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What was your "this is serious" moment at the start of COVID-19 outbreak?

  • 25-04-2022 12:58pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,278 ✭✭✭ jetsonx

    What was your "this is serious" moment start of COVID outbreak?

    What was the moment in time where you realised that COVID was not some far-off disease but was going to reach our shores?

    Was was that moment for you?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 89 ✭✭ Bombaby1974

    Images of the tent mortuary in the carpark of Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

    Not sure if it was ever needed but it was pretty gim to see them getting prepped for a high number of deaths.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,164 ✭✭✭ One Who Waits...

    Leo scaring the bejaysus out of the country* on Paddy's Day with his "and may God have mercy on us all" speech.

    *may have just been me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,278 ✭✭✭ jetsonx

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,749 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,352 ✭✭✭ Xander10

    Honestly, none.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,043 ✭✭✭ Shedite27

    Cancelling St.Patrick's Day

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,285 ✭✭✭ Princess Calla

    Having to pick the kids up early from creche on the 12th. The eldest has spent a fair bit of time in hospital with breathing difficulties caused from normal childhood viruses so obviously a virus that attacked the lungs was less than welcome.

    Then seeing the army vehicles in Italy.

    I did follow all the guidelines etc but I'm not sure if the whole thing would have registered if I didn't have kids to be honest.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,892 ✭✭✭✭ Strumms

    Sitting down to do groceries shopping order online for myself and folks.

    I’d forgotten to renew my gym membership, got second automated notification and realised that there wasn’t exactly any great rush, there would be no going for a while.

    nothing so much in the news media but just being aware that things I liked and took for granted wouldn’t be returning for quite a while.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,368 ✭✭✭ JimmyVik

    Bergamo for me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,497 ✭✭✭✭ drunkmonkey

    When I bought the fake news coming out of China and ran into problems sourcing goods, a lot was posted here but scrubbed, it's a pity as it would have been a great record of how much nonsense China (along with me and a few other posters) were pumping out. Mass Graves been dug, bodies lying bleeding in the street, people hanging from Goalposts. It did look very serious.

    Then we got the mortality data out if Italy around April 2020 and it was obvious who was really at risk and we'd just been Punk'd by China.

    There was never any justification for lockdown for the vast majority of people, targeted care/protection for the vulnerable.

    I did enjoy the holiday though and clapped like a seal at the thought of my biggest length of time off in 25yrs.

    I just hope the nonsense is all over, I fear it's not though as some EU countries don't look like they're going to let go of the emergency powers completely.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,349 ✭✭✭ Goldengirl

    Yep . Bergamo was my omg moment .

    Was off sick from work with a " flu " so felt like I would be ending up like one of those poor Italians .

    Then my husband got it , and my son was hospitalised .....and I couldn't go in to be with him...among the worst days of my life so far .

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,078 ✭✭✭ Sunny Dayz

    When the schools were announced as closing. I had to leave work straight away to get him. Sitting in the carpark with an extra bag for my son as they had been instructed to clear out their lockers. He was in 3rd year. Myself and the other parents in the car park thinking WTF is going on!! I was sick to the pit of my stomach, it got real then.

    Up until then everything was in the news, on the tv, so it did feel a bit alien and removed to me. But this was the first action relating to covid to see or experience first hand.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,838 ✭✭✭ Cluedo Monopoly

    When I saw people walking out of shops with as much toilet roll as they could carry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,108 ✭✭✭ Be right back

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  • Registered Users Posts: 187 ✭✭ gladvimpaker

    When I went on a hike and was 4km outside my boundaries and seen the guards wandering around in the middle of nowhere, I hid and kept looking out until they were gone.

    Actually it was quite exciting being a goat rather than a sheep.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,837 ✭✭✭ 10-10-20

    I took a cycle into the City on the 22nd March and cycled up the North Wall Quay from the Eastlink.

    The LE Samuel Beckett was alongside John Rogerson's Quay as part of the Covid support deployment and the testing tents and ambulances were in-situ.

    It's was poignant: here was the Irish Navy being pushed into a support role for a health epidemic which was expected to rapidly overwhelm our hospitals and we appeared to be standing on the very apex, not knowing what was ahead. I found it moving to see the big-gears in motion as the HSE set about figuring this out from a very weak base.

    We had seen only 3 deaths up to that point but the atmosphere in the city was tense with many having seen the images from North Italy. people were gathering in small groups, but not a face-mask was to be seen (the guidance for masks only came months afterwards).

  • Registered Users Posts: 313 ✭✭ NedsNotDead

    When Kermit called it

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,285 ✭✭✭ Princess Calla

    My child being hospitalized and me or their dad unable to go in with them was my absolute biggest fear.

    A "normal virus" that for another child would be a day of calpol, would land my child in hospital on oxygen for 5 days.

  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 9,319 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Say Your Number

    When the Ireland Italy rugby match was cancelled and there was cries to call off St Patrick's Day, think the first confirmed case here also happened the same week.

  • Registered Users Posts: 231 ✭✭ HazeDoll

    I stood with a colleague at a window on the top floor of the school on the day the schools closed. We watched the kids getting into parents' cars or boarding buses, or heading off home on foot. Some of them were huddled in small groups and some of them were clearly delighted to have a few extra days off. It was very strange. I stood in my own classroom for a long time and had a long look around, thinking I might never see it again.

    None of us knew what was going to unfold but the thoughts of a 'worst case scenario' had definitely occurred to some of us.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,062 ✭✭✭ Deeper Blue

    As has been mentioned already, the Italy stuff springs to mind straight away.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,286 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN

    I didn't panic much cos Joe Duffy told me that we as a nation would be safe cos we were an island.

  • Posts: 0 Remy Eager Stone

    When they couldnt take time to bury their dead in italy,

    i seen an old woman on the news,who had essentially a death rattle and was denied access to hospiteal,as wasnt sick enough.....freaked me right out

    I remember being up testing an mewp,as varadkar announcement was made,not knowing what was happening,and just seeing cars converge on nearby a scene from a diaster film

    I hope il never see similar again

  • Registered Users Posts: 936 ✭✭✭ amber69

    The church in Italy full with coffins.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,135 ✭✭✭ waterwelly

    I always knew it was primarily a social media driven event never as bad as was being made out.

    Every time they gave us hospital numbers I knew they were scratching around to include every possible patient being treated for every illness to justify it as much as possible.

    It took almost 2 years for them to finally that half the covid patients in hospital were there for another reason anyway.