Stay at Home - Protect the NHS - Save Lives
We are not journalists, just friendly musicians in Bournemouth here at the Pudenski Brothers, however, we do care about the community that we live in. You will have heard this advice many times this week, and we do hope that unlike last weekend more people are able to follow this guidance. The evidence that the COVID-19 epidemic is spreading has been seen this week in government and royalty with high profile symptoms and confirmed results.
This is our 2nd Community Post, you can read Community Post #1 here
We really enjoyed the Sobo Mile Live Facebook community broadcast which was put together by Gordon Fong, we have linked to the video here so why not go and take a look on Facebook and whilst you are there follow the Sobo Mile, you may also want to take a look at his website Southbourne Groove. We like it because we are still on the front page. Thanks, Gordon.
Boris Johnson the UK PM cited four occasions, where leaving the house would be permissible:
1) Shopping for basic necessities, which should be done as infrequently as possible;
2) Brief outdoor exercise once daily, alone or with members of one’s own household;
3) Seeking medical attention;
4) Travelling to work, if absolutely necessary and only when impossible to complete at home.
To help you all remember we have included the following youtube video to act as an earworm just in case you forget the conditions we are all following for the next 3 weeks at least.
We are all in this together, let’s make it work and see what we can do to contribute and help each other. We are going to try and highlight where people are finding new and novel ideas to socialise using different methods but trying to mimic normal activities. Spread smiles not the virus. As we get more used to keeping isolated and social distancing it is still very important to keep the virus at bay with effective hand washing.
There have been suggestions to remember this when moving the bins in and out, the binmen get to move everyone's bins from where we leave them to the refuse vehicle. This means that they are contacting thousands of bins each time they empty them. If you have access to alcohol wipes please wipe the bin handle before you put it out, and the following collection wipe the handle with another alcohol wipe. Please wash your hands following the NHS guidance prior to moving your bins to protect the bin workers as much as possible and then when you have moved your bin back into your own area. The virus appears to be able to still be infectious for up to 72 hours on hard surfaces, up to 24 hours on fibrous and absorbent surfaces such as cardboard, paper, fabric and hessian, it becomes inactive more quickly.
We Are in this together
Folks as we see it at the moment, life as we knew it has changed, we have to buy the NHS and scientists involved in fighting the virus some time and we all have our part to play. Whether it be the creation of virtual pubs, choirs, quiz nights, fitness activities and many other inspirational ideas cropping up. The PM has warned the NHS could be "overwhelmed" if people do not act to slow the "accelerating" spread of coronavirus, which is ironic as this week he has been identified as showing symptoms of COVID-19. Many counties in Europe such as Italy and Spain sport and physical activity outside, even individually, is banned. Using vending machines is forbidden. Here in the UK, there are some great stories where people are using technology in some ways to make up for what is missing. People need to stay connected in real ways, we are social animals and we need to stay connected as humans, using human ways. This does not mean meeting up for BBQ's or walks down at the beach. We need to find different ways of social interaction whilst practising social distancing.
- Your hands as the enemy.
- Think of your hands as the enemy. Wash them well, and much more often than usual. Between hand-washing, avoid constantly touching the mucous membranes that lead to your airways. Basically, try not to rub your eyes, pick your nose, or touch your lips and mouth.
We are usually out and about in the Bournemouth area playing our Acoustic 80s Music attempting to keep people entertained with our own interpretation of eighties classic hits. We have included one from one of our latest performances at the Smugglers Run in Christchurch. However, we are not suggesting that 500 miles counts as Brief outdoor exercise once daily, alone or with members of one’s own household.
For those of you who are not used to being cooped up indoors every day with this being the requirements for the next 3 weeks at least, following All nonessential businesses and public gatherings will be closed or halted as part of the measure, parks may remain open for exercise. We have put together some of the technologies which can be used to mimic some of those normal interactions. It was great on Wednesday evening to see Gordon Fong’s Sobo Mile Live, we are looking forwards to the next one if Gordon is available. We really enjoyed seeing how the people within the Southbourne Community worked together to help create some of their own entertainment. We have heard that Dave at the Wight Bear has tried out a Zoom virtual video pub and there are other people suggesting quiz nights using video conferencing.
If you are not up with all of the technology, we have decided to show you some of the different applications that you could be using to keep in touch with loved ones, friends and colleagues. Most of you are probably aware, however, we feel this may add value for some people.
If you do have access to MS Teams, then it is recommended to use that, if not, Skype is very reliable Google hangouts might be a bit easier for home users. On the whole, these options are cross-platform so you can use them on a PC or a mobile device.
Tuesday Night Quiz
If you frequent the Brewhouse and Kitchen on a Tuesday night then you have probably taken part in their Tuesday Night Quiz with Quizmaster Nick. Join his Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/bigsmartquiz/ for news on how you can still play along.
Flatten That Curve
- A flatter curve means there is a slower infection rate and while the same number of people could be infected overall, this will take place over a longer period of time.
- A sharp increase in the curve means the disease is spreading quickly, which can lead to many people being infected at the same time and the health system becoming overloaded.
- Containing measures - such as social distancing - aim to lower the infection rate and, consequently, to "flatten the curve".
We must continue to use our local businesses
Use it or lose it. Southbourne high street has been growing in social style eating houses, artisan foods, pubs, restaurants, cafe's and more. Their owners need support from the local community more than ever, they are all out there trying to help the community which we live in and keep their head above water. Gordon Fong local Southbourne resident and responsible for the site Southbourne Groove describes the area as The SoBo Mile (Facebook Page)- For Bournemouth foodies.
We hope that this update helps, Please #StaySafeStayAtHome and another big cheer for all of our NHS workers, Shop Workers and all the other people who are doing what they can in these strange times. We hope to see you on the other side of this for a massive Southbourne party.