemics? If so, how should those people protect themselves and their families?

    Asked by anon-249968 on 16 Mar 2020.
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      M S answered on 16 Mar 2020:

      Yes. I think so. I think it would be best to be aware of symptoms and signs of the disease and to follow correct instructions given by health care professionals like staying inside etc

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 17 Mar 2020:

      Pandemics are very rare, but very serious situations. One of the reasons why they are declared as such is for people to understand the gravity of the situation and take the necessary precautions. At the moment, we should not panic and do out best to keep ourselves and our families safe. To do this, we should wash our hands regularly, don’t touch our faces, not go out when we’re sick, so we don’t pass it to someone else and try to avoid large gatherings of people in the next few weeks.

      I think an important think to notice is that we need a good balance between knowing the situation is serious and not panicking. Knowing the situation is serious makes you be responsible and do the things that will actually help the community (like the ones above), while panicking makes you not think rational anymore and then do things that actually harm your community (like hoarding supplies).

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      Paige Chandler answered on 17 Mar 2020:

      Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, stay inside as much as you can (social distancing) , learn the signs and symptoms so you can isolate quickly if you fall ill, and remember not to panic!

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 17 Mar 2020:

      Pandemics are situations that we need to take very seriously, but I don’t think worrying or panicking will help in any situation. We need to make sure we are following the guidelines that health experts are giving us so we can protect ourselves and importantly others too.
      So, that means if the schools do close, you can’t go out and meet with your friends like you would in the summer holidays, you have to keep your distance and stay safe

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 17 Mar 2020: last edited 18 Mar 2020 7:08 pm

      I agree that worrying doesn’t help, but it is important that people take pandemics seriously. For the coronavirus pandemic, that means people should follow the government advice – this keeps changing as the pandemic develops and as we learn more about the virus and how it spreads, so check the latest advice from the NHS or government (here’s the latest NHS information and advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/). That will help people to protect themselves, their families, and the wider community.

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 18 Mar 2020:

      It is difficult not to worry in a pandemic situation, as we are being overwhelmed by information! We definitely need to take pandemics seriously, and work to keep everyone safe, particularly those who are most vulnerable. However, I agree that panicking will not help anyone – Ioana explains this really well.

      The best things we can do are to continue to follow the advise of the NHS and the government – keep washing your hands, try to ‘social distance’ as much as you can, and self-isolate if you feel ill.

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 18 Mar 2020:

      Pandemics are very important although thankfully quite rare. They are important because of how many people are involved and now many people can potentially be involved. And because of that it puts pressure on hospitals and other public services.

      As members of the public it is really important that we follow the advice that is being given by our experts and keep up to date as that advice changes. There has been new advice on protecting people who are more vulnerable and its is likely the advice we get will continue to be updated. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 19 Mar 2020:

      Pandemics are very important to take seriously – and everyone has suggested great measures to protect ourselves such as social distancing, regular handwashing, and staying at home when ill, which has been recommended by the NHS. However, panicking might lead to impulsive decision making that might be risky in the long term. The important thing is to make sure you feel supported by family and friends either way and keep in touch virtually as much as you can 🙂