Coronavirus COVID-19

Released Saturday, 21st March 2020
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This episode we talk about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effect it has had on our day to day lives so far.
Ireland has not yet gone into full shutdown but we are self isolating and working from home when we can.

Origin

The Coronavirus first emerged in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China.  Symptoms included a dry cough, shortness of breath/breathing difficulties and a high temperature.  The virus also included pneumonia in more extreme cases.
Where exactly the virus came from is still open to speculation with most thinking it had a zoonotic origin with bats or pangolins suspected as the culprits.  The animals are suspected of transfering the coronavirus to humans at the many wet markets in Wuhan.

Spread to Europe

The virus hit Italy on December 31st 2019 when two Chinese tourists tested positive for Coronavirus in Rome.  The virus quickly spread around Italy.  The mayor of Florence decided to start an intuitive called “Hug a Chinese Day” as a reaction to Trump’s travel restrictions and to prevent racism against the Chinese community.
#coronavirus: seguiamo le indicazioni delle autorità sanitarie e usiamo cautela, ma nessun terrorismo psicologico e soprattutto basta con i soliti sciacalli che non vedevano l’ora di usare questa scusa per odiare e insultare. Uniti in questa battaglia comune! #AbbracciaUnCinese pic.twitter.com/pUdqEl0piW
— Dario Nardella (@DarioNardella) February 1, 2020

Yeah, well done mate.

Coronavirus Ireland

Ireland’s first official case of Coronavirus was on February 28th 2020 when a woman who travelled through Dublin Airport from Northern Italy tested positive.
On the 12th of March 2020, Schools began to close and those who could work from home were urged to do so in a bid to stop the virus spreading.  This of course led to idiots panic buying toilet paper as well as everything fucking else in the supermarkets.
Would you say it’s time to start panic buying?
Uh, yes I would, Kent.
Trolley bay in Dunnes went from full to empty in ten minutes.
Jameson is being rationed in Tescos.
Enjoy the lockdown, people. #coronavirusIreland #Covid_19 #irelandLockdown #ireland #coronavirusGalway pic.twitter.com/4hBK79SxzP
— Richard Peyton (@RichardHPeyton) March 12, 2020

Dear leader gave a (to be fair) decent speech on Saint Patrick’s Day urging the public to take precautions and 
Eamon Ryan of the Green Party also gave a rousing speech…about…something about salads, I don’t know.

Celebrities

Obviously this was all Donald Trump’s fault and his reference to the virus as the China Virus got predictably on peoples nerves.  But it did come from China mate.There was also this hideous, cringeworthy rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine by some supposed celebrities which if you can make it all the way through, fair play to you.
View this post on Instagram … We are in this together, we will get through it to…
A post shared by Gal Gadot (@gal_gadot) on Mar 18, 2020 at 4:49pm PDT
Jaysus.
Speaking of cringeworthy celebrities.
View this post on Instagram … for ANYONE who this St. Patrick’s day is in a tigh…
A post shared by U2 Official (@u2) on Mar 17, 2020 at 2:28pm PDT

Public Reaction

Other than panic buying and trying to keep a distance from one another there has been quite a number of people who are not taking this serious enough. Unlike climate change, there is a very real tangible way to stay safe – stay away from other people and practice good hygiene.  Holiday makers in Benidorm did not seem to heed the warning from Spanish officials.  Teenagers online have been busy licking toilets in the #CoronaChallenge.
Yeah she is in for Corona Challengeimageimage
This is on a plane too and i think she did better than her #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/mnX8l7DWP5
— Dr. Vedika (@vishkanyaaaa) March 16, 2020

Conspiracy Theories

Now with every event, there is always a conspiracy theory.  A popular one is that the virus is a bioweapon.
Alex Jones claims that the virus is related to the HIV virus and is essentially flying aids.


David Icke thinks the virus precursor to a global transfer of wealth.Finally

We all need to do our part in order to “flatten the curve”.  Please wash your hands regularly and avoid unnecessary trips outside until this virus starts to diminish.

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