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DeeLicious | 16:50 Sun 08th Mar 2020 | Body & Soul
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Sat down to a Sunday roast in a pub today, a woman (who looked to be in her early 60s), came in and joined a couple of her friends on stools by the bar near us...and proceeded to cough repeatedly. She put her hand to her mouth each time, but in a very casual way. Her friends, who she was quite touchy-feely with, said nothing about her coughing. I really wanted to, given the current Corona situation and that she was positioned by the bar where drinks and food were being served, but being British of course I didn't....though we quickly finished up our lunch and left the pub. I appreciate she didn't do anything wrong, as such, but.......would you have said or done anything?
  

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No, not if the woman put her hand to her mouth each and every time.
No, I wouldn't. You could not prove that the woman was infected with anything, and you would have been jumping to conclusions. Least said, soonest mended.
Tricky one Dee, sorry but I wouldn’t know what to do, unhelpful I know :0(
my friend who has asthma often has a cough .
Oh lord, have you got plenty loo rolls Dee?
I wòuldnt say anything but would probably give a few side glances and do what you did, leave fairly promptly.
"I really wanted to..." What would you have said, given the chance?
No!
I was asked by a sales assistant at a check out in John Lewis if I wanted my 2 small purchases wrapped...I had already seen her sneeze into her hands so I told her that I had seen her do this and actually was not at all sure I wanted her to touch my things...she did apologise and doused her hands in sanitiser. I am not usually so picky but I am old with a heart condition so do not want to shuffle off this mortal coil just yet!
Good for you MallyJ, well said.
No. What would saying anything have achieved?

There once was a Ministry of Health jingle;
'Coughs and sneezes spread diseases
Catch then in your handkerchief ses'

My wife always carries one of those little packets in her bag and would probably have said, "May I offer you one of these?"
them
Wish folk wouldn't do it casually though. Holding a hand six inches in front of one's mouth ain't going to achieve anything much.

Can understand your discomfort. One doesn't want to get involved with a confrontation or scene, but the British, for some unexplained reason, expect others to behave properly, even though all our life experience tells us that other people won't.
I wonder can you be caused to expire through politeness? She probably just had a persistent cough, probably...
you can of course sing that, Khandro.

At 9:45

https://youtu.be/-qmBivUlPXE?t=598
No, because I don't want to contribute to the increasing levels of hysteria being created by the media stoking up paranoia and unreasonable fear of a virus which is going to spread, peak, and die, like viruses do, and there is actually virtually nothing we can do to stop that from happening.
I wouldn’t have said anything to her. If I were there and had my dad with me I might have encouraged him to hurry up and eat and get out.
I agree, andy. It all does seem a bit crazy now.
Don't say anything but casually slide a bogroll along the bar and give a knowing look

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