Three OAPS who can't stand the idea of self-isolating move in together

Three OAPS who fear loneliness of self-isolation reveal they’ll live with each other while coronavirus rages – saying they’ll drink wine and binge-watch The Crown

  • Lifelong friends Doreen, Dotty and Carol appeared on BBC Breakfast to reveal their plans to live together in a bid to stave off the loneliness of self-isolation  
  • Government likely to announce that over-70s will have to self-isolate in coming weeks, possibly for up to four months 
  • Trio say they’ll self-isolate for seven days and then move into one of their homes  
  • They admit to stockpiling white wine and say they’ll watch The Crown on telly
  • Video of their interview with Jayne McGubbins has had already 85,000 hits 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Three OAPs have revealed how they plan to move in together to combat the loneliness of self-isolation. 

Lifelong friends Doreen, Dotty and Carol, all pensioners from the north of England, told BBC Breakfast that they plan to make the move after undergoing seven days of isolation themselves.

The government is expected to advise people over 70 to self-isolate for up to three months in a bid to protect them from the pandemic. 

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Three friends, Doreen, left, Dotty, far right, and Carol centre plan to live together at one of their homes, all in the north of England, after a seven-day period of self-isolation to beat the loneliness of staying indoors by themselves

BBC Breakfast presenter Jayne McGubbins skyped the ‘lifelong friends’ at Carol’s home as they explained their decision to self-isolate together 

All of the three women are over 70 and, under the government’s widely reported plans, will be expected to self-isolate in the coming weeks

The trio, who told presenter Jayne McGubbin that they’d endured divorce and bereavements together said they were now  in the process of deciding which house they’d choose to live in for the duration of their self-isolation.

Introducing the clip, which has now had 85,000 views, McGubbins wrote: ‘Meet Doreen, Carol & Dotty. Three bezzies who can’t bear to self isolate alone so they’re moving in together.

‘A wee chink of light in the darkness They told me they fear for the young who’ve lost jobs & the only thing they’re stockpiling? Cheap wine’   

Doreen explained to viewers that each of their houses has plus points for communal living

The answer’s at the bottom of the glass! The ladies say they’ve been stockpiling white wine to get them through the current crisis

After skyping into Carol’s home, Doreen explained to McGubbins what they plan to do, saying: ‘We’ll have a week in our own homes in self-isolation and if we’re still fit and well then we would decide which house to go and live in.’

They said each of their homes had the ‘same amount of rooms’ but differed in terms of what they could offer the friends for entertainment. 

The pensioner said that while Dotty had a lovely back garden that would be perfect for exercising, she had mod-cons include Netflix, meaning they could watch the Crown together.

Two series of Netflix smash The Crown will be among the programmes they’ll be watching on TV

Many watching from home said McGubbins interview made them want to ‘go out on the razz’ with the three ladies when coronavirus fears abate

Dotty then mentioned the white wine that will keep flowing throughout, saying: ‘We’ll have a supply of wine in’ before the trio broke out into laughter.   

Viewers watching the show said it was a great idea to live together if they were in safe conditions.  

@_curious_one added: ‘They were ace. Stay cheery ladies and go easy on the wine!’ 

@MicroBizGirl added: ‘This is awesome …. so good to see people not being left on their own and finding ways to support each other. #BetterTogether’  

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