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  1. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    Not sure if there are any other freelancers here, but I conduct my work through my own Limited Company, of which I'm the sole Director (as a one-man band). The government's self-employed support package does not include people like me, i.e. a Director. Most freelancers that I know of in my field are set up in the same way. I suppose we consider ourselves self-employed, but technically, we're not. I don't know any freelancers set up without a Limited Company to conduct their business through. Self-employed is basically referring to sole traders, i.e. people who carry out their work directly in their personal name (personally liable, etc.). I've also received word from my accountant that the support package for employees might also not apply to me, with me being a Director (even though I obviously pay myself a salary). It's unclear if Directors will be allowed be classed as furloughed, given that they must exist to run a company, regardless of whether or not there is work. There might be representations for workers like us at some point, but as things stand, there appears to be nothing in terms of financial support.
  2. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    Unfortunately, my main client of seven years laid me off yesterday. I'm now on my fifth "What next?" as far as major events go over the last week! If anybody is looking for any freelance web developer (I work from home in any case, so I'm all set up), or knows somebody that might be interested, just message me. Mods, feel free to hide if this isn't appropriate.
  3. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    I'm a bit of a soft touch to be honest, but if I can get through a stricter COVID lock-down than the UK has, shit myself (literally) in between two big earthquakes on a Sunday morning within the space of 40 minutes, and witness my cat's eye hanging out of its socket by 5-10cm and nurse it through the aftermath of emergency surgery, I'm pretty damn sure you'll be strong enough without your washing machine until Tuesday! 😄
  4. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    You can stand outside or something when the mechanic comes, maybe? @gumboots sort of mentioned something about somebody coming to do some work, and they waited out the back. I'm not 100% certain, but maybe check if it's possible. Or just remain stinky for a few more days.
  5. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    It's a shame that one or two self-absorbed personalities on here are far more interested in conspiracy theories, financial compensation from China, and "MY RIGHTS! MY RIGHTS!", than they are about containing this thing and stopping the spread, especially when front-line workers such as your wife are putting themselves on the line to help others. I'm not a key worker, but we've been making surgical masks for people at home with any gaps in time that we have, and dropping them outside neighbours' doors and people who are asking about them on Facebook. Masks don't stop you getting the virus, but they do help to prevent spreading it to others. Most people are now wearing them here, as well as observing social-distancing measures, but quite a few - particularly older blokes in their 60s or so - tend to be ignoring it all and violating every measure in place. Not many, but a few - they seem to think it's bollocks. In reality, it's pure selfishness. Starting to see the true colours of people, aren't we? ☚ī¸
  6. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    I understand how indirect deaths ensuing from a big recession might be caused, but it's conjecture, with little to no idea of how many deaths would occur, and an economic recession isn't directly responsible for deaths. With Coronavirus, we're talking about a physical health contagion that has a high chance of being resolved, and we already have some figures and strategies to pursue and give us hope that we can be rid of it with some short-term stringent measures - as well as fewer deaths, one would think. As for the other cynical side of his argument, I doubt very much that absolutely every problem in the world has some sinister reason or plot behind it, as a few on here are insinuating. It's ironic that those who seem to want to see China punished for spreading the virus are those who think that Britain should remain relaxed and allow it to play its course, which would inevitably see us spread it to other countries if they weren't locked-down themselves. Imagine if China or every other country in the world took Britain's lead on this with their initial strategy. Beggars belief that some still think it's the way to go. 😧
  7. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    They are afraid of the public, den - simple as that.
  8. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    Today, my wife had to go to the pharmacy to get some prescription meds for the cat. People have to queue outside of the pharmacy, and only one person is allowed in at a time when it's their turn. Because some people broke quarantine procedures by the hospital, the pharmacies are now taking each customer's ID card to check that they aren't breaking a quarantine order (because a few have and it caused all sorts of problems and unfortunate additional quarantines for those that they had come into contact with!). Police cars are also patrolling (lightly, I might add) to check for mass gatherings and people who are out for non-essential reasons. In most cases, they will just disperse them, but they will also fine or section them if they remain non-compliant. I think Boris is warming the British public into that. It's certainly something that the majority of us aren't used to, but I suspect that most people understand it and will get on with it. It's quite difficult to imagine some of the measures here (which came in very quick time with far less of a crisis than the UK is suffering) being brought into effect in the UK. Let's just say I can "imagine" the "I know my rights!" type of people who won't see past their own nose. Do I feel like I'm under martial law? No. Do I want it to come to an end? Yes! But I doubt that this is all some conspiracy to keep us in our homes and damage the economy. Anybody who thinks that needs to come up with reasons, as I've seen none credible so far.
  9. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    I doubt we will reach those figures, either, but your stance on the matter has been in support of a relaxed strategy (correct me if I'm wrong), and I suspect the country may have reached those figures if indeed 60%-80% of the population had been infected - as the government seemed to be initially OK with.
  10. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    Conspiracy theorists and paranoia abounds.
  11. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    The government is targeting 20,000 deaths in a year as "good". Their original plan of playing it in a more relaxed manner was ultimately projected to result in 250,000 deaths. I am not denying that leaving an economy as intact as possible will help fight it further down the line, but surely lock-down measures elsewhere have already proved to help stop the spread of the virus, thus meaning that additional deaths are not necessary. The current state of play is locking down for a few months (hopefully no more than that - maybe even weeks) to stop the spread and buy time for test kits, ventilators, and so on. I still do not understand why you would prefer the relaxed route when indications are that it is totally not necessary and would result in more deaths than a short-term lock-down. Boris Johnson is probably one of the last people who wants police enforcement around the country. I am quite certain that there are no dark motives if he's signing the orders on that front.
  12. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    This was based on a worldwide scenario if every nation let the virus play out. It was projected to kill 250,000 in the UK alone. So I'll let you get a grip of the maths and figure the rest out. Shall I downgrade to tens of millions? Is that better for you two?
  13. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    Are you seriously condoning doing nothing and letting "just the vulnerable" millions (possibly hundreds of millions) die?
  14. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    Nobody wants economic hardship, but if that is the cost of saving millions of lives, then there is absolutely no question that this is what we should go through. Doing nothing and trying to carry on as normal while millions die is not only criminal, but calculated and callous.
  15. Yoogo

    Coronavirus

    Some of your views often bring a lump to my throat. Vulnerable people are still people who do not deserve to be condemned to almost-certain death because we'd otherwise have an economic crash. If we can't say "we'll take a big financial hit to save millions of lives" - millions of lives that we KNOW from projections of doing nothing would be lost around the world - then we should be ashamed of ourselves.
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