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Poll: COVID Poll 2 (233 member(s) have cast votes)

How much are you isolating?

  1. 1. I don't go out unless it's absolutely necessary (147 votes [63.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.09%

  2. 2. I go to work, otherwise I stay home unless it's absolutely necessary to go out (72 votes [30.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.90%

  3. 3. I have stopped going to certain places or skipped certain events by choice but still socialise and go to public places (7 votes [3.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.00%

  4. 4. I go everywhere I would normally go but am very careful about hygiene (3 votes [1.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.29%

  5. 5. I go everywhere I would normally go and I am not worried (4 votes [1.72%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.72%

Do you believe schools should be closed now (with allowance for some kind of arrangment for children of essential workers)

  1. Yes (210 votes [90.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 90.13%

  2. No (23 votes [9.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.87%

Are you sending your children to school

  1. Yes (23 votes [9.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.87%

  2. No (165 votes [70.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 70.82%

  3. Does not apply for whatever reason (45 votes [19.31%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.31%

Do you think we should shut down pubs, clubs, and other social meeting places (we've done this now so do you think we should have?)

  1. Yes (230 votes [98.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 98.71%

  2. No (3 votes [1.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.29%

Do you think work from home (if possible) should now be mandatory

  1. Yes (214 votes [91.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 91.85%

  2. No (19 votes [8.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.15%

Do you think it should be mandatory for all workplaces that CAN offer work from home to allow it for those who want to

  1. Yes (228 votes [97.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 97.85%

  2. No (5 votes [2.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.15%

Are you scared of the virus

  1. Yes (162 votes [69.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 69.53%

  2. No (71 votes [30.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.47%

Are you more worried by the virus or the economic ramifications

  1. Viurs (133 votes [57.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.08%

  2. Economy (100 votes [42.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 42.92%

Do you know anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or do you have it yourself

  1. yes (14 votes [6.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.01%

  2. no (219 votes [93.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 93.99%

Do you know anyone who most likely has it but can't get tested

  1. yes (22 votes [9.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.44%

  2. no (211 votes [90.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 90.56%

Should the government step in with a program to stop panic buying

  1. yes (172 votes [73.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 73.82%

  2. no (61 votes [26.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.18%

Did you do this poll the last time it was up

  1. yes (135 votes [57.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.94%

  2. no (98 votes [42.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 42.06%

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#1 BadCat

Posted 28 March 2020 - 02:08 PM


Edited by BadCat, 11 May 2020 - 09:18 PM.

#2 Etta

Posted 28 March 2020 - 02:22 PM

Is it worth asking what state you are in? Although I don't know how you would match the state to the responses. In Vic all schools are closed but in a state with a lower COVID rate such as Tas your answers would be different.

Or am I taking this too seriously? :huh:

#3 BadCat

Posted 28 March 2020 - 02:29 PM


Edited by BadCat, 11 May 2020 - 09:16 PM.

#4 ipsee

Posted 28 March 2020 - 02:35 PM

My answers were pretty similar, except this time round I now know 2 people with the virus. A couple. One very sick 'worse than flu', but not hospitalised, one who basically had cold symptoms.

#5 Silverstreak

Posted 28 March 2020 - 02:36 PM

My answers are pretty much the same from the last poll.

#6 Hands Up

Posted 28 March 2020 - 02:40 PM

We have taken the kids out of school since the last poll. I’ve also now got approval to wfh. So two answers different.

#7 can'tstayaway

Posted 28 March 2020 - 03:21 PM

I think my answers are similar to last time.

Although I’m trying to self isolate, I didn’t think the first answer is quite accurate for me. I chose

“I go everywhere I would normally go but am very careful about hygiene”

because I could reduce the number of trips to the shops or the number of shops I go to if I accepted alternative options.

The kids had already been out of school in the previous poll so no change for us there.

“Are you more worried by the virus or the economic ramifications”

I voted ‘economy’ but only because I’m not ‘worried’ by the virus per se. I’m worried about the government and people’s response to the spread of the virus. I’m not worried about Covid19 as compared to say, Ebola.

I am worried about the economy as the inequality in our society is going to become more stark. The government’s treatment of different businesses/people is also not equal.

#8 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:21 PM

dh and i are working from home and our kids are learning from home (NSW) - we are going out only for food and chemist supplies and exercise. kids are not socialising at all face to face with their friends - they’re just communicating over minecraft servers and facetime.

i’m not scared of the virus. clearly even one death is one death too many, but i’ve seen more deaths recorded due to influenza. yes i know we have vaccines for the flu. a friend had to go to northern beaches hospital today (suspected UTI) and she said triage and emergency was very quiet. she got triaged almost immediately - she’s fine. I’m not saying this to cast doubt any doubt on official medical warnings - clearly the worst is yet to come here in australia? but i’m not scared of the virus. no one i know had it, suspects they might have it or has been in contact with anyone who has it or might have it.

i am utterly terrified and devastated for numerous friends and family who have lost their jobs and livelihood over the past week. it is utterly destroying them - so many. this is devastating the economy, people’s means of supporting their family, their sense of worth and purpose. children are terrified, marriages are being put under under enormous stress.

Edited by Lucrezia Bauble, 28 March 2020 - 04:28 PM.

#9 lizzybirdsworth

Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:31 PM

I didn’t do the 1st poll but I’m home, my 2 younger kids are not going to school and we are home schooling. Dh is getting closer to be able work from home once he has set everyone else to work from home (radio engineer/tech) ds1 is still working (house labourer) but talks of shutting down soon. We are in NSW.
My sister has symptoms but not high risk so can’t get tested. She is isolated and informed people needed to inform yet is getting mixed info about if her husband and kids need to isolate. They are in SA
So far no one I know has been effected in terms of jobs lost. Dh has been told everyone earning over $68k in the company are taking a 10% decrease in pay to be reviewed in 6 months.  I’m terrified of the ramifications for the economy. I hope after this more Australian made products will be available but I can’t see the money hungry government doing that

Edited by lizzybirdsworth, 28 March 2020 - 04:34 PM.

#10 SeaPrincess

Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:46 PM

My children are all home now. Despite the schools advising that they are under no obligation to provide work for students who choose to stay home, they have been really good, and now that the WA premier has announced that they should be staying home, they are making plans to go online from next term.

My employer has cut all contact with students. We are scrambling to re-write assessments, which have to be submitted by Tuesday (I think).

DH can't do his job from home, but his employer has re-worked all of the rosters and is taking quite aggressive steps to minimise the chance of exposure on site. My biggest concern for him is that if we go down the path of NZ, he will be away working for up to 7 weeks without a break, in a role where he is on call 24/7.

I'm not scared of the virus for my family, but my parents are in their 70s. They have applied for Woolies priority assistance and will get their first delivery on Monday (I think).

I have had to go to the doctor twice and the emergency room this week, so my necessary trips have been more frequent than I would like!

#11 Odd-1-Out

Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:49 PM

The only thing that has changed for me is no gym and I cant do my usual fortnightly shop because there is nothing left on the shelves. Ironically this means I have to go out MORE often to try and find supplies.

#12 NeedSleepNow

Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:53 PM

I accidentally voted for the wrong option for number 1, but I think otherwise my answers remained the same!

#13 -Emissary-

Posted 28 March 2020 - 05:06 PM

My answers remain the same.

Despite the fact that no one in our family has been affected by the close down and lost their jobs yet, the economic implication across the globe terrifies me a lot more than this virus.

No, it’s not because I place more value on money than lives  but it is because people who are not financially secured are going to suffer for a very long time whether they get this virus or not.

#14 PrincessPeach

Posted 28 March 2020 - 05:16 PM

View PostOdd-1-Out, on 28 March 2020 - 04:49 PM, said:

I cant do my usual fortnightly shop because there is nothing left on the shelves. Ironically this means I have to go out MORE often to try and find supplies.

Yes, this is the problem I have been encountering as well. I've had to go a few times just to try & get what I need. Add to that the restrictions on fresh milk & it means a shop every second day just for that.

With coles lifting that today means i should be ok for the week now.

I might have to get DH to try & buy meat for me.

#15 Sugarplum Poobah

Posted 28 March 2020 - 05:22 PM

I didn't do it last time.

I do know someone with Covid-19  (and said yes in poll) but they're in the UK. I think it might be a good idea to ask for a location of the affected person in the poll. I also know a couple of people who've had it and recovered, also overseas.

I'm on the fence about the panic buying -- where I've been the supermarket's have been managing it quite well (given supply chain issues rather than shortages are the main problem). I don't think the government really needs to take on additional tasks at the moment.

I'm definitely only going out where necessary.

#16 Magratte

Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:03 PM

I am worried of the virus and economy ramification equally.

I am absolutely terrified by this governments inaction and indifference to what will happen to people now and long term.

I worry that people will get desperate and bad things will happen.

#17 Cimbom

Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:11 PM

I don’t get why the virus and the economy are separated. If large numbers of people get ill or die then that will have massive economic implications regardless. It’s not an either/or situation - they are interconnected

#18 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:13 PM

My answers are similar but DH will be WFH from Monday and the kids have been out of school since Thursday.

I'm mentally exhausted at the thought of going back to work on Monday. One more week and then theoretically I'm on annual leave, but I have a sneaking suspicion that that will be revoked to some extent.

I have been needing naps on my days off despite sleeping well - I worked out today that this is how my anxiety is manifesting. I can't be outwardly anxious, having to keep it together in front of patients. I'm ok but I'm just. Plain. Tired.

I think I'll do some yoga tonight.

#19 MrsLexiK

Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:23 PM

I said we are going to work still but we are working from home as much as we can.

#20 MadMarchMasterchef

Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:46 PM

Its not letting me answer but my answers haven't changed apart from I have now taken my kids out of school.  We were already taking it seriously and self isolating as much as possible.

I was freaking scared last week and am freaking scareder this week.

#21 MadMarchMasterchef

Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:48 PM

View PostCimbom, on 28 March 2020 - 06:11 PM, said:

I don’t get why the virus and the economy are separated. If large numbers of people get ill or die then that will have massive economic implications regardless. It’s not an either/or situation - they are interconnected

Sadly the reverse is also true.  There will be people who commit suicide or die because they cant afford things.

The worst of all is for the homeless. How can they isolate themselves. :(

#22 BadCat

Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:55 PM


Edited by BadCat, 11 May 2020 - 09:16 PM.

#23 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 28 March 2020 - 07:27 PM

I'm now able to work from home, so DS is out of childcare, which is a huge relief for me given my Mum who is vulnerable lives with us.

So now, (with the exception of DH) we are only leaving to get supplies and I'm tending to go to the local IGA and pay more for it and avoid people than going to Coles. Thankfully we are very well stocked here at home, so if we are just getting a few things a week (including milk and bread that we go through A LOT of) we could probably last for a month or more. That's not me buying anything extra, for years I've had HEAPS in my pantries (yes I have multiple) and freezers.

DH still has to go to work, but there is less people in the team and they are now in set teams to minimise exposure if someone does get covid-19.

We're in a very fortunate position where we are both likely to continue being paid. But I'm scared for the economic repercussions for others and the community in general though. But overall, I'm more scared of the virus and how it might affect people I know and love.

#24 (feral)epg

Posted 28 March 2020 - 08:13 PM

I can't remember what life was even like a week ago, yet alone what I said in a poll.

But definitely my social isolation has ramped up considerably.  Except for work,  I still have to work to get money, and work exposes me to people from whom I will probably catch it, and pass to other people.  Some of whom might die despite my best efforts.

#25 *bucket*

Posted 28 March 2020 - 08:16 PM

VIC is on school holidays, so the "Are you sending your child to school" answer I changed to "Does not apply" option (because I'm not, but if it school was open, I would be).

Very interested to see the outcome and comparison.

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