I started hearing things about COVID-19 in December, but thought it would go away after a few weeks. Then one day my employer told me to go home and work from there, so I did. They've since told me I don't need to work from home but that I will still be paid normally. I didn't realize it was going to be this big, but then one day our Prime Minister appeared on TV channels to explain he was putting the country on lock-down (but he didn't use that term). We're allowed out to do exercise for an hour alone or with people from the same household only, to buy essentials, care for vulnerable people, or go to work if you're a key worker (and working from home isn't possible).
In the UK it can take up to an hour to even step foot in any of the large supermarkets. Smaller convenience stores aren't bad, but they don't stock everything. Just today I went to pick medication up for somebody and the line was out the door and into the parking area - twenty-five people were ahead of me and it took forty minutes to get in and get what I needed. I use alcohol hand gel all over my hands before I go out, try my best not to touch my face while I am out (it's harder than you think) and then thoroughly wash my hands with soap and water when I get home, then top it up with more alcohol hand gel. I use alcohol wipes on my wallet, phone and keys because they all get touched while I'm out too.
So far - luckily - I don't know anybody personally that has shown any of the known symptoms, but I've heard of people locally. I live near one of the largest hospitals in the UK and there are many COVID-19 positive people in there. It doesn't help that there's still many people in the UK who don't give a fuck and still go out in groups or get too close to others - all it takes is a little discipline.