In France some nursing home staff have decided to quarantine in the buildings with the old people, so that they can't bring the virus in. Very generous of them, as they're in for 3 weeks at least.
This is after several similar cases of it spreading like wildfire in nursing homes and killing by the dozen.
I totally get this. My wife runs a very small private care home - only 9 residents.
But it has all our family totally paranoid.
Not for us as such, we are all fit and healthy (no guarantee, I understand).
But we cannot allow this virus into the care home.
In a way we are lucky.
My daughter was off school before they closed, and has been in the house for about 4 weeks.
I have been working from home for 2 weeks, so I think we are ok.
Staff is the issue.
They are all utterly committed.
But in the s**t happens category, 1 senior staff now has a wife in hospital with sepsis, and another has a father in the very last stages of cancer.
Both of these are now standing by their family.
Another committed carer is one of the 1.5m "vulnerable" in the UK and has been banned from working.
Being a small care home they are at the bottom of the list for any medical supplies.
I totally got the "applause for the NHS" thing last night, but people need to open their eyes and see what its like in care homes.
Not just in the UK, but round the world.
There are real heroes working in them, and it is not funny
No idea when I will see my wife again.
Just lucky I'm working from home I guess, so I can keep an eye on house, daughter and dogs.
And still earn my salary.