Off-the-record: not media, but people report on Covid-2019 in social media

Author : News Agency 112 International

Source : 112 Ukraine

No toilet paper anywhere in the UK and "I am in the paradise of TP" in Mexico, "with the majority of the medical personnel over 60 I am afraid of the picture in one month", people are trying not to think of it in Russia
19:07, 14 March 2020

As Covid-19 is confidently striding the planet, ordinary people from all over the world keep posting their observations online. We tried to get a world picture from an unofficial perspective.

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User from Boston, USA:

"Government is trying to slow the spread of the virus to keep the healthcare system from going over capacity."



A Medic from Italy:

“now we are fully staffed, but with the majority of the medical personnel over 60 I am afraid of the picture in one month.”



User from Russia:

“People are trying not to think of it…”



User from Mexico:

“Not a big deal here in Mexico, but it is maybe because they're making up the numbers…”


User from Iran:

Iranian hospitals are overcrowded and “admitting only dying and rich. People are even crazier taking vacation trips to other parts of the country and trying to get out of their city quarantine, most people are mass buying crap, all the small works like small restaurants are going bankrupt”.



User from Denmark:

“They shut down the whole country.”



No panic in the Netherlands,

however 800 cases and 10 deaths are already reported.

“Everyday we hear how bad it is and how we have to wash our hands, but most students are still joking about it. We just got word that my school closes too for at least a week. People are still allowed to do whatever they want and go where they want to, only it is suggested not to travel by public transport and it's suggested we work from home as much as we can.”



USA is "getting worse"



Sweden reports a rise in cases and panic:

“We went from under 100 to over 800 cases in a week. The government don't want to close schools yet because it will be "damaging for kids from socially unstable families" and "kids won't really spread the virus". Although, they forbade gatherings of 500 people or more.”



User from United Kindom:

"No toilet paper anywhere in the UK been to all the shops/supermarkets nearby. It’s the same with pain killers, hand wash foodstuff like pasta etc."



User from Mexico is "in the paradise of TP":


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