A woman has revealed she has not left her home in Stoke-on-Trent for a month – because she is so worried about catching coronavirus.
Caller Liz told Tom Swarbrick’s show on LBC that she is frightened of contracting the deadly illness in her home city because of its mainline railway and bus stations.
She also highlighted that there is a ‘very high proportion’ of Chinese students at nearby Keele University.
Liz – whose last name has not been revealed – explained that she hasn’t left her home in six weeks because she ‘didn’t need to go shopping’ prior to coronavirus hitting the headlines.
Presenter Tom pointed out that no cases of coronavirus have been reported in Stoke-on-Trent.
But Liz then highlighted the StokeonTrentLive story of three Staffordshire Police officers who had self-isolated after arresting a woman who was suspected of having the illness.
Tests later confirmed the woman did not have the virus and the two police constables and one PCSO were allowed to return to work.
Tom then asked Liz how she was surviving without shopping for food – and was told that she is using ‘her store’ of tinned goods and cooking new dishes.
And she added that if she is forced to leave her home, she will wear a scarf over her mouth and wear gloves.
Liz told Tom: “I’m self-confined. In this area we are central to Stoke Station which is one of the biggest stations in the country and Keele University which has a very high proportion of Chinese students and a central hospital as well.
“The bus station that we use, the students use all the bus routes so I haven’t gone out. I’ve got no particular reason to except it makes sense.
“I’ve been in self isolation for three or four weeks. I hadn’t been out for two weeks before that anyway because I didn’t need to go shopping.
“There’s coronavirus in Stafford.
“The advice is that if you don’t have to go out, don’t.
“This is a central hub with a lot of Chinese students at Keele University, one of the biggest in Europe, they went over to celebrate for the New Year celebrations.
“Why am I going to wait for [coronavirus] to come here and regret that I wasn’t sensible.
“I have survived on my stock, my stores of dried good, tinned goods and frozen goods. I’ve created some fabulous dishes that I wouldn’t have made. I always make from fresh, I don’t buy in. I’ve been really creative and made some delicious meals.”
When asked what she will do when her stores run out, Liz added: “I will put a scarf around my nose and mouth and wash my hands and wear gloves and wash the gloves and change them for another pair and wash them and so on.”
Listeners – including the comedian Dom Joly – took to Twitter to air their responses to Liz’s call.
To listen to Liz’s call, click here.