CORONAVIRUS: VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT COMMENTS ON COVID-19 SITUATION

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The Isle of Wight’s destination management organisation, Visit Isle of Wight, has commented on the ongoing situation surrounding coronavirus.

Island businesses and visitors are being urged to follow the guidelines laid down by health officials in a bid to help stop the spread of the deadly virus

Will Myles, Managing Director of Visit Isle of Wight said:

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“Obviously, this is a worldwide issue that is touching families, communities and beyond. Our message to residents, Island businesses and our visitors is to follow the guidelines laid down by the World Health Organization, Public Health England and the Home Office.

“Visit Isle of Wight is in continuing contact with Visit England / Visit Britain & UK Inbound to get the latest updates and advice. By working together, we hope the Isle of Wight can play its part in limiting the impact that COVID-19 has on a global scale.

“Tourism is a major contributor to the Island’s economy, and as such it is in everyone’s interests to work together to lessen any impact the Coronavirus can have here.

“Visit Isle of Wight will continue to actively promote the Isle of Wight as a year-round destination”.

For the latest information on COVID 19 and what to do if you think you are suffering symptoms visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

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The Isle of Wight NHS Trust have updated their advice. Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/nhs-advice-for-islanders-updated-as-covid-19-spreads/.

The views/opinions expressed in these comments are solely those of the author and do not represent those of Island Echo. House rules on commenting must be followed at all times.
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tom
tom
1 year ago

The hysteria around this virus is unbelievable! Just some basic sanitary practices is all that is needed. It’s a type of Flu. They get 20 new cases and the press call it a ‘large surge’ in numbers. BBC website has stories about how to isolate your self at home. The world has gone insane, the news are using it to sell their adverts and politicians are using it to try to make themselves look competent. It is estimated that an average of 600 people a year die from complications of seasonal flu. We’ve only had one, an old lady in her 70’s with a preexisting condition, die in the UK from Covid-19.

Clean your hands when you’ve been out in public and you’ll be fine. STOP panicking.

Seay
Seay
Reply to  tom
1 year ago

Rubbish Tom. This is not flu. This will kill TEN times more than any flu. With normal flu .1 of healthy people will die, with this CV, 1% of healthy younger people will die, BUT 3.4% total of the population who catch this will die. Clearly this means that a ‘higher’ proportion of elderly will die than the 3.4% combined total given. As the Island has many elderly, to suggest that this is trivial is irresponsible. So as the Island has over 100,000 people, then highly likely that thousands of deaths will occur should this spread to our care homes, which can easily happen if carers are slack or unlucky in their hygiene, as they do home visits, and go from care home to care home it will spread rapidly. Whilst the west may be prone to ‘over react’ the Chinese certainly don’t. So when they take extreme measures you… Read more »

Nic
Nic
Reply to  tom
1 year ago

Tom. Do you not understand that everybody will get Covid-19. Two thirds of the people will have natural immunity. The other third will actually be impacted and will be ill – that’s roughly 20 million people in the UK who will need to isolate themselves. Of that 3.5% are expected to die – that is a lot of people. I think you need to wake up. This isn’t flu – it’s an unknown virus that we are unprotected against. Washing you hands is great propaganda but it’s just to slow the infection down not stop it. If we can delay it it makes it easier to manage and fewer people die. But, you’re not going to avoid it ,Tom, none of us will. It’s shortly going to be part of life. The job is manage the immediate threat. Anything that helps that. Is good.

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