Email received from Bowls IoW County Administrator

Terry Thorner

12th March’20


Dear All


Whilst not wishing to fuel the panic that is surrounding the spread of Covid-19. I think we should all be aware that Bowls on the IOW and elsewhere is likely to be compromised.


This brings into the likehood that we may not be having so many Touring sides visiting and I think we should be prepared for some cancellations.

There is no evidence to support this at the moment but I am sure it will happen. It also brings into focus the impact of the Virus on people’s willingness to travel in the other direction, namely County Friendlies on the Mainland.


I think we should also prepare for a situation where the league programme may be affected if a significant number of bowlers are forced to self-isolate.

There is no reason to rush into a solution but there are meetings planned in April when it might be necessary to consider what action we need to take 


Regards Terry





Last evening dining out with friends, one of their uncles, who are graduated with a master's degree and who worked in Shenzhen Hospital (Guangdong Province, China) sent him the following notes on Coronavirus for guidance:


1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours.  Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can't emphasise enough - drink plenty of water!


                                                    THE SYMPTOMS


1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia.   This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.