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13 Mar 2020 09:26:31
With it looking more probable than possible, the EPL and european comps face being halted/ suspended and whilst safety and well being to all is number 1, could it trigger an almighty crash for some clubs regarding, lost income/ revenue and possible compensation for season ticket holders and sponsors.?
This virus as well as being deadly could cause havoc on so many (less important than life) levels. Stay safe everyone!

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13 Mar 2020 10:48:17
I feel everyone's overreacting a bit, it's one thing to do what it has done in europe but can it cope with the pace and intensity of pl, can covid-19 really hack it on a cold monday night in stoke.

13 Mar 2020 10:56:14
I think that the real issue with the virus. Although not being the most deadly of illnesses, it spreads quickly and as such it's the speed in which it spreads that holds the most danger.

The fact is that in the UK alone between 50-80% of people will contract Coronavirus by September. The issue is if 20 or 30 percent of our population is hospitalised, while another 30-40% are Ill self-isolating then who will be left to stock the shelves, run the power plants, treat the sick? Plus there just isn't the capacity in our hospitals to have such numbers being treated.

I have a friend in Madrid, the situation there is that they are looking to shut the city off to try and stop the spread. While the hospitals are overloaded. They are currently having to pick and choose who they can treat because they can't treat everyone. They are currently turning 80 year old patients away to treat 30 year old patients because the chances of the 80 year old surviving are minimal even with treatment. These are the types of decisions they are having to make.

In the wake of this cancelling a game of football seems pretty inconsequential.

There will be financial hits taken because of this and as always it is the ones at the bottom who'll suffer the most.

The UK response last night changed from contain to delay. What that really means is an acceptance that they cannot stop the spread of the virus. But now the important thing is to limit its impact both economically and on the health impacts. If many people get it over a short period of time a larger amount of the most vulnerable will die, as we just don't have the resources to treat that number of people. If we can spread that over a 3 month period rather than a few weeks period then the health service will be better placed to cope and less will die. While it will also impact less on our economy.

The Euro's won't happen, while the UCL and the Europa League will also be cancelled. Eventually the League will be as well.

I expect they will first announce a postponement for a set period of time, then later down the road cancel it all together when people are more accustomed to the idea, that way they will suffer less backlash.

How the football community deals with this I don't know. I'd like to see EPL funds/ prize money/ TV money be redirected in to a fund that can be distributed to smaller lower league and non-league club's to stop them going bankrupt because of this. However, sadly I don't see the EPL club's agreeing to this. For me the aim must be now to make sure we don't lose any club's because of this.

13 Mar 2020 11:43:19
you don't need to be treated for it. only the people with already underlying illnesses are most at risk

stay at home self isolate and it will go itself.

some people will have already had it and got over it but wouldn't know because the symptoms vary and are similar to the cold and flu.

13 Mar 2020 13:27:16
Bolger, most people won't die from it. But a probability of not dying from it, doesn't mean they won't need some kind of treatment.

This is the first world wide pandemic since the Spanish flu outbreak between 1918-1920.

Notice how that lasted for nearly 2 years.

The issue isn't the death count, its the disruption. We have over 60% of our population over the age of 60. Putting a large proportion at risk. Having issues like Diabetes increases your risk, we currently have 3.5m diagnosed diabetics in this country, with potentially as many again undiagnosed. Putting the real figure at 4-7m people. Around 10k people a week are diagnosed with a new lung disease every week in the UK.

So there are a significant number of our population who are under threat. Many of which could survive if treated properly. To do that we need the resources.

Like I said right now in Madrid they are having to decide who to treat and who not to treat as they can't treat everyone.

13 Mar 2020 13:35:22
Wasn’t it only a few days ago you were telling us all how everyone was overreacting and we had nothing to worry about, Shappy? I haven’t seen a flip-flop like that since my last trip to the beach!

13 Mar 2020 14:03:09
Redseven, It's a quickly developing situation. A month ago the idea that sports events would be postponed was madness, yet here we are.

Three months ago hardly anyone knew it even existed.

It's a once in a life time pandemic, the last was over 100 years ago.

A couple of weeks ago it all seemed like doom-mongering, yet the stark reality of what is about to happen in this country means that drastic measures need to be taken.

13 Mar 2020 14:33:00
When Boris starts combing his hair for press conferences, you know things are serious.

13 Mar 2020 14:46:27
I can assure you that the majority of the world have been well aware of the risks of this virus since the turn of the year. Perhaps being in The UK lulled you into a false sense of security, but please don’t suggest that ‘most people’ share your ignorance.

You speak as though your comments were made weeks ago, but it’s been little more than two days since you dismissed people’s concerns and used some terrible math to suggest that only 6,000 people were going to die in the UK and that we should all stop worrying and just get on with things.

Here we are two days later and you’re speaking like a seasoned epidemiologist. At least you’re starting to see the severity of the situation, I suppose.

FYI though, if you’re going to pretend to be an expert, you should probably know that there is actually another ongoing pandemic right now that has already claimed 30m+ lives and was another one back in 2009 which infected 10-20% of the world’s population (thankfully the mortality rate was fairly low) . Then there’s the plethora of epidemics we’ve seen over the past few decades which together have claimed millions of lives. Of course, none of these things interrupted the football season so I suppose they were pretty inconsequential, right?

13 Mar 2020 15:24:16
they haven't got a treatment for it yet, the only way to get a vaccine is hoping the people who are fit and well get it and use the antibodies that have fought the virus to make a vaccine

there not even testing people, i work in a GP surgery and we have had more than one person contact us with all the symptoms and they have been to countries where it is and there telling them to stay at home, 111 are understaffed and are not trained to diagnose.

people should be getting tested.

13 Mar 2020 17:52:00
All this could've easily been avoided if they closed ports, airports etc weeks ago.

China have are apparently lieing about figures and could be 100x worse than they're saying.

Man made virus from Wuhan lab anyway probably let out on purpose.

13 Mar 2020 18:48:20
CSM, quality mate, quality 😅.

13 Mar 2020 22:34:43
‘Probably let out on purpose’ is the stupidest comment I’ve seen in a while.

13 Mar 2020 23:04:34
CSM class mate 🤣.

14 Mar 2020 01:36:05
Yes Jim

He should of said they let it out by accident. This was not spoke of in a book 30 years ago and Nostradamus never predicted a pandemic in 2020.

14 Mar 2020 10:14:32
Wilbot, do some reading about the virus and it's strains. China is propably not disclosing true stats, but what country does or really can? China has one strain of virus, so does italy and another efected countries in Asia and Europe. There are about 5 of them strains which mutated from the original virus. Only one country has all 5 or 6 of them, so that is the most likely country where the virus came from. Do some reading around, not only what msm is feeding you.

14 Mar 2020 11:17:48

Closed ports and airports weeks ago you say. Putting millions out of work, closing thousands of companies, destroying the economy, preventing food arriving. Poverty, people dying of starvation. No that won’t work, not for any length of time. There is a balance, we have to realise that may slow it for a period, then what? Every time there is an outbreak somewhere, close everything down again? Now is the time to listen to medical experts and have a strategy. We are unlikely to be able to stop it, it will come back again and just closing ports isn’t the answer every time.

There is an element of sense in herd immunity but it’s a difficult path, we just have to let experts guide us and stop panicking, stop calling for everything to shut because it can only have a short impact.

There is an interesting question as to why Northern Italy was so badly affected, I read some explanations of that this morning.

14 Mar 2020 11:49:39
Left out on purpose is far from a stupid comment.

14 Mar 2020 20:43:49
Red Man, northern Italy suffered as the weather is colder than the south part. But the reason it spread to so many people is that the Italians generally live a family life in flats and buildings with stairs so they will be holding bannisters as well as living in more compact places where the virus is at its worst. This is the problem that has been identified by the Italian authorities.

15 Mar 2020 07:46:53

There were other rumoured reasons that the Italian authorities are very unlikely to openly confirm.



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