I haven’t posted anything about this particular Coronavirus. I’m not an expert. I’m not a clinician. It’s not my field. But also, I haven’t been able to collect the words together.
However, I was reminded today that we are living through history here. We”re living through what future generations will study. Even as soon as Eden’s generation, they will likely study this at school. They’ll talk about everything that went right and wrong, they’ll use it to explain germ theory and the story of COVID-19 will likely follow experiments involving glitter and hand washing.
Until today, we’ve been told to practise social distancing – standing six feet away from others that are not in your household, being inside as much as possible and only going out when necessary. This weekend was an alarming demonstration on the stupidity of human beings. Government advice stated that we could go out and about for a walk or exercise. The great British Public took this as “your holidays have started early! Feel free to flock in high numbers to beaches, parks and public spaces!” It. Was. Horrendous.
Aiden, Eden and I did not take part in the ridiculousness. Partially because we’re not dimwits, but also because both Aiden and I are on the list of vulnerable people. Aiden has been stood down from work and I am working from home – or at least I will be once they find me a laptop and things to do. I want nothing more than to be able to support my colleagues through this, but the underground in London is running a limited service, which means trains are busier and I wouldn’t be able to social distance effectively. I’m asthmatic, which means I am at higher risk of having complications or dying if I do contract the virus.
Since over a week ago, we have been advised that if anyone in our house shows symptoms of the virus, we should quarantine the whole household for fourteen days. This has lead to a LOT of people being off work. The idea of fourteen days is that the person with the illness can get over it and the others in the house can contract it and get over it. If you live alone, the advice is to quarantine for seven days. There are at risk groups, with the most at risk being told to fully isolate for up to twelve weeks. Those who have certain conditions are being told to be especially stringent in practising social distancing. This is the group that Aiden and I fall into.
Anyway, people have been crying out for lockdown for at least a week now, and tonight our Prime Minister finally pulled the plug.
There are very few places to actually go if you’re not squabbling over pasta in a supermarket. Restaurants are closed, as are pubs. On Friday night, pubs were ordered to close and people rushed out to get their “last orders” in. Some pubs even put on a “happy hour” for the occasion. For a few days, food places were operating take away only but that isn’t happening now. Our local McDonald’s closes tonight and last time I checked there was still a queue of cars around the block going in for a “last hurrah”. Starbucks closed last week. All gyms are closed, as well as libraries, soft play centres, leisure centres and places of worship. After today’s announcement, playgrounds will be closed too. Theatres closed last week, which was a particularly low moment for me.
What I’m hoping, is that this means people will stay home. That’s my hope. But, as those on my local Facebook group are keen to point out, we don’t have enough police to fully enforce this. Although we don’t have a huge number of them, police have been given powers to enforce these new rules.
On the plus side, people are doing some awesome things to help. My former NHS colleagues have been swamped with thanks and gifts to hospitals and such, which is amazing. But on the flip side of that, some NHS workers are being threatened with eviction by landlords who are scared of their property becoming infected. Eden’s theatre school have put out some of their show dances and songs online so that they can continue to learn. Audible have made kids books free to listen to. Education apps have become free and schools are sending home things for kids to do. The community spirit around this has been fantastic, even though we cannot physically be close to one another. Last week, JoJo Siwa did online live dance classes, which Eden absolutely LOVED.
At the time of writing, the UK is reporting 83945 tests, 6650 of which were positive and 335 of these positive tests resulted in deaths. We are not testing as much as other countries are. Leading experts are saying this will be our downfall. We have no idea how many cases there actually are in the UK.
That’s really all I have for this. We’re scared, yes. Not like full on terrified, but certainly anxious and certainly not sure of this world ahead of us. None of us have lived through anything like this. Some grandparents lived through the Blitz, but this isn’t like that. Honestly, I never thought we’d have another pandemic like this. It’s terrifying and it really has highlighted the stupidity and pigheadedness of the human race.
Until next time, stay safe and I’ll update again soon.